The first principle of meditation is to be able to focus your attention, with the aim to free consciousness, by switching off the busy ‘mind chatter’. Meditation is achieved by focusing either on a particular object external to the body, or even a function of the body itself, such as breathing or your heart beat. Maintaining a single thought or idea may also be conducive to meditation.
Through meditation, a state of self-awareness, of equilibrium, optimum health, tranquillity and the ability to really see, to hear and to be really present in your own life, are potential benefits. The aim of meditation is to lead the body and mind to the highest states of sensitivity, perception and understanding. Meditation is the path towards the unlimited potential of human experience.
Meditation helps to relax the mind and body and lowers anxiety levels and reduces tension. The meditative experience will be different for each individual, but the essential aim is the same. Through the practice of meditation, much of what may seem like daily confusion and ‘mind chatter’ can actually be transmuted into a more harmonious internal reality.
The ultimate goal of meditation is ‘self-realization’.
There are a number of ways in which meditation can be useful. For some it may be to find peace and relaxation, whilst for others it may be to access their personal spirituality. Meditation is a key which can open the door to inner spiritual realms and there are many techniques that can be employed to help achieve the meditative state.