Meditation: The Art Of Stillness
meditation is a superpower that everyone can attain. in this story you will learn how easy it is to meditate.
when you first start meditating it can be hard. everyone who tries it struggles a bit, and then most people kind of give up. it’s one of those things people say they do, but nobody actually does it right.
it’s like eating sugar: everyone talks about how they “don’t need sugar” but during tea time everyone is going for the cookies.
meditation needs to be practiced
to start meditating, we must first realize how often we distract ourselves from the present moment. our senses are constantly stimulated, and in the absence of stimulation we tend to distract ourselves with mental candy. examples of mental candy are: scrolling on our phone, watching a video, thinking about the past, or imagining the future.
one of the best practices to learn how to meditate is to become comfortable with silence. concentrate on your breathing and witness reality.
if you expose yourself to actual silence, you notice it feels good to let your mind rest. you realize that you can be alone in peace.
when you spend enough time alone, without distraction, you will start to understand yourself and accept yourself as you are.
meditation leads to self-love
so, how to be comfortable with silence?
Clean Up Your Mental Inbox
as you grow up, there’s so much stuff happening in your life. some of it you’re processing, some of it you’re absorbing, and some of it you should probably think a bit more about and work through. but meanwhile life continues and you don’t make enough time. so it gets buried in you.
all these thoughts, expectations, judgments, unresolved situations and issues pile up. it’s like an unordered email inbox: email after email comes in and unanswered messages are going back for 10, 20, 30, 40 years.
so when you sit down to meditate those emails start coming back at you. what about this issue, what about that situation, how have you solved this, did you think about that? your regrets here, your expectations there.
this can get scary and many people are afraid to do it.
but really what’s happening is self-therapy. it’s just that instead of paying a therapist to sit there and listen to you, you are listening to yourself. and you just have to sit there as those old emails go through one by one. you work through each of them until you get to the magical zero inbox.
there comes a day when you sit down and you realize the only things you’re thinking about are things that happened yesterday, because you’ve processed everything else. not necessarily everything has been resolved, but at least you listened to yourself. that’s when meditation starts to be fun!
Practice The Art Of Stillness
meditation is very powerful and everyone should experience it at least once in their lives. however, most people are getting their meditation moments from an app. while people such as Sam Harris or John Vervaeke offer good content, you should be able to just do it by yourself.
meditation is literally The Art Of Stillness. all you need to do for meditation is: close your eyes in a comfortable position.
whatever happens, happens.
if you think, you think.
if you don’t think, you don’t.
if you watch, you watch.
don’t put effort into it, don’t put effort against it. all you do is concentrate on your breathing and witness whatever arises. whenever you realize you got distracted, gently smile at yourself and go back to Stillness.
meditation apps will lead you to the same thing: witnessing. pure awareness. concentrating on your breath is a technique to still your mind enough so that you can eventually drop the object of concentration.
practice The Art Of Stillness several times a day, preferably every day. it takes a while to work through all the old emails and it might be hell for a while, but once you come out on the other side it feels great. you will get rid of the mind chatter. and when the chatter comes back it’s in the background: dimmer, smaller, you heard it before, you see the patterns.
you will be in harmony
you may wonder what the ideal state is when you meditate. it’s important to realize that you are not striving to “have” an experience; you rather become still and allow yourself to BE.
you simply witness reality
while meditating you can experience feelings of serenity and bliss, in peace and harmony with all that IS.
instead of thinking about some-thing or distracting yourself with any-thing, you are happy with no-thing.
you could even reach transcendent psychedelic states while meditating. it is said that most psychedelic states people encounter using plant medicine can be arrived at just through pure meditation. however, such psychedelic states are rare. the place you will end up the most is peace.
peace is happiness at rest. you can convert peace into happiness any time you want. if you’re a peaceful person, everything you do will be a happy activity because no-thing is needed to be happy.
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