Introduction to Meditation
“Without meditation, where is peace?
Without peace, where is happiness?”
Bhagavad Geeta Chapter II
Meditation is focusing the mind on some object. It involves looking inwards and focusing on the inner self. It quietens the busy mind. During meditation, the mind is calm and focused on the present – not on the past or the future. Meditation leads to relaxation – both physical and mental, even better than sleep does and this improves health and can alleviate various types of disease. It has been proven to reduce high blood pressure and other stress related symptoms. For maximum beneficial effects, meditation should be practiced in a regular way over a long period of time.
Meditation does not oppose any religious or philosophical beliefs. Meditation practice makes the individual a better practitioner of their own way of life. Meditation makes a person happier by allowing the practitioners to understand their own thinking and enabling them to take a more tolerant view of all events.
There are various types of meditation – Yogic, Buddhist, Zen, Taoist, Christian etc. The commonality among all of them is that the process leads to drawing the mind inward away from all distractions and enables a focus on the object of meditation. The ultimate goal is similar, if not the same, in all types of meditation even though it is called by different names in each type – nirvana, moksha, satori, self realization etc.
The practice of meditation is aided by some preparatory steps which are outlined in the next section. Anyone can meditate and even a short period of meditation helps. However it is advisable to set aside at least fifteen minutes a day for this practice. The key is to get started right away and be patient in expecting results. Over a course of time you will definitely start seeing significant benefits to your health and well being.
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