The Mind Treatment of Meditation
The idea to meditate appeared to me several time before, but I had put them on my Mental Shelf along with a dozen other vogue intents and idea’s. However, at one of my times of worry and discomfort, God seemed to take this thought down from the shelf, dust it off, and drop it back in my lap. Suffice it to say, that was years ago, and I have since been reaping the phenomenal benefits from this age-old practice, and I would like to share them with you.
It is too much to attempt, to explain in a single article how my life was transformed. Right from the beginning, something began manifesting outwardly as well. I began to see, experience, and feel life differently. I came to what differently. I came to understand the power of meditation because of what actually happened within me. There is nothing to believe in blindly, nothing to accept on faith, your own experience and your own transformation are the only proof you need that meditation is a playground existing for the delight of the self. In this super fast paced world, many people have yet to slow down enough to catch on to the benefits of calming their minds. A lot of these people suffer from what I call, the poverty of peace of mind; not taking the time to find out that they can really enrich their minds through meditation.
The purpose of meditation is to cultivate those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being and to purge those that are not. Only human beings can do this. Animals can enjoy food and sex, find homes, subdue their enemies, and protect their family; but they cannot completely eliminate suffering and attain lasting peace of mind. It would be a great shame if we were to use our precious human life only to achieve results that even animals can achieve.
Meditation is not so much a leaning process, in the sense of intellectual acquisition, as it is an exploration of ones inner self. As you progress through meditation, you gradually begin to feel better: happier, freer, more peaceful, more loving, more centered, and more fulfilled. Our progress is measured not by what we “know,” but by how we feel. Each time you meditate, your ability to alter your feelings and thinking to conform to a pattern of good, will increase. This pattern of good, which appears as understanding, will drive your emotions, your emotions will affect your reactions, and you will effortlessly affect, for the better, the conditions under which you live. Without meditation to stabilize the mind through gentle inward pressure, your mind will be at the mercy of conditions, easily influenced by pleasure or pain, like or dislikes, easily programmed by the ugliness residing in society. I hope my words have enlightened you to the benefits of meditation. In conclusion, I leave you with a few tips for developing a meditation practice.
1. You need 5 to 10 uninterrupted minutes; this is usually how long people need to start getting their central nervous system dialed back to normal. Then increase gradually to time frame comfortable for you.
2. You do not have to be painfully crossed-legged to find inner peace. A chair where you can keep upright without leaning back is just fine.
3. Sense your senses. Stop thinking and focus on your senses. Focus on your breath; watch the breath come in and follow it as it flows out.
4. If you get distracted by thoughts or emotions, gently bring your focus back to your breathing. Don’t get frustrated by thought of work or family. Push them aside. Your mind often wanders towards issues that stress you the most.
Jeorald Pitts/Lil Tone is the author of the book, “To Bang or Not To Bang-A Book of Questions” now available at Borders and Amazon.com.
Mr. Pitts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org