Does Meditation Really Work?

To Get What You’ve Never Had, You Have to do What You’ve Never Done. ~ Anonymous

The short answer to this question: Yes. But it is contingent on what the person experiences and how open that individual is towards meditating.

The word meditation is associated with peaceful Buddhist monks sitting cross legged in remote mountainous area and in a peaceful state. At least this is how it is portrayed in the Western cultures.

Meditation is not about expectations. You will not reach a state of nirvana the moment you close your eyes and focus on your breath. Maybe some will and some won’t. This was my problem from the very start. As soon as I started to meditate, I assumed I would be reaching nirvana and ultimate peace right away. This never happened.

Be in the moment

Meditation is about being present in the moment. Having full awareness of the world that is around you. The past is already gone and the future is yet to come, so the only time you have is now.

The confusion arises from the different types of meditation that exist. If you just Google “meditation techniques” you will get over 1, 000, 000 results. There is not a 1, 000, 000 techniques but the point is that with so many techniques how do you know which is the “right” one?.

Some people use mantra meditation for peace while others focus on chakra meditaton to align their spiritual energies. One can also get meditation products such as a meditation pillow or meditation chair to help while meditating. The list is endless.

Central Focus of Meditation

All of these meditations have similarities of: peace, calm and awareness. Meditation develops a calm sense in the mind to help combat life’s daily stress. Each meditation technique might have a different purpose or method of practicing but they all lead to a state of inner peace.

Calm the mental chatter

Mindful meditation helps to calm the mental chatter that distracts you in your day to day life. Not only that, but it is a great tool that has helped adults and children with ADHD. Here is an excerpt from a recent study done by doctors from University of California:

“The majority of participants completed the training and reported high satisfaction with the training. Pre—post improvements in self-reported ADHD symptoms and test performance on tasks measuring attention and cognitive inhibition were noted. Improvements in anxiety and depressive symptoms were also observed.

Mindfulness Meditation Training in Adults and Adolescents With ADHD

A Feasibility Study 2007

Mindfulness meditation is a great way to reduce the amount of mental chatter that distracts us and increase concentration in the individual.

Take a look at some some simple techniques:

1. Mindful meditation

2. Simple Guided Meditation

Meditation is just the raft.

Attaining inner peace or happiness is not the goal of meditation. Inner peace comes as  a result of meditating. You can meditate for hours on end without any change. I know some people who have meditated for 3 hours without any “perceived” results.

This is because they enter meditation with a goal in their mind. “I want to attain peace, calm and happiness”.

Meditation is a just tool that takes you to the place of inner peace not the end result. Just like a treadmill at the gym is a tool to help you run but te treadmill won’t do the running for you.

No limits to Meditation

One of the most beautiful things about meditation is its ability to be dynamic. Meditation can work for you anywhere and conform to your lifestyle. There is no “set” technique that one should always meditate this way or that way. Some people find sitting meditation very boring and prefer walking meditation.

There is also no restriction on the amount of time spent in meditation. Some people spend 10 minutes while others spend many days in meditation.

I have spent 2 minutes meditating on some days while other days I spend more time. As long as you can bring your awareness to your breath and stay focused on it for a little while, then meditation will work for you any where.

I would love to hear your thoughts about your practice and result with meditation. Does meditation work for you?

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