The Many Ways Of Doing Meditation

Meditation is an activity in which the practitioner sits and allows the mind to dissolve. In this way you quiet your mind, relax and embrace silence. Dhyan establishes self-control, higher confidence and concentration, and reduces anxiety.

Dhyan – A Blissful Meditative State

Can you think of a period of your life when you were so absorbed in what you were doing that you lost track of time? It seemed like a moment to you, when actually hours may have passed. Do you remember your feelings, your perception and how alive you felt?

One typical example to illustrate Dhyan meditation in action is of a mother cooking for her family. In that moment, she is mentally completely devoted to this process, filled with emotions. Therefore, the cooked food is different than when cooked otherwise.

The Principles Of Meditation

There are many ways of practicing meditation, but choose the one that suits your physical and mental state, profession, nature, and time period. When you meditate, follow these instructions:

– Decorate your place of meditation with pictures of great saints, prophets, great teachers, and God to inspire you.
– Before you start meditating, wash your hands, legs, and face.
– The best times for practicing are 5-7 am and 6-8 pm.

The Different Types Of Meditation

OM Mantra Dhyan

1. Sit in a comfortable meditative pose. Close your eyes gently.
2. Keep your back in a straight position and stretched up. Your shoulders should be relaxed.
3. Now, recite Om Mantra silently. Let your mind be focused on the rhythmic flow of mantra.
4. Practice for a minimum of 10 minutes in a day, and gradually increase the time interval.

Jyoti Dhyan

1. Sit in a comfortable meditative pose, now with your eyes open.
2. Place a burning candle 4 feet from you, at your eye-level.
3. Start with watching the flame (Jyoti). Don’t focus too hard.
4. After few minutes, fix your eyes at the Jyoti as long as you can, without blinking the eyes.
5. Then, close your eyes and mentally watch the flame.
6. Now, create a visual image of the pattern and color of the Jyoti.
7. Concentrate on flame as long as you are concentrated.
8. Do it every day for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes.

Jyoti Dhyan is also one of the parts of ‘’TRATAK SHATKARMA.’’

Walking Dhyan

1. When you feel restless and tense, walk for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes, or at your home, work place or in the park.
2. Your steps should be harmonized with your breathing.
3. That rhythmic motion of your legs and arms, helps you to enter a meditative state which reduces the anxiety and anger.

Image Dhyan

1. Put a picture of God in front of you.
2. Sit in a meditative posture. Concentrate gently on the picture till your eyes watery.
3. While keeping your head still, change your focus on the various parts of the picture like feet, legs, body, and the crown of the head.
4. After that, close your eyes gently. Create in your mind a visualization of that picture.
5. Repeat the same process as many times as possible.

Memory Dhyan

1. Read 2-3 pages of a book.
2. Now, close the book and focus on what you have read.
3. Let your mind to make associations, classifications, groups, comparisons and contrasts.
4. If you have followed these instructions carefully, you will receive a clear impression.

Dhyan On Thoughts

1. Sit comfortably in a meditative pose.
2. Keep your back in a straight position. Relax your neck and shoulders.
3. Now, close your eyes gently.
4. Concentrate on the thought that comes to your mind.
5. Allow these thoughts come and go. Don’t try to hold on to them and be negative.
6. After a while, thoughts will disappear and your mind will be perfectly quiet and calm.
7. For better effect, start with 15 to 20 minutes a day. Then increase the time gradually.

Naad Dhyan

1. Sit in your favorite position Asana.
2. Close your eyes gently with your index and middle fingers. Close your ears with your thumbs.
3. Try to hear in your mind the mystical Anahat sound.
4. Practice this method for two to three days and you will be able to hear different kinds of sounds such as flute, thunder storm, humming of a bee, etc.
5. You will first hear sounds in your right ear. Sometimes you may hear in your left ear as well.
6. Make a little effort to stick to the sound in one ear. This is a good technique to control your mind.
7. Do this over and over again and you will come to a state where you will not hear any sound.

Chakra Dhyan

This represents an advance meditative method in which the concentration is focused on the various energy centers or 7 chakras.

There are 7 chakras in the human body and they are expressed with matching different endocrine gland.

a) Mooladhara – Root Chakra
b) Swadhisthan – Sacral Chakra
c) Manipura – Solar Plexus Chakra
d) Anahata – Heart Chakra
e) Vishudha – Throat Chakra
f) Ajna – Third Eye Chakra
g) Sahasrara – Crown Chakra

1. Hold your attention on each Chakra for as long as you like.
2. Now, imagine a picture of you breathing in and out from the chakras on which you are focused.
3. Do this practice of Dhyan for 10 to 15 minutes every day.
4. By being aware of these psychic centers will bring in development of the endocrine glands, and balances your psychosomatic and metabolic activities.

Benefits Of Meditation

– Your reasoning abilities are significantly improved. Both your body and mind are relaxed.
– Your confidence is at a much higher level. You become more tolerant to stressful situations.
– You are able to finish your tasks successfully and efficiently, since your concentration is increased.
– You are able to control yourself. You don’t react angrily on every situation.
– Your interpersonal and organizational skills are at a very high levels.
– Your sense of analysis is also enhanced.
– You are not materialistically oriented.
– It makes you live in the present moment.
– It helps you with cardiac problems, high blood pressure, neck and back pain, ulcers, acidity and other health conditions.

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