The art of personal transformation has nothing to do with external factors, but it starts from within you. It is an inner journey through which you explore aspects of yourself, and through which your values, perceptions, desires, and whole essence become different. It means your rebirth!
Compared to the world of the past which was much more static and simple, the new modern world is more alert, complicated, and in continuous change. With each change, people change as well, becoming more neurotic in their struggle to adapt to the standards of the outer world. In their struggle of living they are moving further and further away from the center of their essence.
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The minds of modern people are so full of new information, stress and daily routine, shapes of the past or uncertainties of the future, that there are no more free spaces, no more room for those breaks to keep their mental health balanced. Only if they deliberately create them.
LISTEN TO THE SILENCE OF YOUR INNER WORLD
Any changes you make to your behavior are strictly related to the outer world, but your essence remains the same. Nowadays, reconnection and incursion to your inner world are more necessary than ever. This journey can only be accomplished through MEDITATION, which creates those breaks from the outer world, and from all that it entails.
Meditation is the way to deviate your attention from the mind to silence, and that silence is the bridge that connects you with your inner Self. It is just you, in your loneliness and fullness.
Listening to that silence you discover peace and wisdom, and you return to the outer world, but different. You are more centered in harmony, and more balanced physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Osho said: “Within at least one hour a day, man must stand apart and nothing reaches him: no memory, no thought, and no fantasy. This will rejuvenate him, refresh him, and he will be able to release the source of energy inside him. He will make his return to the world with a greater capacity for learning, more youthful, more refreshing, and with more respect for himself.”
The transition from the outer world to the inner world, and returning to the outer world, is the most beautiful experience that a person can have. Simply perceive meditation as a diversion, and just let it surprise you.
A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE POWER OF MEDITATION
Over time, people have given different definitions of Meditation, what it entails, and what expectations they think they should have during it. Many of them understand Meditation as boring or too serious, depressing, useless, empty, and complete darkness.
But they do not know that their transition through the different states they experience means their journey to the true light of self-knowledge.
Is Meditation a technique?
Does Meditation have a purpose?
Does Meditation lead in a certain direction?
Can Meditation be obtained with the help of the mind?
These are just some confusions that arise regarding Meditation. Well, Meditation does not frame any of them. It has no direction, purpose, or technique, and in no case is it obtained with the help of the mind.
Although with the power of the mind, you can achieve absolutely anything you set out to do, Meditation is an exception. Why? Because it goes beyond mind, time, and space. It owns these. So, where the mind ends, Meditation begins.
In this article, I will provide a different definition of Meditation to understand better how the connection with your inner Self is the path to your transformation.
YOUR NATURAL STATE OF BEING
Meditation is not something you have to get, because it has nothing to do with your actions. It is something you have always owned, that natural states of yours, you in your solitude, in which you feel good about yourself and you value your inner existence. Your simple existence creates joy and delight without doing anything, without thoughts, and emotions. Existential baggage (negative thoughts, emotions, sensations, daily stress, repressed disappointments, fears) weighs so heavily that it makes you lose connection with your inner Self.
But don’t forget, that through Meditation, you always can return home, your inner home, where you can rediscover new aspects of your being that you did not allow yourself to activate before, but which you know you can activate whenever you give yourself that break from the outer world.
For everything you do, the important is not that you do it, but what and how you do it. You can live your life automatically, like a robot, because any action you take without consciousness is a mechanical action.
Or, you can choose to live your life with full consciousness in every moment of it, truly being present in what you do, and how you do it.
When you meditate, and you do not feel any activity inside or outside of you, you open yourself to states of consciousness, and you start to be aware of what you are doing, and of what is happening to you. The more conscious you are, the slower your mind becomes, and then the real magic begins.
So, live every moment with consciousness to be more efficient, to feel more alive, and to become happier!
Osho said: “We are born meditators, but then we learn the ways of the mind. “
You were born with this natural space of silence, but you forget about it in this chaos called the outer world because you are so busy with many activities. But you can find it, and recover it, you just have to look into the depth of yourself. Your mind involves words, but your Self only involves silence, one of the greatest pleasures of life.
Once your thoughts, breath, processes, and physiological functions slow down and gradually disappear, your capacity for awareness develops so that you discover the fullness, peace, and silence rooted in yourself.
“We are masters of our silence and slaves of our words.”
Although silence is a non-action, considered the simplest art, I know it is difficult for you to remain silent. This is because the action of doing something all the time has become like an addiction for you, for all of us, and like any addiction, it takes patience, will, and time to get over it. You have your rhythm. Just allow yourself to be patient.
