The modern world is tremendously demanding. As I have mentioned in previous posts time itself is constant but in the modern world it “appears” to be scarce. These days there are just so many demands on our time. More so than at any other time in living history.
There is now a 24-hour “rolling” news agenda constantly seeking and demanding our attention. More TV channels than there are days in a year. There are smartphones with endless applications alerting us to anything and everything. There are computers, iPads and the all-consuming internet which in turn seek out our precious spare time and devour it hungrily.
However, somewhat paradoxically, many are now telling us of the importance of meditation. Not just important but entirely necessary for continued health and wellbeing. Well, I, of course, agree with this sentiment but I am struggling to envisage members of the younger generations finding the time for mindfulness and meditation.
Our understanding of the ways in which meditation works in the body and brain is becoming ever more nuanced with each new study. Not only does it seem meditation changes the structure of the brain in certain ways, but also that it seems to affect the very way it functions.
Many studies have shown the practice of meditation can have a very positive effect on anxiety disorders. It is the cleansing of the mind that is the most important thing in my opinion. With so many things vying for our attention the concept of “information overload” has never been more relevant than it is now. We need to find time to let go of all the thoughts swimming endlessly around our minds. We need to cleanse and refresh and there is no better way than mindful meditation.
As the Roman Emporer and famous meditator Marcus Aurelius said; “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
Aquarium gravel and substrate
I, of course, utilise my aquarium when I wish to meditate. 15 minutes each morning and evening, just staring at my beautiful aquascape aquarium. My mind empties of unnecessary thought and completely rejuvenates. Why not enhance your aquarium with some beautiful gravel from my extensive range?