A balanced mind.
That’s it! That would be the end of all problems. The ‘Mind’ is that one thing we can’t really seem to comprehend.
People interested in uncovering its mysteries tend to go for human studies like- psychology, literature (like me!), philosophy.
I feel like every subject should have a practical and theoretical side to it for our overall understanding of the subject.
All these (above mentioned) theory subjects have a beautiful (and much more complete) side. It is the experiential side! Here we get to experience the mind much more subtle-ly and look at our own minds from the outside as a witness.
Doing this is nothing but Meditation.
Meditation helps us detach from our mundane daily life, and join in with something beyond words- the taste of a balanced mind!
It is such a beautiful state that you develop an addiction for it (finally there’s something out there that you are allowed to get addicted to!!)
Meditation isn’t just sitting and focusing on something or thinking about peace… It is there in our everyday life.
In the Hindi language, we use the word ‘Dhyan’ for ‘meditation’. And for every little thing, people say ‘Dhyan se karo’ roughly translated as- ‘do with Dhyan.’ Since the Indian culture has evolved from a strong background of Yoga and meditative penance, the wrd ‘Dhyan’ has come into everyday vocabulary. The people in ancient times knew that life is but meditation.
‘Dhyan’, in today’s sense, roughly translates to- ‘with focus and carefully’
Even as a student if we study with ‘Dhyan’, that is meditation. As a working person, if you do your office work with ‘Dhyan’, again meditation happens; Housewife, doing her chores with ‘Dhyan’, is a meditator; priest, saying prayers and doing his duty properly with ‘Dhyan’, again- a meditator!
Don’t you feel amazing if for you’ve done your work giving your 100%?
So, giving 100% in life is meditation.
…as we keep going into the deeper and subtler layers of meditation, we experience everlasting bliss and cultivate a balanced mind.
There are loads of benefits of having a balanced mind.
-A balanced mind is spontaneous, natural, intelligent, ever joyful and hence it is ‘skill in action’ (Yoga Karmasu Kaushalayam- Yoga is skill in action)
-A balanced mind is centered (Samatvam Yog Uchyate- Yoga is equanimity)
-A centered mind is the result of knowledge. Knowledge is untouched by misery. (Heyam Dukham Anagatam- Yoga postpones misery)
Bonus: in the practice of Yoga, ‘ visualization’ is a useful technique. e.g. while doing the asana mentally visualize the animal/object that inspired the pose, and recall the qualities of the animal/object…and imagine you are that. With the practice of yoga, your mind becomes so strong that gradually you become what you think and what you want starts to happen.
Also, worth mentioning, on this path, you don’t wish for bad things.
When you wish for good, your energy increases.
Same as happiness: when you share it, it makes you happier!
Yoga has become a worldwide phenomenon today. The UN announced 21st June as the ‘International Yoga Day’ in 2014 and since 2015 it has been celebrated 3 times already. Yoga is a trend everybody knows about. People know something or the other about the trend, even if they haven’t done it ever in their lives. In this worldwide popularity, sometimes, the authentic form of yoga gets lost somewhere and it is only considered a form of exercise. To acquire the knowledge of Yoga in all its purity, it is important to learn under a Guru.