What is Meditation?
Meditation isn’t about becoming a new person, a different person, or even a better person. It’s about training in consciousness and getting a healthy sense of perception. You’re not trying to off-ramp your beliefs or stances. You’re learning to observe them without a verdict. And ultimately, you may begin to better understand them as well.
In simple terms, meditation is an activity that helps you to connect with your inner soul. It helps in achieving a state of contentment and peace of mind. When you meditate in a serene environment, you actually feel calmer and refreshed. Meditation takes you on a voyage of self-discovery.
Meditation is a skill
Learning meditation is much like learning any other skill. Consider exercising a muscle that you have never worked out before. To get it comfortable, you need to practice it consistently. It becomes much easier if you have a teacher.
It’s meditation practice, not meditation perfect
There is nothing like ‘perfect meditation’. It might be possible that your focus will wander but that’s perfectly alright! It’s common and happens to almost everyone. Moreover, it’s a part of the experience. Here, the most important thing is to meditate regularly. Meditation should get dissolved in your habits. It is among those things where the journey is more important than the destination.
Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Meditation – A part of Ashtanga Yoga
The seventh branch in Ashtanga Yoga is Meditation. When a person starts studying and practicing meditation, he/she begins to develop a steady witnessing awareness of all that enters the field of consciousness. This awareness leads to Samadhi (a state of intense concentration), the eventual goal of a Yogi.
Benefits of Meditation
- Reduces Stress
- Controls Anxiety
- Enhances Self-Awareness
- May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
- Can generate Kindness
- May help fight addictions
- Improves sleep
- Helps control pain
- Can Decrease Blood Pressure
- Lengthens Attention Span
The Bottom Line
Meditation can help you improve your mental and emotional health. It can be done anywhere, anytime and that too without any equipment or membership. Meditation is a great way to improve the quality of life. Imagine this could be done by spending just a few minutes to do it every day.
I teach both theory and practicals in my meditation workshops. Here, you will learn how to make focus, improve self-consciousness and purpose of your life.