Everyone knows about the benefits of meditation. It keeps you mentally, emotionally, and physically fit. It helps you to relax by reducing stress, anxiety, and pain. It also increases self-esteem and transforms your life in many ways.
You should practice meditation daily with proper technique and apply its teachings into your daily life.
But if you want to get the maximum benefit out of this practice, you need to know about the pillars of meditation. If you do not have a strong foundation, you will not be able to succeed. And if you have a stronghold over them, then you will flourish and experience the benefits of meditation to the maximum.
So, let us now discuss the three pillars of meditation in detail.
Pillar #1: Habit Formation
Meditation needs regular practice. You cannot learn and benefit from it if you do it only once or twice a week.
Now you may ask why?
The reason is you experience negative thoughts and stress daily. Hence you have to meditate daily to reverse the flow of negative thoughts and gain peace at the subconscious level.
What will happen if you meditate only once or twice a week?
You will get some benefit and will become calmer and focused. But this won’t last long as it is not a part of your habit. You will have to start from beginning every time.
Therefore, it is essential to practice meditation for at least 5 to 10 minutes every day. If you maintain continuity in your practice, you will grow.
One time exercise can make you feel good. But, if you want to transform your life, then you have to develop a daily habit of doing meditation.
It is not hard. It does not take much of your time, need special equipment, or require difficult sitting posture. The only condition is to practice it daily.
Pillar #2: Following the Right Technique and Approach
Right technique and approach is the second most important pillar.
It does not mean that there is a particular way of doing meditation, and you should focus on that only. It means a style of meditation that suits you at the present moment.
Meditation is not limited to focus on the breath or chanting a mantra. There are many other styles. You have to experiment with different styles before you select the effective one for you.
Different techniques have different effects. Some techniques:
- May make you feel active, energetic, and less depressed, and some make you feel inactive.
- Some increase your focus level, and some make you feel detached.
- Some improve your concentration levels and work performance, and some spirituality.
- Some practices suit creative people with good visualization power while, some for people who cannot sit in one place.
Like everyone cannot be put on similar medication, in the same way, a single meditation style does not apply to everyone. Although all techniques are beneficial, select a technique that is best for you. You can compare it with you just doing your job or doing your ideal job.
But, most of the courses teach you only one or two types of techniques. So, you must experience more than one style. Then select which resonates with your personality and goals.
The next aspect is the right approach and attitude. These are:
- Have a purpose to meditate so that it does not become boring.
- Enjoy meditation. Even if you get distracted, do not blame yourself for not doing it correctly.
- Commit yourself to meditate every day.
- Do not hurry as you cannot expect instant results. Self-transformation takes time.
- Meditate consistently and one day your life will change. You will feel grateful that you made the right choice and continued with it.
Pillar #3: Applying the Knowledge Gained from Meditation
You meditate not just for some nice or relaxing experience, but to change yourself and improve the quality of your life.
If you meditate daily with the right technique some things will do change over time.
But you can speed up the process if you do it with a purpose.
Now we will discuss the third pillar. It teaches you to apply your vision and experiences while meditating on your life.
You can apply the meditation skills in several ways. You will see the real transformation in your personality.
You zoom in and zoom out during meditation.
At one time, you focus on one object, such as a breath or a mantra, for as long as it is possible for you. It is zoom in.
You become aware of the thoughts in your mind, and then let them go (zoom out), and again focus on the object of the meditation.
But how do you apply this skill?
Many times your mind starts focusing on fears, negative thoughts, and memories. When you notice that your mind is wandering, then use the power of zoom out. Again focus on the present and think about something productive.
If you only meditate and do not apply it in your daily life, then only 50% of the work is done.
Practice meditation to build a strong foundation for your life. Even a single session affects your life.
But if you practice it keeping in mind the three powerful pillars, then it can do wonders for you.
If you are not able to practice it on your own, take help from a trained professional. The money you spend is an investment for life and is worth it.
Only a few people can develop these qualities on their own. It takes a lot of effort, experimentation, and self-discipline.
Do you also practice meditation?
If yes, share your views and methods of practicing meditation in the comments below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Preeti Shah
Preeti Shah (author) from Delhi on December 08, 2020:
Amit Masih from Jaipur, India on December 08, 2020:
Thank You :)