Updated: Jun 11
Let's talk about meditation, a practice that's often regarded with reverence as if it were a religion. But really, it's a skill that has been around for over 3000 years, originating in India and still widely practiced today.
Of all the different types of meditation out there, the most important one is the kind that helps stabilize the mind. We need to learn how to recognize what happens to our mind before emotions take over. That's the key skill we need to develop - starting with a stable mind that doesn't spiral out of control when emotions come to the surface.
Our brains are truly incredible, and while our thoughts and feelings can be powerful, our mind is more than just that. It's like a light that allows us to be aware of whatever appears in our mind or outside of it. There's no pill or injection that can bring us true, lasting happiness - it's something we have to cultivate within ourselves, by recognising our true nature with the help of our mind.
Happiness is something that comes from within - we have to look inward to make sense of the uncertainties and challenges in our lives. That's the job of a meditator. While some people experience bliss or a sense of pleasure during meditation, that's not the reason we practice it. Meditation is a tool for getting to know ourselves - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
There are a lot of misconceptions about mindfulness and meditation. These practices have been marketed as a quick fix for pleasure, but that's not what they're really about.
Meditation is not an alternative to medication, nor is it just a relaxation technique. While relaxation techniques like yoga are great for finding calm, meditation is a rigorous and demanding skill that requires a lot of focus and dedication.
By developing this skill and practicing meditation regularly, we can learn to tame our minds and become more focused. Instead of mindlessly wandering through life lost in thought, we can change the quality of our mind and, in turn, change the world around us. So let's remember that meditation isn't a religion or a pill - it's a powerful tool for unlocking our true nature and cultivating lasting happiness.
Meditation is not just about relaxation or escaping from reality, but rather it's a practice that helps us understand our minds and develop inner strength. Through meditation, we learn to be present and aware of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations without being overwhelmed by them. It helps us cultivate a stable mind that can navigate life's challenges with clarity and calmness.
While meditation has been around for thousands of years, it has recently gained popularity due to its scientifically proven benefits on physical and mental health. By practicing meditation, we can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve our overall well-being.
So, whether you're new to meditation or have been practicing for years, it's important to remember that meditation is a journey, not a destination. It's a practice that requires patience, dedication, and self-compassion. With consistent practice, we can transform our minds and lives, and cultivate a deeper sense of peace, happiness, and purpose.
Daniel Troyak is a Mindfulness-based Therapist.
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