Meditation: Food For Mind And Soul
What is Meditation?
According to my personal experience, meditation is an exercise for the mind and the soul of a person. In simple words, we can say that meditation refers to concentrating on an object and forgetting everything else that surrounds you (except the object on which you are trying to focus). In meditation, one has to focus on the chosen element entirely. It is a difficult task but after practicing it for a few weeks all difficulty is gone. It can increase your concentration power to the level that you can't even imagine. It is very beneficial not only for mind but also for the body. The object on which you are trying to focus can be a real object or an object of your imagination. Here, object of imagination refers to what doesn't exist physically, for instance, if you worship a god or goddess, then you can imagine that deity with your eyes closed and try to focus on that.
Meditation is the tongue of our soul and the language of our spirit.
How to Begin with Meditation
If you are a beginner, don't stress out. Just relax and read this article patiently. Meditation is not something very laborious, although this exercise is very demanding. It needs your time and all your energy for focusing on something. At initial stages, one may find it difficult to concentrate, but when time passes, it becomes as easy as child's play. All you have to do is focus. There are many types of meditation. But if you take my advice, then follow the tips given below:
- In the beginning, fix your stopwatch to five minutes.
- If you can find an object to focus on, that's great, but if you can't focus with your eyes open, then try the steps below.
- Put a drop of oil on the top of your head.
- Close your eyes and try to focus on the movement of the oil as it spreads.
- You can do this whenever you are exhausted from work for a very soothing effect. It relaxes the mind and the body altogether.
Meditation in Buddhism and Hinduism
According to Buddhism and Hinduism, meditation is divine. It is the path through which one can find oneself. According to Gautama Buddha, "Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom". A well known Hindu- Mira Bai, is a respected character in India. She is known to have started meditation at an early age. She was a great worshiper of Lord Krishna. She attained self enlightenment via meditation. Therefore, we can conclude that meditation is a very famous practice in Hinduism and Buddhism. Some people might think that meditation is overrated but this is not the case. Meditation leaves positive effects on one's mind, soul and body. Because of it's positive effects, I refer to it as food for mind, soul and body. Meditation is the path to self realization and enlightenment.
"Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt."
-St. Francis de Sales
Meditation and Chakras
There are seven chakras in the human body, and they can be balanced via meditation. The chakras are centers of energy that are described below:
- The Root Chakra: It is responsible for connecting all your energy to earth. This process is known as grounding. It can cause problems like anxiety, if not balanced properly.
- The Sacral Chakra: It is responsible for the creative life force energy and helps us to enjoy our life. Its oversensitiveness can cause addiction, obesity, and restlessness.
- The Solar Plexus: It is responsible for giving birth to self-confidence and personal power. Its imbalance can make one suffer from digestive issues.
- Heart: It is responsible for love, compassion, and kindness. This is also associated with health and healing.
- Throat: It is responsible for giving a voice to our personal truths.
- The Third Eye: It is responsible for extrasensory perception, intuition or psychic energy.
- Crown: It is responsible for connecting us to the entire universe.
This is to conclude that all these chakras play a vital role in our life as a human being. Their imbalance is the only problem.
This varies from individual to individual. If someone's concentration is very disciplined, then a teacher is not needed. But if concentrating is hard for an individual, then a mentor can be helpful. However, one can always learn the techniques from sources like YouTube.
Some personal experiences
- My first encounter with meditation happened in my school days when a yoga teacher trained us. My concentration power is actually very good and that trainer also had very good training skills. My brain was fully immersed in the meditation technique at the first attempt. It was a very different kind of feeling which is hard to explain. I forgot everything that was around me and it was like that I had landed into some other world. That was my first experience and from that day I started believing the in power of meditation.
- My next experience was the oil meditation technique, which I have explained before. I do this whenever I am exhausted because it helps in relaxing my mind and body.
© 2018 Rahul Tokas