India is a land of mountains, rivers and various species of flowers, plants, and animals. And between these mountains and flowers, our ancestors started practicing the art of meditation for their inner peace in a chaotic world.
From Gautam Buddha’s enlightenment to other Indian traditions, this old age practice finds a special place even in religious texts. The importance of meditation in managing stress, anxiety and living a peaceful life is globally recognized.
In this chaotic and distracting world, each of us is struggling with jobs, exams or any personal issue causing stress, anger, depression, and anxiety. As a result, in the last couple of years, the cases of people suffering from mental illness have increased. Therefore, meditation helps in developing the right attitude to deal with problems. It teaches us to become more aware of ourselves and helps us in responding rather than reacting in different situations.
How Meditation Work
Meditation is a practice of focusing the mind on a single object, activity or thought so that the mind becomes aware of the surroundings and becomes stable and calm. Meditation is just like mindfulness i.e. focusing carefully on the present moment without worrying about the future or thinking about the past.
So, when our mind starts concentrating on a particular object or thought it stops roaming around and thinking about thousands of irrelevant things that come in our mind. Our mind achieves a state of calmness. Meditation is a practice that helps us in controlling our minds and to become more aware of our lives.
Meditation For Beginners
In the beginning, one may face difficulty while meditating as meditation requires calmness and stillness. So here are some simple ways to start meditation
Sit or lie at a comfortable place and start observing your surroundings. After some time close your eyes and relax.
Don’t try to control the breath and don’t force the mind to focus on one thing, let the mind wander.
Just try to observe the mind and different thoughts that come in your mind.
Now, start focusing on your breath and the inhalation and the exhalation.
Just observe the different body movements. If the mind starts wandering, try to not get carried away with it.
Initially, you can try it for 8-10 minutes and then increase it to 20-30 minutes.
Benefits of Meditation
The list of advantages that meditation can provide is too long. Let’s look at some of its major benefits.
- Physical Benefits-: Most of us know the psychological benefits of meditation but only a few of us know the physical benefit of meditation. Many healthcare experts include meditation as a part of treatment. It helps in improving the immune system, lowering blood pressure, muscle relaxation, improving blood circulation and increases memory power. It also helps in enhancing quality sleep and dealing with emotional and physical changes that occur in women during reproductive age.
- Psychological Benefits-: When someone asked Buddha that what he has gained from meditation, he replied that he didn’t gain anything rather he lost many things from meditation. He said he lost outrage, nervousness, anxiety, weakness, and fear of death. Such is the power of meditation. It helps us in becoming more tolerant, patient, confident and calm. It doesn’t solve all our problems rather gives us mental strength to face our problems with a right and calm attitude.
- Reducing Stress Level-: Meditation plays a major role in reducing stress levels. With meditation, our mind learns to stay calm and peaceful even in difficult situations. Due to which our mind focuses more on the solutions rather than the problems which ultimately helps us in staying strong during difficult times.
- Mindfulness– Meditation also helps in practicing mindfulness. Most of us are either living in our past or future; therefore, meditation increases our concentration and awareness level through which we can live in the present moment.
- Increases Happiness– Meditation helps in keeping us happy. Happiness is a state of mind i.e. it is not depended on the external environment and materialist things rather it is the result of whatever goes inside us. Meditation helps in connecting us with ourselves and to become more aware of ourselves. If we are aware of ourselves and if we know the causes of our pain, we can heal ourselves and become happier.