KATHMANDU: It is good to remember that meditation helps getting back to our own self that is free from stress, anxiety, troubles, disturbances, agitation, fear and other negativities. This state is within each of us; the only question is
how do we get there?
This article recommends a meditation technique suitable for different situations for people on the move.
Many times we often find ourselves feeling bored waiting in a queue, at the airport, bus station or in some offices. Or may be you have some free time at home or during travel.
Instead of feeling stressed, restless, bored or anxious, you can use the situation to get inside your mind and feel its silence, peace and joy. Any situation is a good one for meditation.
Sit with your back straight. Be aware of the lights, textures, smells and sounds around you. Welcome everything that is there; be receptive, do not negate anything. Breathe normally and be aware of the breath you inhale and exhale. Now, shift your
attention to the mind. Look at how you feel inside. Keep observing your thoughts and feelings without trying to change them. The key is to allow everything to happen without any manipulation. Just observe.
Your mind will tend to grasp the thoughts, chase them, and get lost in the process. On reaching the dead end with nowhere else to go, the mind grasps on a new thought that arises and begins to chase it. And the process goes on. Just be with yourself. Cool down. Be aware of your breath again. This will bring you back to yourself and the rising thoughts will settle down again. As you focus more and more, your
observation on the mind will get more intense, while the occurrence of thoughts gets slower. This will bring you peace and relaxation
at a scale you have never experienced before.
If you continue this practice for some time, you will find that there are small gaps between two thoughts. You will suddenly find your mind becoming almost still and empty, although this may not last long in the beginning. This gap is magnetic; it attracts you to it again and again. You will be able to feel it only if you are very watchful and sensitive. But if you get hold of it once, you can get to your meditation anytime you like.
The most important thing to remember is to feel yourself, be with your breath, not get distracted by the thoughts of your mind and not negate anything. It takes time and enormous patience to touch the state of one’s meditation. Meditation can be done with eyes open
or closed. But in the beginning, closing eyes will help you avoid any distraction. Once you have mastered the art, nothing will distract you. You need nothing for meditation, just a watchful mind and an open heart.
(The author is the president of Jeevan Vigyan Kendra, a modern spiritual organisation and principal of Apex College. He can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org)