TO BE A WITNESS
By meditating, you separate yourself from any action of the mind, and you become your witness. You enter a state of consciousness in which you only observe your body and what your mind is doing without judging, analyzing, or repressing them. You observe yourself as you are as if you were looking in the mirror. While you meditate nothing special has to happen so, give up any expectations you have about meditation. Just observe, accept, and return to the object of your attention (breath, mantra, diagram). The more you observe, the more you understand what it means to think, and what it means to be an observer.
The activity itself creates a state of agitation, ambiguity, and uncertainty, so you cannot connect with your true Self. But the moment you give up the activity during the day, and you meditate, you take that break, and total relaxation is installed, with no worries, no negative feelings, and no fears.
Through meditation, all physical, mental, and emotional activity is held. It is a state of deep relaxation of the body, but inside you remain alert. It is like you are asleep but still awake, and in that deep relaxation you feel free, you feel only your reality, and you face yourself, which leads you closer to self-knowledge. And then…transformation begins.
Meditation involves introspection, an incursion into your center, into your origin, which helps you to unify your existence, and to purify it. It transforms something in you. The little things in life have a new meaning for you, you begin to love life and enjoy it in a way you have not been able to before. Meditation transforms you: it awakens the silent witness in you, gives you more self-confidence, makes you aware of the power of your mind, and gives you the wisdom to know how to use it, it makes you more forgiving and patient with yourself and those around you.
“If the mind gives you the desire to escape from life, Meditation makes you escape through life.”
Those who practice already the art of meditation are experiencing this transformation of inner silence and peace, healing, balance, and fulfillment.
The tens of thousands of thoughts that go through your mind every day create a real tsunami of confusion and ambiguity. When you meditate, your thoughts disappear, and your mind no longer feels like a blanket of fog. Then you can focus only on yourself, and absolute clarity of vision occurs. A clarity of something you have never been aware of.
Imagine a broad and deep ocean. On its surface the waves are fast, they hit hard from all sides, they are swirling and the visibility is reduced. The deeper you dive into its depths, the softer the waves begin to subside, and then disappear. Everywhere there is calm, silence, and complete darkness. But after a while, the visibility slowly makes its presence felt. The longer you stay, the clearer things can be seen.
The same thing happens to you. When you want to free yourself from the swirling waves of the existence of the outer world, just immerse yourself in the depths of your inner Self, and you will see everything more clearly, and with a new meaning.
“Life is always fascinating due to the constant creativity of the soul.”– Deepak Chopra
Each of us is born creative. You are creative, but the lifestyle routine has created a blockage, a favorable environment for your mind to have a lot of control over you. But through meditation, you calm down the mind, and the state of consciousness is open. At the moment you get out of the routine and start doing different things every day, but with full consciousness, you will notice how that blockage begins to disappear, and the mind loses its dominance over you. In this way, it will leave room for freedom and creativity and less for limitations and control.
Nowadays, people are so tired mentally, that they start losing their intelligence. The mind is a mechanism that is used every day, non-stop, and people do not know how to stop it anymore.
Through meditation, you can give the mind that moment of rest, which makes it possible to use it in your favor, much easier, and more efficiently. With each daily rest, your mind rejuvenates and becomes more efficient, more intelligent, and more capable. You can turn your mind into the most powerful and important asset to use when you want and how you want.
“The truth is in you. Don’t look else there.” Osho
Meditation opens the way to your soul, and through this opening different aspects of your being come to light. It is the place where you have to face things in their darkness, and that is why sometimes can be scary.
You discover truths that you may not have been aware of, or that you may have just repressed. You open some deep wounds of the past and explore your true essence.
Who am I?
Why am I here?
What is my purpose?
What makes me happy?
If you also ask yourself one or maybe the four existential questions above, don’t forget that you will discover the true answer only in the depth of your Self.
Embrace Meditation as a way to your transformation, to let your true Self shine, and to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Meditation opens up new dimensions of consciousness, helps you observe problems from another perspective, and gives you the wisdom to find the best solutions.
It transforms your personality, actions, and beliefs, and opens you to life’s opportunities because you see everything with fresh eyes and a new heart.
The power of meditation does not consist in what you experience while meditating, but in what you live in every moment after it is over!
Unfortunately, there are still people who consider the inner world fantasy and see only the outer world as the real one. But things are just the opposite! Your inner world is the real one, and the outer world is just an illusion. Don’t get lost in the outer world, return home to your inner Self, and listen to its silence. When you are home, the whole outer world disappears!
Till next time…
Bring Your Soul Home!
~ Diana O. Debreczeni ~
Founder of Dare & Be