If you're new to meditation, you know how hard it is to learn how to meditate properly. With all the different forms of meditation and books on the market, it's almost impossible for the beginner to figure out where to start. In this article, we're going to look at why mindfulness meditation has become so popular in recent years. This will help you understand why it's so effective in helping practitioners find true happiness and inner peace.
What Exactly is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is a secular form of meditation that has its roots in insight meditation--the oldest form of meditation the Buddha taught over 2,500 years ago. The main goal is to attain freedom from suffering. This is accomplished by developing self-awareness, or mindfulness, because it is our inaccurate views of the world that trigger our negative emotions.
Growing up we learned that in order to be happy we had to indulge in positive emotions, and avoid negative emotions. The problem with this approach is that our emotions are short-lived, so we have to keep chasing the things that trigger those positive emotions. We often end up compromising the harmony within ourselves, and with the people around us.
With mindfulness meditation, you'll develop an awareness of the true nature of reality. By observing what is happening within your mind, body, and the world around you, you'll begin to lift the veil of illusion that creates the suffering in your life. This is essentially what a spiritual awakening is. Mindfulness meditation is a training of the mind that will help you to overcome your fears and painful emotions, so you can be free of suffering, and find inner peace.
Why the Popularity?
The primary reason mindfulness meditation has become so popular is because scientists have been conducting a tremendous amount of research on the practice. They are confirming the benefits that practitioners have been advocating for many years, and they're continuing to make breakthroughs every day.
Researchers are finding that mindfulness meditation helps people overcome many health-related issues such as stress, high blood pressure, heart disease, substance abuse, and much more. They're also finding that the practice helps people enhance their mental capabilities such as abstract thinking, memory, and creativity. It even helps people improve their leadership and social skills.
The 3 Main Components of the Mindfulness Meditation Practice
The 3 main components that make up the foundation of the mindfulness meditation practice are concentration, mindfulness, and loving-kindness. Specifically, concentration and mindfulness are your primary tools of investigation. By developing them, you'll be able to look deeply into the true nature of your pain and suffering.
Concentration is the ability to focus our attention on one subject or object. We do this by forcing ourselves to pay attention. The objective of concentration is to look deeply into the true nature of reality. This requires us to keep our attention fixed on an object without being distracted. It requires mental discipline.
Mindfulness, on the other hand, is a more delicate activity. It is a gentle awareness of what is happening in the present moment. Both concentration and mindfulness work together to help you look deeply into the true nature of your existence, and your relationships with other people and the rest of the world.
Loving-kindness meditation is a practice that was originally taught by the Buddha himself and has remained an essential part of various spiritual traditions. Loving-kindness is the ideal form of love. It is unconditional love, meaning that it extends to all people regardless of whether or not they deserve it. There are also no expectations of receiving anything in return. We simply share love with everyone we encounter. And the great thing about it is that it'll come back to us many times over.
The purpose of loving-kindness meditation is to cultivate unconditional love for all people and living beings, so that we improve our relationships with others. This will provide you with the spiritual nourishment you will need to grow.
The Power of the Practice
When practiced using the proper techniques, mindfulness meditation is an extremely powerful tool for spiritual development. If there is any drawback, it's that it takes diligence and commitment. The good news is that the practice is relatively easy to learn, and your efforts will be well rewarded with an inner peace and serenity that most people never achieve in their lifetime. Furthermore, you can achieve noticeable results very quickly.
Since mindfulness meditation is a secular practice, you don't have to abandon your current spiritual faith. In fact, the practice will help you understand your faith better. And once you have a solid understanding of the practice, you can tailor it to your specific needs.
Most people are surprised at how fast they progress when practicing mindfulness meditation. Those who take up the practice and meditate consistently, often come to the realization of how much spiritual growth they've been missing out on.
Charles Francis is the director of the Mindfulness Meditation Institute. For over 16 years, he has worked to help people find inner peace with mindfulness meditation through personal consultations, lectures, workshops, and spiritual retreats.
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