Introduction: What is meditation?
Meditation can be defined as aware of inner world & stillness of energy. The ultimate goal is the achievement of supreme spiritual peace. Meditation takes you beyond the restless activity of the mind to a deeper and more peaceful space.
Meditation is mental maintenance. The mind needs to be still occasionally to keep it functioning at maximum efficiency. Teaching yourself how to relax your mind and free it from the stress of thought for a short period of time each day keeps it clear and clean.
You will think better. You will see more accurately and with more insight. You will be able to focus and focus on things like never before. You can really relax.
Meditation differs from deep sleep or relaxation in that it involves active mental effort rather than complete rest. In addition to relieving stress and replenishing energy, it can give you physical, mental and spiritual peace. You will develop awareness, the ability to fully notice every event in your life as it happens.
Although it is not necessary to formally meditate to practice hatha yoga; Nor is the practice of hatha yoga compulsory for meditation: the two practices are mutually supportive.
Through yoga practice, you improve both your concentration and relaxation skills, the two most important requirements for meditation. Yoga practice is a springboard to successful meditation.
The first requirement of meditation is the power of concentration. The goal is to direct the mind to stop exclusively on one topic. While the subject of attention may vary, all forms of meditation aim to focus or focus attention or mental energies.
By focusing your attention on a single topic, there is an integration of mind, body, and the present moment, and your ability to attend one moment at a time with clarity and sensitivity is enhanced.
Regular meditation practice instills a sense of life in the present moment, dealing with pleasant and unpleasant emotions, thought patterns, fears, and cravings without distraction.
Sitting still at first may seem strange and you may think you are wasting your time. But you are really making excellent use of a relatively short period of time; You are retraining your mind to be more effective and creative. Short periods of inner tranquility will refresh your mind and body.
Through meditation you can gain new perspectives on life. You could spend a lifetime searching for happiness outside of yourself, but in reality it can only be found within.
Meditation helps you understand yourself. Over time, you will discover where your true nature and abilities reside. It will inspire you to find your own creativity and inner resources. You will be encouraged to make the most of each day.
Like other yogic paths, meditation is not denominational. Meditative practices are part of many religious traditions.
There are several common principles: externally, an awareness of posture, breathing, and mind control; internally, a spiritual search. Buddhism is best known for its teaching on meditation, and it takes various forms, including Zen.
The Islamic Sufi form, Judaism, Christian mysticism, and many paths of yoga also include meditative practices.
Meditation requires patience, understanding, and practice. Try not to expect any particular results. If you do not have expectations, you will not be discouraged and you will stop practicing.
The progress of meditation is cumulative; Even if you think nothing is wrong, the daily effort is to increase your concentration and willpower and help you gain control over your mind.
Mind control is the key to success in life. If you can become the master of this vast and dynamic source of potential energy, you have access to a powerful resource.
How meditation really Benefits?
Meditation is beneficial to everyone, especially those with hectic and stressful lives. It teaches you how to manage stress; which in turn improves your overall physical health and emotional well-being.
In meditation, the overactive mind calms down and turns inward. Meditation relieves the nervous system, balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, focuses attention, provides perspective and clarity, improves powers of concentration, improves memory, improves confidence & increases the spiritual strength.
If you practice meditation every day, even for a few minutes, you will soon notice that the rest and relaxation you feel begin to affect your whole life.
These quiet periods can be as refreshing as an hour nap, because for a few minutes you take a mental vacation from all the worries, responsibilities, and implications of your daily life.
Meditation unites mind and body. You can find peace of mind by learning to separate yourself from disturbing thoughts. A full and active life with less stress and anxiety promotes restful and restful sleep.
You will feel more energetic and able to face life. The practice of meditation gradually allows you to gain control over your own mind, over the thoughts, dialogues, and emotional upheavals that endlessly rotate in your mental conversation.
This control is tremendously helpful in reducing feelings as debilitating as anger, fear, depression, negativity, and boredom.
Meditation reduces the rate of metabolism, the rate of oxygen use and the production of carbon dioxide. The concentration of lactate in the blood drops sharply. The heart beat tends to decrease. There also tends to be changes in the pattern of the brain waves.
In meditation, brain waves are in a different state than waking or sleeping. The most common report of these changes is an increase in slow alpha waves.
Alpha waves are brain waves associated with a state of drowsiness or, in meditation, a very relaxed but alert and attentive state. Also, both sides of the brain are active.
Meditation helps prolong the body’s growth period and cell production, and slows the breakdown process. After 35 years, our brain cells die at a rate of 100,000 per day, and are not replaced, but meditation can reduce this decrease, as it changes the vibrational composition of the body and mind.
Meditation promotes physical relaxation and calm. A relaxed state is good for the heart and lowers blood pressure. It has been found to help alleviate suffering from angina and arrhythmia and to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
Decreases perspiration, decreases the speed of breathing accompanied by a decrease in metabolic waste in the bloodstream. Recharges batteries and increases physical endurance and improves the immune system.
Diabetics can benefit from meditation. Meditation has been shown to improve glucose regulation in patients with adult-onset diabetes.
It has been shown to help asthmatics by decreasing the emotional reactions that often precede attacks and improve air flow in the constricted airways.
It has been shown to decrease the level of pain in your chronic pain, and therefore reduce your dependence on pain relievers. The causes of pain ranged from headaches and headaches (both migraine and tension) to more severe cases seen in pain clinics.
As you meditate, you will feel more comfortable in the universe, more comfortable with yourself, more able to work effectively on your tasks and towards your goal, closer to your neighbor, less anxious and less hostile.