An ordinary person may consider meditation as a worship or prayer. But it is not so. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. “Watching your breath” is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation
Regular meditation calms down the restlessness of the mind, and decreases the number of distracting thoughts, bringing a sense of inner peace and relaxation. As the sense of inner peace increases, the ability to concentrate and focus the mind improves.
If you explore the world of meditation, you will find that there are many meditation techniques. Besides the classical techniques, almost every meditation teacher invents some of his own. The multiplicity of meditation techniques and methods causes some confusion for people who are new to the subject. They do not know where to start and which method to follow.
There are various Indian meditation techniques, Buddhist meditations, and other Eastern or Western techniques. Even guided imagination and creative visualization are a certain type of meditation. You can now learn and practice meditation wherever you are, not just in the exotic Far East.
The question is not what technique or method to choose. The crucial question is what do you expect to attain or gain, and does the method you choose lead you to your aim. Are you just after physical relaxation, a little inner peace, or do you want to gain real peace of mind? Maybe your aim is the attainment of enlightenment.
There are techniques that instruct you to concentrate on sounds, on your breathing or on your movements. Others tell you to think on a sentence, quote or prayer, while other methods tell you to repeat a mantra. In all of these methods you are actually teaching the mind to stick to one object, action or thought.
You can sit by the sea and watch the waves, follow a cloud in the sky or concentrate on a certain subject and try to understand it. You can repeat a prayer or think about god. These too, are all various methods of meditation. The main theme of all of them is the act of focusing the mind on one single subject, in other words concentration.
Take it from another point of view, So how do golf and photography connect? Well maybe they don’t entirely. Golf is meditative as well if you let it be. You need to go to the course and allow yourself to just enjoy the game, relax and take everything in, leave everything behind and focus on the game. When you do, your game improves. If you drive yourself, the game is no fun and your shots will be in the trees. Photography is similar. Learn the skills. Read the information that gets you where you need to be. Then enjoy the process. Observe what’s around you. Try to look at the world differently and focus on the small details that enhance the surroundings.
One thing that amazes me about photography is that If you like sun rise, then go out and shoot a sunrise at 5:00AM. I bet you’ll see something different every time you click (even from the same place!).
Try Meditation and enjoy the beauty of nature (or just your work and goals) .