Imagine this – You are stressed out with a mind full of to do lists and internal chatter that simply doesn’t have an off button, when a well-meaning friend asks, “have you tried meditation?” As you feel your blood pressure rising, anticipating all the things you need to get done and the approaching deadlines, the thought of sitting still and doing nothing is the absolute opposite of what you instinctively feel that you need to do.
So why do it?
Meditation is a skill that when developed allows the mind to become clear and sharp. In the same way that we can walk and talk without being aware of the processes our brain is going through, we are often oblivious to the busy-ness of the mind during our day-to-day functioning. (See 21 benefits of meditation).
There is a misperception that meditation is “not thinking”, but in fact meditation is about finding the place beyond thinking. In the same way that we all learned to crawl and walk before we could run, learning to meditate is a process that incorporates three stages of development. (See 3 stages for meditation success). One of those is learning to notice when we pursue thoughts as they arise, rather than observing them and letting them be.
Those new to meditation may become aware of both positive and negative thoughts and beliefs they were previously unaware of. They may see their passions driving them. They may become aware of sensations in the body. Over time, practitioners report that rather than these unseen thoughts unconsciously driving them, they consciously start to drive their mind. There is an uncluttering of the mental space that creates a sense of spaciousness and freedom.
When the mind is busy, taking the time to meditate may not get the endless to-do list done, but it may provide space to see the to-do list with new awareness. You may form a new perspective on the urgency of things: You may see the reason why you felt motivated to do them is not as important and you may realise that the world will still keep turning regardless. With new awareness you may find yourself approaching life with a more relaxed attitude that makes the to do list more manageable and less oppressive.
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