Meditation and its usefulness in life-
Meditation has been differently described by many. An ordinary person may consider meditation as a prayer but in fact it is much more than prayer. Some have defined meditation as to drop every thing which is in one’s memory and come to a state where only consciousness remains. When only consciousness remains with an object, that state is called meditation. With constant practice of meditation, a moment will come when the body seems to have disappeared and thoughts have also disappeared. One only is aware of one’s connect with the object of meditation. In spirituality, the object of meditation is the Almighty God. So, in meditation one’s consciousness or soul gets connected with the Almighty God. One who is meditating realizes that all the activity of the mind is reduced to one i.e. the awareness of the Almighty God.
The Buddhists describe meditation as a method for acquainting the mind with virtues. We can train the mind to be peaceful and happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions. If our mind is not peaceful, even if we have the most pleasant external conditions, we will not be happy. So, it is important to train the mind through meditation. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. Watching your breath is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any distraction to the mind, they are affective meditation.
A type of meditation technique practiced by many is Raj Yoga Meditation, which has been described as awareness of meta-physical self and absorption of one’s mind in loveful and purposeful consciousness of God and concentration on Him and His attributes. This is called Raj Yoga (king of yoga) because it is the highest yoga, being true and most effective. Another reason for calling it Raj Yoga is that it relates mainly to mind, which is considered to be the king that rules sense organs and the body.
Long back meditation was considered something just not meant for modern people, but now it has become very popular with all types of people. The scientific and medical evidence has proved its benefits.
In a new study from the University of Utah, the researchers have shown that individuals, who describe themselves as being more mindful have more stable emotions and perceive themselves to have better control over their mood and behavior throughout the day. Higher mindful people also describe less cognitive and physiological activation before bedtime, suggesting that greater emotional stability during the day might even translate into better sleep.
In essence, the principal object of meditation is to bring the self in conscious touch with the God to experience a state of deep bliss and to gain a final release from negativity.
Ways meditation can change our life-
The following are the ways in which regular practice of meditation can make life more meaningful and enjoyable.
- Dissolves anger and fear- With regular meditation one can reduce or dissolve anger and fear. Meditation invites one to contemplate on fear and anger and the causes responsible for them. Gradually, get gets to know them better and lean to have a control over them. One reaches a state of quiet stillness, which is wondrous and beautiful experience.
- Awakens forgiveness- Forgiveness is considered as one of the greatest virtues in a person. In meditation, one connects with the God and realizes that all souls are his creations and are, therefore, interconnected with each other through the Creator. Our ignorance separates each other. This realization gives rise to the virtue of forgiveness. One also develops the power of toleration.
- Generates harmlessness- When some one causes us harm, dislikes us or ignores our feelings, we harbor resentment and feeling of revenge towards one who is responsible for this. Meditation enables us to transform our thoughts of resentment and revenge recognizing that the essential nature of all is kindness. We also start appreciating the preciousness of life. The practice of yoga develops in person the ability to accommodate and embrace others.
- Generates kindness- Meditation awakens a realization that all the souls are the creations of the Almighty and therefore interconnected with each other. This generates loving kindness and compassion for all in us.
- Lightens the burden- It brings on a state of quiet calmness and is, therefore, an effective remedy for busy and overworked mind. Meditation also connects us with a deeper sense of purpose and altruism.
- Awakens detachment- Meditations enables us to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce self involvement. It develops in us the power to withdraw at will. A practitioner of meditation can act like a tortoise, which spreads out its organs or withdraws them in as it wills.
- Awakens awareness- Awareness is key to awakening. It makes us aware of vagaries of mind and its emotional disturbances. We are just aware of whatever is happening whether pleasant or unpleasant. We are no longer judgmental, no right or no wrong, just being aware.
- Awakens appreciations- Increased awareness makes us appreciate every thing whether animate or inanimate around us. It heightens our general sense of awareness.