Meditation is a practise where an individual uses a technique —such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought, or activity—to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state of mind. Mediation essentially is an approach to training the mind similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. Many meditation techniques exists to show how one should learn how to meditate. For instance in Buddhist tradition the ‘meditation’ is equivalent to a word like ‘sports’ in the United States. It is family of activities, not a single thing. Different meditation practices require different meditation skills. Further concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point. This could entail following the breadth, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong or counting beads on a mala. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner may meditate for few minutes and then work up to longer durations. In this form of meditation the students simply refocuses his/her awareness on the chosen object of attention each time he/she notices his/her mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, students are taught to let them go. Through this process the ability to concentrate improves.
This mindfulness meditation encourages the practioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises. Through this meditation one can see how his thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over the time one can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge and experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance develops. In some schools of meditation students practice a combination of concentration and mindfulness. Many disciplines call for stillness—to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the teacher.
All these aspects of meditation are impressed upon the participants and also they are encouraged to take interest in meditation in our workshop through the guidance of experts in the field whose services we hire for implementation of this activity. In this context the participants are also apprised of the benefits both short term and long term, they are likely to get through regular practice of meditation.
The short term benefits of meditation:
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Improved blood circulation
- Lower heart rate
- Less perspiration
- Slower respiratory rate
- Less anxiety
- Lower blood cortisol levels
- More feelings of well being
- Less stress
- Deeper relaxation
The Long term benefits of meditation:
- Positive effects on brain and immune function among meditators.
- Ultimate benefit is the liberation of mind from attachment to things it cannot control, such as external circumstances or strong internal emotions. The liberated or enlightened practioner no longer needlessly follows desires or clings to experiences, but instead maintains a calm mind and sense of inner harmony.
In the above said workshop nearly 40 participants avail the benefit of the program.