Meditation is the practice of mindfulness that has been in use for thousands of years. Mindfulness translates to being in the present moment that results in a more relaxed state of mind. There are different meditation methods, such as Guided Meditation, Mantra Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, and Yoga. The first step on the meditation journey includes finding a relaxed location far from anxiety. Next, find a comfortable position and start practicing deep breathing. Finally, focus on the present and avoid distracting thoughts coming to your mind.
Our mind is like a highway that thousands of thoughts (mostly negative) pass it every day. By bringing these negative thoughts to our attention, we unwantedly strengthen their neural pass-ways. This results in more anxiety every day. Meditation quiets our mind and eliminates the invasion of these negative thought stream to our mind. Consequently, the mind has an easier time to get relaxed and connect with the inner voice. Therefore, meditation may result in self-discovery as well.
Meditation has many benefits. It may reduce psychological biases, improve your relationships, enhance your attention span, resulting in a more relaxed state of mind. Additionally, scientific research suggests the many health benefits of meditation. Meditation can improve health conditions, such as anxiety, asthma, cancer, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep problems.
Here are a few selected quotes on the importance of meditation:
“The act of meditation is being spacious.” Sogyal Rinpoche
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” Bruce Lee
“The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.” J. Donald Walters
“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.” Zen Master Hsing Yun