Meditation: A Budget-Free Retreat
What is Meditation?
Meditation is that which gives you deep rest. Meditation is an activity in which the practitioner just sits and allows the mind to dissolve. In Art of Living, meditation is a simplified activity which can easily be practiced by all. Meditation is not concentration. It is de-concentration, says its founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens.
There are numerous benefits of meditation. It is an essential practice for mental hygiene.
- A calm mind
- Good concentration
- Clarity of perception
- Improvement in communication
- Blossoming of skills and talents
- An unshakeable inner strength
- The ability to connect to an inner source of energy
- Relaxation, rejuvenation, and good luck are all natural results of meditating regularly.
Simple meditation techniques to help a beginner. Tips so simple, yet very effective to have a deeper meditation experience:
- Choose a convenient time and place
- Sit comfortably with a light stomach
- Start with some warm-up exercises, deep breaths
- Smile and more...
How to meditate
- Choose a clean, distraction-free spot or room in your home, though you can do it sitting in your chair at the office during lunch-hour, too! If it is at home, it is better not to use this space for any other activity.
- Ensure the lighting is soothing and the ventilation sufficient – and the noise-levels under control.
- You can listen to guided meditations, but it is better to start with a group.
- Meditate at the same time every day, so it becomes a sustainable routine. Early morning is an optimal time.
- Don’t overdo it. Start by meditating for 10-15 minutes. Keep a timer
- Shut up – the cellphone. Tell your family you are on Do Not Disturb mode for a short spell of time, till your meditation is over.
- And, please, wear comfortable clothes, preferably of natural fabric.
5 Importance of meditation
- Meditation is food for the soul: it nourishes the universal values of compassion, caring and sharing, responsibility, non-violence and peacefulness. It helps us bond with others. These are important values to guide us and make us accept all of mankind as our family: more so in times when the world is being fragmented.
- Humankind has an innate tendency to look for a joy that does not diminish, and meditation fulfills this important need.
- Even when everything is going fine for us we often find ourselves being restless. Meditation can relax our stress – conscious and unconscious – and give us the sense of comfort and stability that every human being craves.
- It helps us meet life’s ups and downs with centeredness, confidence and resourcefulness. Importantly, it gives us resilience so that we can not only can we remain unshaken by storms of emotions that come in everyone’s lives, but also get back on track sooner.
- Meditation is the greatest grief-counsellor. Ever.
4 Advantages of meditation
- At work: today’s levels of stress makes meditation a no-brainer: it helps us achieve that all-important work-life balance, enhances mental clarity and decision-making skills and nurtures trust, creativity, innovation and intuition.
- Improves our relationships. We develop a pleasant, sociable personality, and are able to accept people as they are. These are important skills in any sphere, more so at the, workplace, where teamwork is crucial.
- It gives a deep sense of health and well-being as, regularly practiced, the mind, body and spirit benefit immensely. The deep rest it offers makes us more dynamic in activity.
- If you are one of those who find forgiveness difficult, then regular meditation is just the ticket for you!
Power of Meditation
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