Meditation Life Skills Podcast

What Is The Best Way For Me To Learn To Meditate?

Friday Aug 20, 2021

IWhat_Is_The_Best_Way_For_Me_To_Learn_To_Medit...It's similar to learning to ride a bike: once you've mastered meditation, it's a skill you'll be able to apply to every aspect of your life. Where, on the other hand, can you learn to meditate?

Meditation instructions can be found on the internet, and they are frequently a wonderful place to start. So long as they aren't overly convoluted or full of jargon. The majority are competent and take the effort to explain any phrases they use so that novices can grasp them.

It's critical to find an easy-to-learn meditation approach while you're just getting started. A breathing meditation, a walking meditation, or, if you prefer, a "high tech" meditation like the Brain Evolution System, where all you have to do is sit down and listen to an mp3, are all good options. Each of these strategies has advantages and disadvantages, but they are all quite simple to learn.

Once you've chosen a meditation technique, give it a week to see if you like it. If that's the case, keep continuing. If you don't, you should attempt a different approach. Not everyone gets along with everything, just as they don't get along with everything else in life. There's no need to be embarrassed if you don't like a particular method.

A week or two is a suitable length of time for a trial. If you do anything less, you are unlikely to have given the method a fair chance. After all, learning to drive a car surely took more than one lesson. Make a conscious effort to meditate at the same time every day. We're creatures of habit, and meditation is no exception. Set up a specific time of day when you are most likely to be able to carry out your meditation practice, especially if you are learning something new.

Is mediation merely a means to an end?

There are many misconceptions about meditation. Meditation and other kinds of mindfulness will continue to face a slew of misconceptions as their popularity grows in the United States and Western Europe. One of the most popular misconceptions about meditation is that it is a religious practice. That if you practice meditation or meditation combined with yoga, you will be converted to a different religion in some way.

Of course, there are numerous layers of intentionality at play here. Some argue that when you meditate, you are intentionally attempting to convert to Hinduism or Buddhism. Others claim that, even though you don't plan to pursue these spiritual ways, you are doing so in practice.

Both of these viewpoints are incorrect. You must realize that meditation is not a goal in and of itself. This is where all of these misunderstandings go astray. They believe you are meditating in order to become spiritual. Meditation is a goal in their views. This is incorrect. Meditation is a tool that can be used to help you achieve your goals.

You don't buy a hammer because hammers are important to you

It's because you want to attach anything to the wall with a nail. Similarly, if you purchase a saw, it is because you are an avid collector of saws from throughout the world. Instead, you purchase a saw in order to cut some wood. Meditation is the same way.

While the various techniques and processes that make up meditation have a lot of elegance and beauty, at the end of the day, it is only a tool. That's all there is to it. It's a tool that helps you get where you want to go. What exactly is this ultimate goal? It's all about personal clarity, after all. It's because of the thought patterns that you're stuck, frustrated, or disheartened in any way, shape, or form.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to think in such a way that the entire world becomes available to you? It's as if everything you've ever considered perplexing, difficult, or even ridiculous in your life has suddenly been clear. That's the kind of mental and emotional state that meditation can help you achieve.

It accomplishes this without the use of any hocus pocus or sorcery. This isn't a religious activity in any way. Instead, meditation is a set of activities that have been discovered through thousands of years and are linked to how our minds work. Consider that phrase for a moment. I said "how our thoughts operate," as in "how they work now," not "how they could or should work."

I'm referring to the current state of affairs, right now. People struggle and deal with a variety of prior traumas and problems because they let their minds work against them rather than for them. Your intellect is nothing more than a tool. You are in complete control at all times. Your decisions shape your reality, and how you think influences your choices.

Meditation is a technique for refining your thought processes

You become more conscious of your choices. You become more conscious of your ability to make decisions. You realize that the way you choose to think has an impact on the world around you. That is true strength. However, meditation is not the goal in and of itself. Don't get it twisted; that isn't the purpose. Use it for what it is: a tool to help you take your life to the next level.

Having Your Thoughts Recognized Doesn't Have to Mean Being Owned by Them

Have you ever experienced something similar? You have an outburst of wrath or despair when you think of your ex-girlfriend. You're upset about how she took advantage of you, duped you, betrayed you, and cheated on you.

Do you, on the other hand, believe she was the one who got away? You recall her beauty, the sound of her voice, the way she made you feel, her intelligence, and her kindness and love. You're aware of a void in your life. You have the distinct impression that the best thing that has ever occurred to you has slipped through your fingers.

What if I told you that these events aren't that dissimilar from one another? They all go through the same procedure. They all work from the same mental location. They all go in the same order. It is, in fact, pretty predictable.

You begin with a mental trigger of some type

This could be a mental image that you recall. This could be a sound made by someone that sparked a recollection. Whatever the case may be, there is some sort of trigger, either within your thoughts or things you observe from the outside world, that pushes you to feel certain things, which then leads to acts that you may or may not regret afterward. Does this ring a bell? That's how the majority of people react.

This is why many of us have trouble distinguishing between our thoughts and our emotions. We begin to shut down the moment we begin to think about anything that causes us stress. We're simply overcome by unpleasant emotions. The issue isn't with the thoughts themselves. Those thoughts will arise at any time.

What's more, guess what? There are a lot of people out there who sound exactly like your wonderful ex-girlfriend or boyfriend. There are many people who sound or look like that dreadful employer who humiliated and embarrassed you in the past. There are many people who may act in ways that remind you of that instructor who humiliated you or made you feel tiny and stupid.

The question now is, how will you respond to that? How will you deal with the triggers that life throws at you so that they work for you rather than against you? At the very least, how can you analyze all of this data in such a way that the end effect is neutral rather than negative?

It's quite easy to become engrossed in your work

It's all too simple to let our emotions control us. A certain sound, taste, smell, or sight can set us off. Whatever the situation may be, we are triggered, and all of these memories resurface, which we interpret as unpleasant events. We start saying bad things sooner or later, and before we realize it, we've formed a pattern of doing things we later regret.

This is the procedure, and while it may appear to be automatic, please keep in mind that it is not fixed in stone. It isn't the case. It's a decision. It may appear to be your instinct, or that it is even a part of your personality or who you are, but it is not. That's just a trick of the light. All of them are options.

You don't have to feel furious, deceived, used, abused, little, weak, helpless, ugly, unsightly, or unappealing the moment the mental image of your girlfriend and your best friend hooking up behind your back rushes through your mind. You are not obligated to do so. You are not obligated to take the train.

How do you go about doing this? Click here to learn a simple technique that will allow you to observe things without the emotional baggage that comes with them. You can learn to acknowledge your ideas without allowing them to control you.

Your worst impulses take over when your ideas own you. Your darkest feelings take over, and guess what? It does not direct you to a desirable location. It takes you to a place where you feel powerless. It takes you to a place of insignificance. You'll feel regret, guilt, remorse, and terror as a result of it.

Start using this strategy to get control over your mental triggers

They have already occurred. You can't do anything about them. It's not like you can enter a time machine and alter events that have already occurred. What you can change right now is how you respond to them. They are not required to own you. They don't have to use a nasty term to describe you. You have a lot more control over your life than you think.

Your thoughts, as well as your ability to judge the outside world, are not fixed. They aren't fully automated procedures. They aren't "part of your personality." You can claim them as your own. You can take command of the situation and direct it in a new direction.

What is that location? Empowerment, contentment, happiness, fulfillment, responsibility, and self-control can all be found here. It is entirely up to you to make your decision.

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