What Is A Meditation – Meditation is a practice that’s been around for many decades yet there is still a huge misconception about what it really is. Generally, people like to associate meditation with a monk sitting on top of a mountain cross leg staring into the horizon but in reality, it’s actually something that everyone can do. Each and everyone can benefit from meditation. There have been plenty of studies that prove this. Some of the advantages are explained below to understand what meditation really is.
We have to look at our own lives first. There’s something that we’re doing every single day for the majority duration of the day. We’re thinking. We’re always thinking. Humans are addicted to thinking. Try to stop thinking right now for just 10 seconds. Chances are unless you’ve been practicing meditation for a while you had at least a couple of thoughts pop into your mind during this short period. You might say well thinking isn’t a bad thing, it’s good. We need to think to survive. Don’t we ? Well to some extent that’s true. If you really sit down and take a look at it the large majority of your thinking isn’t as useful as you think. It is a lot of it is actually quite negative.
Just to prove a point sat down with a pencil and paper for five minutes and record as many of your thoughts that you could. I experimented with it. I had a total of a whopping two thoughts that was considered to be either positive or constructive. While on the other hand, I had a total of eleven thoughts that I would consider to be negative and not constructive at all.
Interestingly they also have a direct correlation with how you feel. For example, let’s say that you’re at a party and the following dot pops into your mind. What am I doing for my hands ? I should be talking to people. Am I being awkward and all of a sudden you’re feeling anxious.
Another example let’s say that you’re on the train and somebody steps on your shoe by accident. You start thinking he didn’t say sorry how dare he and all of a sudden you’re feeling angry.
So we know that we think a lot and we also know that most of our thoughts are either negative or not constructive. We also know that our dots can affect how we feel. So you can see how we came to the conclusion that thinking too much might just make you feel crappy sometimes.
Now how does thinking related to meditation. Well there are hundreds of different ways that you can meditate. Breathing meditation, Mantra meditation, Guided meditation and many more but all of them do one thing in common they teach us how to slow down the number of thoughts entering our mind as well as the speed over which thoughts enter our mind. And with practice, you can even reach points where you have no thoughts for short periods of time and this is why meditation has so many benefits.
When you think less you become more in control of your emotions. When you practice meditation you’re basically teaching your mind how to turn off your dots like a switch. So the next time somebody steps on your shoe and you start thinking how rude you can just turn it off, you can control whether or not you want to get mad on top of that. When you think less you start spending less time in your head and more time outside and you start noticing few things such as trees are brighter, the birds are beautiful. You’ll also notice flowers on the floor. You’ll become less involved with your thoughts and more involved with the real world. That is the beauty of meditation or you can say a big advantage of meditation.