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What Is Meditation ? Everything You Need To Know, According To Ayurveda

INTRODUCTION:

Meditation is basic practice for quieting the mind and getting in touch with our deeper self, the spirit in a spiritual way. Meditation gives a deeper satisfaction of the relation’s which are internally linked to all things and a part which each person plays. A very easy and simple rule of this game is honesty with yourself about who and where you are in your life with learning and listening to hear how it is. Meditation is a way of listening to the deep ,so hear to the deep how it all is from a more profound place. Meditation helps to improve your insight, reveals your true nature, and brings you most important thing that is your inner peace.

Meditation isn’t prayer. Meditation is sitting, kneeling. walking and/or anything that focuses your mind on your higher-self. Meditation is listening. It’s the listening part that is the lifetime challenge.

“When you will be with someone you love very much, you can talk and its

pleasant, but the reality is not about the conversation. It is simply in being together.

Meditation is the highest form of prayer. In it, you will be so close to

God that you don’t need to say a thing. It’s just great to be together.”

-Swami Chetananda

A SHORT HISTORY

The history of meditation goes back many thousands of years into antiquity itself. As part of the yoga system the principles are divine and it is received by the Rishis, (illumined sages of India) as a means of self salvation, allowing every man a path back to union again with his divine creator, God.

According to Patanjali Yoga Sutra, MEDITATION is the seventh step towards spiritualism, and the eighth step being the samadhi-Union with the creator

Meditation is a skill or technique which involves the development of non-sensory, inward aspects of consciousness in order to enhance one’s abilities to attain one’s life goals.

SO… WHAT IS MEDITATION?

A concentrated focus on a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.

Types of Meditation

All forms of meditation can be classified into one or a combination of four categories:

  • Concentrative (The most commonly used form)
  • Receptive
  • Reflective
  • Generative

Concentrative Meditation

  • Assists with focusing the mind.
  • This is done by focusing on the breath, image, objective or sound (mantra) during the meditation.
  • This process allows the mind to achieve clarity and awareness.
  • Transcendental meditation (TM), based in the Hindu tradition, is a form of concentrative meditation.

Receptive Meditation

  • Assists with becoming more fully present in the moment.
  • This is done by being mindful and attentive to feelings, sensation, thoughts, image,smells and experiences without becoming involved in judgment, reactions or processes of the experience.
  • This helps to gain a calmer, clearer and more non-reactive state of mind and being. Mindfulness meditation, based on Buddhism, is a form of receptive meditation.

Reflective Meditation

• Assists with investigating an idea in a systematic way.

  • Uses disciplined thinking and analysis to reflect upon a compelling question, challenge, idea or project.
  • Reflects on a verse, a phrase or inspiring idea.
  • Brings wisdom and insight into all aspects of our lives.

As Albert Einstein has said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Generative Meditation

  • Assists in consciously cultivating and strengthening specific qualities such as:
  • Patience
  • Love
  • Appreciation
  • Compassion
  • Humility
  • Gratitude
  • Courage

This form of meditation invites us to actively nurture these strengths of character by thinking, speaking and acting are the qualities which are already present and alive within us.

Meditation an antidote to stress

The neuro chemistry and neuro physiology of meditation is just the reverse of stress.

Stress: Over activity of Sympathetic system.

Meditation: system. Over activity of Parasympathetic

Meditation is hard work. It demands the highest form of discipline which comes through constant awareness, not only of the things about you outwardly, but also inwardly.

– J. Krishnamurti

The Real Purpose Of Meditation

  • Elimination of Ego
  • Elimination of Mind

MEDITATION: PHILOSOPHICAL PURPOSE

  • Philosophical self realization
  • God realization
  • Total bliss (total relief of pain)
  • Total liberation

Meditation techniques:

  • Focus on Breathing
  • Focus on an object
  • Focus on a sound
  • Focus on a thought
  • Focus on sensual object
  • Focus on sensory perception
  • Imagery
  • Soul meditation

Meditation : methods

Jain Dhyana

Kayotsarga

Preksha Dhyana

Tratak

Vipashyana

Suryasamyam

Patanjali Dhyana

Adarshdhyana (mirror)

Anapan Sati

Swaminarayan Dhyana

Smriti Upasthan

Arup Dhyana

Spand Dhyana

Purnayoga Dhyana

Mantra Dhyana

Atit Dhyana (past)

Nabhi Dhyana

Bhavidhyana (future)

Swapna Dhyana

Sarpalanchan Dhyana

Nidra Dhyana

Samarpana Dhyana

Yoga nidra

Tathata

Nyas

Hoo-Dhyana (Dynamic Meditation)

Mrutyu Dhyana

Sahaj Dhyana

T.S Meditation

Your own system

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

Mental benefits

  • It reduces anxiety and lifts depression. Can also help
  • insomnia
  • CAN REDUCE STRESS
  • CAN HELP REDUCE DEPRESSION
  • CAN INCREASE CONCENTRATION
  • CAN HELP REDUCE HEART DISEASE
  • CAN HELP REDUCE PAIN
  • CAN IMPROVE SLEEP
  • CAN INCREASE CONFIDENCE

Physical benefits

  • Oxygen consumption lessens
  • Respiratory rates decease
  • Blood flow increases, which in turn slows the heart rate
  • Pre-menstrual symptoms decrease
  • High blood pressure is lowered to normal levels
  • Muscle tension and headaches decrease
  • Some symptoms of chronic disease, such as allergies and arthritis, improve

Emotional benefits

  • Enhances kindness and increases positivity. Also promotes self love.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Reduces impulsivity, cravings, and addictions
  • Increases resilience in hard times
  • Increases happiness and optimism
  • Helps create loving. harmonious relationships
  • Increases life satisfaction
  • Produces a deep state of peace and wellbeing

Spiritual benefits

  • Spiritual meditation releases and settles our thoughts and emotions.
  • Opens psychic channels Initiates ascension process Connection to soul self Maintains energy health Connection to source energy.

Conclusion:

Meditation should be recommended to patients suffering from conditions caused by stress. Doctors and scientists are working to observe the effects of meditation practiced by people who are undergoing stressful situations. 

Meditation is one of very important tool to come over all the stress-related situations. Moreover, with meditation, one can achieve internal peace which calms down the discomforts caused by stressful situations of life.

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Deep Thacker is an BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery) Undergraduate in Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences. Deep has published many articles on health and aims to provide the public with the information they need to know for their health decisions.
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