Article by Buffy Carney
Man hasn’t always known about fire, electricity, gravity, or even energy….but just because we were unaware of these forces, didn’t mean they didn’t exist.
After a bit of study on each element though, we were able to evolve very quickly into the civilization we know today. For if no one explored the discovery of electricity we would still be in the dark. Or if nobody had an interest in the hot, fiery flames and burning embers, then we would still be very cold and eating only raw food today.
Along with gravity, these forces have always been in existence, but we had to first discover them, study them and learn how to use them effectively for our benefit.
It is the same with the power of meditation. Only a few short generations ago, there were very few people who knew of meditation and even fewer who actually used its power to improve their lives.
Meditation has always been here for us to utilize. Since it is an invisible force though, we really had to learn how to use it correctly. Now that the countless studies have been done, we are no longer ignorant of its power to provide positive results and endless benefits.
When you learn to quiet your mind, you find your true self. It’s in this stillness where you will find peace. It’s in those quiet moments when you can really turn your attention to your inner body so it can recharge and rejuvenate itself.
Most balanced, peaceful people make daily meditation their most important practice of their lives. In turn they are happier, healthier and more creative; they have little to no stress or dis-ease what so ever. They are very patient with themselves and others, and seem to gleam with joy and love. This is a very small list of benefits that you can experience with the art of meditation, the possibilities are endless and you are limitless.
I hear a lot of people use excuses when they are asked why they choose not to meditate. The number one answer is “I just can’t do it My mind won’t turn off long enough for me to relax”. Well, that is exactly why you DO need to learn how to meditate….so you can regain the power of the mind, learn how to really relax and give yourself some positive, loving energy for a change.
The mind is an awesome tool, but it’s supposed to be just that…a tool. When we use a shovel, we know it’s a shovel. We dig our hole and put the tool away when it has served its purpose. The same goes with your mind. You must learn how to ‘put it away’ when you don’t need it, or least of all give it a break once or twice a day.
In its own reasoning, the mind took control somewhere along the way and ended up making all of your decisions for you…you lost control and your thoughts now wander around aimlessly without proper guidance, causing even more worries, doubts, and fear to creep into your life.
We are supposed to be in control of the mind, not the other way around. This can prove to be a huge challenge if you don’t use meditation. Meditation puts you back in control of your mind and body and reconnects you with your spirit and inner guidance.
From the moment we are born we are bombarded with flashing lights and constant noises. It doesn’t take long for us to become accustomed to everything unnatural, in this mind created world. Before you know it you are lost in the twists and turns of the never ending stream of technology, but yet, we always feel as if something is missing.
All this noise and fast paced way of life is actually leading us further away from our true power, the power within. The mind doesn’t want to loose control; frankly it’s having too much fun.
Have you ever noticed a mentally insane person who talks constantly? I have…in movies especially. They talk and talk, jumping from one subject to another, not really making much sense. You have to admit that this continuous gibbering would get pretty annoying if you had to listen to it all day, every day, forever and ever
This is exactly what is going on inside your head when the mind is allowed to take over…. it speaks in circles, nonstop – 24/7 365 days year.
When we get annoyed with a TV show or a rerun, all we have to do is shut it off. Same goes for your mind. Learn how to shut it off when you find it’s annoying you. You don’t need to listen to its every rant and rave, in fact, the less you do listen to it the better off you are. Don’t worry, you will still keep breathing and your heart will keep pumping blood through your body. Anything that needs to happen will do so naturally, without the use of your conscious mind.
You are much more then your mind will ever understand. Your mind believes that it is you, and you believe you are your mind. Simply not true. The fact of the matter is, you are so much more, and you can only find out how much more when you learn to silence your mind.
There are many different techniques you can use when it comes to learning meditation, but the key is to find something you feel comfortable with, stick to it, and adopt this positive habit into your daily life.
All it takes is 15-20 minutes each morning and your day will go much smoother, you will have more energy, more focus and clarity, and have much more patients. Don’t worry if it takes a month before you are seeing results. Don’t give up Keep on truckin’ and you’ll get there. It’s one of your God given rights so don’t allow the mind to take it from you.
Knowing all of this now, what are you going to do? I do hope you will invest just a few minutes a day to meditate. It’s not hard and there’s no way to do it wrong. Guided meditations, step by step instructions, and lessons are easily found on the web for free. All it will cost you is loosing your mind, and that can be a really, really good thing.
About the Author
Buffy Carney is an aspiring writer and spiritual advisor.Visit her personal blog at http://www.FromSorrowToSoaring.blogspot.com