How Meditation Leads To Compassion | Health

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living things and all of nature and its beauty – Albert Einstein

When we talk about meditation it is inherent in us to give it a religious color, but before we assign such labels it is worth understanding the psychological benefits that have been built up over time with a sustained practice.

Meditation makes the mind more aware of the daily life we ​​lead and it also puts us in touch with the mystical, the unknown and activates the imagination. This practice is common in many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Baha’i Faith and others and whether groups believe it is a form of prayer or that it gives wisdom no one may deny or ignore the power of this practice. Many indigenous traditions have taught that meditation is the key to unlocking the mysteries of the brain, making the practitioner wiser and more compassionate.

What mysteries do you ask?

Have you ever felt something deep in your gut (after all, your gut is your second brain!!!), like a force asking you to reconsider your decisions? Sometimes we get subtle gut feelings and often they are strong like visions or flashes of insight, vivid representations in dreams, meeting with our ancestors, these are all signs and hints of our intuition. When we encounter obstacles, we must decode and understand these signs, as they often help solve personal problems. This connection to synchronicity deepens with meditation and we listen to what the Higher Self has to say. The Higher Self teaches compassion, for its own self and for all of creation.

Scientists have found that meditation has a psychosomatic benefit and in many cases also spiritual benefits (such as ancestral connections, psychic abilities, healing properties, etc. etc.) and helps one to control the ego-driven personality. It gives us equanimity and promotes a sense of well-being and if we don’t operate solely from the ego, we tend to develop an attitude of gratitude. It makes us whole; it makes us compassionate.

A regular practice can lead to an improved conscious state of mind that can have a direct impact on individuals’ cognitive performance, as each meditation reveals layers of the hidden unconscious to the conscious mind. With such deep revelations, we grow exponentially in mind and knowledge. As a technological culture, we are bombarded with an immense flow of information via Youtube and other social media.

This is the age of multitasking and we consider ourselves superhuman for doing this, when in fact we couldn’t be further from the truth! We are not super men and women, we are overloaded zombies, addicted to caffeine and social stimuli (media!) that we can hardly comprehend and catalog because we experience information fatigue. Yes, that’s real!

When we multitask, we lose specific attention regarding the task at hand and this inevitably affects our performance. Try this at the office. Watch your favorite movie and listen to your favorite song while you write your report or presentation. Watch what happens!

When our attention is distracted or divided by multiple videos, messages, articles, advertisements, messages and Facetime, we lose focus and this can have a detrimental effect on our performance capabilities. We are so engrossed with our phone at the dinner table that we miss interacting with our families who feel abandoned because of that phone in your hand and you are too busy to even notice them or the effect that your behavior has on them. This shows that you are disconnected from your family and addicted to technology.

When you think about it, attention skills are central to successful learning and implementation; it is central to our interactions with other people and our level of engagement with the world. Attentiveness is key!

How can we be truly attentive when our environment is a trap of distraction. For starters, when we open our eyes and look at our phones, we wake up with a sensory overload of the material world, so it’s best never to interact with technology until you’ve woken up with a short meditation or self – affirmations. You can hold your eyes with your palms before opening them and then stare into your palms for a few seconds. This will prepare you for mindfulness and you will be able to achieve so much more and also remain compassionate towards yourself and others.

The practice of meditation is known to be effective for students as recent findings show that meditation is important in stimulating the mind’s sensitivity to stimuli and subsequent processing of information, which translates in layman’s terms to an expansion of the cognitive student’s ability to analyze. their environment critically and objectively. Simply put, meditation helps our brains grow! Wisdom brings humility and humility promotes compassion.

What do we do all day?

Our worldly success largely depends on our ability to process information, depending on our cognitive faculties, and then process and store it in a meaningful way. Ah, meaning!

A successful meditator knows that emotions are not like thoughts. Thoughts are in your head. But emotions arise through embodiment in matter. You feel sad, angry, abandoned because you are going through these situations in real time, they are not concepts. Although it is quite possible to be influenced by one’s thoughts and self-image as well. Mindfulness teaches you to discover yourself through the feelings and sensations that arise in your body. Don’t hold toxic baggage, let go and purify. The turbulence of the mind is still.

Meditators perceive the world with more openness and compassion, and why is that? Compassion is a by-product of the individual’s mental awareness and sensitivity to the social stimuli, which is an important aspect of socialization. If everyone in society meditated regularly, we would collectively create a whole new world where war and strife would have lost their meaning.

We have lost all control over our minds and bodies as we become more and more entangled in the quagmire of life. But now it’s time to take back that control. Let’s take control of our mind, body and thought processes through meditation. We have been taught to believe that we cannot change once we reach a certain age, but that is not correct. We can take back control at any age, all we have to do is give up the self-limiting belief and assumption that we cannot control our mind and body when in fact all we need to do is practice mindfulness. The thing with meditation is that with constant practice we can remove all psychological interruptions. It is invaluable in dealing with stress, anxiety and depression, the holy trinity of mental illness.

Meditation works as a psychophysiological mechanism, counteracting the stress mechanism; it results in calming the mind and body thus restoring the relaxed mental state that is optimal for functionality and it also enhances the development of human qualities such as creativity, self-love, healthy interpersonal relationships and empathy.

We must instill self-empathy, which is an integral part of human development and it creates a healthy space for wisdom, optimism and happiness and teaches us to cherish human relationships. What could be more beautiful!

The article is written by Tina Mukerji, a soul guide who works with astrology, tarot, psychic abilities, yoga, tantra, breathwork and mantras. She tries to discover the inherent archetypes by studying astrological charts.

How Meditation Leads To Compassion | Health

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