Meditation as passed down from the first meditator, Shiva, to an unbroken lineage of siddhas over countless years is the real meditation. In the Yogic tradition, Shiva is not a myth but the first guru. The path of meditation is not just a feel-good five minute exercise. It is a systematic approach to wipe off the tendencies that you’ve been carrying along with you over countless lifetimes. We get angry when we don’t want to. We go astray even with all the right intentions. We cheat, we lie, we deceive, we put on a mask of falsity. We step out wearing a smile trying to impress others, aware but ignorant that they too are sailing in the same boat as us. Nevertheless, we say things we would rather not, we do tings we’d better not. Why? Our tendencies fuel, if not create, our habits, desires and temperament. Someone with the tendency to dominate has the urge to gain more power. A person leaning towards the tendency of seeking attention feels the desire to have more fame. Someone with the natural tendency of possessiveness feels more jealous. A man born with the tendency to lack feels more envious than others.
Our proclivities, impressions of consciousness, or call them tendencies, are at the root of our desires. They propel us to take action. The results of our actions determine the fulfilment or non-fulfilment of our desires which further drive our emotions. And our emotional state makes us feel the way we do about ourselves, others and the world around us.
Reference : A Million Thoughts. Om Swami.