Meditation simply means focusing, being fully present in the moment. In the words of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a global spiritual leader, "Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment." Our thoughts usually control us & define our world. Meditation enables us to control our thoughts & thus help us create the life that we inwardly, joyously want to live. The word meditation somehow bring these symbolic thoughts & metaphors to my mind: saint, a peaceful place mostly mountains, in the nature, sitting in a particular posture etc. I have had the experience of meditation in the past and I have been doing it for quite sometime now. But, my recent experience with heartfulness meditation somehow resonated very well with the essence of coaching & hence intrigued me more than any other form of meditation. I am exploring the many forms & wish to learn more & more. Sharing with you all the steps towards heartfulness meditation that I learnt, my understanding around this:
1. This is a form of meditation which originated from the days of King Janak. Heartfulness meditation talks about the divine light that resides in every heart. When this light is allowed to shine via meditation, you gain the access to your inner power, the ability to live in the expression of your highest self.
2. Focusing on that light within, feeling & embracing that light and meditating is the first step. This is usually done in the morning.
3. As you experience your day and come to a close, it is very important to cleanse your heart of any negative emotion, energy that affected you in the day. This is called cleansing of the heart of all negativity & letting the divine power flow through you.
4. Before you go to sleep, you call your day off by praying which is nothing but reflecting on the day gone by. Not concentrating on any specific event or thought but just meditating to lighten yourself. This continues and as you practice more, you will experience the transformation.
I have derived immense power from this form of meditation. This has no obligation, you do it in your comfortable way. The best for me was the cleansing bit. The way we clean ourselves, it is very important to clean our heart as well.
The power of meditation is immense. Here's one beautiful thought on meditation by Lord Buddha. Very simple yet so profound. Look at what you loose when you meditate.
Let's look at what we gain from meditation. Why you should meditate? Meditation helps increase your Emotional Intelligence (EQ), one of the determining factors for living a truly successful life. Scientists have confirmed this too. As you progress in your life, rise up the career ladder, walk the path of leadership be it professionally or personally donning different hats, it is important that you have better understanding of yourself, which we call awareness; better understanding about others, be able to detach from negative thoughts, be able to let go, stay calm & relaxed, read emotions of other people, your understanding of other people's vibes, energy, do away with dysfunctional patterns, habits, increase your creativity & inner wisdom & thereby make right decisions that would serve the bigger intention. Meditation paves the way for all these. Meditation helps you increase your EQ. Do look at the picture below to see what you actually give yourself access to when you meditate.
Welcome to the world of meditation. Start now, right at this moment just for a minute today and then increasing slowly to a longer time. See the difference in you over time.
Life & Organizational Development Coach