Practicing meditation regularly can lead to health and wellness of the mind and the body. Through this article Vd. Divya Chauhan tells us about the different types of meditations, what type of healing can be achieved by following these specific meditative practises and how healing can be achieved by practising this art, which has deep rooted scientific manifestations.
It is believed that prayer is a communion with God and meditation is a deep transcendental state where one is able to listen to God’s voice.
Buddha said, “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it outside.”
Your healing power is the magnet for how change happens!! You don’t heal with your skills or knowledge but with your presence because you are what you choose to become with a goal of peace and satisfaction.
Ayurveda is a mind-body-soul medicine with spiritual background. Ancient classics do believe that human body is created out of consciousness. Ayurveda does not consider the human body as a mere collection of cells, tissues or organs but views it with a quantum perspective.
As per Ayurveda there are three powerful techniques, which can cure diseases– meditation, bliss and primordial sounds that cure diseases such as cancer. It is learnt that Ayurvedic principles have been applied to treat Elephantiasis.
However, the initial therapeutics effect of meditation came from yoga. In clinical yoga , meditation serves as a mirror image leading to therapeutic meditation. Integrated yoga of which meditation is a major component has been known for decades as a remedy for various psychosomatic disorders.
Types of Meditation
- Creative Meditation:This involves imagining or visualizing images that soothe and calm the mind
- Mantra Meditation:Chanting repeatedly a spiritual word or phrase loudly to block disturbing thoughts
- Mindfulness Meditation:Involves free flow of thoughts without judging rather than focusing on one thought
- Qigong: Chinese traditional healing therapy that involves focussing on breath to let energy flow through all organs
- Taichi:Chinese martial art form involving deep breathing and meditation by adopting synchronized postures
- Transcendental Meditation : Involves sitting in a relaxed posture with the back straight and silently repeating a mantra
In recent years , yoga has been used to treat many diseases including breast cancer. It has been demonstrated that yoga is associated with beneficial effects on social functioning among a medically diverse sample of breast cancer survivors. Recently, Iyenger yoga has been used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee with considerable success.
Meditation involves using synchronized breathing and mind power to wipe away negative and unwilling thoughts and to be in a relaxed state. This is achieved when the mind is deeply silent yet fully aware.
For a workaholic, merely meditating using vedic chants can result in immense empowerment. This can be practised to serve as a kind of protection against unwelcome distractions or emotions, and also when battling with sleeplessness or coping with fears associated with their home-life or work-life or even during travel. When your mind is flooded by obstructive thoughts, meditating on mantras is something one should hold on to.
Mantra meditation can also help one move towards a spiritual journey. This should be followed to allow the mind to be focussed on the present rather than getting involved in endless negative self-chatter.
Meditation – the future medication
Meditation is also an effective method of natural healing. Some researchers support the idea of using meditation for certain medical illnesses.
Simple steps to do meditation with mantras
- Find the mantra suitable to your verse pronunciation and your intention
- Stay in a comfortable position
- Focus on your breathing
- Chant or recite your mantra the way you want it to be
Simple words and phrases that will have the power to interrupt negativity and invite change in life. Chanting mantras along with meditation will result in:
- Building self-confidence
- Strength and willpower
- To endure tough times
- To manifest love
- To seek happiness
- To neutralize body-image issues
- To radiate gratitude
- To start your day with a new zeal
- To end your day with a smile and confidence
According to the revered saint Patanjali, the definition of Asana is ‘ sthirasukhamasanam” – any pose in which you can sit comfortably for a very long time. While locking your legs up specially in Padmasana, the blood circulation in the lower portion of the body becomes less and the blood circulation is more in upper area – urdhwajatrugata. This is an effect that is necessary while meditating. Meditation thus helps you be a better person. So, get steady and sit straight as this procedure contributes positiveness to your whole system and the only thing that you need to worry about is that while seated for meditation, you should not feel any pain or discomfort. In fact, it should make you a better person than you are now.
You and I are made for goodness, for laughter, for joy.
We are made for transcendence . So fly !!
Ayurveda Health Counsellor