What is meditation power and how can we use it to improve the quality of our lives? We live in the information age, which is an age characterized by an abundance of thinking. Wherever we turn there is information pouring into our senses. As a result our mind is revving constantly trying to sort-out, digest and keep up with all the incoming data.
How do you give your mind a break? Do you need to wait for a nervous breakdown before collapsing and having no choice but to take a break? Or are there ways you can proactively give yourself an essential break from your overactive and overstimulated mind?
Thinking non-stop without the ability to slow down is draining. It's also unhealthy since many stress related dis-eases are linked to the very thinking that stresses us out. Finding ways to truly give rest to the mind is neither child's play nor luxury. It's a vital component of mental health and well-being.
Thanks to meditation power you can give true rest to the mind. Through the power of not thinking you can restore vitality and health. The considerable benefits of the power of meditation are always a mere step out of the mind away.
What happens when you meditate? If you're a beginner to meditation you'll most likely will experience quite a bit of struggle at first. You'll probably be thinking about all of the things you're supposed to be doing, especially the unintelligible instruction to just 'not think'.
You'll be thinking about not-thinking and then scold yourself for being unsuccessful at what you're trying to do. This is the typical inner struggle of beginners to meditation leaving them wondering whether they should give it up or try something else.
One of the best things you can do at the beginning is to focus on your posture and work on releasing and adjusting the muscle tension in various parts of your body. Use one of the two mind control techniques outlined in how to meditate for beginners to help focus and concentrate your mind as a springboard to the meditative state.
As you deepen in your practice, as you become increasingly collected and concentrated, meditation power will become increasingly evident and accessible. Your thoughts will continue to come and go, yet they won't seem to have the same hold on you as they once did.
You are the one who is meditating. You are the constant in the meditation equation. Your thoughts, emotions, feelings are the variables - they constantly come and go.
Meditation power lies within a newly budding relationship between you and your thoughts. You become an observer to your thoughts instead of getting carried away by them. You somehow acquire the equanimity to just let them be.
Over time you realize that this new vantage point on thought has actually given you a new vantage point on yourself as well. You aren't your thinking and you know it.
Over time, as your practice ripens, you realize the tremendous power that comes with the ability to observe your thoughts. Where you used to be completely wrapped up in thought, now there's a space. Thoughts still come, yet they don't trigger an immediate emotional response like they once used to.
This is the gap, or space, that Steven Covey the author of the book, 'The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People' refers to in the quote above. Covey identifies a gap between what happens to us ... and our response to what happens to us. This gap, or space, is where you're free to choose. It's the space or gap that allows you to be proactive vs reactive.
As your mindfulness training progresses and your meditation power grows, you experience a lengthening gap between arising thoughts and your bodily reaction or response to them. Eventually the gap becomes so large that you gain the self-mastery not to react at all, if you so choose. The thought, emotion or feeling comes and it goes - leaving you utterly unmoved in the process.
At this point your meditation power is running strong. You have become a truly impartial observer of your internal landscape. Your capacity for proactive vs reactive thinking has grown in leaps and bounds. You experience more and more freedom from your reactive mind, which gives you a sense of growing satisfaction and fulfillment with the relationship developing between you and your new best friend - your very own mind.
The essential benefit of meditation power is that it gives us a much needed break from our reactive, overactive and stimulated mind. Developing this power makes it possible to give ourselves a real vacation from the mind.
In our increasingly hectic world ... where we live increasingly stressful lives ... we need to cultivate the power to give ourselves the break from the mind that we need. Taking these vacations from the mind leave us feeling rejuvenated, revitalized and motivated to take on life anew. Cultivating this meditation power is priceless indeed and well worth the time and effort.