I took my time for this post because I wanted to practice meditation myself before writing anything about it. I researched about meditation, its significance, its different kinds (mostly because of cultural differences) and its types. I also got to know that different kinds of meditation have different effects on our mind and the way we think, so for example, we may want to perform a specific form of meditation to train our mind for a specific purpose.
Definition and significance:
Meditation, simply put, is an art of conquering the restless mind. We on a daily basis get so tangled up in our thought-chain that we forget what we were thinking initially. This strays us away from our objective. Our brain is such a powerful tool which can do wonders unimaginable (Whatever physical object or thing present today was once a thought process in someone’s mind). For achieving a goal we must stay focussed on a single thought, but mostly a single thought gives rise to multiple other thoughts because of our judgments and prejudices of other people/things/ideas. To resolve this conflict meditation is essential because it alters the thought process. There is one important thing to note that our mind should never be completely at rest because it is not intended to be that way. Our minds are supposed to be efficient, always.
Kinds of meditation:
Although there are many kinds of meditation, I will be sharing the kind I personally know of and have tried, and those are:
- Mindful breathing meditation: In this kind of meditation we simply put our focus on our breath and consciously monitor its movement in and out of our body from there on. It is said that if we are able to control the way we breathe in our day-to-day activities we can stay balanced in our mood at all the times. This technique is taught in Buddhist culture.
- Self-enquiry (आत्म-विचार) meditation: In this kind of meditation we train our mind to break the thought-chain and focus on a single thought, which is constantly questioning ourselves “Who am I?“, also known as the I-thought. We may never get an answer to this question, but that’s not the point. This meditation helps us not only in easing the restless mind but also in becoming more self-aware. In Hinduism, it is said that we can only attain true peace and joy once we seek it “ïnwards”, i.e in our mind instead of seeking it materially.
Since I too am in a learning stage, I will leave this post here. I will keep adding other interesting points on meditation as I progress further ahead.