Here is a little treatment forÂ all those who donât find itÂ important to calm their mindsÂ until mid-thirties, when theirÂ bodies start showing signs ofÂ hypertension, diabetes, overweight andÂ their minds are unable to handle the pressureÂ of daily chores. But before moving onto the treatment part, letÂ me ask you…
Do you feel dead when your phone isÂ not working?
I doubt, if, before buying a mobile phoneÂ you even check if the mobile will be able toÂ make a call. The phoneâs capacity to storeÂ or download apps is more important aÂ feature than the basic purpose for whichÂ the mobile phone was invented at theÂ first place.
In this age of Whatsapp and Facebook,Â when call bills have been replaced by dataÂ connection bills, how can you expect yourÂ mind to feel at peace. Your fingers moveÂ more easily on your mobile screensÂ than they move on your head for theÂ oil massage.
And if by chance your phone is out ofÂ battery (the chances of which are quiteÂ less as they are constantly on high dose ofÂ power- which, by the way, is easier to getÂ than to get a mask of oxygen for a dyingÂ human) you feel like somebody has suckedÂ all the blood from your body. Your alreadyÂ anxious mind gets queasier sans yourÂ mobile phone. Isnât it?
The technology may have been a boonÂ for most but a curse for those who seriouslyÂ want to find peace and be connectedÂ to their own selves.
While you want to live a peaceful andÂ blissful life, rarely you accept the fact thatÂ sparing time for your own self is as importantÂ as timely punching into your office.
Your routine may be well-packed andÂ may not allow you to add anything extraÂ into it but believe me once you add meditationÂ into your daily ritual, your time tableÂ will eventually have more emptier slots thanÂ filled ones. Thatâs what meditation does. There are numberless benefits of closing your eyes and going deep into thyself. Here are just a few.
It increases your productivity and creativity. Research has proved that meditatorsÂ perform better than others.
It decreases anxiousness and allows youÂ to behave in a calmer way in any nerve wreckingÂ situations.
It improves memory and allows you to filter mental turmoil. Those who meditateÂ are believed to develop a strong memory.
It improves your mood and hence yourÂ relationships. Post meditation you feelÂ uplifted and make better connection withÂ your family, clients, friends, colleagues.
It assists in better health conditions. StudiesÂ have proved that happy people fightÂ with their illness more easily and meditationÂ keeps you happy. It also helps in betterÂ sleep that aids in your healing.
Many people are well aware of the benefits of meditation but keep on struggling on the HOW part of it. How to do it?Â Letâs find out how to escape fromÂ this nomadic mind and enter into aÂ meditative state:
1. Sit in a comfortable position:Â Sitting still is a prerequisite to meditation and apparently not all of us have learned it. As they say, if your body is not calm, your mind canât be either. A peaceful place is always a benefit and helps your body to relax more quickly. A still body gives more chances to a still mind. There are many techniques to calm your body. You need to choose what works for you. Three – two- one works best for me.
2. Be assured, all is well: Before youÂ think, Aamir Khan had called me lastÂ night to mention âAll is Wellâ in âBeingÂ Youâ, let me tell, you are wrong but, the concept is right. In order to stabiliseÂ your wandering mind, you need to rememberÂ all is well and there is nothingÂ much important which needs your attentionÂ right now. Give your fears someÂ space. Nobody is leaving you and youÂ havenât abandoned anybody.
3. Focus, Focus and Focus: The ultimateÂ purpose of meditation is to give yourselfÂ relief from thoughts which keep onÂ engulfing you day and night. FocusingÂ on one object will bring your mind to one point. Many techniques have beenÂ discussed to achieve this purpose. YouÂ may focus on your breathing which isÂ the only thing that is constant and inÂ present, not in past or future. You may also take a dip in sensory immersion. ForÂ example, you may pick a flower as yourÂ object of your meditation. With closedÂ eyes, you will trace your vision over eachÂ petal of this flower, feel the softness of it,Â and bring its fragrance into your senses. While you will be so engrossed andÂ focused on this one object that becomesÂ a part of your senses, you lead to a meditativeÂ state.
4. Surrender. Universe is your manager:Â You may be short of time and alwaysÂ under pressure to complete the tasks atÂ hand. Your nagging boss, the deadlines,Â what to cook for dinner, the crying childÂ or the big grocery list may look like aÂ monster right now. But believe me,Â everything will be done and that too inÂ time. Surrender all your thoughts to theÂ Universe. You are going to handle everythingÂ in the easiest way possible. BelieveÂ that you have a manager who is workingÂ for you all the time. Staying calm will ripen your meditative process.
5. The harder you try, the elusive itÂ becomes: After meditating for sometime,Â you may feel a whole range of emotions. You may feel unsuccessful inÂ attaining the peaceful state or you mayÂ think you were not able to ditch yourÂ constant running thoughts. From doubt,Â frustration to complete stupidity, youÂ may feel all negative feelings and decideÂ to put more efforts into meditation. ButÂ the harder you try, the more elsuive itÂ becomes. The key is to approach it withÂ an easygoing mindset.
6. Donât give up. Make it a routine: EvenÂ if you think you have been on a rollerÂ coaster of thoughts all throughout your five to 10 minutes meditation session, donât giveÂ up. Donât forget you have taken the first step of stabilising your body. You were also successful in setting a separate time for this process, which, with practice will surprise you with amazing results. So, now no looking back. Maintain your practice to reach that thoughtless state with ease.
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