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We live in a world marred by distraction. Our minds are always racing, and we constantly seek some thing or the other to meet our needs and desires. As Buddha says, we’re hurling from one pleasant experience to the next – “What’s for lunch?”, “how will my boss like the new proposal I printed out and left on his desk hours ago?”, “how do I want to plan my weekend?” – it’s an endless rant which doesn’t pipe down till you hit the pillow.
Eckhart Tolle refers to this as your inner voice, an inner narrator who constantly seeks perfection, validation or consciousness. He says, “Once you identify that your mind won’t stop, you need to find an anchor for presence. One that’ll cut through the momentum that is your racing thoughts.” If you’re thinking, why break the chain of thought, why worry about it all then Dan Haris, author of 10% Happier answers this perfectly. He says, ” We spend a whole lot of time on our bodies, our stock portfolios and home decor. But very rarely do we spend time fine tuning the filter through which we experience it all: our minds.”
Meditation has been identified as a practice that makes you stronger, better and more efficient at work. It helps you become more focused and less confused. It disciplines your mind and encourages a culture of mindfulness or living in the present. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t promise to pull you out of misery but instead put you on the path of positive thinking. And Ariana Huffington, Novak Djokovic, Katy Perry, the rich and successful on Wall Street, and the young and restless in Silicon Valley will tell you that it absolutely does!
In 2014, Bloomberg published an article ‘To Make a Killing on Wall Street, Start Meditating’.
In fact, Google employees have an in-house course called ‘Search Inside Yourself’. With the help of meditation, it’s designed to teach employees how to manage their emotions, and make them better workers in the process. According to an article that came out in the online magazine Wired, meditation or quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts.The origins of meditation can be traced back to Hindu texts from 1500 BC which tell the story of Siddhartha, a Hindu prince who gave up his throne and riches to contemplate on human suffering. He emerged 49 days later, enlightened and gave the world meditation. Later known as Gautama Buddha, he roamed the streets wearing rags and taught his disciples that practicing meditation was crucial to preparing the minds for enlightenment. For hundreds of years, meditation was practiced only in monastries but eventually came to be known as a cornerstone in spiritual development not just in Buddhism but across other religions as well.The Many Health Benefits of MeditationTill a few years ago, meditation was known to be a practice only spiritual yogis or savy hippies would adopt. There was never any kind of scientific evidence to show that meditation contributes to your well-being. There were no quantifiable benefits, so to say.Jay Michaelson said that till around 1983 there were only three peer-reviewed scientific studies of meditation and in 2013 the number rose to around 1300.
If you tell yourself to meditate 10 minutes a day over and over again, it’s likely that you won’t end up doing so. Just like physical exercise or bushing your teeth, meditation needs to become habitual. Something that you do out of necessity and not need. Find a comfortable position and quiet spot and start to breathe in and out, really slow. Focus on your breathing or on the energy in your hands, legs, your body. Eckhart Tolle suggests that once you find a different focus it’ll anchor your thoughts and give you a break from what you’d usually think.