Meditation is a mental and spiritual practice that has been encouraged by many religions, from Buddhism to Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Meditation aims at bringing forth inner peace and serenity through altered consciousness and the slow appeasement of the mind. And here’s what you should know about it!
Dispelling the myths around meditation
We tend to think of meditation practice as a sitting in a classical cross-legged yogic on the floor kind of practice. However, there are various techniques to turn the backward self and enter in meditation. Being physically still allows indeed to be in a position to feel the caress of breathing and welcome every sensation and feeling of our sensory experience, undoubtedly becoming unaware of thoughts.
Mantras and tantras can be used to focus one’s attention around one enlightening intention. The articulation of Sanskrit words and texts can help focus. We’re sharing below a little medley of our favorites:
- Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free. And may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”
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- Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
“Om Pease, Peace, Peace”
- Satyan Jnanam Anandam Brahma
“Truth, knowledge, bliss, absolute”
Other yoga-inspired practices can use candlelight (trataka in kriya yoga), sound, special hand positioning etc. The ultimate purpose is to detach oneself from earthly desires, remaining conscious and available for the spontaneous deepening silence. Shhhhhh … remember?! I’m meditating!
Tranquility allows being with oneself in all our seasons, willing to sit with yourself and with whatever is coming up. Slowly becoming conscious of one’s breathing, of one’s body, body sensations and energy movements allows to enter into meditation.
Fundamentally, meditation nurtures a relationship with yourself, in your physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions. Your pure self. Breeding pure self-love. Hereby creating self-sustained alchemy and changing the way you experience yourself. Yes, yourself!
Recognizing the gifts of meditation
The true purpose of meditation is to teach your mind its own freedom. The mind is constantly filling with thoughts. For a very good reason: in its essence, it is made of consciousness. It is naturally getting conscious of sounds and events surrounding you, each one potentially generating a wide array of emotions and thoughts.
Meditation as a regular practice has also proven to have tangible physical benefits: it lowers blood pressure, rejuvenates cells and shifts the way neurons fire in the brain. Science has it that its positive impact on immunity and depression are way superior than a regular sport practice. Regular meditation practitioners have reported a dramatic reduction in their inflammatory disorders, asthma, premenstrual and menopausal syndrome etc. It’s a no-brainer at this point!
Meditation precisely aims at unifying the spheres of the minds and the physical world to help one’s anchorage. Everything stems from the reconciliation with the body as the temple of your spirit. Through the body, through the practice of being here and now, the meditating self gets access to the reality of its sensations, projections, perceptions with an acute clarity. Doing so, you may reinforce his mental strength and focus capacity, memory retention and recall. You’re honing on cognitive skills and creative thinking, as much as his decision making and problem-solving capacity. When the brain gets unclogged, the information is better processed and distractions are blocked away for a mind wellbeing.
Oôôôôôôôommmmm … we can hear you now meditating too! Awesome! Join us as Samadi Bali and let’s do it the right way altogether!