For a long long time, and even in today’s stressful world, many believe that meditation is a part of the realm of sadhus and gurus, living in the Himalayas or deep in forests, as they search for the true meaning of life. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, and now that there is an immense amount of stress that every individual face, one needs to give themselves the time to relax, unwind, and mindfully release the stress from your body. And while Netflix and chill sounds like a good unwinding plan for most, Meditation and Yoga are what actually help with the one true unwinding.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is the conscious effort you put into yourself, to focus your thoughts and feelings, and use various mental exercises and techniques to achieve a calm emotional state.
While we may not necessarily give a name to it but this is something we all need in life – whether it is the kid taking the board exams in their 10th standard, or an old individual who hasn’t quite come to terms with their state yet.
Who Needs to do Meditation?
Meditation is not just for people who are under a high amount of stress, but for everyone- there is always room for improvement, and giving time to yourself is extremely important for everyone to achieve the ideal state of mindfulness and be able to perform their very best.
As with everything else, you may feel the pressure to perform well here too. However, learning effective meditation takes time, and each baby step should be celebrated. Even the smallest things can greatly impact your life.
When and How to Start Meditating?
You can start meditation right now, from the comfort of your home or simply right there on your office chair. The most important thing to remember is that nobody is perfect, and try not to push yourself too hard.
You can start with just two minutes worth meditation. Just two minutes. Find a quiet place inside your home, and set a specific time for yourself. Then, just for two minutes, sit down and count your breathing.
Check-in with how you’re feeling. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the present, the now. Breath awareness is the simplest form of meditation, and you can do it today. You can increase the duration of your meditation session the more you feel comfortable with, and then think about practising specific mindfulness or concentration meditation.
Depending on how you feel about it, you can also adapt your surrounding state to help you meditate. You can try meditation after a tiring activity if your mind tends to jump around and be active, or play soft music or a chant that can help calm your mind. Breath awareness yoga can also help you step up to eventually practising meditation, and is a good start to your journey.
You can always inspire those around you to take up meditation as well, and create a conducive atmosphere. This could involve soft lighting, and even burning incense to help the mind feel calmer. Once you incorporate meditation into your life, you will truly feel a world of difference in your life and your mental state.
At Hith Yoga, we try to ensure that our students benefit the maximum from the offerings of a mindful meditation session. Try it out sometimes- not necessarily with us but just as we mentioned, at the comfort of the place of your preference. We assure you, it would be great!