Meditation is the process of experiencing a state of pure awareness. It teaches you how to calm your mind and emotions. By doing so, you will experience a state of peace and tranquility.
Meditation, itself, is a very simple technique that can be learned quickly, but will take a lifetime to master. It requires continued practice, guidance and understanding of the process. Equally important, and not to be overlooked, is unconditional patience with yourself. This is one of the hardest parts of learning self awareness.
According to the science of meditation, “optimum existence is experienced when even the most subtle aspect of your thoughts leads you to experience peace and harmony”. Simple put, by meditating, you can train yourself to de-identify with those passing thoughts that cause you stress. Instead, you learn to focus on thoughts that bring you peace of mind.
You become more aware of yourself through meditation, allowing you to grow toward a more conscious based way of living. Furthermore, it is known to relax the body’s physiology, and reverse the damaging effects of negative stress.
Common Myths and Misunderstandings
Misunderstanding– I can’t meditate because I have too many thoughts in my head.
Truth– A regular meditation practice will teach you how to control what thoughts you give your attention to. This, in turn, helps you focus with more intention. By living your life with intention, you become more successful in achieving your goals. Think about how many times a negative thought pattern caused you to second guess yourself. Thoughts are powerful, like waves. They will come into, and move out of your consciousness. By learning how to choose your thoughts carefully, you’ll automatically weed out the ones that don’t serve your highest good.
Myth– I’m not affiliated with that religion.
Truth– Meditation is not a religion. In fact, many people from all different religions practice meditating. There are many paths to finding God, so having a meditation practice can only help you decide which, if any, is right for you. That lingo might not work for you. Instead, focus on finding your inner peace and what brings you joy.
Misunderstanding– Meditation makes me sleepy.
Truth– That’s ok! In the beginning, meditation can bring about intense feelings of relaxation. You might even find yourself dozing off. In reality, though, it’s more like an altered state of consciousness. Our technologically overloaded minds seldom experience this. Go with it. As you progress, it will become easier to remain focused in your practice. You will replace sleepy with relaxed!
Some positive effects of mediation
- A more relaxed state of mind
- Deeper, more restful sleep
- Self- Awareness
- More accepting of others
- Overall reduction of stress
- Improvement in physical, mental and emotional health
Some negative effects of meditation
You read that right! Honestly, there is nothing negative about practicing meditation. Who doesn’t want to live a more peaceful and happy life?
Ready to take the next step? Click here to learn about some popular styles of meditation and get your practice going!