Meditation has many benefits. If you were expecting from the title of this article for us to debunk collected centuries of Eastern wisdom and refute a number of reputable studies into the virtues of Mindfulness, you’re in the wrong place. However, when starting a meditation practice, it can be hard to know what to look for. Some might feel it’s simply a waste of time after struggling to make much progress over a period of months, while others might feel that the practice is starting to fix every problem in their life. Of course, both viewpoints, while subjectively correct, are not objectively correct.
But with the wisdom of meditation, it can be hard to remain objective. Each person will experience it in their own way, and make their own progress. This leads people to look for concrete examples and definitive proof that their practice is worth it. It is, but it’s important to know why and how. With the following advice, you might find this help more practical and worthy for your aims:
Of course, the art of positive meditation is to come back to yourself and to help your mind settle on that which is actually in front of you. The present moment is all any of us have access to, and so it can be important to live there as much as possible. Of course, this isn’t to say that thinking of the past and future isn’t integral to the living of our lives, but it’s truly important to practice this form of comfort and to develop competent understandings of how to manage it.
Presence can often give us a range of benefits, from helping us become more observant, listening to people with more depth, and being able to focus on tasks with more reliability. It can also help us become more patient, and prevent our aggravated reactions to difficult experience.
Ego can be of great benefit, but can also be a double-edged sword. It can help us defend ourselves and feel pride in who we are and our achievements. It can help us consider bettering ourselves and helps us form our identity in the world. But it can also become toxically directed, perhaps overblown, and often prevent our connection to other people.
With a good practice of meditation enacted, your need to satiate your ego will be reduced. This is because you’ll feel value in who you are rather than who you believe yourself to be. It’s a much more authentic kind of practice, and it can be great to experience things from this lens.
Much of fear is based around not what is happening, but what could happen. Of course, there is wisdom here. It shows maybe we shouldn’t fish in the crocodile-infested waters, because something bad could happen. It can also conjure up plenty of faux-threats that simply are not true or worth worrying about.
Meditation helps you differentiate between reality and imagining with much more presence, and also helps you respond to the threat of a moment with easier reactions. This naturally helps you feel more confident, and thus reduces your irrational fear.
With these tips and a solid practice, you’re sure to experience the true benefits of meditation.
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