Whether we have just started or have a regular meditation practice, we may wonder, ‘Where do we go from here, and how do we make sure we get the most out of our meditation practice?’ In this post, we will explore the jewel (ultimate benefit) of meditation, where it come from, and how we unearth this for ourselves in our practice
- The Source of Ultimate Benefits of Meditation Practices
- Getting the Most from Our Meditation Practices
- How to Unearth the Ultimate Benefit in Your Meditation
- The benefits of meditation
- Unearthing the Ultimate Benefit of Meditation
- Meditation: A Journey to Inner Peace
The Source of Ultimate Benefits of Meditation Practices
The ultimate benefit of meditation, which is often described as a profound sense of inner peace, happiness, and self-realization, stems from its ability to quiet the mind and allow us to connect with the essence of our being. In many ways, this benefit arises from the simplicity of the practice: by turning our attention inward and focusing on the present moment, we create a space for self-discovery and personal growth.
Getting the Most from Our Meditation Practices
Meditation is the same as practising anything. If we meditate regularly, we improve and deepen our understanding until it becomes natural to us. This applies to something even as simple as walking.
To begin with, we didn’t know how to and it took determination to learn. In this way, meditation is about acclimatising ourselves with it. The more comfortable and familiar we are with it, the more natural it will feel to practise. Familiarising ourselves with meditation techniques includes finding our meditation programs, discovering our preferred practice, a suitable length and meditation routine, and feeling like meditation is a part of our lives rather than separate.
How to Unearth the Ultimate Benefit in Your Meditation
To unearth the ultimate benefit of meditation in your practice, consistency is key. Here are some tips to help you on your journey:
- Set a Routine: Establish a regular meditation routine, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Consistency will help you go deeper into the practice over time.
- Start Small: Don’t feel pressured to meditate for long periods right from the beginning. Start with shorter sessions and gradually extend the duration as you become more comfortable.
- Stay Open-Minded: Approach meditation with an open mind and without expectations. Each meditation session is a unique experience, and your journey will unfold at its own pace.
- Seek Guidance: Consider learning from experienced meditation teachers or using guided meditation apps and resources to enhance your practice.
- Patience: Remember that unearthing the ultimate benefit of meditation is a journey, not a destination. Be patient with yourself and allow the process to unfold naturally.
The benefits of meditation
Just like soil is first cultivated before planting the seeds and watering them, we have to create the conditions in our meditation practice for its benefits to reach us. If we feel calm, peaceful, still or relaxed from meditation, it is a sign that is working. When we experience these effects, it is important we pay attention to them because these are the seeds of our meditation training coming to fruition.
For them to grow, we have to get used to practicing meditation. To ignore or forget them immediately after we stop our meditation and go about our day again is like planting a seed but then not watering it.
Getting used to the experience means soaking in the feeling but also recalling it afterwards. Meditation helps bridge the gap between us and the peace we are cultivating. In remembering what it is like amidst daily life, it brings us back to that place within us where we experienced it in meditation.
Unearthing the Ultimate Benefit of Meditation
Recollecting the experience is like a practice which accompanies our meditation – it is the practice of developing and maintaining awareness in our lives. When we have become used to the feeling of peace or stillness, not resting in it is like a departure from our natural state. This is the opposite of when we start off, where an experience of deeper awareness feels different to our normal state.
In this way, we update and reinforce what feels normal and natural for us. Just as we have become familiar with our current state of mind through practice, we can do this by experiencing a deeper part of ourselves which meditation gives us the key to unlocking.
Meditation: A Journey to Inner Peace
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, finding a sense of inner peace and tranquillity can often seem like a distant dream. The chaos of modern existence, with its constant demands and distractions, can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from our true selves. It’s in this context that meditation, emerges as a powerful tool to explore the ultimate benefit of inner calm and self-realization.
The ultimate benefit of meditation, which includes inner peace, self-realization, and a deeper connection with your true self, is accessible to everyone through consistent practice. It is a journey of self-discovery that can lead to a profound transformation of your inner and outer world.
If you’re interested in discovering what meditation can do for you and how it can become an integral part of your life, check out our upcoming Meditation courses and events at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre. Explore the world of meditation through courses and events that can guide and support your practice.
Author: Lewis Gwilt