Of all the skills I have ever learned in my life. I consider Meditation to be the most important one. This includes everything I learned in School and everything I was taught in University. It’s not because my school & university was bad, it is because Meditation is so powerful. The Dalai Lama once said: “If every child starts to meditate, within one Generation there wouldn’t be any wars anymore.” And I totally agree. And because I know how essential it is but also how hard it is to begin with. I encourage you to read this Meditation Guide.
In this Guide you will get to know what Meditation really is all about, what to take care of when you plan to start Meditating and how you can bring your Meditation practice to the next level if you’re already meditating. It will also cover what types of Meditation are out there, how to choose the right one and the mind-blowing benefits you can expect from a daily Meditation routine. But let’s start from the Beginning:
What is Meditation?
The problem in our world is that we only identify ourselves with our rational side – our mind. Our mind is the Master and we are the slave. But the mind is a terrible Master. It’s just a tool not made to be a Master. Meditation changes that. Through self-observation in Meditation you go through a self-transformation of reinstalling the natural order. Meditation makes you the Master again. And the mind becomes what it was designed for again. A powerful tool for you to use. Nothing more & nothing less.
How does Meditation work?
To achieve the mentioned self-transformation Meditation first stops the world. Not literally, but the way we usually perceive our world. But how do we stop our perceived rational world? We are going inwards and focus all our awareness inwardly. The best description I ever received was: We reduce our world to enlarge it. What does that mean?
I like to compare Meditation with ancient fire making. You rub your hands together to make a stick twirl in a fireboard. If you do that, then stop. Then start again, then stop, then start again, then stop, you can continue rubbing your hands together like that forever and nothing will ever happen. You need to have a consistent stable time period of friction to create ember which is then turned into a flame. Meditation works very similar. Maybe it’s just one minute but you have to have a consistent stable time period of just having your whole awareness on one point inside of you, to make the world stop and enlarge. You enter the other side, the deep meditative state.
What forms of Meditation do exist?
There are many different types of Meditation. The most popular meditation forms are: Mindfulness Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Guided Meditation, Vipassana Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta Meditation) and Chakra & Movement – Meditation.
Which is the best Meditation form for me?
Finding the right Meditation form is very individual. Basically every Meditation form shares the same goal which is stopping the world & entering the deep meditative state. However, the way they differ from each other is their way to get there. So choosing the right meditation form is a question of how hard it is for you to calm your mind, to break out of the rational and to go inwards.
I know this is still very brief and confusing. Now to make it easier for you to get into Meditation, to choose the right Meditation form or bring your Meditation practice to a whole new level I created a Full Step by Step Meditation Guide which you can Download here.
Lastly this Guide wants to answer the question, why you should Meditate at all? Why it becomes more and more popular lately? Here are the mind-blowing benefits you can expect from Meditation.
10 scientifically proven Benefits of Meditation:
1 – Reduces Stress
“The Buddha was asked: What have you gained from Meditation? He replied, nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Fear of old age and Death.”
Meditation is found to significantly reduce stress. A recent study also found that it also improves symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia. (read more)
2 – Reduces anxiety
Meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks. (read more)
3 – Makes you live a happier & more fulfilled life
Studies found that Meditation leads to an improved self-image and more positive outlook on life. Meditators showed measurable changes in activity in areas related to positive thinking and optimism. It was also found that meditation improves depression and makes you more satisfied with your body. (read more)
4 – Helps you to understand yourself better
Meditation helps you to gain a better understanding of yourself. Through Meditation you observe yourself, how you relate to others, which of your thoughts are harmful or self-defeating. This way you switch to birds-eye-view which is also very beneficial for you problem solving abilities. (read more)
5 – Increases attention & creativity
Meditation studies found that Meditators have easier times staying focused on a task for longer. Meditation was also found to increase creativity and creative expression. (read more)
6 – Makes you more kind & compassionate
Meditation, especially Metta, a type of meditation also known as loving-kindness meditation was found to increase kindness, compassion & positivity for others and yourself. (read more)
7 – Helps you in fighting addictions
Meditation helps to fight addictions because it makes it easier to control cravings and craving-related stress. This not only goes for drug addiction but also for emotional and binge eating. (read more)
8 – Improves sleep & helps with insomnia
Nearly half the population struggle with insomnia at some point in their life’s. A recent study found that participants who meditated fell asleep sooner and stayed asleep longer, compared to those who didn’t meditate. (read more)
9 – Helps you to control pain
Your perception of pain is connected to your state of mind. Meditators show not only a greater ability to cope with pain but also experienced a reduced sensation of pain in general. (read more)
10 – Meditation is possible everywhere, anytime
Meditation is something everyone can do. You don’t need anything external for meditation. You can practice with just a few minutes daily. And the beauty is a recent study found that four days of practicing meditation is already enough to bring the first changes.
However I know it can be hard to start or find the right Meditation routine.
Here is a great documentary about Inmates of an Indian prison who got trained in Meditation. The impact is mind-blosing. You will see cold-blooded murderers opening up, being full of regret just because they started with meditation.
Still not convinced?