Why must you meditate? This will open your eyesJune 16, 2018
Why you should meditate
You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation. – A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami
Let’s talk about a familiar story, the ones we all live these days. This is an age of information, constant bombarding of information. Our eyes, ears, skin and all the sensory organs let information enter our mind in so many ways. When information is hurled at us from all directions and we are at the receiving end, do we know what happens? The information takes control of our mind and hence us. At best, we may think we are processing the information but actually we are just letting the information pass through our brain keeping an imprint in our subconscious mind, the rear side of brain. Truly speaking we are being controlled by the information fed to us by all the gadgets we carry like smartphones, tablets etc, the social sites we visit, the people we interact with. So we are under complete control of not one but several 3rd parties. Isn’t it scary! We just don’t realize. To make it worse our mind uses its smartness to best process all these information but since it’s not trained it just keeps a jumbled version of the information, which is incomprehensible by nature and creates a sense of fear, insecurity and emptiness in us. It leaves us confused and dazed turning us into the famous ‘Monkey Mind’
So, how about being in control of our mind, as wise ones have said, being the master of our own mind. Then all the gadgets, their information, all the people, their interactions will be only used to harness strength and productivity.
So why we should meditate?
Calms the ‘Monkey mind’
The Monkey Mind is the one which constantly keeps talking to it and keeps jumping around from one thought to others keeping itself occupied with no real reason. One exercise for this, try sitting eyes closed for 5 mins and think nothing! It will seem literally impossible. This is the reason of all stress and restlessness. We need to be able to filter the thoughts ‘effortlessly’ focusing our mind on which matters the most. If we meditate regularly albeit for few minutes, we will surely calm the monkey mind.
Improved well being
Since our mind calms down, it brings about various physiological changes like slowing the heart rate. Remember, the tortoise has slowest heart rate and it lives longest. A slow heart rate means controlled pressure, low anxiety levels and hence internally our body will be functioning well.
We will no more be the garbage bin of information. We will scan through information flowing through us and will put only those into our mind which with makes the best sense. Again these all will be effortless. This will make our mind stronger and smarter. We will take lesser time to comprehend and process, thus making us do things faster and better way. We will be able to accomplish more.
Improved interpersonal skills
As we practice meditation, we become more and more aware of our thoughts. Thoughts of pride, anger, jealousy, fear, guilt, pleasure etc. we practice just ‘see’ them and let them pass by. In this process, we cleanse our own ego, our prejudices for others and hence develop compassion. Both for others and ourselves. It is equally important to forgive both others and ourselves. This reflects in our everyday interactions. As we know the priorities of our mind, we are not irked by small talks, pained by others actions or words. We will just ‘see’ them and let them pass by, focusing on greater priorities of mind.
So, we can see that just small habit of meditation can be life changing and make us a better person in all spheres of life.
Some facts around meditation
- University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson has shown that experienced meditators exhibit high levels of gamma wave activity and display an ability of neuroplasticity ie, brains ability to change, structurally and functionally — continuing even after the meditation session has attended. This means, they’re automatically able to control their thoughts and reactiveness.
- In 2008, Dr. Randy Zusman, a doctor at the Massachusetts General Hospital, had organized a meditation-based relaxation program and asked the patients suffering from high blood pressure to try it for three months. These were chronic patients. However, after three months, 40 out of 60 patients recorded a significant drop in blood pressure and also needed lesser medication.
- Top celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Rupert Murdoch, Narendra Modi, Steve Jobs and many more practice/d meditation.
- Meditation is widely used and approved in US Army, Marines, Indian army, Paramilitary forces, corporates houses.
- It’s never too late, too busy, too tired, too sad, too bored, too excited to start meditation
“In the beginning, you will fall into the gaps in between thoughts – after practising for years, you become the gap.” – J.Kleykamp