What is meditation?
Meditation is active relaxation. It is a spell of time when you allow the body to be still but the mind is focussed. When you are meditating your mind may wonder but you recognise this and return it to your focus – be that observing your breath as it moves in and out of your body, a journey in a guided meditation, or a mantra. ( It can be a multitude of things) It allows you to observe your body and your mind, and a feeling of emotional stillness and energetic rejuvenation can follow.
What meditation is not.
Meditation is not something you do when you’re driving. It is not when you sit and have a little bit of time relaxing with a cup of tea while your mind wonders over the days events. It isn’t listening to the birds and watching them flit about the feeder. It isn’t looking at your crystal collection. These are all things that I love to do – but they are not meditation. They are passive relaxation.
What meditation can do for you.
Regular meditation practice can improve your stress levels. It can give you a far stronger coping mechanism when times are tough. It can give you a healthy detachment from your emotional reactions – giving you the space to observe your emotions and understand them rather than BE them. It can improve your focus and productivity in many areas of your life. It can help you to develop Spiritually. It can help you to think with clarity, wisdom and give you insight.
Again, what meditation is NOT.
Meditation is not a quick fix. It is a skill like any other that takes practise.
Meditation can give you so much , but you must be prepared to put in the time to help it along. It can allow issues to resurface too, maybe time for you to be aware of a physical ailment, but alongside that should be the strength to go forward with that issue – whether you feel that it is OK just to be aware of it, or feel you should get professional help. A lot of meditation is self awareness. Your body and mind may resist. A change in the status quo can be seen as dangerous by the subconscious, but please keep trying. It really is so, so worth it.