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“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein
I remember this quote, thinking that there are many people who are so afraid to go out of their comfort zone, no matter how proven meditation is in combating what plagues our hearts and minds in this time of pandemic — our fears, worries, depression, anxiety, etc. Meditation is free, it’s simple and it’s practical. Why do people opt to spend hours of being hypnotized by the content of the entrancing rectangle in our pockets, instead of sitting still and finding bliss in the present moment? Maybe it’s just that they don’t know what they’re missing. As a practitioner, it makes me ask myself, what more can I do?
I found it interesting that the effect of meditation in changing our lives is achieved by going through your subconscious. This got me thinking – I never really paid attention to the subconscious thus, I have low self-awareness. But one thing I have realized is that whether it starts from asking myself very personal, difficult questions, or doing deep listening, I can find more clarity if I can practice meditation more frequently. I was initially uncomfortable with this, but there is so much evidence on how this will make me more innovative and impactful. I will continue to listen more and continue to ask personal questions that allow me to go deeper.
We constantly devote ourselves and energy to things outside of us (e.g. other people, careers, studies). The important lesson of meditation is that we must be grounded on our sense of ‘self.’ We shouldn’t ignore our own voices. We only become more of ourselves when we are in touch with our internal realities.
Meditation helps us to become aware of ourselves, practicing it becomes our habit and part of our daily routine. Doing it regularly helps you to lessen your stress or the negative thoughts or feelings you’re experiencing. In our daily life, take a pause, take a break and relax yourself to feel better.
I don’t see meditation as the ultimate solution to curbing mental health issues, or being happier. But I do see how beneficial it can be as a practice – it won’t solve your problems, but it’ll help put yourself in the right frame of mind mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually to reach your peak self. And when you’re able to reach your peak state, the sky’s the limit for what you can achieve in life.
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