WHAT IS MEDITATION
The term meditation refers to practices designed to promote relaxation, spiritual growth, and concentration. It carries different meanings in different contexts. It has been practiced since classical times as a component of numerous religious, traditions and beliefs.
Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind to gain corporeal and incorporeal benefits. It is used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Meditation, if practised regularly helps to patience and tolerance which furthermore helps to develop compassion, love, generosity and forgiveness.
HOW LONG SHOULD I MEDITATE FOR
You must have heard stories of yogis and saints who meditate ceaselessly for weeks and months, perhaps you also have a friend who meditates for an hour every day. So what is the truth? Will it take minutes, hours or days for you to experience the benefits of meditation?
Experts say you will notice benefits after regular practice of as little as five minutes twice a day. Meditating for longer period of time surely has more benefits but you can start with 5 minutes of mediation and gradually build up.
” You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour”- Zen Proverb
DO I MEDITATE IN PARTICULAR POSTURE?
Meditation is done sitting or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. The Most common way is sitting on a mat or cushion with legs crossed, those who face problem crossing legs can choose to sit on a chair with feet on the floor and hands on lap. Keep a straight spine and relaxed shoulders.
Close your eyes and focus on the centre of Eyebrows
HOW DO I MEDITATE
There are different styles of meditation practice, and may vary for different cultures and personal preference. Some common styles are vary depending on what the mind is trained to focus on – the body, the breath, a word, an object, a sound, an action, mindfulness of the present moment
Transcendental Meditation Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, uses a mantra or series of Sanskrit words to help the practitioner focus during meditation in lieu of just following breath. The mantra can be repeated silently or out loud.
Guided Visualization Meditation is guided by another person’s soothing voice, either present in the same room or on a recording. The guide uses descriptive, sensory language and metaphor, possibly accompanied by music, to paint a vivid picture in the mind of the meditator.
Breath Meditation directs awareness to the breath. Focused and long breaths reduces tensions and restores one’s natural breath by undoing holding patterns
Sound Meditation is when a sound becomes the focus of meditation and the mind becomes absorbed in the sound. Concentration may be on carefully selected outer sounds such as nature and instruments or on subtler inner sounds.
BENEFITS OF MEDITATION
It brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. With regular practice of meditation, you can gain both physical and mental benefits such as reduce anxiety and depression, control blood pressure, develop intuition, gain clarity, peace of mind, emotional stability, increase immunity and many more
Someone once asked the Buddha sceptically,
“What have you gained through meditation.”
The Buddha replied, “Nothing at all.”
“Then, Blessed One, what good is it.”
“Let me tell you what I lost through meditation: sickness, anger, depression, insecurity, the burden of old age, the fear of death. That is the good of meditation, which leads to nirvana.”
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