Meditate to relax, to be calm & clear, to quiet the mental chatter, to improve concentration & focus, to increase emotional stability, to know yourself better, to live a deeper & richer life.
From my personal experience, all of these are possible with practice.
What is meditation?
Most of us are great at focusing our attention on what has happened in the past and what we want to happen in the future. We sit in the park, remembering yesterday and planning for tomorrow, our body in the park our mind somewhere else.
We live in the present, in the here and now, and not in the past or the future. We think about the past and the future. We live in the present. The present is where we actually live our lives, whether we’re paying attention to it or not.
We spend a lot of time thinking about living versus paying attention to actually living. We miss important moments, time seems to fly by with out us noticing, we don’t engage deeply with our loved ones, our children, our families, our colleagues… we miss a lot. All those moments we so carefully planed go by in a flash. Where did my life go?
And it turns out, this is a very relaxing way to live.
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“Meditation isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are.” – Pema Chödrön, Tibetan Buddhist Nun, Author