Meditation has such a mystical and mysterious connotation that it can overwhelm even the most well meaning people. It really shouldn’t. Truth be told, we all meditate, in one way or another. What meditation can bring is a focus of the mind and a better body feeling. Sounds quaint? Well, it is.
Removing Mystery from Meditation
We all meditate. We just don’t know that we do. When we concentrate on a problem, or relax and be present in the moment, it is a form of meditation. There are many forms of meditation and it is not rocket science. It does require perseverance and a dedicated amount of time every day until you see the fruits of your labor. Most people feel a sense of frustration after the first few minutes of well-being, which turns into a chaotic mental state. Simply put, the first time you practice meditation, you feel good. Unfortunately, that moment is most likely followed by a mental state filed with a barrage of thoughts stopping the well-being. So how do we continue feeling good because we finally allow ourselves to relax and curtail those nagging thoughts coming in?
Meditation Balancing Left and Right Brain
There are many tricks to achieving a successful meditation practice. The trick is to get your left brain occupied. The most well known forms of practices involve focusing our minds on breathing, staring at a candlelight, or anything that gets both left and right brain hemisphere preoccupied. You see, your left hemisphere is the part of your brain that counts, keeps tab and organizes everything. It sorts your experiences in a way that makes it easier to recall them later. Without it, we would be basket cases. However, our psychoses and neurosis use our left hemisphere to control and keep everything in check. The trick is simple. Use your left brain preoccupied doing something important so that your right brain can focus on the task at hand.
Mystery in Meditation Is Fun
OK, so I fibbed a little, but the title was to get you to read. If you are here, then it worked
Yes, there is a certain amount of real mystery with meditation and that mystery can be fun to discover. Science, with its empirical measuring system cannot explain how meditation works, but it reports on the many benefits. Meditation has been associated with a healthier life and Tibetan Buddhist monks have been shown to comfortably endure sitting naked in the snow for hours by just meditating. Well versed practitioners have baffled scientists by lowering their hear rate to the point of being declared clinically dead. But short of these feats of human powers, meditation brings you and I a lot into our every day life.
Meditation, One Step At a Time
The only way to progress with meditation is to do it every day. A little more. A little longer. As you continue, and especially not stop as soon as you feel better, you will see that your mind is more focused. Things come easier to you.
Who am I to say these things? I’m the one who made most of the mistakes beginners do. I am impatient. I know it all, and especially, it comes easily to me. To this day, I don’t have a regular meditation practice, but I still strive to do so. My goal? It’s simply to calm down enough and enjoy those amazing gifts a human life gives me. And at 50, it’s never too late to wake up.