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Guide to Meditation
Meditation means contemplation or reflection with concentration on a particular theme, thought, awareness, subject or object of spiritual nature. Meditation is an approximate English word for Yoga, Dhyana or Samadhi as it is practiced in India.
Objectives of Meditation
There are various methods of practicing meditation. Each method depends upon your objective of practicing it. One of the common objectives of meditation is to acquire a tension free, relaxed, happy and peaceful state of mind so that you can face the day-to-day challenges of life, relationships, business or office in a more creative, balanced and objective manner. Another objective of meditation may be purely spiritual, to develop divine awareness or a relationship with God, to be united with Him, imbibe His spiritual virtues in your life and feel the supreme state of spiritual bliss or the ‘ananda’. In fact the spiritual objective can fulfill the worldly objectives also.
Meditation for Relaxation
In case your objective of meditation is former, that is, to develop a healthy state of mind, the easiest way to meditate is to sit preferably in a lotus posture—comfortably erect with your legs crossed. You can do it while lying or sitting on the chair also. Start breathing easily. Try to focus on your breath as you inhale it. Look at it as it enters your nose, traverses through your throat into your lungs and finally into your stomach. Hold it for a short while as conveniently as you can and then release it. Keep a track of it on its outward travel starting from the stomach and exiting out of your nostrils. Again hold it for a short while and breathe in again. You will certainly start feeling relaxed and peaceful after a few days’ practice.
Be a light to others and you wont stumble on your own path. Meditation is a process of careful thought consideration.
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