Summary:

Meditation is one, big mental pillar in TRP. Therefore, five principles will be laid down to deepen the level of information about meditation.


Body:

Principle #1: “Pick one technique and stick with it for at least several months; don’t technique surf”

We’re all unique, and no single meditation technique works equally well for everyone. Find your own technique, whether mantra, focus on the breath or simple awareness. To quantify your actions you have to assess your progress based on long term changes. If you use 10 different techniques in few months you hardly will gain insight what worked and what did not.

Thus, you may try many different techniques at the beginning, but stick with just one for your long-time meditation journey.

Principle #2: “Meditation is a state of consciousness, not the technique used to get to that state.”

All techniques whether mantra, focus on the breath or audio entrainment are only tools to achieve a meditative state. Put another way, the purpose of repeating a mantra is not to get proficient at repeating a mantra. The purpose is to take us to a meditative state where the mantra slips away and is no longer necessary.

Principle #3: “Mental or physical noise blocks perception of feelings and sensations that were always there.”

We are constantly flooded with information, especially in our fast-paced, technology saturated environment. Hence, we tend to lose the connections to our inner-self and our own emotions.

Relaxation and quiet allow us to perceive these buried phenomena. From a strictly physical or emotional viewpoint, the benefits of meditation include such things as greater resistance to stress, less physical illness, better quality of sleep, a sharper, clearer mind and greater control over emotional states.

These changes may appear due to changes in brain plasticity (e.g. increase of grey matter)

Principle #4: "Indicators that meditation is having an effect are long term and often subtle.”

Mediation follows here also the law of the compound effect, the idea that small choices applied consistently over time have huge results. Put another way benefits are cumulative in nature, meaning that their presence is felt to an ever greater degree as time passes. A person may feel some changes immediately, but such changes deepen greatly and expand over time.

Missing a session occasionally is not going to derail all your progress. But frequently skipping or blowing insincerely through practice is not going to produce any noteworthy results. I recommend to establish a habit of daily meditation.

Principle #5: “In meditation you are allowed to think.”

Unfortunately there is a broad misconception about meditation, telling people to still the mind. Many coaches delve into it by teaching NOT to think while meditating. Thus, “I can’t meditate because I can’t stop my thoughts” is one of the most common reasons I hear from people who have tried meditation but quit.

Refrain from using new mental blocks to not offend principle #2. Allow upcoming beliefs and thoughts, and re-frame them as clouds drifting by. As it was mentioned above, subconscious thoughts may appear and you may be able to realize new perspectives connected to them.

Instead of filling your mind with distressing, anxious thoughts, meditating teaches to concentrate on those things that are true, honest and pure. You may solve complex problems in your meditative state, because you change your brain into a diffuse thinking mode.


Lessons:

  • Pick one technique to achieve constant results.

  • Effects are often subtle and long term.

  • Enjoy your daily meditation and allow to perceive subconscious information.

  • You are allowed to think creatively while meditating.


Further readings:

Eckhart Tolle – Power of now

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