A guru tells us the truth about meditation. By Estelle Low
Meditation will improve your overall well-being. Photo: ximagination / 123rf.com
You’ve heard that meditation is good for the mind and body.
Indeed, taking brief moments to focus on your thoughts and surroundings can do wonders to rejuvenate you.
There’s great potential for meditation to grow in Singapore, according to Sriman Japadas, a meditation guru who recently founded the Singapore School of Meditation and Yoga.
To encourage more to take up meditation, he debunks the most common myths here.
1. Meditation is difficult
People often link meditation as an abstract practice reserved for holy men and religious people. In reality, meditation is a simple practice, which can be as easy as focusing on one’s breathing. Another reason why meditation may seem hard is because of our constant attachment to results, which also makes us question the legitimacy of the practice. However, with the aid of a qualified teacher, you can definitely get the best out of this experience!
2. It takes years of dedicated practice to receive any benefits from meditation.
There are both immediate and long-term benefits to meditation. Some people may begin to experience the benefits within the first few days of practising, while others may take some time.
3. Meditation is a means for one to escape reality
Rather than to view meditation as a means to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, meditation helps one to tune in and get in touch with oneself. When you meditate, you let go of what’s been limiting you and your clarity expands.
4. Meditation takes up a lot of time
Once you make meditation a part of your life, it becomes a daily habit. Furthermore, meditation can take as short as a few minutes, and can even be done on the way to work once you’ve learnt how to do it.
5. Meditation is a religious and spiritual practice
With meditation, you don’t need to have a specific religion as the practice simply takes us to a place of silence to allow us to connect with our thoughts better, and to ultimately enrich our lives.
6. One should have some grand enlightenment when they meditate
Unlike what’s commonly depicted in television shows and movies such as experiencing visions or levitating, one does not need to have some grand enlightenment when they meditate. Instead, the real benefits happen after the session, when we are more mindful about our own thoughts and actions, and what happens around us.
At the Singapore School of Meditation and Yoga, Sriman runs free meditation classes to the public on selected Monday evenings. For the latest updates, check out their Facebook page.