Meditation and Its Importance

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Meditation and Its Importance

You may have heard about meditation before, seen it on social media, heard of a friend doing it, or heard of the real Yogi Masters or Monks who practice this every single day for many hours at a time, but have you ever thought about and understood the real meaning of meditation? It's really interesting how commercial meditation has become today and Meditation is phenomenal empowerment with ONLY benefits! Science tells us that out of thought, the average person has 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those thoughts: 95 percent repeat again and again each day, and, on average, 80 percent of repeated thoughts are negative!

What is meditation about?

First, you need to understand that Meditation is about nothingness - (No-thing), which means that you clear your mind from thoughts, so you think about “nothing”. A lot of people are doing affirmations inside their head like I AM or I LOVE… And then you are actually “Focusing” on thinking. Also, the wrong thing is to do it when you are most stressed because that will be impossible to get into “Nothingness”, so that is NOT a good time to get into the meditative state. Right now the majority of the world looks at meditation as a process for an outcome, but in fact, Meditation IS THE OUTCOME and not the process. What does that mean? That means that a lot of people use meditation to destress, but, if you understand Meditation, it is the outcome, and when you get there, that very beautiful place of BLISS, it is amazing.

How should you practice?

The best moment to practice Meditation is when your mind is calm down and you are most at peace. Do not try to NOT think about anything - That means, that if you are thinking about “not” thinking, you will probably think about something and start a dialogue in your head. Instead of that (and this is the key) practice witnessing. A dialogue only starts from your senses, etc. if you hear a sound of a car or hear a door, then you start a dialogue. practice witnessing means that you only witness the sounds or the thoughts that are coming into your mind, without questioning. just let them pass.

Where to place your hands when meditating?

There are many different types of “Mudras” (Hand positions) and they all have different meanings and different effects, but Probably the most well-known of all mudras, the Gyan mudra is most often found in meditation classes. It is also called the Jnana Mudra or the gesture of wisdom. This mudra helps harness the power of concentration, memory, and wisdom. It is also useful for dealing with a creative block.

Are there different ways to meditate?

There are some other ways too, but you should look into these:
Transcendental meditation: (Unique) Transcendental meditation is a simple, natural technique. In this form of meditation: No concentrating, No control of the mind, No monitoring of thoughts (mindfulness), and No trying to “empty the mind. This form of meditation may allow your body to settle into a state of profound rest and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort.
Guided meditation:Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds, and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher on youtube.
Mantra meditation:In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought, or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts.
Mindfulness meditation: This type of meditation is based on being mindful or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. In mindfulness meditation, you broaden your conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions. But let them pass without judgment.
Yoga:You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you're encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.

What are the benefits?

These are just some of the benefits of meditation:
On a physical level, meditation:
⦁ Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy.
⦁ Improves the immune system.
⦁ Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks.
⦁ Decreases any tension-related pain, such as tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle, and joint problems.
⦁ Lowers high blood pressure.
⦁ Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior.
⦁ Increasing self-awareness.
⦁ Focusing on the present.
⦁ Reducing negative emotions.

12 Mental Benefits of Meditation

With meditation, The mind becomes fresh, delicate, and beautiful. It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down. With regular practice of meditation:
⦁ Anxiety decreases
⦁ Intuition develops
⦁ Emotional stability improves
⦁ Problems become smaller
⦁ Gain clarity
⦁ Creativity increases
⦁ Happiness increases
⦁ Gain peace of mind
⦁ Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation.
⦁ A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger, and frustration.
⦁ An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to a lack of action/progress
⦁ The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection.
Meditation makes you aware - that your inner attitude determines your happiness.

Spiritual benefits of meditation

Meditation doesn’t have a religion and can be practiced by anybody regardless of the faith they follow.
⦁ Connecting to the divine
⦁ Effortless transition from being something to merging with the infinite and recognizing yourself as an inseparable part of the whole cosmos.
⦁ Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally start discovering more about yourself and love yourself
⦁ In a meditative state, you are in a space of vastness, calmness, and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.
⦁ A more balanced and grounded sense of being
⦁ A deep experience of inner stillness, peace, and contentment
⦁ A personality radiating an unshakable smile, love, calmness, and serenity
⦁ A neutral attitude without any intense cravings or aversions to anything or anybody
⦁ A heightened sense of spiritual awakening and freedom
⦁ Increased awareness and mindfulness
⦁ A sense of inner bliss that is independent of outer circumstances
⦁ A strong and genuine sense of who you are
⦁ At ease and natural wherever you go, whomever you are with
⦁ Well-bonded, nurturing, fulfilling relationships
⦁ A feeling of abundance and security, generosity and gratitude
⦁ An even state of mind with less reactivity and feverishness
⦁ A strong sense of belonging and connection to all, with a willingness to care and share
⦁ More compassion and kindness, friendship and forgiveness
⦁ An increase in creativity, imagination, and out of box thinking
⦁ Broder's vision with clarity about the purpose of life
⦁ More resilient and greater ability to handle stress and uncertainty
⦁ Increased acceptance

The spiritual perspective:

If we are talking from a spiritual perspective, it is said that one way you can access UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES is through the daily practice of silence, meditation, and non-judgment. Spending time in nature will also give you access to the inherent properties of the field; infinite creativity, freedom, and total bliss. Practicing silence means committing to spending a certain amount of time just being. experiencing silence is tantamount to periodically refraining from speaking. it also implies that sometimes from watching TV, listening to the radio, or reading books. If you never allow yourself to experience silence, it creates turbulence in your inner dialogue. set aside sometime now and then to experience silence or commit to maintaining silence for a certain amount of time each day. To begin with, you will feel a strong need to say something. The feeling of restlessness and anxiety comes as a plus, but as you practice this, you will find that your inner dialogue calms down and soon the silence will become deep. This is because after a while the mind gives up, as it has nothing to cling to as it has ALWAYS done. It will discover and recognize that there is no point in thinking and thinking if the Self (your real self) does not say anything anyway. For some of you when you begin your meditation journey, it may take months, or maybe even years to get into that place of bliss, but when you do, you will start understanding, you will start witnessing, you will start experiencing an out of body experience, you will start connecting with the divine. You will understand the fact that everything is energy and energy is everything. What should you do? Yogi and monks say that just 1-4 minutes a day for a beginner will be enough to start with. Then you slowly build up with time. Once you start meditating there is no going back. it all starts with "TAKING THE FIRST STEP"