Do you remember a time when you were totally absorbed what you are doing? Hours may have passed yet it seemed like only a moment. Remember what a good feeling it was to be completed absorbed in those moments.
How accurate your perception was?
or, How clear your thinking was?
or, How alive you felt?
The simple example to illustrate Dhyan in action is of a housewife while cooking, when she devotes her total mental attention warped in emotional warmth in the process of cooking the cooked food is distinctly different then otherwise.
There are numerous methods of practicing meditation. This depends on your physical health, profession, nature and available time. First of all, for all types of meditation, meditation room is to be separately decorated with inspiring picture of great saints, prophets, great teachers, or with beautiful photo of your god. Then wash your hand legs and face before seating in meditation. For ‘Dhyan’, morning time between 5am to 7am and in the evening, between 6pm to 8pm is good.
A) OM MANTRA DHYAN
Sit in a comfortable meditative pose with eyes gently closed. Keep your back straight and stretched up with the shoulders relaxed. Recite silently Om Mantra with full attention the mind should be fully focused on the rhythmic flow of mantra. Practice it at least for 10 minutes daily and slowly increase the time.
B) JYOTI DHYAN
Sit in a comfortable meditative pose with eyes open. Keep a burning candle or ‘Jyoti’ 4 feet from you with the level of your eyes. To start just look for a while then start gazing at ‘Jyoti’ as long as you can without blinking the eyes. After some time close the eyes and mentally watch the flame. Visualize the pattern and color of ‘Jyoti’. Concentrate on flame for as long as your can hold your concentration. Do it daily at least for 10-15 minutes. ‘Jyoti Dhyan’ is also one of the parts of “TRATAK SHATKARMA”.
C) WALKING DHYAN
When you feel agitated or restless, walk at least for 10-15 minutes down the corridor or, at work place or, home or, in the park. Try to harmonize your steps with your breathing. The repetitive motion of your legs and arms helps you to enter a meditative state, which takes away the anxiety and anger.
D) IMAGE DHYAN
Place a picture of your God in front of you. Sit in a meditative posture, concentrate gently on the picture till your eyes shed tears. Rotate the mind on those pictures feet, legs on chest and the crown of the head. Then close the eyes and visualize that picture. Repeat the same process again and again.
E) MEMORY DHYAN
Read two to three pages of a book. Then close the book now attend to what you have read, focus your attention carefully. Allow the mind to associate, classify group combine and compare. If you attend to the subject on hand very carefully you will receive clear strong impression. If the impression is strong you will have very good memory.
F) DHYAN ON THOUGHTS
Sit in comfortably in any meditative posture. Keep your back upright, neck and shoulder relaxed. Close your eyes gently. Concentrate on whatever thought comes to your mind. Let them come and go. After some time thoughts will disappear. Mind become completely quite and calm. To get the better result to start 15 to 20 minutes a day is good.
G) NAD DHYAN
Sit in your favourite asana. Close your eyes and close the ears with your thumbs. Try to hear the Anahat sound (mystic sound) after practicing for two to three days you will hear various kind of sounds such as flute, thunderstorm and humming of a bee etc. Try to hear gross sound, firstly you will hear sounds in your right ear. Occasionally you may hear in your left ear also. But try to stick to the sound of one ear. This is easy way to capture the mind. Do it till the time you are unable to hear sound.
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H) CHAKRA DHYAN
This is an advance meditative practice in which the concentration is focused on the various energy center or charkas. There are 7 chakras in human body and they are described corresponding to different endocrine glands. The Charkas are (1) Mooladhara (2) Swadhisthan (3) Manipura (4) Anahata (5) Vishudhi (6) Ajna (7) Shasatrasar. Hold your attention on each Chakra for as long as you pleased. Imagine you are breathing in and out from the charkas on which you are holding attention. Try this method of Dhyan for 10 to 15 minutes every day. Perception of these psychic centers will bring to development of the endocrine glands. Which in terms will establish not only firm control of reasoning mind over all actions, but also correct the unbalanced psychosomatic and metabolic activities.
BENEFITS OF MEDITATION:
1. Mental agitation and aggressiveness get dissolved and develops reasoning abilities.
2. Due to meditation you will achieve mental poise and confidence. One also gains to enhance stress tolerance capacities.
3. Your concentration level improves. One is able to do task more efficiently and skillfully.
4. Meditation controls anger and short temperament.
5. Meditation helps in personal and organizational skills for improving inter-personal relationship.
6. Due to well developed analytical and reviewing abilities one can maintain fastness and mental poise against any stressful condition.
7. Feeling a desire to detach one self from the materialism and consumerism of modern life.
8. Mediation make us to live in present.
9. Our concentration power increased. As a result writing, reading skill become sharpens.
10. Meditation also helps to gain in terms of many preventive and herpetic problems which are common to us like Cardiac problems, High B.P., Neck back pain, ulcers, acidity etc.
Larger benefits of mediation are also for most of the diseases, which are psychosomatic in nature.