Mind is like a garden.
We all want to have a beautiful garden. But we cannot get a beautiful garden by
thinking itself. We have to plant flowers and nice plants to beautify it. Also,
we need to make sure that we take out the weeds time to time. De-weeding is
very important. If not done in time, weeds grow very fast and spread fast.
Gradually it may spread to our neighbors garden also. Or Vice versa, if your
neighbor has not been taking care of the garden as he or she should, the weeds
may damage your garden. But there are certain things that you can do to keep
that from happening. You can tell your neighbor about what is happening so that
he/she can take care of it, or you can keep spraying the weedicide in your own
garden, or just move to another house.Out of all three, the best that works for
long term is telling the neighbor about the problem so that he can take care of
it. Again, make him/her ‘aware’ of the problem. Awareness leads to learning and
Our mind works the same way. We have good thoughts and we have bad
thoughts. Bad/Negative thoughts are like weeds which grow fast and spread fast.
That is why staying in company of good people make our thought process better,
while bad company destroys our mind and we get into wrongful doings and
thoughts. When you cannot avoid the negative company, e.g., a colleague, a
neighbor, a relative or whomsoever, the key is to make them aware of their
behavior and actions. You may feel that it may sour the relationship, but it
wont. It would actually improve your bondage and bring change to his/her world
for the good.
Meditation is slowing down the thought process. Meditation is a
way to feel self. The other word that clearly defines meditation is self-awareness. Just be aware of what is happening in your
own body, how your body is reacting to external stimulus. Awareness is always
enlightening. Awareness about traffic laws makes us safe drivers. Awareness
about environment makes us more environment friendly. Awareness about education
gives us knowledge.Same way self awareness enlightens us internally. Our body
is regulated by Brain. Brain is the supreme power and
controls all what happens in the body. It is like class teacher. The various
organs are like students who have to follow what the teacher says. If the
teacher is good, students behave right and learn right. If teacher is bad,
students turn bad. Human life has significantly evolved over thousands of
years. But what has not evolved the way it should is human spirituality and
mind control. Making that teacher a good teacher will make it a good class.
However, people are less educated to know the impact of meditation on both
physical and mental health.
Personally, I choose this topic because I experienced a phase from
my life where only meditation helped me get through it.
Transform pain with awareness
makes you totally relaxed and at the same time sharpens your awareness. When we
raise our consciousness, we become more aware of the sensations that are
happening in the body and we see that the sensations change. An intense
sensation that is pain and an intense sensation that is pleasure, both become
pleasurable.Love and pain are very closely related. The symbol of Jesus on the
cross means that the cross is pain and Jesus is love. One is with the other.
The transformation of this pain into bliss, the love into bliss is what happens
with awareness.Have you noticed doubts are always about something positive? When
you are happy, you doubt: “Am I really happy? We never doubt anything negative
in life:You never doubt someone else’s anger or your anger ,you never doubt
your depression and if someone tells you they hate you, you don’t doubt it, If
you can doubt the negativity of people, you come close to the reality. With
this awareness, when you increase the energy level in your body: You will see
that the doubts disappear, there is more clarity in the mind and the confusion
goes away from the mind.
In over 1,000 published research studies, various methods of
meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain
activation, and other bodily processes. Meditation has been used in clinical
settings as a method of stress and pain reductionStudies have shown that
meditation has both short-term and long-term effects on various perceptual
faculties.Meditation has been linked to a variety of health benefits. In a
study conducted on college students by Oman, Shapiro, Thoresen, Plante, and
Flinders (2008), they were able to demonstrate findings that meditation may
tend to changes in the neurological process cultivating physiological health
benefits. This finding was supported by an expert panel at the National
Institutes of Health.
