Like exercise, meditation improves your physical and mental well-being. By Estelle Low
Meditation trains you to focus on your breathing and thoughts. Photo: Diego Cervo / 123rf.com
Meditation is a state of mind. When you are aware of your own thoughts and actions, and the things happening around you, you are meditating.
That’s according to Sriman Japadas, a meditation guru who recently founded the Singapore School of Meditation and Yoga (SSMY) at #04-13 Regency House (tel: 6493-2967).
With the aim of spreading the word on meditation, Sriman conducts free group meditation classes at the SSMY on weekday evenings.
“I noticed a growing yoga community in Singapore, but there isn’t enough focus on meditation as a key component in improving one’s overall wellbeing. Removing a price tag from our meditation classes helps encourage people to give the practice a try,” he said.
Here, Sriman sheds light on the key benefits of incorporating meditation into one’s daily practice.
1. It increases happiness and reduces stress
Meditation brings us to a place of quietude, introspection, gratitude, and all the positive emotions you can think of. By becoming deeply aware of our self and our own strengths and capabilities, we become less worried, anxious or sad. Many studies have established a correlation between meditation and the health and well-being of people suffering from chronic ailments like depression.
2. It improves general health
As meditation helps one to manage stress better, the chances of stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease are reduced. Through meditation, you’ll develop a stronger mind-body connection which leads to better blood circulation.
3. It promotes self-awareness
Meditation trains you to focus on your thoughts, whether good or bad. In doing so, you become more peaceful, open-minded and appreciative of people and the world in general.
Keen to try meditation? Sriman offers these quick tips.
1. Attend a meditation class to learn the basics
At SSMY, Sriman leads free group meditation classes on weekday evenings. During a one-hour session, he will guide you through meditation techniques you can use anywhere. The class schedule varies depending on his availability. Visit the SSMY Facebook page for the latest updates.
2. Do meditation exercises in the morning
When you’re just starting, it’s better to practise meditation in the morning before you get thrown into the daily hustle and bustle. Doing so will help you focus and prepare yourself mentally for the day’s work. As you progress, you will find it easier to meditate anytime and anywhere.
3. Don’t overthink the process or rush into it
In our daily lives, we subject ourselves to deadlines as well as strict and tangible measurements, so it’s natural for a beginner to want to measure themselves against a certain perceived standard, and rush to get there. However, this is counterproductive, and you would lose the essence of meditating. Take your time, and remember to breathe.
4. Do not try to control your thoughts
Some people think that meditation will allow you to stop your thoughts, especially negative ones. However, meditation trains you to focus on them by first focusing on your breathing, your body, and your practice. Remember, every thought you have is valid. Meditation is not a means to escape these thoughts.
5. Do not compare your practice with others
Meditation is a personal journey. It’s like reading a book about yourself, so you shouldn’t compare who you are to someone else, as it will distract you from true self-discovery.
Visit ssmy-sg.com to find out more.