What is Meditation?
Have you ever stopped to notice just how much chatter goes on in your head all day long? Stop right now and just listen to your own internal dialog. Can you identify that little gap between your thoughts? Did you know we have upwards of about 60,000 thoughts per day and about 95% of them are repeat thoughts? We create internal dialog with ourselves sometimes just to feel more comfortable in our lives. Sometimes we have both sides of a conversation inside our heads. Sometimes, the internal chatter is like a teakettle whistling, just blowing off steam.
Meditation is a tool for rediscovering the body’s own inner intelligence.
Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is not about forcing the mind to be quiet because that's nearly impossible for any of us. It’s about finding the silence that’s already there and making it a part of your life. With a mantra to use as our focus, we steadily practice guiding ourselves away from that incessant internal chatter to a mantra, something that essentially has no meaning. Indeed it is a practice. It doesn't come easily to most of us particularly in today's busy and techie society when everything takes place in mere instances.
Silence is the birthplace of happiness, creativity and infinite possibilities. From this field of pure potentiality, we get our bursts of inspiration, our most intuitive thoughts, and our deepest sense of connection to the Universe. Practicing meditation on a daily basis allows us to weave silence and stillness into our mind and body to create a life of greater compassion and fulfillment.