What is Meditation?
Meditation is becoming more and more popular nowadays. In fact a lot of well-known celebrities practice meditation. But, very few people really know what meditation really is. Some people think that is a form of mental concentration. Other people consider as a visualization technique that allows them to focus on things that bring satisfaction and peace. These methods have a strong relaxation technique. These methods stop the activity of the mind can clear up your mental clutter. These techniques are good substitutes for meditation, but they are not really meditation.
So what is meditation?
When you’re really meditating you are in a state of thoughtless awareness. Meditation is not doing. It is not an act, but it is a state of awareness. You can be in meditative state no matter what you are doing in life. You can practice it even when you do your day to day task or when you are sitting in a lotus pose on a beach or at the top of the mountain.
Many people think that meditating is just sitting down to ponder about certain things and answer the big questions in life, but it is more than that. It is a state of deep and intense peace. When you are in a meditative state, your mind is calm, silent, alert, and active all at the same time. It starts the process of inner transformation. Meditating helps you fulfill your life purpose and it helps you reach your full potential. It improves your cognitive function and it helps you achieve a strong sense of peacefulness. It helps you develop empathy and a strong sense of self. It also helps you to be happy.
Remember that meditation is a state of awareness and it is not…
Concentration – When you’re concentrating, you are focusing on an object for a specific amount of time. Visualization is also a concentration technique. While concentration is a good substitute for meditation is it not what true meditation is – thoughtless awareness.
Mental struggle – Meditating or thoughtless awareness is not something that you can achieve through mental effort; you attain it through introspection.
Breathing exercise – While breathing exercises do relieve stress, it is not what meditating is. Although breathing techniques and exercises still play an important role in establishing life balance.
Lack of control – Losing control of your movements is not meditating. When you are in a meditative state, you experience thoughtless awareness, but you are still in control of your mind and body.
Why practice meditation?
People have been meditating for thousands of years, and a number of studies show that is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. So, if you’re quite stressed by the daily demands of work, it may be a good idea to try meditation. Remember another way to reduce stress is run.
A study conducted in the United States shows that insurance holders who meditate have fewer doctor visits. This study shows that meditating is effective in stress reduction and overall improvement of mental health. It also improves your overall well-being, life satisfaction, and mind-body connection.
Key Meditation Points
Meditation is easy and effortless. It puts you in a state of “thoughtless awareness”. It helps you focus on the present moment and be fully aware of your surroundings. When you are meditating you are not thinking about the past or the future but you are thinking about the present moment.