What are the advantages and measurements? How are you meditating? Will meditation and concentration differ? Is it different? Will you have to sit on cushions and find complete silence? All are valid questions and true, and we are here to help you with this mediation guide. They will clarify the fundamentals of meditation and discuss the setup, activities, the theory behind it and the observations that can occur over time.
What is meditation?
Meditation is both a skill and an activity — a systematic practice to promote consciousness. Through sitting with the mind, we teach it to be open and relaxed and thus experience more peace, insight, enjoyment and compassion. Through this way, we come to perceive the current moment more and more explicitly.
Some of this may seem abstract; it can also be helpful to describe what meditation is not:
- Meditation is not about becoming a different person, a new person, or a better person.
- The object of meditation is not to “clean the mind,” “clear the mind,” or “stop thinking.” The nature of the mind is to think. We meditate to more clearly see these reflections.
- Concentration is not equivalent to meditation. It does not involve the mind consciously in a specific topic.
- Meditation does not guarantee relaxation, serenity or happiness. Relaxation definitely can be a side effect, but meditation requires a variety of emotions, not just the more positive ones.
- Meditation is not “checking out” or escaping our problems or duties.
- Meditation is not spiritual or religious necessarily. It shares a very long history with religion and offers many practitioners a significant spiritual dimension. Yet no matter what faith, everyone can meditate.
Why learn to meditate?
Life’s complicated sometimes. While we can’t monitor what happens, the way we react to these events can be changed. Life is also more busy than ever, leaving us with information and digital chat 24 hours a day. More and more people want peace of mind. It is no wonder. The longer we can live in the moment — not trapped in thoughts or reactivity — the more we can move life forward. If we feel overwhelmed by situations or hit by technology, meditation will allow the mind rein in consciousness and compassion through a graded road to learning.
Some people may experience profound and life-changing benefits from meditation; however, it is important to note that meditation feels different for every person who practises it (and sometimes differently each day). In short, for those who practise on a daily basis, it has the ability to enhance the mental, emotional and physical quality of life.