In her book Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, Joan Borysenko, Phd, asks this question,
“how can we possibly learn to have peace of mind when the mind is by nature restless, projecting its wants and fears endlessly into the past and future?”
For many the answer to that question is meditation.
You listen to your favorite music with full attention. As you listen, other thoughts, desires, worries fade away. You are there, one with the music, content to be simply in the moment. There is contentment and peace.
Eventually, however, your mind kicks in again. You realize you have errands to run, a business letter to write, a child needing attention, a car to wash. No longer in the moment, your mind is off and running.
Borysenko compares meditation to the peace of enjoying your favorite activity. You are simply in the moment, anchored in the present.
According to Texas meditation instructor Ilene Dill, meditation contributes to:
- Reduced stress and tension
- Mental and emotional clarity
- Increased creativity
- Enhanced, positive outlook on life
- Slowing of biological aging processes
- Increased mental concentration
- Release of blocked energy
- Deep relaxatio
- Ordered thinking
- Less irritability, more patience
- Improved intellectual ability
- Strengthened immune system
- Enhanced sense of peacefulness
- Expanded awareness
Meditation is recommended by physicians as a key element in enhanced health. In today’s stressful, rushed environment, it is more important than ever to take time daily to deeply relax and refresh your body, mind and spirit.
Learning to meditate has three requirements:
- 1. Motivation –the energy to make the effort.
- 2. Practice –it takes practice to learn.
- 3. Determination –you must be determined to learn this.
When your first focus on the mind, most of what you see is turbulence. Then a few moments of peace slip in. You must have the determination to get past the turbulence to the peace.
Borysenko advises, “Meditate daily. Practice yields both physiological and psychological benefits. It’s important to maintin continuity in any practice, or it gradually fades out. If you don’t have ten or twenty minutes for a meditation, take five. Five often stretches to ten and helps you to make progress in the continual deepening of your sense of inner peace.”