Relaxation is a practice, not really a religion. There are many different types of relaxation, practiced by people from all walks of life, and then for all sorts of reasons.
Yet, despite all these differences, we will find some common characteristics of men and women who are serious about meditation. In this article, I playfully named them the “Ten Commandments of Meditators”. They represent ways that meditators behave, and expected to behave, that differ from the vast majority of people.
When reading these “commandments”, please keep in mind that:
That they are ideals rather than rules;
They represent some of the natural implications of long-term practice, more than actual “should’s and shouldn’ts”;
I have here presented the hyper-developed version of many of these characteristics, in a generalized way, just to associated with point clearer. But imagination head that we might not be capable of finding a single meditator who follows all of them to perfection.
Please take these commandments lightly, as a direction and standard aim. There should be no feelings of disgrace, guilt, blame, or overstated self-criticism regarding any of these.
1. Thou Shall Keep Your Cool
Meditation practice calms down the nervous system, tones down the area of the brain in charge of the stress response (amygdala), and helps one develop greater self-awareness and self-control, among other things.
As meditation deepens and the practitioner brings more of the meditative state into daily life, spikes of negative thoughts become more rare, unsuccsefflull, and manageable. Equanimity, existence, and calmness become more naturally present.
Do you want to annoy a half-baked meditator? Tell them, “You are too exhausted. You should try some meditation! “?
2. Thou Shall Not React Ahead of Pausing
For the untrained brain, self-awareness is weak and delayed. We have a poor thought or emotion, in support of after being engaged with it for a while do we really see it more evidently and free ourselves from their clutches. With
With the repetitive practice of yoga, as well as mindfulness in daily life, we start noticing thoughts and thoughts in real time, as they are taking place. If fear comes, you are aware that dread can there be; if thoughts of self-loathing come, you acknowledge them straight away. With that recognition comes increased space between you and your ideas. From that space you can dialogue with your thoughts, do something about them (if needed), but let them go, or change them.
With more practice, you notice the thoughts/emotions before they go to town. That gives you an even greater pause.
All these pauses empower one to respond, rather than behave.
3. Thou Shall Ignore it
This exercise happens multiple times in a standard meditation session– notice you have wandered into pondering, let that go, and bring the attention to your meditation object.
Relaxation also helps you to develop non-attachment by exhibiting you that, even after life takes away something you were attached to, you are still ok. You can still gain access to a state of internal peace where all is well. The door to inner wellness is still open, even though your entire accessories are under attack–but it requires mental training to be able to do that.
Letting go, or non-attachment, is the primary skill for overcoming a number of enduring. It doesn’t mean that we live life less intensely; rather, we do what we these are known as to do with zest, and then we step back again and watch what are the results, without anxiety.
It doesn’t signify we don’t love, play, work, or seek with intensity; but rather that we are detached from the results, knowing that we have full control only over the work we make and the mindsets we cultivate.
Non-attachment is not cold. It can cool.
4. Thou Shall Be Happy In The Present Moment
Among the several great things about meditation are a reduction in negative thoughts and the cultivation of positive areas of mind. Of course, some particular techniques will have that as a direct effect more than others.
Positive mental says + less negative thoughts + health + being in control = happy here and now!
Of course, external circumstances do matter. Yet well-being is chiefly a product of internal factors, rather than things outside. Meditation works in increasing wellness inside-out.
5. Thou Shall Certainly not Be A Slave To Thinking
You are not your thoughts. You are the observer of your thoughts –the conscious subject matter, awareness itself. Thoughts come and go, but you stay. You are there before a thought develops; you are there while the thought is unfolding; and you are there after the thought has gone.
Through steady relaxation practice, we realize that we are the experience of thoughts (rather than the thoughts themselves). This is why we can let go of which, and bring our attention back to our breathing or our rule.
With this realization comes greater self-knowledge and mental maturity, even as can see our own biases and mental patterns more plainly and objectively. The understanding that I am not my thoughts means that I can practice the “commandment” of not being a slave to my thinking.
Thoughts are just thoughts. You are the the one that determines what they mean for you, which ones are allowed to stay, as well as for how long.