Ever had that feeling when you felt like a passenger on a jerky train? You’re holding the railing only to stay standing. But, every turn threw you off balance.
Scenarios hardly vary. The trigger point could be anything. A presentation that you gave, which was well received and made you feel nice. But, lack of appreciation by your boss, who fumed and stated the points you missed. This angered you too.
Or, when you tried hard for a relationship to work, but it didn’t. Instead, it left you in despair. Each new event pushed you in a different direction. Your notion of what made you happy was nothing but a mirror of your interaction. If it was a good interaction, you felt ecstatic. If it wasn’t, you felt miserable.
In other words, you became a victim to the impulse of situations. It’s an irony but, the solution has been around since centuries. Only we haven’t been able to see it, practice it, and take the benefit. If only we had learned to reflect on our thoughts, we would have been able to guide our mind for the ways that heal. Or, give a logical explanation to why something’s happening in a particular way?
What is meditation?
It is a common belief that meditation means putting all your thoughts to an end, and letting your mind rest in thoughtless peace. People who are beginning to experience meditation complain that they are unable to do so. Because they cannot prevent thoughts from arising in their minds.
In fact, having thoughts is completely normal. To work, mind needs to think. It is its duty to think. Meditation is not thoughtlessness, but dealing with the thinking process. When you notice a distraction by thoughts, bring your attention back. It’s that simple.
There are many stages of meditation, each with a different flavor. The best way to learn it is to find a local center, and sit in a group with a teacher. The teacher explains the concepts using creative analogies. Soon, you start discovering the finer aspects of meditation.
Learning may begin with meditation instructions. You can also take help of soothing music to set the mood. You can find whether there’s a meditation center or group near to your office or home.
Top seven benefits of meditation
Meditation is a positive system that helps us to deal with the confusion and chaos that strikes us daily. Listed below are a few benefits:
- Meditation helps to deal with the challenges of life
No two moments are ever the same. Time keeps changing. With time, our position in the universe changes too.
By practicing regular meditation, you can remain determined with the least effort. Whatever a person says or thinks about you won’t change your opinion about yourself.
- Meditation keeps the mind focused
Your mind thinks non-stop. Sometimes so much that you even forget what lead to the trail of thoughts. In this mind wandering, all kinds of ideas, notions, beliefs etc. pass through it, but most are waste thoughts. They are not related to the present but drift towards the past or the future. Meditation keeps the mind aware of what goes through it. It acts like a filter that shuns away all the waste before it can do any harm.
- Meditation reduces anxiety
Some of the most common consequences of anxiety are – restlessness, irritability and fear. People with mild to moderate anxiety levels can maintain their normal activities. But their families and co-workers may know that they are “hypertensive,” always worrying.
Use of meditation as a cure can help you energize your mind and bring peace and wisdom to it. Reflection on your own thoughts expands your capacity to accept, love and forgive. It mends broken hearts and dissolves fears.
- Meditation enhances tolerance
In the chaotic world we live in, events happen every day. Some events we like, others we don’t. But, we can control our reaction to most of these events by practicing tolerance.
Tolerance doesn’t mean agreeing to everything that goes by. It means allowing others the right to express their views. It means giving them love, accepting them with their flaws. And respecting the difference of opinion with a common courtesy.
- Meditation improves the judgment power
You hold on to the past for too long. You continue to eat large meals even when your tummy isfull. Impulsive buying. You know the guilt of a wrong or hasty decision. They happen when the mind is not calm and unable to contemplate the possible outcomes of a choice.
Brief periods of meditation can enhance your decision-making. Meditation makes you aware of the information available at the present moment. It makes you ignore the pessimistic concerns like insecurity or impulsiveness.
- Meditation makes us healthy
During the meditational relaxation phases, the parasympathetic nervous system comes into action. PNS conserves energy, slows down the heart rate. It also promotes better digestion, immunity and memory. On the psychological front, meditation enhances emotional balance. And thereby, reduces anxiety and high B.P.
Other benefits of meditation include:
- Increased vigor
- Higher skin resistance
- Improved air flow to lungs, which means easier breathing
- Efficient brain functioning
- Drop in cholesterol levels
- Drop in risk of cardiovascular diseases
- Reduction in tissue damage
- Prevention or slow down of pains from chronic diseases
- Personal transformation
Daily practice of meditation leads to a true personal transformation. As you begin to contemplate, you’ll want to learn more about yourself and your feelings. Which will in turn help in discovering yourself better.
Meditation is often considered an under-rated concept. Yet many people agree that it may be the only way to become truly sane person. Try it yourself now.