Meditation can be defined as the progressive quietening of the mind. If you pay attention you will notice that our minds are mostly engaged in mental time travel. We either ruminate on past events and experiences or worry about the future. Our mind flits between these two functions and it seems impossible to be present. We use Meditation to observe and change this fickle behavior of our minds. In spiritual sense, by silencing our mind we reach the source of our mind called soul or spirit. In scientific sense by silencing our minds we become less involved with our thoughts and become more mindful of the world around us.
What is the purpose of meditation
Meditation is a mental exercise that trains the mind to control, choose, manage or eliminate thoughts. Our minds are always engaged in thoughts. This mental chatter seems to go on endlessly. These thoughts have a direct co-relationship to how we feel. How we feel in turn affects our mental health, our self esteem, our resilience and our relationships. The goal of Meditation is not to change us but to make us more aware of who we really are. Meditation shows us how to slow down the amounts of thoughts and speed of thoughts that enter our minds. We train our mind to watch our thoughts with the intention of reaching a state where we have no thoughts for a brief moment. In that brief moment of mental silence we realize we can achieve a separation from our thoughts and can become in charge of our thoughts. That realization us more mindful of the present moment where life happens. We become fully engaged in whatever we are doing or saying in the moment. As a result we become less involved with our thoughts and more involved with the real world.
Benefits of Meditation
Regular practice of Mediation is known to improve our mental, emotional and physical health. Meditation is known to have many benefits. Ten ways meditation is known to provide positive results:
1. Emotional freedom – It becomes easier to forgive, to hold no regrets, let go of grievances and, become emotionally free
2. Reduces stress
3. Eases symptoms of depression
4. Opens up qualities of peace, compassion,and kindness
5. Makes us more aware of our actions
6. Improves memory and sleep
7. Improves self-esteem
8. Relaxes body-mind and enhances self-awareness
9. Controls anxiety
10. Helps fight addictions and self-deprecating habits
In conclusion, Meditation requires a sharp focus on the present moment. Some people find it disorienting at first. But with consistent effort and patience one can realize the benefits of regular meditation. The length of the meditation is not as important as the consistency and regularity. Even practicing just 10 minutes every day can provide many benefits. It is no wonder that many conventional healthcare providers also recommend Meditation as a complementary therapy. If you’re interested in including meditation into your wellness routine, it is best to try a few different styles to find the technique that suits you best.
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