I have come to rely on meditation. When my anxiety feels out of control it is one surefire way to calm myself down. I am on several psych meds but sometimes it’s important to find other ways to help yourself — especially in a moment of distress. However, meditation has become a daily practice for me.
Busy day? Meditate.
Distracted mind? Meditate.
Big event coming up? Meditate.
Can’t sleep? Meditate.
You get the picture.
I have quite a collection of mala beads and I like to use them for chanting and breathing exercises.
I often wear mala beads around my wrist and one day a relative said it looked like I’m carrying around a rosary. For something that’s so meaningful to me, I couldn’t help but be a little offended.
I’ve heard people compare meditation to prayer. Do you think they are the same?
Maybe they have the same effect but I can tell you my intent is different.
When I meditate, I’m not expecting some genie in the sky to grant me wishes. Nope. It’s all on me. It’s work that I do. It’s an exercise. It’s a way to keep me mentally resilient. It’s a part of staying well.
But do people feel the same way about prayer?
The one major parallel I can draw is that meditation and prayer are both for yourself. You may think your prayer is helping someone else but it’s really just a way to make yourself feel better. Meditation is something I do for myself. I never expect it to affect others except for maybe I’m more pleasant to be around (or at least more tolerable).
I know there have been studies done on the effects of prayer and meditation but I’m really curious to get your opinion – do you think they’re the same?