The Power of Meditation
The correct definition of meditation is to think constantly of something. You become that on which you meditate. Think of God, you become God. Think of stone, you become a stone. The only thing that the process of meditation is really meant to teach us is to remind us that there is something above from which we have come here and it is our first duty to get back where we belong. Meditation is not only meant for the saints it is meant for everyone. Another point to emphasize is that, the only way to learn to do meditation is to actually do it, and not reading books on the topic. There are many methods of doing meditation; many stages; and lots of benefits but the ultimate purpose of meditation is to explore reality and awaken divinity within us. The purpose of this essay is to acquaint you with method, the stages, and the benefits of meditation.
There are many methods of doing meditation; the method described below is the most fundamental of them. First of all, find a comfortable place to sit, the place should be quite and should not distract you in any way. Second, choose a comfortable posture, it can any be any posture, but your back should be upright. The posture (asana) should not make you feel uncomfortable in any way. Also, don’t move while meditating, it reminds you of your body, and distracts your concentration. If you have selected the correct posture then after about 45 minutes, your body will become very light as if it did not exist, and peacefulness can be felt everywhere. Third comes setting the time period, it can range from 15 minutes to over 2 hours. For beginners it is about 15 – 20 minutes day, this is not a prescribed time period though, it can be over 20 minutes, but usually beginners are not able to sit longer than 20 minutes. For intermediates it is about 30 minutes or more and advanced it is usually 1 hour or more. The fourth step is to choose an object of meditation upon which to concentrate for the entire length of the practice.
The object of meditation can be repeatedly reciting syllables (mantras); thoughts of love, peace, beauty etc; saints; the heartbeat, breath, a flower, a book, or almost anything. Choosing an object of meditation is difficult. The whole idea is to get the mind concentrated upon one object, in order to control the mind. But if a person instead of choosing an object of meditation directly meditates upon God, the result will be surprising. So here it is entirely upon the person to choose the object of meditation. Another thing is to forget everything about your self and devote the entire attention towards the object of meditation.
There are many benefits of meditation. It helps us to get to know ourselves better. It answers questions like “Who am I”, “What is Reality” etc....