Meditation is not what you think. Light photons provide a nice analogy to the nature of meditation. While light is like particles, meditation is both practice and non-practice. An apparent paradox that one has to live with.
A meditation practice tailored to your individual needs and performed regularly is very valuable.
But meditation only becomes complete when our attitude allows us to practice mediation for its own sake, and not to achieve or change anything.
Meditation is a form of unconditional surrender to the moment. If we practice meditation from an attitude of aspiration, withdrawal, avoidance, or search, it will be hindering in both the short and long term.
Our inner attitude is absolutely crucial. In other words: attitude is everything.
Etymologically, meditation goes back to the archaic Greek “medomai”, not “mesos” as is often claimed.
Medomai represents a grammatical, active passive form of doing non-doing. Oudeteri diathesi is the correct name of this verb phenomenon and says a lot about its meaning character. It is like a mountain chain, over which all kinds of weather phenomena pass. One could get the impression that the overall scenario changed, while the mountain chain in reality remains untouched.
To sum up, meditation does indeed enlighten, but it takes discipline and regularity along the way. At the same time, we need the attitude that nothing at all that needs to be achieved, because as part of life, we are never and will never be separated from life. Life experiences itself uniquely through our senses, to which there are a lot more than the five. For example, meditating with an attitude of consciousness separation will only intensify a feeling of division and tension in the long term. At worse, one will fall prey to its own delusion or deception.
Current Research in the field of meditation, it is clearly pointed out that different meditation techniques produce different results and effects. The neuroplasticity of the brain (continuous mutability of the neuronal connections of the brain cells) allows us to influence very different areas of our brain via meditation. On one hand, these areas increase in volume, while on the other hand, they redesign our behavior, our perception, and possibly the physiology of our body.
A few months of mindfulness training can help you be more mindful, which in itself should have numerous positive effects on your life. But it will have little impact on, for example, your ability to empathize or your resilience. According to the latest research.
However, if you invite compassion in to your meditation practice, something in the quality of your interpersonal relationships may change for the better.
The meditation techniques taught at HPC vary significantly depending on the needs of the patient. The autonomic nervous system plays a significant role in how confidently the patient will engage in some exercises. Normally, people who experience little security, feeling of belonging and trust in their lives find it relatively difficult to “go into silence”. In this case, it is advisable to do some kind of preparatory work and first establish basic trust – in the inner and outer world – either using the Safe and Sound Protocol (developed by Stephen Porges) or other methods for regulating the autonomic nervous system. This important aspect is unfortunately overlooked by a great many meditation teachers, both Eastern and Western.