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Wherever he goes, the spiritual Master carries the message that as we learn how to meditate we will enhance our spiritual growth. One of the key benefits of meditation is that it can make our lives an oasis of peace and love amidst the challenges of life.
If we look at the qualities for excellence in the field of sports, we will find they also apply to spirituality. In the physical Olympics there can only be one gold medalist, but in the field of meditation and spirituality each of us can win the gold medal.
Pain and suffering are an inevitable part of our spiritual journey. It may come as the catalyst for our spiritual life. It may occur along the way of our spiritual journey. It may come as a way to keep us focused on praying to God for help. It may serve as a reminder that the only true happiness is in that of the spirit.
As we journey within through meditation, we realize that God is all Light. We realize that as soul we are also a ray of the same divine Light. We begin to see that the same Light of God which is within us is also in all other beings in creation.
The soul is a spark of God, and as God is love, our soul is also love, pure and simple. It is the enlivening force within us. It is a source of tremendous wisdom, love, and power, yet we remain ignorant of its treasures when we allow it to be overpowered by the mind, the senses, and the physical body.
Being unconnected with our inner core or soul causes pain. The pain may manifest as a continual restlessness for something of which we are not aware. We rush around trying to find happiness in outer pursuits and are confused when the happiness we thought we would gain eludes us. We know there is something missing, yet we know not what it is.