What is Meditation?
What is meditation and what does it mean to meditate? Meditation is sometimes misunderstood, despite all of its popularity and trendy upswing. Some people consider meditation as a strong concentration or focus on something, while others consider it as an imagery process that brings them to a calm and peaceful place. People use many methods in their meditations, however, whatever method you choose, it should be to satisfy one purpose. The goal of meditation is to stop the thinking mind. To slow down the constant chatter till it eventually comes to a complete stop. This is awareness. Presence. Meditation.
Instead of focusing solely on the thinking mind, begin to put your attention within. Focus on the soul. Shut off the chatter in the mind, and just listen. Practice this by simple meditation. It need not be complicated. Don’t order, wish, complain, or beg for things. Rather get still, focus on the breath, and listen to what your heart is trying to tell you. This is meditation. It is being still in your mind. It is part of every tradition in the world. It has nothing to do with religion, belief, idolatry or doctrine. Many confuse and compare this with prayer. There is a difference between prayer and meditation. Prayer is your speaking to God. Meditation is allowing God to speak to you. But it speaks in silence. And it is in that silence where it begins to manifest into inspiration and intuition. Prayer focuses outward, where meditation is an inward focus. Many people are led to believe that meditation is to be done a certain way, with a set of rules, and with a specific result in mind to be gained. In truth, meditation is not an act of doing, rather it is a state of being. We can all meditate anywhere, and at any time. It is to be still without thought. And in that stillness, we can be raised or transported above it all. Above all of the madness, that collective unconsciousness has manifested on this earth. Because at soul level there is pure consciousness. There is that connection with Oneness and that alert awareness in the heart that puts things back in spiritual order.
In this state of alert awareness, you are listening to what your spirit is telling you. There is no thinking. It is awareness without thought. As you practice meditation, you will begin to meditate everywhere you go, while doing anything, because it is not an act of doing, rather a state of presence. A state of being. You will understand and observe the mind as silent, yet you are completely alert. There is no greater peace than this state of presence. It is a doorway into an even greater, inner transformation that can bring you to a highly realized level of awareness.
Benefits of Meditation
- Stress reduction
- Better quality of life
- Connection in body, mind, and spirit
- Decreased health care costs
Meditation will reduce the stress you are aware of and the stress you didn’t know was lurking in your subconscious mind. When the stress level ends, better quality of life begins. It’s that simple. Once you can connect the body, mind, and spirit on a regular routine basis you will enhance all areas of your life in ways you never knew were possible. The potential is there for less over the counter medications, fewer visits to the doctor, and fewer prescription drugs.
The goal is to see the magic within that can heal oneself and assist others in healing so that collectively we experience the compassion that promotes and assists in optimum health and well-being. The spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical benefits have been attributed toward meditation and have been practiced since around the 5th to 6th centuries BCE. What are you waiting for?
May I invite you to explore the inner peace that awaits you? Nothing is random. You being here reading this page is exactly where you are supposed to be. Listen to what your heart is telling you and take action. I am honored to assist in your journey in meditation, as you awaken to presence, and embrace the inner peace that far exceeds anything the external world has to offer.