Information from the Learning Meditation
My preference would be to call meditation
relaxation – conscious relaxation, chosen relaxation. These are
words that are more universally understood, more comfortable. Constantly
working toward the goal of discovering my own ability to reach a state
of serenity, I have learned to meditate.
Meditating is actually easier than you might imagine. Most of us have
dabbled in meditation by participating in conscious relaxation. Maybe
during an exercise class or to manage pain at the dentist or anxiety before
a test. We start by paying attention to our breathing. The practical effort
to focus completely on our breathing takes our minds away from the "mind
clutter" that constantly tries to invade our mind and eliminate feelings
that will lead to a time of calm. With repeated effort the goal of clearing
your mind – to think of nothing, does occur and the process of meditation
takes on its own energy. The result is, and I guarantee this, peace, serenity,
calmness, eventually opening yourself to new insights.
Too much stress, stress reduction, chill out, let it go, detach –
familiar phrases to all of us. Our world is fast, fun and exciting. It
is also challenging, trying, demanding and frightening. These two sides
of our lives produce stress, emotional reactions, anxiety, worry and anticipation.
Our bodies and minds can tolerate only so much of any of these. After
a while, each of us reaches a saturation point and the results become
uncomfortable at best; for some it may be unbearable, even unendurable.
No magic pill is available to eliminate these feelings. The reality is,
as the wise old man said, the answer is inside all of us. To manage these
universal concerns we must go inside ourselves. Among the steps we can
take is the learning and practicing of meditation.