you have ever talked to someone who has been meditating for quite a
considerable amount of time now, you will know how beneficial it is.
Meditation affects not just one but several aspects of one’s life. Are
you someone who has had a lot of trouble focusing on tedious tasks? Are
you someone who is lazed out most of the time? Are you someone who has a
wave of negative thoughts invading the mind?
meditation is the solution to all these problems and beyond. Stress is
something which is the core creator of all the problems. From blood
pressure soaring to the potential risk of heart disease, stress causes
or worsens it all. Most of these disorders are life-threatening and so,
need to be prevented at all costs.
you are going through tremendous loads of stress, consider to start
meditating right away. Controlling and reducing stress is what you need
and meditation is the key to do so.
So, here are the best benefits that you get out of meditating for a couple of minutes every day:
have asked me to answer this long time ago. But since i was new to
meditation and had not dived much into the depths of it, it was wrong on
my part to answer it with half baked knowledge.
Now, its been almost two years since i have been practising a form of meditation called Vipassana. With enough practice , i think i could preach the benefits of meditation with utter sincerity.
What is meditation:
Unlike the narrow view of it being a breathing technique, or some
method to improve concentration/ focus etc etc, let me briefly describe
in true sense is a radical form of being in the absolute present. It is
a state where one tries to dispel anything and everything about the
past and future. Being in absolute present is a very daunting task given
the dynamics of our brain, our long life experiences and our
preoccupations with our priorities in life. Meditation is thus an
attempt to direct your conscious mind towards just being in the exact
nano second of the present happenings.
Now what are your mind dynamics?
our mind never stays in present. just try to stop for a moment and
think, everything that you are thinking or doing is either driven by
something that has happened in the past or is perpetuated by some future
aspiration. Any task you perform in you normal course of life has
almost zero percentage of being in absolute present ( except for when
Why is it important to be in absolute present?
the state of absolute present it the state of bliss.Let me give you the
extreme case of what i mean by absolute present. It is like like the
state of a baby in mother’s womb. With no preoccupation of the baby with
the past or present, the baby is in the state of absolute bliss. No
pain and No delight. Have you heard a baby crying inside? But, as the
baby is out, as she starts mapping and modeling the world, the sensation
of pain and happiness is imbibed in her. Now, surely, we cannot and
should not aim to reach that state, but it is important to declutter
your mind, at least for a small period of time, in order to experience
that state. That state of utmost bliss, where your experience no pain or
no delight. You just experience the truth and that is the state of
being in absolute present.
How do you achieve that state of meditation? There
are various means to do it. some effective, some not that effective.
Some long lasting, some just superficial, but every method tries to
reach that state of directing you mind towards being just in the
present, to some degree.
Meditation by focusing on an object:
This was common method taught in my school. You just pick up a point
object and concentration on that point. As you do the concentration, try
to just see that point. with this you just try to engage your optical
senses in the present truth in front of your eyes , which is the point
object. Well, This technique was ineffective for me since here only one
sense organ was involved , while the rest were free to wander.
Meditation by recitation / beads / mantras : This
is a very common methods. This often comes with religious undertones
but at the core it tries to direct your speech, your hearing organ
towards that state. But for me, even this failed to trick the brain into
being in absolute present since my other sensory organs were free to
wander. Now i wont go much into the details of other techniques, Let me
jump right to Vipassana.
It is a form of mindful meditation.
It tries to trick the brain to come to terms with the absolute reality.
You mind is concentrated on what is the ultimate truth of every animal
life on earth, and that is your breath.
When you are in syn with the breath at the scale of every nano second,
you cannot be any more in that “absolute present” time-space. You are
not visualizing a light reflected off an object ( which itself is
delayed by certain amount). Neither is your ear engaged in catching a
signal travelling at the speed of sound ( which is slower than that of
light). Your breath is ,“THE reality”. The most underrated, yet the most
The sensory experience on your body,
evey small sensation is again a form of reality which is at times
neglected in our normal course of life. But when your mind tries to seek
and experience every small sensation ( good/bad) on your body, you
again come syn with the absolute truth at the scale of every nano
for me Vipassana meditation has provided means to detox my mind of my
past and future. You just dispel every superficial layer that has buried
your feeling of equanimity. Now, i am not saying you will achieve this
state eternally ( surely one does that after long dedicated years of
this practice which is also known as the state of “Nirvana”). But given
my experience with vipassana, Even a few second of such state in your
hour long span of meditation can make you desire that state.
What does one experience in and after Meditation (Vipassana)
a few things cannot be explained given the limitations of the human
language and expression. Yes, we as humans are very limited and
under-developed to describe everything in this cosmos. So, i won’t do
any injustice by reducing the description of the experience to the
limited capacity of our language.
best way to know of the benefit and experience is to practice it by
yourself. I have done it, and have been doing it since a long time.
Surely there are a few visible changes in your perception, your outlook
and your way of dealing with your life. But that’s a topic for some
So, these were my two cents on my tryst with Vipassana meditation.