There is so much going on in our world today that is stressful and hard to deal with, whether it is our natural disasters, or political upheaval, we can find fear and stress everywhere. Meditation is a tool that everyone should be using, not only to cope with all that there is, but to help change all of the negative in this world into positive.
As I have said before, the Dali Lama has stated that if every child alive today at the age of five and under began to meditate on a daily bases, we would have world peace in two to three generations from now. That is a powerful thing....and it could be a reality if everyone began to participate in meditation.
Meditation is not about religion. It does not matter what your religious beliefs are, you can meditate by connecting to your source, what ever that is for you. When you are meditating, it is not so much about emptying your mind of thought, as it is emptying your mind of thoughts that are about the past or future. When you are focusing on your breath, or being present in this very moment, you are unable of thinking about past or future thoughts, which is where a lot of our fear and pain comes from.
When you have emptied your mind of all of your thoughts of past and future, you will no longer be torturing yourself with that which is not here anymore, or that which has not happened yet. What you will be thinking about is what is here in this moment, which is your breath and the quiet space that you are meditating in. That is where you are able to find your inner peace and rid yourself of worry and fearful thoughts. Remember that we choose all of our thoughts, and in our meditation we are choosing to not think of anything that has come before our meditation, or after it.
Meditation is place of peace and non judgement. It is a time to let go of all of the mind chatter and negativity. Meditation can leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. It is a vacation away from worry, stress, and fear. As you become more adept in your meditation, you can find answers to your problems, and guidance for your life. It happens when you learn to quiet the mind chatter and listen to your inner being, or your source as some call it.
Many people I have worked with in meditation express that they can't stop there thoughts from coming in, or clear their mind of thinking. I have heard the analogy of thinking about your thoughts as a cloud passing by....Say to yourself, "Oh, I am having a thought", and then let it go, just like a cloud passing through, and then go back to your breath. Don't let your thoughts control you....instead, control your thoughts. As in our mindfulness practice, we "practice" controlling our thoughts on a regular bases. Meditation is the same. It is a practice...a daily practice to become good at it.
You will also be helping the world to be a better place by practicing meditation. Our thoughts are tangible things that create the world around us. When we practice peaceful meditation, we are helping the world to be more peaceful. If every human being on this planet stopped right now and meditated on "peace and love" for all of mankind for the next thirty minutes....I guarantee that we would see incredible changes in what happens around the globe....and they would be peaceful, loving, and amazing!
We are in a very interesting time, and taking care of our body, mind, and spirit, will be essential to being happy and healthy during a time of what can appear to be scary and stressful.
I hope that you are meditating, and if you are not, I hope that you begin to. I would love to hear from you about any topic that you want to discuss. Please leave me a comment or request information that you are interested in.
We can create a world of peace and tranquility with our thoughts and beliefs. With meditation this can happen.
Wishing You Health,Queenie