Meditation recharges our days
In meditation, we first train focus our attention on a single chosen object, most often is our breath. We repeatedly let go of distractions in order to return our attention on that object.
Meditation trains our attention so that we can be more aware – not only of our own inner workings but also of what is happening around us in the here and now. Once we see clearly what is going on in the moment, we can then choose whether and how to act, or not to react, on the happenings.
The content and quality of our lives depend on our level of awareness – a fact we are often not aware of. Meditation teaches us to open our attention to all of human experience and all parts of ourselves. Meditation guides us to pay clear attention and to observe our experiences and responses without judging them.
That allows us to detect unhealthy habits of mind that were previously unnoticeable to us.
For example, we may sometimes base our actions on unexamined ideas, like ‘I don’t deserve love, you just can’t reason with people, I am not capable of dealing with tough situations’ that keep us stuck in unproductive patterns. Once we notice these reflective responses and how they undermine our ability to pay attention to the present moment, then we can make our ability to pay attention to the present moment, then we can make better and more informed choices. Hence, we can respond to others more compassionately and authentically, in a more creative way.
Concentration during meditation steadies our attention so that we let go of distractions that can be a waste of our energy. We improve our concentration by focusing on what we have known how to do all of our lives but can be disregard it during our hectic schedules – breathing.
The practice entails paying attention to each out-and-in breath, we then return to focus on our breathing, ensure the full circle of each of our breath, and transmit more oxygen into our body and our brain.
Meditation trains our mindfulness with refining our attention so that we can connect fully and directly with whatever life brings. We practise observing thoughts, feelings, sights, smells, sounds, without clinging to what is pleasant, pushing away what is painful, or ignoring what is neutral. We also become adept at catching ourselves in the act of substituting our habitual knee-jerk responses. For instance, when someone says something that riles us, our body responds with a surge of anger. That automatic reaction to anger is to lash out before thinking at all. Or perhaps we are in the habit of projecting every emotion into an eternally unchanging future: I am an angry person, and I will always be an angry person, I am doomed! None of these responses is likely to yield a happy outcome.
Nevertheless, should we apply mindfulness to the experience of anger, we can safely draw close to the emotion instead of fleeing, and investigate instead of stonewalling. We notice the anger without judging. We can gather more information about what happens when we get mad – what sets off the anger, where it lodges in the body, and what else it also contains, like sadness, fear, or regret.
This pause for non-judgmental acknowledgement creates a bit of peaceful space within which we can make new, different choices and break old habits.
Meditation does not eliminate sadness or rough patches from life. We are still going to have ups and downs, happiness and sadness. Nevertheless, with meditation practise, one will be able to roll with the punches more and feel more at ease.
Meditation is not an attempt to stop thinking or insist on having only positive thoughts. Meditation is a way to recognize our thoughts, to observe and understand them.
Meditation is about learning about own self, and help us to connect with people in our lives, as turning into own self is the first step towards tuning in to others.
Meditation is equivalent of a physical training program. If you exercise regularly, you get certain results – stronger muscles, denser bones, increased stamina. Same applies to meditation practise. Should you meditate regularly, you shall notice greater calm, improved concentration and closer connection to others. You will discover a deeper sense of what is really important to you. once you look beneath distractions and conditioned reactions, you will have a clearer view of your deepest, most enduring values.
Indeed, you will have a portable emergency resource as meditation that trains your focus on full breathing circles help you to recharge your energy. You will be in closer touch with the best parts of yourself as meditation cultivates fine qualities such as kindness and wisdom in life.
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