Meditation; Real Deal or just All Glam

May 17, 2019

Meditation; Real Deal or just All Glam

What comes to mind when we hear the word meditation? Some imagine a room full of people doing some weird chant to some weird chime bells. Some people think of a specific type of person that is “more suited” to do or perform this so-called meditating.

The dictionary definition of meditating is “focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation”. What would be the purpose of said focusing or that period of silence? Does it have to be purely for religious or spiritual purposes, or can it be for your enjoyment, your pleasure?

One of the fascinations of the human mind is that it is constantly working while you are awake, on the job, at home relaxing, even while you are sleeping, it never rests. If you put it into a life-like comparison, your mind is like nonstop rush hour traffic in a big city, you always have some type of activity or noise going on up there. Going back to the definition you are focusing in silence for a period. You are attempting to slow things down.

In this day and age we move so fast and swiftly that some time we miss out on moments right in front of us because we are on “auto-pilot”. We will go into detail about the “auto-pilot” mode in another blog, but you’ve experienced it before when you perform an activity and then ask yourself, “hey how did I end up doing this”, or when you’re driving along a trip and do not recall the last few minutes of how you ended up further down the highway. Meditating allows one to kind of be more in the moment, be more aware. When we are more aware of things like our surroundings, our thoughts,  and our emotions, we can tap more into that Limitless Resource, your mind! When we have more control over that we are becoming better human beings overall.

The practice is not a walk in the park and it requires discipline and consistency. You do not have to go pay someone to sit among a group of people to start. Take a small time frame out of each day like 2-5 minutes to start and really focus on something desirable like a goal, or you can focus on your breathing and nothing else, attempt to listen to the thoughts that come in and out and feel what’s going on around you. If you get sidetracked it is okay just make sure you get right back on the horse and try again. 

The health benefits of meditation are;

  • Reduction of Stress 
  • Control of Anxiety 
  • promotion of better emotional health 
  • Allows one to become more self-aware
  • Increased focus and attention span
  • possibly can make you a bit more kind
  • possibly can help with memory loss
  • Improved sleep
  • possibly can help fight off addictions
  • Can help decrease blood pressure
These are just a few benefits, the only thing this practice can cost you at a minimum is your time. If you are curious about it, check out Dan Harris’ book “10% Happier”. That is a solid read about someone who essentially journeys through a rough patch in life attempting to find that solution to make himself a better person, all based off his true life experience.

 

We support meditating and think it is a very great element to add to your already awesome arsenal!