Meditation, also known as ‘Dhyan’ in Hindi in other words also called concentration i.e. fixing the mind to one particular point. An aim of meditation is to relax the mind. Several desires are born in our mind but, it is not possible to fulfill all the desires. Not being able to fulfill the desires or their suppression is the root cause of sorrows, pain, grievances and tension.
Through, meditation one can control the unwanted desires that crop up in the mind and can reach higher state of consciousness. Relax the mind and control the unwanted thoughts.
Vipasana meditation was practiced and promoted by Gautam Buddha, in Indian tradition he is considered the ninth incarnate of Lord Vishnu. Gautam Buddha is the awakened one or the enlightened one. At the age of 29, he moved out of his palace in search of enlightenment and involved himself in rigorous ‘ Tapasya’ ( deep meditation) in order to comprehend the reason for life and death.
Through the practice of Vipasana, he enlightened himself, attained ‘Moksha’ (emancipation or Liberation). He sat under the Bodhi tree for wisdom and enlightened himself through the practice of meditation.
As they say there is a reason behind doing something. Similarly, doing Vipasana also has his reasons. For Buddha it was a way to find answers to his questions about life and attain enlightenment in the process. But, for us common people it could be a way of keeping one self calm, for some it us a form of relaxation. Apart from that it also has health benefits
Here are some of the health Benefits of Vipasana
This form of meditation can be practiced by one and all. Vipasana does not include chanting of mantras, prayer or it has nothing to do with any religion.
We know that function of Mind is to think but, when too many thoughts are coming to the mind and one gets deeply involved with these thoughts it leads towards psychosomatic disorders (which involves mind and body). Few of these disorders are mental illness, lower back Pain, high blood pressure, stress and which could lead to diabetes, obesity and much more. By doing Vipasana Meditation one can calm the mind and avid unwanted thoughts and thereby lead a relaxed and healthy life.
According to this method of meditation one can concentrate on any object, design or picture. Anapan Sati (awareness of breath and mindfulness was practiced by Gautam Buddha himself).
Vipasana or Anapan Sati can be practiced in following way:
Step 1:Sit in any meditative pose, sukhasana will be the best. Sukhasana is done sitting crossed legged, back straight, neck and spine in one straight line. One can place both the hands on the lap with the right palm over the left palm or choose to keep both the hands on the knees. One can maintain this pose for a long time without any discomfort.
Step 2 : Keeping spine erect, head straight close your eyes, the primary senses which can distract your mind.
Step 3 : Become aware of your breath and try to feel the touch of incoming and outgoing breath on the inner wall of nostrils.
Step 4: Once awareness increases become aware of movement. Movement of abdominal muscle with the process of breathing (Abdominal movement means when you breathe in the stomach comes out and while breathing out stomach goes in. This is the correct breathing pattern. But, , without modifying the breath one will be just a witness and will only focus on the movement without putting any effort in breathing).
Step 5: Just be a witness and observe that if breath is short or long but, do not modify the breath. Let everything happen naturally.
Step 6: If there is more disturbance start negative counting from 20 and if you make a mistake count again and again. This will relax the mind, control the unwanted desires and will purify the memory.
Vipasana meditation teaches you to live in your present, do not think too much about your past or future. See things as they are. Changes and miseries are inevitable its how you tackle them and be calm and healthy.