Why should I meditate? How can i do Meditation?
What is Meditation?
Meditation is simply silencing the mind. If your mind is silent, your concentration gets increased and you will achieve the experience of inner peace in this hustling bustling world. Many people like you are attracted to meditation because of the inner peace and get the heavy benefits.
What Benefits can I get from Meditation?
It is quite difficult to say in words. It may seem strange, but most of the people feel happy while sitting in perfect silence. While meditating you live in here and now, rather than worrying about the past or future without worrying about meaningless things, but seeing the bigger picture. It is akin to the “peace that passes understanding”. Please note every meditation is not the same and people might have their own way of doing it. You can find your own. Most of the beginners say meditation is a struggle to control the mind, but as you get deeper and longer it feels effortless.
Here I have listed some of the benefits of meditation:
Improved concentration – Want to be more productive, especially in creative disciplines like writing you need clear mind meditation helps!
Less bothered by little things – get upset by little things? It is the nature of the mind to magnify small things into serious problems. Meditation helps!
Better Health – Numerous studies point to the extraordinary health benefits of meditation. Meditation reduces stress levels and alleviates anxiety which brings in many health benefits.
Knowledge of Self – You will have a deeper understanding of our inner self through meditation and can gain a better understanding of our life’s purpose.
Is Meditation Religious?
Meditation is about consciousness where the beliefs of the mind become trivial. Your philosophy/religious belief is not important at all. Meditation allows you to dive deep into your heart to gain access to your soul which is your inner reality. So mediation is loved and practised by people of different religions or no religion.
But I don’t have time To Meditate...
You are just like the average people who really love the idea of meditation, but they think they don’t have enough time. It is not the time, it's the strength of desire and choice. If you really want to do something you can always find the time. Try getting up earlier or watching less TV. It's true, you have to invest time to meditate, but clearing the mind will make the rest of the day more productive. Nothing on earth is better than the feeling of inner peace. Do you think it's worth living a tremendously busy life without being able to enjoy it? Meditation is not about retreating from the world but getting inspiration to live better and happier life. Whatever you do, if you have peace of mind, you will enjoy doing and be more productive.
How To Meditate?
Like everything, meditation requires practice. You need to do it every day if you want to get the most. Find a place and time where you will not be disturbed.
- Sit with a straight back. Don’t lie down because you are very likely to fall asleep. Meditation brings relaxation and peace, but this is a dynamic peace. Meditation is quite different than the relaxation of sleep where we are not conscious. When we meditate, we are fully alert and conscious. Our sense of awareness gets heightened resulting in a positive feeling for the world and a renewed sense of dynamism.
- Never meditate after meals, your body will be lethargic with digestion after eating food.
- You don't need to be in lotus posture to meditate. It is fine to meditate in any posture or in a chair, as long as the back is straight up.
- It is very helpful if you take a shower before meditating.
- Burning incense and having a candle are not necessary, but they add a little extra inspiration for you.
- It is best if you meditate early in the morning. It is said the best time is 3 am, although, I feel it is more important to be awake and not sleepy, I meditate at 6.30 am and you can find your suitable time.
One Pointed Concentration
If you learn to meditate, you should learn to concentrate on only one thing at one time. Mostly, our mind tries to hold several different thoughts and ideas at once. You will realise how cluttered the mind is when you sit down to meditate for the first time. Mediation teachers like to describe the mind as a “mad monkey”. But still the mind can be tamed and forced to concentrate on a single thought and that is done by meditation.
One most popular helpful technique is concentrating on a candle flame. All you have to do is narrow your gaze to the small tip and block out every other thought. You might get distracted, which is very normal. Go back and focus on the candle flame each time you find you are distracted. Objects like a small dot or flower are also helpful if you don't want to use candles. Your concentration on only on one thing at a time is the most important thing in meditation.
The mantra is the next way to learn concentration. A mantra is the repetition of a sacred word. For example, you might repeat the mantra AUM a certain number of times which force the mind to focus on a single thought.
Silent Mind meditation
Now you practised concentration for quite a time and learned to focus on one thing at a time, you can proceed to the next stage: no thought at all. It is not easy achieving a silent mind, but if you do, the experience is very powerful. I would advise you the technique of viewing your thoughts as separate from your self to silence your mind. If a thought appears in your mind, just make a conscious decision to throw it out of your mind. Doing it over time will make you realise that you are capable of allowing or rejecting thoughts which is awesome. You will find your real “I” is not a collection of thoughts, but something far deeper. This is the most significant realisation of meditation – and you are not a slave to your own thoughts anymore!
Meditation gives you the power to control your thoughts, and occasionally stop them completely if you want. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t attain a silent mind straight away. Take your time and keep practising. There is no way around; meditation is very simple and spontaneous action. Our mind is used to complication and it takes time to unlearn bad habits.