“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.”
What is meditation?
By the word meditation, the first image that builds up in our mind is sitting cross-legged, with straight back and eyes closed while enchanting some mantra.
But no, here we all are wrong.
Let’s understand meditation in simple words, by knowing a bit about the workings of our mind.
We are always thinking about something. Our brain is always active and caught up with thousands of thoughts.
According to experts estimation, a human mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day out of which 80% are negative thoughts.
The moment negative thoughts take over our minds, it instantly affects our emotions & feelings.
For example: if someone hit you by mistake because he was in a hurry and didn’t even apologize for the same. Your mind will instantly start cursing him ‘what a stupid!’ ‘Manner less fellow’ etc. and these thoughts will instantly make you angry.
Another example, suppose you’re going somewhere for an interview, you’re talented enough, and got very fine knowledge of the job profile. The moment you reach there, you see other candidates with a good personality, looking very confident. The very moment negative thoughts take over your mind and you start self-doubting, you start comparing yourself to other candidates and your negative thoughts successfully end up making you anxious.
This is how easily our thoughts can control our emotions.
Meditation is the practice of slowing down the number of thoughts entering our minds.
In other words, meditation is the practice to think less and taking control of emotions.
It can be done at any time, be it while reading a book, to doing workout.
It is a form of sacred practice which will take you beyond the mind and experience the bliss.