“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule”. – Thomas Carlyle
Deepak Chopra Defines Meditation – “Everyone thinks that the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. While that’s partially true, the real purpose of meditation is actually to tune in, not to get away from it all, but to get in touch with it all. Not to just de-stress, but to find that peace within, the peace that spiritual traditions talk about that passes all understanding. So, meditation is a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there’s little space between every thought.
According to wisdom traditions, this space between the thought is the window, is the corridor, is the vortex to the infinite mind – the mystery that some people call the spirit or God. We don’t have to use those terms, but it’s your core consciousness. And the more we learn about this space between thoughts; we find certain things to be true of it:
- It’s a field of infinite possibilities – infinite possibilities, pure potentiality.
- Everything is connected to everything else.
- It’s a space of infinite creativity, infinite imagination.
- It is a place where there is something called the observer effect, or the power of intention, which means intention is very powerful when brought to this space and it orchestrates its own fulfillment – what people call the law of attraction – so those are wonderful qualities of your own spirit.
In meditation, we get into this space so we find infinite possibilities, infinite correlation, infinite creativity, infinite imagination, and infinite power of intention. That’s what meditation is really about”.
Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and award-winning lecturer at Stanford University. A leading expert on the mind-body relationship, her work integrates the latest findings of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine with contemplative practices of mindfulness and compassion from the traditions of Buddhism and yoga.
McGonigal says that, during silence, the mind has an easier time cultivating a form of mindful intention that later motivates us to take action. Intentional silence puts us in a state of mental reflection and disengages our intellectual mind. At that point McGonigal says to ask yourself three questions:
But there’s a really basic one where you simply ask yourself,
- “If anything were possible, what would I welcome or create in my life?”
- Another question is, “When I’m feeling most courageous and inspired, what do I want to offer the world?”
- And the third question is, “When I’m honest about how I suffer, what am I willing to let go of, or what do I want to make peace with?”
“In silence, we make room for self-awareness and the ability to be in control of our actions, rather than under their control. The break from external voices puts us in tune with our inner voices—and it’s those inner voices that drive our actions. Awareness leads to control”.
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