So why practice at all?
- Anxiety and stress, two huge problems for all of us, can be significantly reduced through a meditation practice.
- The struggle with finding meaning and purpose can be put to rest with a meditation practice, mainly because by witnessing a deeper reality within you, you gain a greater understanding of just how much what you do matters to all of us.
- Finally, practice for change. If you are looking to change the world, or you at least want to help, you must first learn to honestly see yourself.
Michael Jackson wrote his song, “Man in the Mirror”, as a reflection on the famous Gandhi quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We at Made As Intended have taken this quote to heart.
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”
Anytime you become more mindful of your-self, noticing your being in the world, you are more present. When you choose to explore that state, you are practicing meditation, period!!!
Meditation vs Prayer
What is the difference?
While both have existed for thousands of years, generally prayer is thought of as a plea or request that you are making to an object of worship.
Meditation, is a more reflective practice. Its ultimate goal is “stillness” for the purpose of reaching a heightened state of awareness. Meditation is also a way to find direction or answer the questions you long to answer. One way of understanding this is that prayer is our talking to God. Meditation is more listening to your consciousness for the answers. Some think this consciousness is synonymous with “God”, the Universe, Earth, etc.
meditation is a practice
There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Actually the universe seems to respond to us just showing up and making an attempt, and the reverse is also true, you will never know unless you give it a try.
There are three things possible when you meditate:
1. You become aware of your-self, hear your thoughts, begin to feel life within you.
2. You fall asleep, actually a positive result because you must need sleep.
3. You enter the gap of stillness, a place where you witness what a miracle life is. This comes with a new sense of reality that begins with you and spreads outward.