The 3 Things You Need To Know
Learn to meditate. The 3 Things You Need To Know.
Let me begin by saying there are so many myths around meditation. It’s not hard. It’s actually quite easy and probably a lot easier than you think. Unfortunately there is a lot of misleading information that turns people off to it completely. So I’m here to help give you deeper clarity about what it is and how understanding and applying these three simple techniques can make it a beautiful practice you look forward to and can really get into versus an intimidating thing that you run from.
- Expect Nothing – Don’t have any expectations – Expect Nothing. This is the really profound and also very difficult thing for most people to grasp. We live with expectations. Each and every moment is filled with an expectation of this moment. Each moment is filled with hope and deep seated conviction of how it should be. Rather than just letting it be. We are not comfortable with this moment as it is so we long for more. We want more out of this moment. We want more from the past so we hark back to it over and over again. We are driven by some potential future outcome. It’s never just this moment now being totally perfect as it is. That’s the power of meditation. It’s the premise that this moment is absolutely perfect as it is with no outcome and zero expectation. This is the beauty of meditation. Accepting this moment simply as it is and being completely ok with that.
- Do Nothing – There is nothing to do. There are all of these myths around meditation. Most people who have never done it or even those who have perhaps tried it believe it’s too hard. They can’t stop thinking. Or at least that’s the claim. They are unable to control their minds. There is a prevalent belief about meditation or this notion they are supposed to turn their minds off. They can’t turn their minds off. It’s ok. You are not supposed to turn your mind off, nor can you. It’s the nature of the mind to think incessantly.
- Be Nothing – Being is the feeling we are going for. It’s possible to be nothing. Simply be. Just be. So essentially you are tapping into yourself and the depths of your existence by honor your being. It’s being in action. You are bringer deeper awareness to your being. You are bringing your attention to that aspect of you that just is. It’s the essence of being that you are tapping into. This is what meditation is all about. Essentially this is the point. It’s to attach yourself to your being where your body, mind and soul and merge into a profound nothingness. Be nothing. Absolutely nothing. Let go of yourself, your body, your attachments. Relinquish your attachment to time.
Another word for meditation is Mindfulness.
mind·ful·ness – defined below.
/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/Learn to pronounce
- 1.the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.”their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
- 2.a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
While there have been many profound yogis and sages who left incredible bodies of work and instruction and I cannot possibly quote them all. One of my favorites described meditation in this beautiful and poetic way.
“By being with yourself……by watching yourself in your daily life with alert interest, with the intention to understand rather than to judder, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, because it is there, you encourage the deep to come to the surface and enrich your life and consciousness with its captive energies. This is the great work of awareness’; it removes obstacles and releases energies by understanding the nature of life and mind. Intelligence is the door to freedom and alert attention is the mother of intelligence.” Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That
The Benefits Of Meditation According To Science And Research
And while we’re on the subject let me give you some hardcore evidence of the benefits and reasons to meditate. It’s not something you do to tell people you do and give an air of an evolved human being. Meditation something you will want to do once you begin to understand the benefits of
And this is not opinion based, but actual scientific research that has been conducted now for decades and results showing the enormous benefits of meditation.
Here’s an initial break down of benefits that are substantial and evident once you begin to meditate on a regular basis.
self-control, objectivity, affect tolerance, enhanced flexibility, equanimity, improved concentration and mental clarity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and one’s self with kindness, acceptance and compassion.
My Favorite Resources
One of my favorite teachers on Mindfulness is Jon Kabat Zinn.
And one of my favorite works by him is ‘Wherever You Go, There You Are’.
You can listen to the ‘Wherever You Go There You Are’ audio book here.
Tara Brach is another exceptional teacher in this space. Her site is filled with all sorts of wonderful information and free meditations to get started. Do check it out.
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