Meditation and how to live in a stressful world
We live in a wonderful world, filled with opportunities and wonder and yet, the reality is that most of us spend most of our day focusing on the negative. We worry and have negative thought patterns from the moment we rise in the morning, we worry about our jobs, financial security, family, safety and more.
The result from this is that we begin to feel angry, frustrated, depressed, anxious and in very sever cases suicidal because we feel that there is no end to the dark road we are walking.
We forget that the world is a beautiful place, full of loving people and beautiful places. In times of stress and disasters is it important to look around and recognise that you are the master of your own destiny and potential.
Today one person in in five is taking one form of antidepressant or another, or they are under the care of a psychologist. This is partially due to the stress from our society and the negative thoughts that we burden ourselves with, such as needing to earn more money to pay the bills, a house to shelter you which has become unaffordable, food on the table, you see no end in sight.
These are all valid fears but letting them take over your life will actually bring them into being. Negative speech and thought patterns have the ability to manifest in the physical world, for example I'm sure everyone has thought at some point in their life "WHY ME". Well the why me is because you created it, through meditation these old patterns can be altered to positive thoughts,feelings and actions. we are able to achieve health, wealth and happiness through meditation.
Meditation is a practice designed to help your mind, body and spirit to regain its focus, recharge its batteries and its focus in a space of quiet and contemplation. In this space you may find that you have found a safe haven where nothing can harm you and your problems and worries drift away, allowing you to face your day with a calm and positive attitude.
In this meditative state, you can also begin to heal your problems by getting in touch with the Divine, so that you are able to receive inspiration and thoughts. In this state, without conscious thought on your part, new ideas, and answers to your problems will rise, so that you can then take action to bring them into being.
Through meditation, you can for a time cut yourself off from the world and simply relax, sure in the knowledge that you are safe and at peace.
Why Meditation isn't Relaxation
Relaxation is a vital part of living a healthy happy lifestyle. If you don't give yourself time to simply relax everyday, physical and mental problems will occur. However, many people believe that meditation is just a form of deep relaxation. This is partially true, meditation results in relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. To be relaxed doesn't exclude outside influences, you will react to what is going on around you, interact with others, watch television etc.
Meditation results in relaxation but it is mostly a secondary benefit. whereas relaxation is automatic, just by resting. Meditation is a conscious activity. It is something that you purposely bring about. The goal of meditation is emptiness and tranquillity not just to be relaxed.
Meditation, What do I need to Do?
Meditation must be undertaken with an awareness of what is happening and what you are doing. In order to practice meditation effectively and eventually achieve something of real and lasting worth you need to be aware of the things that actually happen.
Concentration Techniques to aid Meditation
While there are many different types of concentration techniques, I have chosen to only include these as they have been tried and tested and proven to be effective.
The point to remember at this time is don't get frustrated and stop. Take A few deep breaths and start again. Remember stay positive, calm and relaxed and you will succeed.