In this post, we are going to see what meditation is. You might wonder, why meditation? WELL, it is because, believe it or not, meditation is the solution to all the mental illness that you are going through. The trauma, the depression, the overthinking, the anxiety, the hurt you are going through. Whenever you undergo any emotion, do you ever question yourself that why am I so affected by this? Is it really the external that is bothering me or its just me? By reading the 1st paragraph, you will understand that this is not a regular guide to meditation. The concept of meditation is quite misunderstood. So, in this blog, not a single thought comes from my side because I don’t want to mislead anyone.
TOPICS related to meditation:
1. What is Meditation & what is not! : EXPLAINED by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
2. How to meditate: EXPLAINED by Osho
3.Stopping the chattering of your mind: EXPLAINED by Sadhguru
What is Meditation & what is not! Advice for the beginners.
What is Meditation & The essence of meditation
The essence of meditation is awareness.
What is awareness?
Awareness is that you know what you are doing, what you are thinking, what you are feeling, seeing, hearing, etc. Knowing these things is awareness. For example, now you are reading this blog, if you know that you are reading this blog, then that is awareness. I will ask you something. Can you raise your hand, right now? Ok. Do you know that you are raising your hand? If you know that you are raising your hand, that is awareness. It is very simple, very easy, but sometimes, many people have misunderstandings about meditation.
Many people think meditation means thinking of nothing, blocking thoughts and emotions, thinking of nothing, or concentration. Or some people think that they have to think of peace, relaxation, openness. It is not like that. Meditation is completely natural. Whatever thought, emotion, sound, and whatever you see; do not care. Let them come, let them go. But what you have to do is to be aware. If you try to block the thinking, like thoughts or emotions, then they become more.
For example, If you try to not think about a green salad, “no green salad, no green salad, no green salad.”Then, what you think of is a green salad, right? You can try this at home, no problem. Therefore, do not block thoughts and emotions, but do not get lost, what we call, “getting lost.”Getting lost means “not watching,” or “not connecting with awareness.”
You become like this…Like a zombie. Sometimes I go to big cities, and everybody is walking very fast. They are holding in one hand a bag, and in one hand something to eat, and they are talking on the phone, the earphone is there. They do not know what is going on, like zombies. That is the meaning of getting lost. Do not get lost, but do not block thoughts and emotions. So what do you have to do? Just be aware.
For the first meditation object, if you want to learn meditation for the first time, then the breath is really
important. It is what we call, “the object of meditation.”What you have to do is that your mind
is noticing that you are breathing. Breathing in, breathing out, breathing in, breathing out. You can try this
now. Close your eyes and be aware of your breathing. While you are aware of your breath, thoughts come and
go. Let them come, let them go. If you do not forget your breath, then whatever thought or emotion comes is Ok.
Do not care.
Just be with your breath.
That is meditation.
How to meditate
When you are not doing anything at all – bodily, mentally, on no level – when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that’s what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it; you have only to understand it.
Whenever you can find time for just being, drop all doing. Thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing, contemplation is also doing. Even if for a single moment you are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly relaxed — that is meditation. And once you have got the knack of it, you can remain in that state as long as you want; finally, you can remain in that state for twenty-four hours a day.
Once you have become aware of the way your being can remain undisturbed, then slowly you can start doing things, keeping alert that your being is not stirred. That is the second part of meditation. First, learning how just to be, and then learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower, but keeping yourself centered. Then you can do complicated things.
For example, I am speaking to you, but my meditation is not disturbed. I can go on speaking, but at my very center there is not even a ripple; it is just silent, utterly silent. So meditation is not against action. It is not that you have to escape from life. It simply teaches you a new way of life: You become the center of the cyclone. Your life goes on, it goes on more intensely — with more joy, with more clarity, more vision, more inspiration, more creativity — yet you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.
You are not the doer, you are the watcher.
That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher. Doing continues on its level, there is no problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the well. You can do all small and big things; only one thing is not allowed and that is, your centering should not be lost. That awareness, that watchfulness, should remain unclouded, undisturbed.
Meditation is a very simple phenomenon.
Stopping the chattering of your mind
Now, If you sit here, you will see your body is here your mind is somewhere, who you are is somewhere else.
Once there is space between you and the mind, then what the mind is not doing, what the mind is doing, is not even an issue. It is like you’re stuck in the traffic jam, you know you’re struggling through the traffic, that’s one experience.
Suppose you are either standing on a Hill or you are floating in a hot air balloon and look down at all the traffic, very peacefully, traffic, hmm!’ (Laughter) (Gestures)Why? There’s a distance, isn’t it?
When you’re in it, traffic is a different experience. From really high up there sitting in a hot air balloon, you look down, you can’t even hear the sounds, looks wonderful traffic, isn’t it? Yes or no?Because there’s a distance.
So once there’s a distance between you and your mind’s activity, the mind is not a problem.
The mind is a miracle, it is not a problem.
Tell me if you really understood what meditation means and how important it is or was it just a waste of time.
Because this blog talks about the meditation in a NUTSHELL and I have tried to bring the best on your plate. Read it twice to understand better.
Thank you. See you soon.