When we talk about meditation, it is inherent in us to give it a religious colour, but before we label such, it would be worth our while to understand the psychological benefits accrued with sustained practice over time.
Meditation makes the mind more aware of our daily lives and it also puts us in touch with the mysterious, the unknown and activates the imagination. The practice is common to many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, the Bahá’í Faith and others, and whether the group believes it is a form of prayer or that it imparts wisdom, no one can accept the practice. One cannot deny or ignore the power. Many indigenous traditions have learned that meditation is the key to unlocking the secrets of the mind, making the practitioner wiser and more compassionate.
What’s the secret you ask?
Have you ever felt something deep within your gut (your gut is your second brain after all!!!), like a force asking you to reconsider your decisions. Sometimes we get subtle gut-feelings and often they are strong, such as flashes of vision or insight, vivid renderings in dreams, meeting our ancestors, all of which are signs and signals from our intuition. When we encounter obstacles, we need to try and understand these prompts as they often help resolve personal issues. This connection with synchronicity deepens with meditation and we listen to what the Higher Self has to say. The Higher Self teaches compassion for itself and for all creation.
Scientists have discovered that meditation has a psycho-somatic benefit and in many cases, it also provides spiritual benefits (such as ancestor connections, psychic abilities, healing properties etc.) and helps manage ego-driven personality . It gives us equanimity and promotes a sense of well-being and we develop an attitude of gratitude when we are not just acting out of ego. it makes us whole; It makes us kind.
A regular practice can create an increased conscious state of mind which can have a direct impact on a persons cognitive performance as each meditation reveals layers of the unconscious hidden in the conscious mind. With such deep revelation, we grow rapidly in spirit and wisdom. As a technological culture, we are bombarded by an overwhelming flow of information via YouTube and other social media.
This is the age of multi-tasking and we consider ourselves superhuman for doing so when in reality we couldn’t be further from the truth! We are not superman and woman, we are overburdened zombies, addicted to caffeine and social stimulation (media!) Yes, it’s a real thing!
When we multi-task, we lose the specific focus with respect to the task and this inevitably affects our performance. Try it in the office. Watch your favorite movie and listen to your favorite track while writing your report or presentation. Let’s see what happens!
When our attention is distracted or divided by multiple videos, posts, articles, ads, messages and FaceTime, we lose focus and this can have a detrimental effect on our performance abilities. We are so busy with our phones at the dinner table that we miss out on interacting with our families who feel abandoned because of that phone in your hand and you are too busy to notice them or react to your behavior. What effect does it have? This shows that you are cut off from your family and addicted to technology.
If you think about it, attention skills are central to successful learning and implementation; It is central to our relationships with other people and our level of engagement with the world. Meditation is important!
How can we really be attentive when our environment is a pit of distractions. To start, we wake up with a sensory overload from the physical world as soon as we open our eyes and check our phones, so it’s best to wake up with a little meditation or self-care until you wake up. Don’t interact with technology until you go. Confirmation. You can palm them before opening your eyes and then gaze into your palms for a few seconds. This will inspire you to be mindful and you will be able to accomplish a lot and at the same time remain kind to yourself and others.
The practice of meditation is known to be effective for students because recent findings suggest that meditation is important in increasing the mind’s sensitivity to stimuli and the subsequent procession of information, which, in layman’s terms, is the cognitive ability of the student to analyze. translates into capacity expansion. their environment critically and objectively. Simply put, meditation helps our brains grow! Wisdom brings humility and humility fosters compassion.
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Our worldly success depends largely on our ability to process information based on our cognitive abilities and then process and store it in a meaningful way. Ah, meaning!
A successful seeker knows that feelings are not like thoughts. Thoughts are in your head. But feelings arise because of incarnation in matter. You feel sad, angry, abandoned because you are going through these situations in real time, they are not concepts. However it is also entirely possible to be influenced by someone’s thoughts and self-image. Mindfulness teaches you to discover yourself through the feelings and sensations that arise in your body. Do not hold onto toxic materials, release and purify. The restlessness of the mind still remains.
Meditators see the world with more openness and compassion, and why is that? Compassion is a by-product of the individual’s mental awareness and sensitivity to social stimuli, an important aspect of socialization. If everyone in the society meditates regularly, we will collectively create a whole new world where wars and conflicts will lose their meaning.
As we get bogged down in the quagmire of life, we have lost all control over our mind and body. But now is the time to take back that control. Let us gain control over our mind, body and thought processes by engaging in meditation. We are taught to believe that we cannot change once we reach a certain age, but this is simply not true. We can take back control at any age, all we have to do is let go of the self-limiting belief and belief that we can’t control our mind and body, when really all we have to do is practice mindfulness. The thing with meditation is that with consistent practice, we can overcome all psychological blockages. It’s invaluable for dealing with stress, anxiety and depression, the holy trinity of psychological illnesses.
Meditation acts as a psychophysiology mechanism, which opposes the stress mechanism; This results in calming the mind and body thus restoring a relaxed mental state that is optimal for performance and also enhances the development of human qualities such as creativity, self-love, healthy interpersonal relationships and empathy.
We need to develop self-compassion which is an integral part of human development and it creates a healthy space for wisdom, optimism and happiness and teaches us to nurture human relationships. What can be more beautiful than this!