In this article, we decided to share with you what is meditation and how to use it. If you are often dissatisfied, scared, or stressed and it exhausts you, this can help you. Meditation brings peace to the one who meditates, but also to his environment and communities in general. It develops in the individual the ability to forgive, gratitude, and living in harmony.
Just as we take care of the purity of our physical body on a daily basis, it is also important to maintain the purity of our inner space, by freeing ourselves from all negativity, in which meditation can help us.
Some people just naturally ‘get’ it and some have an easier time with it than others. There is no ‘right way’ to meditate or ‘proper’ way to have a meditation practice, although there are common elements to meditation that you can learn about and practice.
We meditate to reach out to ourselves and connect with our souls. During meditation, we overcome the sensations we receive through the senses. The mind with which we travel in the awake state in the external world, we use in meditation to dive into ourselves where our source, truth, and soul are. Peace is there. The joy is there. When we meet our soul that transcends space and time, we will experience the source of the soul itself – the Divine consciousness and merge with it.
You have probably happened to be sitting on the beach, looking at the sea in front of you, relaxed, not thinking about anything, in particular, watching what is happening around you. This state of conscious presence, free from thoughts and emotions, is called meditation.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”Lao Tzu
Meditation and visualization are excellent methods for improving awareness and focus. Visualization is a healthy way of bringing positive energy into the mind, body, and spirit, and it is also great for improving creativity.
Find what it is that you want. every day, take some time to meditate on and/ or visualize having whatever is you want, or doing whatever it is you want to do. use all five senses. These visualizations and focus on what you want will attract it into your life. Meditation and visualization are great ways to awaken your inner consciousness.
Do not overload yourself with techniques and explore different types of meditation. Master the basic steps and learn how to relax. Concentrate on the main goal – practicing attention and focusing on the present moment.
We begin the meditation by closing our eyes and expressing gratitude. Meditation is valuable for all of humanity because it involves looking inward. People don’t have to be religious to look inside themselves more carefully.
It is constructive and worthwhile to analyze our emotions, including compassion and our sense of caring, so that we can become more calm and happy. Anything that you can visualize in your mind, you can do. Bob Ross
Why Is It Useful To Meditate?
Everything we experience in life, we experience through our mind. When we do not understand how the mind works, we easily become confused and too emotional. When we are emotional, we use a smaller part of our mental potential because each emotion limits us to think in accordance with it and thus reduces the ability to reason. If the emotions are very intense (eg anger and panic), there can be a complete loss of control over one’s behavior.
The scientific claim that people use only 10 percent of their mental abilities is not because we are not intelligent enough to do better, but because we are too attached to our emotions. Therefore, if you want to teach your mind to use its full potential in every situation, then start meditating.
Meditation is also healthy. It has been scientifically proven that it improves the work of the heart, lowers high blood pressure, strengthens immunity, but also the secretion of serotonin (happiness hormone), which affects us to feel satisfied and positive. It helps to get rid of accumulated mental toxins. It is nothing but a way of getting rid of the generated tensions that would one day await us in another form, like illness or accident, if they had not left the areas of the subconscious mind through meditation.
We first get rid of acute, superficial tensions, or clamps, as we call them in yoga, and then it is the turn of deeper-rooted clamps. These are our internal programs that represent our character and determine our destiny. That is why meditation today is considered an excellent preventive and therapeutic method when it comes to stress. It is increasingly used in clinics and its effectiveness has been confirmed by numerous clinical studies.
With the beginning of the practice of meditation, people often begin to remember previous experiences that they forgot or considered unimportant, which shows that the content of the unconscious mind began to manifest. Often the memory of those experiences is different from the original experience, sometimes even completely changed. To understand this we need to know how the mind processes and stores its impressions.
When you are emotional, you use less of your mental potential than usual. Every emotion limits you from thinking in accordance with it and thus diminishes your ability to reason. If your emotions are very intense, such as when you are angry or panicking, you can completely lose control of your behavior. The scientific claim that people use only 10 percent of their mental abilities is not because we are not smart enough to do better, but because we are too attached to our emotions.
If you want to teach your mind to use its full potential in every situation, then start meditating. It has been scientifically proven that meditation improves the work of the heart, lowers high blood pressure, strengthens immunity, but also the secretion of serotonin (happiness hormone), which affects us to feel satisfied and positive.
Imagine how life would be different if you just completely let go. Surrender your ego. Let go of your negative thoughts, worrisome plans, and unrealistic expectations. Imagine how much more peaceful things would become. Life would be so much simpler. Nicole Addison
Thoughts and words form your mental images. And since we become what we picture be sure your thoughts and words express prosperity and blessing rather than poverty and defeat. Norman Vincent Peale
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a natural process of observing our minds and getting to know them. It is not a control of the mind or a struggle with it, as is often thought, just as it is not some mysterious practice. Many believe that meditation is just a way to relax and practice concentration.
Meditation provides much more than that. It is a completely free activity that does not require expensive accessories, equipment, supplements or books, and provides countless benefits.
