Many Theosophists practice regular meditation. Meditation is controlled mental activity. It
leads to complete stillness of the mind. When this condition is reached, the experience is that
of peace and enlightenment.
Some physical skills offer an illustration of the process of meditation. In ballet dancing
and gymnastics, the performer gradually brings his/her body under control; the body may be fully
active, yet every movement is perfectly planned and executed. Motionless poise also may be achieved
at will. Intense concentration, such as when undertaking a task can create a state that is
described as 'being in the flow'. This result of the focused mental or practical activity is
akin to meditation .
The mind in its undisciplined state is constantly active, but its activity is largely aimless
and unproductive. In the restless mind, fragments of thought blow in and out like dried leaves
in a windswept playground. There is little sustained attention or concentration. Trivial events,
disconnected shreds of remembered conversations, idle fantasies, obsessive worries - these
fritter away the energies of the mind.
To meditate is to establish oneself in charge of the power-house of thought. It is to know
oneself as the user and director of mental energy. It is to bring the mind into obedience to
the will. The skills of the body are acquired gradually, by regular practice, over a long period
of time, with one-pointed dedication to the desired goal. Control of the mind also is to be
acquired gradually, by regular practice, over a long period of time, with dedication to the goal.
And what is the goal? "The experience of peace and enlightenment".