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6 Ways Meditation Is More Simple Than You Think

We human beings have a really strange habit of making things more complicated than they really are.

Take meditation for example. Mention the very word meditation to the average person on the street and you get comments such as…

  • “Trying to be quiet and still is way to hard to do”
  • “It takes far too long to get any results”
  • “I’m not a Buddhist, meditation has nothing to do with me”
  • “My legs go numb every time I try to sit down and cross them”
  • “I’m just far too busy to be worrying about meditation”

Well, in the Get The Gloss article 6 Reasons Why Meditation Is Far Simpler Than You Thinkauthor Anna Hunter describes a type of meditation that dismisses all of the myths that people attach to it.

Vedic meditation is one of the oldest forms of meditation there is and involves sitting down in a chair for twenty minutes every morning and afternoon or evening, closing your eyes and repeating a personal mantra.

That’s pretty much it, even the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) are doing it.

Now, before I hear you groaning in displeasure saying “please, not another piece on Harry and Meghan” let’s give some credit where it’s due.

Harry and Meghan have certainly shone a positive spotlight on the concept of meditation and if Vedic meditation is as simple to do as claimed, maybe more people will start exploring what meditation can do for them.

That, to me can only be a positive outcome for everybody.

Anyway, back to the article… Anna Hunter goes on to listing the six reasons why meditation is simple.

  • You don’t have to be cross-legged
  • It doesn’t take up too much time
  • Meditation is for everyone
  • Meditation is not meant to be hard
  • It’s not a religious/belief system
  • It’s not hard to get benefit from

Personally, the belief that meditation is only for a select few people is one of the major obstacles getting in the way of everyone benefiting from it. This article goes a very long way in dispelling any myths or false beliefs about the practise.

What do you think? What is your favourite type of meditation?

In the meantime, be still and enjoy the peace,

Corey Stewart
The Calm Life

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What Is Meditation And Why Is It Important For Today’s Society?

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,

Corey Stewart
The Calm Life

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