What meditation can mean

Meditation has never been more popular. This largely has to do with the fact that we live in a hectic society and we still want to “do our thing” in a calm manner. It is a good sign that we no longer allow ourselves to be rushed and push ourselves to the edge or go over it. But meditating is not something you do “quickly”, it is all a bit more nuanced. However, do well with it and it will make you a lot stronger as a person.

What does the dictionary say?

Van Dale says the following: “concentrating on his inner self” and “thinking deeply” and Encyclo says: “contemplating” or “contemplating” or “contemplating” or “being lost in thought” .

It all covers it, but in fact it doesn’t say much, and there are different forms of meditation, some examples are strengthening meditation or attention meditation. How does meditation fit into our lives and what can it mean?

Certainties

People find the uncertainty that life brings difficult. It feels empty not to know something and so we try, sometimes against our better judgement, to build in certainty. We know that certainties in life are not given and so it is nothing more than a false certainty (think of habit and routine).

Where we try to learn to accept that there is no certainty, we take a shaky path. But one that will take you further in life, because you slowly learn to enjoy the moment and not just focus on creating certainties. Open your eyes and accept the fear of not knowing. Meditation can help you allow chance, if there is any, into life and enjoy what you have NOW.

Meditation moment

In a moment of meditation, let go of all those tightly held things and what if you have nothing left but your loved ones? Experience the importance of what you do have in your meditation, most importantly the people you care about and when you step out of your meditation, feel what you have NOW.

Another well-known meditation is to sit in your boat and go downstream. You are very busy trying to keep your boat in the middle of the water. This is very difficult with all those undercurrents and then you let it go. Experience that your boat does not crash into the banks at all, but is carried along in the current and you can relax and look around and enjoy nature.

The wish is the harbinger of what you can realize. (Goethe)

Focus

There are various reasons why we lose our focus, but the fact is that we are extremely stimulated in this society. This only makes focusing more difficult and actually starts in primary school. Focus is important.
Another advantage of being able to focus well is that the energy (around you) appears very calm and stable. Your alertness increases and you notice more, which can increase your safety.

Meditation moment

Meditation in itself helps you to (learn to) focus, but if you do it in a calm and quiet environment, you can also do it in a relaxed way. Dive into your meditation moment and contemplate a beautiful lake. Dive into the lake where the water feels pleasant, warmed up by the sun, dive down and see everything sparkling at the bottom of the water. The warm water feels nice and relaxes you and the lower you go, the clearer it becomes (focus on that sparkle). There are beautiful pearls at the bottom and you run your hand over them, then you calmly swim back up with a happy feeling about all those new, beautiful and pure pearls that you have discovered.

Problems with meditating

That can also happen, you want to sit down for a while and you are not able to get into your meditation properly. There could be several reasons for this:

  • Physically
  • Mentally
  • Emotional

Physically

Think about certain nutrients that you have recently consumed. Your brainwave frequency may be higher. Stimulants can cause this and is known to most people, but sweeteners can also cause it. Loss of concentration is a well-known phenomenon.

Mentally

Sometimes your mind is worked up and there can be all kinds of reasons for that. Think of high levels of excitement, worry, frustration or wanting to do multiple things at the same time.

Emotional

You cannot avoid emotions, you will have to go through them. So if they play a role and you have pushed them to the background (where they must be removed at some point), then you will have to tackle them as well. It could be something intense that you have never processed or, for example, you may feel unrepentant guilt.

Dissolve

If you want to meditate purely, have focus and dive into yourself, these obstacles must be removed. Physically and mentally you can often succeed if you really put in the effort. Emotionally it may take a little more time, but it is also better in your daily life if you resolve unprocessed emotions. Take your time for this and try to step into a moment of meditation every now and then and see if you succeed.

Finally

Meditation can yield a lot, but you have to give it time to get into it. Moreover, focusing on life a little more like going with the flow also helps. Above all, you make it so much easier and lighter for yourself, and it almost always has a positive effect in the immediate environment.