Mental health needs a great deal of attention.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a simple yet powerful mind-conditioning technique which effortlessly allows your mind to become calm and peaceful.
All you have to do is sit with your eyes closed for few minutes and you might experience deeper rest than the deepest sleep which you can ever have !
According to Osho: The word ‘meditation’ and the word ‘medicine’ came from the same root.
Medicine cures your body, meditation cures your being. Meditation is the inner medicine.
Here is a wonderful book from Osho's discourses - 'From Medication to Meditation' written in a language that is fresh, profound, entertaining and understandable for all those who wonder whether meditation can help them enjoy better health and a greater sense of well-being.
This book clearly exposes the connection between your 'state of mind' and the state of your health.
In the foreword, which is a talk by Osho given to the Medical Association in India, he paints his vision of a healthier and more whole future when he says:
"…every hospital will have a department of meditation. It should happen. Then we will be able to treat man as a whole. The body will be taken care of by the doctors, the mind by the psychologists, and the soul by meditation.
The day the hospitals accept man as a whole, as a totality, and then treat him as such, will be a day of rejoicing for mankind. I request you to think in that direction so that this day will come soon."
Meditation is a step from the known into the unknown realms of existence. It is a journey from the periphery to the centre of one’s being. It is the broadening of one’s consciousness, the awakening of one’s dormant energies.
Sage Pathanjali, in his 'Yoga Suthra' says, "yama niyama asana pranayama pratyahara dharana dhyana samadhi ashtau angani".
This Suthra lists the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga where dhyana is meditation.
Need for meditation
In ancient days, people meditated mainly for self-realization.
But nowadays, we all need to meditate,
|- Do you have more responsibilities in life?
- Are you very busy?
- Do you have many goals to achieve?
- Do you want to complete your tasks within stipulated time-frames?
If you answer 'Yes' to any of the above questions then you must meditate daily !
Here is another good book from Osho's discourses - 'Meditation for Busy People' which reveals the following facts:
Nobody needs meditation more than people who have no time to meditate. These busy people may have tried meditation but given it up, as it seems so difficult to integrate into a hectic lifestyle.
Most traditional meditation techniques were developed thousands of years ago for people living very different lives from the lives we live today. Nowadays, very few people find it easy to just sit down and relax.
'Meditation for Busy People' is filled with methods that can easily be integrated into everyday life. A morning commute becomes a centering exercise, and the street noises outside an apartment window in the city become an aid, rather than a distraction, to find the silent space within.In India, get this book here.