Meditation (Dyhana) – by Meggan Brummer
“When you are in a rush, you are unable to properly perceive things. Often you are in a rush in life. This takes away the charm, thrill and beauty from your life. You can never be close to the Truth when you are in a rush because your perception, observation and expression become distorted.” - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Organisation.
Through meditation or dyhana, the mind becomes relaxed yet alert, calm yet focused and in this state of being we are able to perceive things as they are, rather than how we imagine them to be when the mind is in a state of illusion. The relaxation provided by meditation is a rest that is deeper than sleep.
Nature of the Mind Have you ever stopped and taken a few moments to notice the state of your mind? Have you ever tried to still your mind and to stop the thoughts from flowing through it? Some meditation techniques focus on encouraging the practitioner to stop the thoughts from coming into the mind, but it is almost impossible to stop the thoughts. It is certain that the harder you to try to stop them, the more they will come. It is the nature of the mind that whatever you resist will persist and that includes the resistance of thoughts from entering the mind. Do not just believe what you are reading. Try it yourself. Take a few moments now, as you are reading this article. Close your eyes and try to think of anything except a circus clown. Try it now…close your eyes. What did you see when you closed your eyes? Was there a picture of a clown in the mind?
Most people who haven’t tried
meditation think that it is something that has to be done.
Discipline in Meditation Although effortlessness is the nature of mediation. something which needs a great deal of concentration.
Why should we meditate? The nature of our mind is such that it is constantly fluctuating. and that whenever it is ready you will still be here. which is the effortlessness of which I write. sitting quite still. It is a contradiction in
. meditation is quite the opposite. but about being. “Now. tell your mind that it can go wherever it likes. Whilst most things in life demand effort for us to be good at them. How little time our mind actually spends in the present moment! In the present moment the mind is settled and calm and deep rest is received. It is the delicate art of doing nothing – the art of letting go of everything and just ‘being. more peaceful and quiet and the thoughts automatically and effortlessly dissolved. vacillating between the past and the future.The nature of meditation is effortlessness. It is about moving from being a human doing to a human being and through this process the mind comes to rest in the present moment. One of my most profound experiences of meditation occurred when the teacher instructing our group said to us. Meditation is not about doing.’ being who you are in that moment. but it is nothing of the sort. If we are not remembering the past then we are often planning the future. this does not mean progress in meditation will come without discipline or dedication. it automatically became more still. exactly where you are.” By giving the mind this complete permission do as it pleased.
Meditation frees you from tension
Everyone has experienced a meditative state in certain moments of their lives. but what do we do for our minds? What do we do to keep the mind uncluttered. calm. and happier. and brings back your smile. washing it from within. but the truth of the matter is that busier you are in life. clear and refreshed? Meditation is a
way of cleaning the mind. wash our clothes and so on.
Every day we wash our bodies and take care of ourselves from a hygienic perspective.terms – busy people say that they are too busy to meditate. the more important it is that you receive the deep rest which acquired through meditating. For example. How can we repeat these moments so that they occur more frequently in our lives? Through mediation we cultivate this state of mind so that more and more it becomes our natural state of consciousness. Without meditation. Just for a moment the mind becomes light and is at ease. doing something that you love so much that it totally absorbs you and you loose track of time. It is the busiest people in this world who would benefit most from meditation practices. so that we can be calmer.
. they say that they don’t have the time to sit around doing nothing. clearer. the restlessness of the mind affects us on all levels and prevents us from connecting with the joy within us. We clean the house. in those moments when you are deeply joyful and happy.
here are few guidelines which may be useful for you to have read:-
How to sit Whenever you sit for meditation.
Useful Guidelines Before joining a meditation group. feel free to try meditating on your own a few times before seeking a teacher. it is a good idea to receive guidance in meditation to ensure your progress. However. Sit on a cushion if it is more comfortable for you. This will also help you to keep the spine straight. Meditation is a practical experience. it is preferable to sit in a comfortable cross legged position with your spine erect. look for someone who practices meditation themselves. and is not something that you can really understand through reading or through sporadic practice. which improves with practice. someone who lives what they teach.
. If is far too uncomfortable then you can sit in a chair without crossing your legs. When seeking a teacher. neck straight and shoulders relaxed.How to Meditate? Just as someone learning to play the piano would be wise to take lessons from an experienced piano player in order to progress. The self discipline that comes to those who meditate has come through their direct personal experience of the benefits of meditation. Most people find that they do not have the necessary discipline to practice meditation on their own initially.
take your full awareness there and keep relaxing. be with it. it is just preferable as it a time when most people are still sleeping and the stillness of the environment will have a positive effect on your meditation. The recommended times are early in the morning. When I first started meditating my knees really hurt and I felt so uncomfortable. If your knees are aching.
