The Art of Meditation; Beyond Religion

Meditation is a set of techniques used to channel the thoughts, enhance the mental awareness and yet bring out a focused attention. It has a calming effect, mentally and physically. Meditation tends to help with channelizing the energy of a person.

Various methods of meditation are described in yoga. Though many people don’t exactly understand how to meditate. You would think sitting in padmasana or sukhasana and breathing is all but that’s not it. Sitting down obviously is not a complexity, it’s the mental efforts that takes practice. Trust me, when I first started meditation, I fell asleep.

Tips for a successful meditation

In the beginning, you achieve the highest level. You will have to take small step. Start with focusing substantial like counting in your mind or focus on your breath.

If your focus is disrupted by any random thoughts, don’t try to consciously remove it. Think about whatever it is that disrupted your focus, for just a moment and then refocus. Don’t try to consciously, stop thinking about it.

After a while, you won’t be needing the help of counting or focusing in your breathing. When I reached that level, I used to revise everything I studied the day before in the half an hour I was meditating.

Potential Pitfalls

As I said before, I fell asleep that’s something you want to avoid. There would be times you won’t be actually meditating but you won’t be able to even realize it.

Meditation and religion

Meditation has been a part of Hinduism for a more than a thousand years. In Hindi it is called ‘dhyana’ a way of samadhi and self-knowledge. It has also been an integral part of Buddhism and Jainism. Though its through religion that the concept of meditation established in India. It was not just that. Meditation can have purposes like physical, mental, emotional or spiritual enhancement.

In Hinduism, there are stages, steps and rules to attain ‘dhyana’ which generally is a stepping stone in the path of attaining ‘samadhi’.