Why Do People Meditate?

lotus flower“A lotus rises above the water untouched by its impurities. Similarly through meditation, a person can live in this world untouched by anxieties.”

For thousands of years in the East, many millions of people have been successfully practicing meditation and nowadays it becoming an essential practice in the Western world.

Living in a world full of stress and relentless pursuit, uncertain of what the future will bring, more and more people are feeling unhappy. Gradually we experience that surrounding ourselves with various material goods and pleasures does not give us an internal peacefulness, a feeling of security or the harmony we are seeking. Thus people from all walks of life are becoming interested in meditation. Men and women, young and old are practicing it and experiencing peacefulness and internal happiness. People are beginning to understand and appreciate their inner self.

Meditation is a lot of fun and brings one joy. It is for everyone regardless of age, sex or belief. You do not need to go to the Himalayas to meditate. You can simply meditate at home, and you can also invite your family and friends and meditate together.

Self-realization and getting to know your internal value.To comprehend the nature of ourselves is not the most common goal of meditation nowadays, but this is by far the most important gain from a meditation practice.

If you understand and know your real nature, you can easily define your true needs. Knowing who you really are allows you to set your life in the right direction so that it gives you satisfaction and a sense of internal fulfillment.  One of the best resources on the subject of identity is a Video Lecture Series by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa called the Self Discovery Series.

Meditation brings us the feeling of true comfort, security and full awareness.

“Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of the greatest difficulty. This indeed is actual freedom from all miseries”.        Bhagavad gita, 6.20-23

Freedom from anxiety and inner emptiness, attainment of a peacefulness and calmness. Many people suffer from inner anxiety or feelings of inner emptiness. They do not know the exact reason why they are worrying and why they cannot find peace in their life. They just feel this inner void and they do not know how to cope with it. This problem is much deeper than stress. People in this condition may turn to overeating, drinking alcohol, taking drugs including antidepressants, TV and other gadgets in order to forget about their inner unhappiness.

Meditation allows you to deal with such feelings. Through meditation one can truly experience inner happiness, internal peacefulness and freedom from anxiety and spiritual void. It is not an artificial escape from reality into oblivion, but a true experience of a harmonious reality.

Improvement of health and ensuring our well-being: More and more often, physicians perceive the connection between one’s good physical well-being and their state of mind – their consciousness. Patients suffering from stomach ulcers or hypertension are instructed not only to change their diet and implement some mild physical activity but also to meditate. Clinical research has shown that meditation brings a lot of benefits such as lower blood pressure and a reduced heart rate. Freedom from stress and fatigue, relaxation of the mind and body, all improve the health of our body.

Meditation is an important part of the Ayurvedic system of health. Let’s bring meditation into our life!

The content on this website is not medical diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your healthcare provider.

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