The word ‘meditation’ is derived from the Latin meditari – to think, dwell on, exercise the mind and mederi – to heal. Its Sanskrit derivation, medha, means wisdom. The practice of meditation requires no special tools or purchases. Guided meditations are available but in its simplest form meditation involves sitting quietly for a minimum of a few minutes with the mind focused on a single thing in an attempt to quell thoughts and idle mind chatter.
You can focus on your breath, a constant noise in the background, such as a river or the air conditioning, or even the tip of your nose. It does not matter what you focus on, what matters is that you do.
By practising the art of meditation you create a stillness within the mind and the body and you gradually open a space for spirit to enter. It is said that it is prayer that we ask for guidance and in meditation that we receive it. Following that it is in the practice of mindfulness that we notice how all of these things come together in a very serendipitous flow..
In meditation we do not have to rebel or fight against thought. Our work is merely to observe the thoughts as they come and gently let them go and redirect our minds to our chosen point of focus. Watch, observe and see what happens. If nothing else, you will reduce your stress levels, reducing cortisol in the body and anxiety in the mind. But chances are you will begin to notice how such a simple practise has the power to affect some very dramatic changes in your day to day life.
Everyone has ten minutes to spare and no matter what your excuse to not do it, it will all be right where you left it ten minutes ago… and maybe, just maybe you will have a new perspective about it.
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” – Swami Vivekananda