The Power of Meditation and What I Learned in Taiwan

I still have so many things to accomplish on my plate — — work, business, pleasure and leisure, passions and hobbies, the upkeep of the house and everything it entails, maintenance of good health, taking care of relationships, etc.

But since we only have 24 hours a day to do everything we can to be productive and live a balanced life, more often than not, it really takes a strong willpower and determination to be able to squeeze in everything we need to do day in and day out including the not-so-important and urgent tasks. Because of this need to be “superwoman” (or superman for our men out there) in so many ways, I remembered the importance of meditation. I am after all, a full-time and hands-on work-from-home mom, which means I am an all-around 24/7 caregiver, helper, yaya, breadwinner, homemaker, partner, cheerleader, and everything else in between and I need all the help and support I can get to remain sane, healthy and happy. I am just so thankful because I have a male counterpart doing same things I do to lessen the burden while at the same time doubling the joy and fulfillment in our little family. But still, there are days when I get so overwhelmed and having a great partner is not enough…

SO ON TO MEDITATION…

Meditation is a key exercise that can bring you to a state where you can access the power of your psychic intuition. With the very busy schedule most people keep, many people feel stressed and over-worked. Most of us feel like there is just not enough time in a 24-hour period to get everything done. Our stress and fatigue make us depressed, ill-tempered, and frustrated. It can even make us sick. We are usually very busy living our fast-paced lives, we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! I’ve been there for many years and I’ve suffered the consequences especially health-wise so I know what I’m talking about.

But what many people don’t know about meditation is that it actually gives you more time by making your mind more relaxed and focused. And when you’re focused, you become more efficient and more productive with the way you spend your time. Therefore, more things can be accomplished. An easy 5 or ten-minute breathing exercise or meditation can assist you in overcoming your stress, and find some inner peace and balance.

I had an American client before who was a psychic and working for him I learned that the more things you have to do in a day, the more time you have to spend in prayer and meditation. It centers your energy, making you more focused and better aligned with the universe, which in turn makes you accomplish more things in a given period of time. This is because meditation frees your mind from clutter, cobwebs, and stress thereby giving you tunnel vision and focus. And before you know it, you’ve already done everything on your to-do list and more.

EFFECTS OF MEDITATION

When you meditate, you become more efficient and productive because it calms you down and makes you see things more clearly so you are able to better prioritize the stuff you need to do in a day and weed out those things that are not very important. Prayer and meditation can help one imbibe the power of tunnel vision that people who do this on a regular basis end up doing greater things than those people who seem to be very busy yet accomplish nothing of real significance.

We can teach ourselves how to change our mind’s inner programming from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from sad to happy. Overcoming negative thoughts and cultivating positive ones is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.

I remember when I was in Taiwan for my 2-week meditation and Buddhism retreat, I learned that everything you do can be a form of meditation. You can do eating meditation, sleeping meditation, breathing meditation etc. One day the bathrooms were assigned to me and I was tasked to clean the toilet in one of the temples in Fo Guang Shan Monastery (located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung) and I was meditating… while cleaning the toilet! It’s all about clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing.

See some photos below of my meditation retreat:

early morning assembly

prayers before meals

listening to Buddhist teachings

WHY LEARN TO MEDITATE

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