Meditation: Take One Step Closer To Nirvana

Meditation- Take One Step Closer To Nirvana

What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the word “meditation”? If you pictured a saffron-clad yogi against a backdrop of beautiful mountains, you’re not alone. Meditation is often perceived as a skill that takes years of practice and experience. In contrast, you can achieve mental clarity and inner peace without ever stepping out of your house. 

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is the practice of transforming the mind through mental exercises. Here, the aim is to achieve a neutral state of mind by controlling one’s thoughts and breathing. Meditative techniques not only focus on relaxation and self-awareness but also on improving one’s sense of spiritual wellbeing.  

Benefits Of Meditation:

The Perfect Stress Buster

Meditation- Take One Step Closer To Nirvana
Meditation- Take One Step Closer To Nirvana

Today, stress has become an inevitable part of our “modern” lives. Grueling work hours, personal and social crises can easily fill our minds with difficult emotions. Increased exposure to screens and loud noises has further numbed our senses. Consequently, it ushing our brain into constant overdrive.

This being said, a quick meditative session can lift your spirits and give you a much-needed energy boost. How? You may ask. The trick is to de-clutter your mind. With some practice, you can understand how your mind works and develop more positive ways of dealing with stress.  

Keep Calm And Have No Anxiety

Have you noticed how sometimes, your leg starts to shake uncontrollably? If it’s something more stressful like a job interview, your palms start sweating too. We’ve all been victims of paranoid thoughts at least once in our lives (ok, definitely more than once). If left unchecked, anxiety can lead to severe problems like obsessive-compulsive disorders, social anxiety or even phobias. 

Meditation offers a zero-cost solution to tackle anxiety-related problems. Not able to sleep at night? Try meditating. Not able to handle your boss in a high-pressure workplace? You guessed it, try meditating. Sit up straight, close your eyes and chant a mantra till you feel a sense of calmness. It helps you confront your problems with a fresh perspective and fend off any negative emotions. 

Mental Health Comes First

Meditation- Take One Step Closer To Nirvana
Meditation- Take One Step Closer To Nirvana

Mental health has become a pressing concerning as far as the past decade goes. Smarter phones, high-speed internet, and social media platforms have tipped the balance of emotional wellbeing. A disturbed mind can get so distracted that it can adversely affect your mood, work, or relationship ultimately leading to depression.

Meditation can help you battle loneliness, low self-esteem or lack of confidence by increasing serotonin production, making you emotionally more stable. Studies have proven that certain meditation methods (Chakra meditation and mindfulness) can help you stop procrastinating and make you self-aware of your life goals. 

Meditation Improves Physical Health

This is probably the most underappreciated aspect of practicing meditation. As Swami Vivekananda rightly puts it “The cheerful mind perseveres, and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties”. Focused meditation is known to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and decrease the production of (blood) lactic acid, thereby controlling anxiety.

Controlled breathing normalizes blood oxygen levels and decreases chronic pain. As you practice more extensively, your body adapts to deliver bursts of energy when you feel drained. 

Final Thoughts

So, wake up early in the morning, light a couple of incense sticks, cross your legs and start meditating (Oh, don’t forget to put your phone on silent). Make it a habit to spare at least 10 minutes from your daily routine. With consistent efforts and patience, this peaceful state of mind can truly have a transformative effect on your life. Even better? You have a spiritual experience that brings new purpose to your life!

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