Meditation is a method we use to silence the mind and gain peace, and it is especially useful in troubling times. Anytime is a good time to meditate and with only a few minutes (or more) we can calm the chatter, find peace and better our situation as we live our daily lives.
These days many people are trying meditation and, of these, many are starting to have a regular meditation practice. Despite the fact that it is popular you may still wonder, “Why should I meditate?” One of the best reasons to answer this is the fact that meditation can be used to cure difficulties.
- NOTE: Further down in this article we have the Calming Breath Meditation.
Growing with Meditation
When difficulties arise the best solution is to have a calm approach. Being centered and reasonable are a big plus in handling situations and staying calm can be the deciding factor in preventing a difficult situation from becoming unmanageable.
All through the day we face challenges in making decisions and deciding what we should do in each moment, and a calm reasonable approach can put us at the top of our game. To do this the best method we can use is meditation.
It should be mentioned that meditation does not follow any one religion, religion is not a requirement for meditation. However it is best to recognize a Higher Power which can be the object of meditation. It is the Higher Power that is the illuminator of the mind, the mind does not illumine itself. That illumination is the Light that we find inside ourselves.
The 4 Best Uses for Meditation
The benefits of a meditation practice are no secret. There have been many studies that show the positive effect meditating has on our health and our well-being. Here we have made a list of four top uses for meditation and how it can change your life for the better.
Finding Peace and Relaxation
Meditation holds many physical, emotional and mental benefits like improving your mood and sharpening your focus. Besides curing common difficulties, meditation can be very good for finding peace and relaxation.
We run through our busy day and have so many choices and decisions to make. The more responsibility you have in life, the more you can use meditation.
It seems like the more you have to do, the less time you have, and along with many decisions comes many thoughts. “Should I do this or Should I do that?”, we always have to choose and decide. The minds activity doesn’t have to be a bother and with meditation we “lube the mind” and make it possible to have a clean and fluid thought process.
Fluid mind is half of the definition of peace. When we are fluid we flow with the changes and we allow ourselves to interact in a harmonious way. Doing this we are in the place of peace, then peace naturally follows.
Meditation is food for the soul and when we find peace, when get to a state of clarity, then it only naturally follows that we find relaxation. Relaxation is when we calm ourselves and, in peace, we let down all our defenses and feel the peace like the flowing of a river. So remember when you meditate, just be calm, take a deep breath and relax. It is a form of letting go or release.
Meditation For Being Present
Meditation can give you clarity and a good meditation is focusing on being present, “being in the now.” Often times people get so busy that they wonder how they will find time to do it all. This could be about today, this week or in the next month but often we get the idea that there is a lot to do.
It’s possible that you might feel overwhelmed or somewhat stressed but with meditation you can resist the urge to go into overdrive, to try and get it all done quickly.
A good type of meditation for being present and non-judgemental is Mindfulness Meditation. This meditation improves your focus, helping you stay attentive and allowing you to do more with the resources you have.
Sometimes you might have your mind on several things and you find yourself having difficulty staying focused. Then it’s good to practice Mindfulness Meditation and focus your mind on being present, “here and now” and viewing your thoughts in a non-judgemental way so you just allow things to be.
Many people struggle with being present, for reasons like they spend too much time thinking about the past (or the future) and feeling depressed, or they anticipate the future with anxiety. For this meditation helps you keep calm with your thoughts centered in the present, in the now.
This allows you to enjoy life as you live it, to stop worrying about the things in the future and let go of past pain for good. In this process of seeing clearly and letting go of the false notions (that you don’t need) you can be present and centered and enjoy the life of the present, with all of its fullness.
Meditation For Managing Thoughts
One of the best things meditation is good for is managing thoughts. So often thoughts come up and at the same time we are trying to do something, and we wish we could just sort it all out. Enter meditation!
Meditation can help you gain your bearings and really get a handle on things. Maybe you can’t deal with your workload and that pile of work on your desk seems to multiply every time you turn your back, or deadlines are looming and you may feel that it is too much and it’s hard to cope. Meditation can really help with this.
Here we have a little Calming Meditation for you to try:
Calming Breath Meditation
- The best start for meditation is to find a place that is quiet and you can get a space for yourself.
- See that there are not too many distractions around and take a moment just to breathe.
- Watch your breathing as you go: inhale, pause, then exhale, and allow a pause also after the exhale.
- Your breath rises and sets as you inhale and exhale and you start to see the cycle of breathing – it’s actually a four part cycle – inhale, pause, exhale, pause.
- Watching your breath rise and then set gets you into a routine and you start to feel the rhythm of it.
- In and out, in and out, up and down, up and down – this is the breathing cycle.
- Before too long you will start to notice that, as you watch your breath, the breathing calms down and can get to a place where it almost stops.
- Don’t worry about this because breathing has an automatic mechanism that tells you to breathe in after you haven’t done it for awhile.
- Also you will notice that, as your breathing calms down, your mind will calm down too.
- This is a marvelous relationship between the breath and the mind and how they are both in this together.
- When the mind calms down you get a fresh feeling and you can notice that you are ok and that it is possible to be at peace.
- It is good to keep watching your breath but if thoughts come up you don’t have to worry.
- Just let the thoughts be and practice the non-judgemental aspect of being present, as the observer of all of this.
- Being in touch with your mind and body is what meditation is truly about so when you get to this state there is really no reason to leave.
- Enjoy the peace and calm and even the Cosmic wonder of it.
- When you meditate you can be in a harmony with the entire universe.
- There is then a universal oneness that is actually the true link between all of us.
- When you have had enough just take a minute to reflect on your meditation and remember that it is a good thing and we should do it often.
Meditation For Curing Maladies
Meditation can help you calm your thoughts and sometimes it could be that your problems seem insurmountable so then meditation becomes essential for helping manage your workload.
Because meditation helps you to find new perspectives and increase self-awareness, it can also improve your problem-solving skills. It improves your perception, brings clarity to the mind and it helps you to change the way you perceive things. A sense of calmness and peace of mind are common experiences.
Some common maladies are often cured by meditation. It can cure envy, greed, jealousy, hatred, anger or resentment just by taking the time to calm yourself and meditate on peace. Although these troubles seem problematic they definitely can be cured by meditation and once you start to feel the energy of meditation and see the changes and growth then making further progress definitely becomes possible.
Meditation can help you change your thought and behavioral patterns to help you break out of your existing routines and see the light of a brighter future. In this way some people even you meditation against aging. It is possible that, as you meditate and grow, you will see the newness and crave change.
There is always the possibility of difficulties and the less we have of it the better. So when it seems that circumstances aren’t so favorable you can just meditate and be present mindfully to calm your thoughts and once again put things in order.
Since we see that meditation is the art of silencing the mind and thus concentration is increased, we experience inner peace even if we are in the midst of worldly situations. This inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from.
In ancient times, as long as 5000 years ago, when people meditated it was for Knowledge of Self, of our true Being (Enlightenment). Meditation enables us to have a deeper understanding of our inner self and so with meditation we can gain a better understanding of ourselves and our life’s purpose.
“In meditation we feel the love like the current in a river”
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