Everyone wants to meditate these days. Meditation is a solution for the stressful, time-urgent, overstimulated lives.
The English word meditation is derived from the Latin word meditari, which means to heal or cure.
Many types of meditations exist these days. Transcendental meditation, mindfulness meditation, Zen meditation, Breathing meditation etc.
Meditation has many benefits irrespective of the type you practice
Physical health benefits of meditation
- Lowers the level of the stress hormone cortisol
- Reduces blood pressure and heart rate
- Helps modulate pain
- Long term meditators found a significant decrease in their total sleep time
- Boosts the immune system
- Slows the ageing process
Psychological benefits of meditation
- Helps control anxiety and depression
- Boosts memory
- Increases attention, self-awareness and self-control
- Improves concentration and learning capacity
- Increases emotional stability and intelligence
- Increases empathy and compassion
- Helps in forgiving others and the self
- Helps cure insomnia
- Improves the quality of sleep
There’s also an enigmatic benefit of meditation.
Beyond this transitory world, driven by sense organs, is a subtle realm of reality. You experience it by going beyond sensual gratification.
What is meditation?
It’s a process of connecting with yourself. You experience the joy of being who you really are. It’s about going beyond these senses. You become aware of yourself; experience your deeper states and your subtle nature.
Different commentators give different names to it.
However, it can be described as a connection with yourself, and then a union of the being (you) with The Supreme Being (God). This union is an enigma.
How long does it take to learn meditation?
It doesn’t take much to learn the basics of Raj Yoga meditation. It can be learned in 10 minutes. Sit down, relax yourself, turn your attention inwards and create positive thoughts. It’s that simple.
However to get a deep enriching experience, you need to practice. To understand who you’re, experience God, know where you have come from, and what’s the purpose of life, go through this free online course.
What will you learn in the free course?
- The behaviour of the mind and intellect.
- Your true form and nature.
- A detailed introduction of God.
- Understand His form..
- Your original home.
- The purpose of life
How is the experience of meditation?
Meditation frees you from thoughts of your body, environment and the worldly affairs. Once your mind is engaged in The Supreme, His grace and attributes, you’ll detach yourself from the worldly worries. You’ll experience the splendour of Supreme Almighty. It’s a state of bliss which cannot be described in words. Try it once and experience the magic yourself!
When to meditate?
You might have heard meditators wake up at 4 am. You don’t have to. Wake up slightly earlier, maybe 20 to 30 minutes, before your usual time. Freshen up and start your meditation practice. At Brahma Kumaris we generally sit for meditation within 30 minutes after we wake up.
Meditate in the evening for 10 minutes if possible.
Finally meditate again before you go to bed. At least for 10 to 15 minutes.
Myths about meditation
- Become thoughtless: This is not true. Your mind starts creating less thoughts by slowing down. But becoming thoughtless is not possible. Even the thought that you’re thoughtless is a thought. Trying to go thoughtless might frustrate you further.
- Empty the mind: You don’t have to empty the mind of thoughts. You need to empty the mind from negative or useless thoughts.
- Religious practice: Meditation is for everyone and has nothing to do with religion or your faith. Meditation is a process to calm your thoughts. It helps if you have faith in God but it’s not necessary.
- It’s only for monks: You don’t have to wake up at 4 am and renounce the world to start meditating. You can meditate while having your normal day to day life.
- It takes a long time to reap its benefits: You start enjoying it’s benefits from your very first practice. N
- No time to meditate: It’s not about time; it’s about priorities. It’s hard to believe that you can’t spare 15 minutes time for yourself in a day.
- Clothes, rosary, and incense sticks: You don’t need to wear any specific kind of clothes or need anything else to meditate. Choose a comfortable, quiet place, and wear what you like.
- Meditation can’t be practiced without bathing: Not true. You can meditate before bathing.
Going beyond the meditation norms
You must have heard that meditating in the morning and then in the evening or at night is beneficial. It is. However, at Brahma Kumaris we often talk about a meditative lifestyle. No, you don’t have to live in the mountains. Throughout the day while performing your daily tasks you keep a check on your sense organs and thoughts. Time to time you disconnect from them, go within and connect with your inner selves. It hardly takes 30 seconds each time but this helps you pause.
Pause! Take a break from the overstimulated lives and urgencies and enjoy being yourself.