WHAT IS MEDITATION
In today’s modern world, we are living a mechanical life, running from pillar to post for not just earning daily bread and butter, but, to accumulate all sorts of materialistic wealth and comforts, as they are the determining factors for rating an individual’s success and status of living. Needless to say, such desires have really helped us achieve more than what we require or need but at the same time it has also dragged us into an unhealthy lifestyle. Today’s modern generation is leading a sedentary lifestyle full of stress, anxiety, depression, jealousy, unwanted rage, hatred and what not. It has left us pondering upon various questions regarding the know how about our own self.
There is something that can definitely help us improve our lifestyle quotient and that is undoubtedly meditation. The way you live your life determines your lifestyle but in true sense your perceptions towards the outer world, your inner peace and stability of mind makes your individuality. Meditating regularly helps relieve all the negativities and an individual experiences greater emotional balance, concentration, focus, stability and better health.
How to meditate as a beginner :
Because of our busy and hectic lives, the basic tenets of meditation — relaxation and breathing may seem to be difficult to master, but if you’re able to find just a few minutes a day, that’s all you need to get started.
1. Be seated comfortably in a quiet place. You can either lay down or sit cross legged on the floor or a chair, whichever posture you feel comfortable in. Then have the palms of your hands face the sky.
2. Focus on your breath. As you take long and deep breaths, feel your breath move from your lungs and out through your nostrils or your throat, just try your best to be as focused as possible.
3. Once you’re focused, take notice of your body and how each body part feels. If your mind continues to wonder, try to re-focus , then bring your thoughts back to your breath. Breath 5 to 10 times with full concentration on each breath. Take it a step further and hum “Om” as you breathe out.
4. Practice, practice, practice and just practice.
As each one of us knows, practice makes a man perfect make sure to take out some time each and every day to practice as per your convenience in accordance with your work schedule. After a few sessions you’ll hopefully find all your practice totally worth it as meditation can be life-changing!
Once you begin to practice, you’ll soon experience a quieter mind, a more open heart, and a sense of inner freedom.