Meditation awakens the realization that you, the real you, are not the body and the mind, but a Spirit expressing itself through a body and mind.
Meditation can make you realize that in reality, you are Consciousness, a part of the Indivisible Supreme Consciousness, which is present everywhere.
You might ask, “How is this realization going to help me in coping with stress, anxiety and the problems of day-to-day life?”
This kind of realization is not just a mental understanding, but something much deeper, which can affect your whole life. This realization brings of sense of inner peace and happiness, which you carry with you always, wherever you are. This inner peace will help you cope with every situation you encounter, at work, at home and in relationships.
This realization brings a major change in the way you perceive the world and in the way you act and react. It brings a positive change in your perspective, more patience, tolerance and discipline. Obstacles, problems, circumstances and events do not impinge on your moods anymore, and you become able to manifest calmness and balance in your life.
The realization that you are beyond the body and mind, usually comes after the mind learns to stay calm, following the practice of regular meditation. This realization also brings a great sense of freedom, which is independent of external conditions.
We are constantly subjected to endless sensory impressions, and our minds are constantly engaged in constant of thinking. We read the newspapers, watch TV, read books, engage in conversation, hear other people talking, make plans, comment and analyze, etc. All this results in a constant mental chatter inside us, which hardly stops for a moment. It is rare that the mind gets some rest, except maybe while sleeping.
Now, just imagine how it would be, to able to go through life, doing your work and tasks, at home and everywhere else, while maintaining a peaceful state of mind, without worries, anxieties or fears. Just imagine how much time and mental energy you can save, and how you can keep relationships harmonious.
Instead of being constantly engaged in futile mental chatter, negative thinking, and playing in your mind mental videos loaded with worries, anxieties and problems, you will be able to focus on every task, without distracting thoughts. You will be able to do everything better and to achieve better results.
The realization that you are neither the body nor the mind, takes away your fears and anxieties, because you realize that they cannot touch your Inner Core – The Real You. This statement might seem difficult to accept, but regular meditation will ultimately make you able to understand and accept it.
Try to remember past incidents, when you experienced freedom from thoughts. I am sure you had a few such moments, for example, while looking at a beautiful sunset, or while reading something that touched your heart. At these moments you had experienced a sense of inspiration and happiness, with almost no thoughts, similar to the experience of meditation.
In these peaceful moments, you become aware of your Real Self, and feel the bliss, peace and freedom of the Self. Regular meditation, and a true understanding and realization that the real you is beyond the mind and the body, can in time make this inner experience as the constant and regular state of consciousness.