What is Meditation?
As the body benefits from movement, the mind benefits from stillness. meditation is a practice to still the mind.
Meditation has been a practice by spiritual communities for thousands of years, most commonly linked to Buddhism in the story of The Buddha. The Buddha experiencing a loss of purpose in life, ran way from his family and sat under a Bhodi tree in Meditation until he had stilled the mind enough to find the answers to his questions: This was when he became enlightened. You can find a more detailed story here.
Meditation today is an activity of present moment awareness. A regular practice will help fine tune your ability to direct your attention to each activity from moment to moment, without allowing the mind to wander onto unproductive thoughts.
A regular practice does not need to involve seclusion or a class. In fact, most effective forms of meditation are experienced when participating in everyday tasks, such as walking, eating and engaging with others.
The biggest misconception about Meditation is that it is a practice of stopping thoughts completely. Many people become disheartened because the Mind still full of thoughts.
Our thoughts, the Mind, will never stop running. Our brain is our supercomputer and is constantly processes and digesting information as we travel throughout our day.
The first stage to Meditation is acceptance: accepting that our thoughts will always be there. Only then can you begin to decided which thoughts we want to engage with, and which we want to ignore. When you take the driving seat of the mind, this is when you can start to see radical transformation in your life.
Meditation allows you to take control over the thoughts. Allowing you to become the master, as opposed to the servant, of the mind.