Can you really empty the mind?

There are many misconceptions of meditation, or dhyana. One of the most common misconceptions about meditation is that it is about making your mind go blank. In my opinion, asking a person to stop thinking would be like having them keeping their eyes open and telling them not to see. Is that really possible?

Rarely do we experience times in meditation when no thoughts arise at all. Most of the time, the mind is anything but blank. Instead it is filled – filled with inner self-talk and non-stop chattering. So what do we do? Well, stop resisting thoughts and trying to make them go away. We need to learn to accept that thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations come and go continuously, and they are a part of meditation. They are a natural activity in the mind. Make use of this chance to observe our emotions rather than blindly react to them.

Where yoga is concerned,meditation is defined more specifically as a state of pure consciousness. Meditation can help people to optimise their potential by allowing them to optimise their potential by allowing them to accept the ups and downs of existence unconditionally. Acceptance of life means acceptance of self, and by leading us to learn and embrace our true selves. It is the actual experience of this union.

Meditation is about making a different relationship to our thoughts. Let us learn to maintain a detached awareness of our thoughts and emotions and allow a broadened perspective and greater access to deeper truth. Meditation helps us to optimise our potential by allowing us to accept the ups and downs of existence unconditionally. For acceptance of life suggests acceptance of self and embracing our true selves. Meditation sets free the beauty that lies within.

Claudine Yong

200 Hr – July – Aug