If you are a fan of martial arts movies, you’ve probably seen a lot of on-screen portrayals of how meditation is done. After hours of rigorous training or extreme fighting, the star of the film secludes himself for a much needed downtime. Sitting crossed legged, he keeps his eyes closed and stays still, oblivious to the world and his surroundings.
It’s a good take on meditation. However, it’s only a bird’s eye view.
For starters, meditation isn’t only for Bruce, Jet, or Jackie. It’s for everyone. It’s an encompassing practice open to anyone who’s willing to put in the time and effort. It totally disregards age, sex, culture, and religion. So, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. If you want to meditate, you’re welcome to do so.
But what is meditation all about?
Meditation is Sleeping While Awake
In a way, meditation is like sleep; the only difference is you’re awake. Yes, it sounds like it doesn’t make sense, but it’s the best way to describe meditation.
When you meditate, it’s as if you’re sleeping soundly, deeply, dreamless, and unbroken. All physical, mental, and emotional stress come to a halt, and you’re enveloped in a bubble of pure rest, calm and relaxation. However, since you are not actually sleeping, you are aware and conscious at the same time.
Meditation is NOT Concentration
One of the biggest misconceptions is viewing meditation and concentration as one. This couldn’t be further from the truth. True meditation is about rest and relaxation, while concentration is often viewed as a cumbersome task that’s difficult to accomplish.
But, despite being opposites, the two are linked to each other. Concentration is a product of meditation. It’s a skill that continuously improves as you meditate more and more.
Meditation Helps You Become Better
Meditation should never be seen as a burden. In fact, it should be enjoyed and regarded as fun. After all, meditation is a portal that opens up to a haven of enlightenment, understanding, and awareness.
Aside from giving you respite from the constant and sometimes deafening hustle and bustle of life, it will help you see yourself, understand your reality, and widen your perspective. In other words, it will help you become a better you.
Lastly, know that there are numerous meditation techniques. It’s just a matter of finding which one is right for you. It may take a while, but don’t worry; all roads lead to Rome. Be patient. Practice with a light heart and rest and relaxation will come soon enough.