Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t something that you do. It’s a state of consciousness. It’s being present and aware of what goes on. The aim of meditation is not to suppress any thoughts. It‘s to be able to let go of our worries, plans and wishes. A space where we just watch our thoughts come and go.
Meditation is becoming aware of your thoughts and focusing on your breath. You pay attention to your breath and when you get lost in thought, you bring your attention back to your breath. Sounds easy right? It’s so easy, but then again it’s so NOT easy.
When you begin meditating you will be quickly introduced to your thoughts, one of the main concepts of meditation is learning how to pay attention to your thoughts.
There are many supportive strategies (called “skillful means”) that create a conducive atmosphere for the deepening of presence. The art of practice is employing these strategies with curiosity, kindness and a light touch.
Benefits of Meditation
Benefits for the body
On a physical level, meditation:
Here are seven key steps of a meditation practice to help you get started on your journey towards a higher peace.