Life can get busy. It can stay busy, too, which is why meditation is so crucial for our sanity. Feel free to disagree, but hear me out first. We’re bombarded daily with so much excess that our minds have trouble processing all of it. We can’t eliminate every bit of useless data we’re receiving, especially not without consistent and regulated moments of lucidity. I want to take a moment to talk about meditation basics for clarity and where to begin. Hopefully, this post will at least get you interested in the benefits of meditation.
First, I’m not an expert in the field of meditation, but I love learning and growing. That being said, please take my advice with a grain of salt. It’s so important to remember that the very best way to create opinions about the world around us is to do so only after having entertained several ideas from multiple sources.
Okay, so what is meditation? Well, meditation is essentially the act of training our minds. It’s an ability to induce a state of awareness with self. Meditation basics include the active development of focus, clarity, peace, tranquility, lucidity, awareness, and so much more. Meditation is a way of life, and it affects every area of our lives when we practice it. This is precisely why meditation is so important to our daily routines.
I know you’re mostly interested in the benefits of meditation, though. Where, then, do I begin? There are so many reasons why practicing meditation is good for you. Stressed? Meditating reduces that. Anxious? Same result. Feeling depressed? Clearing your thoughts will help you to see things from a new perspective thus, at a minimum, alleviating some of those depressive feelings. Meditation basics are essential to a healthy life.
One of the fundamental meditation basics is your ability to focus on your breath. Definitely easier said than done. My opinion is that the best place to start is by sitting down (on the ground or in a chair) with your eyes closed. Then, focus all of your attention on your breath. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, and so on, and so forth. When you’re just starting out this will seem difficult, but try to maintain focus on your breath for about five minutes. Don’t worry about going in and out of focus, that’s normal in the beginning. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. So be sure to practice every day.
You’ll notice that your thoughts while meditating and focusing on your breath quickly begin to quiet themselves. Your heightened sense of focus will naturally induce a state of clarity. As with anything else you practice, this clarity will intensify and increase over time. It’s important to be mindful of your feelings, both good and bad, and adjust your state of mind as necessary. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, said “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Wise words to live by.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
When the world seems to be coming down all around you, stop for a moment to ‘reset’. Your feelings can have such a powerful influence on your state of mind. Take a step back and focus on your breath, and on clearing your thoughts. You will be amazed at the instantaneous relief you will experience, it’s truly amazing!
Personally, I am but a novice in the world of meditation. As someone who holds such high regard for the mind’s ability to create, it’s a surprise to me that I haven’t dug more deeply. Luckily, MyIdeaPark has given me an opportunity to explore my mind, and as a result meditation, in much more detail. I fully intend to continue learning and growing with regards to meditation, as well as in many other areas of my life.
Meditation basics aren’t difficult, nor are they hard to understand, but they do take practice. I guarantee, though, that if you take the time you will soon notice how magnificent meditation can be!
Stay tuned for more great meditation content to come. Join me in a couple weeks as I continue to uncover the mysteries and wonders of the human mind.