The WHAT, WHY and (a li’l of) HOW of MEDITATION…


Meditation is one thing that has withstood the test of time… Today, with over 1,000 published research studies, 100s of journals and websites,it is again being heard of too much… and all these are saying only one thing… “Meditation is the panacea in today’s busy world…

Our brain has to perform trillions of calculations and check billions of combinations before it can respond to a single stimulus… No matter if it’s a face you have seen, a sound you just heared or a touch you experienced; brain needs to do all that workout to make a right decision…

 

In the present world, with all our brains ‘multi-tasking’ at any given point and surrounding ourselves with a lot more of unwanted stimuli,  the amount of input we are sending onto the brain is too high that it should rightfully be called “SENSORY-OVERLOAD”.

A lot of energy is involved in the process… and as I said ( The Energy Equivalence for health ), any excess energy will only lead to destruction, all this is actually causing a lot of problems in real time…

Stress, Restlessness, Reduced decision making ability, lack of commitment, Concentration problems, Health Disorders, allergies, etc… are all because of this.

Meditation is a practice of holding mind in a state where NO or at the max, just ONE thought is perceived for a considerable period of time; and no doubt, it all works in terms of ENERGY…

Thus, We save a lot of energy, which is otherwise dissipated in unsignificant amounts into the space of thoughts, by focusing on nothing or attending to a specific point

The Concept is simple… In the turbulent Atlantic Ocean, even if I throw the entire Empire State Building, I can’t create any ripples. But, even a speck of dust floating in air, eventually touching the surface of an undisturbed Still Water Lake would create un-ending ripples of it’s own…

In normal terms, my brain is highly turbulent with the flow of many thoughts… I can not imply any change onto it in such a state… Even if I try to, I takes hell lot of time, pressure and Energy…

But, what if I can take my brain to a state where nothing or only one thing that I want to deal with remains viable…? The work is too easy then… 🙂

This is exactly how MEDITATION works… I really don’t think it involves absorbing the Cosmic energy and all… It is just re-directing the energy to a desired thought or purpose to get to that point more easily…

Some profound benifits of meditation include…

Improved immune system, increased body vitality, relaxed nervous system with lasting beneficial changes in brain’s electrical activity are some physical effects

Emotional stability, Developed intuition and clarity, ease in giving-up habits, increased ability to focus, reduced tension and fear, self-confidence, improved learning and memory, better control over ones own thoughts are important psychological effects

Meditation Mind-Map

Other effects include respect for the environment and others, appreciation of diversity in nature, acceptance,trusting, improved relationships, deeper understanding of oneself and others, etc…

It increases overall Physical, Psychological and Social health. Meditation develops happiness, contentment and calmness.

Now that we know what it does, next comes HOW to practice…

Well, “Knowing a prayer is not saying the prayer”. Doing things on a daily basis is not as easy as acquiring and holding knowledge of something…

In meditation, I say – to begin is the most tricky part… But, once you get the begining right, you get addicted to it… You have my word in this…

So, what makes it so tough to begin and then to continue…!? I see the following…

  1. So far, the only time where you drop all your thoughts is when you are asleep… So, when you start to do it, your brain’s knowledge of such a situation conflicts with what you want to do…
  2. Keeping your body STILL with eyes closed seems to be another near-impossible thing at the beginning… Your back aches, you develop itching sensations, feel thirsty and some even hungry and all…
  3. The most heard practice is to focus on ones involuntary breath to get to the state of non-doing… But, I personally saw that as we start to observe our breath, it no more is involuntary, we start to control the pace and deapth… So, it may not help you get there.

However, there are more than a few ways of practicing meditation in terms of body posture… But, the actual question is all about getting your brain to that state…

In the beginning, you can chant some thing simple like “Om” or “Let go” (telling your brain to leave behind all the thoughts), listen to music or to your own heart-beat with a stethoscope, to reach a point where all your intelligence is focused on that and that alone… Once you gain ability to reach to that point easily, you can even this aid behind and go for the state of absolute silence…

No matter what you choose, I would suggest to keep your eyes closed as it is through seeing that much of your energy is dissipated… Also, seeing invokes many thoughts and is the most dominant of all the senses… If at all you choose to keep your eyes open and stare at one single object, it is better to isolate the object of your focus with a relatively plain and empty background…

The path chosen is not the question here. Just make sure it delivers you there…

Remember, “A Change is always beyond the Comfort-Zones”… All it takes is just some time, patience and commitment… Do not give up before you even give it an accountable try…

So, Daily find a quite corner, isolate yourself from all external disturbances. Physically, mentally and emotionally stay relaxed and practice meditation to experience the change firsthand… 🙂

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