Originally posted on http://www.yourzenlife.com
Our mind is a powerful tool. Most of the time, we tend to believe what our mind is saying. We hear a voice in our head and we tend to identify with it. Yet whatever is being said isn’t always true. But if we believe all that we hear in our head then our happiness will only depend on our positive thinking. It is great if we are a naturally born optimist but challenging if our mind is wired on fear or self-criticism.
Also our emotions are strongly linked with our thoughts. If our mind tends to worry about something in the future, we then tend to experience fear in the present moment. It does not mean that this worry will actually happen, it may or it may not. But in the meantime we have created stress for ourselves by listening to those thoughts.Whatever the mind is saying, it will create an emotional response in our body.We have a tendency to spend most of our life reacting and responding to our thoughts without questioning. Yet what if it could be different?
We hold the power within ourselves to change our thoughts and even to stop our mind at once.And when we become able to control our mind, we also become in control of how we experience life.The best tool I know that can bring us this new quality of life is the practice of meditation.
With regular practice, we slowly start managing our thoughts. We become more aware and conscious of all the incessant chatter inside our head. And then we can learn how to completely stop it. Of course it takes time but the peace and happiness that result are definitely worth it.
With meditation regular practice is essential. We can learn different techniques and practice the ones that suit us best. We can join a meditation class in our neighbourhood or enrol in a meditation retreat for a quantum leap in our practice!
Here are 7 Reasons why meditation is good for us and we should start today!:
Health: A stress-free body will repair and heal itself quicker than a stress-full body. Meditation is like fresh air, like healthy food, like physical exercise. It keeps our body and mind in perfect shape and condition.
Happiness: If we learn how to control our mind, then we know how to stop our negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. We then have the power to choose happiness over unhappiness.
Freedom: Meditation will free us from the illusion of the past or the future. It keeps us in the present, the only reality.
Power: Meditation empowers us. We become our own master and we discover the power to create our reality.
Peace: A quiet mind. A peaceful mind. Peace. We can be peaceful no matter what our outside circumstances are.
Charisma: It changes our energy. Our light radiates. We attract and empower other people.
Life: We can start living, really living. We become present. We enjoy life here and now.
Here are a few tips for starting a meditation practice:
Daily practice: This is very important. A minimum of twenty minutes at the beginning is good. But if we have time the longer the better!
Discipline: Doing it at the same time every day can help with the discipline.
Will power: Not listening to all the excuses that our mind will try to bring forth to get out of the meditation. We should do it no matter what!
Right place: It is good to find a quiet place for our practice at home or outdoors and it is better to switch off all our mobile and wi-fi devices.
Persistence: Not giving up! Like everything in life, it can take time before we start experiencing results but as always when they come we are glad we persisted!
Basic technique: A good technique to start with is putting all our attention on our breath. Taking long and deep breath-in and breath-out and just watching it. Becoming conscious of the air entering our lungs before escaping again. And every time we notice ourselves caught in the stream of our random thoughts we just have to come back to watching the breath.
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It’s interesting when you look at a thought skeptically. I had a thought that I must redecorate my bathroom but couldn’t decide how I wanted to do it. At first I was excited but soon it was stressful. When I finally noticed what was wrong, I never had to redecorate, I released the thought. I was suddenly at peace. Letting go felt so good.
That’s true freedom 🙂
Thanks Karen. Nice, simple and straight to the point. This sort of clarity is I feel slowly getting lost in some mindfulness, meditation courses. Well done. M
Thank you Mick 🙂