The power of Meditation and prayer has been shown to give people a sense of calm, peace and confidence that can benefit both their emotional well-being and your overall health.
To you, the reader of this article…don’t let the thought of meditating the “right” way add to your stress. There is no “right way” to meditation. Simply meditating ISthe right way. Whenever you are meditating, you are doing it the right way.
Meditating is relaxing and not thinking. Meditation is also focusing on something intensely. Both scenarios are meditation. If you want to, you can go to special meditation centers or group classes led by trained instructors. It would be a great way to build your confidence in meditation by allowing feel like a professional is guiding you. It is not necessary though. You can also practice meditation easilу on уour own.
And уou can make meditation as formal or informal as уou like, however, it suits уour lifestуle and situation. Some people build meditation into their dailу routine. For example, theу maу start and end each daу with an hour of meditation. But all уou reallу need is a few minutes of qualitу time to experience the power of meditation.
And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions. I have seen the power of meditation in my mind, body and spirit. I feel more connected to God, I feel more confident in my skin and financial state reflects a shift from a few years ago before I started meditating.
How I discovered the Power of Meditation and Prayer
I had always read various books on personal development that encouraged me to meditate but honestly, I looked down on the practice. I just didn’t see how sitting down and closing my eyes for 20 minutes could help me, in any away. After all, I had things to do. Financially I was sinking. Things were getting worse and worse.
My wife had just given birth to our son. Not a time to struggle financially, but I was. Never mind during her pregnancy I had nothing. Now our beautiful baby was here and I needed to provide. This is what I told myself.
But after years of struggling to make it despite TRYING my best, I needed a shift. Thank God I accepted that because it wasn’t easy. All around when people look at you struggling in life they make you feel like a failure, as if you are not doing enough. Some even hinted that I wasn’t praying enough. Or “you need to ask God for forgiveness.”
Unfortunately when things were this hard sometimes believed them. But after years of listening to these voices, I took another direction. I had tried visualizing, I tried affirmations, I tried gratitude journaling etc. The whole law of attraction “tools.” With mixed results. There was one tool that I kept neglecting that I decided to try. Meditation. I would just sit in a chair and think of nothing. If my mind started thinking other thoughts I would bring it back to “nothing.” And the results were glorious. I discovered the power of meditation in all areas of my life.
I started getting job offers freely. In one job I had submitted my resume’ a year ago. I was shocked, I didn’t know they still had my details. Besides all the people who got jobs at that company paid some kind of “bribe” to get a job. Everyone who I was working had done this. Except for me. I quit that job and immediately got another more fulfilling.
I quit that one also to start my own business. I am more confident and secure than I was a few years ago. I am comfortable in my skin. I know my strengths and weaknesses and how to conduct myself. Let’s just say I know what I want and I believe I have the tools to get there. I can attribute all this to learning to meditate. Through the power of meditation, I have found that all my other practices such as visualization, are now more effective.
Meditation is a spiritual training that involves relaxation, concentration and awareness. Meditation is for the mind, as is physical exercise for the body. The exercise is usually done independently. One sits in a position that is comfortable and has closed eyes. To meditate is similar to any other skill. Think of it as a muscle that you have never really worked out. It takes constant practice to get comfortable. And it’s usually easier when you have a teacher.
Always remember that it is a meditation practice, not a perfect meditation. There is no such thing as perfect meditation. The sooner you realize it, the better. Sometimes your concentration wanders or you forget to follow your breathing. It is good. The brain almost always has something to analyze. It is good. It’s part of the experience. The most important thing is to meditate regularly. The meditation journey is more important than the destination.
“Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.” – Peter McWilliams
The mind can be a weird place
It takes time to get comfortable with your mind. There might be setbacks along the way but that’s part of meditating. Keep practising. You’re doing great just by showing up.
“Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.”– Pema Chodron
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The Origins of Meditation
“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Meditation can be traced through various religions and societies all through history. Meditation is mentioned throughout the bible. We here that Isaac went out into the fields to meditate. Whilst meditating, his wife came to him. We also read of Joshua being told by God to meditate on His word day and night so that he will always remember who God is.
There are various religions such as Buddhism, which are famous for promoting various meditative techniques. All these great religious people are on to something that most people are likely to miss out on. Top businessman, musicians, athletes and many other successful people talk about how the power of meditation has helped them succeed in life.
The earliest recognized records mentioning meditation probably concerned Vedantism, a Hindu tradition in India, around 1500 BC. However, historical scientists believe that meditation was practised even before this time, even up to 3000 BC. Between 600 and 500 BC, the development of other forms of meditation was recorded in Taoist China and Buddhist India, although the exact origins of these practices, particularly Buddhist meditation, are still debated among historians.
The formula for the salvation of morality, contemplative concentration, knowledge and liberation would involve meditation as a central element.
A Japanese monk, Dosho, discovered Zen during a visit to China in 653 and introduced the practice of meditation in Japan upon his return to the country, opening the first meditation room. The practice developed considerably in Japan from the 8th century AD, which led to the practice of meditation. The term “meditate” comes from the Latin word meditatum, which means “to think”. The monk Guigo II introduced this terminology in the 12th century AD.
Despite its early historical origins and the development of meditation via Buddhism, it remained almost exclusively in Asia until the middle of the 20th century. Why? Well, the trips were very limited. Coming to the Far East usually took weeks and cost more than most people earned in a lifetime in the 1800s and early 1900s. Commercial transportation and the relaxation of societal values allowed people to explore the world and its limitless possibilities, through which meditation could cross the oceans to enlighten the West.
“Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.”– Swami Muktananda