Over the years I have had a few people give me their definition of Meditation and many times it has been quite exaggerated or obscure. It made me realise that not many people know enough about it and how it can be of enormous value to us. So let’s put all the speculation to bed.
The REAL meaning of meditation…
Meditation is the practice of clearing your mind of every thought / stilling the mind of thoughts.
“Meditation is the precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means of fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the centre of consciousness within. Meditation is not part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles and produces results that can be verified.” Source
I have always known that meditation is a very important practice to implement on a daily basis, but until now I did not quite grasp just how important it is!
I used to treat meditation like something that I will just do when I have the time. I has hit me hard that I need to MAKE the time for it every single day. It is just as important as breathing, eating, bathing and exercising.
Meditation is not only for those spiritual gurus, it is a practice that every single person should be doing. We should also be teaching it to our children.
We are spiritual beings living a human existence and not the other way around. Until we see ourselves as that, then things cannot truly change for us.
The benefits of meditation?
On a Physical Level:
- Reduces stress
- It encourages a healthy lifestyle
- The deep breathing detoxes the body
- It slows ageing
- It increases oxygen in the cells and overall vitality and energy
- It benefits cardiovascular and immune health and helps to fight disease
- Improves metabolism and helps you lose weight
- Helps you improve quality of sleep
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke
- Decreases pain related to tension
- More Longevity
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps prevent disease and illness
- Helps reduce substance abuse
- Relieves pain
On an Emotional Level:
- It makes you (and those around you) happier
- It helps you appreciate life more
- It makes you feel more connected to others
- Reduces negative emotions: anger, rage, frustration, bitterness
- Improves your mood
- Improves relationships with others
- Increased feelings of compassion
- Decreases worry and feelings of loneliness
- Reduces emotional eating
On a Mental Level:
- It improves memory, concentration, clarity and focus
- Improves brain function
- Increases your attention span
- Calms your mind
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Brings about creativity
- Better decision-making and problem solving
- Helps manage ADHD
- Increases awareness of your sub-conscious mind
On a Spiritual Level:
- When the mind is still, there is not suffering.
- here is no moment (past or future) but only the moment you are in.
- Meditation connects you with God.
- Increases Self Awareness
- Raises consciousness which has a profound effect on the self and the Universe and everything in it
- Merges you with the infinite making you recognize that you are one with the Universe
- Brings you in harmony with the planet
- Brings about true personal transformation
- Helps you connect with and hear your intuition
Why people don’t meditate:
- It is not a habit. What is easy to do is also easy not to do.
- Many say they don’t know how to meditate.
- Some people start meditating, thoughts flood into their minds and then stop because they think it is not working.
- We use the excuse that “we do not have time”.
- We do not realise the importance of it.
- We do not know enough about the benefits of it.
- We tend to overthink and complicate the process.
Meditation is one of the simplest things to do, yet it is not easy in the beginning. Like anything, it is a learnt skill that can be mastered with practice.
Here are some tips for meditation:
- Find a quiet place where you feel safe and comfortable.
- Meditate first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day.
- Start at 5 minutes. Meditate for 5 mintues every day for 2 weeks and then increase it in 5 minute increments.
- Sit on a chair or on the bed with your feet grounded on the floor.
- Hold your hands together on your lap.
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply through your nose. Slow down your breath completely.
- If a thought comes into your mind, visualize that your mind is a vessel of water. Picture the thought bubbling up to the surface like an air bubble and disappearing.
- Do not judge yourself or get upset if you start to think a thought. Just let the thought go and try again.
- You cannot have a bad meditation. Every single one of them is effective. It is the act of doing it consistently that will yield the best results.
Use these options if you are battling to stop thinking thoughts:
- Pause at the top of each inhalation and at the bottom of each exhalation. (optional)
- Inhale Peace, exhale Love, inhale Love, exhale Peace.
- Focus on your hands
How YOU meditating can change the World…
Meditation is much like voting. The collective makes a massive difference. The people who say “my contribution doesn’t count” is short sighted and being rather selfish.
You cannot change people around you, you can only change what is within you. Raising your consciousness and vibration will transmit a different frequency into the Universe and that is what shifts things to a new level.
Meditation invokes peace, love, acceptance and compassion. The more of that you emit, the more you will experience it from others and the more peaceful the entire world will be.
And remember EVERYTHING IS OF THE MIND!