I am sure you heard or read about meditation, and maybe you practice it, but what is meditation?
Is it only suitable for people living a certain lifestyle?
Do you need to live in an ashram to practice it?
Can a busy person practice meditation?
There are people, who do not know what meditation is, and believe that it is a form of laziness, or an excuse to run away from duties. There is also the idea that it is some sort of impracticable activity. This concept is utterly wrong. Practicing meditation is a useful and rewarding activity. It sharpens your mind, expands the mind, and makes you more efficient and energetic.
What Is Meditation?
It is a technique for relaxing the body, calming down the restlessness of the mind, releasing stress and stop worrying. Its practice leads to peace of mind and to higher awareness.
Actually, meditation is more than a technique. It is a way of life. The aim is to slow down, and eventually stop the constant chatter of the mind.
It is a way to free the mind of unnecessary distractions, unnecessary thinking, and nonstop chatter, and leads to tranquility, mental clarity and to a sense of bliss.
Meditation is a state of focused attention, and usually involves turning the attention inwards, away from the external world. In its higher form, its aim is to empty the mind of thoughts and enjoy inner peace, calmness and happiness.
Meditation is an inner activity that does not need making changes in your life in order to practice it. You also do not need to follow any particular religion, wear special clothes or lead a certain lifestyle.
You don’t need to be a monk or a hermit or live in seclusion or in an ashram in order to practice it. You can continue living your usual life, have a job, a husband or wife and kids, and still practice meditation.
During meditation, the mind often wanders away, and the meditator has to be constantly vigilant, bringing the attention back, over and again.
This of course, involves some effort in the beginning, but as you gain proficiency, less effort will be necessary.
There are many meditation techniques. Some involve visualization and others the repetition of a mantra. Some techniques require contemplating on a certain idea, and others require focusing the attention on the breath, a candle or on a certain shape. There are also techniques that aim to silence the mind and become aware of the inner self within.
All the techniques involve focusing the attention on a single subject, thought or activity, and not allowing it to move to something else.
Meditation has become popular with all types of people, including people living a busy life, and there is scientific and medical evidence of its benefits.
It is usually practiced sitting down, not necessarily on the floor, but on a chair, with eyes closed. It can also be practiced with the eyes open, and even while walking.
What can help you improve your meditation?
Everyone can meditate. However, a certain degree of concentration ability, self-discipline, willpower and perseverance would be most helpful. They would make everything easier.
What are the benefits of meditation?
A regular practice of meditation leads to a positive mindset and to more calmness and happiness. You also gain the ability to deal calmly and effectively with problems and difficulties, and to handle more efficiently your daily tasks and affairs.
“Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts; distraction of mind is a sign of its weakness; by constant meditation it gains strength.”
– Sri Ramana Maharshi
“The inner experience of meditation can be had without any kind of forced discipline. The outer trappings – how one sits, breathes, dresses, and so forth – are irrelevant.”
– Deepak Chopra
The mind is always busy with nonstop chatter and futile inner conversations that prevent focus, clear thinking and inner peace. You can quiet down this restless activity, and this book will show you how.