What Can Meditation Do For Me?
Many people approach meditation as another technique to study at an evening class, like aerobics or pottery; something that takes up an hour or so and is confined to a set time and place. But after a few sessions, people often realize that although meditation is this, it offers so much more. With practice, meditation becomes a mode of living and a new way of seeing everything; relations, work, and home life; your future and your past. Along the way it can bring profound relaxation, increased mental clarity, inner peace, and spiritual enlightenment.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is simply consciously directing your attention in order to transcend the never-ending flow of thoughts through your mind. You can do it sitting still and silent with your eyes closed; you can do it by watching a candle flame, walking, practicing yoga, or studying a complex geometrical image, or you can do it by paying attention as you walk, cook, or clean, letting mindful activity block out other thoughts.
Find Out About Yourself
Meditation helps you discover more about yourself. When you imagine your mind as a wide screen and watch the incessant play of thoughts, sensations, and emotions that pan across it, you begin to realize that your thoughts, your anger or frustration, your aching leg don't define the "you" at your core. As you practice, you see that there is something inside that is more than these ever-mutating fancies. Using this self-knowledge, you gain understanding and insight. Your perspective widens and you reassess what is important and what isn't. Miraculously, answers to problems at home and work start to materialize.
Escape From Yourself
When you meditate, you move inside yourself; at the same time, you step outside yourself. Being able to meditate helps you escape from the stranglehold of the ego, with its continual and overwhelming onslaught of desires, cravings, and demands. Freed from preoccupation with your interior state, you stop perceiving from your own perspective, where everything is colored with selfish thoughts, judgments, and comparisons, and with feelings of guilt and jealousy. You start inhabiting a new state of openness, ready to experience life as it comes. This is empowering and works well with the sense of self-determination that comes from knowing what your priorities are and believing you have the ability to work toward them.
"From meditation springs wisdom."
*Excerpt from: total meditation by susannah marriott