It is worth doing everyday
Mindfulness meditation provides a fundamentally different perspective. It asks you to take your attention off of your thoughts and emotions and place it on your body. This helps to diminish your sense of personal meaning in life. You are no longer a self, just a body; you are no longer selfish, just a body; you are no longer significant, just a body. This can be a very powerful process that can significantly help you in all aspects of life: in learning, in experiencing pleasure and in facing fear.
1.Meditation requires strength, not weakness
Allowing your body to breathe in this way is an incredibly simple way of building the strength needed to face the trials and tribulations of life.
Mindfulness meditation requires a tremendous amount of discipline and practice. Many people give up within a few minutes of beginning because they are not strong enough to take their focus off of their mind. However, if you can accept that the practice is a way of building strength rather than a means of making your body weaker, you are more likely to stick with it. And it is here that mindfulness can make the difference between a person who has never broken a sweat and a person who has run a marathon.
Meditation creates an intimate connection
Do you have a good friend who loves to play poker or a game of bowling, but never spends any time playing with his or her friends? Mindfulness is about making a strong connection with one’s body and, by extension, with the rest of the world. This type of connection creates a certain sense of intimacy, a deep appreciation for the small things in life. This increases one’s sense of value and power.
Every day we are bombarded by messages telling us that we are worthless and that we need to feel sorry for ourselves. Many people believe this nonsense, but we do not have to. I have seen countless examples where people have reached their peak of human potential, enjoyed high levels of success, suffered great losses and hardships, but in the end came out of it stronger and more peaceful than they have ever been. I have never had the pleasure of meeting those people, but I know for a fact that I am one of them.
What if there is no such thing as “me”?
A famous teacher of mindfulness once stated that, “When you think about yourself as someone with no particular skills, resources, or knowledge, it’s easy to become smug, complacent and self-centred.”
Try it for a week. Spend a few minutes in silence, in the midst of your busy life. Take a deep breath. Then take another. You’ll find that this takes an incredible amount of discipline. Meditation can make you physically and mentally stronger, and this can make you feel more in touch with the world around you. It can also help you to understand what is really important in life.
In the end, the only person who can make you feel bad about yourself is yourself. So what if you are wasting your time? The time you spend meditating is not time that you are losing to someone else. It is time that you are giving to yourself.