Meditation is a topic of great interest today, especially among busy people trying to balance home and work lives. So what is meditation? It is a therapeutic approach to mitigate or eliminate psycho-physical unease. It is also a way to uplift our mood and enhance our spiritual practices. It now has a foothold in every age bracket, and slowly it is improving the overall well-being of people all over the world.
Overall, meditation can help reduce stress, increase happiness and concentration, and help people discover their purpose in life. It can improve communication and interaction between the left and right hemispheres of brain; increase emotional stability; improve memory and learning capabilities; and develop self-confidence, creativity, productivity, and will power.
Additionally, many use meditation along with yoga to help treat a wide range of physical and mental problems including:
- addiction to drugs, nicotine, and alcohol
- anxiety, depression, and tension
- high blood pressure and circulatory problems
- arthritis, headaches, backaches, and other physical pain
- heart disease
- PMS, menopause, and postpartum depression
- digestive disorders
- anxiety and depression from long-term (chronic) conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, asthma, diabetes, etc.
I believe meditation is gift from the saints and sages bestowed upon human beings. Hence, meditation is meant for ALL. However, meditation is not a process, it is a state of mind and, to achieve that state, one needs to follow a set course of action. Here is one of the most effective ways I have found to enter the meditative space:
Resonating with the Divine:
This is a unique combination of Bhramari Pranayama (breathing) with the Padmasana (Lotus Posture). Choose a quite place. While facing east, sit in the posture of Padmasana*, while keeping your spine erect. Close your eyes slowly and start humming. The sound should resonate in your system and your body will feel a slight vibration around the throat, which diminishes toward the lower part of the body. The sound should be loud enough to make the desired vibration and sound like the word Om (Aum) spoken while keeping your mouth shut.
Take deep breaths and hum for 30 minutes. The movement of breath in the correct rhythm with the sound vibration in your nostrils will generate feelings of laughter and provide a soothing mindset. Then spend 15 Minutes in Shavasana (Corpse Pose)** thinking about gratitude.
Using this process every single day can result in immense joy and a more vibrant life! For maximum benefit, practice in the same place and at the same time every day.
*If you are unfamiliar with this pose, visit: http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/yoga-poses/lotus-pose-padmasana.
**If you are unfamiliar with this pose, visit: http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/yoga-poses/corpse-pose-shavasana.
Vikash Kumar, well known as ForeZorba (Leader of Energetic Youth), is a Mindfulness Coach and Spiritual Quotient Trainer. He founded Mantra with Zorba (MWZ) and through this practice he is empowering individuals and corporations. His strategic counseling transforms and empowers people using a psycho-dynamic approach and the philosophy: “I answer to the people rather than questions.” He is voracious reader, ceaseless thinker, and an ardent writer on subjects of Body, Mind, Learning & Development, and HR issues but dealt differently. He is published in magazines around the world. E-mail ForeZorba at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.mantrawithzorba.com.