“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and that holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom”. – Buddha
Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself. The term Meditation refers to the broad variety of practices that includes techniques to promote relaxation, build internal energy and develop compassion, love, patience and forgiveness.
Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and others.
With an increase in work pressure, hectic pace of life, family obligations and other social norms, we tend to forget the mere existence of peace and well being of ourselves. Stress and tiredness can make us unhappy, impatient and irritated. With the result of not being able to concentrate at work, leads to depression and not being able to enjoy life. It is extremely unhealthy to lead our lives with no inner peace and therefore, In order to find your true self and ability to control our minds, its extremely important we make sometime for yourself to mediate. I personally feel a lot different through meditation it keeps me happy, upbeat and peaceful. It has helped me know my mind better, improved my concentration and more appreciative about everything in life.
These are few steps I follow (For beginners) :-
- Sit for 5 minutes – To start with, meditate for 5 minutes. Try and ease your mind and body. Do not let you mind wander. Think of a point on your forehead (between the eyebrow). Increase the time gradually.
- Count your breaths- Once you settle in, turn your attention to your breaths. Breathe in and out slowly through your nose all the way down to your lungs.
- Control your thoughts- Your mind will definitely wander and when that happens just smile and simply gently focus on breathing.
- Soothing music / Guided meditation- I listen to some soothing zen music while meditating. This helps in creating a peaceful environment. You can also use the help of some Guided mystic Gurus.
- Smile when your done- It is important that you embrace and be grateful that you took sometime off for yourself 🙂 and that its important to find your inner peace.
As rightly as Buddha said “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become”.
Follow these simple steps and I am sure it will be of great help 🙂