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Updated on January 12, 2010

All about Meditation

Meditation is one of major branch of Yoga. It has power to cure mind and body from untruthfulness, ignorance and other painful and unpleasant experience. By practicing of Meditation everyday around thirty minutes one can feel inner peaceful, calm and focused. Technique of Meditation Ooriginally developed in Hindu religion in India in ancient time and has been practiced for more than 5,000 years primarily by Hindu and Buddhist religion.

Traditionally meditation was used for spiritual growth. More recently, meditation has become a valuable tool for finding a peaceful oasis of relaxation and stress relief in a demanding, fast-paced world.

Today we live in a fast-paced world. Things happen so quickly that more often that not, we do not have the chance to react to the things thrown at us. We somehow lose the ability to think things over in favor of lightning-quick decisions.

But it shouldn’t be so. Every one of us needs to slow down a little from time to time and be calm. Otherwise, stress will build up and will affect how we deal with the people around us, not only in the workplace but also at home.

The practice of meditation is a way for us to be still for a while and let our minds become focused until we become calm enough to deal with the daily pressures of life.

Some may think that meditation is a completely religious practice. While it is true that a lot of religions, especially Eastern ones, take meditation as an integral part of their practice, it is not necessarily the case. In fact, more and more people who aren’t necessarily religious get into meditation.

People practice meditation for a variety of reasons. While we already mentioned that it helps us become still in this fast-paced world, other people meditate for health reasons and to attain a higher state of consciousness, among others.
So if you think that life is stressing you out, it’s probably time for you to slow things down a little bit. Your mind is probably too distracted with so many things to consider and to think about. Meditation can help you calm down and let you be stress and worry-free.

What is actually meditation?

Meditation involves concentrating on an object, such as a flower, a candle, spirituals realms, a sound or word, or the breath. There's no limit to the things you can direct your attention toward. Meditation is simply about attention, where you direct it, and how it alters your consciousness. Meditation can help you become a loving, compassionate, blissful, productive good citizen, who enjoys every second of life. Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy.

There are some basic rules for Meditation:

 Choose clean and peaceful place for performing meditation and make sure there are plenty of fresh air available.
 Try to keep your mind calm and relaxed without worrying about job or other things.
 Traditionally, the best times to practice is in the morning and evening but it can be practice anytime after four hours of taking food or drinks.
 It is good idea to take shower or wash your hand and face before performing meditation.
 It is beneficial to chant “OM……………………..” in your mind.
 If you feel fatigued in the course of doing meditation, rest for sometime and then begin deep breathing, which will remove the fatigue.

Meditation Technique:

 Set aside a special place in your room that you only use for meditation or you can find a place outside that feels good to you. Sit comfortable legs crossed and hands resting on lap with your spine reasonably straight. Energy flows up the spine; so try to create a straight pathway for it. It is always good idea to take shower or wash your hand and face before you meditate. Whether practicing indoors or outdoors, the air should be fresh and well ventilated, without draft or high wind and clothes should be loose and comfortable.

Allow yourself to become aware of your environment as you allow your eyes to rest comfortably downward, gazing softly, but not focused on anything. Without closing your eyes completely, let your eyelids drop to a level that feels most comfortable. Become aware of your body, feel your body resting comfortably and safely in the surrounding air. Draw your awareness inward as you feel your body relaxing into the surface. Calmly be aware of your breathing without altering your breath and rest your attention first at your navel then on your nostril. You may notice your breathing becoming more rhythmic. It's ok to let your attention drift a bit. If your eyes become very heavy, it's ok to let them close. If you notice you've come out of your relaxed space, simply bring your attention back to your relaxed downward gaze.

Calmly feel and be aware of the rhythm of your breathing, if thoughts come into your mind, don’t try to stop or avoid them and let them drift away; just smile as you notice them, observe them and let them go as you return to awareness of the soothing flow of your breath. Always, as your mind wanders, bring it back to your breathing. You may wish to imagine or think of your breath as a color or a light or a pleasant thought moving in and out of your body in a smooth flow of words like "peace", "calm", "tranquility", "love", "light", and "safety", use whatever you wish. You may repeat such words in your mind in rhythm with the flow of your breathing. Smile inwardly as you meditate. Just sit and listen to your breath and the calming thoughts, be aware rest in the stillness and silence of this peaceful, powerful moment and for just this moment, you can release all thoughts, worries and concerns and just be tranquil and serene.

When you feel that you have practiced for just the right amount of time (around 15-60 minutes), slowly return to awareness of your body and awareness of being in your environment. Turn your attention outward and slowly, gradually open your eyes. You may stretch and rub your palms together, place them over your eyes, then rub gently down your face and back of head and neck several times. Then simply proceed with your normal activities.

The biggest blocks to meditation are impatience and expectations. Just continue to repeat the simple process and you will benefit. Don't expect desired result in a couple day, it is long process that needs long practice and effort. Trust yourself and believe in the practice, everything will naturally fall-into-place.


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