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Benefits of Meditation: Awakening Awareness

Updated on November 4, 2012
Meditation in a park
Meditation in a park

What is meditation?

Many people think that meditation is a state of thoughtfulness. This is not so. Meditation is the state opposite to thoughtfulness. Not everyone can control their thoughts. Not everyone can manage their thoughts. As a rule, when paying attention to your state of mind you can notice a continuous inner dialogue taking place inside. Meditation is a way to liberate your mind from the annoying noise of your thoughts. Meditation is inner silence, thoughtless state of mind.

Meditation as healing practice

To fortify your self-realization, you need to meditate daily. It is better if you meditate two times a day during 15 minutes: in the morning when you have got up, taken a shower and drunk some tea, and in the evening, before going to sleep.

To improve the healing effect of your meditation you can do a foot-soak. Fill a basin with cool water and put two spoons of salt in it. The element of water and the element of earth (salt) will cleanse your energy field from negativity. When it is hot, you can fill your basin with colder water to cool your right channel. When you have flu or a running nose fill your basin with warm water to heat your left channel. You can also burn a candle.

Daily meditation will improve your sleep, contribute to better concentration, and make you recover quickly, reduce stress, and improve productivity, especially if you practice it regularly. Your mind will become clearer, more creative; your thoughts will be better ordered. Also meditation will help you in your relationships with other people. Sometimes meditation can help cure some illnesses.

Put two spoons of salt in your water basin to soak your feet
Put two spoons of salt in your water basin to soak your feet

How to meditate

Some people would think: "What is the use of this practice if you just do nothing but sit? What result can it bring?" Meditation is not for everyone, because some people just don't need it. And it's normal. If you don't feel like meditating, then maybe it's not your cup of tea.

Then, many people would feel some resistance when they begin to meditate. This resistance is related to the necessity to think or to do something. But when you meditate, you do not think about anything, you do not do anything. The energy does everything for you. Your Kundalini energy works just the same way as that of the Earth or the Universe. It is this energy that opens flowers' petals in the morning. What do you do during meditation? Do you meditate? No, you sit in meditation. Sit comfortably. Uncross your legs and arms. Let your attention stay over your head. It is the seventh chakra, the seventh center which takes care of silence inside us. Close or half-close your eyes. Do not think about your future or your past. Stay in the present moment. If any thoughts occur to you, let them pass. Observe them like clouds. They will leave you soon. Be like a flower or a tree. Be like Buddha. Relax and breathe lightly and naturally. But your breath should be deep. Feel your abdomen move when you breathe. Before meditation you can breathe in and out deeply several times. The most important thing is the absence of any tension or effort. But during meditation you must stay alert and aware. Otherwise, you will fall asleep.

It is very beneficial to meditate on the ground. Mother Earth fills you with its energy and regenerates you.

Do you need to listen to the music during meditation? It is not necessary, but you can do so. This can be any relaxing music or it can be special music for meditation. For example, it can be an Indian raga. Ragas make you feel the time flow in a different way. They sort of let you feel the moment of "now."

When you meditate, be like Buddha
When you meditate, be like Buddha

Meditation as spiritual practice

Meditation can become a spiritual practice. You cannot be taught to meditate; you can only learn to do so. A true spiritual teacher can only guide you towards what you have in you already. There is a special dimension inside all of us. You cannot conceptualize it; you can only feel it, enter it. Meditation is an experience. Love does exist. It is truly so. If you say there is no love, then for you it is true. But then you have never been in meditation. You have never been in love. In meditation you get in touch with the source of Universal love. But you cannot describe it with words, just like any true experience. Meditation is beyond thoughts and words.

In meditation we realize that we are not our thoughts, we are not our emotions. We are even not our body nor are we the roles that we play. In meditation we recognize ourselves and learn who we truly are. We are the being, the present, the presence, we are.

In meditation you get in touch with the source of  Universal love. But you cannot describe it with words, just like any true experience.
In meditation you get in touch with the source of Universal love. But you cannot describe it with words, just like any true experience.

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      Anna Sidorova 4 years ago from Russia

      Valleypoet! Thank you for sharing your experience. Indeed, for the beginners in meditation their minds seem even more incontrolable than in usual routine situations. Honestly, I understand very well what you mean when you say that "your" thoughts invade your awareness. Yet, meditation is a great way to understand that our thoughts are not ourselves and that our true self is presence, awareness and silence. Good luck to you in your spiritual quest)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      There are so many thoughts playing out in our minds...some we are aware of, and others that go unnoticed. I have tried meditation, and it made me more aware of how out of control my thoughts really were. Initially it seems like quite an easy thing to do, but I found that it takes lots of practice just to go for more than just a few seconds without thinking. It did also appear to stimulate more philosophical feelings too as I began to question whether the thoughts were really a part of the 'true' me given that I was merely observing them invading my awareness.

      Thank you for your interesting and inspiring hub:-))

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      Anna Sidorova 5 years ago from Russia

      pringoooals, thinking mind is something that the modern humankind has yet to overcome, not because it's bad to think, but because thinking without being connected to your divine self may be dangerous. When you are simply a witness of your thoughts, you gain a transformational power to influence them and change situations. Also, in meditation you can get in touch with the sacred and thus make it a spiritual experience. Meditation is a daily practice, although it may happen to you spontaneously. Thank you for your comment.

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      Karina 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I've never tried to meditate. It is really interesting how it would be not to think..appears like mission impossible to me as i have never been there. But it seems to be very beneficial to be able to fully control mind. I like your style of writing and I really enjoyed reading this article.

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      Anna Sidorova 5 years ago from Russia

      Thank you very much, maheshtcr1.

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      Anna Sidorova 5 years ago from Russia

      CriticalMessage, thanks for this meditation-friendly comment:) I love to "space out", too, from time to time...

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I use meditation A LOT !!! so much so that when I do it?, most people think I am simply 'spacing out'... Because I will do it anytime, anywhere my need to go 'Zen' presents itself... It's like a mini vacation.. *smiles*