Meditation has become a global trend these days. The culture of practicing meditation has been growing in both the eastern and the western world. In fact, the lifestyle of people is becoming hectic day by day. They have limited time for themselves and dealing with stress, anxiety and loneliness on a daily basis. There are multiple scholars who have their own definition and methods of meditation. In this article, we will be talking about the concept and benefit of meditation as per my understanding of doing it since my early age.
Mindfulness: Filling the Past-Future Gap!
I would like to define meditation as an act of achieving mindfulness. Coming to the 21st century, we are surrounded by electronic gadgets and supplied with plenty of information which has become a distraction for us. Because of all these distractions, our mind is dwelling in between the past and the future. Either we lament for the things we did in the past or worry too much about the future which is yet to come. If you closely observe the thoughts that are striking your mind you will know that either it’s related to your past or your future. In this journey, we are badly missing the present. The situation we are facing is the present. If you can’t live the present you can’t be happy and blissful. So, the basic objective of practicing meditation is to live the present.
Meditation by Trial-and-error?
I remember when I was an early teenager I couldn’t focus well. I was stressed. In fact, I was aging much early. So, I thought of trying meditation. First of all, I tried doing guided meditations. I would listen to some vocal instructions using my headphones and imagine things as suggested by the instructor. I also tried focusing on binaural beats and frequencies. After a few months I realized that I wasn’t actually doing meditation because I was thinking about too many things but focusing on the present. So, I started searching for meditation techniques on the internet and searched for books written by Osho, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Sadhguru. I practiced the meditation techniques propounded by these scholars and got some results too.
After practicing meditation I found out that stress level had decreased. Whenever people around me tried to provoke me for something I was not carried away. I was less reactive and calmer. I would observe and wonder more but care less. I could think clearly and focus on the things I wanted.
Now, the Conclusion!
Ultimately, after my years of research and practice, I can draw a certain conclusion. I firmly believe that you do not have to necessarily close your eyes, sit on the floor and concentrate in silence to practice meditation. If you are driving your vehicle with full concentration you are already in that state of mindfulness. If you are living your present without worrying about your past and future you are a meditator. You understand the value of being at present. But if you are unable to be in the present, you can try meditation as it does not harm whatsoever.