On Meditation

Everyone seeks it, no exceptions. At some point in our life, to a larger or smaller extent, we would all pay a large sum of money to have it when it is most needed. Only few of us take preventative steps. Inner calm is what I am talking about. A calm that can keep us balanced in stressful situations. A calm that can give us clarity when we really need it. A calm that cannot co-exist with stress.

One of the most known and tested methods to find that calm is meditation.

You may feel really good while you are meditating, but that is not the purpose of the meditation. The purpose is to train your mind in tranquillity and reflection. So that it becomes part of your personality. So that you become someone who can keep calm and cool when needed. So that we don’t succumb to our normal behavioural patterns and let our dark side come out without being able to control it.

Meditation has been known for thousands of years and has been used in all religions. There is however nothing religious about these meditations. My opinion is that all religions are subsections of spirituality. We can use meditation to become better people. But as it is with everything else in life, it requires training, training and more training. Or put in a different way, perseverance and self-discipline.

How a meditation works depends on the outcome you want from your meditation. The discovery of the true nature of one’s mind, which is calm once we reach the innermost parts of ourselves, will for most people mean great joy or happiness.

Meditating means forming a great habit: Just as you take a bath every day to keep your body clean, you meditate daily to keep your mind clear and present. By meditating daily, you achieve greater freedom to act in a more perfect sense in the different situations life brings you.

What is meditation

The word meditation originates from the Latin word Meditatio, which simply means training. So what is it you are training? It’s presence, actually.

Many people want to be better at relaxing, smiling and enjoying also the little joys of life. That can be difficult in a society where we are constantly inundated with information and demands on our attention. We get stressed. We get distracted; we worry and get angry about the little things. Anxiety is also a big problem for many people these days.

This where you can use meditation as a tool. Meditation can be defined as a technique that enhances your waking consciousness or your presence. It won’t automatically make you happy. It is perfectly possible, for example, that you suddenly discover great grief inside you during a meditation. But if you keep on meditating, it will at some point heal your grief and transform it into understanding and maybe even acceptance followed by joy.

Once we have learned to meditate and do it regularly, there comes a time when we also start to become interested in self-awareness. That is, being aware of oneself for better or worse. That means we begin to see ourselves the way we are. If there are things we want to change, we are honest with ourselves and don’t just blame our lives and behaviour on everyone else. We begin to see that it is possible to change, so that at some point we can enjoy ourselves and everyone else and everything around us.