As exercise is to body, meditation is to the mind. Meditation is a practice where a person trains their mind to realize some benefits or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content. It is a practice in which different techniques are designed to promote relaxation and build internal energy.
Meditation helps to relax the body which helps to concentrate and also develop patience in a person. It helps to develop a sense of indestructible sense of well being in the practitioner while engaging in other activities of life. Meditation is used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way.
There are many emotional, mental, physical benefits of meditating. By meditating we connect to ourselves which helps us realize what we truly want and how can we get their. It also helps to develop patience, increases focus and become more happy in life.
Meditation can be done in a peaceful place where their is less noise and and environment is calm. The calm environment helps the brain to relax and decrease distraction so we can focus more. It can also be done with some calm, low music. It is usually done in the morning with empty stomach. This helps to relax our internal organ and helps to concentrate. We also need fresh air which helps to relax the mind so the perfect time to meditate is in the morning.
Their are many methods for meditation. Few have been described below:-
1. Focused attention
In this process we focus our mind on a particular thing with our eyes opened. The smaller the target the better it helps to meditate. But in the beginning some regular object must be considered. This helps to develop concentration and focus with time. In this process we can sit down with crossed legs or lay down. After that we keep the object in front of us and take a deep breathe and then concentrate on the object avoiding all the distractions. Instead of keeping an object we can also pronounce some mantras and focus on it.
2. Open monitoring meditation
In this process instead of keeping the eyes open and focusing of a object we close our eyes and focus on some thoughts or smell, sounds without any judgement or perception. In this process we sit in the same way just closing our eyes. We start by a deep breathe and the focus on the thought.
3. Effortless presence
In this process we do not concentrate on a particular thought. Instead we just leave the thought and remain quiet, empty, self sufficient. This is the pure form of meditation which must be practiced for pure presence. It is as same as the open monitoring meditation just that no thought is to be focused in this process.
Meditation might seem hard in the beginning but as we practice we start finding it easy and also satisfying to ourselves.