Meditation – The Path of Solace
Loaded with hundreds of unanswered questions?
Finding the way to calm mind?
Struggling hard to keep yourself focused?
Yes, this is most of us in today’s fast-paced life.
But can we help it out?
Yes, we can. You ask how?
The answer is “Meditation”.
Meditation is a technique where you keep aside all other thoughts flooding in your mind, engulf yourself in an aura full of positive energy, release the anxiety and all the negativity inside and let your brain travel to a different world. One may call it a mental exercise that trains attention and awareness. All we know is “It Works”.
Dated back to almost 5000 to 3500 BCE meditation is supposed to be rooted in India. The Yogi and sages have been practicing it so as to build a spiritual connection with the almighty as well as their soul. Meditation has seen great evolution through the period of time since. Beginning as “Dhyana” inside caves in the Hindu Vedic era OK, then becoming a core part Buddhist and Jain culture, to finding space in Greek philosophy; letter being molded as Christian mysticism and Sufism and reaching to a more modern and simplified form. One has no doubt about the importance it holds in human lives.
Let’s have a look at how to get started and the types of meditation. Step one is to have the reason and the motivation, to begin with, meditation and include it in your daily routine. Once you figure that out all you need is a silent and peaceful environment. One can also take the help of light and soothing music to get in the flow. When you are ready just grab your mats, sit up straight, get comfortable, close your eyes and gather all your focus towards your breathing. Deep breath in and out until you gain control of your concentration, as for beginners it is easy to deviate or not be able to maintain the anxiety. One must make an attempt to devote at least then 10 – 15 minutes at the initial stage and gradually increase the time duration thereon.
An enthusiast may choose any of the following types of meditation suiting the goal he/she wants to achieve.
1. Mindfulness Meditation:
As the name suggests, it means being aware of your thoughts, free from any sorts of distractions or influences. In this, you let space for your thoughts and emotions as you quietly focus on an object or your breath so that you can make a note of it and be aware of what you really think or want. The key here is to let them flow without any judgment. It is an important medium for self-knowledge along with allowing you to be more thoughtful in how you wish to respond. It makes way for heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion.
2. Spiritual Meditation :
Those looking for spiritual growth and divine connection are recommended to opt for the spiritual form of meditation. Different religions practice meditation in different ways. You may make use of influences like essential oil and frankincense to enhance your experience. It may also involve prayer. It helps to get the best out of oneself with the development of love, kindness, and compassion. It makes you realize the eternal truth and let go of all that had happened and will happen. One must find solace in the present. The need to practice spiritual meditation comes by an innate.
3. Transcendental Meditation:
A simplistic & effortless form of mantra meditation founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is a guided meditation where the mentor uses a Chant or a series of repeated words based on various factors like the age group, gender. The repeated enchantment of the phrase for or around a minimum of 20 minutes with eyes closed is followed in this process. It is advised to practice it for at least a hundred days straight. Attain that mind relaxation and reducing stress levels.
4. Body Scan Meditation:
It often happens that our body and minds run in different directions former hence to bring them on the same path, we must take a break and calm ourselves. Body scan meditation helps perform a mental scan as you slowly investigate all parts of your body from head to toe. You feel the sensations all over the body and notice the areas which you didn’t even know where causing the pain & discomfort. A light soothing instrumental music is beneficial in the process. It works to break the cycle of physical & psychological tension that can feed on itself and takes away all the mental & physical body pressure.
5. Focus Meditation:
Paying attention to a single object like any of your sense organs, breath, Mala beads or candle flame and ignoring any other object distance that distracts is what focus meditation is all about. One must learn here not to let his / her mind wander elsewhere. As the practitioner advances, the ability to keep the flow of attention in the chosen object gets stronger, and distractions become unique and short-lived. The depth and steadiness of his attention are developed already. It is the best tool for those looking for additional focus in their lives or for those who find it difficult to concentrate in one direction. It also contributes to memory retention.
