Originally Posted @FITLODE
The odd stigma surrounding meditation and other forms of increasing self-awareness (e.g. Yoga) seem to be becoming almost non-existent.
We are becoming more comfortable with ourselves and even finding that meditation may be a gateway to feelings of satisfaction in life. We are becoming aware that taking responsibility for our inner space may be the answer to overall health and exterior achievement, whether it is a physical transformation, a personal or career goal.
We are starting to see everything as a whole and how important all parts of us are to the other, our inner and outer space, our physical as well as our emotional states. Meditation helps us feel more connected to ourselves and is such an amazing life-changing tool.
When we become more aware of our thoughts and emotions as they happen, which is what meditation can enable us to do, we are less likely to be overwhelmed and react to them. It helps us to see situations as they are and not how they appear through our emotions or thoughts. The result? Increased effectiveness in everyday life. We experience a greater sense of well-being, heightened energy levels and gain self control.
There are so many different ways to meditate. One book that is really helpful is The Spirit of Meditation by Erica Brealey. It includes guided meditations and many different methods, as well as interesting information on some of the different forms of meditation and Yoga. Audio tapes and online guided meditations may really help as well.
Meditation can teach us to watch our thoughts and emotions, making us witnesses to them. The amazing author, Eckhart Tolle, who wrote The Power of Now, A New Earth, Stillness Speaks, calls this process “Watching the Thinker.” This enables us to step back and see things with a clearer view, instead of being a victim. We become victims to our thoughts and emotions when we feel overcome by them. We don’t see the difference between the reality of a situation and our thoughts/feelings (perceptions) about it. We then react through the emotion or feeling, not to the situation as it is.
To be able to separate reality from our perception of reality is an amazingly valuable tool, especially during times of increased stress. It is also a huge help if impulsive behaviour is an issue (if we’re quick to react in anger, or are carefree about spending money, or look for immediate gratification through poor food choices, etc.) We see that the thought or emotion has no control over our actions.
There really are countless ways we can benefit from taking time to meditate. Even if it’s only 10 minutes a day, with patience we will definitely begin to feel and see the benefits. With these benefits, we will see a change in our lives.