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Meditation - An opportunity to look beyond

Meditation (Dhyana)— is extremely helpful

  1. Meditation is simply the absence of thought. As long as thought is active in our mind, Meditation will not take place.
  2. Even if we try to control or suppress our thought it is going to get dissolved.
    As long as we are alive thoughts will remain with us. We cannot get rid of our thoughts. They are like the sea waves.
    That is the nature of our thoughts.
  3. Meditation is just to be with whatever is, without doing anything.
    Total attention is Meditation.
  4. Just being aware of thought we release ourself from the clutches of Time
    and Space. What is required is consciously to be in the Present.
    There is no past, no future–it is only Now. So, Meditation is timeless.
  5. True Meditation does not require
    a particular posture or attitude.
    There has to be choice less awareness of whatever is happening around us, inwardly and outwardly.
  6. Simply watching the movement of the mind and thought, without judging, comparing, assessing or even trying to understand we enter in the meditative state. In this process we observe that the mind becomes quiet and silent
  7. Meditation could take place anywhere, while walking in a busy street or even looking at the faces of the loved ones.
  8. Meditation is constant. It has no technique what so ever and cannot be learnt from anyone else.
  9. Teachers, Gurus, Priests or Rishis can only show the way, but the person himself has to initiate himself in order to walk through the pathless land.
  10. Seeing a light in the Anjna Chakra,
    hearing bells ringing or even experiencing fragrance in the breeze is simply delusion and  an escape from the reality.
  11. Seeking experiences is just a kind of gratification to convince oneself but
    it is not meditation. In Meditation
    there is no success or failure.
  12. Meditation is something that can take place during any part of the day.
    Meditation is not separate from daily life. It is an essential part of life.
  13. If we force our mind to be quiet and still, is not Meditation.
  14. Meditation is not an activity
    in isolation. There is no need to go off into a quiet corner of the room with eyes closed, spine straight for ten minutes and come out of it and be a butcher both mentally and actually.
  15. Concentration or rigidly held posture makes it difficult to enter into awareness.

Breath –
our life force.
Breath is the most vital element that keeps us alive. Ironically we have taken it for granted and most of the time we simply forget the existence of Breath. As a matter of fact, our breath is the key to the inner world of supreme Being. Just by giving due importance and being conscious of the breath, with a little bit of modification one could avail the potential benefits, not only at the physical level
but also at mental and spiritual level too.

Before even starting to observe the breath let us check that we are totally relaxed. Whether you sit on a bed or a chair, it hardly matters. Main aspect is to see that the spinal cord is straight, in its natural state. So that there is no obstruction in the upward flow of energy. Both the hands kept on the knees, palms upwards and shoulders drooping with absolutely no tension or discomfort in any part of the body. In acute case one can simply lies down on one's back totally relaxed with palms of both the hands upwards.
Now, you do not have to do anything but simply watch and observe each breath, how the air is coming in, as inhalation, and making the chest and abdominal muscle expand. And while exhaling, the air is going out with the contraction of the abdominal and chest muscles. This action facilitates the oxygen reaching all the internal vital organs to the body and the healing process commences.
Apart from these two aspects of inhalation and exhalation there are two other factors to be observed. That is just after inhalation, there is a shift or transition to exhale. Similarly, after exhalation too there is a shift. This transition from inhalation to exhalation and again from exhalation to inhalation is of great significance. During this period of transition our heart is at rest. Now, let us see if we are able to extend this transition period according to individual capability without any strain or tension.
While going through this process let us also try
and create another dimension by increasing the exhalation time. By doing so we are conserving the number of breaths. Every one of us has been given a specific number of total breaths and it all depends how economically we spend it. Slower the breath, longer the life.
This observation with full awareness and alertness is called meditation.

The Sound of ‘OM’ (Aum)
Positive results could be achieved without putting any strain on the body, by chanting the sound of "OM" Mantra. As you notice there are only two syllable to pronounce. After inhaling, when one starts exhaling just open the lips to pronounce "O".
Keeping the time of pronouncing "O" shorter, close the lips very lightly while the upper & lower teeth remain apart without touching each other. Then begin sound "M" and continue it as long as possible without putting any kind of strain. While creating the sound "M" see that it comes out in its full capacity from the deepest level of chest and throat.
With the sound of "M" you are not only expanding your exhalation you are also experiencing the vibration generated, which starts ventilating through each and every cell of the brain. It also intensifies the feelings and rejuvenates every cell of the body so as to soothen the total nervous system
in the natural course and help the healing process.
This whole process has to happen effortlessly and could be repeated at reasonable intervals.
Well, this also is Meditation–‘Dhyana’.