In today’s fast-paced and chaotic world, finding inner peace and wellness has become a priority for many individuals. Meditation is the journey from movement to stillness, from sound to silence. The need to meditate is present in every human being because it is a natural tendency of human life to look for a joy that doesn’t diminish, a love that doesn’t distort or turn into negative emotions. Is meditation foreign to you? Absolutely not. This is because you have been in meditation for a couple of months before your birth. You were in your mother’s womb doing nothing. You didn’t even have to chew your food — it was fed directly into your belly, and you were there happily floating in the fluid, turning and kicking, sometimes here and there, but most of the time happily floating there. That is meditation or absolute comfort.

Meditation is a journey from sound to silence

~ Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Food For the Soul

If you look at the benefits that meditation brings into our lives, we feel it is all the more relevant and needed. In ancient times, meditation was used for enlightenment, for finding the Self. Meditation was a way to eliminate misery and overcome problems. It was also a way to improve one’s abilities. It has been used for these three things in the past. Today, leaving aside enlightenment, if you see today’s social ills, stress and tension, it calls for one to meditate. The more responsibility you have in your life, the more you need meditation. If you have nothing to do, you may not need meditation so much. But the busier you are, the less time you have, the more work you have and then there are your desires and ambitions, so you have a greater need to meditate. Meditation not only relieves you of stress and gives you strength, but it also enhances your ability to face challenges. Meditation brings better health to us. Music is food for emotions; knowledge is food for the intellect; entertainment is food for the mind; meditation is food for our soul or spirit. It’s the energizer for the mind.

Natural Positivity

 Have you noticed that sometimes you meet someone, and for no reason, you don’t want to talk to them? Whereas with some other people whom you have not met so often, you still feel closeness with them and feel comfortable. This is because of the positive energy. Meditation creates positive and harmonious energy around us.

Deepest Rest in the Shortest Time

There is a lot of research now on how meditation helps with hypertension, diabetes, heart problems, skin problems, nervous system problems and several other problems. It is a big help in preventing many mental illnesses and physical illnesses. Intellectually, it brings such sharpness, keenness of attention, awareness and observation. Emotionally, you feel lighter, softer and purer. You can let go of all the past garbage. It creates positive vibrations around you, influencing your behaviour with others and others’ behaviour with you. Meditation gives the deepest rest in the shortest time.

Focus and Clarity

It helps one to be in the present moment. The mind vacillates between the past and the future. We are either angry about the past or anxious about the future all the time. So meditation helps keep the mind from swinging between the past and the future to be more in the present. Apart from the health benefits, meditation improves concentration. It improves the way you perceive things. It brings clarity to the mind.

Peace in Me, Peace on Earth

It improves your interaction with people around you. You become aware of what you say and how you act and react in different situations. In general, from a stress-free society to peace and health in individuals and from a violence-free society to a sorrow-free soul – all are side effects of meditation.

In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Today, the world’s consciousness is improving; however, on the flip side, you see all this negativity and unrest. Yet simultaneously, more people are concerned about the world than ever before. More and more people want to do something for the world. If there is a part of the Earth that has a longer summer, there is another part with a longer winter. The amount of daylight that you get and the amount of night is almost balanced in the world. So when we see the big picture, we must have this confidence that a bigger power is taking care of this planet Earth, and for millenniums it has been doing its job. But that is not an excuse for us not to do anything! 

When action and meditation are balanced then life blossoms naturally

~ Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

There cannot be outer peace if there is no peace inside. Meditation assures inner peace. When there is inner peace, you can achieve peace outside too. If you are agitated, if you are frustrated, you can’t create peace outside. Just like they say, “charity begins at home”. Charity cannot happen with an empty bowl. It should have something in it already. Similarly, ou should have peace in order to give peace. Also it’s not just the words that convey peace. Peace is a vibration. So when you are calm, and serene deep inside, your strength increases many-fold. When you are so strong, you can walk into any place and talk about peace. So meditation gives you inner strength. And it spreads calming vibrations around you. And that’s why for peace meditation is essential.

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