By Manmohan Singh
An Indian spiritual teacher once said, “Meditation is painful in the beginning, but it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end.”
Yes, practitioners from different walks of life share the same thought about meditation. In current times, when living conditions are becoming challenging, some might find it hard to strike a balance between work and life.
A meditation practice can help maintain an even temperament. Make it a point to proceed with a little bit of self-discipline and soon you will start witnessing a great amount of physical, emotional and mental strength.
Follow these methods to get into meditation:
Before becoming an avid practitioner, we must remember the fact that it is pretty much like a journey; we continue to grow with time. It is better to start and absorb every moment of it. To get a clear idea on how to begin this habit of maintaining a meditative state, there are certain steps that we can follow:
Take the Initiative: In the beginning, it can be hard to sit and concentrate even for a mere five minutes. However, this is the first step needed to conquer in order to explore the benefits of this spiritual science. Find a comfortable place with ample light and fresh air where you can sit daily to get started with meditation.
Pay Attention to the Breath: Correcting the breath is the first requirement to develop within weeks of starting a meditation practice. In early phases, just try to observe the breath and then focus on taking steady breaths. Inhale slowly through your nose. Hold the breath inside for a few seconds and then exhale gradually. Do this practice daily for a few minutes to find a rhythm of breathing.
Focus on Your Thoughts: During a daily session of meditation, you might have to face the daunting task of controlling your thoughts. Please don’t try too hard to control the mind, otherwise, we end up losing interest in meditation altogether. Be aware of the thought process in the starting phase and slowly let the mind settle naturally. Allow the distractions to float away because this will eventually lead to a mental state where tranquility shall reign.
Enjoy the Mind Entertainment: Once we begin enjoying the meditative state, worldly distractions start vanishing and the feeling of elation becomes visible on our faces. Keep doing this practice regularly to take your inner strength to a totally different level.
Gradually Grow with Meditation: Regular meditation practice tends to take us in the various realms of the mind. Often we begin experiencing a certain degree of stillness and equanimity in our personalities. This is the time when we need to be aware, as worldly distractions may have a negative effect on the psyche and spoil the positive energy that is gained during the sessions. However, if we make it a point to maintain the practice as a habit for life, we can be sure to continue enjoying its many benefits for a lifetime.
In order to achieve an understanding of anything, every individual has to go through certain levels. In the case of meditation, we have to be able to even meditate with our eyes open. This way, a certain degree of calmness can be felt in whatever we do.
Even in the case of extremely adverse situations, we can make the right path as a true master of our destinies.
Manmohan Singh has been a practitioner of yoga and Ayurveda for the last 12 years. He is managing director of Rishikul Ayurshala, an authentic Ayurveda training institute. The Institue offers ayurveda courses in Kerala India and Meditation Courses in Kerala. The institute’s goal is to provide the simplest healing solutions and treatments for multifarious health problems. Apart from the institute management, Manmohan Singh loves to spend time writing, doing photography and traveling.
Editor: Dana Gornall