Meditation is a way to eliminate the lack of balance caused by the mental stresses of life. By spending time in meditation, we create a calm haven in which we restore equilibrium and peace to our mental functioning. Researchers have recorded that the brain activity in people who meditate functions at 4-10 hertz, a state of deep relaxation. Their mind becomes calm, and it also calms the body. If we could spend some time each day in meditation, we would find our stress levels would be reduced.”
Definition of Meditation: –
The present meaning of the word MEDITATION is to ‘REFLECT’ or ‘TO PONDER’ i.e. to Weigh or Measure and ‘TO GIVE CLOSE ATTENTION’. Similarly the Sanskrit word for MEDITATION is DHYANA, is closely related to DHYATI, meaning to REFLECT. Therefore to Meditate means to Ponder, to Reflect, while giving close attention to what is actually going on as one does so.
Without attempting to probe in to this deeper meaning of meditation, one can however say that meditation can bring order to our overall mental activity and this may be a key factor in bringing about an end to the sorrow, the misery, the chaos and confusion, that have, over the ages, been the lot of mankind, and that are still generally continuing without visible prospect of fundamental change, for the foreseeable future.
Meditation works entirely on the level of Mind, Intellect, and sub-conscious, rather focusing on the bodily forms, postures or rituals. The first stage of meditation is to stabilize the self in the pure experience of the inner tranquility of the Soul. At first the distracting thoughts may come to the mind. One has to train oneself to get involved in a struggle to contain or eradicate them. One has to learn to step away and become an observer as soon as one becomes aware of them.
Through meditation the accuracy of this role is heightened so that positive qualities are permitted entry and continuity while negative ones are weakened and transformed. Meditation can bring real and permanent peace of mind by filling the Intellect with strength and wisdom and purifying the sub conscience. After some practice, one can have the intellectual power the sub-conscience mind at any time. In a situation which would lead most people to experience negative moods or emotions such as fear, depression, anxiety, boredom, fatigue, hatred or aggression, one can become detached and access innate qualities.
Meditation involves the development and refinement of the so-called Third Eye, so that one does not see spirituality only but also understand and adjust to it in the most natural way possible.
4 steps in Meditation Practice: –
- Detach the Self from negative, wasteful and mundane thinking.
- Create pure or elevated thoughts about your original state and about your original home.
- Visualize yourself as a point of conscious light energy directly in front of GOD in his radiant form of light.
- Open yourself to receiving God’s love.
The benefits of Meditation: –
- Transformation of the negative personality traits
- Obtaining power of self control
- Improvement of the vision one has of the self and others
- Inner emotional fulfillment through each of the relationships
- Replacement of lost or spent spiritual and mental energy
- Don’t do in excess. Too much of anything is not good.