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Benefits of Practicing Meditation

There is a common misconception that meditation is an exotic and complex art that can be practiced only after retirement or when you renounce life and find a cave in the Himalayas. Quite the contrary. In this fast-paced technology-driven lifestyle, it is important to release stress every once in a while. People often forget to see the big picture and run the rat-race behind things which don't even qualify as priority.
Here I would like to list some benefits of meditation, so that someone with little or no knowledge about this ancient, yet powerul art, can get motivated to try it out. This impressive list is by no means exhaustive, it is just the tip of the iceberg.


On physical level, it helps each body cells to revitalise itself. It makes respiration more efficient and improves circulation and quality of blood.

On mental level- It proves to be an applied method to, train the mind to concentrate. It offers a way to treat serious psychosomatic illness without drugs. It is an efficient tool for ending addictions and other bad habits. It reveals the mysteries of mind by realisation and real experiences of the inner consciousness which includes the subconscious and the unconscious.

On emotional level-The strengthening of conscious reasoning controls reaction to environmental conditions, situations, and behaviour of others; harmonisation of the functioning of the nervous and endocrine system result in control and eradication of psychological distortions. These may include stress, depression or anger management.

On spiritual level- Regulation of blood-chemistry through proper synthesization of neuro-endocrinal secretions, and dispassionate internal vibration lead one to attain the power to control the mind and become free from effects of external forces compelling one to lose equanimity.

Relaxation

The first step of meditation is Savasana, that is relaxation with self-awareness. Keep your body steady, relaxed and free from tension. Keep your spine and neck straight but without stiffness. Relax all the muscles of your body. Let your body become limp.Savasana has two implications

1. Complete relaxation of the body

2. Self-awareness.

For achieving complete relaxation of the body, mentally divide it into several parts and concentrate your mind on each part of the body one by one, from feet to head. Allow your mind to spread in the whole part--allow it to undertake a trip in the whole part;

use the technique of auto-suggestion to relax the whole part and experience the resulting relaxation. Experience that each and every muscle, each and every nerve has become relaxed. And in the same way attain, the relaxation of the whole body.

Use deep concentration and remain completely alert. Practice Savasana.

 
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