Why, What, How & Myths of Meditation

Why, What, How & Myths of Meditation

Meditation is the least explored but the most needed science among Yoga & Ayurveda. If you are looking to get started, you have reached right place

When your mind is calm, you can reach your highest potential. Just a gentle reminder for you to start now, if you haven't already.
Just step back, pause & breathe. You got this.

Do you need to start Meditating?

Today, we are in a society that has made “perfect” the new “normal.” Trying so hard to be what you’re not, fitting into the cookie-cutter image has only made things difficult for us.

A report states that 85% of millennials suffer from depression, anxiety and the root cause being they’re in constant fear of being judged, criticized, rejected, misunderstood which has come because of social media.

So today, let’s pledge to go easy on ourselves, love ourselves and embrace our imperfections. Self care is wonderful, vital and important, make sure to do something for your body and soul for at least half an hour a day, this part of the day shouldn’t include any gadget. Take a break from social media. Do this for a calm mind.
 
Start Meditating Today. Time to let go of all things that pull you down. You can lead a happier and healthier life. Get ready to rewire your brain for #happiness.  

Why Meditation?

Meditation, from time immemorial, have been closely linked to happiness and life satisfaction. Breath In - Breathe Out. A simple act of just focusing on our breath can give us emotional, physical, mental and spiritual benefits. #Meditation has profoundly transformed lives of millions. Now it’s your turn. Here are top 6 reasons why you should meditate. 
 
- Reduces stress by lowering stress hormone cortisol
- Controls anxiety by bringing calm to storm
- Promotes better sleep by boosting sleep hormone melatonin
- Make you more attentive by helping you think clearly
- Improves brain health by enhancing intellectual capabilities
- Boosts creativity by harmonising both spheres of brain 

What is Meditation?

Meditation has been around for about 5000 years. People have preached and practiced meditation ever since. It was discovered in India and has spread around every part of the world.

Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have, who we are, and realising that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more aware of who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, inquisitive and curious about ourselves. Meditation connects us to our inner self. It teaches us to tackle life’s difficulty skilfully and gracefully.
On this #WorldMeditationDay, unlock your mind and reach your highest potential. Start today by meditating just for 10 minutes. Lead the way to a mindful and fulfilling life. Breathe in Positivity. Breathe out negativity. 

Good thoughts and Meditation are a Loop

Our brains are constantly working and thinking. There is not a minute that it stops. Which is why it is necessary that we feed ourselves, positive and healthy thoughts. Having a positive attitude is vital and a major reason for an individual’s success, happiness, health and stable work-life balance.

It has been proven that people who stay more positive are healthy. They focus on taking care of themselves and work towards their goals. Having a positive attitude will help you be more productive at work and around the home. It will also help you socialise better and meet like-minded positive people. We all have hurdles and difficulties in our life sometimes. But it is important to look at them as a part and parcel and not let it affect you too much.

Everyone loves a positive person in the room, maybe it’s time to start being that person.

Subconscious and Meditation

Our subconscious mind plays a major role in our day to day life. We focus on the conscious mind while the subconscious is the powerful layer underneath. It is a virtual memory bank with infinite memories stored since
childhood. The function of our subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data when needed. It also maintains our body temperature, keeps us breathing regularly and keeps our hearts beating at a certain rate. Our subconscious Mind is our guardian angel. All our habits, patterns, the way we think or act is stored in our subconscious mind and they guide us through our life. Which is why we have comfort zones. They are set patterns registered in our brains and it works towards keeping us in them.
Our subconscious mind causes us to feel emotional and physical discomfort whenever we attempt to do anything different, largely affecting our life, events and how we react to those. Listen to your inner voice but don’t forget to step out of your comfort zone occasionally. 

Listen to your Gut

Recent studies found that the human gut is lined with more than 100 million nerve cells - it’s practically a brain of itself. And indeed, the gut actually talks to the brain, releasing hormones into the bloodstream that, signals the brain in real-time.

Whatever we are feeling, it is reflected in our stomach too. Our gut feels the drop in our stomach and also feels the butterflies. They say trust your gut feel or your instincts, because it is strongly connected to the subconscious brain.

There is also popular belief that if you eat and drink well, 96% of the illnesses can be avoided. They help digest our food and fight off unfriendly outsiders like viruses and bacteria.

This little brain in our gut, in connection with the big one in our skull, partly determines how we are feeling and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body.
It is intricately woven with our nervous system and has its own senses and reflexes. So yes, keep it healthy and listen to your gut!

Seven simple steps for Meditation

Let’s get you started with the seven simple steps. 
 
- Take out a few minutes from your day
- Sit in a comfortable posture
- Close your eyes and relax
- Start by taking slow and deep breaths
- Focus on your breath and physical being
- Observe your thoughts without any judgement
- Open your eyes to a calmer world
 
When you #mediate, you’ll feel calm and composed. It is a very simple practice and people unnecessarily complicate it. The basic idea of meditation is simple. Every time your mind begins to wander in thoughts, you simply bring your attention back to your breath (without trying to control the thought, or react to it). Every time you bring your attention back to your breath, you work out your “attention muscle”. You can meditate in mornings, evenings, or even while commuting. Any time of the day you prefer. You don’t need 20 minutes. You can start with 2-3 minutes each day. You don’t necessarily need to sit. You can meditate while laying down. Close your eyes and bring the focus on the sensation of breathing. The feeling in your nostril when you inhale. Keep the focus there. Feel your chest or belly expand. Listen to sounds around, be mindful of the #energy around you. Visualise that every time you breathe in, you are taking in good energy and when you exhale, you are letting out negative energy. Observe your thoughts and bring the attention back to breath.

Once you are done, open your eyes to a calmer world. You will start seeing positive effects of meditation from Day 1. So, please do try today.

Meditation Myths

-) You must sit in a cross legged position to meditate. False

It doesn’t matter whether you sit up or lie down. You don’t have to sit in a certain posture or lie in a particular way. You don’t have to wear anything special or light candles or incense. Choose a posture that works for you, but try and keep your back straight.

-) You have to quiet your mind to successfully meditate. False

Perhaps, you tried it but felt its difficult to clear away all your thoughts or you didn’t know if you were doing it ‘properly’. You do not have to try to strop your thoughts. That is impossible. While Meditating, you should observe your thoughts and let them go by without judgment.

-) Meditation requires chanting a mantra. False

Meditation is still thought of by some as an exclusive practice for yoga masters, mindfulness gurus and retreat goers, but all of us can practice #Meditation in everyday setting.

-) Meditation takes time. False

It doesn’t need hours. There is no way to fit hours of Meditation into your day. And you don’t have to. The benefits of Meditation have been shown with a practice that takes as little as 3 minutes per day. It is #Meditating every day that is the most important thing. So please try and do it consistently.

Auric and Meditation

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- Gotu Kola: Energises Central Nervous System
- Shankhpushpi: Regulates Production of Stress Hormones
- Brahmi: Nourishes Neurological System
 
Numerous studies have shown a direct link between a consistent Meditation practice of even a few minutes each day and almost every positive health and wellbeing outcome you can think of. Nowadays, there are tons of guided meditations you can follow on every topic imaginable. You could also download meditation apps from the App Store. So, please do try today.


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