Meditation brings many changes in our lives that beginners start to notice once they’ve been at it for a couple of months.
Changes can be subtle, but when we meditate, our attention span gets locked into one thing. We then apply this principle outside of meditation and start noticing small things to be grateful for. When there is gratitude, we focus on abundance.
We aren’t constantly in a rush to have to chase a certain thing, but we find that it can be found within. You can fill yourself with extravagance and put yourself in an environment where the ego thrives, and even then, lack peace of mind.
Peace of mind is something many subconsciously sought after without knowing they do until they experience it.
Meditation enters into deep territory within and helps us come to terms with virtually anything that keeps us from being at peace.
More often than not, it’s the lack of staying in the present or wanting to move to the future or a state of mind that isn’t now that causes this lack of peace.
This may not manifest directly, but is a problem that starts to grow when we think about how our day-to-day was, or how we could’ve handled a certain conversation. Or perhaps how someone would perceive us. It can be anything.
It’s all this overthinking and inner dialogue that we often fall asleep to that doesn’t let us be at peace, which, in turn, takes a hit on our performance and everyday task.
Meditation doesn’t fight any of the emotions or thoughts preventing you to be at peace, instead, it acknowledges them and lets them go.
As meditation allows us to detach from what we can’t control, it’s one of the most impactful components in bringing peace of mind.
But it’s almost as if the mind on its own doesn’t know it wants peace of mind, because depriving us of thinking at times makes the mind angry or eager to jump to a place where we don’t have to be with ourselves and confront the present as it is.
As if we’re constantly running away from danger, even if meditation is a safe practice to do. Many hold memories in their mind that they don’t realize affects their daily life.
Because if you start looking deeply and start to deliberately search for it, you can find unpleasant thoughts and memories in your mind.
But it’s hard to let go of these if they aren’t acknowledged of their existence on a conscious level as well as a subconscious level.
You can detach from your thoughts and emotions by not identifying with them and seeing yourself as someone merely experiencing those thoughts. That idea makes the observation of these thoughts less intimidating. It’s almost as if you’re a tourist in your own mind.
And neither are the thoughts you get yours. You may understand this on a conceptual level but it doesn’t become ingrained in you until you learn this by experiencing this mindset shift first-hand.
But knowing this is a good start to understanding some of the ins and outs during meditation. Minifying these thoughts and seeing these as less than they actually are, makes it easier to let go of.
These thoughts will often pertain to the future or the past, but when the past or future is no longer there, we many times eliminate the source of these thoughts.
It can be tempting to hold on to pleasant thoughts and memories and look back every once in a while, but doing so every day comes with a plethora of destructive thoughts.
Fortunately, we default our outlook to being present when we meditate. And while we may deliberately look back into a pleasant memory, it doesn’t become our default state of being as a form of escape from our current reality.
Increased Internal and External Love
Meditation allows us to become more compassionate and less judgmental of ourselves, which allows us to progress freely without being held back by our own intimidating inner voices.
The more we love ourselves, the more we are capable of loving and connecting with someone else. Loving yourself and others goes hand in hand with peace of mind.
You can at times be influenced by your environment, but when you start loving yourself, you are more careful with who you let in your life as not everyone has your best emotional interest at heart.
I can confirm based on my own experience that who I’ve surrounded myself with has had a strong correlation with my peace of mind, but bonding with the right people for you becomes easier once you understand yourself.
With meditation, you adopt a habit of viewing yourself from a third-person perspective.
You understand the place you’re at and you gain wisdom on what it takes to become a better version of yourself, while accepting yourself for who you are at the current stage, as opposed to repressing a side of you, leaving it unaddressed and allowing for such calamity to grow.
Once you love yourself and conquer yourself, it will be hard for anything external to disrupt your peace of mind.
Be it because you wire yourself to make better decisions or because your notion of judgment softens.
We tend to judge others based on attributes that we see in ourselves that we don’t like. But once we let go of this, we also let go of another contributor for the lack of our peace of mind.
Less To Gain, More To Lose
Many tend to enter meditation with a mindset of “what’s in it for me”. But a more sound mindset to have is what can you lose that’s getting in your way from becoming your best version?
With meditation, you have your stress, anxiety, and insomnia among other things you could lose. These emotional states can make us weaker against any adversities we are presented with. But we aren’t always in control of these.
And I’m not saying meditation is the universal solution for every individual going through that, but it has helped a lot of individuals to not get hindered by those emotional states.
This can block the path for many in getting peace of mind. In turn, once we rid ourselves of what keeps us from getting to a peaceful state, we naturally tend to gravitate in that direction, since it’s what we’ve left from removing the source that was keeping our tranquility hostage.
With meditation, you are alone with your thoughts, which opens up the possibility for the meditation to go in any direction, but at least, you gain insights into your true self and know which aspects serve less of an objective to you. Meditation is a bit like uninstalling a bunch of viruses on the computer.
As a whole, while you can gain a lot from meditation, it’s more of losing something that once it’s gone from your life, you start asking yourself how you could live with such a high amount of stress and still operate as you normally would. Thus, meditation creates a new standard for you.
One where peace of mind becomes more prominent and reverting back to the old lifestyle doesn’t seem appealing, and thus, you’re more likely to continue the practice.
Not because you’re driven by fear, but because meditation makes you feel more supercharged and clear in mind, and thus, not only do you get more peace of mind but things start moving more your way than before. You get inspired to become the best version of yourself.