Meditation can appear to be a mysterious, elusive topic that got many fascinated. Meditation has moved from spiritual, being exclusive to practices of Buddhist monks to the average, unassuming public, probably because of popular culture of the practice of mindfulness which is a good thing in fact!
The more open people are to other views, the more people understand about meditation and the more relevant and relatable meditation is for people; the better. It is good to dispel any misconceptions and confusion surrounding the topic and in doing so allows mediation to be something practical that can benefit everyone.
Essentially the aim of meditation is not to clear the mind of thoughts but to be more aware (mindful) of the present – all the thoughts and feeling that constitute the now. It is not about getting rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings within the mind but allowing the re-direction of thoughts and focusing attention to the present; which over time will help you to disengage and let go the negative thoughts and feelings. Practising mediation helps you to better control your attention, focusing it away from attachment to emotions and thoughts which is the cause our unhappiness and suffering.
Mediating for just a few minutes a day can help you feel a lot more relaxed, calm, happier and mindful. It is certainly possible fit mediation into our modern, busy and even chaotic lives. Make time for meditation and you will find you have more time. Your productivity will also increase. Scheduling a set time for it every day as part of your daily routine will not only make you feel calm and peaceful immediately after mediating but the effect will transcend into your daily life and overall well-being.
Meditation need not be separate from our daily human lives but can be part of it and actually make us happier, healthier and more productive. And meditating itself needn’t be difficult either. You don’t have to be religious or spiritual to practise meditation, you just have to be open to trying it. Meditation is about connecting mind and body to be in the present.
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