The word itself used to give me a feeling of complacency, or that one was under the illusion of everything moving slowly around me. I was not someone who was interested in meditation and the like.
One fine evening last summer, I found myself just killing time as I had nothing better to do. I received a call from one of my school friends. I want to specify that before this phone call, I was, in no way, prepared for that 30-minute conversation that was waiting to happen. While I was complaining about how I didn’t have anything to kill my boredom with, my friend told me that he was going to the hills for the next several days. Now even though I was already sitting on the terrace of my nani‘s (maternal grandmother) house situated in the Kumaon hills, the mere thought of traveling charged up all my happy hormones. Even without knowing why he was going to McLeodGanj, I abruptly asked him if I could join him and that’s when the proposition came.
“You can definitely join me, but I am going there for a meditation course. Are you interested?”
Even now, I wonder what made me give an affirmative reply to his question. Was it just the thought of travelling to see the beauty of McLeodganj’s hills? Or was it the level of intense boredom that had overtaken me the past couple of days? Whichever it was, I ended up going to the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges for a 10-day meditation course.
Now, I could go on about my struggle with the mediation sessions but that’s not what I want to write about. Instead, I want you, especially all the millennials out there, to know how mediation is an elixir to the brain and how you can change a lot in your life by taking out at least five minutes a day for it.
All day, our brains function continuously that it and never gets time to filter the thoughts which keep coming in. We keep feeding our brain with so much information that we don’t even consider giving it a chance to filter and process the data it stores. We do give our body time to filter and flush out all the waste on a regular basis. But even while taking a dump we continue using our phones and keep inserting things in our brain! Even when we are sleeping, our brain keeps working—oh God, what a workaholic organ! Folks, we need to understand that even the brain needs its time and process to detox itself and this detox can be provided to your brain only through meditation.
Today we all are so absorbed by our own hustling that we don’t give due time to our health, be it physical or mental. You can improve your physical health through exercises but working on mental health is altogether an internal process. Meditation helps you keep your mental health on point. Practicing meditation will make you more connected to yourself and will keep your mental health in peace. I personally realised that practicing mediation changed the way I dealt with situations, made me more compassionate, and also developed better reasoning habits. Meditation will help you to understand your emotions and also help you deal with them better.
Not only this, we millennials have so many options for everything these days that most of the time, we stay confused. We find reasonable decision-making a hard nut to crack. Setting aside some time for mediation will help you out in getting clarity about things and situations. It will also help you stay focused on your goals and aims in life. Practicing meditation makes you more at peace with yourself and the world. It helps you stay calm and also increases your resilience against unfavorable circumstances. Meditation is such a holy and pure practice that I can’t possibly count all its benefits in one article.
If you find it hard to meditate and keep your mind concentrated at one place, there is no need to worry. Everyone finds it a bit difficult in the beginning. So just after your first counter with meditation, you need not to jump to the direct conclusion that it’s not your cup of tea.
My meditation course teacher once told us that “Meditation is not about the elimination of thoughts from the mind; it’s more about observing the thoughts coming up in your mind.” The more you observe your thoughts, the closer you are getting towards mindfulness. It’s a good idea to start with guided meditation, and that too slowly. Keep your practice daily and relish every moment of your practice.