by Sanne Schijn
Article by Chris Le Roy
Meditating without a plan is like going on a holiday with no idea where you are going or what you are going to do. All that will happen is that you will get lost and will not end up achieving anything. If you do meditate without having a clear strategy in place, you will find over a period of time that your interest in meditating will wane and you will simply stop meditating. However, if you develop a strategy for what you want out of your meditation, then you have a goal and this means that you are more likely to stick with your meditation sessions till you achieve your goal.
There are many reasons why you may want to meditate. The most common reason that I see people in western society want to meditate is to deal with stress and overwork. So, if you were developing a meditation strategy to deal with this issue, your strategy should be something like this –
1. Learn to meditate to bring yourself to a point of calm2. Meditate to overcome the stress3. Meditate to overcome the element that is causing the stress.
What you can see in this basic meditation strategy above is that, meditating to become calm and stress-free is only half the battle. If you are stressed your meditation strategy should include meditating on a way to deal with the root cause of your stress. For example, if a person at work is being abusive to you everyday as well as being rude, your meditation strategy should include meditating on ways of dealing with a person who is rude. Keep in mind that to achieve this objective it may take you many months of meditation before you can overcome this issue.
Meditation when done over a period of time and effectively is a really cool tool as it allows you to develop in your mind away that allows you to cope with any situation that you desire. For example, if a person is being rude to you, you can use reflective meditation to develop strategies on how to deal with a rude person. To achieve this, I would first read a range of different books on how to deal with difficul t people and you can easily get books like that from Amazon.com or Dymocks (if you are from Australia).
From the material I read in the books, I would then identify a strategy for dealing with this difficult person and then use reflective meditation to actually work through the techniques in the books in your mind, using the reflective and learning technique to deal with them. Essentially what you are trying to do is to use scenario based meditation. The cool part about this type of meditation is that your mind is open and it allows you to try different ways of dealing with various situations and the seeing whether those techniques will help you in those situations.
The other reason we use meditation to learn this type of material is so that it ingrains the material into our mind and remind us or prompts us on how to deal with a difficult person when it occurs rather than simply going into panic mode and then getting defensive and shutting our mind down. Our minds are far more powerful than we consciously realize and the more we train our minds, the more powerful they become.
The bottom line is this, if your only reason to meditate is to simply relax and release stress then you are only addressing half of the issue. To truly achieve a difference in your life, you must meditate to address what is causing the stress. If you are meditating to help address an issue, make sure you develop a meditation plan as I described above so that you have a clear outcome for your meditation session.
Just like in business and life goals, having a long term meditation plan will help ensure that you maintain your focus when you meditate and that you have a reason to be meditating.
Ultimately, meditation is about helping you become a better person and to learn the path to enlightenment.
About the Author
Meditation is a great way to enhance your mind and become successful. You can use meditation to Think and Grow Rich and we have a book and audio files by Napoleon Hill that teaches you 13 secrets to becoming successful.