What is Meditation?
What is Meditation and how can it help me?
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a simple and effective way to free ourselves from what can feel like the endless treadmill of thought and action we experience in our daily lives.
It opens up space inside, and allows us to contact our inner reserves of strength, awareness, vitality, love, peace, and wisdom - effortlessly, as a spontaneous result of regular practice.
Through dedication to our practice, we gradually become the open, warm, and compassionate observer of our patterns and tendencies, freeing us to implement any change and growth we wish to in order to bring more harmony into our existence. We discover from a deeper perspective a gentle and profound self-acceptance.
The physical and emotional benefits of meditation are well-documented and include deep relaxation, stress release, and inner peace. Meditation boosts the immune system and makes us more alert and focussed outside of meditation. It helps us to “mind the gap” between thought and action and gives us space to reflect and respond in a fresh and spontaneous way to both familiar and unexpected challenges.
Many people think meditation is about clearing the mind and emptying it of thoughts. This is a myth. The mind’s function is to think, just as the heart’s function is to pump blood or the lungs’ function is to breathe. It is very natural for thoughts to wander through and play in the mind during meditation. In this meditation, we don’t try to control thoughts or empty the mind. We simply allow our awareness to drop deeper than the level of thought, rendering thoughts in meditation unimportant.
Benefits of Meditation:
- Simple, easy, natural, practised for over 5000 years
- Physical relaxation
- Mental and emotional calming
- Dipping into the reservoir of inner strength and peace
- Deep release of long-held stresses and patterns
- Increased sense of well-being, efficiency, energy, focus
- Bringing inner and outer life into harmony