Meditation as a Tool

June 8th, 2010  ·  posted in Development by Yuval

This is part of a series of posts on Meditation. Yuval is the owner of martial-arts-potential.com.

Meditation is and should be part of the set of tools that we have to deal with issues that arise in our everyday lives.  The intention behind perfecting this tool is to give us an instrument with which we can free ourselves from our mind’s control over us.

The mind is an interesting phenomenon which – left alone – can have a huge affect on the way we feel and perceive life.  Fortunately, we have a tool – meditation – that we can use to actually stop allowing our mind to “dictate” our mental situation by “harassing” us with thoughts.

Let’s try understanding, to some extent, the power which our mind possess over us through examining the following situation…

Our reality is in our perception

perception Imagine we have a big assignment due – either at work, or at school – and this assignment will have a critical effect on our near future.  It will have an effect on our present career or our final school grade, all things which we have worked very hard to obtain. The assignment is due and we’re not sure we will be able to meet the deadline or the quality needed. Naturally we find ourselves under a lot of stress.

We’ve all been under these kinds of circumstances…

Now imagine someone who is very close to us, suddenly calls to break the terrible news – they’ve been diagnosed with severe cancer and they have only a week left to live. Imagine what our reaction would be. All things that troubled us until that call will seem so un-important. We will only be concerned with the well being of our loved one. We are ready to drop everything in order to be with them, and we wonder how we let ourselves spend so much time on things that were not so important.

Two hours later we get a phone call – our loved one is on the other end, telling us that the lab made a mistake, and they are healthy, and everything is well! Imagine the relief! We now get back to our routine, our duties and our assignment – exactly the same “objective situation” we were in two hours ago, but somehow now we’re not so stressed, some how we’re thankful for everything we have.

This is a perfect example of perception, and how changing it makes all the difference.  This is the power of our thoughts and mind. The power of our thoughts is enormous, and by understanding its effects on us in our everyday life we can solve many of our problems. Emotions are connected directly to our thoughts, and we are our thoughts and emotions. Our emotions are triggered by our thoughts and by our perception of reality.

tv We have all had a bad day, when we suffered from stress, disappointment, failure and sadness. Yet somehow by going to see a good movie or by having a good time with a friend, we can really change the way we were feeling – at least for a short period of time. Then we remembered what a bad day we were having and we sink back into our bad mood again.

What happened? How did we manage to feel better? Simple: we were able to take our minds or thoughts away from the situation. Meditation is a technique used for focusing our thoughts and leading them to where we want and when we want. It’s also a way to understand our awareness, conscious and subconscious being.

Picture a television set (our consciousness).  On the screen appear many programs and shows. (our thoughts). To take control of our mind – through meditation – we want to stop or pause the programs (thoughts) so we can observe the TV set itself (consciousness) – understand its curves, colors and how it works.

Meditation can be a very powerful tool, and when used correctly can enhance and improve our lives.  The next post in this series will talk more about specific techniques we can use and more details about what we should be doing to clear our minds.

Part one: Meditation
Part two: Meditation as a Tool

Part three: The Meditative Process
Part four: Meditation in Real Terms

1 Comment »

  1. Very interesting explanations and examples. Looking forward to the next article on Meditation.

    Comment by Oliver — June 8, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

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