What’s meditation for exactly?

You might argue that what meditation is for, depends on what you want to get from it. Nonetheless, what you hope to get could be based on false ideals about what is possible. Some people believe meditating will cause them to become enlightened, which isn’t necessarily so. Of course, you may quieten your mind enough to allow new awareness to flow via meditation, which may aid your movement toward becoming enlightened. But, ultimately, meditation is a medicinal tool that helps stop inner chatter and gives you space and, potentially, healing.

The art of ‘sitting’ or meditating, is designed to help you do nothing, which is a paradox, since there’s no such thing as nothing. You don’t entirely empty your mind, you just stop filling it with stressful thoughts. Doing so gives your system a healthy break from anxiety, heightening a feeling of peace, and when you are in such a state you function beautifully. You stop producing stress chemicals, and you achieve the balance and harmony within that aids wellness.

You can add certain practices to meditation associated with working toward enlightenment. You might balance your chakras, with the intention of causing kundalini energy to rise to your third eye. But, meditation isn’t necessary for the attainment of enlightenment, it’s a vehicle that may help your journey if you wish, or might be used to reduce stress, which can assist you in being less defensive and angry, and more gentle and laid back. Likewise, regular practice could help you deal with pressure from an ongoing stressful situation, or simply enjoy a quiet time.

When you meditate, you may begin by focusing on the act of breathing, noticing the feeling of air traveling inside and of breathing out again. Concentrating entirely on your breath automatically slows down intrusive thoughts, as there’s no room for them. If unwanted thoughts arise, you pay them no attention and this causes them to fade. You return your attention to breathing and take pleasure in the relaxation response that begins to take place in your body and mind as you slow down. All of this might seem simple, which it is, but it’s the simplicity of meditation that does all the good work. Instead of making life complicated by running around and thinking of umpteen subjects at once, you give yourself permission to let go.

If you want to make meditation a habit, which will bring long lasting results, aim to practice for roughly twenty minutes a day. Though, if you can’t, don’t be put off; just take the time to meditate when you can and you’ll still gain immediate benefits.

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bridget webber

Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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