Some people believe that meditation is just an escape from our lives, painful feelings or situations we cannot bear or solve. In reality, we cannot look at meditation and denial of some life situation as something similar. Our experience showed us, that meditation is the exact opposite of the denial.
Meditation means to step out from the noisy confusion of the projected world and of ourselves for the simple and quiet clarity of the here and now. Meditation is to stop and face up to reality. In meditation, we explore our minds openly and honestly without denying anything.Meditation is when the meditator has their entire, or part of their attention directed inward to the thoughts, feelings, and the flow of energy monitoring and control. The meditator can search for the origin of thoughts, feelings and energy flows seen. Do you want to meditate and you don’t know how? Find instructions and guidance here!
Alert and focused – these things are rare. Instead of being in the here and now. We can be distracted by our own worries and thoughts Meditation can counter these things. The benefit of meditation to our well-being has been demonstrated many times. Nevertheless, many believe meditation is not for them. Perhaps they know too little about this method.
The need to finally turn off to think about other things to leave the everyday rat race, to shake off the stress of space and perhaps to develop new ideas and goals – many of us can relate to this.
It is imperative that we feel equally at home in both states:
"Demands for a life of exertion and effort, to include periods of rest, relief and relaxation."
Usually we get the necessary balance in more detail, by simply sleeping, dozing off, dancing, or pursuing a hobby. But we are not always, able to let go of the tension in this way. And then what? Then we have to look for other ways. Meditation might be such a way, because it is first and foremost a method of relaxation.
And for all scientifically proven methods of relaxation: who controls them, not only learns serenity, but also alternative modes of action to respond to stress. The stress can be in everyday life, we can deal with stress better and learn to tolerate chronic pain.
Especially chronic stress, if we can not think of any possible solutions for the stress-causing situation and fail with all of the counter-strategies, it is helpful to pause to calm yourself and to look carefully at alternative ways of coping. The mediation techniques at hand will help you do just that.
Whether practicing a program like Bensonmethode, yoga, Tai Chi or Zen meditation - all methods, are a mental workout that has it all: "The meditating man deals with his mental states and processes, he exerts the conscious design of his own consciousness. "
Meditation calms mind and body and the effect is that we have a more benevolent attitude towards ourselves. But how can this state be achieved? Just concentrating on your breath has proven itself. :
"With a mindful breathing, we can exercise our inner need better and change towards the direction of peace and serenity."
This can also help to greatly diminish physical reactions to stress such as heart palpitations, and feelings that are experienced as upsetting. That is the reason why after we meditate we feel not only physically relaxed but also mentally and emotionally "calmed down". The effect of meditation is not a mystical miracle. It is impossible to be relaxed and fearful at the same time. Since you are only focusing on your breath, this allows you to seperate yourself from your other thoughts.
This interruption of thinking, that happens in the concentrated introspection, gives us even more opportunities than the short-term exit out of the stress: we get the chance to see our own situation from a different perspective - and possibly reinterpret it. If we feel stressed depends mainly on our assessment. Chronic, harmful stress, uncontrollable stress-response occurs only when we get stuck in a situation perceived as awkward and cannot get out of it with routine reactions. As we pause to recognize this, we may have the option to reinterpret what causes us stress as a "challenge" and thus it can be seen as a problem that must be tackled. For example, we could see a separation not as a disaster but as a chance to put things into new paths, a dismissal could provide the opportunity to consider again what kind of work you actually want to do. Perhaps, new ways of dealing with a chronic illness can show up as well.
Therefore, a basic meditation practice is to look at your own thoughts “without judging them and let them go its own ways”. This may sound banal, but by watching our own thoughts from the outside and learning to see ourselves “thinking”, we gain fundamental new insights. Even this “view-in-distance” can help you to stop identifying with your own thoughts and it also contains the idea that we, theoretically, could think something different. Exactly that is the reason to ignore the rise of feelings, an itch on the foot, burning legs, while in meditation - we should sense it and let it go. Those who can do that, have already laid the foundation for the exit from the rat race..
„The measurements of brain waves with the electroencephalography (EEG) and views from the interior of our Brain by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows us constant action in our head. By meditating the mind is also very active, but the pattern of activation and our mental state are fundamentally different. Instead of following the monkey who wants to be occupied, and to produce appropriate ideas, it looks calm calm.
"By exercising to look at things from a different perspective, we are no longer completely identified with all the feelings and thoughts. This distance creates a growing confidence that even dissolves the biggest inner dramas, if we manage not to respond to our thoughts."
Meditating not only strenghtens trust and confidence of being able to control your feelings. With focused introspection, we will also become more sensitive to everything we do. The beautiful colorful autumn foliage, the bright blue sky - these impressions we often don’t notice in everyday life.Literature:
In our mind are six very special hidden skills that will help us to certify the spiritual influence and overcome the internal barriers.
Through meditation and observance of ethical principles, we can clean our mind, consciousness, intellect and ego to overcome false and poor adhesion and convert its destructive energy into good.
These treasures are:Shama, Dama, Shraddha, Titiksha, Uparati, Samadhana.
Shama is inner peace and serenity. This we achieve by withdrawing the mind and senses from the transmission of the external world and centering it in the inner self..
Dama means self-control. When we restrain the senses, thoughts and feelings by mind (Buddhi), so that they do not run away like wild horses, we can avoid ill-considered actions and spare ourselves the resulting problems and suffering.
Shradda is trust. Trust is something very fundamental in spiritual and secular realtions in every respect. Where faith is lacking, doubts arise and gradually destroy love.
Whom should I trust? First of all, yourself. Many people have lost their confidence.
Furthermore have faith in your path and your mission, so that nothing can distract you or even lead you astray. The path to perfection requires absolute confidence.
Once you've chosen a path, do not be discouraged by difficulties. Truly believe in what you want to achieve and say to yourself, with inner certainty, "I will make it". Do not think: "I'll try it. " If so you're only paralyzing yourself. Bravely take the chance which fate gave you and put the result of your efforts in God's hands.
Third, believe in your master and God with absolute trust. If you always doubt, you can not see the truth, even if it would be right in front your eyes.
Uparati means to stand above things to depend on nothing and to fear nothing. If you are facing everything you encounter with a positive attitude, nothing can really harm you, because you can also draw valuable lessons from accidents. Fears and problems always arise when one fears to lose something. A rich man who surrounds himself with guards, locks and bars, is actually a prisoner of his property.
Titiksha is equanimity and inner strength. Everyone knows that in life we are confronted with obstacles and difficulties over and over again. When was existence ever entirely free of problems? Don’t lose your nerves, even if the situation seems hopeless. Remember that nothing lasts forever. Only the self is immutable and eternal. Everything else is impermanent and transitory, beacuse the time proceeds inexorably. The body is changing every second, as well as the thoughts, feelings and situations. Never despair, even if you are doing badly. Pray to God for Titiksha, inner strength, courage and fortitude..
Samadhana, the last of the six known treasures, means the inner awarness and goal-orientation. Never lose sight of the goal. If you encounter problems and resistance, sit down quietly, close your eyes and think about the situation. When an outburst of anger and rage threatens to overwhelm you, do not act immediately. Hold your distance and only observe the feelings.
Mahaprabhuji said: "In high seas one should not be diving for pearls." Wait until the internal waves have smoothed back and ask yourself very gently and calmly the following questions.
Therefore, Samadhana generally means to step back and observe. When the internal waves have calmed down, we can dive deep into our self. Only then we can see the truth and reality and understand the meaning of all the difficulties and suffering. By withdrawing the mind from external things, we can connect with the higher consciousness within us which knows the answer to all questions.
Meditation is not a matter of faith
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