“Meditation is the journey from sound to silence, from movement to stillness, from a limited identity to unlimited space.”– Sri Ravi Shankar
Meditation is becoming prominent nowadays. People are amazed by the results of it. Many spiritual teachers say that today’s youth is becoming more spiritual than previous ones.
Because of the internet, we can access the wisdom of centuries in just a few minutes.
After the studies of modern science on meditation, people ran towards it.
Another reason why it became so much popular is that meditation does not require any prior experience or training at all. You can practice it and take its benefits from your home.
In this post, you will get to know probably everything about meditation.
Let’s start understanding it from the core.
Origin Of Meditation.
The Internet is flooded with the benefits of meditation & its steps. But very few people talk about the origin of it. Most people think that Gautama Buddha created meditation. They are wrong because Buddha also learned meditation before his enlightenment.
Do you know where did the Buddha learn it?
We all know that Hinduism is the oldest religion of our planet.
Many Purana’s of Hinduism claims meditation. In the time-space between 500-200 BCE when the “Yoga Sutra Of Patanjali” was compiled, Patanjali described the “Eight Limbs Of Yoga,”
One of those is meditation. Along with this, Bhagavad Gita also describes the philosophy of meditation and the practice of living Spiritual balance life.
Apart from this, there are many other Hindu scriptures that claim meditation before anyone else.
Buddha created his technique of doing meditation called “Satipatthana” after his enlightenment.
“Meditation” word derived from the Latin word “Meditatum,” which means “To Ponder.”
Although in Hindi, it means “Dhyana,” which implies concentration or attention.
The Real Meditation.
Many Hinduism meditation teachers say that if you want to do meditation, focus entirely on your breath. But today’s generation is making it complicated.
All aspects like visualization, listening to music can change the core of meditation.
The core value is to become thoughtless and remain calm even in uncertainty to live a peaceful & balanced life.
If you don’t want to make it complicated, focus on your breath. See how it’s going in and out.
Put your full attention on your breath and when you get distracted from a thought, it means you are going in the wrong direction. Again shift your focus on your breath.
You will have many breakouts. It’s common. It’s showing how much scatter your brain is.
Why We Have To Watch Our Breath.
Ever wonder why we have to watch our breath?
When you start watching your breath, you are shifting your attention from various thoughts to your breath. Eventually, your mind starts to become more apparent.
There is also a mythological fact about this,
Many spiritual teachers say that your breath is directly linking to your mind (thoughts) and similarly, your mind is linking to your life-energy.
And if you are able to calm down your breath, your thoughts and the life-energy will automatically become relaxed & calm.
That’s why to calm you from inside, they teach us to watch our breath.
And it is also one of the easiest ways to do meditation, although there are many types of meditation.
Steps To Perform.
Doing meditation is not difficult but it’s not easy either. That’s why we have listed all steps to perform meditation.
1. Sit In A Peaceful Environment.
The first step is to sit in a peaceful environment. You can sit in a cross-leg position or you can also sit on a chair. It’s your choice. But make sure to erect your backbone while practicing it. Otherwise, you will start sleeping.
2. Take Deep Breaths With A Smile On Your Face.
It’s an optional step but it helps a lot. To warm up your mind or I say to remove negativity from your body, you should always do deep breathing before meditation.
3. Close Your Eyes And Stay Relaxed For Some Time.
After deep breathing, close your eyes and prepare yourself to dive into the sea of gratefulness. Try to observe the environment around you.
Now the real step starts. You can use an alarm or timer to measure the time.
4. Start The Meditation.
Just watch your breath how it’s going “in” and “out”. Let it move freely. If you get disturbed, don’t stop yourself to try again. Continue doing this for 15-20 minutes & see the change.
After this, open your eyes slowly.