Why The Mind Hates Meditation
Kie Einzelgänger | 6:35
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good and to cleanse one's mind. This is the teaching of the Buddha. Meditation has been scientifically proven to have many health benefits (like reduced anxiety and better emotional health). While this is great, I also see many people struggling with incorporating meditation in their daily routines, even though it takes some effort to adopt new habits.
There is one thing at play that doesn't like meditation at all. This is the mind. In this video, I'll explain why the mind hates meditation.
First of all, thank you, Christine, for your support on Patreon. I appreciate it and it helps me to continue this. So, I won't deny that experienced meditators won't have too much trouble meditating whenever they want because the wise part of their thinking mind has become dominant. However, the average Joe, myself included, often experiences a mind that's overly active, eager to solve puzzles, analyze past events and calculate future possibilities no matter if it's past.
The mind is a precious tool, but when it's out of control, it can be a destructive monster as well.
The quality of our thoughts is so important because emotions are the consequence of it. As emperor and stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius really puts it, the things you think about determine the quality of your mind, your soul takes on the color of your thoughts and negative thoughts, most likely cause fear or anger.
Positive thoughts most likely cause laughter. It's not uncommon that people that are in a constant state of negative thinking end up being depressed or anxious. This makes overthinking dangerous because sufferers may end up hurting and even killing themselves. The ancient practice of meditation proves to be a cure for the restless mind.
The Buddhists calls such a mind, a monkey mind because it tends to jump from branch to branc. Currently, Western Healthcare has begun acknowledging the benefits of meditation, so we increasingly see doctors prescribing it to their patients. The most common form of meditation is breath meditation. It's very simple, really.