Meditation has been the main strand in the culture of humanity since time immemorial. It is a respected practice in the eastern world too, which Nepal is also a part of.
Etymologically, meditation’s Nepali equivalent, dhyana, originates in the Sanskrit language, in which “dhi” means the mind and “yana” means moving, and as a result, the journey of the mind. It helps people reach their inner selves, called moksha in Hinduism and nirvana in Buddhism.
It is elementally an exclusive as well as an inclusive process, in which one divorces one’s mind and senses from the aberration of the world and contemplates upon an opted object or ideas with an enormous concentration. It is manifestly needed for every human creature to internalise their possible existence in a longitudinal way.
Meditation for awareness in life
According to a 2018 study, published in Behavioral Brain Research, meditating for 13 minutes a day for eight weeks led to decreased negative mood state, anxiety and enhanced attention, working memory, and recognition memory. Meditation on a daily basis can create earth-shattering results in our work and lifestyle, which we are engaged in.
Moreover, Sadhguru in his book Karma showcased the yogic tradition of the accumulation of karma that transpires on the levels of three bodies: physical body (annamaya kosha), mental body (manomaya kosha) and energy body (pranamaya kosha), which helps in aligning oneself with the conscious nature of existence and it is determined by the meditativeness, which we have performed hitherto.
Furthermore, the book tells us that if the constant practice of meditation is halted for six months, many recurrent issues related to physical, psychological and social can return whereas consequent sadhana (meditation) can be the panacea to break the cyclical movement of life.
Thus, meditation is the cornerstone that empowers a spiritual awareness to take corrective measures in everyday life.
Meditation for a healthy life
Modern-age philosopher Osho once said, “No meditation, no life. Know meditation, know life”. In the modern day, an over-embellished lifestyle has constituted sedentary life, stress, turmoil, addictiveness, predicament, and perennial diseases as people have forgotten the pristine art of living because of materialistic goals.
To free from the inevitableness, meditation can be the consequential driving force to change the pattern of upkeep. It not only helps people reduce the negative effects of their surrounding atmospheres but also leads to a better sense of well-being by uniting the mind and body.
Without it, life is meaningless because by knowing one’s inner engineering, one can craft their destiny with the utmost efforts to make a meaningful life and it is only possible by knowing one in the deepest way. Therefore, a well-meditative person always has the courage and commitment to rectify things in a manageable manner.
Meditation for giving yourself space
Jay Shetty, in his book, Think like a Monk, unequivocally stated that people do not need to be in a relaxing space in order to meditate, they can do it anywhere — in the bathroom at a party, when getting on a plane, or right before making a presentation or encountering with strangers.
But, unfortunately, today, many people run from this necessity because they find it extremely unpalatable. In the Dhammapada, the Buddha says, “As a fish hooked and left on the sand thrashes about an agony, the mind being trained in meditation trembles all over”.
But, it is a practice of giving oneself space to reflect and evaluate, where a dark room of mind can turn on the lights.
In a nutshell, meditation leads to tranquillity and purification of mind, body and energy, which transcends one’s wisdom. It is the practice of mental concentration, which spiritually empowers human beings about their imperative role and existence.
While meditating, the level of focus is immensely enjoyable, which eventually elevates one’s life trajectory. Therefore, it rejuvenates the soul and helps to find an ultimate path of spiritual freedom by being a joyous meditator.