In an age when we all are super busy and even 24 hours of a day is falling short for us, we need to sit back and look at ourselves. We are so engrossed in our daily activities and hustle bustle that we hardly take care of ourselves.
Needless to say, our body takes a beating and we end up with a plethora of health ailments like – hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and so on. Most of these are due to our sedentary lifestyle and if left unattended can also be fatal.
So, what options do we have? Do we succumb ourselves to hordes of over the counter or prescribed medications to keep these ailments at bay? Or, do we take a deep breath and choose to do adopt a healthier lifestyle?
I choose the second option and in my quest to being a fitter version slowly unravel the world of meditation and its benefits.
These are a few things that I learnt as about meditation that will help me make a difference in my life.
The first thing that comes to our mind is what exactly is meant by Meditation?
This a holistic way of calming our body and relaxing our various organs and mind. It is a technique by which you can increase your concentration level and help to bring positivity in your life. If you browse through the various Indian Veda’s you will find all the Rishi‘s (saint) performing meditation. It helped them to seek within themselves.
So, now that we know about Meditation, the next question that comes to our mind is – Is it really good or is it all hype?
Meditation is known to help one in many fold. For starters I realized that it made me calmer and positive person. It helped me to get rid of the negativity around me and gradually turned me into a positive human being. It also helped me to get away from my mental anxiety.
There are various benefits of meditation. Just starting the day with meditation helps me deliver my best throughout the day. It makes me start the day on a happy and satisfied note that translates in to every single thing I do all day long.
It helps to keep Stress at Bay?
When you are in the office you are under so much stress that even when you come home, you cannot enjoy yourselves by unwinding. It is important that you try and relax yourself and your nerves by meditating on a daily basis. Meditation has manifold implications. It relaxes the mind, acts like a stress buster and helps you rejuvenate from within.
Meditation also help n below problems…
- Controls Anxiety
- Promotes Emotional Health
- improve concentration
- Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
- Can Generate Kindness
- Improves Sleep
- Decrease Blood Pressure
Is there any timeframe to meditate?
As a layman, I always used to think that there is a particular time-frame to meditate. Now, when I am learning more about the subject, I am unraveling new facets about it. The truth is you should meditate only till the time you can.
Every individual has a separate mind set and calmness about them. Hence, it is not necessary that each one of us can meditate for half an hour daily. The truth is just meditate for as long as you can.
As a beginner, you will find it difficult to meditate for that long. So, the idea is to start with 15 minutes and then gradually increase it to half an hour then 45 minutes and finally to an hour.
It is important to understand that you do not need to do this for a long time to get benefits. You can also stick to a 15 minute routine provided your mind is still and does not start to wander.
Can you meditate alone?
Yes, you can meditate alone or in a group. Initially, you may find it difficult to focus on something and meditate accordingly. That point of time a teacher or a buddy might help you to focus and deter you from breaking your concentration.
Once you master the art, you can do so yourself without any help or guidance. Also, when you are meditating, there is a perfect way to inhale and exhale. A teacher or experienced buddy can assist you on same.
Where should one meditate?
There is no place where you need to meditate. The best part about meditation is that you can do it at home or at work. You should only keep the following points in mind when choosing an ideal spot to meditate.
- Declutter: Ensure, the place where you are meditating is free of clutter. This is to ensure that your eye does not catch some object lying around and your mind starts to wander off thinking about same.
- Cozy Corner: Choose a cozy corner where you can sit still for some time and meditate. If you are not comfortable you will not be able to meditate properly.
- Keep the room temperature comfortable: It is important to meditate in comfortable temperature. If it is too cold or hot, then you will not be able to concentrate
- Meditate amidst plants: It is important that you meditate between plants and greenery. This is the reason, why majority of the people like to meditate on their terrace or in the garden. Not only do you feel good meditating amongst the greenery but you also breathe in fresh air . Also, there is a different charm in meditating amidst chirping birds and buzzing bees. It makes you feel one with nature.
Can we start seeing instant result?
In this era, no one has the time or patience. It is the era of instant gratification. Hence, when I started meditating I was wondering how long it will take before I can start to see the results.
Well, the response is that in some cases you can feel a change almost instantly within a few days of starting the same. Firstly, the moment you sit still at a place and concentrate you will instantly feel relieved from stress. The negativity around you will disappear and it will slowly transform into positive vibes. Within days, I felt calm and composed as compared to earlier times.
Do I need to abstain from worldly delights?
We often associate meditation with monks. We wonder if we also need to renounce ourselves from all worldly delights in order to get maximum benefit out of meditation. The reality is far from this. All you need to do is simply take out a few minutes each day to meditate. The rest of the day , you can do whatever you desire to there are no rules to follow. It is not that in order to get the benefit from meditation you need to live under harsh conditions and say goodbye to the worldly comforts.
From what age should one meditate ?
The next question that comes to mind is from what age one should meditate. Well, even kids can, meditate. Naturally, it will be a challenge to ensure that your child can sit still and meditate. However, those who can achieve it has seen that children are more focused if they meditate daily.
Can I sit and meditate?
The best way to meditate is to sit on the floor cross legged and meditate. However, if it is a challenge for you to sit on the floor then you can sit on a chair or bed and meditate also. The ideal situation is to sit on grass cross legged and meditate but do whatever makes you comfortable.
I have learnt a lot about meditation and am reaping the benefits of meditating daily. It is a wonderful way to make oneself calm, positive and composed .A must for our hectic daily life style.