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Meditation is not difficult

Meditation is not difficult

Meditation is not difficult

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Meditation is not difficult
Meditation made easy
Simple solutions to some of the most common reasons why people find meditation difficult

“Meditate? Who, me?” A common reaction by many who feel that meditation is the most difficult thing to do. When we are so used to doing some activity all the time then sitting with our eyes closed for even 10 minutes and doing nothing sounds absurd. Let us look at some of the most common reasons why people find meditation difficult, while we offer some simple solutions to these apparently difficult situations.
#1: You say – I work for 10 hours in a high-pressure job, barring the time lost in traffic. It is difficult to find the time to meditate!

We say – If you don’t have time, this is exactly why you should meditate. Confused? Meditation adds hours to our day. Meditating for 15-20 minutes daily can help improve concentration and productivity, the work gets done faster and you are left with more time which you can use to relax the mind and recharge yourself after a long day at work. Remember: If you find 15 minutes to meditate in the day, you will be able to find time for everything else. You definitely need to try for yourself to really see how difficult it is when you don’t meditate!

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#2: You say – Sit still at one place with eyes closed for 20 minutes? Are you kidding me?

We say –It’s really not that difficult when it comes to actually sitting and meditating. At the end of those 20 minutes, you may not even realize that you had been sitting for that long! Moreover,there’s nothing more refreshing than a short meditation session. In fact, it might make you feel as though you have just woken up from an eight-hour-long deep restful sleep.

#3: You say – I’m considered cool in college. If I sit and meditate, I’ll be looked at as somebody from another planet! My friends would ask, “What’s wrong with you?”

We say –This is a general misconception among some young people. Meditation is no longer an alien concept. Lots of people want to learn this technique and derive its benefits.Moreover, it works for everyone – kids, youth and the old – at different levels. As a student, you may witness increased concentration and improved exam results.You are also better able to handle your relationship with your parents and peers.

#4: You say –My family thinks that if I meditate I would become a sanyasi (recluse). I don’t want to upset them.

We say – You only need to be skilful in dealing with this, and again, meditation can help you acquire the skill to become more sensitive, intuitive and well equipped to connect with your family better. It might be initially challenging to make them understand your viewpoint but as you keep meditating, they will start observing positive changes in you – your personality and speech become pleasant, and communication skills get better. Slowly, they start getting comfortable with the idea. It would definitely be ideal if all of you meditate together as it is always more effective in creating a positive environment.

#5: You say – Once I close my eyes, what am I supposed to do next? What will happen in meditation?

We say – Such a feeling is natural because we are always so caught up in action that letting go completely seems impossible. But take it easy! All you need to do in meditation is simply relax. To start with, you can take guidance from an experienced teacher at the Sahaj Samadhi Course, who can lead you into meditation. Or you can practice it at home by listening to a online guided meditation and you will see how easy it is to slip into a state of doing nothing!


#6: You say – It’s always too noisy at home. I have children and it is difficult to find some quiet moments when I can sit and meditate.

We say – Have you noticed when you are tired or sleepy, how you can doze off simply anywhere -on a moving bus or train, or in the middle of a movie at the cinema? This happens because we don’t have a choice and the mind automatically switches off,even amidst so much noise. In meditation, we have a choice to switch off our mind for some time. We have a say over our mind!

#7: You say – When society is facing numerous challenges– poverty, conflict, unemployment, corruption – at this time you expect me to sit and meditate when so much needs to be done?

We say – This is exactly the time when meditation can help. It gives you the strength within to be able to serve, to help bring about a resolution to conflicts. When you meditate, your aura starts affecting the people around you. When you are calm, rather than being affected, you start positively influencing the environment. Over time, regular meditation will help change a lot of things – you might notice good things happening around you because you meditate!

The wisdom in this article is based on talks and discourses given by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in different satsangs around the world.

Misunderstanding.

Misunderstanding.

Misunderstanding

Misunderstanding

Usually when do you realize you misunderstood someone or someone else did.
It’s when, you can’t talk freely with the other person.
Or when he/she doesn’t reply what you want it to be.

What should you do, to deal with misunderstandings?
First and foremost, is the moment, you sense a little discomfort in the communication and you feel its not the same or weird, that time; you first halt.
Know what’s going on in the mind.
To avoid further misunderstanding, its important to gather whether its your doubt or a reality!
Many times, its what you think and you make it a reality.
You hook on to an action and your doubt and relate every action henceforth with the doubt.

Thereafter any word spoken is unheard of and sounds bitter.
So, gather the reality, gather your thoughts, question your doubts before questioning a person’s behavior.

If you find its genuine.
Move ahead.

Go a step ahead in finding the reality.
Find out, if its a intended one or happened by reaction.

Many times you have suppressed thoughts and emotions and instead of carefully letting them off, sometimes when things become too much, you rather spit it out on the person standing in front of you!
So question, was it intended on accident.
If yes, then give the person a chance.

Other times someone has unanswered questions about you in their mind and every-time it seeks the answer.
You will so find, such people don’t talk properly.
They will not answer, the way you want.
A good thing is to create a space of trust and put an open question to their behavior.
Answer all their questions.Leave no room for a stranger to reside in.

If you happened to hold on to some questions, then dare to ask them now. or continue to reel in restlessness.

You might lose the person once but it’s better than losing him/her in every statement.
ONE other time when misunderstanding might take place is when you don’t intend to and the other person doesn’t intend to.
But co-incidentally, you happen to stay in same space.
When you realize you did not mean it.
Just confess. and move ahead.
Leave no regrets in the heart.
If you feel you weren’t guilty, then have pride in saying it.

And sometimes if you realize you didn’t do anything, and the other person did it by mistake.
Be graceful enough to let off it, with a smile.

If the person doesnt understand your genius or you dont understand his genius,you hit a superiority complex.
Every statement is then made to state who’s the best.

You should let the question die in the mind.
Simply say.. Oh you are the best.. and Also Say Oh i am also the best.
Appreciate if you think the person possess genius qualities.
Appreciate also the fact, if you think the person cannot comprehend your qualities.

Don’t make efforts to prove yourself.
Don’t even ask for justification to massage your ego.

Everyone is indeed special in their own special way.
First you realise it and give him time to realise it.

Till then stop reacting and start acting.
Criticize if you find the actions wrong and appreciate the good.
Let the Mind be free and natural.
Let it be a free soul again, to talk and to stare.

If ever anyone ever misunderstands you.
Don’t get shaken by their actions and behavior.
You so get irritated.
Instead question the actions in a space of trust.
Leave no questions in the mind for a person.
That allows you to be natural wherever you are.

Value people more than their mistakes.
For deep down, every person is greater than the mistakes ever made!
Give the person a chance to not to do another mistake and make sure you don’t allow him any room for mistakes.

Take responsibility of your happiness and your closed ones.
JaiGurudeva!

Love and Regards,
Swapnil 🙂

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