Meditation is so much more than a quick fix
“If you’re feeling worse as a consequence of meditation, it probably means that you’re doing a good job, because you’re seeing things that you were rejecting before.”
We tend to think of meditation as a sort of magic bullet. A spiritual hack that works as an antidote to modern living.
Meditate 15 minutes a day and find yourself feeling happier! Less stressed! More focused! Anyone can do it!
But, this understanding of meditation and its benefits isn’t entirely right. And Marta Brzosko, who studies the use of mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy, thinks you should know a few things.
For example, meditation isn’t for everyone. And you’re likely to feel worse before you start feeling better.
Join Matt East, host of the Better Humans Podcast, as he and Marta dive into her incredibly in-depth article, “How to Experience Your First Insight in Mindfulness Meditation — A complete guide and 8-week plan to an effective mindfulness meditation practice”.
Matt: What is mindfulness meditation to you?
Marta: So for me, mindfulness meditation is about balancing two faculties of the mind.
One faculty is being able to keep your attention focused on the object chosen by you. This is very important because our minds so often get distracted and fixed on things that we don’t really want to give attention to, but then we give that attention nevertheless.
And then the other faculty of the mind is to be aware of as many things going on in your perceptual field as possible. There are so many stimuli around us, but we often have the conscious power to only focus on one or two. When we are in our competitive environment, and we are very goal-oriented, what I see is that we miss a lot of things on the way…
So on one hand, being aware of all the things that are going on around you, inside of you, in relationships with other people, but at the same time, being able to choose which things are worth your attention.