That’s another reason I started this practice. I want/need to be able to concentrate and focus. I have known for a long time that meditation would be very helpful to my overall disposition. There have been countless studies done proving the effects of meditation on a person’s happiness, fulfillment and overall health.
In the ayurvedic tradition, the medicine side to yoga, I am a pitta. There are 4 elements: earth, air, fire and water. In Ayurveda, we are all part water with a tendency towards one or a combination of the other elements. My tendency is towards fire and that fire is often out of balance. Which means I lack focus, get easily angered, want to eat all the things that throw me even more out of whack. Meditation, I have found, is a settling in the sweet spot of my center that calms me, helps me be reflective instead of reactive, cools the heat. I usually dedicate my meditation to a person who needs some loving care or a person I am upset with or don’t really like (usually for petty egotistical reasons). I often think the most difficult practice is to love your enemy but until you let go of that hate or hurt, you are really only hurting yourself.
My monkey brain wants to skip the practice. It wants to ease the suffering I put upon myself with alcohol, bad food and video games. But if I seek that sweet spot every day, maybe soon, I’ll get used to being there and the monkey on my mind will take a rest.
So my new dedication to this practice is also about living a happier life too, healing inside and out.