Meditation: The power of a quite mind
When undergoing any difficult circumstance or when you really need to find answers to too many unanswered questions we must be still; still in mind and body. We must be quite, quite, quite. It requires some cultivation and infinite patience, but it is well worth it. The difficulty is in not doing. We only know how to do thing, not how to stop, be still, and do things, not how to stop, be still, and not-do. Inactivity is foreign to our natures but unless we cultivate it to some extent we will never be receptive enough to hear the still, small voice within. We will miss those whispered words which will change things for the better. Also unless there is some inactivity in our day our activity will not be as efficient and as productive as it could be.
Increase mental power, then, comes from a quite mind. Unless we learn how to tap into the creative powers of our non-dominant, hemisphere we will literally function as “half-wits.” Meditation is the best way to quieten the mind, slow our brainwaves, and listen tour own creativity and genius.
Stillness is seeming essential for our wellbeing. We must learn to quieten the agitations placed on us by the stresses of modern living. If we fail to do so our minds become clogged with worry, doubt, and fear and our bodies become rigid, inefficient, and vulnerable to diseases.
This world is chaotic because it is filled with chaotic people. Inner storms create outer storms. We snap at others when we are in a bad mood, and we create a whole chain of negativity, of bitterness, of stress and strife by our own lack of mindfulness. We in the act of living, each create that part of the world we inhabit. If our mind is quiet, we create harmony and happiness.
To create our world, we must to some extent step away from it, loosen the strings that bind us to it, and listen to the voice within, the still, small voice of wisdom drowned by the hubbub of our environment. The world is too much with us. An artist must walk away from his canvas from time to time so as to see new permutation of form and colour in his mental eyes; if he only focusses on his canvas with his physical eye, he will only see the limitations of the images already painted on it.
Stepping away from the world means cultivating aloneness. We all need to be alone with ourselves for a while every day. This detachment from people helps us to hear our own thoughts rather than the echo of the thought of others. In this way, we learn to think, feel, and understand things for ourselves, from our own particular point of view. Aloneness helps us to avoid falling under the exploitative influence of others. we must face ourselves, stare at our own warped attitudes, and find a way to accept and love ourselves for in this final analysis all you have is this mysterious identity this peculiar, unique and wonderful self.
This aloneness will slowly crate mindfulness, a state of releasing one’s own role as a creator. You are perpetually creating outwards in inwards, and this is something thrust upon you by creation. All creatures create with their minds and bodies and the totality of all this creation is the world. Do not think that you are helpless, that what you think and do has no influence. Creation is often subtle.
We tend only to notice large creations, inventions, economic, political, social changes evolutionary leaps. Cut all these come about gradually, accumulating power until they burst on the scene. We are all creators, and the habit of mindfulness helps us to be more responsible in what we create.
Mindfulness makes us aware of what we do and we cease to function from force of habit. Instead we do and we cease to function form force of habit. Instead we think and act with a greater awareness of what we are doing. A mind which is quiet does not only notice things in their immediate logical and sequential patent but it also cognizant of their things.
A quite mind is a receptive mind, more open to more information. A quite mind is more intelligent. Thus to develop a quite mind, to awaken the dormant intuitive brain to synchronize with the logical brain, you must find a quiet place. it can be indoors or outdoors so long as you are away from all agitating stimulus. You need to let the habitual inner chatter fade ways, rather like letting a clock wind down, the inner silence, the inner peace will follow automatically. Meditation is the not doing part of the day. Thus all techniques of meditation aim at teaching you stillness.
Noise and confusion sap energy, drain away life-force, weaken the mind and body and sever the holistic communication of the whole organism. Removing yourself to a quiet place means extracting yourself from those physical vibrations which send the mind into turmoil. Entering the silence will slowly allow you to control your own mind. Your thoughts will cease to spin on the pivot of fear, of lack of confusion but will orient themselves on hope, on appreciation, on courage on clarity. You will release your intelligence, rather than let it be inhibited by inefficient thought processes.
Daily meditation is better than meditating on alternate days or choosing some other schedule. And mediation should be practiced at the same time every day for 20 minutes or more. It should be done in the morning before work thus enabling you to clearly envision how you are going to create your day, and after work thus allowing you to cleanse your mind and remove stress form your body.
How to meditate depends on you. The simplest way is to simply sit in a chair, back straight, hand on knees, eyes closed and allow your mind to wind down, cease its relentless” mapping” of how your life should run. You then focus on single stimulus, such as the image of a candle, the sound of birds, the vibration of your own name, or the smell of a fragrant flower. Choose only one side, to hold in your mind. This single idea a day will help you focus your thoughts and still the chatter. Keep a notebook near at hand since insights may suddenly pop into your mind relating to some problem you may be having.
Meditation isn’t easy. It isn’t easy for the mind or body to be still. Only regular practice will benefit you. Only time will help you break the habit of fidgeting and thinking restlessly. Since doing is automatic, learning not doing will place a strain on you at first. But persist, for although it may seem a waste of time, it is not; you are opening up the reserve of your mind; you are allowing for guidance from innate, buried wisdom; you are healing your body by letting your heart slow down and your muscles loosen and unwind and you are leaning to control mind – body so that you will create your world more successfully.
A quite mind is a whole mind. Regular practice of mind – body stillness will allow you to spiral into reserves of intelligence and wellbeing which will completely transform your life. Meditation should not be mistaken for a religion or mysticism; it is a practical method applicable to modern living.
Comforting thought of the week
When you are deep in a state of tranquility, think about yourself in a positive, constructive, idealistic way, you will find that the positive self-image you need into your mind when it is wide open and receptive will actually come into being. Meditation has genius power and magic to it.