I notice a significant amount of jargon when I read blog posts about meditation and mindfulness. Not that there aren’t great meditation blogs out there, there certainly are. However, a great deal of the information I come across appears to be fashionable and trendy. On one hand, this is great, spreading awareness about these topics can help undermine a shift in collective presence, however, projecting meditation and mindfulness as something they are not isn’t so great.
Here are some examples of what ”meditation will do for you”, according to the internet:
•KNOWLEDGE OF PAST LIVES: Witnessing forms, personalities, and events that you have lived through in your past existences. Read more
•POWERS OF HEALING: Bringing about miraculous, supernatural recoveries from serious chronic illnesses or ailments. Read more
•TELEPATHY: The ability to “read” the minds of other people and know, even across a great distance, what they are thinking and feeling. Read more
•VISIONS OF OTHER LANDS: Hearing conversations in different languages, hearing certain events from this and other worlds. Read more
•SEEING THE FUTURE: The ability to move into a timeless dimension where one can perceive things which, in the world of linear time, have not yet taken place. Read more
•SUSPENSION OF GRAVITY: Levitation, walking on water, even flying is sometimes mentioned under this category of powers. Read more
•IMMUNITY TO PAIN: Single-pointedness of mind such that no pain, whether it is physical or mental, cannot reach you. The same is true about hunger and thirst. Read more
•INVINCIBILITY: No external force, whether natural or artificial, can displace even a single hair of you.
•WISH-FULFILLMENT: As an advanced meditator wishes anything, it will be provided by the so-called unified field and without recourse to ordinary, natural principles. Read more
This was an amusing list I discovered where real research has been taken out of context. Keep in mind journalists have a job, and that job involves attracting attention to their stories and reports. What better way to do this than to appeal to our emotions and ultimate fantasies? For example, research has indicated that under the instruction of a certified meditation teacher, over the course of a few days, healthy volunteers reported 40 percent reductions in pain. This pain was purposefully induced and MRI scans of their brains were performed while the pain was induced. This is quite significant, but the conclusion that meditation creates an immunity to pain is absurd.
The real reason I’m writing this is to inform you that meditation CAN give you superpowers, depending on your definition of superpowers. I’m going to be modest when I say that meditation and mindfulness are the most powerful tools humans have discovered. They are tools that give us the ability to enrich life on a profound level. The East has known this for thousands of years, science is proving this now.
What if you could live two to three times longer by dedicating 20-30 minutes a day towards a certain practice? Would you do it? I have a difficult time believing most people would pass up on this opportunity. Well, what about living 2-3 times bigger than you otherwise would have? Seems impossible, but the means is quite simple: meditation elevates a person’s base level focus. By focus, we are referring to the ability to attend to what is relevant in any given situation. By base level, we are referring to how focused you automatically get in daily life when you’re not making an effort to be focused. If you are consistently 2-3 times more focused within your daily life then you’re living life 2-3 times bigger, 2-3 times richer.
If only more people realized these states of focus and presence in life are trainable. You don’t need anything special. All you do is systematically practice, and your baseline focus can and will be improve. We all have moments of sporadic flow, moments of intense focus, but they are often short-lived. When in fact, they don’t have to be.
Imagine trying to strengthen your muscles adequately without learning proper form or implementing the exercises into your habitual routine. You wouldn’t expect to strengthen your muscles without putting prolonged effort into the exercises. You can think about strengthening your focus muscles in a similar fashion. Enhancing your physical muscles will allow you to tap into added strength all day long, not just when exercising. The same is to be said about enhancing your concentration, the added focus is available to you throughout the entire day. Following this logic, meditation is the most important study a human being can undertake considering concentration and focus are the base of all human aspiration.
As you continue to meditate your alertness will become sharper and your relaxation will get deeper. This a result of the increased Alpha waves your brain produces while you meditate. These alpha waves are characteristic of being alert and relaxed at the same time. By way of contrast, the average person who does not meditate can only maintain this state if their eyes are closed. Adept meditators have high levels of alpha brain waves even while their eyes remain open. There are several studies such as this one that show this increase in brain wave harmonization.
Altogether, practicing meditation and mindfulness will boost your base focus in life and allow you to attend to what’s relevant with greater precision. Having efficient concentration is the basis for learning any skill, from mathematics to carpentry. This is what leads me to believe that meditation is perhaps the most valuable tool in the human arsenal. Why wouldn’t you want to increase the richness of your life?
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My limited knowledge of meditation was introduced to me by an angel, my transplant coordinator, at the University of Minnesota. It helped me through a tough wait for a heart transplant! I could project myself receiving a new heart and becoming a supporter in my future families lives!
I haven’t meditated as much as I did while I was waiting but your blog has encouraged me to start again! Great site guys!!!