Meditation Strategy

Asking, “What is your strategy for meditation?” sounds like giving a job-interview or as if we are trying to sell a product. We can soften the word “strategy” substituting it with “intention”. Though that doesn’t do justice and still “strategy” is what we need for a successful meditation. Let’s scratch the surface more to probe deeper.

To build a successful career or business we must have a strategy. To win a game of poker, chess, soccer or football we need a strategy. The better the strategy, the easier and the more sure is the win. To loose weight we need a strategy. To buy a certain property at desired rate we need a negotiating strategy. To initiate a relationship we need a strategy and to keep that relationship we have no other choice than to have another working strategy. So when one of the key ingredient of success is a right strategy, why not having a winning strategy for meditation. Strategy takes care of successful accomplishment of desired outcome with available resources, managing, overcoming and rather using the existing constraints.

In meditation strategy we should address the followings broken down parts:
1) Why meditation?
2) How to practice?
3) How to find sufficient time to get benefits?
4) How to improve the positive effects consistently finally reaching the destination successfully?

1) Why meditation?
This question has a easy answer such as stress, anxiety, depression, melancholy, ambiguity, confusion, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, fearfulness or unfulfilment. It is important to know in terms of what do you want out of meditation. Depending on what you want to accomplish, an appropriate strategy can be made which first resolve your main most burning issues and then opening the doors for other more pleasant surprises.

2) How to practice?
Which technique to learn? How to find a right guru or teacher? Best is to explore and experiment and then depending on the results either exclude or embrace. Every episode whether good or bad, successful or unsuccessful, happy or disappointing progress you in right direction. The best and only strategy you need to have, is not to give up.

3) How to find time?
How to make the good habit of meditation part of your life just like brushing our teeth, taking bath everyday? Again if meditation makes us more productive, creative and effective, we are smart enough to find time to invest in ourselves. Strategies can include utilizing commute time in public transport or car-pool for meditation or cutting down on some TV. As time is limited, little introspection and mindfulness will make meditation fit for right duration and timings in your life.

4) How to do better?
The thought of betterment itself is powerful, full of energy, progressive and positive. Strategies include reading new material and research, attending advance programs, learning more from better teachers and a lot of self-experimentation.

Buddha experimented extreme asceticism, which at that time was seen as a powerful spiritual practice...such as fasting, holding the breath, and exposure of the body to pain...he found, however, that these ascetic practices brought no genuine spiritual benefits. Abandoning asceticism and concentrating he sat under a pipal tree (Ficus religiosa), now known as the Bodhi tree, vowing never to arise until finding the Truth. After 49 days meditating, at the age of 35, finally he attained “Bodhi”, "Awakening" or "Enlightenment". So when no existing strategies work, be open and brave to find your own new ones.

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