“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
After finally defeating the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy asks Glinda, the Good Witch of the North to help her find a way back home.
“You’ve always had the power my dear,” she responds. “You just had to learn for yourself.”
So too are we like Dorothy, travelling through this world, facing hardship after hardship.
We struggle to reach our ultimate goal, the unfulfilled happiness we want so badly, only to find that the key to unlocking it was inside of us all along.
Such is the Law of Attraction.
But don’t be fooled by how you may have heard this universal principle described before; mastering the Law of Attraction takes effort, discipline, and concentration.
Once you’ve put in the work though, a whole new level of existence will be opened up to you. In fact, you’ll be truly astounded by what you’ve been missing…
One of the first steps to harnessing the true power of this principle is learning to master your own mind, and there’s no better way to do that than by perfecting the art of meditation.
And even if you are just on your way to the bliss that the Law of Attraction can provide, mastering meditation brings along with it a host of its own benefits including:
- Reduced Stress
- Improved Concentration
- More Complete Self-Awareness
- Higher Levels of Happiness and Satisfaction
- Better Acceptance and Gratitude
- Slower Aging
- Heightened Cardiovascular and Immune Health
Do these sound appealing? If so, read on to find out how you can attain the wonders that regular meditation can bring.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is the ancient art of quieting the mind.
Going throughout your day, you may have noticed your brain start to wander. It jumps from topic to topic, from grocery lists to money problems to gossip, all without any direction from the real you.
Think of your brain like any other organ in your body; just as you don’t tell your heart to beat, your brain thinks all on its own.
That is mental chatter.
And just as you don’t consider your heartbeat a representation of your true self, your personality, your soul, you are also separate from your daily thoughts.
After all, the brain is just another part of your body.
That’s where meditation comes in; it helps you ignore the constant ebb and flow of unhelpful, misguided, and typically negative thoughts so that you can learn to guide where your mind goes. So that you can learn to guide where you go.
Think of it as a way to shut off the autopilot function. We all know how easy it is to drift through life this way, but if you really want to get the most out of what this world has to offer, you need to take charge and steer yourself.
While learning to silence the chatter for longer than a few minutes might take a while, soon you’ll be able to maintain the silence, and then you can truly begin to mindfully create the life you’ve always wanted through the Law of Attraction.
The Science of Meditation
You may have seen meditation getting a bad rap before, getting chalked up to simple mumbo jumbo and equated to voodoo and crystals.
And it really is unfortunate that many people maintain this naïve belief because, in reality, the benefits of meditation have been proven over and again by modern science.
For example, in-depth review of 17 different studies that focused on in-person Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR for short) found that regularly following meditation processes helped to not only reduce the psychological effects of stress, but the physical ones too
Another study showed that in-person mindfulness meditation techniques can have “long-term beneficial effects in the treatment of people diagnosed with anxiety disorders
And it’s not just your mood either.
Meditation has been shown to enhance immune function
, decrease pain
, reduce inflammation
, boost self-control
, and even increase grey matter
, and focus
The proof is out there, so why aren’t more people doing it?
One reason is…
Meditation has been wrapped up in all sorts of falsehoods for so long that most people don’t even know what true meditation is.
For example, one of the biggest myths about meditation is that meditating is a religious or spiritual practice.
While it’s true that meditation has been used by almost every major religion known to man, it doesn’t have to be focused on a god or all-powerful being. It doesn’t even have to be spiritual.
In fact, some of the most dedicated meditators don’t belong to any religion at all; instead, meditation is about self-mastery rather than religious practice.
By learning to quiet your mind and focus on intentional, meaningful thoughts, you become a better version of yourself, not someone else entirely.
Another myth is that since meditation is so hard to master, there isn’t any point in trying because you won’t be able to see the benefits for so long.
This one might be the most destructive myth of all.
There are two reasons not to believe this: the first is that meditation is a gradual ascent, not an enormous wall to leap over.
Instead of thinking that only after 5 years of intense meditation will you finally achieve enlightenment, see your meditation rather as making you better and better with each session, as a steady progression towards your best self.
The other reason many people think meditation is so hard to master is that they don’t have the right tools or know the most powerful techniques.
Imagine a task as simple as tightening a screw when all you have is a hammer and a saw. No matter how much you grind or pound the screw though, it just won’t tighten.
And then, a carpenter hands you a screwdriver! Imagine how easy that task seems now that you have the right tools.
The same principle applies to meditation. You can hum and chant as loudly as you want but if you aren’t meditating correctly or just can’t get into that perfect frame of mind, you won’t make any progress towards your ideal life.
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