What meditation cannot be good for

Some people swear by regular meditation, others find it abracadabra and still other people find it stupid. So many people, so many opinions and there is nothing wrong with that. But what is unfortunate is that the people who think meditating is nonsense have rarely, if ever, made an attempt to let go of the busyness – which many people have in their heads – through a moment of meditation. After all, you are only helping yourself. In fact, when you see how many people continue to increase the pressure in life, the chance of real peace is minimal. The hectic existence of the average Westerner is such that we just keep going and don’t stop until we get there (if we get there at all). If it is not to earn more money, then it is to have more prestige or the desire for power is playing tricks on them. It is evident that everyone must know for themselves what he or she is doing. Yet society would improve significantly if more people found balance in life.
This does not mean that it is a must that this is done through meditation, but it is a way that can work. Either way, meditation can help you in a variety of situations, and it is only in recent years that we have become more open to such a view.

How?

Classical

The workshops that are given on meditation, which are available throughout the country (an example is the Niiraja club), give a good idea that we are increasingly daring to delve deeper into everything that has to do with meditation. Workshops are in a classroom setting and that is a blessing for some, because you can hide somewhat in the group, but for others it is to show that you are open to something like that and it can be confrontational. After all, you don’t want to be seen as a vague person, do you? In short, a workshop to quickly
introduce you to the how and why of meditating at home is a solution for some and nothing for others. Feel for yourself whether you like this.

Individually

You can also follow a session individually on how to best achieve a good meditation moment. But you can always follow a list of points and thus arrive at a meditation moment in your own familiar environment.
The list has a number of preconditions that help in the process.

  • Find a cool (not too hot, but you shouldn’t sit there shivering either) space.
  • A space without distractions. Preferably a quiet, not too bright room.
  • The room must be quiet and that can be quiet, but for those who want a quiet background noise to stimulate, this is also good.
  • If a scent calms you down, make sure it is in the room.
  • Especially for the beginner, a burning candle somewhere within your field of vision is good.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that is breathable and in which you can move comfortably.
  • Loosen your body (for some this may involve some neck exercises and others may ‘loosen’ their shoulders)

Strictly speaking, we all know the lotus position, but sitting cross-legged or with your legs lying smoothly in front of you is also good. What matters is that you adopt a pleasant sitting position.

Find the ‘nothing’

Now let your eyelids become heavy and try to let all the thoughts that loom on clouds float past you. For some it means closing their eyes and for others it means looking at the light of the candle through their eyes, but either way you focus on this image. Try out what you feel comfortable with and try to maintain the image.
For someone who is starting out, it is good to first concentrate on your breathing and do nothing for a while, before starting with things that keep you busy .
Your breathing is important and therefore ensures that your body transports oxygen through your body in a calm manner. Your stomach swells, you inhale deeply and exhale very calmly through your nose. Focus on this for a moment, to master that calm breathing and let it become second nature. While you concentrate on your breathing, your thoughts float by and with a bit of luck, most of them are already over when you look to see if you need to clear your head (of thoughts) any further.
There’s no point in forcing it, so never do it. If you can’t do it for a while, it’s a good idea to stop. Trying to force it will be counterproductive.

What can meditation help you with?

The items listed are parts of international studies. Research from the United States, Japan and South Africa.

  • It has been shown that meditation can contribute to more positive thoughts.
  • Meditation helps in the process against the hectic pace of the day. For example, a stressful existence, over-tiredness, etc.
  • By concentrating in a very focused, but not strenuous, manner and doing this regularly, you increase your overall ability to concentrate.
  • Very recent studies indicate that it has a pain-reducing effect. Not that pain is no longer felt, but the stimulus is less intense.
  • Finally, meditation can play a role in the balance of your life. The balance that is so important can sometimes be lost (for whatever reason). By meditating regularly, the balance can be restored without forcing anything.

 

Finally

The advantage of meditating is that you don’t have to do anything, but you can try to take advantage of it.

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