What is meditation for me?
Meditation for me is time with my three inner children – body, mind, soul. It is a form of acceptance and silence. Through meditation, I relax and cleanse my mind, which helps me to connect within. It is like coming out of a dense fog of restless thoughts obscuring a clear picture of reality. It is my way to find joy and peace in me. Meditation is also my tool for developing awareness, method of eliminating stress and its effects.
It helps me connect with my soul that holds all my knowledge, strength and potential.
Understanding that I am not my thoughts and emotions gave me a sense of freedom that transformed my life.
What is the purpose of meditation?
Practicing meditation is not about becoming better at meditation, it is about improving your life. Meditation has a huge impact on your quality of life.
Here I listed for you only few meditation benefits as this may motivate you to give a try.
- reduces stress and controls anxiety
- increases concentration
- gives acceptance of what life brings
- relieves depression
- increases patience and tolerance
- increase feeling of inner harmony
- increases the body’s wellbeing
- sharpens and clears your mind
- allows better connection with your intuition
- increase body vitality, extends life
- helps to cure insomnia
- reduce negative emotions
- increases well-being, optimism
- enhances creativity
- reduces the feeling of loneliness
- helps reduce addiction
- increases strength and persistence to pursue your goals
- gives a better, deeper, more fulfilled life
Where and how to start? 11 proven strategies to help you meditate:
- If you have never meditated before, start with small steps. I started with 2 minutes a day, and over time I gradually extended this time. So you can start this way too. Concentrate only on meditation for 2 minutes each day and after seven days add another 2-5 minutes. Time does not count, only consistency and commitment to doing it every day.
- Remember, keep it easy. When talking about techniques, don’t get too caught up in the details of “how” you should meditate. It’s easy to get lost in the belief that you need to have the perfect space, the perfect meditation cushion, and to be in the perfect position. This will all start to distract you from meditation, not closer to it. Meditation should feel natural and easy, even if it means sitting on a park bench.
- Make it your morning routine – the best way for me is to start meditating every morning. This is a great way to start your day. It is much easier to convince yourself to do something in the morning than after a long, hard day.
- Add your new habit to an already established one – habits stay better when they become part of an already established routine. Whatever you do in the morning – brushing your teeth, morning shower, walking – add meditation to your morning routine. Directly before or after your daily morning ritual, devote yourself to the practice of meditation. Remember that you only need to spend 2 minutes at the beginning and then gradually you can extend this time to something that is convenient for you.
- Be good to yourself – this could be the single most important tip to help you start meditating. Meditation is a time of tranquility, a time to come to terms with yourself. When meditating, treat yourself with complete compassion and kindness.
- Be patient with yourself – we love to pressure ourselves to be perfect all the time, but meditation is definitely not the time and place for that. Provide yourself with space to breathe and exercise patience and compassion for yourself.
- Make meditation part of who you are – instead of thinking of meditation as something you intend to add to your life, try to imagine yourself as a meditator. This is a very small but very powerful perspective shift. Having the identity of someone who meditates, strengthens and perpetuates the habit.
- Remember that meditation is not about trying to stop your thoughts! It cannot be done. Just as the heart’s job is to pump blood, the mind’s job is to think. In meditation, it is about changing your attitude towards thoughts, becoming a conscious observer, acquiring the invaluable skill not to get emotionally involved in every thought that comes to your mind.
- Learning to meditate is like riding a bike – you will not learn it from books, movies, theory, but only during your personal practice. You have to try. When you fall off the bike, you get up, dust your knees and try again – until you feel, what it is all about and feel what it is like to ride with ease, joy and lightness.
- If you are missing out on any of the above meditation benefits in your life, this is perhaps already reason to try it. Make a decision today that will improve your life.
- Practice patience without judgment – when you meditate, there is no right or wrong. It is easy to think that distraction, fidgeting, or wandering is a negative experience. But they are completely natural, and meditation is not about fighting or resisting these natural phenomena. The point is to experience them all and let them come and go.
My first meditation came to me without planning, I was so stressed out that I just want to close my eyes and disappear. So I closed my eyes, began to breathe consciously, and watched my thoughts and emotions emerge. I didn’t try to deny them when they appeared, I didn’t deny my anger and my regret. I accepted it all and watched. It gave me a different point of view when I became an observer instead of a participant.
So please do not forget that meditation is a process, it is a skill that must be learned in order to be able to enjoy life more in harmony and let your dreams turn into reality faster. It is an important practice for the health of the body and mind.
My first meditation experience wasn’t that great, but I decided to give myself a chance to see how my life would change. It’s like with everything, you have to be patient to see the results. And yes, the results were mind-blowing.
Now that my meditation is part of my daily routine, it comes automatically like brushing my teeth. I am not sitting in a chair, but in the lotus position on my favorite meditation cushion, which I created with a friend to help everyone who is already meditating or wanting to try meditation to seat comfortably. My meditation is now 15 to 30 minutes long. When I sit on a star-shaped MINTHOSHI pillow, I feel like I’m charging myself with energy, just like a phone plugged into a charger. It’s an amazing experience.
Therefore, with all my heart, I invite you to meditation, time for yourself, because it has changed my life for the better, where I feel more freedom and happiness.
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