Meditation - An Essential Life Skill

teens meditating outside with veronica

To MEDITATE means to become familiar with Self. Accordingly, I use the term "Meditation" as a synonym for self-observation as well as "Self-development". 

It is a well known fact that most of our personality, temperament, and sense of self are developed during the first years of our lives. And we develop these based on our experiences and our interactions with the world. Unfortunately "The world" is not always kind; and if we only rely on the outer World to create a sense of self, we run the risk of bringing negative traits into existence. These traits will accompany us through adulthood and most likely stay with us for the rest of our lives.  

It is my intention and goal to diminish the development of these undesired patterns. 

Already experiments have shown that experienced meditators have more activity in the left frontal lobe, the part of the brain associated with positive emotions such as happiness, joy, and contentment.

These findings imply that happiness is something we can cultivate deliberately through mental training that affects the brain.

If one wishes to avoid certain types of results, one needs to change the conditions that give rise to them. So if one changes the conditions of one’s state of mind (which normally gives rise to particular habitual patterns of mental activity), one can change the traits of one’s consciousness and the resulting attitudes and emotions.”

When we meditate, we quiet the analytical mind and become in contact with our true essence.

From a practical stand point we can say that Meditation: