Meditation is a fashionable advice given by many, when asked about the means of relaxation and freedom from stress. Meditation is often viewed as a conduit for stress. Though this is true sometimes, but not always. Further, many have misconceptions on how to Meditate. Many view it as an activity – where one sits on a carpet in solitude, trying to streamline his thoughts or better, keep his mind void of thoughts. This definitely is NOT meditation.
As always, I have my own ideas on meditation and as always it differs from others’. Meditation is an art of uninterrupted contemplation, where one’s thought factory is busy producing ideas. Thus, Meditation is not an art of concentration or keeping one’s mind void of thoughts; instead, it is the power of thinking seamlessly, coming out of the mundane world.
Meditation as a contemplation, lead to healthy ideas. Few of healthy ideas lead to actions; few of healthy actions lead to results; few of results lead to success; few of successes lead to revolution. So, Meditation is a tool that eventually can trigger a revolution.
Also, it is not just about intellectual contemplation. It can be a contemplation on one’s current financial crisis and various ways to overcome it. An uninterrupted contemplation in this regard, is again a Meditation. But what is important, is this act of contemplation must be productive giving rise to ideas. Grieving about a problem and troubling your heart in the process, is not the goal. Meditation should pave way for finding solutions to one’s problems.
Human mind is a miracle. It can do wonders, when its productivity is increased. Increasing mind’s productivity is possible only through constructive thinking, that leads to healthy ideas. Many of them I know, either think about a flower or about a God, when they meditate. This might relax their mind, but decreases the productivity and thus the efficiency of mind. Also meditation this way, only benefits the immediate individual. But some healthy revolutions that might arise out of meditation (refer Para 3), can benefit the entire community.
Everyone of us already meditate, when we think. But the thin line between Meditation and Thinking, comes from the discipline and solitude that a mediation mandates. So understand the power of meditation and put that into practice. Let us see the flow of ideas, which might lead to many revolutions. Happy Meditating!
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