I am sure everyone at some point in their lives has come across this hard-hitting world called "Meditation"
What's the first thing that comes in your mind when you hear the word
A Buddhist monk sitting cross-legged with his index finger curled up inside his arms placed on his leg stretched forward.
This is just one of the popular stereotypes associated with the term meditation. Is it completely false? No, but that doesn't make it entirely true either.
So what is meditation and why should you care?
I 'll give you my take on it, Meditation is a way of being mindful about oneself. Its a technique to make an individual gather more self-awareness of himself/herself.
Just think about when was the last time you were fully present in your body and not thinking about anything other than being truly present, aware of your surroundings your breath, the contact of your legs on the floor. the kind of abstract world we live in, we are always thinking about what we do next, even when in the shower, you are already at work inside your head.
How does meditation help?
While we meditate, Let's say for 10 minutes every day, what you are doing is, You are training your mind to be in the moment without getting distracted. When our brain is used to operating in a certain way or when you react to certain situation neurons interact with each other, it can form a "chunk" which means whatever we do over a long period of time It becomes a habit because your brain is used to because of the repetitiveness.
And whenever we find ourselves in a similar situation our brain will rely on that default thinking mode and very little for critical thinking or independence of the brain.
What meditation does is it gives you a new perspective on yourself. Sort of a third eye over yourself. The idea isn't to just meditate for 10 minutes a day and go back to how you were. Well, that is the idea but that 10 minutes a day will help you increase self-awareness of yourself. you will be able to notice things about yourself that you didn't know. You will be able to see your strengths, your weaknesses in a very unbiased way as if a stranger is looking at you.
So meditation inst a miracle its been around for years, But it's going to make you more mindful about things, you normally weren't before, Weather it's about a delicious meal, or spending time with the family, Appreciating all the happy moments, without the distraction of social media. It ll make you more grateful for the things you have in your life rather than what you don't have.
If somebody you know has a habit of gossiping or pass judgment about other people's lives all the time just think about this, why would someone who is happy or building a worthwhile life take the time to do nothing than be hateful? Sometimes we fail to observe the negative traits about our selves because we get so drawn into that never-ending loop of going with the flow. Being mindful helps you step out of that cycle, it won't happen overnight, it takes consistency, discipline and eventually when your brain realizes that this is part of your "new normal" that's when you start to see those changes that you desired being part of your life.
I recommend using guided meditation apps such as Headspace, Calm, Waking up with Sam Harris, etc. So for people who made it to the end of this article, How about you set 10 minutes aside in your day and simply meditate.
The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha