Meditation is a buzzword in today’s world. Meditation is seen as something related to being spiritual. It is believed that someone having some trouble in their life move towards spiritualism and Meditation. But People who are very much Happy and Contended in life also practice meditation on a daily basis.
What is Meditation?
Wikipedia defines Meditation as –Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Meditation is all about bringing your focus on the present moment. It is not necessary for meditation that you must sit alone and concentrate on your breath. Though this process is primarily known as meditation, this is not the only way to meditate.
Doing daily chores like washing dishes or cooking can also be called meditation if you are loving doing it. It’s like completely present IN the moment and enjoying the NOW moment doing what you are doing with your 100%.
WE BREATHE FOR THE PRESENT MOMENT. WE CAN NEVER BREATHE FOR THE NEXT MOMENT OR FOR THE MOMENT WHICH HAS JUST PASSED. Just like this, we need to learn to be in the present moment rather than crying for the past and worrying about the future.
Meditation is basically the training of the mind. It transforms the mind making it more calm and peaceful.
Meditation is effortless and helps to lead a stress-free and healthy life.
How one should do Meditation?
There are various techniques for doing meditation. But which one resonates with you can be entirely different from person to person. Such as I am more comfortable with Guided Meditations.
CONCENTRATION MEDITATION is a very simple meditation trick. Concentrating on what you are doing at that moment. It is just about being fully absorbed in what you are doing.
BREATHING MEDITATION is as simple as diverting your complete attention on your breathing pattern. It really helps to relax and release stress from our mind. When we are fully absorbed with how we are breathing, we have diverted our mind from daily hustle and bustle of life. It really helps our mind to relax. it also helps to regulate our breathing pattern which helps to boost our health for good.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION is all about focussing on NOW. You can focus on some emotion/situation that is bothering you right now. Meditation often helps to resolve the emotion. We get the new perspective towards that emotion/situation which helps to make us calm for that thing.
GUIDED MEDIATION is for those people who are unable to concentrate on their own. There are numerous guided meditation videos on Youtube which can help you with some particular aspect of your life. You can also avail the services of some coach or certified mediation guru which can guide for mediation as per your specific requirement.
Benefits of Meditations
Proofs and Researches on the Benefits of Meditation
# Meditation is known to alter resting brain patterns, suggesting long-lasting brain changes, but a new study by researchers from Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows meditation also is associated with increased cortical thickness. (an excerpt from www.sciencedaily.com)
# Neuroscientists has found that the meditators had more gray matter in the brain region, linked to decision-making and working memory: the frontal cortex. In fact, while most people see their cortexes shrink as they age, 50-year-old meditators in the study had the same amount of gray matter as those half their age. Even just eight weeks of meditation changed people’s brains for the better. There was thickening in several regions of the brain, including the left hippocampus (involved in learning, memory, and emotional regulation); the TPJ (involved in empathy and the ability to take multiple perspectives); and a part of the brainstem called the pons (where regulatory neurotransmitters are generated). (an excerpt from https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/neuroscience-shows-that-50-year-olds-can-have-brains-of-25-year-olds-if-they-do-this.html)
# There was a time when Visitacion Valley middle school in San Francisco could have featured in a gritty US crime drama. In 2007 a meditation program called Quiet Time was brought in to meet some of the challenges faced due to the disruptive behavior of children in the school. Just a month after meditation began, teachers noticed changes in behavior. “Students seemed happy,” says O’Driscoll. “They worked harder, paid more attention, were easier to teach and the number of fights fell dramatically.” (for more read the article whole article at https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/nov/24/san-franciscos-toughest-schools-transformed-meditation )
The list still goes on and on…….
Apart from numerous benefits of Meditation, it also gives us some ME TIME. Our life has become so busy that we forget to spend some time with ourself. When we sit for meditation it often lets us see our true self. Which further helps us to improvise ourself if necessary.
Meditation is not something that you need to take out time for. If you can make it a part of your daily life well n good. But if you can not, then any time, anywhere you can just concentrate on your breathe and do it.
Wishing all a very Happy Meditation time.
Much Love. Namaste. God Bless us all.