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11.2.09

Reduce stress through Meditation

One of the best ways to overcome your daily living stress is meditation. Basically, it quietens your mind and improves your spiritual link to your inner soul.

Do you think stress is directed connected to the state of your health? I think the answer is very obvious as repeated medical researches have shown that stress has many negative effects in your health if it were kept uncontrolled.

When I talk to people that I meditate to reduce my stress, a common response is that "Ah, that's really a long process which I cannot endure", or "I thought only monks do that?"

These are just myths. Meditation does not require you to spend one hour everyday. Sometimes as short as just three to five minutes is sufficiently beneficial. Maria Duval adds that a twenty minutes of meditation daily can be as good as having a good night of sleep..So meditation is particularly good for those who suffer from insomnia or sleep disorders.

Maria Duval says there are many ways to meditate. It does not have to be sitting still in a quiet room. For example, when you are cleaning or doing the dishes, practice taking deep slow breathes and quieting your mind. Just practice being in the present moment and clearing all thoughts from your mind.

Sometimes, it can be as simple as taking a nice stroll in a scenic lake side park or at a relaxing beach. The main purpose is to calm down your mind, being in the moment and being gratitude for your existence in this beautiful planet. Then of course, there is the standard form of meditation in which you sit on the floor, or on a cushion or a mat and cross your legs...

As you practice more, the longer you will be able to meditate. A great intention for yourself, is to build up to at least twenty minutes of meditation. When you are meditating, you can have very relaxing music on or have complete silence. Sometimes music will help someone relax more, for others they find it distracting. Try both and see what works best for you.

So what shall you meditate on?

Again, Maria Duval teaches it could be on manifesting on something that you desire, or you can just focus on inner silence, or a combination of both. The inner silence is very important as it reduces stress in our lives and to completely silence our mind completely. In the end, we feel with are intimately connected to the Higher Being and spiritually we become a better person.

In conclusion, meditation transcends all forms of religions and is a proven spiritual way to manage stress through slowing down your pace and quieten your mind. You will be amazed at how well you will feel after that short meditation!


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a.k.satsangi said...

Yoga (Application) which was based on the control of the body physically and implied that a perfect control over the body and the senses led to knowledge of the ultimate reality. A detailed anatomical knowledge of the human body was necessary to the advancement of yoga and therefore those practising yoga had to keep in touch with medical knowledge. (Romila Thapar, A History of India, volume one).

I suggest : Mind and brain are two distinct things. Brain is anatomical entity whereas mind is functional entity. Mind can be defined as the function of autonomic nervous system (ANS). It is claimed that mind can be brought under conscious control through the practice of meditation. But how? ANS is largely under hypothalamic control which is situated very close to optic chiasma (sixth chakra or ajna chakra). Protracted practice of concentration to meditate at this region brings functions of ANS say mind under one’s conscious control.

ANS is further divided into parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS). On the basis of these facts I have discovered a mathematical relationship for spiritual quotient (S.Q.). Spiritual Quotient can be expressed mathematically as the ratio of Parasympathetic dominance to Sympathetic dominance. PSNS dominates during meditative calm and SNS dominates during stress. In this formula we assign numerical values to the physiological parameters activated or suppressed during autonomic mobilization and put in the formula to describe the state of mind of an individual and also infer his/her level of consciousness.

Meditation is the art of looking within and science of doing nothing. We don’t use anything in meditation. We just try to concentrate to meditate at some point in human anatomy known as ‘chakra’ in Indian System of Yoga. The current of mind is flowing outward through the senses and unconsciously. The mind comes at rest gradually through regular practice of meditation. Then comes self realization and enlightenment. Protracted practice of meditation under qualified guidance will help to manage all sort of psychological problems.

Emotional Quotient can also be expressed mathematically as the product of I.Q. and Wisdom Factor. E.Q. stands for Emotional Quotient. An intelligent person may not be wise. But a wise man will always be intelligent. An intelligent person having certain level of positive emotions can be said as wise. An intelligent person lacking wisdom will turn autocrat. A wise man will always be a democrat who respects others existence.

Some may raise doubt that how could be the Wisdom quantified? The answer is simple -if Mental Age of I.Q. can be quantified then Wisdom can also be quantified, of course, comparatively with more efforts. Wilhelm Stern had given the formula of I.Q.. It is, Mental Age/ Chronological Age x 100. Spiritual Quotient (S.Q.) leverages both E.Q. and I.Q.

Radha Soami Faith is a branch of Religion of Saints like Kabir, Nanak, Paltu, and others. Soamiji Maharaj is the founder of this Faith. You may call It like New Wine in Old Bottle.

Maslow has given Hierarchy of Needs. At the top of it is need for self-actualization or self-realization.

In our society we should learn To Live and Let Live and help to satisfy others need. When the lower order needs, physiological and sociological both, are satisfied then only a person think to satisfy need for self-realization in true sense. Else he/she may spend all his/her life to satisfy at the most the need for self-expression instead of self-realization.

It is, therefore, the duty of every responsible person, at the least, of our society to give serious thought over it.

For the satisfaction of need for self-realization i.e. establishment of harmony of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness we need following three things:

1. Mater or Guru (A Self-Realized Soul)
2. Secret of Levels of Universal Consciousness
3. Method for traversing the path.


Anirudh Kumar Satsangi