6. Loving Kindness Meditation or Metta Meditation:
With a goal of change in attitude from “I” to “We”; Metta Meditation enables you to empathize and direct well wishes towards others. One picture the image of different people connect with them and spread positive energy first to oneself, then to family and friends, passing on to enemies and other unknown and finally to the entire universe. It rejuvenates the well-hidden inside, ignites happiness and throws light on the purpose of life. It also lets you control anger, frustration, resentment, and interpersonal conflicts.
7. Movement Meditation:
For those restless souls finding it difficult to stay in one position, Movement Meditation works as a therapy. It is generally associated with yoga or tai chi and other martial arts. Being dedicated to a physical activity like walking, dancing, gardening, etc. energizes your body and serves as a positive inspiration leading to a shift in consciousness. While practicing it you must ensure that you observe the movement; understand the surroundings and enjoy the moment and the activity performed without letting your mind wander about the other tasks that you have put out hold. One tends to make good utilization of the time while in a position, where he/she is looking for a break.
There have been over 3000 scientific studies proving how advantageous it is to be following meditation on a regular basis. One of the core benefits of indulging yourself in meditation is to let your mind & body be at peace, help it relax. It lets you see the world from a different perspective which you otherwise would never have thought of. The practice acts as a promoter of positive aura around you. Those looking forward to managing stress, reduce anxiety and improve mental & physical health can see great results. But one must ensure dedication & discipline to be able to attain the same.
Considering the young generation today (that includes students & youth), it’s a lot more complex situation than what used to be in the 1990. Getting good marks, extra-co-curricular activities, juggling between coaching & assignments, endless career opportunities to choose from to handle the peer pressure, dealing with social media, keeping yourself updated with the trends and skills, partying, gearing up yourself for multitasking and what not; it has definitely become a highly competitive situation that can really take a toll on you. Hence to cope up with the tensed scenario, it becomes extremely necessary to grab yourself a few minutes and try and meditate at least twice a day. It shall help them recharge their draining batteries and improve their ability to manage all this stuff. As a bonus, it increases concentration levels, strengthens will power and guides them to make the right choices along with enhancing creativity and problem-solving skills. Moreover, it lets you stay away from hypertension, any sort of addiction or depression and facilitates the integrity & efficiency of the brain.
Talking about adults, one can say decisively on their behalf that the “Me Time” that you get to spend while meditating supports in the much-needed introspection. You get to analyze even the most complicated issues surrounding you and find a solution or probably ease you out to face it; thus promoting emotional well being and self-awareness. The more you let clarity in your thoughts, the better sleep you have. Safeguarding & curing numerous psychological or neurotic problems is another area where we use meditation as a cure. Not only these, but studies have shown that it increases memory retention power. It is highly effective if one is trying to free himself/ herself from any kind of addiction.
There is no denying the fact that people attain sustenance through the power of meditation. Yet it is worth repeating that the purpose of meditation is not to achieve benefits only. As one may say, the goal of meditation is overall individual development whether it is emotional, spiritual or personality-wise. Its all about moving in the direction of following a healthy habit that lets you a way out a stressful life and gives you the strength & calmness you need to pass through it and lets you find a new “YOU “. It gives you an opportunity to gain control of your life and enjoy it to the fullest. Slowly you will realize that the happiness & satisfaction inside you is completely reflected on your face, body language, personality, thoughts, your social interaction and your way of dealing with a variety of situations.
However, one must not forget that choosing the right kind of meditation that suits your needs is necessary to be able to retain your interest in its practice. Do not be discouraged if you face difficulties – its all the part of the process. Adapt it slowly and steadily. Once you include it in your daily routine and follow it for long you shall automatically start experiencing changes in a few months and will be able to enjoy the numerous benefits it offers. So if you want to take control of your life, be satisfied, calm your mind and be surrounded by positive vibes, it is never too late to hoop onto a new journey on the path of “Meditation”.