Beginner’s Guide to Meditation. Part 2 – Dhyana (Meditation)

In the previous blog, we talked about concentration being the preliminary step that leads the mind to a state of meditation. This article will discuss meditation and its practice.

 

“Meditation is a mysterious ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to truth, from darkness to light, from pain to bliss, from restlessness to abiding peace” – Swami Sivananda

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Beginner’s Guide to Meditation. Part 1 – Concentration

Meditation is a state of relaxed awareness. Ancient Yogis aptly compared an unfocused mind to a crazy, drunken monkey, jumping from one thought to another in a never-ending cycle. It almost seems impossible to stop the mind leaping from one thought to another. During meditation, you learn how to focus on the present. This prevents your mind from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

First, let us have a look at the benefits of meditation:

Physical benefits

During meditation, the distractions of the world around you reduce to a large extent, bringing about a sense of relaxation and balance. The heart beat and respiratory rate slow down and the internal organs are rested. Research shows that meditation stimulates the immune system, promotes health and helps protect against illness. The vibrations generated by thoughts and emotions affect every cell in the body. Negative thoughts can impede cells’ capacity for regeneration and homeostasis. The focus in meditation on positive and harmonious thoughts, therefore, is thought to promote health and well-being at a cellular level.

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