In simple words Meditation is a process of clearing the toughts from mind or focusing on one element in clarity for a period of time, thus helping mind to stay focused and relaxed from multiple running toughts. It is as simple as applying break to a moving car and bringing it to rest position for a while to get the engine cooled.
There are mant ways of practising meditation.Some of the methods include
* Focusing and listening to pleasant music and freeing mind from all toughts.
* Chanting Mantra in focused manner by eliminating all other toughts.
* Focusing on a single vision and monitoring the steady breaths.
* Spending time in a pleasent and calm locations such as hillstations, forests, parks, beaches etc,, and just focus on environment and enjoy while elimating all toughts from mind.
* Try to empty mind and focus on emptiness as long as possible.
This type of meditation is best suited for times when you’re actually in motion or moving.These meditations are probably among the more challenging to remember to do because you naturally want to focus on the action you’re doing – and of course, there are times when you must and should focus only on what you’re doing! But if you can do one here and there, the benefits quickly add up over the course of your day!
You can do this type of meditation, at any time, when you’re in a safe environment, like your own home. It’s ideal for when the action doesn’t require a high level of attention – don’t do this when the situation can become precarious if you don’t focus entirely on the action at hand, such as working machinery or driving.
Here’s a simple example: drinking a glass of water.
* As you pick up the glass, focus on the action itself,
* Notice how your fingers wrap around the glass,
* Feel how cool the smooth surface is on your skin,
* Notice how smooth the water is as it enters your mouth, and as you swallow follow the coolness as it goes down your throat.
This focus will stop when your thoughts return or your television show resumes– but this “in motion” meditation is only meant to be for fleeting moments.
This is similar to in-motion meditations in that they ‘skim’ the surface of meditation, but instead of doing them while you’re in-motion, you’re doing them in-between motions. This type of meditation is a little easier than the in-motion ones because once you stop moving, your focus on the action ceases momentarily.
These can be done pretty much anytime and anywhere – again when you’re not in motion.
For example: you’re at the supermarket and waiting in the check-out line.
* Instead of looking at your smartphone, or getting irritated at the slow progress being made,
* Focus on your breathing – nice slow breaths and,
* Send some good vibes to the people in the line ahead of you and smile.
Micro-meditations are quite often allow us to go deeper than just the ‘surface’ – which is what the in-motion and spot meditations do – but without having to commit a whole lot of time. Micro-meditations work perfectly when you have a few minutes to really let go and focus.These should ideally be done when you can ‘settle’ down long enough to focus – and depending on the situation, they can be done in many places.
For example: you’re on your way home on the bus or train, or at home waiting for the apple pie to finish baking.
Micro-meditations can also be used as a great way to fall asleep. Utilising those few minutes to relax and re-centre yourself can quickly breathe life back into your mind, body and soul!
Standard meditation equates to setting some specific time aside to really let go of the outside world and dive into my inner self. It can be set part of daily routine.
It helps release all those little thoughts racing around in your mind and put you in the ideal state to go to sleep. This should be done when you’re going to make a more concerted effort to meditate. While you can do this during the day, getting into the best state for this type of meditation is either early morning or later in the evening. Part of this reasoning is because you have the opportunity to either ‘set the tone’ for your day ahead, or decide how you’re going to feel for the next 8 or so hours of sleep.
You’ll want to do this type of meditation at home, or somewhere really conducive to meditation – such as a park, a meditation room, a bedroom – to ensure your mind can really quieten down.Ideally it takes 15min to 45min for this kind of meditation.
Deep meditations will likely require you to set some sort of gentle alarm to come out of, or even better – be guided by another person. The reason for this is because when you go deeper into meditation – your consciousness begins to ‘release’ itself, and your physical body becomes less ‘apparent’ to you as it may have done before.Having a way to pull yourself back into ‘yourself’ (so to speak) is very important for this type of meditation. Deep meditations should be done either in your own home, or in a place where you are truly safe and secure (like a friend’s home or at a reputable meditation group).The only way you’ll be able to truly ‘go deep’ is when you’re 100% comfortable and feel safe. If you can find the time to do a deep meditation – it’s one of the most rewarding things you will ever do for yourself! Usually time to spend has no upper limit. Any where from 45minutes and above.
1) Who can do Meditation ?
Ans) Anyone can do meditation. Their is no age factor or gender specification to carry out one's meditation.
2) Will meditation cure mental stress or physcological issues ?
Ans) Yes, in broder sense. Meditation is a process of calming down monkey mind and trying to get it relaxed. This will benefit stress relief and also eventually help build mental strength by allowing to focus only on things that matters to you.
3) Can I meditate in a chair or lying down instead of cross-legged on the floor ?
Ans) Yes. you can meditate in many different positions. Traditional meditation postures include sitting, standing, walking, lying down, and moving in particular patterns. Basically, any position that you can comfortably sustain is appropriate for meditation.
Of course, lying down has its downside: you’re more likely to fall asleep. So you may have to make a special effort to stay alert and focused. One helpful technique is to keep your knees bent while you meditate.
4) How do I know if I’m meditating the right way ?
Ans) Their is no negativ effect in meditation. So their is no wrong way. It all depends on how well you are able to perform and for how long you are able to. Results are not a magic show. But you see relaxation and better tought process over a period of time. Results include better tought process, better focus, control over toughts and actions, boots self-confidence.
5) Does Meditation belongs to any specific culture or religion ?
Ans) Absolutely not. You can apply the basic principles and techniques of meditation to any spiritual or religious tradition or orientation. Meditation is though believed a medium to connect to higher dimension of spiritual aspect, it is never tied up with a specific religion. So, anyone can practise meditation for a better mental state attainment.