Practice of Meditation
Meditation is a practice in which an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
The basic concept of meditation is that it is a practice that connects the mind and the body. Its purpose is to help increase both physical and mental peace and calm, which also helps you to learn how to live more fully in the present.
There are 2 wings of meditation:
The 1st wing, is learning to stop. Stopping our minds from running after a desire and chasing temptations. In today’s western society, we are living in a distracted culture. A culture that distracts us from being disconnected from ourself. The more distracted me we the more disconnect we become from ourselves. Stopping also help us from being angry, from all the habits that bring us suffering. To meditate is to learn to have time to cultivate ourselves in being in the present moment.
To be in the present moment, is to bring the mind home, to our body.
The 2nd wing, is to look deeply within for insights. If we stop the mind, we will have a chance to see more clearly. To see things that are happening inside of us and understand it more clearly. What are the roots of our thoughts? What are the roots of this feeling?
"Silence isn't empty, it's full of awareness"
Mindfulness is an energy of awareness to be cultivated in our daily life. Mindfulness is the energy that allows us to be in touch in the present moment. The practice here is meditation. To be in the present moment we must allow our mind and body to come together for it to unite. To be fully present is to come out of our mind and into our body.
Having full acceptance of what I am, how I am and where I am. Self-compassion is a door that leads us to full self-acceptance and arriving home, the ones body and mind. My body is the home of the mind.
Meditation releases the stresses that are accumulated in our mind and leaves it fresh and clear. It brings the mind to the present moment, which is the field of all actions. Can we bring back the past? Can we smile two hours later? We can only plan for it. But, we can smile NOW. That is in our hands. Any action is possible only in the present moment. When the mind is totally in the present moment, we act with complete awareness.
Meditation is an inward journey that takes us towards a lasting solution. Once we find peace within, we are able to share it with our family, friends and society. And then we can move towards a better world!
Here are seven science-backed benefits of meditation:
Better focus and concentration. Studies have found that meditation can increase grey matter in parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
Improve self-esteem and self-awareness. Self-observation without judgement is one of the core tenets of meditation, and it can help you see yourself in a new way.
Reduce stress. Meditation can lower levels of cortisol — the stress hormone — and help you feel more calm and relaxed.
Fight addiction. Research has found that mindfulness training can help prevent future relapses for those with substance use disorders.
Control pain. Many doctors recommend meditation – especially body scans — to help manage chronic pain.
Promote altruistic behavior. Some studies have found that meditation may even reduce implicit bias and fight against racial prejudice.