“Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn
I was introduced to meditation in synergy with my yoga practice a few years ago. I’ve been intrigued to incorporate meditation towards my daily life for the reasons that I’ve accepted fully my inability to concentrate on one particular thing or though to point it blankly Attention Deficit Disorder. Meditation is the art of silencing the mind and is a way to literally rewire the way your brain works. When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and we experience inner peace in the midst of chaos around us. As evidence with colleagues whom have been practicing for years have done wonders and quality everyone can benefit from.
Your mind is constantly racing with different thoughts and ideas and with our busy chaotic lifestyle we don’t even set aside five minutes in silence. Give your mind a break,concentrate on one thing at a time or one direction. The mind can be tamed and forced to concentrate on a single thought. One helpful technique is focusing on a candle flame, a small dot or even a flower. Narrow your gaze to the small tip and block out all other thoughts. If you get distracted, go back to focusing on the candle flame. The important thing is that you concentrate on only one thing at a time.
Sit quietly with a straight back, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Are you holding your breath? Are you breathing properly? If you’re breathing shallow breaths, you’re not using your lungs properly. Then incorporate repeating a mantra or continue to observe emotion or body sensation. The mind can get easily distracted in a million different directions but the main focus is to calm the mind enough to be fully aware, alert and conscious to fully experience the present moment.
With a busy schedule and my mind racing all the time, meditation improved progressively my concentration with a clear mind and focus. I’ve learned that I don’t get frustrated by little things and worry about meaningless things but see the bigger pictures. Meditation enables us to dig deeper understanding of our own inner self and gain a better understanding and appreciations of our life’s purpose. Through meditation, we can attain the power to control our thoughts and stop them completely. It takes time and practice as I remember when I first started I was falling asleep. Meditation is a simple and spontaneous action. Make time, if you have a free hour meditate. Give your mind a break! Namaste!