What is the point of meditation?

24 June 2019 | Katy Ratican

Many people are often trapped inside their heads.

Rather than live here on Earth, they mostly live out their lives disconnected from what’s really going on. Consequently, these people have a limited view of the world and themselves. They confuse what is going on in their heads and bodies as the real thing.

Living everyday in this habitat can be very painful. And the chances are, you can relate to this – many of us can. We mistakenly attach a sense of reality to the experience and we see and feel what we think, rather than what is really going on.

External worlds

To gain some relief from this suffering, many of us spend a great deal of time and energy trying to redesign and reorganise our external worlds to match the one in our head; the one we’re convinced is real and desirable.

But that’s not the case. Instead of being present to what is really happening right now and then responding accordingly, our mind, body, senses and attention is somewhere else playing out a narrative that doesn’t correspond with reality.

How many times a day does your mind tell you:

It shouldn’t be like that it should be like this!
Why is that person not doing what I want them to do?
I don’t like this, I like that!
This is good I want it to always be like this!
He is wrong. I am right!
Why are things not going as I want them to?

We feel like this because we expect rather than accept.

We expect the world outside to coincide with the world we imagine on the inside.

Your internal world

In reality, it’s impossible to get everything and everyone to coincide what you think should be done in order to fit the story of your own internal world.

You have created a world which doesn’t work for you; it’s not fit for purpose. The purpose, of course, is for you to thrive, be happy, spontaneous and flow.

So we are either in the future anxiously planning with desires and expectation or in the past worrying with regret and re-imagining past events differently. We mostly live in fear that what we want to happen will not happen or what we don’t want to happen will happen.

We struggle, we resist, we scheme, we fight…

And frankly, it’s exhausting.

It’s also the source of our pain, fear, stress and anxiety.

Would it not be better to turn our attention to an alternative source of experience? One where your world appears right, just as it is good or bad. In other words, live in reality.

It’s time to let go

Meditation practice is about getting people to step away from the limitations of that self-made mental space so that we can do just that. Learning to live in the now is often a huge moment.

With it comes the realisation that you can let go and live your life fully, creatively, spontaneously and effortlessly. You don’t have to struggle, resist or fight, live in fear or worry everyday. Imagine that – not living in fear, not suffering all the time and feeling free.

Some people like to describe meditation as mind training. We don’t use that term at beanddo, as it conveys a slight controlling aspect. Meditation practice is more about how to know what it means to be in a good place as opposed to managing being in a bad place.

Repetition is the key to success

The techniques used in meditation are thousands of years old. They are proven, again and again, to work. Meditation may have been rebadged over and over again with apps, downloads and numerous courses, but essentially the practice is straightforward and effective. Success requires that you deeply practice these techniques over and over again.

Repetition is the key.

If you find it hard, try not to give up or be disheartened. You will get it. Know that there are no other alternative meditation techniques, apps, or books waiting around the corner. This is it.

My advice? Just do it!

Are you ready to get started? If you’d like to learn more about how to apply meditation to everyday life, get in touch with us to discuss our programmes. We work with both individuals and businesses and would love to hear from you.

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