Don’t Wait; Meditate!
As I returned from work one afternoon, sitting in the metro, I was surprised (shocked, would be more appropriate) to hear a little girl who was returning with her mother from play school, announce that she was stressed!! I continued to listen to her banter and it hit me to see such a small child use words like “stress”, “bugged”, “tired”, “sick” and I realised not only how much a part of our daily lives these have become but how early we have started conditioning our minds to such a life. Obviously the child did not know what “stress” meant fully, but had picked it up from her parents or other adults around her.
I couldn’t help but think of how nice it would be to have words like “happy”, “healthy”, “grateful” “relaxed” replace these words, not only in the child’s vocabulary but also in our own.
Life for many today has indeed become a series of dead-lines, competition, one-upmanship. Children pick it up from their parents and then it gets reinforced by their peers. People are constantly running and never seem to have time. It is the excuse I get to hear most often when I try and encourage people to mediate.
It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes- an old Zen saying:
“Everyone should meditate for 20 minutes daily….unless they don’t have time. In that case, they should meditate for an hour!!”
Imagine a driver who is in such a hurry to reach his destination that he doesn’t stop to clean his windshield. He continues to drive staring, straining to see his path through the hazy windshield not realising that if he stops and just cleans the glass, the clarity of vision will help him go faster and without stressing so much.
Same is the case with many of us – we don’t want to spend those few minutes meditating because we don’t have time – not realising that the 20 minute spiritual shower will clean up the windshield of our lives enough to allow us to save hours during the rest of the day.
The other issue seems to be that of concentrating and managing to focus during meditation – well the answer to that is Master Choa Kok Sui’s Meditation on Twin Hearts – it is a completely guided meditation, where he hand holds you and walks you through each step. Simple yet extremely powerful given the spiritual technology and thought Master has put in behind each step of the meditation, the Meditation on Twin Hearts can be practiced by anyone above the age of 16 and all it takes is less than 30 minutes – for more details, and to experience a short version of Meditation on Twin Hearts please follow this link: Meditation on Twin Hearts
In ancient times, spiritual practices were an essential part of daily lives: at home, at work, in school and even in play. The main purpose was to avoid or reduce stress, increase efficiency and improve team spirit. As man started making more “scientific” discoveries, these practices started taking a back seat and were gradually removed from the system. However today people are searching for answers that science cannot give, and turning towards spirituality and meditation to promote good health and well-being.
Posters such as this one are gaining popularity:
“Meditate because Google does not have all the answers…”
Great spiritual teachers and gurus have always expounded the benefits of meditating. In an attempt to bridge the gap between modern-day practices and ancient well-being practices, more and more educationists today are adopting a holistic approach for their students, faculty, employees, including senior management to ensure the best over-all development for them. Medical practitioners and hospitals have started opening their doors to alternative therapies – and meditation is an integral part of each of these.
So what is meditation? The term itself can refer to a variety of practices depending on different contexts but to me essentially, it is a state of deep peace when the mind is calm and silent. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body, a peaceful mind leads to a peaceful world and one of the easiest ways to keep our minds calm and peaceful is to meditate.
What does meditation do? In the state of calmness and peace, the mind and body are relaxed, our ability to draw in life-force increases substantially. The optimal level of energy flow in the body flushes out diseased and used up energy which in turn increases our immunity, thereby allowing us to remain healthy. For something that is so simple, meditation can produce an amazing number of benefits.
Studies have shown that regular meditation:
- De-stresses: it flushes out the stress and prevents stress from entering our system and reduces anxiety attacks.
- On a physical level, it regulates blood pressure, reduces pain, promotes regeneration and repair of damaged cells, keeps the body more flexible, slows down the ageing process, increases immunity and energy levels.
- At a mental level, it induces a state of increased alpha brain waves in the brain which in turn induces relaxation while keeping one alert, increases clarity of thought, increases memory power, creativity, emotional stability, and intuition.
Meditation also increases feelings of love, compassion, harmony and empathy – quoting Dalai Lama:
“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we can eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
Now wouldn’t that be just lovely?!