When we want to handle a tool, we first get to know it so that we can make the best use of it. We should approach the mind in the same way. By practicing meditation, we come to an insight into what is in our habits that we need to get rid of, and to which we often attach too much importance. In that way, we distinguish the essential from the irrelevant, the eternal from the transient, the truth from the untruth, and we achieve inner freedom, which gives birth to an ever deeper peace in us.
The mind is the guide, it directs our relationships with the outside world, and meditation is a way to become aware of the “guide’s” weaknesses and increase his strength. Just as playing sports makes the body strong and enduring, so does meditation to our minds.
How to Meditate?
The fast-paced lifestyle dictates a strenuous pace at which most people, although in a hurry, never arrive on time to perform their duties. For that reason, most of them often feel impatient, forced, tired, and at the end of the day sad and depressed. This way of life often leads to health problems. We are often so busy that we can’t even stop and meditate. Few people know that meditation can help us calm the mind and reorganize our thoughts and time.
Simple 10 to 15 minutes of meditation or just focused concentration on breathing can help us cope with stress and find peace and balance. The names and techniques of meditation can be many and varied, but the basic ones are always the same.
To get rid of your emotions, you need to relax mentally. Find a place where no one will disturb you for a while and take a comfortable position, preferably in one of the sitting positions with your legs crossed. What we try to do with meditation is to consciously bring our mind into its alpha state (sleep state). If you happen to fall asleep during meditation, do not worry, it happens during this kind of exercise because your mind is free from emotions and thoughts, unlike the usual waking state.
One of the easiest ways to meditate is to concentrate on the breath. It is not easy to sit comfortably and calm the mind so that it stops showering you with various thoughts. So be patient. It takes time and perseverance to change something. Don’t make yourself think, it’s frustrating and it won’t help you. What will help you is just concentrating on a certain subject. In this way, you will not forcefully try to expel thoughts, but they will spontaneously go away by focusing on the meditative object – in this case, the air that flows through the nostrils. The same is achieved with other objects of concentration: sound, image, mantra, etc.
There are certain stages of meditation. It starts with practicing attention. In this way, we calm the superficial levels of the mind, by trying to observe thoughts with the attitude of an inner neutral observer, that is, not to attach any importance to them, regardless of whether they are pleasant or not, important or irrelevant to us. This witness to the thoughts that pass through our mind is an essential and unavoidable practice of meditation. Without that, we cannot go into deeper states of consciousness, because our thoughts will distract us.
Another way to calm the mind is to practice so-called guided meditation when you receive instructions from an instructor throughout the exercise. Here, too, the mind is calmed through the process of listening.
Using Visualization in Meditation
When you visualize, you generate power. In meditation, we focus on the mind but relax the body, which creates great conditions for using powerful visualization. You may realize that visualization at first is more useful for relaxing than meditation. When the mind is empty and the body relaxed, you will be able to enjoy the visualization of images and ideas. Meditation and visualization have the power of treatment. Visualization is just one of the ways in which you can use your mind for a better state of the body.
This is a simple example of relaxation through meditation: when you are breathing, relax, and when you are breathing, laugh. Repeat this as long as you want and visualize your body to relax. You will soon notice positive body changes.
You can use visualization for meditation, astral travel, sending energy into objects and many other things. These will all be covered in the future. So, how do I start?
Here’s a basic exercise for you to practice. It’s very simple and many of you will probably be able to pick it up easily if you’ve already done visualization techniques!
1. You’ll need a very quiet area where you’ll be comfortable. Even lying in bed and putting white noise in your headphones is useful. Get rid of all distractions, put your phone on silent etc.
2. Close your eyes and empty your mind. Your mind might feel like a blank sheet of paper, and you’re going to create something in there.
3. Picture an apple, any old apple. Zoom in and see its shape, it’s color. Does it have leaves, more than one color? Look at every tiny detail of the apple you’ve created.
4. Next, take a knife and cut this apple in half. Focus on the detail inside: the color, how many seeds there are etc. The more detail, the better.
5. Now you use your senses. What the apple feels like, smells like. Bite into it and taste it. You’re using visualization to not only see the apple but understand everything about it.
From this, you’re able to visualize and interact with objects in your mind. Practice often with anything you like!
What is meditation? It is a natural process by which we establish a connection with our deeper self or inner being. If you ask 10 people how to meditate, you will probably receive 10 different answers. The truth is very simple: there is not only one unique way of meditation. Any way that suits you is the right way. Try some of these ways of meditation and you’ll soon discover which one suits you best.
Do not be discouraged if you become distracted often; meditation is not something that comes naturally: it has to be practiced. The present moment is hard to hang on to because it requires not hanging on to anything. The present moment is always slipping by, and it will take practice to teach your mind to acknowledge and dismiss each moment rather than trying to linger. Try aiming for one minute of focused meditation, and increase the time little by little as your concentration improves.
Eventually, you’ll be able to meditate in noisy places, with your eyes open, using focus tools like candles or crystals, you can start employing visualization or mantras if you want; the sky is the limit. But before you can do any of that, you have to be able to concentrate. Simple quiet, eyes-closed meditation that focuses on the breath is a good way to get you there.