The ancient tradition of meditation is still valuable for people of our modern times. People today still face a great deal of turmoil in their private lives, and we see the world is always facing problems.
When people face difficulties, many of them feel so hopeless they turn to alcohol and drugs to drown their pain, creating even more problems for themselves, their families, and society.
People who face illnesses or their own mortality undergo spiritual pain in wondering what awaits them beyond this world. Families who lose a loved one also are in pain in wondering where that loved one is gone. People face financial problems all over the world.
There is no end to the problems in life. Although meditation does not take away our outer problems, it lifts us to a place in which we do not experience their pinching effects.
During the time we meditate we enter realms of love, bliss, and joy so that we do not feel the stress of our outer life. Then, when we come out of meditation, we carry that joy with us throughout the day. It helps us see life from a new angle of vision in which we know the outer struggles of life are only temporary and that there is a place of eternal peace and happiness within that we can tap into anytime we want.
According to a Gallup Poll, thirteen million people worldwide reported having a near-death experience (NDE) in which they clinically died either on an operating table or in an accident, but were revived by the doctors.
During the time they were reported as being clinically dead, they report having experiences of looking down at their body lying on the surgical table or wherever they had had an accident and watching the medical practitioners working on their body.
They then experienced being pulled through a tunnel towards a world of Light, which was brighter than any in this world, but not scorching. There, many met a being of Light who embraced them with more love than they ever experienced in this world.
Many had a life review in which they saw all the good they had done or the pain they had caused others. From that review, they realized that loving, caring for, and serving others was considered the most important part of their lives.
When they were brought back to life, they were transformed. They realized that this life is temporary and that beautiful realms of peace and happiness await us in the beyond.
Meditation offers the benefit of helping us find these realms within without the trauma of a near-death experience. We can have these experiences on a daily basis by sitting in meditation anytime we want.