A Mindful Moment
Chapter 1 – Meditation: What, How, and Why?
Meditation is all about actively triggering your mind’s internal relaxation processes. That’s all it is.
A lot of people are under the impression that meditation is some sort of quasi-religious, mystical, or even deeply personal philosophical journey into your inner world. Actually, if you were to strip out the fluff, packaging and mass media imagery surrounding meditation, it really all boils down to tapping into an internal mental process that we all already have.
I know that sounds shocking because when people think of meditation, they often think about Buddhist monks high on top of some solitary hill, or some Christian monk hidden away in the stony interior chamber of a monastery somewhere in a distant forest. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Meditation, when stripped down to its essentials is really all about rediscovering the internal processes and mental machinery you already have to achieve a deep state of relaxation. Your mind in fact has existing processes that protect it from overheating and breaking down from the wear and tear of all the data processing it does at any given day.
If you focus on what you think about, and what you choose to perceive in any given second, you’d be surprised as to how much information actually flows through your mind. Some peg this data flow to around ninety thousand to a hundred twenty thousand thoughts. It really varies from person to person, but that’s a lot of information, and to think that those are only conscious thoughts. This means there are many other things we perceive that we do not think about. So, given all that data you should be able to understand how much stress and pressure your mind is under .
This is why you have to sleep. The more you sleep, the clearer your mind would be the following day, and the more relaxed you would be. In addition, when you sleep, you recharge your willpower, and you will be able to focus more on whatever you need to do the next day. Sleep, and this internal relaxation process formed your personal relaxation core. This core is required for your mind to stay healthy and remain up to the job.
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