Ten Skills Developed In Meditation
Meditation brings many benefits to our health and well being. These are very real mental skills that can benefit all areas of your life improving relationships, work and play. Here are 10 life changing skills developed in meditation training.
1) The skill of being able to consciously relax. Using deep breathing and awareness of tension in the body can develop the ability to actually release tension and built up stress in muscles. Being able to ‘relax at will’ is an incredibly useful tool in the modern era.
2) The ability to be present with others. The greatest gift we can give others is our own presence. Learning to be present and not distracted by fleeting thoughts helps us to have the ability to listen to others properly, be fully present and communicate effectively. This improves all our relationships and even helps us to learn ne things easier.
3) Remaining undisturbed by thoughts. The skill of allowing thoughts to pass without either fighting them or believing in them is very empowering and the beginning of gaining control over your own mind. Meditation is not controlling your thoughts it’s the being able to not be controlled by thoughts. So many mental health issues stem from not being able to let go of negative thoughts.
4) Concentration. Being able to focus on an object without being distracted develops attention and concentration and a strong and stable mind. This is the foundation of good mental health.
5) Being the witness. The ability to be able to observe things without judging or reacting to them. This is the beginning of a peaceful and open mind. Being able to detach from thoughts and feelings gives you space to let them pass and not be overwhelmed. It is essential in overcoming mental health issues and is the beginning of using mindfulness as a therapy.
6) Introspection. The ability to observe your own inner states of awareness, thoughts and feelings, This is an important skill to be able to see connections between thoughts and feelings. Introspection also helps to discern the difference between a clear mind and a thinking mind and also to be aware of your intentions. With good introspection you can develop your own wisdom and become your own therapist.
7) Mindfulness. The skill to pay attention carefully to what your doing. Within meditation this skill holds your mind to your object and is similar to concentration. In your daily life mindfulness helps to pay attention to the present situation live more fully in the moment and be able to enjoy the little things in life.
8) Just being. Meditation develops the skill of just being, total mental relaxation, or being in the present moment without trying to change it or escape it. This fosters the ability to accept things the way they are.
9) Open mindedness. Meditation develops the important skill of an open mind. The ability to stay non judgemental and look at things without pre-conceived ideas. This also encourages spontaneity and creativity; learning to see things as if for the first time.
10) Intuition. The skill of knowing what’s appropriate and finding a flow and balance in any situation. Intuition is the skill of non-verbal knowing to be clear of a direction or choice without relying an any external authority. This is the beginning of trusting your own wisdom.
Written by Chad Foreman
Chad Foreman has been teaching meditation since 2003 and is determined to bring authentic meditation practices into the lives of millions of people. Chad is a former Buddhist monk and spent 6 years living in a retreat hut studying and practising meditation full time. He is now a fully qualified meditation teacher with the Australian Institute of Meditation and has designed a unique 21 day meditation challenge to guide people gradually from the basics of mindfulness and relaxation to profound states of awareness. Click Here to learn more about the 21 Day Meditation Challenge.