Meditation is not simply a process of reflection or contemplation, nor is it mere daydreaming or relaxation. Meditation is a technique or practice that involves training your attention and mental awareness and bringing your mental focus under control.
Meditation isn’t easy. It takes time, energy and effort, concentration, determination and discipline. To be a successful meditator you will need these personal qualities but the results you will experience in your everyday life will be worthwhile and this is why so many people persevere. Although it is easier to just sit back and watch television, this will not allow you to get rid of the feelings of unease and unrest experienced by so many people in today’s rushed societies. These feelings may go away for periods of time but unless they are dealt with they will always come back.
The process of meditation allows us to quieten our minds and allows us to gain access to the inner source of strength that can provide us with wisdom and guidance. It also teaches us to control rather than be controlled by our thoughts and emotions.
Some people focus on an object, perhaps a candle, a sound or your breath. This allows your mind activity to settle down and results in you becoming more peaceful, calm and focused.
When you first start meditating you will probably find that your mind jumps all over the place, from one topic to another, and you may find it difficult to find the silence between your thoughts. This is normal. When this happens just notice that you have had a thought and let it go. Over time and with practice the space between your thoughts will increase.
With practice this calmness will continue into the rest of your life, not only the time you are meditating. It is for this reason that meditation is such a good stress management tool. This will show up in the way you react to situations in your life. When you are driving and someone cuts you off you are more likely to say “oh well, they must be in a hurry” rather than cursing and stressing for the rest of your journey.
Just because stress occurs in our mind it doesn’t make it any less real or mean it has any less control over our lives. The key to reducing stress and its effects on our physical body is to gain control over our minds and meditation is a wonderful tool to do this.
Some of the documented physiological effects of meditation are:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Lower pulse rate
- Decreased metabolic rate
- More relaxation
- Decrease in phobias
- Less nervous tension or anxiety
- Decrease in some chronic pain
- Slower heart rate
- Reduction in some types of headaches
- Improved sleep patterns
- Increased awareness
- Better mental focus
- Sense of peace
- Faster response to potentially threatening situations with less after affects
When you meditate regularly you will find that you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and who you really are through the observation of what occurs in your own mind.
Due to meditations ability to help us gain conscious control of our minds, it helps us make planning and problem solving more efficient by helping you focus your mind on a problem without wandering into unproductive thoughts.
Meditation increases your ability to do “one thing at a time” and “live in the here and now”.
As we move through life we all have experiences, good and bad. This is part of the journey of life and it is only through these experiences that we learn and grow. Unfortunately when we have experiences that we label as ‘bad’ then we try to push them away and ignore them instead of learning from them. With meditation we learn to accept all life experiences, “good” and “bad” and simply accept them as experiences.
Happiness and Peace are what all humans strive for and it is only by accepting all aspects of your life that you will be able to experience these qualities consistently. This is why so many people are turning to meditation and why meditation is so powerful in today’s modern society.
John and Linda Ballis
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Friday, 21 May 2010
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