Meditation: The Path To Happiness?
Updated: Apr 1, 2022
Let me guess: Within the last couple of years you’ve seen enough doctors lasting for a lifetime? All you’re longing for is a healthy, happy life. You end up asking yourself: Is that really too much to ask?
This seems to be the destiny for many suffering from chronic diseases, such as depression, mal-digestion, migraine or tinnitus. Sunshine, don’t give your hopes up just yet.
About 80% of all health issues are stress related – including the ones mentioned above. So by finding ways how to reduce your stress level, you’ll naturally start your healing engine.
How will meditation help me?
Meditation. Nowadays, this once foreign word deriving from the east is well known all over the world. For a very good reason: it’s one of the greatest gifts humanity ever received.
Not only does it help in terms of stress reduction and is therefore able to cure even severe diseases. No, it also boosts your performance by lengthening your attention span and the reduction of memory loss. In meditation we often times focus on a single word, a sound or a focal point, called "drishti“. This helps to increase the endurance of your attention span. You learn how to stay focused, undistracted no matter what’s going on around you. You find stillness within yourself. So meditation develops a tremendous amount of mental discipline and willpower.
Meditation increases your level of self-awareness. While being in meditation you become the observer of your own thoughts and emotions which after all translates into the development of a stronger understanding of yourself. By knowing who you are, your level of self trust naturally enhances.
You also become aware of a) beneficial and b) self-destructive habits / thoughts. By being aware of them, you are then able to change them for the better. The exact same thing works with dependencies, triggers and addictive behaviors.
So meditation brings to surface which otherwise easily would have stayed undetected in the subconscious mind. Bringing things to surface is the first step in order to understand the cause behind certain habits/ thoughts/ behaviors.
Do I have your attention? Great, let’s dive deeper.
What does it take to live a healthy, happy life?
It really doesn’t take much. Actually, it takes nothing less than the realization that healing, fulfillment and happiness find their roots internally, rather than externally.
For as long as we rely on the external, we’ll end up dissatisfied. Like it or not, but there’s impermanence in all things. Everything shall pass; external things won’t last.
So in order to live the life we desire, we need to look for happiness within ourselves. Why is this crucial? Well, it‘s where we regain the power over our lives. When the only one you depend on is you, no one and no thing is able to take away your happiness.
However, accessing this inner natural happiness, is where it gets tricky and it’s exactly where the meditation practice steps into the game.
Imagine the practice of meditation to be your mental gym. Instead of flexing your muscles, you train your mind by learning how to consciously control and use its positive qualities. The main purpose of meditation therefore is to enable you to gain access to this inner natural happiness/ light of yours.
Meditation itself won’t make you happy. Instead, it will help you strip down these layers covering up the happiness that is already within.
There are many different meditation techniques. You may find out that one works better for you than another. So be patient, and find your perfect fit. Whichever meditation practice you decide on, make sure your spine is straight so the energy can flow. It doesn’t really matter if you prefer to sit or lay for your meditation practice, as long as you feel comfortable, you don’t fall asleep and prana, your life force, can circulate freely.
Here’s a list of some common meditation techniques you might want to try:
Visualization & Yoga nidra yogic „sleep“ and inner pictures
Manta-Meditation focus on a word/ phrase
Metta Meditation Sending loving kindness
Active Meditation: example Yoga or Qi Gong
Mindfulness Meditation: focus on something particular, e.g. the breath, feelings, environment,…
If you’re ready to awake your full potential, feel free to join me for a 15 min meditation to release tension and calm the mind.
With infinite love,
Franzi This article was published with permission and originally appeared on www.franziskalenz.com
Franziska Lenz is a sport scientist and a 500+ hours certified international yoga & climbing teacher, traveling the world to share her practice, passion, additional and the love for life.