In a modern world that values fast-paced activity, achievements and results, more and more people are turning to meditation to satisfy a fundamental need for silence, inner peace, and a moment of reflection. Meditation is an opportunity to spend time by ourselves, without feeling at the beck and call of others. Spending even 5 minutes on quietening the mind and focusing on the present moment, makes us more relaxed and effective decision makers, has multiple health benefits and helps us unlock the doors to internal happiness.
The link between mind & body
Numerous studies have shown that meditation has multiple health benefits. Many of these benefits are related to the decrease in stress that occurs through meditation. For example, with lower levels of stress and anxiety, the probability of heart disease diminishes significantly. This is not to say meditation guarantees you good health. But, there is a growing awareness of the link between our state of mind and physical health. Quite often physical ailments are symptoms of inner turmoil. Meditation can give us peace of mind, and this can be a helpful step in releasing this turmoil and avoiding many stress related ailments. Meditation has also been shown to relieve the pain associated with certain illnesses.
Quieting the mind
How often do you find yourself victim to your own negative thoughts? The art of meditation teaches that, not only is it possible to control our thoughts, but, we can learn to stop them completely. This creates peace of mind and enables us to achieve what we want to.
When we live in the mind it is easy to get distracted by small irritations. For example, maybe we find it intolerable to be kept waiting in a line, or we get upset by a small misdemeanour of another person. The solution is not to avoid these minor problems, because they will keep appearing. The only effective solution is to develop detachment and keep things in perspective. A powerful benefit of meditation is that we are able to detach ourselves from these insignificant, yet irritating thoughts. This detachment is not indifference, it is just that we are able to maintain equanimity in the midst of life’s inevitable turbulence.
Finding inner peace
Meditation takes us to the source of happiness, which is to be found in our own peace of mind. If we have no peace of mind and are constantly attacked by negative thoughts, happiness will remain elusive, no matter how successful we are on an outer plane. Meditation shows us that happiness is not dependent on outer circumstances, but on our inner attitude.
The power of concentration
Through meditation we gradually improve our powers of concentration; this focus can be used for both meditation, and also other activities we engage in. In one pointed concentration there is great power; our energy and focus do not get dissipated; we can do more in less time.
Living in the present moment
Meditation helps us to live in the current moment, and thus can help us to unlock our creative potential. When we live in the thinking mind, we are usually preoccupied with the past or future. When we spend our energy on the past and future, we cover up our natural spontaneity and creativity in the present. If we can learn to quiet the mind, we realise that we have far more potential than we currently believe.
Meditation is the route to wellness
In meditation we gain a new perspective of life, uncoloured by our own egoistic perspective and limitations. The benefits of meditation are real, but, it also requires life-long perseverance. If you feel empty inside; if you aspire to know more about the nature of existence and life, if you are plagued by stress or ill-health, then meditation can be of great help.
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