In the hustle and bustle of life, our mind and body exhaust and resign to daily pressure and stress we face. Physical illnesses may be treated with medicines but the soul, which controls our morale, motivation and happiness, cannot be cured with scientific measures. To evaluate your emotions and bring harmony to feelings, you must practice meditation along with other tasks of your life. It relaxes your nerves and muscles and brings peace to your inner structure, which allows greater efficiency in other activities.
Although it’s an intangible mechanism, still there are some themes that are followed for each distinct technique of meditation. It starts with understanding your own self, the pattern of nature and how both work coherently to bring peace. So instead of beginning the meditation practices randomly, read about the philosophy and underlying rules of that particular activity.
Once you start believing in unseen structures, you get to step closer to the higher purpose of life. This allows you to stay composed regardless of the present condition of your life. Meditation enhances control over feelings and allows you to utilize them for your greater benefit. The moment you become aware of your inner personality traits, you can behave in a more optimistic and constructive manner thus nurturing your social relationships. When your mind becomes healthy, it casts positive impacts on your body and you feel more active and competent than before.
God has created this universe maintaining a perfect balance in everything. All natural elements have energy in them that keeps them functional. A human body also has energy reservoirs but we consume a large amount in carrying out our daily activities. Moreover our speedy life spoils our peace of mind and hinders us from understanding the spiritual details of our own self.
The meditation process requires that you focus your energy and attention to one place and then use it as your power to overshadow your fears and disruption. The division of your mental capability renders disruption and personality disorders followed by pessimistic thoughts that ruin your career. The tenure of the meditation process depends on the nature of spiritual ailment.
It can help you control your blood pressure and lessen your anxiety. You can also cure your immune system, which also helps you to maintain resistance against drugs and other addictions.
Through this self-evaluation process you can quantify your intangible feelings and get aware of the root cause of any disorder. Diagnosis then gives way to healing and cures the soul that ultimately strengthens your personality. By getting aware of your inner powers and how these can contribute to the well-being of the society, you are in a better position to achieve your goals. In ups and downs of life you often come across such situations where you lose hope or temper and are inclined toward bad ways.
At these crucial moments, it is imperative that you are clear about your vision of life and can cope with emotional disasters in a more rational manner. Meditation teaches you how to grow poise and calm in your mind to counter-attack such optimism in life.
CHAKRAS & ENDOCRINE GLANDS
The word chakra literally means wheel, circle, vortex, or whirlpool. The chakras are connected to a network of psychic channels called nadis, which correspond to the nerves but are more subtle in nature.
The major chakras are seven in number and are located along the pathway of sushumna nadi which flows through the centre of the spinal cord. Sushumna nadi originates at the perineum and terminates at the top of the head.
The chakras are depicted symbolically as lotus flowers, each having a particular number of petals and a characteristic colour. The lotus symbolizes the three stages- ignorance, aspiration and illumination. It represents spiritual growth from the lowest state of awareness to the highest state of’ consciousness. The petals of the lotus, inscribed with the beeja mantras or seed sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, represent the different manifestations of psychic energy connected with the chakras and the nadis leading into and out of them.
Within each chakra is a yantra comprised of the geometrical symbol of its associated element and beeja mantra. Within the yantra there is also a presiding deity, which represents particular aspects of divinity, along with the corresponding vahana or vehicle which is an animal form, representing other psychic aspects related with the particular centre.
CHAKRAS ASSOCIATION WITH THE PHYSICAL BODY
On a physical level, chakras are associated with the major nerve plexuses and endocrine glands in the body. Endocrine system is a system of glands which secrete hormones directly into the blood stream rather than through a duct to regulate activity in other parts of the body. It is instrumental in regulating metabolism, growth, development, puberty, tissue function and also plays a part in determining mood.
The names of the glands & the chakras are:
- Muladhara (testicles/ovaries)
- Swadhisthana (Adrenals)
- Manipura (spleen/pancreas)
- Anahata (thymus)
- Vishudha (thyroid/parathyroid)
- Ajna (pituitary gland)
- Sahasrara (pineal gland)
The ideal condition of chakras is that they all be open and active, and neither underactive (closed) or overactive. If your chakras are closed, you can perform meditations to open them again.
Meditation to open them: Sit in meditation and focus on each chakra for 30-40 seconds, one at a time going up, then focus on each one going down, then again going up. This is one round. In this way you can make one more round. While doing this, you will just be in a flow through all your chakras, running both the upward and downward current. Once your chakras are open and active, you should feel more balanced, happy and at peace.