“Quiet the mind,
and the soul will speak.”
~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
We all crave for happiness and contentment in life, however life is not a bed of roses. Human as we are, we are vulnerable to negative emotions like depression, stress, and anxiety. Since we cannot predict the future, avoiding these emotions is impossible. What we can do, though, is to fight against it.
According to a meditator and scholar, the real source of happiness lies in the clarity of our thoughts. How can we do that? By way of meditation.
What is Meditation?
Yoga International defines meditation as a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is different from the normal waking state. Meditation was first practiced in India, and some people associated it with religion. However, meditation is actually a science, which means that the it follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.
What happens when we Meditate?
According to Buddha, when a person meditates, it trains the mind to “not dwell in the past or contemplate about the future.” It allows you to be one with yourself, helping you explore your inner dimensions.
In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.- Swami Rama, Yoga International
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can help develop a positive outlook in life, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance. It is considered as a type of mind-body complementary medicine that can benefit both your emotional and physical health.