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Unlocking Spiritual Life, Mindfulness, Meditation, Well being, health

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“A mind mastered in meditation is like the unwavering flame of a lamp in the windless place.” Shrimad Bhagavad Gita
I realised my spiritual instinct in this pandemic phase. One day I woke up and decided to start my day by practising meditation. It was early morning I went to my terrace, the sun hasn’t risen till then, I simply sat on a mat and closed my eyes. What I felt at that moment is hard to express.
A wave of peace entered my mind, and it felt like my nerves were releasing all the stress. The cool breeze touched my skin and took me to the world of serenity. I wasn’t thinking of anything else other than just feeling the aura around me. The chirping sound of birds relaxed my ears and slightly amused me. I also heard the rattling of leaves and smelt the fragrance of lilies and tulips.
After a while, I felt like a ray of light entering my brain through my forehead and purifying my spirit. It gave me the divine feeling of strength and steadiness. Then I realised that the sun has risen and it’s all because of its power. I was now meditating for 15 minutes and ended this practice by enchanting “Om” for five times. My elders told me that whenever we should enchant this holy word it must always be done by heart and we must try to listen to the vibrating sound from our throat while enchanting. Now, I slowly opened my eyes and took a deep breath, the positive vibes surrounded me and I was feeling extremely joyful. The day also went well.
The question is why am I telling all this? Before I answer this question lets discuss the ground reality of the ongoing situation of our generation. We all know that technological advancement is a boon for us. But overuse of anything is harmful to health. So, we are not realising the harm caused to us because many diseases are now asymptomatic. Mental Health issues like depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, insomnia, etc., are on the top of the list. And then comes other health problems like obesity, diabetes, etc, I would not say that it’s easy to meditate, sometimes we might be physically present but our mind is wandering somewhere else like when I should start my new project? or what should I gift my parents this anniversary? These thoughts can come in our minds but habits that can bring positive changes in our lives can do miracles. And I believe in it. “If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.” - Buddhism
A study found that meditation interventions reduce multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress[1]. In research where the brains of 16 people were tested who were practising meditation and was found that there was a lot of improvement in their mental health.[2]
What I practice is mindful meditation and let’s understand its meaning “It’s a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity and calm both your mind and body”[3] I can relate to this meaning and assure the masses that mindful meditation is a stress reduction therapy. This also helps in improving learning ability and regulates emotions.
“Anger begets more anger and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love” as simply stated in Jainism. Negative traits including aggressiveness are the main downfall for any human being. We tend to get angry at little things and sometimes we regret. Not only anger any kind of exceeding emotion whether its happiness or sadness is not good.
 “He that hath no rule over his spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” - The Holy Bible.
I felt a drastic change in my behaviour after this six-month practice. Now I have better control over my emotions and more inclination towards the analytical side of my life. As rightly said, “The wise should surrender speech in mind, mind in the knowing self, the knowing self in the spirit of the universe and the spirit of the universe in the spirit of peace.”- The Maitri Upanishad. Let us surrender ourselves to eternal peace.
Many of us confine meditation to a particular religion. It is a universal practice. And in my opinion, when we pray from the core of our hearts it is a kind of meditation. It doesn’t matter which faith we follow; we can term it as a spiritual meditation. One can feel the existence of a superpower by practising it.
Gentle appreciation of the present moment and an attitude of benevolence towards all living beings are the real fruits of spiritual awakening.[4]
Spreading positivity, being yourself, forgiving, removal of any kind of ill feelings can be attained. Forget all grudges you have with your loved ones and see the beautiful transformation of yourself. “Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury.” - The Holy Quran.
 This article is a message to all the individuals of various age groups that life is what we frame. I am not doing any kind of promotion but only narrating the tranquillity that I felt in these months. If I can inspire anyone out there it will be a service to humanity.  And I will try my best to continue this practice of mine.
My meaning of spirituality is when we can feel the beauty of this universe, the miracles in our lives. I end up by quoting from words of Guru Nanak Devji -
 “Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss”

References : [1] US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
[2] National Centre for Complementary and Integration Health (NCCIH)
[4] www.mindworks.or

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  • Samanth Rathore
    Posted at 11:59h, 31 July Reply

    “Gentle appreciation of the present

    moment and an attitude of benevolence

    towards all living beings are the real fruits

    of spiritua] awakening”

    Very meaningful words
    The Article is very well written. Enjoyed it, want more content from you.

  • Vidushi Singh
    Posted at 03:29h, 01 August Reply

    Thankyou Samanth for the appreciation and will surely come with more writeups.

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