Learning to practise Meet Yourself Meditation is one of the most dramatically effective things you can do to open up opportunities, and enjoy less stress, depression and anxiety.
In today’s fast paced world, stress and stress related disorders are increasing. Depression, anxiety, and mental illness are common. Society and media define how we should think, look, behave and feel. Under this pressure to conform and perform it is easy to lose touch of “who I am”. But, failing to acknowledge our true feelings and fulfill our desires, leaves us with a sense of emptiness and longing. It also prevents us from fulfilling our full potential as the unique individuals we are, with unique talents, aspirations, and purpose.
Most of us adopt a ‘pseudo-identity’, an image of ourselves that we think others will respect and value. When our adopted identity is based on something unrealistic and unattainable it creates inner conflict, anger and self-blame. This inner disharmony may manifest as resentment and discontentment with life. Since we feel uncomfortable in our own skin, life and living with one’s self feels wrong, and problems appear in life.
The strategies we habitually use to manage these problems are often not helpful. We may react impulsively, or evade facing these feelings, and the ‘secret’ parts of our self, with a multitude of distractions – believing that something outside of ourselves must come and liberate us. Technology and ‘screen time’ provide convenient escapes from facing, and dealing with, uncomfortable feelings. But suppressing unwanted emotions in this way has adverse effects on mental health. Human thoughts and emotions generate vibrational energy of varying frequencies. Thus, throughout life, our thoughts, feelings & experiences are ‘stored’ as energy forms within us. (Hence, we experience memory.) Any feelings or experiences which we resist, e.g. grief, anger, fear, frustration, are stored as low vibrational energy. The energy of these suppressed thoughts and emotions is likely to keep manifesting throughout life, as low self-esteem, and self-destructive behaviour.
The key to manifesting harmony in our lives is to create harmony within ourselves, but inner harmony requires there to be congruity between our true self and our adopted identity.
Meditation is training the mind to rest in a particular focus, thus raising awareness of our inner state (emotions, thoughts, experiences), without judgement.
Meditation is not new; it has been practised for thousands of years, in various forms. However, to achieve the meditative state effectively can be challenging, particularly for beginners. The mind may keep drifting, engaging with thoughts, or dozing off.