What is Meditation?
Meditation is a process of clearing the mind of thoughts and getting in touch with your inner self. The essence of meditation is breathing. By focusing on your breathing, it allows your mind to slow down from excessive thoughts and mental chatter. It gives you a chance to study how your mind works.
Meditation implies a quality of mind that can completely attend, therefore, a mind that can be completely still. The mind is always chattering, always talking, either to itself, within itself or to somebody, always in movement. How can a mind which is everlastingly chattering perceive anything? Only a mind that is completely attentive has the total energy to observe, because you need tremendous energy to observe.
J.Krishnamurti, Talks and Dialogues in Sydney 1970
Through meditation, you realize that you are the observer of your thoughts and emotions. You begin to realize that your thoughts are just thoughts. Thoughts are based on past and future events. Most of our anxiety and fear are based on too much thought and not enough present moment awareness. Thoughts and emotions will come and go. They are transient like clouds in the sky.
Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.
Present Moment Awareness
Meditation allows you to be in the present moment. There is great peace and calmness when you are living in the present. It gives you clarity and mental strength. Meditating is a great way to clear your head of all the garbage we have accumulated in our minds.
Where Did Meditation Start?
Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It started mainly in India with the Hindu’s and Buddhist’s. It was used as a tool to find your way to enlightenment. The state of enlightenment is an end to all suffering. An enlightened person realizes that true suffering is mind made. They do not identify with the mind or ego, allowing yourself to just be, without judgement or hatred. They look at life not through the screen of thought and knowledge, but pure awareness. You are that awareness that is observing every thought, emotion and aspect of life. Through meditation, that has been passed down from thousands of years, one can gain insight and peace of mind.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has become a way of life for many people. There is a growing number of people realizing what meditating has to offer. Less stress, more happiness and clarity in life are just some of the positive outcomes from a meditation routine.
Meditation will help rewire the way your thought process works in the brain. By meditating daily, you cause a shift in consciousness. It allows for:
- Less obsessive thinking
- Reduced anxiety
- More creativity
- Being more present in life
- Improves the immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increased energy
- More focused
Silence and Stillness
Meditation is also the process of observing and connecting with silence and stillness. Eckhart Tolle states “Stillness is your essential nature”. Everything comes from and returns to stillness. Through silence and stillness there is a inner calmness, clarity and tranquility. Meditation offers a way to reconnect with your true essential nature to move beyond the thinking mind and emotions and find that inner stillness and peace.
Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.
Peace of Mind
We are all just seeking peace of mind as Gautam Sachdeva explains it in this video. Through meditating over time, you will become a calmer, relaxed and more peaceful person. You will find that life’s problems can be handled much easier. The little things don’t bother you as much anymore. You become a more centered individual. Start meditating slowly at first and then increase it as you feel more comfortable. On this site you will learn the basics of meditation. We offer free guided meditations to help you get started. We also recommend books, products and sounds of nature that will help you in your meditative practice. Why not give it a try today? It could change your life, like it did ours.