The Micro and Macro Impact of Meditation
The tiny steps we take during meditation practice can have a huge impact on the world around us. I know we can’t change the world overnight, but we can start making the positive changes within ourselves and carry them with us into the world.
Working on yourself is working on the world because it changes the way you interact with the world. Every time we get on the mat we are putting in the difficult work of removing the old habit patterns of the mind that breed seeds of anger, hatred, and ill will. Removing these habits from within ourselves is the only way to remove the same bad habits from the rest of the world.
We are each overcoming all sorts of obstacles of the mind, but the techniques we practice in meditation (like focusing on your breath) can train us in ways that have a positive impact on the world around us. For example, training our minds how not to react in anger is a benefit to everyone we interact with on a daily basis.
Meditation will open you up to all sorts of experiences and ideas you never knew about yourself, but it’s important to understand that each of these experiences is fleeting. Don’t make attachments to or judgments on these interactions and experiences – simply acknowledge them and let them go.
What we are practicing is a way to observe these moments as they happen, and then let them go without attributing any expectation to them. This kind of deep emotional regulation that you experience during meditation changes your brainwaves, and five minutes is all you need to start seeing a difference in your state of mind.
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