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Meditation – Our Salvation

Stress is a silent killer and prolonged exposure to stress may exert harmful effect on physical, psychological and behavioral well being of an individual. I understand that we all our busy in our daily routines, juggling between work and home, but we must implement effective stress management techniques in order to maintain the productivity with no stress. Use of Yoga, Meditation and soothing humor are potent stress busters. But who got the time? Right? So, here are some small meditations you can do while going about your daily chores. Surprised? See Meditation is not about sitting still, burn incense sticks, play some slow music. Here check these simple meditation techniques

  1. Focus on your Breath : Focus your full attention on air entering you nose, filling your lungs and flowing out again. Relish each sensation.
  2. Take Control & Unclench : Take a moment to identify where you are feeling the tension in your body. Visit it fully, and send it a little kindness if you can.
  3. Let Space Inspire You : Take a quiet, conscious moment to shift your focus from the tangible things around you to space existing peacefully between them,
  4. Find the Hum : Locate the subtle humming sensation deep in your body. Often, people feel it in their feet or hands most easily at first : a pleasant buzz of aliveness. Focus on that feeling and savor the deliciousness as it spreads. 
  5. Realign your Internal Axis : Mentally rearrange your body awareness so that rather than being fixed horizontally (on “then” and “when”), you can enjoy the feeling of it being vertical (right here, right now). Imagine your axis moving now. 

Try these techniques and let me know if it worked for you. Namaste. 

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    • Listening to silence is one of the simplest ways to become present. All you have to do is pay attention to the silence that exists around you now. Even if it is noisy, there is always silence behind the sounds. Look out for it. Listen to it. Don’t judge or label it – merely feel its presence. Also pay attention to new sounds that pop up. Without labeling the sounds, simply ask: Where did they come from? Where do they go to once you stop hearing them? All sounds come from silence, and all disappear back into silence. By paying attention to the silence behind the sounds, you will become present.

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      • Being able to speak makes life easy, but when I couldn’t talk I learned how much I relied on others. Silence taught me to appreciate the value of relating to others. The next time you see your friends or family, try to really listen. Deep listening expresses deep appreciation.

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    • When you listen to the silence that is always present it brings you into the ‘now’. When you give yourself deeply to meditation, you become more attentive to the present moment. And, when you are no longer seeking and grasping for something that lies outside of your own experience, you will find yourself being present.

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    • Yes indeed. Meditation is the art of cultivating present moment awareness. And it must be cultivated by committing to one of the sitting-based meditation practices that allow for deep stillness to be experienced. The more you practice over time, the more you learn to sustain present moment awareness, and the more you naturally bring that stillness and presence of mind into your daily life.

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    • Thank you. I am glad you liked it. So what kind of meditation do you practice. People practice many different forms of meditation, most of which don’t require specialized equipment or space. You can practice with just a few minutes daily. If you want to start meditating, try choosing a form of meditation based on what you want to get out of it.

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      • There are two major styles of meditation:
        Focused-attention meditation: Concentrates attention on a single object, thought, sound or visualization. It emphasizes ridding your mind of attention and distraction. Meditation may focus on breathing, a mantra or a calming sound.
        Open-monitoring meditation: Encourages broadened awareness of all aspects of your environment, train of thought and sense of self. It may include becoming aware of thoughts, feelings or impulses that you might normally try to suppress.

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    • Surrender requires a willingness to unlearn all that we have been taught in terms of how proficiency evolves. Surrender requires gentleness, patience, and non-judgment. Surrender would have us relinquish all attachment to how our encounters should play out, how events should unfold, and how our experiences should progress. Surrender is simply a state of being as opposed to an act of doing. Through the practice of meditation, surrender invites the mind to dissolve into deeper states of consciousness.

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