The demands and fast-paced rhythm of modern life, many people feel stressed anxious and overloaded. It seems sometimes like there is not enough time or space in order to everything get done. Our overburdened and exhausted, busy lives make us unfortunate, impatient and frustrated. But meditation can help!

It can even affect not only our psychological health but also physical health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to cease, catch a breath and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. In just ten or fifteen minutes breathing meditation as explained below can assist you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.

Meditation can also help us to comprehend more effectively our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy, from fixed to a growth mindset. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.

Breaking 5 myths for meditation:

  • When we say “meditation” we used to think of the ultimate monastic way, which means to be fully concentrated and not to think absolutely nothing. The meditation style should be applied in modern society and so in our needs.
  • The perfect timing for meditation is at night just before going to sleep. Actually, not! As we said before, during that we should relax and adjust it according to our needs.
  • is related to escapism. It is more about living the here and now, rather than trying to escape. Though it depends on your own goals and motives.
  • needs time and the results are far from here and now. It takes some time, but again it depends on your goals. If your goal is to be healed after a terrible loss, it won’t work so quickly. But if you want to relax and to calm your mind after a busy day is ideal!
  • is the same with mindfulness. They are connected but they are not the same. See below, for a small analysis.

 


How mindfulness and meditation are connected?

Mindfulness Meditation, where one pays attention to the breathing and bodily sensations, is a gateway leading to greater insight about oneself, and deeper or quieter states of consciousness.

In general, though, people also speak of mindfulness meaning the attitude of being in the present moment, non-reactively paying attention to one’s experience, rather than being engaged in the content of the mind. In this sense, it is more of a meditative attitude to have during all your activities. Sometimes it is coupled with seated Mindfulness Meditation.

People practice mindfulness for better health, emotional healing, and improved performance. Meditation, in all its variety, also brings those benefits, but it is also practiced for other purposes such as self-discovery, personal growth, and spiritual goals (inner freedom, enlightenment).

Is meditation selfish?

No, it is not selfish! You give and become more productive after that. The more you give, the more you get… This question is like: “should I feel guilty when I am happy?” Of course not. It has to do with your inner calmness and peace of mind. But if you feel selfish, again after that suggestion, appreciation or an act of kindness always help, because that is the moment that you understand and act for others and not yourself.

Do you believe in energy?

Specifically, in adaptation energy. This energy is the change of expectations. Because when we feel disappointed or frustrated, we tend to burn a lot of energy, that meditation fills up that energy. And probably this another reason that meditation is not selfish.

 

If you have any questions, let me know in comments! That article was inspired by Emily Fletcher and her methods after attending a webinar and Giovanni Dienstmann, a meditation geek.

 

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