Meditation – the bliss of silence
October 15, 2008
Thoughts come in and out from our minds many many times in a day. Some of them are so fleeting that even we ourselves do not realize about these little thoughts. Some of those are repetitive like what we thought about the day previously.
Our minds are complicated piece of Creation. In other words we exist in a perpetual chatter in our minds. It is little wonder then that all our miseries and our pains we experience are created in the chatter that we keep repeating to ourselves.
Our society is a sea of noise most of the time. Our culture emphasizes a lot of making loud sound and noise, even a moment of silence would be seen as weird in some cases. There must be no silence or else it is not normal.
It is only in recent years that more and more people are starting to understand the bliss of having a moment of pure silence in their lives. Yes, Maria Duval has said that it is only in true silence that we can hear ourselves; and our little inner voice communicating with us.
Meditation is a very good method to listen to your silence and from beyond. There are also a myriad of indirect benefits of meditation, like stress reduction, cure of anxiety, and improvement of general well being. Spiritually, it makes us more discerning and intuitive, because the little inner voice inside us come to the fore when we meditate. I do my best to have a short meditation session everyday with the grand intention of making it habitual, like going to ladies or taking the meals.
Some people have this misconception that meditation is for Buddhists or monks. This is a very wrong idea. They do that because they know it is a proven way to improve their personal spirituality, and nothing to do with their belief. That means everyone can meditate without affecting your colorful lifestyle. Maria Duval suggests simply find a quite place that you can be undisturbed for about 15 mins and set this aside daily for your meditation. It might be a room in your house. A good time is either in the morning before work or in the evening before retiring to bed.
You can place a few cushions to make it more comfortable and sit down in your quite space. Simply close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe in deeply through your nose for a count of six and breathe out through your mouth for a count of six. Simply repeat this until you feel a sense of calm throughout your body and focus on relaxing.
Don’t worry to much about your thoughts, try initially to focus on your breathing. As you do this more and more begin to focus more on the breathing and try to empty your mind of thoughts.
The idea with meditation is to take time out of your daily routine for yourself.
Have fun with it.