“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”– Jiddu Krishnamurti. Meditation is not just all about sitting with your eyes closed doing nothing but much more than that. It’s a way of measuring the immeasurable and constructing a neat and nice package of yourself. Once you get through fighting your inner battles in peace the aftermath is much more than just expected. As OSHO says, “Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home. Then whatever you do has grace in it. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.”
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation is the practice of deep thinking. This conscious breathing allows one to focus on their mind for a particular period of time. The ultimate goal behind this is to gain inner peace and a feeling of relaxation a person has been looking for all-around himself. It brings the mind’s attention to only the present without drifting into the concerns about the past or future. This can eventually lead to an improvement in mental health and mental calmness.
Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital said that meditation makes perfect sense for treating anxiety. She also pointed out that people dealing with anxiety find it difficult to distract themselves from the thoughts that have taken too much power on them.
BENEFITS OF CONSCIOUS BREATHING
There was a study in the journal Biological Psychiatry which studied almost 35 unemployed men and women with major stress in the search for a Job. They found significant changes in the brain scans just after three days of effective mindful meditation techniques which were mainly dedicated to processing stress, focus, and anxiety. So, this is just an example of what wonders can meditation do.
But, Stress is very common for everyone these days in their everyday life. Besides just calming one’s inner-self, there are multiple other benefits of mindful meditation.
Deal with the future and regrets of the past
Deal with depression and episodic stress
Deal with transient grief reaction
Focus more on present and current work
Increase optimism within the inner self
Increase concentration power
Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
Help against addictions or unwanted Cravings
Deal with several Chronic pain
It is all about focusing on the present. It relieves your tension of what is going to happen in the future and also helps you to forgive your past mistakes and makes you learn from them instead. The present is what decides your future and past is where you learned to not repeat the mistakes and gain experience out of each and every work that you did.
"Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite." – D. Antoinette Foy
DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES OF MEDITATION
1. MINDFUL MEDITATION:
It is based on the teaching of Buddha, which shows us how our mind works. It actually urges the practitioners to remain in the present moment and be aware of it. A form of it named as breath-awareness, allows the practitioners to breathe slowly and deeply, counting or just focusing on their breaths.
This type makes them realize that none of it matters, nor regretting the past neither dreading the future. It has been found that Mindful meditation can reduce negative emotions, improve memory, and focus. It also helps lessen the unnecessary impulsive reactions of a person.
2. SPIRITUAL MEDITATION:
Its goal is to create peace within oneself. When practiced with a deeper religious context, it supports a deeper connection with the Divine. Benevolence and connection are such qualities that are developed when insights are brought to light through spiritual meditation. It always includes the elements of love, kindness, and compassion and to be of service to others.
Metta meditation is a form of it, where practitioners open their minds to loving-kindness. They then send such kind messages to the world, to specific people or just their loved ones. It mostly helps people who are immediately affected by anger, frustration, resentment, and interpersonal conflict.
3. TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION:
It is also a type of spiritual meditation where the goal is to transcend above one’s current state of being by chanting or mantra meditation. It is prominent in many teachings including Hindu and Buddhist traditions. This type includes a repetitive sound, word, or phrase to clear the mind. After chanting the mantra several times, It makes you tune in with your environment.
Some people find it difficult to concentrate in silence or are easily distracted by their thoughts. This type is for them. Chanting or repeating the words makes them concentrate or focus on their state of mind basically cleaning it out of everything else. It is also good for people who have just started with the practice of meditation to make their focus at just one point.
4. MOVEMENT MEDITATION:
It focuses on the movement of the body parts rather than the sitting positions which most of the meditation techniques offer. Any movement can be practiced as movement meditation. This can involve wandering or walking through the woods, gardens, or other gentle forms of motions by applying mindfulness and a slow pace. It is ideal to be practiced when one feels energetic and powerful from within.
The body lives in a world that is free from concepts, so our observance of it automatically takes us to the non-conceptual state which is sought by such meditation. During the sessions of such meditation, we direct our attention throughout the body. Be aware of all of it, especially the parts we generally ignore. In this context, it is truly said that “Not all who wander are lost.”
And the bottom line is.....
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." – Oprah Winfrey