The practice of meditation has also
been linked with various favorable outcomes that include: “effective
functioning, including academic performance, concentration, perceptual
sensitivity, reaction time, memory, self control, empathy, and self
esteem.”(Oman et al., 2008, pg. 570) In their
evaluation of the effects of two meditation-based programs they were able to
conclude that meditating had stress reducing effects and cogitation, and also
increased forgiveness. (Oman et al., 2008)In a
cross-sectional survey research design study lead by Li Chuan Chu (2009), Chu
demonstrated that benefits to the psychological state of the participants in
the study arose from practicing meditation. Meditation enhances overall
psychological health and preserves a positive attitude towards stress. (Chu,
Mindfulness Meditation has now entered the health care domain
because of evidence suggesting a positive correlation between the practice and
emotional and physical health. Examples of such benefits include: reduction in
stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, pain, elevated blood pressure, etc.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that those who meditated
approximately half an hour per day during an eight week period reported that at
the end of the period, they were better able to act in a state of awareness and
observation. Respondents also said they felt non-judgmental. (Harvard’s Women’s
Health Watch, 2011)
Over 1,000 publications on meditation have appeared to date. Many
of the early studies lack a theoretically unified perspective, often resulting
in poor methodological quality, as discussed above in the section
A review of scientific studies identified relaxation,
concentration, an altered state of awareness, a suspension of logical thought
and the maintenance of a self-observing attitude as the behavioral components
of meditation; it is accompanied by a host of biochemical and physical changes
in the body that alter metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and
brain activation. Meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of
stress and pain reduction. Meditation has also been studied specifically for
its effects on stress More recent research suggests that meditation may
increase attention spans. A recent randomized study published in Psychological Science reported that practicing
meditation led to doing better on a task related to sustained attention. During
meditation there is a modest increase in slow alpha or theta wave EEG activity.
Many diseases which could be cured with the help of meditation
Flashes, High Blood Pressure, Chromic pain, and Diabetes.
and Mental Health
We found four
relevant publications, including two reviews on the effects of meditation on
depression, a description of studies on yogic breathing for depression, and one
“summary” .The reviewing authors have reported that the studies reviewed showed
a large variety of diagnoses ranging from “major depression or some other type
of diagnosed depression” to “elevated depressive symptoms. Although several
randomized controlled trials (RCTs) reported beneficial effects of meditation
interventions for treating depressive symptoms, the quality and quantity of the
data from these studies appear insufficient to conclude whether there is
substantial clinical justification to consider meditation as a treatment of
depression. Compared to passive controls, the meditation interventions seem to
be effective; when compared with active controls, not surprisingly, the effects
are less conclusive There has been an attempt to explore mechanisms of action
and to understand the complete picture of the effects of meditation in
depression looking at electrophysiological markers of attention, and
neurotransmitters which were found to change with meditation.
Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders
There is one systematic review examining the
effects of meditation on anxiety and anxiety disorders ,a Cochrane review on
meditation therapy for anxiety disorders (citing one meditation study a
description of studies on yogic breathing. Most studies described beneficial
effects in favour of the meditation interventions, particularly when compared
with passive controls (i.e., examination anxiety), but also compared with
active controls such as relaxation response or compared Evidence-Based
Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3 to standard drugs.
and Point of view
Meditation is important
for every human being. Meditation fulfills the natural tendency of human life
to look for a joy that does not diminish, a love that does not get distorted or
turn into negative emotions. Some people ask if meditation is foreign to us?
Absolutely not! You have been in meditation for a couple of months before your
birth. You were in your mother’s womb doing nothing. You didn’t even have to
chew your food. Everything was done for you. So there is a natural tendency in
every human being, in every soul, to crave for that state of absolute comfort.
You know why
you want comfort? It is because you were comfortable at one point, because you
have experienced a state of comfort called meditation. Meditation is absolute
comfort. Getting back to that state that you experienced before coming into the
hustle and bustle of this world is very natural because everything in this
universe is cyclic. Everything wants to go back to its source. That is the
nature of the world.
leaves fall and go back to the soil and nature has its own way to re-cycle
them. The natural tendency to re-cycle all that you have collected every day of
your life as impressions, to get rid of them and to get back to the original
state that you were in when you came to this planet, is meditation. Becoming
fresh and alive is meditation, getting back to that serenity which is your
original nature is meditation, absolute joy and happiness is meditation.
,pleasure minus excitement is meditation, a thrill without anxiety is
meditation, a love without hatred is meditation.Hunger drives you toward food,
thirst pulls you toward water, in the same way, the soul yearns for meditation
and this tendency is in everyone. Meditation is food for the soul.
meditate in a group, then the desires you have in your mind get fulfilled. And
when this desire is for a better and safer planet, the collective intention and
energy of so many people is sure to manifest. There is a definite strength in
the union of the hearts and minds of people.
plays many roles and has many identities in life. Sometimes one gets stuck in a
particular identity and feels suffocated. Meditation helps you to see beyond
the identities and hence one’s endurance, tolerance and understanding improve.
the values of caring, sharing, compassion, nonviolence, responsibility,
friendliness, a sense of belongingness and peace. These values transcend
identities and are common to all religions. Spiritual practices like meditation
allow these values to blossom naturally in every individual.
helps enliven an individual’s intuition and nourishes spontaneity. It helps
bring clarity of thought and enables better decision-making. When thousands of
people come together with the single intention of creating a more peaceful
planet, it is certain to manifest.