There are many things in life that are out of your control. You cannot change that but you can take responsibility for the way happenings influence your mind and put effort in maintain it calm, at ease and clear. This is the only thing you can do and it is a pure antidote to your mind sorrows, like anxieties, fears, hatreds, grasping, jealousy and so forth.
Meditation is the tool that can create in our mind a space we can move from with more clarity, more focus and a more calmness. With the practice of meditation, you learn to recognise your mind patterns, your habit and the way your mind move when it is stimulated by all your senses. Meditation gives you the opportunity to cultivate a more positive way of being. Slowly this discipline, thanks to the effort you put in it, become so deep and accordingly you can look within you with the same depth, discovering that place made by untouchable peace and spotless joyful that nothing can change, because that is your true nature.
It is said that by the time we’re 35 years old, 95% of who we are, is running a set of behaviors, emotional reactions, habits that belong to the past. That 95% of who we are is like a computer program running in background: you don’t even have to run it, it is always on.
How can you rewire your mind? You have to work with your subconscious mind, the same mind that follows those set of automatic, behaviors, emotional reactions and habits.
In which way can you do it? By meditating, by lowering the brain waves and reprogramming your subconsious mind with affirmation, visualisation and any other kind of positiveness and assertiveness.
In fact neuroscience nowadays has developed an understanding of what happen in our mind when we meditate. Scientist discover that our brain stops processing information as actively as it normally would and the cerebral waves – which represents the rhythmic and repetitive electrical activity of the nervous tissue in the central nervous system – decrease from a Beta mode, that is the mode indicating our brain is processing information, to Alpha mode. The deeper and more habitual the meditation is, the lower the frequencies of waves is, till the Delta mode that are the waves the brain has in a deep sleep. More, the frontal cortex, that carries out higher mental processes such as thinking, decision making, and planning, goes offline and the parietal lobe, that processes sensory information that had to do with taste, temperature, and touch, slow down.
With meditation you focus your attention and become aware when your mind starts wandering. This process improves even when you are not meditating. A one-pointed mind is something that must be trained and strengthened as we do with our muscles. And again, the more we meditate, the less anxiety you have because you weaken the neural connection of the prefrontal cortex that processes information relating to your experiences, that make yourself feel scared when you experience what for you is a scary sensation. And the weaken of this connection, allow you to strengthen your assessment center and we learn no to react strongly to the sensation, as we normally do.
There are different ways to meditate. An easy technique, but not easy to perform, is Vipassana meditation, which is where you focus on one specific thing—it could be your breathing, a sensation in your body or a particular object outside of you. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring your attention back to that focal point when it wanders.
Other kind of meditation is the open-monitoring meditation. For that you have to put your attention to all of the things happening around you, simply notice everything without reacting.
Empathy and compassion are higher in those who practice meditation regularly. That’s why all the past sage, who spent most of their time in meditation, regularly, effortlessly, developed a natural empathy and compassion towards all the sentient beings.
A moment will arrive when also meditation become useless in your spiritual/growing path: that is the time of the realization of the no-duality aspect of your life, the understanding of the sense of ONENESS, the understanding of what your true nature is, the detachment from everything is around us. And you start dwelling in what your pure state of mind is: love and compassion, joy and blissful.
This very short article doesn’t have the vanity to clarify what meditation is, because only the direct experience can do it, but maybe it can attract interest for you to start meditating. And if that happen I will reach my goal. But if you want to know more about it consider to buy the book I wrote about meditation; you will discover it in a while on my home page. Check it out and jump back here soon.