Do you have to become a monk to meditate?

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“The mind is like water. When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” Buddha

Traditional meaning of meditation is resting the mind, but today we can also hear from all around that it is also a connection with yourself, thinking, contemplating, dreaming, visualising, affirmating, having a moment for yourself, doing something relaxing.
It is not a religious practice. 

The world today is very hectic and we are focused on this external world. Most of our lives we are focused on the outside, therefore our mind works in  a high speed, ego grows strong, we have very high expectations and if the reality doesn’t match them, we could become frustrated. We often don’t understand ourselves and our life, so how possibly can we understand different people… that’s where judging and estrangement begin.

Actually, a normal person would benefit more from meditation than a monk. The good news is that everyone can do it, it is very simple. You just focus on your inner-self, your breath, do not control anything, observe your thoughts like flowing clouds until the sky is beautiful and clear (your mind is cleared out form the urgent thoughts). 

When you are running for many kilometers, you need a break and you give yourself a break. Otherwise you will collapse. With your mind is not different, if it was working for you for the whole day, give it a break, give it a fresh air so it could regenerate and continue doing a great job for you, not against you.


  • Reduces stress & anxiety.
  • Better control of emotions (you learn to observe them like flowing clouds on the sky without any attachment to them).
  • You are clear about your boundaries & goals, what you want and don’t want.
  • Your brain stop racing, trying to fix a problem in an urgent way.
  • You are here, at this very moment, not in the past, not in the future which often cause worrying.
  • You know your true self better which is a foundation of self-value, self-respect, self-love and appreciation.
  • You also start noticing good things in your life that you can thank for and change your focus from complaining to appreciating, therefore level up your life.
  • You feel more connected to everything, and letting go of feeling alone.

It is not for everyone but definitely for people who love improving their life.

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