Meditation is the panacea for almost everything that needs fixing. It can be mental or physical and encompasses all the stresses and strains that plague modern life. We need a way to escape and undertake a self-cure. We are all so busy and preoccupied that we sometimes forget to take time out and pamper ourselves with a break. We seldom take the opportunity to recharge and refocus as needed.
Meditation for me is the best answer among several solutions as it can be done anywhere you can find a quiet, private space. You just need a comfortable chair which can be your favorite easy over-stuffed recliner at home or your office work station adjustable model. Twenty minutes and you are in the zone and relaxed and refreshed to take on the rest of your day. You will look forward to each session with pleasant anticipation.
Meditation is an age-old art that has many a modern usage. It is practiced by millions of people in all parts of the world even if it is associated with Indian traditions. While it varies according to a particular religious or philosophical discipline, the principle is really the same. A person, while sitting quietly, recites a mantra or concentrates on particular imagery, in order to attain an almost trancelike relaxed state. You are not literally in a trance from which you cannot awake because you are not asleep. It is a semi-conscious mode that is unlike any other. It is somewhat difficult to describe.
Let us say that you feel you are on a different plane of existence as you sit comfortably. Your mind wanders until it takes hold of something bothering you or of immediate concern. You can tackle the problem with positive thinking and will it away. You can go into a better realm of positive thoughts and talk to yourself about new goals and opportunities. Meditation is a wonderful all-encompassing experience that can benefit us all. Some people feel it has medicinal value.
Many people like to recite a mantra given them by another practitioner so they use it each and every time and consider it very special. After a period of time doing meditation, just one recitation of the word can take you to a deeper state. It is like conditioning and the process works faster as a result. Other people like to use an image that have created just for their special meditation time. Whatever the manner of leaving mundane reality behind, it is acceptable and advisable as long as it works.
Meditation should ideally be done twice a day, each morning and evening. Since you are likely to be home, you can designate a special chair for the express purpose of your sessions. You can meditate alone or with a friend or family member and there are no absolute rules beyond the basics. Some people fall asleep as they are that relaxed and others become energetic. Meditation also fosters creativity and innovation. There are so many benefits as to make it mandatory for modern life.
Yoga is a great accompaniment to meditation, especially after a session has been completed. It is all about a holistic approach to well-being. Meditation and yoga enhance one another to help one feel stronger mentally and physically. While it cannot necessarily cure disease, it can help the kind of mind control that benefits ailments.
It is not recommended to recline on a bed or sofa when doing your meditation. Thus, I mention the importance of the chair. You don’t want a stiff back wooden thing that calls attention to itself. The chair should be comfortable enough to facilitate the process and not hinder it. Lying down leads to sleep which can hamper meditation and cut it short.
I cannot stress the important role of meditation in your life. Once you start, you will want to continue on a daily basis. It becomes a routine, but not one that is adjacent to everything else you do. It is a core experience that sets you up for a great life. Everyone wants happiness and we all look for ways to achieve it. Meditation can be your best path to progress in life and the primary means to attaining goals.