We meditate to get to know the inner presence/awareness/bliss that is our true Self. Another way of saying this, is that meditation is a relationship with yourself. In meditation you become intimate with yourself on every level—with your body, with your mind, emotions and feelings, with the different levels of your own energy, and with the inner presence/awareness/bliss that is the ground of your being. Like any intimate relationship, meditation works best when undertaken tenderly, and with love.
The secret of joyful meditation is to approach it playfully, as an experiment and exploration of your own being. – Sally Kempton -
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.
Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.
During meditation, you focus your attention on something simple. For example the breath, a flame, a mantra, prayer, etc. By doing this you can eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress.
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. These benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may improve certain medical conditions.
When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
Meditation might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress.
- Anxiety disorders
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep problems
Be sure to talk to your health care provider about the pros and cons of using meditation if you have any of these conditions or other health problems. In some cases, meditation can worsen symptoms associated with certain mental and physical health conditions.
Many diseases are stress related and compounded by stress. Stress compounds chronic pain. How we deal with life threatening diseases and pain has everything to do with the quality of mind that we bring to it. Meditations helps up separate or distance ourself from the pain or disease. We need to cultivate the ability to NOT get emotionally involved with our condition.
Cancer advanced my meditation practice. When i was diagnosed with cancer, i armed myself with a team of physicians that i had confidence in. I had a naturopathic doctor first and a medical doctor second. I ran my team of docs to beat cancer and win! With a positive perspective and a sense of confidence that “everything was going to be ok” gave me the positive energy we all needed to win.
That was nine and a half years ago. I recommend you learn meditation first, then maybe you won’t get sick. I’m still meditating and still cancer free!