Meditation- A Connection with Soul to the Divine

“The SOUL usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the MIND” by Caroline Myss. Meditation is the best way to live a healthy & peaceful life. Meditation is a method to develop beneficial states of mind. We do this by repeatedly generating certain mental states until they become a habit. Physically, meditation has been shown to actually build up new neural pathways.

At a very basic level Meditation can be understood as concentration. It is the way to gain knowledge of any subject and to get a deeper insight into it. Whatever in life you want to understand or achieve is possible only through concentration. , Concentration is the Key At a higher level, Meditation is more than just concentration. Meditation is a mental process by which the meditator becomes one with the object of meditation that can be Supreme and blissful DIVINE.

Here are the Reasons why Daily meditation is so beneficial.

If we meditate regularly, it makes positive emotions a habit that we can apply whenever we need to, day or night. Ultimately, it becomes part of us – something so natural that we’re always effortlessly more loving, focused and calm. You feel happy from inside.

  • Meditation is linked with feeling less stressed, as well as actually lowering the stress hormone cortical
  • Meditation can result in brain changes that protect against mental health conditions.
  • Meditation helps us to process emotions even when we are not actively meditating.
  • It helps the elderly feel less lonely and reduces genes linked to inflammation.
  • Meditation is linked with decrease cigarette, alcohol, and drugs abuse.
  • Experience less anxiety as meditation loosens connections to particular neural pathways.
  • If you do meditation regularly then it will be linked to more creativity and new ideas.
  • Rapid memory recall improves with daily meditation.
  • Some even claim that by meditating, daily you can reverse the aging process.

How to do Meditation     

  • Sit or lie comfortably. You may use a chair, bench or meditation cushion. The great thing about a meditation cushion is it is easiest to sit in an upright position when you’re on one, which improves your alertness and the quality of your meditation (and hence, how productive your sit is). With a chair or a meditation bench, you may be tempted to slump, which can cause you to lose focus. Then get settled and find a quiet place where you can relax
  • The biggest thing to remember is to keep your back straight. Keep your back erect (if you’re in a chair its best not to rest your back on the back of the chair), and keep an upright posture. This keeps you alert and allows you to concentrate more easily on your breath.
  • Close your eyes.Again, the goal of this whole “meditation” thing is to work out your attention muscle. If you find you can concentrate better on your breath with your eyes closed, as many people do, then it’s probably best to keep them closed
  • Don’t worry about your hand and cross your leg however you want.
  • Bring your attention/focus to your breath. This is what meditation is all about, and this is what makes meditation both difficult and worthwhile. In this third step, close your mouth and focus entirely on your breath as it enters and leaves your nose. You can focus on any element of your breath that you want – from how the air feels as it enters and exits your nose, to how the air feels as you inflate and deflate your lungs, to the sensation under your nose as you breathe in and out, to the sound you make as you breathe. Try to Scan your body: Turn your mind inwards and take note of your body from head to toe, acknowledging any tension or discomfort and then scan again noticing parts of your body that start to relax. Then turn your body to your thoughts, notice what comes up without trying to alter them. Bring your attention to your breathing: Count each breath, one (in), two (out), three (in) and so on. If you notice your mind wandering just gently bring your mind back to the counting. Don’t force your breathing here – just breathe naturally and observe your breath without thinking too much about it. Allow your mind to be free. Don’t think. This is the hard part. But slowly you can do this.
  • Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods. 
  • It will be good if you’ll pick a gentle alarm. If your timer is loud and jarring, anticipating the alarm will distract your attention during meditation.
  • Please be easy on yourself, when your mind wanders. It’s easy to become frustrated with yourself when your mind wanders, but don’t. Your meditations will be much more productive when you gently bring your attention back.

Remember this

  • Meditation takes practice and time to learn in order for the full benefits to be experienced, so consistency is important.
  • It will be best if you find a comfortable spot in your home when you won’t be disturbed which allows you to focus and feel safe.
  • You have to learn the proper posture. The goal is to remain upright, tall and balanced in the erect posture with your back straight, which allows you to breathe deeply.
  • When meditating, one of the goals is to keep yourself from getting frustrated, overwhelmed or disappointed with your wondering mind. 

The results of meditating regularly are measurable and truly life-enhancing. It can improve your mental and physical well-being too. Meditation itself is about letting go of any need to try and get somewhere or achieve something. It is so important that we realize looking after self is not selfish, but rather quite empowering. And when we allow ourselves to live in gratitude, we also find we are being more of service to others and especially ourselves. It’s a real heart-centric way of living. And it lights our path in the glow of joy and simple love.