“When you have inner peace, then you automatically succeed in what you do. The more silent you are from inside, the more powerful your thoughts and actions become.”
We get so caught up in the complexities of our busy lives that it takes a toll on our mind. We are distanced from our nature. Every human has a limitless ocean of joy within. Love is present at the very core of our being. It is our very nature and meditation, the age-old practice of calming the mind is the way to repose in our true self. It is the need of the hour to relieve our mind of negativity. To shake ourselves free of stress and tension. In the olden days, meditation was used to find enlightenment. Today, meditation is seen as an effective remedy to deal with the stresses of daily life. To address the conflict in our mind and in society too.
Meditation is the best way to take deep rest and be alert at the same time. It is a skill that calms the mind and allows you to get in touch with your inner self. It is the precious inner peace that is derived by meditating, by sitting still with ourselves for few minutes. The result of meditation is precious - it takes us to our Self - that too in just a few minutes.
Apart from the several benefits, let’s see the 5 intangible and incredible benefits of meditation.
We develop the ability to respond, not react
Challenging situations and unsure times can be a cause for anxiety and may take away our awareness of the present moment. We are swayed by our emotions. We act on impulse even though we are required to take a calculated and rational decision. Meditation gives us the strength to accept situations as they are. We respond consciously to a situation. We do not react in ignorance and say or do something which we may later regret.
We can still our mind
A turbulent mind that is filled with excessive thoughts drains away our prana (life force), leaving us exhausted and tired. We can move from this turbulence towards tranquility by practicing meditation. Explains Shriram Sarvotham, a senior Sri Sri Yoga teacher, “We cannot directly force or demand peace of mind, but we can prepare the mind to become still.” A still and centered mind is a powerhouse of enthusiasm, it is where creativity dawns.
We can act with awareness
Meditation releases the stresses that are accumulated in our mind and leaves it fresh and clear. It brings the mind to the present moment, which is the field of all actions. Can we bring back the past? Can we smile two hours later? We can only plan for it. But, we can smile NOW. That is in our hands. Any action is possible only in the present moment. When the mind is totally in the present moment, we act with complete awareness. Then, action is perfect and sans mistakes.
We can spread happiness and calm
We have the ability to influence our surroundings. When we enter a room where there has been a fight, we feel uneasy. Whereas, when we enter a room where a baby is playing, the mellow feeling catches on to us. Similarly, as we practice meditation on a regular basis, we will notice a noticeable transformation within ourselves. We will carry a beautiful energy around us. This will be apparent not just to us, but also to people around us.
We can give peace a chance
Peace is not just an absence of conflict. It is a positive state of mind that we all nurture within us. It is the inner peace that can bring outer peace in a family, in society and ultimately in the world. To create peace between communities and nations, we need to look within. Meditation is that inward journey that takes us towards a lasting solution. Once we find peace within, we are able to share it with our family, friends, and society. And then we can move towards a better world!
Practicing meditation regularly alleviates you from stress-related problems, deeply relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the system. The Art of Living’s Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is a specially crafted program to help you tap into your unlimited potential by diving deep within yourself.