Have you ever asked yourself a question about who are you and why are you here?
Do you have the urge to find out the answers?
The right path that can enlighten you is meditation. It requires vigorous and incessant practice under expert supervision to attain the ultimate level of psychological condition needed to discover the answers to your questions.
As a novice, to begin with meditation offers a peaceful mind set, enhanced concentration and stress free life to name a few. Meditation has a whole range of benefits to offer. One must inculcate patience and dedication to avail the benefits of meditation. Likewise, yoga is an ancient practice that has newly gained popularity among people all over the globe.
The fitness mantra lies in these two amazing concepts: meditation for a healthy mind and yoga for a healthy body. The techniques and methods are dynamic and have been developed to fulfill the varied needs and conditions of people. In spite of all the different processes to meditate, the general approach almost remains the same.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is an art of mindfulness and complete awareness without having preferences or choices. Meditation should be for the whole day, not only for one or two hours a day. Meditation is the art of beautiful living with awareness and observation of all around the world. Awareness is the main tool of meditation, so you should live in present movements with complete awareness without nature of choosing. Jiddu Krishnamurti names it as Choiceless awareness.
What is the Yoga?
Meditation is a great endeavor of silence. This silence is not about shutting off mouth or stop talking with anyone, but the great silence is renouncement of the mind, useless activities and waste thoughts. The cessation of these activities and useless thoughts is called yoga.
How to meditate
First of all, one needs to understand the nature of mind and accept it the way it is. Ego should not be let in. Our mind never remains still, on trying to concentrate on a particular object or thought, it gets bored and instantly allows all sort of thoughts and feelings to occupy the space. Therefore, to keep our mind away from boredom, it is essential to keep it engaged in the process. This is done by creating a powerful object of concentration, which can be a mantra, a yantra, an idea, a source of energy, breath, an image of a deity, etc. Our mind is made to focus on the object, thereby willingly handing over the power to the object of meditation to completely take over our mind. It starts affecting the mind in a positive way; it soothes and calms down the mind to enhance its acceptance power to the depth of the object. You should never try to focus on one thing just too fast and frustrate the mind in the process. Will power and patience are two important attributes to watch on. The process to concentrate should be slow and steady for making meditation a pleasant and a serene experience. This is the first objective of meditation that can mostly be reached by every beginner. The second objective is the attainment of awakened mind. This is a time-consuming process and cannot be achieved too soon. Fulfilling the second objective reveals a new horizon before you, which is miraculous.
To relieve your body from all the abnormalities; yoga is the remedy. This practice reveals its effectiveness gradually over a certain period of time. Therefore, it is futile to expect change instantly. Determination, dedication, discipline and right training of yoga can do wonders to your body. It has been proven that what years of diet could not, yoga did to body. A strong belief in meditation and yoga can yield fruitful results that you can enjoy lifetime.