I have already spoken a bit about meditation, but a few people have asked me to bring more details, so today I decided to create the most comprehensive search-based meditation content. I also rely on my personal experience.
So, what is meditation about? Does it really help or it’s just a popular concept used to make people seem cool? Let’s see.
Popular Definitions Of Meditation
First of all, I decided to bring here the most popular definitions for meditation found on the internet.
So, Wikipedia says:
“Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.”
“Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.”
Carl Jung says:
“In general, meditation and contemplation have a bad reputation in the West. They are regarded as a particularly reprehensible form of idleness or as pathological narcissism. No one has time for self-knowledge or believes that it could serve any sensible purpose. Also, one knows in advance that it is not worth the trouble to know oneself, for any fool can know what he is. We believe exclusively in doing and do not ask about the doer, who is judged only by achievements that have collective value. The general public seems to have taken cognizance of the existence of the unconscious psyche more than the so-called experts, but still nobody has drawn any conclusions from the fact that Western man confronts himself as a stranger and that self-knowledge is one of the most difficult and exacting of the arts.”
“Meditation is a tool that can help you still your mind and develop tranquility, concentration and equanimity.
There are many, many different types of meditation but what they all have in common is that they help you control the focus of your attention. This, in turn, helps you be less effected by outside forces and helps you to become calmer. Some meditation practices do this by having you focus on your breathing, some focus on physical sensations in the body and others focus on cultivating thoughts of love and kindness.
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ type of meditation; the key is to try some different styles until you find one that suits you.”
I’ve only chosen 4 sources, because the other ones have more or less the same explanation.
What I want to add here is that meditation is not an exercise we choose to do, the mind needs it and it is something it always has done.
So stop thinking about meditation techniques, or ways to do it. I think those things became too persistent and they may make us forget about the real, simple and natural meditation.
In two words meditation is: HERE and NOW. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do when you meditate, because every single human being has his own way. You can stay in silence, you can listen to music, you can keep your eyes open or not, you can focus on one thing or more things, you can focus on nothing. It doesn’t really matter as long as you spend time with yourself and you are 100% in the present moment.
Last time I suggested some steps and conditions for meditation, but actually, those are available only if you are still confused and you have never meditated before. It is a way to start, but the more you practice it, you may find other ways that will fit you better and that’s what meditation is all about. Finding you own way, finding yourself!
The Benefits Of Meditation
Meditation can be a science, a way to pray, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is the fact that it brings you all those benefits:
Emotional Well Being
- lessens worry, anxiety and impulsivity
- lessens fear, stress loneliness and depression
- enhances self-esteem and self-acceptance
- improves resilience against pain and adversity
- increases optimism, relaxation and awareness
- helps prevent emotional eating and smoking
- helps develop positive social connections
- improves your mood and emotional intelligence
- increases mental strength and focus
- increases memory retention and recall
- better cognitive skills and creative thinking
- better decision-making and problem solving
- better information processing
- helps ignore distractions
- improves immune system and energy level
- improves breathing and heart rates
- reduces blood pressure
- more longevity
- lessens heart and brain problems
- lessens inflammatory disorders and asthma
- lessens premenstrual and menopausal syndrome
Those are the most important benefits, but if you decide to meditate every day, you will notice even more benefits.
The Real And Simple Meaning Of Meditation
You’ve read the definitions above and you may say you know what meditation is, but I’ll give my definition and explanation based, mostly, on my experience, but also on searches.
We have lots of thoughts every day and most of them are negative or useless. When you try to meditate for the first time, in the first instance you will think it is impossible to stop your mind.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to force it to stop. It will if you start focusing on calming it. Your thoughts will not disappear, but they will be fewer and they will not interact with your emotions anymore.
All you have to do is to observe your mind without judgment. Just let it be in its natural form. You are the sky and your thoughts are the clouds. The sky doesn’t react. It just lets the clouds pass.
Start with 20 minutes of meditation per day. Sit in silence, keep your back straight, relax the other muscles, feel your breathing, observe your thoughts, but don’t interact with them.
You may be caught and carried away by your thoughts, but this it perfectly normal, as long as you remember you have to go back to focus on calming your mind.
Most people believe that they are doing it wrong when they have thoughts. Meditation doesn’t mean to not have thoughts. It means to let them be, let them pass and don’t be caught by them. Is that simple!
I’m not gonna make a list with all the ways and “techniques” of meditation. I believe these things bring even more confusion, especially if you are a beginner.
Meditation means focusing on NOW and HERE and observing everything as it is, without interacting.
Reducing The Whole Concept To A Single Point
I’m not gonna give you any extra information, because my main goal is not to create confusion, but to help people and answer their questions.
Therefore, I brought here a video that contains absolutely all the details about meditation and will answer all the questions in the most clear and simple way possible.
If you want to start to be in control of your life, to be happy, free, smarter, healthier, wiser and productive, I hardly recommend you to watch Leo’s video until the end. It is a real treasure!
I hope you found my post useful and if you have anything to ask or add about meditation, feel free to leave a comment below. Blessings!