Meditation: The Goal is Doing Na-da
Even if we regularly read about the benefits in the news and in magazines, we won’t really understand how a meditation practice can change us until we try it.
I remember when a co-worker first told me that he practiced meditation, and I wondered: “What could he possibly be doing with all that silence?”
I had dismissed meditation as something for renunciates, monks or ninjas. With my busy life, it was hard to imagine why doing na-da for 20-60 mins. each day could make me more intelligent, happier and more productive.
As I watched him work, however, I realized that there was something magical about the way his brain worked, like a well-sharpened knife… (surrounded by some pretty dull blades!…).
I was convinced and started taking classes.
I quickly realized that meditation was exactly what I was looking for:
a way to focus, clarify and educate my mind
a way for me to deepen my connection with the mystery of what I truly am.
There’s Nothing More Natural Than Meditation.
Naturally, we all crave (and create) spaces where we can listen, be present and compassionate with ourselves, just the way we are. Meditation just a more potent and more powerful way of doing this.
Meditation is a pure medicine that takes you to a place beyond questions, ideals, insecurities or external stimuli. It takes you in, toward a great emptiness, silence, purity, beauty, healing and energetic potential.
In today’s stressed-out and overstimulated world, I’m not sure there’s anything more loving, more intelligent, more refreshing or more regenerative that you can for yourself (and those around you) than to keep a daily meditation practice.
The Real Benefits of Meditation.
Meditation is spreading like wildfire across the corporate world, as well as in the education and health care sector, as a way to manage stress, increase emotional intelligence and improve performance.
It’s considered the single most effective way to improve mental focus and to strengthen executive function in the brain, including long term planning, motivation, organizational skills and self-control.
Some of the benefits of meditation include:
- Improved mental clarity and executive function : long-term planning, focus, organizational skills, self-control
- Improved mood and behaviour (through increased serotonin production)
- Increases energy levels, self-confidence, creativity, intuition and emotional intelligence
- Increases happiness and peace of mind
Physical Benefits include:
- Reducing anxiety, depression, blood pressure and stress
- Boosts the immune system
- Balances blood sugar
- Can help balance weight
- Supports deep sleep
- Slows the aging process
However, meditation isn’t really just about improving your on-the-job-performance, but about freedom.
The reason meditation has been so highly esteemed by world spiritual tradition is because it supports self-realization.
Again, you’ll need to practice to understand, but training yourself to transcend your mind can help to gradually transform you into an unstoppable force of love, strength, resilience, wisdom and positive energy.
Committing To A Daily Practice
One of the things that I highly recommend for beginners (and those with experience) is to learn meditation from an experienced teacher (and not an app!). You’ll benefit greatly from the human contact and encouragement, and by being able to ask questions along the way.
Don’t worry about being perfect. It’s natural that your practice will be different each day, and that some days will be easier than others. Imagine that each moment you spend in practice contributes one dollar in the bank of your growing awareness. Be consistent, be patient with yourself and don’t worry about results.
Over time, your practice will become a special part of your day, and you won’t want to leave home without it!
Not only will you feel better, but you will also start to develop a broader understanding of what you are, what you need, what you don’t, how your mind works and where your true inspiration comes from. Day by day, you are becoming the depth of compassion, wisdom and power that you’re truly capable of.
About The Author:
Briya Freeman has been teaching courses in meditation and natural healing since 2011. She is the creator of The Bloom Project, an 8 week online course self-care and self-connection for women.
Briya holds over 10 years in practice and study in natural healing traditions. She is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin.