Okay, let’s address the first part of the question… “What is meditation?”
Well, according to Wikipedia, meditation is defined as…
“… a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.”
For me, meditation is a means of stopping the never-ending chatter in your mind through being still, quiet and in the present moment. The desired result is a feeling of being more calm, relaxed and at peace with yourself and the world around you.
The main point to realise with meditation is that you don’t get to your desired result straight away, you need to be patient with it. It takes a lot of consistent practise to achieve the state of relaxation that you would be looking for.
However, there is a plus side to being patient and putting in the practise. The very act of practising meditation (whether you think you’re good at it or not) is just as important.
Giving meditation a go and integrating it in your life’s journey is its own reward.
Another great thing about meditation is that it can be practised by religious and non-religious people alike. This shows the versatile, and inclusive nature of meditation.
You see, meditation is for everyone.
And now for the second part of the question… “Why is meditation so important for today’s society?”
Right now, we live in a 24/7 world where nothing stops to take a break and because of this, we are all unwilling participants in a perpetual game of catch up to which there are no winners and no end.
Meditation allows us to step off the treadmill and to take a break from the race. This encourages us to be a human “being” rather than a human “doing.”
We all need some time out every once in a while, meditation gives us that gift at any time we choose to practise.
With that in mind, imagine a world where everyone was calm, relaxed and at peace with themselves and with everyone else? What kind of a world would we be living in?
I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely a world I’d like to be living in so, consider meditation as a regular part of your daily life and you’ll find that you will be calmer, more relaxed, more at peace, less anxious and you’ll feel happier as a result.
Until next time, be still and enjoy the silence,
The Calm Life