I started seriously meditating about three years ago, so I feel like I can now confidently explain what meditation is.
Basically, it’s a skill that you can learn (and then improve upon) by regular training.
So what is the “skill” that you’re learning by daily meditation?
You learn to control your state of mind.
Actually, in the beginning, it’s more like you learn to “influence” it rather than “control” it.
But, by getting better at influencing your state of mind you lose fidgety restlessness and gain a lot of clarity.
Your ability to focus increases.
You’re more relaxed.
You gain awareness.
And in today’s world, filled with distracting gadgets, 24/7 “news” and ADD-addled people careening about, the ability to remain calm and focused is basically a superpower.
The insights you start to accumulate are also powerful.
You’ll realize that most of the thoughts you have arise in predictable patterns that are the result of years of conditioning (nothing evil about conditioning; it’s normal, but you start to see how pervasive and powerful it is).
Even pleasant thoughts are the product of conditioning.
Negative thoughts are the ones that you want to dispel, and meditation is invaluable for doing that.
You can’t use meditation to stop negative thoughts, but the power behind them disappears once you learn to see them for what they really are.
Without insight into what thoughts really are you’ll continue to reflexively react according to your conditioning. The only way to break the cycle is through increased awareness.
Meditation will increasingly provide that as you keep doing it, and continue improving your mind skills.
After a few years of meditation one thing has become obvious.
Most people are prisoners of their conditioning.
Conditioning is normal, but it has adverse consequences.
Anyone can break free of their conditioning, but it takes time and concerted effort to learn how to influence (and then control) your mind.
Is it worth the effort? You’ll never know by listening to accounts like mine.
You’ll only know if you do it for yourself.
There’s no magic to it. All it takes is 10 minutes a day.
I’ve used this program for the past 3 years, which is easy and simple.
You can read about my progress in these blog posts, if that helps you.
If you can do 10 minutes a day you’ll start to see amazing results in a month or so.
If you keep it up for a year, you’ll be astonished at how many positive changes come into your life.
Meditation isn’t magic.
It’s a simple skill, and it’s been scientifically proven to provide many health benefits.
You can start now with the course I used (for free) if you want to gain mental control and improve your focus.