Meditation. This seems to be the solution everybody throws at anything these days. It’s also very subjective and not everyone understands the same thing about it.
There are many studies that show the benefits of meditation. But how do you meditate? Some people like guided meditations, some do active meditations, there are so many techniques and styles it’s even hard to choose from to begin with, especially when you don’t know much about it.
Common practices involve meditating on a specific thought, on specific mantras, chanting a repetitive mantra, imagine a source of light growing inside you etc.
It won’t make you a better person but it will make you feel better about yourself.
It will help you maintain a balance in your daily life and give you the strength to face whatever life throws at you.
Meditation is not about sitting in a specific yoga position. This is the first misconception. Don’t try to sit in a specific way. Just find a comfortable position. You can lay on your back in bed for example. You do not have to sit in a lotus position in order to meditate however, it is recommended to sit with your back straight as this enhances the energy flow through the body.
You do not have to breathe in a specific way. The main idea is to become aware of your breath. Just be conscious and attentive to how the air enters and exits your lungs, how the air feels, what sensations in the body you have, how your breathing patterns change depending on what thoughts and emotions you go through. This is the center of meditation actually – being aware of your breath.
Accept your thoughts as they come. Just allow your emotions to flow. You will be surprised at the clutter in your mind that will surface. That T-shirt you lost 10 years ago? The fight you had with your ex? Better answers you could have given in that interview?
Your ego will try to attach himself to all kinds of stuff and this becomes a distraction in your meditation. Just accept and let go. Become the observer of yourself.
Concentration is the opposite of meditation. When I first started to meditate I would try to focus and concentrate and get frustrated that my mind was wandering. The mind has no beginning and no end. It just wanders through memories randomly and the things that pop-up are showing you the path of healing. Focus is the opposite of meditation. When you become aware of your body, of your breath, your thoughts and emotions, your ego surrenders to spirit. That’s when you can experience moments of euphoria and pure bliss.
We carry around so much suffering. It’s like we almost forgot that we do not have to endlessly carry all that baggage with us. The end teaching of meditation from my point of view is acceptance. Through acceptance, you can live your life with compassion for yourself and for everyone around you. When you finish meditating, wish for the happiness of all beings, seen and unseen. May everyone be happy.
Last but not least, I think the most crucial trick one can give you is to be patient and try as much to limit any external stimulation as much as possible. Meditation is about teaching our monkey mind to relax and not react.
It’s easier at first when you limit any external factors such as noise, fragrances. Just be yourself, as natural as you can be. One last thing: Breathe deeply. In. And Out.
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