When is the best time to meditate? It is preferable to practice meditation at the same time of day or night on a regular basis. with the right hand cupped in the left. Starting each day with
. but it wasn’t long before the discomfort left me and now I can sit quite happily for a couple of hours.
The eyes Most forms of meditation are practiced with the eyes closed. when the environment and your mind are both relatively still. but this is not a law. observe the sensations with your total awareness. To begin with. Yoga practices suggest different mudras or hand positions which have different effects on the state of mind.How to place the hands Buddhists place their hands with the palms facing up. sit with your hands gently resting on your knees. ideally between 4am and 6am.
What to do when the body aches? If your body starts to ache. although walking meditation is practiced with the eyes open. with the palms of your hands facing the sky.
then it is a good idea to do those first and to end with meditation. leaves you feeling vibrant and energized.meditation has a positive influence on the state of mind. always moving from ‘gross to subtle. which will also have a positive effect on the quality of your sleep. and subtle refers to practices such as relaxation and meditation. Through yoga the body and mind are given the chance to rebalance and to become free of dullness or restlessness. If there is too much restlessness in the body it will be less easy to sit for meditation.
If you are in a routine of exercising or practicing yoga.
The best time to meditate from a physical perspective. preferably a cold one.’ Gross refers to the more physical and aerobic exercise. If you crawl out of bed and immediately go into your meditation practice. you are more likely to fall asleep than to meditate. This is why it is really wonderful to practice yoga before meditation. Similarly. it is also a great idea to meditate just before you go to bed. is on an empty stomach when you are a little bit hungry and also a little bit tired. feel fresh and alert during the practice of meditation.
Showering before Meditation Having a shower before you mediate. although it is recommended that we don’t meditate in the hours between midnight and 3am.
turn off the TV and the radio. take your awareness to them fully and become the silent observer. It is inevitable that life will go on in its normal fashion. including the occurrence of very loud and disturbing noises. If it is possible. having done what you can to create minimal distractions. Some people recommend that preferably white clothing is worn as the colour white induces thoughtlessness in the mind. surrender to the sounds that arise during your meditation and accept them as they come and go. It is preferable to meditate in room in which lots of natural light enters and in which there is cross ventilation so that fresh air can gently circulate the room
Where to Meditate? It is not essential. If disruptions come. The more you practice in the same space. but if you are meditating at home it is preferable to practice meditation in the same area or room. create a room in your home which is solely used for meditation and nothing else. turn off your mobile phone. just be with them. take the phone off the hook. the more effortless it will be for you to slip into mediation and the deeper your practice will become.
Clothing Wear comfortable and loose clothing when you meditate. get someone to watch your children … and then. but it is not necessary to wait before your surroundings are silent before meditating.What about Distractions? It is more conducive to meditation to have minimum distractions around you. Just do what you can.
Meat helps to build a strong body. The best foods to eat if you are sustaining a mediation practice are vegetarian foods such as grains. just be the observer.
. Our mind is constantly thinking of something or the other.What should I do when thoughts come? As you sit for meditation. observing silently as the thoughts enter and leave. Have no preference for good thoughts or bad thoughts. just let them come in what ever shape or form they choose to without identifying with them or owning them. watch them with acute awareness as though you are the doorkeeper at the gate of your mind. discover what works for you and what doesn’t. and do not try to stop them or identify with them. Spicy foods and foods such as garlic and onion increase the
restlessness in the mind and have a negative influence on mediation. affect the state of mind days after they have been consumed and create restlessness and negative emotions in the mind. watch your thoughts. vegetables and nuts. Alcohol and meat. grasping at one thought or the other…just watch your thoughts. for example. hatred.
Foods which are conducive to Meditation As you progress with your practice you may notice how certain foods influence and affect your mind. The more you meditate you will naturally gain more sensitivity to the effect that different foods have on the body and mind. but causes restlessness in the mind and induces emotions such as anger. be a witness to them. Whatever your experience in relation to food. fresh fruits. jealousy and greed.
but you are influencing the subtle layers of creation. you are not just bringing a harmony within yourself.“When you meditate.
.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.” . the subtle bodies of all the different levels of existence in the creation.