Meditation is aimed to achieve positive results. It was developed to help us deal with the daily situations that prove to be too stressful or problematic. The different techniques involved in meditation all aim for pretty much the same end, and that is stress relief that results in a clearer and more open mind and an enlightened soul. That is exactly what I looked for from meditation when I started practicing it myself. And I found exactly what I was looking for, and got what I expected. In fact I got much more than I ever dreamed I would bet, because I was able to improve not only my mind but also my body.
Achieving a quite and peaceful mind is one of the aims of meditation. One might think that it is an easy thing to do, but it is actually easier said than done. To focus your mind and concentrate on almost nothing is indeed a challenging act that I initially thought would be impossible to do. Quieting the mind is one of the first crucial steps towards performing effective meditation.
Being aware of the present is one of the goals of meditation. Not putting one’s focus on the past and not even on the future, but right now and right this very moment. Allowing yourself to appreciate each moment and experience it fully would help you learn how to let go of the moment and move on to the next one. It would definitely take some getting used to, but thinking about the benefits of learning and then mastering it should be enough to serve as motivation.
There are different techniques for meditation that people can do to help themselves. There is the most basic one where you would go to a basic meditation position and clear your mind of everything else. The goal here is to relax the mind and make it free of each and every worry that has been lodged in it for so long. Then there is the focused type of meditation that requires you to focus on something, it might be your own breathing and even a candle that is right in front of you, just to anchor your thoughts on. You will still need to be right at the present moment and take full advantage of it, understanding and feeling it a state of altered yet ideal consciousness is finally reached. This is very similar to mindfulness meditation where the goal is again to stay at the moment.