Meditation is the 7th of the 8 limbs of Yoga as propounded by Sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. Meditation is a state of being. What we commonly call meditation are the various tools that we use to reach this state. Whether it is Osho’s Dynamic Meditation or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation or the Buddhist Mindfulness practice, these are all methods and tools to bring us to a blissful state of being. Having said that, the practice of “meditation”, or “sitting” as they say in Zen Buddhism, has many benefits along the way. Here is what you can look forward to:
Done correctly, under the guidance of an experienced teacher, you can experience the peace and tranquility that lies deep within you.
The practice helps to create a gap between you and your angry thoughts. This gap reduces your need to be angry.
Body relaxation practices such as Yoga Nidra and Kaya Sthairamcan help remove the stress from your body through deep cellular relaxation. A relaxed body always carries a relaxed mind and vice versa.
Anxiety always belongs to the future. The futility of being anxious over something that not only hasn’t happened but may, in fact, NEVER happen, can be countered by practices of creative visualization techniques in a meditative state.
Increasing our empathy towards others is a natural progression of our spiritual growth. As we learn to see ourselves from a distance, we begin to let go and take things less personally and seriously. This leads to increased compassion towards others.