We cannot control every aspect of our life; much of it is beyond our control. Meditation helps put us from one state of mind to another by focusing on things as simple as thinking of an object, a sound or our breath. Over the last few decades, meditation has become very popular in the modern world. Fast-paced life in big cities keeps our mind overloaded with information and thought, and it is very important to be able to control the flow and storage of what we keep with us throughout each day.
Meditation is often confused with various forms of concentration. Concentration focuses your full undivided attention on a specific functioning of your mind and body in order to accomplish a certain goal or develop a certain skill.
Meditation allows your mind's activity to settle down and results in you becoming more calm, peaceful and focused. With patience and discipline, these calm and focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly tranquil and energized states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
If you train your mind to become peaceful, you will be happy even in unpleasant conditions. But if your mind is not peaceful, you will not be happy even if you have the most pleasant conditions.
Meditation is an exercise which aims to prevent thoughts in a natural way by deeply relaxing the physical body and then trying to keep the mind blank with no thoughts. This state can be maintained for a few seconds to few hours, and really there is no set specific time on how long you should meditate. For some people it might be 5 minutes and for others it might be 20, 30 or even hour.
Meditation is a great reliever of stress. Stress occurs in your mind and your mind is the key to relieve stress from your life. You will experience mental focus, relaxation, increased awareness and sense of peace with meditation if practiced regularly.
Meditation is proven to be one of the alternative therapies. Doctors today are prescribing meditation to improve exercise performance, lower blood pressure, relieve insomnia and relax with every day stress. Meditation is a simple and safe way to balance a person’s emotional, mental and physical states.