Meditation is a way of discovering, and then nourishing the divine within you; once the self-observation becomes a dominant part of your persona, you’ve made the first step toward inner unfolding. All the suffering you may have been feeling to that point has been due to your disconnection with the inner soul, but mediation will help recognize and ground that connection. No, the results of meditation don’t come over night. Everything is a process, and so is the journey to yourself. It’s a long journey but every step is gratifying in its own right. Trust it and trust yourself.
For all of you who have been thinking of taking up meditation, here are some questions answered that will lead you in into your new journey.
Meditation Is A Balancing Technique
Questions on what constitutes as meditation often arise; in essence, this is a balancing technique (a balance established between the inner and outer world) that works towards the holistic awareness which, in turn, expands and contributes to meditation.
Meditation Is Multi-Beneficial
Meditation is a process that touches upon many aspects of one’s life and persona.
The impact meditation can have on your life is profound as it starts a process of multi-dimensional actualization; meditation is linked to balance, wholeness, wakefulness, and the ultimate fulfillment of being human.
Meditation Isn’t Just A Stress-Relief Technique
While meditation does affect stress reduction, and it has many other emotional, physical and mental benefits, it isn’t primarily meant to reduce stress (only). This is just a by-product of much more important benefits such as increasing multi-dimensional wholeness and fulfillment. It is safe to say that meditation is the best self-help you can practice.
Meditation Doesn’t Require Renunciation Of Your Habits
Even though there is a general idea that, once we start meditating, we need to let go of everything “bad” (smoking, drinking, drugs, etc) we’ve been doing to that point, we don’t necessarily have to. Obviously, turning to a healthier lifestyle is always recommended but that doesn’t essentially mean living as a monk in order to experience bliss and peace.
Keeping your life experience as it is, you can still have a very profound meditative journey. In time, your body and mind will start reacting to your meditations and you’ll most probably feel the need to change things in your life or around it. Don’t be scared or confused when that happens, it’s absolutely normal.
Meditation Is A Day To Day Habit
Anyone who is serious about their journey towards balance, should mediate on daily basis. Even, if possible – mediate more than once a day. Meditating regularly generates momentum and makes your experience effortless. However, if you are not in a position to mediate daily, meditate on occasions when you can. Three or four times a week is tolerable, as you don’t want to jump on the wagon to progress and then disrupt it with irregular meditative practices.
At days when you can’t make it to your meditation class or chance doesn’t allow it you organize the time to meditate, read books about meditation that will encourage your positive spirits.
What is very important to understand is that, meditating often doesn’t necessarily mean achieving faster progress. Mind your peak level of tolerance and invest in a steady forward motion.
Meditation Is Individual
Mediation isn’t the practice to turn to for immediate results; no self-awareness has come within days and you need patience to get there. Rather than nervously rushing towards meditation results, embrace it as a continuous work on yourself and a sure (and steady) pathway to progress.
Do know that some of the meditation benefits will begin to unfold immediately – like stress reduction, an (in)flow of positive feelings like gratitude and love, a calmer attitude towards ongoing problems, etc. Naturally, all changes are individual and while some may experience these feelings surfacing, others may feel a whole different set of emotions. All are natural and expected, and should be appreciated for everything that they bring as they are a positive experience, altogether.
Regular meditative practice “provokes” the innate happiness and joy, encouraging these feelings to be more naturally experienced, and become a constant.
Contributed by Chloe Taylor