Mental and spiritual wellbeing
Meditation (Dhyana) is that which calms the mind. Our yogis have described many methods to practice dhyana or meditation in the religious ethics for the mind, work and pledge to be in one. Yoga guru Patanjali has divided meditation into two parts and has mentioned benefits of meditation being – stress reduction, calming the mind down and increase in inner peace. Meditation energizes your awareness, imparting both peace and wisdom to an otherwise busy mind. It expands one’s capacity to love and, heals broken hearts. It also diffuses fears, replacing them with lightness of mind and freedom from anxiety.
In the modern times, meditation has often been used loosely and inaccurately thereby creating confusion about the concept as well as the methods of its practice. Some imagine it to be thinking or contemplating on life, others refer it to be similar to daydreaming or fantasizing and meditation is none of these whatsoever.
Meditation on the contrary, is a precise technique meant to put the mind to rest and attain a state of consciousness, different from the normal waking state in all respects. It is a means to fathom all levels of our own selves and finally experience the center of consciousness within, a journey inward. Meditation is not a part of any religion. It is a science, a discipline where the process of meditating follows a particular order, with definite principles and procedures, results of which can be verified. The mind becomes clear, relaxed and inwardly focused after meditation. When one meditates, one is fully aware and alert. At this state, the mind is not focused on external world or in events taking place around oneself. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and focused so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.