Meditation (Dhyana) is the 7th limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path. You may not find all the answers of your life through meditation, but meditation will certainly connect you to your real self. Meditation have been used for thousands of years in order to get rid of unwanted thoughts that causes stress and emotional disturbance in one’s mental patterns. Although there seem various techniques to meditate, but they all lead towards one goal and as per Raja Yoga of Patanjali, the goal of Meditation is obtain Samadhi, a state of super-conscious mind. Samadhi can be understood as a state of bliss. Meditation should not be considered as a spiritual practice. Meditation simply means total awareness.
Meditation is a wonderful tool to reduce stress and anxiety. In modern time, stress and anxiety is the root cause of all psychosomatic disorders (originates in the mind and affect the body, such as Hypertension, High Cholesterol, diabetes, cancer and insomnia etc.). Various scientific studies have proven that, during meditation the brain waves are in Alpha state. Alpha state allows the mind to becomes very calm and quiet. Regular practice of meditation is very helpful in preventing and coping with all psychosomatic disorders. Not only this, but meditation also helps in managing anger, depression and various negative emotions. It also works positively in increasing creativity and finding emotional stability. Meditation simply increases one’s energy level by strengthening the Prana. Few studies have shown the positive effect of meditation on slowing down the aging process by reducing the free radicals (as a process of metabolism) and thus help in slowing down the aging process.
To enjoy the benefit of meditation, it is important to practice it on regular basis. Sincere practice of meditation is like a seed becoming the tree with it’s many branches such as healing, stress reduction, anger management, mental clarity, calm and positive mindset, prevention from psychosomatic disorders, knowing yourself (experiencing the truth) and ultimately it allows you to live a healthy and fulfilled life.
Guidance for deepening Meditation Practice
- Regularity of time is very important for meditation. So, practice meditation regularly and at the same time as it certainly helps deepen the meditation process.
- Meditate at the same place Don’t change your location of the practice as each location has different vibrations and changing the place of meditation might disturb your meditation.
- It’s better to meditate in a separate room (better to make it dark, so that you have less distractions). But, if it is not possible, you could choose one corner and screen off a portion of the room.
- The place/room of meditation should be proper ventilated, neither too hot, nor too cold & at the same time it should be kept clean. So don’t put your shoes, dustbin or other dirty objects near to your meditation area. Meditation is a spiritual practice, so it should be practice in a clean atmosphere. You can use some soothing incense as it may help to relax the mind. You can also place any religious photo of your Guru in your meditation room.
- Never meditate on bed. You might fall asleep rather meditating. Always sit on the solid and even floor. Use a blanket, Yoga mat or a pillow underneath you. Meditation chair can be used in order to support your body.
- Switch off all of electronic equipment like mobiles, alarm clocks and other noisy distractions during the time of meditation.
- The best time is 4-6 am, as it is said to be the time of god, when the atmosphere is charged with special spiritual force. This time, the mind is clear, refreshed and free of worldly concerns. So, it can be molded easily, concentration will come without effort.
- If, morning time is not suitable, you can choose the evening time as well. But, don’t meditate after taking meal, it make the breath shallow and gives a feeling of heaviness to the body, which produce sleep. Practice meditation before meal or 4 hours gap after the meal.
- Always wear comfortable clothes for meditation, so that your body feels comfortable and your legs are able to fold easily.
- Meditate after taking shower and after cleaning your abdomen. It gives you a feeling of freshness.
- Sit on the floor, in cross-legged position. Never struggle with your sitting pose, it should be comfortable, while doing meditation. If this is not comfortable, sit on chair, but always keep the back straight and never allow your back to collapse. Straight back helps to makes the mind steady. Head, neck and spine should be in one line. The upper half should be like an iron stake – steady and straight.
- While sitting for meditation, always face north or east in order to take advantages of favorable magnetic vibrations. It’s said that east and north is are the place of god.
- Before you start meditation, request your mind to be quiet for a specific length of time. Forget the past and future and be in the present movement. Never force the mind to be still. As a tendency of mind, it will jump here and there in the beginning, but eventually it comes back towards the object of meditation.
- Consciously regulate the breath. Begin with 5 deep abdominal breathing to give more oxygen to the brain. Keep the breathing rhythmic. Simply make your inhalation and exhalation of same length.
- Begin the practice with 10 – 20 minutes time and increase it up-to 1 hour.