Are you Stressed ? Do you feel like you can’t focus on daily activities ? Do you feel like your response to a situation only makes it a mess? Does your response to a situation makes you regret it later ? Do you feel a certain kind of restlessness in you? Then you’re at the right blog.
I assure you that you can bear fruit everyday by lending 30 minutes of your 24 hours to Meditation.
What is Meditation ?
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
According to Vedic Science human beings consists of 3 aspects :
- Physical Body
- Inner Faculty : The working consciousness which keeps on changing. It consists of :
- Mind : Process our all six senses
- Intellect : Analyzes, discriminates, decides and judges
- Ego : The part of the mind which Does & Experiences, things & actions
- Chitta : the complete set of consciousness which is born out with soul & ends up on Ahamkara
- Deep Inner Self : The constant pure consciousness .
Numerous studies have proven regular meditation as beneficial. Listed are some benefits of Meditation.
1. High Focus, Better Concentration
Mindfulness meditation helps you learn focusing on the present which activates your consciousness making you more active throughout the day.
During the process of meditation, accumulated stresses are removed, energy is increased, health is positively affected overall a 2015 study manifested.
According to the study people who meditate were faster in all tasks. With aging, the brain cortical thickness (gray matter, which contains neurons) decreases, whereas meditation experience is associated with an increase in gray matter in the brain.
2. Stress & Anxiety Relief
Meditation also helps you lower the levels of cortisol, a “stress hormone” As your body perceives stress, your adrenal glands make and release the hormone cortisol into your bloodstream which causes an increase in your heart rate and blood pressure. It’s your natural “flight or fight” response that has kept humans alive for thousands of years.
Repeating a mantra, a word or a phrase or a sound, during meditation has a calming effect which also helps you shift your focus from distracting thoughts.Transcendental meditation
3. Improves self-esteem and self-awareness
Mindfulness meditation takes your mind out of a “Rat Race” state, and calms down your thought process. It takes away the restlessness from your mind by reminding you of how big the universe is in comparison to the thing your are restless for. Which disconnects you from the world, the noises, the tension, the stress around you and let’s you discover the positive qualities in you. It helps you analyze things around you without you judging them. A 2009 research study which included 16 participants manifested a 15% increase in positive self-endorsement and 15% decrease in negative self-endorsement.
“Mindfulness helps increase self-awareness by increasing the ability to examine one’s thoughts and feelings without judgment, which ends up improving self-esteem,” says Brian Wind, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer at Journey Pure.
3. Response to a situation
Mindfulness Meditation brings a person’s state of mind to a point of perspective from where they start’s recognize the reasons., and when they acknowledge the reasons, their mind starts to accept it rather than responding in a negative way which leads to instability of mind.
Our mind is like a highway of thoughts, which come and go every second. Your mind will be agitated, If its stuck in the middle of a highway, If it is processing every single thought that comes by. New studies reveals that we have about 6200 thoughts everyday. Implementing Meditation does not cease the number of thoughts that you perceive, it just pull you far from the highway, where its tranquil.
Imagine a person, sitting peacefully under the shade of a tree, in a soothing cold wind, and a pleasing weather who is not bothered about every single car that goes by the highway full of traffic. Meditation is the grounds for that person’s serenity.
His response to the situations would be adequate to that of a person stuck in a highway jam.
Meditation puts your mind in a place of perspective of the creator. Its from where the mind analyzes everything it perceives without panicking or over stressing. And when your mind is in a serene state that’s when it would analyze the situation better, resulting into a better response.
4. Makes you more calm and loving
Mindfulness meditation helps you discover people, emotions, things around you without you judging them. Loving kindness meditation can foster compassion for yourself and others. It strengthens circuit in the brain that pick up on other people’s emotion, promotes altruistic behavior, and decreases the implicit or unconscious bias responsible for perpetuating harmful stereotypes.
To start a loving kindness meditation, you might envision a loved one in your mind and wish them happiness. You can then extend that love to yourself and other people in your life.
The Bottom Line
Meditation brings with it mental health, physical health accompanies with it. It is an experience of unity, which reduces anxiety and increases creativity and efficiency of the inner faculty.
This is an exercise that occurs without the mind directing the process. The process of meditation goes beyond the mind to the deepest level of the inner self.