Meditation is a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert. It can be an effective form of stress reduction and has the potential to improve quality of life and decrease health problems like blood pressure, insomnia, depression or imbalance of digestive system.
Meditation involves achieving a state of ‘thoughtless awareness’ in which excessive stress-producing activity of the mind is neutralised without reducing alertness and effectiveness. This happens when the mind becomes free from agitation and is at peace.
Authentic meditation enables one to focus on the present moment rather than dwell on the unchangeable past or undetermined future. The theoretical explanation for the effects of meditation and relaxation techniques is that the release of catecholamines and other stress hormones are reduced and parasympathetic activity is increased.
Meditation if practised properly may improve quality of life and thus lead us to achieve a better personality .
Meditation can bring about a calm mind in a person, improve – his concentration, clarity of perception, communication abilities, polish his skills and talent , build up inner strength and healing powers in mind thus leading to relaxation and rejuvenation which can be greatly helpful to people from all walks of life in maintaining a sense of happiness and wellbeing.
There are some simple techniques of meditation.
1. Choose a peaceful environment
2. Wear comfortable clothing
3. Remove the footwear
4. Choose the duration of meditation.
5. Do a couple of minutes of light stretching.
6. Sit in a comfortable position.
7. Close the eyes.
8. Relax the body.
9. Breathe evenly.
10. Concentrate on a particular point.
11. Enjoy the stillness.
12. Finish off with a prayer to the Divine.
(Contributed by AgniveshJyotiraditya, Class IX)