Meditation – it’s so simple

By Dr. Rishi Jamdagni

Meditation is a process that is supremely logical. It is a practice where an individual trains mind, inducing a level of consciousness that is separate from their normal state. It enables them to introspect and experience the chaos and calm within themselves. This combination of technique and physical posture, when practised with regular commitment, allows an individual to develop a degree of control over thought patterns.

There are many paths to meditation – from visiting a religious place to mental contemplation, albeit not entirely correct. Rather, it is a state of mental silence or rest where our attention is aware, but not in the process of thinking, which can be understood as thoughtless awareness.

This degree of control cannot be immediately acquired. Instead, the journey of meditation begins with the promise of dedicating, even as little as, 10-15 minutes every day to be spent in silent realisation. While initially, this length of time may also seem impossible, even a few minutes in the early stages of this practice will set you on the path towards achieving a higher level of consciousness.

Ideally, a quiet place of relaxation should be chosen to practice this skill. Furthermore, by repeatedly choosing the same, specific area and time of day to practise this skill, we slowly embed meditation to become a part of our daily routine in a conducive environment brimming with positive vibes. The benefit of this is an increased sense of discipline and patience towards oneself, a benefit that will increasingly grow and assist in our journey towards inner peace and consciousness.

By continuing this practice, an individual is able to experience and feel the transformative benefits of meditation throughout life and daily activities. Increased levels of concentration, lowered stress and greater positivity are some of the advantages that can be experienced through meditation when it is practised regularly and correctly. In addition to increased levels of mental agility, meditation enables an individual to focus and concentrate, while eliminating indecisiveness and natural proclivities to procrastinate

Practised amongst a diverse range of communities, meditation cuts across divides in religions and cultures. It does not revolve around religious faith, instead leading us on path of discovery for achieving calmness and inner harmony. Meditation guides us towards the direction of mindfulness, becoming more aware of thoughts and actions towards oneness.

There are many different reasons why people meditate and there are many different kinds of meditation. For example:

– Spiritual Meditation;

– Mindfulness;

– Movement meditation – walking, Tai chi and yoga;

– Focused meditation;

– Visualization meditation;

– Chanting meditation; and

– Vipassana meditation.

Although different schools of thought on meditation exist, the ultimate objective, more or less, is the same. It is simply a matter of finding which journey is right for you. Further details are available online or via a range of books that depict diverse understandings and experiences of meditation. Below are a few examples of famous individuals and their experiences with meditation:

1) Swami Vivekananda (Naren), a common man in search of enlightenment who found his life’s mission and started his journey of meditation in December 1892. The Viveknanda Memorial, in Kanya Kumari, on the Sri Pada Parai Rock in Tamil Nadu India, depicts his path to enlightenment in which the role of meditation holds great significance.

2) Tim Ferris (Author and Public Speaker), in relation to mindful meditation stated – ”˜meditation is the definite key to success’.

3) Oprah Winfrey – Achieving that stillness within ourselves. Reconnecting with our core centres is more important than what we do for our work.

4) Gabrielle Bernstein (Motivational Speaker), in relation to Kundilini meditation stated – ”˜achieving that stillness within ourselves”¦reconnecting with our core centres is more important then what we do for our work’.

5) Hugh Jackman (Actor) attributes meditation for how he managed his obsessive compulsive behaviour.

For an activity that only requires a few minutes of focus and time, meditation provides numerous benefits for an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing.                                                                                                                                         Please contact Spirit of India for further details if you are interested in participating in activities related to yoga and meditation. Spirit of India can help you understand how meditation and yoga can help improve your health and lifestyle.

Dr. Rishi Jamdagni Is a yoga and meditation enthusiast who practices yoga and meditation daily. He, currently, teaches a senior citizens’ yoga class in Pennant Hills, is an active participant and supporter of Spirit of India and frequently practises Vipassana meditation. He is a firm advocate of healthy living by preserving Indian culture through practising Agnihotra (yagna), meditation and yoga.


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