Meditation can strip off the day’s stress, and replace it with inner peace. Here is how you can swiftly learn to do meditation in times when you need it most.
Meditation In The Modern-Day World
The world has always been like this-full of frenzy. It’s normal to feel anxious. The world is also going to plague you with worries if you’re not equipped to counter them. That’s why, we have the practice of meditation, which takes us beyond the net of imagination and self-created worries for ourselves and others.
Meditation lets us dismantle this illusion of anxious worry and constant strife in life. We can experience life most beautifully, as it has been gifted to us by Nature. All you need is to spend a few minutes in meditation every day to get back to a calm and peaceful state.
And practicing meditation does not require any special qualification. Anyone can learn to meditate. You don’t need any special devices for that. Sometimes, just sitting close to nature can bloom into meditation. It’s a free method to regain your loss of true sense of purpose and self-belief for everyone.
Also, meditation does not require any special setup. As long as you can be close to yourself, you can meditate. Simple meditation techniques watching the breath are practicable even during tough business meetings.
Reasons To Practice Meditation
Meditation leads to a feeling of peace and brings a balance to your emotional well-being and general health. It helps you to relax and counter the imbalance due to excessive stress. It helps you change your focus on the calming effect. Meditation helps you to remain centered and stay grounded.
- Meditation Leads to Emotional and Physical Well-Being
Overall, meditation builds your mental strength and resilience to face challenging situations. There are several emotional and physical benefits of meditation.
- Brings you a new perspective in testing situations
- It helps to manage stress
- Ushers self-awareness
- Brings back focus
- Helps to counter negative emotions
- Enhances creativity
- Increases patience and tolerance
- Improves sleep quality
And much more.
Meditation is not an exercise; it is a beautiful practice you would love to do again and again. Additionally, it can also help you manage the symptoms of a few medical conditions.
- Meditation Helps Bring Resilience to Illness
Medical conditions seem to get worsened by stress. There is ongoing scientific research on the benefits of meditation. Documented evidence suggests a positive impact of different kinds of meditation through the effects on certain body metrics.
Some research tells you that meditation helps people in managing conditions like:
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Sleep problems
- Headaches and migraines.
Always talk to your health care provider to understand if meditation can help take care of your specific medical condition. Few meditative practices can worsen symptoms of certain mental health issues in rare cases. On the whole, meditation helps complement traditional medicine.
Different Types Of Meditation
Meditation covers various methods which lead to a relaxed state of being. Several types of meditative techniques take you to the ultimate state of calmness inside. Meditative techniques help you to achieve peace within.
Ways to meditate can include:
- Yoga. It involves the performance of a series of postures with appropriate breathing exercises. It scratches the tightened muscles, leading to a more flexible body and a calm mind. The practice requires pointed focus.
- Guided Meditation: This mediation involves visualization imagery or where you form mental images of situations you get relaxed with. This meditation involves participation of all of the senses like smell, sight, sound and texture. A guide or teacher leads you through this process.
- Yog Nidra. This is again a guided visualisation method which works deep on the subconscious mind to clear it gradually.
- Mantra Meditation: Meditation is the method where one repeats the phrase or a word silently. Focusing on a mantra helps you to get rid of distracting thoughts in the first place and consolidates the mind on the other.
- Mindfulness meditation. This meditation requires being mindful with practising higher awareness to accept life in the present moment. It requires witnessing the flow of thoughts.
- Qi gong. This meditation involves relaxed focus, physical movement and breathing exercises to bring about a balance. This practice is a part of traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Transcendental meditation. Transcendental meditation involves chanting a personally assigned mantra in a certain way, generally with measured breath. This is an effortless meditative practice giving profound rest to the mind.
Meditation in Daily Life
Different types of meditation may include different features to help you meditate. These may vary depending on whose guidance you follow or who’s teaching a class. Some of the most common features in meditation include:
- Engage in prayer. Prayer is the most widely practised meditation. Prayers connect you with your inner being universal conscious. It’s said, silent prayers are the best prayers, when you feel the trust and the love to Universal Consciousness. But, you may use words to feel a connection. You may choose any mantra like the holy name of God from Christian tradition, or the Om mantra of Hinduism, Buddhist mantra and any other mantra from Eastern religions.
- Watch The Breath. Even-paced breathing involving your diaphragm helps expand your lungs. Theis breathing helps you draw in more oxygen and breathe more efficiently.
- Sit By Yourself. Just sitting by yourself in a quiet place without cell phones, television, in your favourite corner of your home, your garden, park or in natuarlpakce can help clear many unnecessary thoughts over time.
- Relaxed Pose. Meditation happens when you are sitting, lying down, walking, and wherever you are in a comfortable posture during meditation.
- Focus on Mantra or One-pointed Gaze. Focus on your breath, silent murmuring of your personal mantra or a focused gaze (trataka) on a natural object or flame in a dark room, helps you to meditate deeply.
- Practice Inclusiveness. When you’re in a non-judgemental state of mind, it is a meditative state. Do not indulge with thoughts, just let things go with the flow.
- Scan Your Body. This technique requires you to focus attention on different body parts. As you get more aware of your body’s sensations, whether relaxation, stress, pain, or tension, scanning them alongside breathing exercises brings back your lost connection with your inner being.
- Walking Meditation. Walking can become a state of meditation giving you a good way to relax. You can use this technique whether you’re walking in a tranquil forest, or sidewalk or at the mall. This is a form of ‘siddha walking.’ Focusing on your legs and feet helps and you may say action words like ‘lifting,’ while lifting each foot, ‘moving’ while taking a step forward, and ‘placing’ while placing it on the ground. Also, focus on the smells, sounds and sights around you.
- Reflective Reading. People report the benefits of sacred texts or scriptures, for some time during the day and then reflect on their meaning. Listening to soothing music, spoken words, or inspiring notes and discussing your reflectivism with a spiritual guide or a like-minded friend is another way to become meditative.
- Practice Loving Kindness. Meditation transforms negative emotions into positive ones. For example, it can transform anger to compassion, lust to true love just as energy changes one form to another. This helps to improve the way we feel connected to others.
Building Your Meditative State
Let meditation enter swiftly into your life. Everyday practice is going to increase the depth of meditation. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Go with the flow. It’s normal for your mind to wander during meditation, especially in the start. If this happens, slowly and gently return your mind to the point of meditation.
Overall, meditation helps you to lower your stress and feel better. But, most importantly, it adds a sense of purpose to our life. It not only increases our well being but also makes our life a splendid story or a sweet play going on, irrespective of lifestyle and choices you have made to make the most of your potential. It’s the salt in your dish. You have to experience it, practise it to know this! So, start today.
Meditation is a must for the modern man. Making little effort to get meditative wil give immense benefits which are experienced to be known.- Just as a sweet dish needs to be eaten to know its taste! They cannot just be described as many of them may also be extrasensory blissful experiences. Not to mention, a focused and centred mind, a happier life, a resilient you and and a valuable human being of an ordinary person is what meditation creates.