Every person who walks this earth is different and unique in their own way. That may sound like a cliché, but it is the truth. We as people are completely unique and different from one another, even if we all may have similar qualities or even similar interests, we all have a uniqueness to ourselves that cannot be duplicated. We all have our own unique talents and abilities that we bring into this world.
A lot of people might say “they are not talented” or that they are completely ordinary and have no special abilities, but I beg to differ. I believe that every person has something to bring to the table. Every person has something that they love to do that can bring them to a state of connection, happiness, contentment and joy. This is what I like to think of as people’s personal meditation. And if you don’t have a “personal meditation”, I suggest you to explore within yourself and find something that you have even just the slightest bit interest in. It could be anything- from cooking, painting to playing an instrument or even just riding a bike.
Now, most of us think that meditation is when we sit down in a cross legged position, close our eyes, make some sort of mudra with our hands and don’t think about anything at all. Sure, this is one way to meditate but it isn’t the only way to meditate.
Wikipedia defines Meditation as a practice where an individual trains the mind to simply acknowledge its content without being identified as that content. The key phrase in this definition is “train the mind”. Meditation is about training the mind. Whether it is a traditional seated meditation to clear our thoughts or an active meditation involving movement, the idea here is to focus the mind on a diligent practice. This is what Patanjali refers to in his sutras called Abhyasa– a disciplined, persistent effort to remain focused.
Abhyasa can occur during physical exercise (such as the asana practice of yoga), breath work (like Pranayama), seated meditation or even just the act of learning a musical instrument or driving a car. Anything that keeps our mind in a state of focus can be considered meditation.
Now, in the beginning, it may be difficult to establish a regular practice of something and some obstacles are bound to occur. Don’t let those obstacles hinder you from continuing on. Just know that each time we practice, an impression is made and over time abhyasa becomes a habit. This will slowly become stronger and practicing will become easier. Once we develop a practice (in whatever it is you have an interest in) we can reach a state of Samadhi.
What is Samadhi?
Well, Samadhi is the eighth and final limb identified in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, where we have complete focus in what we are doing that our own sense of individuality vanishes. Samadhi can occur anytime that we get completely lost in something, as if we are in a hypnotic trance. It’s that feeling when you are “in the zone”, where the mind becomes still. It’s a state of being totally aware of the present moment. It’s an amazing feeling and can be experienced in everyday life. We could go deeper into this concept, but for now, we’ll keep it simple- Samadhi is that moment of getting completely lost into what you are doing.
It’s never too late to dive into something new, so don’t worry if you haven’t found an activity that you love. Everyone is on their own journey in this lifetime, so never compare yourself to another. Take your time and listen to inner self. Finding something that you love to do and lose yourself completely in its works, is one of the most beautiful things that life has to offer.
So now I ask you again, what is your meditation?
Written by; @mana_yoga