- 1 Stress and anxiety today
- 2 What is meditation?
- 3 Benefits of meditation
- 4 Also, did you know ...?
- 5 So is meditation the panacea?
Stress and anxiety today
I'm sure you've heard more than once about how meditation can help you calm your mind, reduce stress, manage anxiety better, etc ...
However, I believe that meditation is more than a strategy that can help you manage stress.
For my meditation is a philosophy of life that if you take it seriously it can help you change the way you see the world and interact with it by becoming a person a lot more free, conscious and happy.
I think we live in a world where we go so fast and so on autopilot that we don't forget to live.
And so it goes.
15% of people need to resort to anxiolytics and antidepressants to cope with their daily lives, these medications have tripled their consumption in the last 10 years and although there is no noise in the media there are more deaths from suicides than from traffic accidents.
We are so used to running from one place to another trying to cover all our responsibilities (many of them self-imposed) that we forget the really important, of those little things that have the ability to make us happy.
Being honest with yourself, how long have you not enjoyed a sunset? From a child's smile? Of a good conversation?
Do not you think it takes more minfulness and less Prozac?
What is meditation?
Themeditation It is a practice in which the individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to:
- Get some therapeutic benefit (Increase self-esteem, overcome some fear, generate motivation, increase creativity, solve internal conflicts, dissipate emotional blockages, promote self-confidence, etc ...)
- Recognize a content without feeling identified with that content (Get rid of judgments, comparisons, negative thoughts and play a role of spectator and actor in the world around us)
- As an end in itself (Simply for the enjoyment of practicing it and for all the benefits it can give your life)
In short, meditating is about concentrating on your breath, on an external object, on a voice, on the world around you, on your own mind, on your internal sensations, etc… bypassing value judgments and impertinences that only They have the function of making your life bitter.
If you manage flow with the experiences without judging them, live the present and let each moment present itself as it is, without forcing anything or pretending anything other than what is happening here and now you will get rid of the fear, anxiety and worry that you generate to project yourself into the future as well as the nostalgia, sadness, guilt and resentment that the past can give you.
|Past: Why?||Present||Future: And yes ...|
|Nostalgia, sadness, anger, guilt, resentment, melancholy.||Presence, awareness, happiness, enjoyment.||Fears, anguish, anxiety, worry, escape from reality, escape.|
It is true that there are times that you will have to project yourself to the past and the future, you should not forget that The mind is a very useful tool.
Sometimes it is necessary to make plans, set schedules and it is even positive to let the imagination fly, daydream, or resort to the past to explain certain things or remember certain moments ...
However, even if you are not aware of it, the only way to do all this is from the present moment.
You think about the future from now on, you remember the past from now on. You can't do it from another moment!
There is nothing wrong with traveling mentally in time as long as you are aware that you are doing it here and now.
Benefits of meditation
If you manage to be present and aware, you will not only stop wasting your life (yes, if you spend most of your time in the past or in the future without being aware that you are doing it from now on, you are wasting your life because you are not enjoying the only thing that exists, the present moment) but also you will enjoy other benefits how:
- Recover body-mind balance.
- Enrich personal relationships, connection with others and with nature, listening and learning at all levels.
- Respond more consciously and less automatically to the stimuli of the environment.
- Break the irrational conditions and beliefs that you have acquired throughout your life history and generate greater mental flexibility. Reset your mind.
- Get to know yourself more and detect more precisely what your sources of stress and discomfort are.
- Be aware of the influence that your thoughts have on your emotions, your emotions in your actions, your actions in your life and how all this is directly related to the health-disease processes.
- Improve emotional management in the face of any type of situation.
- Be happier.
Also, did you know ...
- Meditating regularly has demonstrated the same efficacy as certain anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs
- Meditation increases positive emotions and satisfaction in your life
- Meditation favors your immune system and decreases pain and inflammation
- Meditation improves memory and attention
- Meditation favors perseverance and concentration
- Meditation promotes empathy, understanding and solidarity
- Mediating increases the volume of your brain in certain parts related to emotional management, memory, introspection, attention and thinking
- Meditation helps you see your life and the world with greater perspective
- Meditation increases resilience in difficult times
- Meditation has shown improvements in diseases such as cancer, fibromyalgia, asthma, psoriasis, headaches, hypertension, chronic pain and heart disease.
So is meditation a panacea?
Not at all. Meditation is not a magic pill that will solve your problems overnight.
In the life there are no magic pills for almost nothing. And if someone sells you something as such, one of two, or is cheating on you or is it a simple temporary patch.
So as much as you meditate I regret to tell you that you will continue to have problems, yes, you will embark on the most exciting trip of your life: The journey towards self-knowledge and personal development.