Why We Should Meditate

Meditation is no longer a new age, hippie or eccentric notion.  It is now a household term that people by the millions are embracing to help maximize the best outcomes of their lives.  You can’t be walking around in this world and not see the word “meditation” on the covers of magazines or news clips.

The science is out.  Science now demonstrates the amazing benefits of meditation. From a more relaxed disposition, to enhanced memory, better sleep, compassion towards self and others; meditation makes life better.  Yes it is true—meditation, when practiced routinely, up-levels every facet of our lives.

Meditation offers us a look into our inner world of thought and story.  This is often a place most of us would like to avoid.  But, meditation “practice” teaches us that we can sit with “what is” and learn how to see beyond it.   It is through the experience of meditation we are able to digest, assimilate and grow from our life experiences.

I often use the metaphor that living our life can sometimes feel like we are gorging on big meal after big meal with no spaces in between. Meaning, we are going from life experience to life experience with no spaces in between. Hence…poor digestion…we literally become overstuffed and bloated on life.   Meditation is “medicinal” because it provides a chance for the whole body-mind to pause…assimilate “what is going on” and then recalibrate and re-align to our most optimal self.

So what is meditation exactly?  It is just this.  It is a tool that helps us align to our most optimal self.  That “self” which is energized, creative, joyous and peaceful.  That “self” which knows the solutions, is more relaxed and continues to find more meaning and love in the smallest encounters.

Meditation can be described as a resting of awareness or attention on a focal point or technique while disengaging from the so-called “inner narrative”.  What is the focal point or technique?  Well that becomes the question.  It is important, if you are new to meditation, to seek out someone who has been a “serious meditator” for an extended amount of time, someone who has traveled deep in the practice and understands the structures of mind as well as the various and numerous nuances of meditation itself.  However, if you are without such a person then the old saying is: “begin where you are and when the student is ready…the teacher will appear”.

 

Check out these sources for Harvard’s science based evidence on meditation:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/01/eight-weeks-to-a-better-brain/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc

These books I have gotten a lot of guidance from:

Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace  by Davidji
Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation   by Rolf Sovik
The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson

My Meditation Teacher:

http://bluethroatyoga.com/about/about-paul/