What Is Meditation
Meditation is the art of looking inward.
When the mind notices itself, concentration is increased and we experience inner peace in the midst of worldly turmoil. This elusive inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from!
Have you heard that meditation is good for you?
It seems like every magazine, blog and talk show have mentioned meditation in the past couple of years. Usually how it makes you happier, improves focus as well as your health. There is obviously a growing foundation for the benefits of meditation, but it’s important to remember the fundamental reason to meditate …
growth and development.
Meditation, in its essence, helps us develop both awareness and distance from our thoughts and emotions.
Two Things Happen When We Meditate
First, the perceived space between our ideas and emotions begins to appear. While we may still get annoyed at our co-worker or partner, the usual bite isn’t there.
The strength of the disturbance has lessened its hold on us.
Simultaneously, the clarity of awareness starts to kick in. We begin to notice what is really going on in our own mind.
This steadily decreases in time.
We may remember an incident when we didn’t act so nicely a year ago, then six months ago, then a month, a week — until finally in the moment the disturbances come up, we catch it.
But now we are no longer caught by our thought or feeling.
Now, it is something we can manageably work with. We recognize that being angry or upset has no real value and simply move on.
Meditation helps us create the internal conditions that allow us to develop and work with everything that we are.
Until we recognize that there really are no limits.
Getting Started with Meditation
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If you can be continuously aware of each thought as it rises, and if you can be so indifferent to it that it doesn’t sprout or flourish, you are well on the way to escaping from the entanglements of mind.
– Annamalai Swami