Meditation is no longer some unattainable new-age hippy nonsense that people do while chanting freakishly weird sounds. Nah, nah, nah. Meditation has been going through a sort of resurgence throughout the past few years. Perhaps that’s due to the countless scientific studies conducted on how meditation can actually change the brain.
When I was losing my mind post break-up, I had to find a way to curb my anxiety. I realized that I needed to sit down and figure out who I was. I knew I needed to accomplish a few things:
- I needed to be OK with being alone.
- I needed to realize that my happiness comes from within and not external factors.
- Finally, I needed to stay away from the things that give me anxiety and not expect them to alleviate my anxiety.
I found the answers through meditation.
To me, my simple definition of meditation is to find that infinite, boundless ocean that is within yourself.
What does this mean? It means that we all conduct life when we are at the surface of the ocean. There are endless waves that hit you from all angles. These waves can be from bad situations, positive events, negative feelings, or even happy emotions. These waves can knock you down and make it difficult to breathe. How do we combat these waves?
We don’t. We sink a few feet below the surface and we’ll realize that the ocean is way calmer down here. There are no waves. It’s just endless, calm ocean. And it’s even better when we ride with the current. No fighting. Just moving with it.
We can tap into this ocean of infinite awareness through the act of meditation. We can take ourselves out of the hard hitting waves and focus on ourselves and this present second.
So, start now. Take a deep breath. Imagine yourself sinking beneath the waves. And exhale.
Nice, ain’t it?