This week we speak to Palash Thhakur on creating a balanced life with meditation. Palash Thakkur is a qualified Vedic Astrologer, Numerologist, and Spiritual Healer. He is also an active member of the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists.
Life these days is stressful. We are all running to make ends meet. Wants have taken over needs and enough is never enough.
We are losing the harmony between mind, soul, spirit, and body. Daily Meditation can help restore this harmony.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is not about concentration. It is also not about chanting a mantra or listening to nature sounds. Meditation is about going thought-less, being in a state of complete calm.
It is about forgetting about your daily life, your experiences, your pains, past baggage, and emotions.
Why Meditation Helps?
We are complex beings that use only 10% of our brain, mostly to fit in this complex world.
We fail to train it right before using it and overheat it with clutter, just like any other machine.
It gets stressed, confused and fails to make decisions – about your own self and the world.
Socially, a stressed brain becomes a misfit. Personally, it loses the will to create positive emotions.
We do not appreciate life and become unhappy. This creates a chain reaction of physical and mental diseases.
Meditation aligns and retrains your mind to create a balance. It creates calmness within chaos.
Which is the best way to meditate?
Dhyana or Meditation has only one way which is the right way.
Step 1 – Just like you clean your body or hands before eating, it is a good idea to clean your surroundings before meditation.
Chose a nice quiet corner of your house. Clean the area with salt water. Place a yoga mat or a fresh towel.
Light an incense stick to clear any odor. Do this at least 1 hour before your planned time.
Step 2 – Sit in a cross-legged position. Keep your back straight and use back support if required.
Put your phone on silent. Relax your muscles by doing pranayam yoga for 5 minutes.
Step 3 – Close your eyes and breathe slow and deep. Focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Imagine your breath entering your body and leaving your body.
It is natural for your thoughts to interrupt your practice. Do not worry and keep going.
Gradually, the thoughts will leave your mind. It might take a few days for your thoughts to completely disappear while meditating.
You will realize that your breathing will normalize and slow. Breath will also feel lighter and relaxing.
Most often, people focus on the end result of meditation more than practicing. This is not advisable. Expectations equal to thoughts which disrupt your practice.
We’ve been curious about sound meditation. How effective are gongs and singing bowls?
There is nothing called as sound meditation. No props are required when you are meditating.
Singing bowls, gongs, incense sticks, nature sounds and even use of colors – these are just tools. People can use these tools to create a positive atmosphere and calm their muscles.
Colors please the eyes. Singing bowls and gongs send positive vibrations in the air and remove negativity.
Nature sounds are mostly used by people in large cities to divert their mind.
All these tools can be used anytime or before meditation.
If you had to give our readers some practical benefits of meditation, what would they be?
There are several benefits of meditation and all of them now scientifically proven.
1 Reduces physical and mental stress – muscle and joint pains, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia
2 Reduces anxiety by increasing serotonin production in the body