How Does Meditation Work?

Finding Your True Self

Today more than ever we need to be able to separate the truth from the non-truth.   With find ourselves going to google to get the information on all our questions from health to spirituality.  The internet is a powerful instrument but does not know right from wrong or truth from untruth. Therefore, we must develop our own surveillance to see what is true and what is not so true.  Easier said than done.  

In this blog post I’ll talk about your own best teacher, your- Self and how to find her.

For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsets  into the peace and clarity of present moment awareness. The variety of meditation techniques, traditions, and technologies is nearly infinite, but the essence of meditation is singular: the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness.

These are the ultimate precious gifts of meditation, yet people are initially drawn to meditation for many different reasons. Some begin meditating because of a doctor’s recommendation, seeking the health benefits of lowered blood pressure, stress reduction, and restful sleep. Others come to meditation seeking relief from the fearful, angry, or painful thoughts that constantly flood their mind. Still others come to meditation to find greater self-understanding, to increase their intuitive powers, or to improve their ability to concentrate.

It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

How Does Meditation Work?

We are all engaged in a continuous internal dialogue in which the meaning and emotional associations of one thought lays the foundation for the next, happening so quickly it is without our being consciously aware of the process. Yoga science describes this process as samskara, hidden impressions,  which can be seen as grooves in the mind that makes flow thoughts in the same direction. These grooves are created from  habitual patterns resulting from past memories  and cause  us to react in the same limited way over and over again. Most people build up their entire identity in life without even realizing they are doing this.

In meditation, we disrupt the unconscious progression of thoughts and emotions by focusing on a new object of attention, whether that is a mantra, our breath, or an image.

Meditation with focused awareness  is one of the best ways to recognize these false impressions that cover our true being and  connect to our true self, which isn’t fearful, worrisome or angry;  but is expanded awareness of pure consciousness. Meditation brings us back to home base – to the place of pure  awareness and gives us an experience of profound relaxation that dissolves fatigue and confusion.  

Here are three simple, practical ways for better meditation.

  1. Be regular with your practice.  Regularity allows the mind to create a new groove which translates to the brain developing new pathways.  The old worry grooves are no longer active.  
  2. Follow the one minute rule. If you find yourself late and feel you don’t have time to sit for your practice, sit anyway for 1 minute.  This helps to train the mind and creates a positive result.
  3. Follow the systematic formula when doing your meditation. Many programs say to just sit and see what happens. It is best to follow a sequence so that each day you reinforce the new mind groove. Over time, you will just be able to sit and spontaneously go into meditation.  

And always remember, that no one can teach you meditation.  You can be given the tools to prepare and train your mind, and each time you sit on your chair or cushion,  your practice will show you the way to meditation.