Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death
Oxford dictionary defines meditation as Focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes, or as a method of relaxation. Meditation is certainly not a panacea it is something that can bring positive qualities into your life – awareness, focuses, compassion and generosity to name just a few. Human beings are born nothing but they are raised something. There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind and to change them for the better. Human life is precious. Every second of our life is meaningful because everything has consequences. Whatever we do, feel, or think builds habits and sows the seeds of cause and effect. We do not realize this. In fact, we are profoundly attached to jealousy, greed, misery, anxieties, fears, and hatred and we embrace them all time.
Mind is everything. A healthy mind makes a healthy body. We should protect our mental health with the same care that we give to our physical body. Just as our body requires healthy, nourishing foods, and a balanced diet, so does our mind. Make sure you feed it plenty of positive thoughts. Above all, most illness begins with a negative mind. There is a remedy for the negative mind. Meditation is the best mantra to keep your mind healthy. There are many techniques of meditation. First, we need to know what meditation exactly is. Meditation is watching your mind, and staying meaningful. The most important question is how to watch or stay meaningful when the mind is traveling so fast. It is said our mind travels faster than light. There is one thought coming after another and then you cannot even stay in meditation for a minute. In such a condition to watch his mind is nearly impossible. Of course, there is a solution to this problem. It can only be meditation.
If you are learning meditation one thing you need to be clear that practicing meditation requires time. Don’t give up because you feel like it isn’t working. If you don’t have patience you can’t. With time and by practicing you will make progress deliberately. The most important thing is that you need to have a deep feeling that meditation is going to bring positive results in your life. Be thankful for what you have. Feel that everything is impermanent. Sit in a comfortable position. While meditating keep your spine straight and erect and the body relaxed. Having thoughts during meditation is natural. Let it come and go. Do not try to dominate your thoughts. If you feel sleepy, sleep and practice again at a suitable time. It’s not a good idea to force yourself to stay alert. Be calm and watch everything that arises. In the beginning, you can sit in meditation for 5 minutes. Once you feel you can watch your mind then you can increase your time too. Nevertheless, a minimum of 30 minutes will have some effect on you. Gradually your meditation will become your habit. Moreover, you will find your mind more focused and peaceful.
I am neither a meditation teacher nor a meditation specialist. I am an ordinary human being, an avid practitioner of meditation. I am meditating for more than 8 years. In the beginning, I find it difficult. However, I give continuity. Slowly I find changes in my mind. I feel more peaceful. Nowadays meditation is like oxygen for me. It helps me stay mindful all the time. It makes me feel everything is impermanent. Daily I meditate for forty-five minutes. It’s like having food daily. I have experienced that each moment in meditation is always healing. Your body and mind take exactly what it needs from your practice. It simplifies our outer life and energizes our inner self. It is a divine gift in this chaotic life. Just try it once your life becomes so natural and spontaneous that you cannot breathe without being conscious of your own divinity.
Have you ever realized that slowing you are aging? . Researchers believe that the aging process somewhat leads to a reduction of immune response capability, which in turn contributes to more infections, more inflammatory diseases, and more cancer. With aging, we are sure to suffer from some diseases. Close your eyes and feel as if you are old and suffering from cancer. You are in bed counting the days of your death. How do you feel ? . Aren’t you scared ? . There are 24 hours a day. We need to manage our time and make meditation compulsion in our daily life. After all managing, your time means managing your life.