Would you like to be more courageous in life? Would you like to gain self-confidence? Have you ever felt too scared to take the leap into a better future for yourself?
In challenging times, we resort to safe and familiar ways, only to later regret that we didn’t act more courageously. Maybe you have a choice between a comfortable job you know or something completely foreign and you choose the familiar route. Perhaps the well-known situation seems safer, and the unknown makes you afraid. Often, day-to-day situations—difficult work conversations, financial decisions, friendship issues, etc.—require courage.
Meditation is one of the best courage-building tools available. When a person begins to practice regularly, a natural love, courage, and deep feeling of contentment dawns, leading to improved self-confidence and courage.
Meditation releases inhibitions, and reasons to feel anxiety disappear when the mind is free from such limitations—feelings of separation from life and all living things lessen, and a natural courage shines through.
Following are four ways meditation improves self-confidence, bringing out the courage that’s innately present in you.
1. Meditation makes you feel connected and confident.
The ancient Vedic and yogic texts say that all fear arises from a sense of separation from others and the world.
Think about how easy it is to sing in front of a group of friends and how difficult the same performance would be for a large audience. This difference in perceived difficulty has to do with fears related to judgment and separation, which a small group of friends is less likely to cast.
Meditation provides the experience of transcending judgment and duality and creates the feeling of being at home with everyone. When that happens, you tap into the wellspring of connectedness, comfort, and courage that allows you to be confident.
2. Meditation creates a fearless mind.
With a regular meditation practice, awareness of each moment, regardless of its pleasantness or unpleasantness, increases. Gradually, the mind becomes comfortable with fear and other emotions. When we stop resisting fear, our innate courage, an aspect of our inner being, shines through.
Make a list of challenging situations in your life. Then, close your eyes and sit quietly for 5–20 minutes. When you open your eyes, without thinking about the answers, write down the action for each fear. Notice how the correct answer comes when you’re calm and centered.
3. Meditation guides right action.
Many concerns, worries, and fears are simply the same thoughts being recycled in the mind. Mantras used in Sahaj Samadhi Meditation can take our minds out of these grooves and into a space of stillness and comfort.
When the mind is in this clear, confident space, it’s much more likely to take appropriate action without fearful mental and emotional restrictions.
4. Meditation increases energy.
Prana (lifeforce energy) makes us strong, enthusiastic, and confident. When our prana is high, we are naturally braver.
Have you ever experienced a time when you achieved much more than you thought possible? It may have been when you were in love or totally devoted to achieving a goal. That feeling of 100 percent commitment and being totally in the present moment is the energy of courage.
Meditate for 10–15 minutes before starting work. Doing this bolsters you with strength for any challenge that arises.