People who are not familiar with meditation may ask, 'what is meditation'. Meditation is an exercise in which individuals use techniques such as mindfulness or focusing their thoughts on specific objects, thoughts or activities to train attention and awareness, and achieve a state of mental clarity, emotional calm and stability. Scholars find it difficult to define meditation, because customs differ between traditions and within them.
Meditation is practiced in many religious traditions. The earliest records of meditation (dhyana) are found in the ancient Indian Vedas. Meditation plays an important role in the meditation repertoire of Hinduism and Buddhism. Since the 19th century, Asian meditation techniques have spread to other cultures and are widely used in many fields, such as health and economics.
500 million people around the world now meditate regularly. When a person under stress does meditation, their stress reduces by 60%. Hospital admissions for heart attacks have dropped by at least 87% when they meditated. 91% of the people no longer had to take sleeping pills, once they started practicing meditation. To this day no medicine or conventional medical treatment could prove to be such a success. Meditation is sitting quietly with closed eyes and then diving deep into the mind, thinking of oneself, visualizing happiness and success.
Simple it sounds but it is not so easy without practice. When you try to meditate for the first time, all kinds of thoughts start rushing into your mind. To stabilize the mind, to minimize the rush of thoughts, all you have to do is a little breathing exercise in the beginning. Slowly inhale and exhale for a while, pay full attention to your breathing just by doing it five to ten times, you will see how it calms down your mind and body.
Such a simple practice with such tremendous benefits. For example, curing depression, getting rid of fears and frustration, thinking positive, managing anger, boosting immunity, physical fitness, and healing, memory improvement, success in study and profession, becoming wealthy, finding bliss in prayers. National business group on health or NVGH, surveyed in 2018 and found that 52% of the organizations are arranging meditation programs for their employees. Because they found that the productivity of a meditated worker is 120% more than those who do not. Among all the signs and knowledge that the east has given to the world, meditation is the best among them.
Meditation can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, depression and pain, and enhance peace, self-awareness, happiness and well-being. Many scholars are conducting research to better understand the effects of meditation on health (psychological, neurological and cardiovascular) and other fields.
Anyone familiar with Steve Jobs knows that he was deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and Indian Yoga. Steve Jobs had read the book "Autobiography of a Yogi" several times throughout his life.
Affected by Zen and Yoga thoughts, Jobs continued to practice meditation, constantly purging his mind and concentration, reaching an ethereal and transcendent state, thereby training his thinking and insight, and becoming increasingly sharp.
For some important decisions, such as product selection, before making the decision, Jobs would close his eyes and sit quietly, and then ask his colleague to put the design of related products around the meditation cushion, and he would decide which one to give up. When making this decision, Jobs used "intuition."
In the face of these unthinkable things for ordinary people, Jobs maintained a sharp mind. Anything, he knew the problem when he saw it. The ability to hit the nail on the head comes from highly developed intelligence. And this kind of intelligence is not an analytical logical calculation, but the result of an instantaneous aggregation of a large amount of information in an extremely clear mind--we call it "intuition."
It is this intuition brought by meditation that helped Jobs get a lot of inspiration.
Meditating every day will greatly benefit our inner peace. A 20-minute meditation practice every day can effectively promote our physical and mental health. Regardless of whether you persevere or not, regular meditation can help us sort out the clues from our busy lives.
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it. -Steve Jobs
Meditation is a perfect antidote against the interference of negative energy in our lives.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) wrote in a book "Inner Peace": "Peace is the ideal state we should have to welcome all life experiences."
Yougananda is hailed as one of the greatest soul mentors throughout the East and the West. He once wrote that meditation can calm one's heart and relieve internal stress and tension.
In fact, recent studies have shown that meditation for about 20 minutes twice a day can reduce the chance of our blood vessels being blocked, and effectively reduce the risk of sudden death caused by heart rate failure and angina.