What is Vedic Meditation?
As a beginner, meditation might seem intimidating especially where different terms are used to explain it. I was also thoroughly confused when I first embarked on the meditation journey many years ago. It is important to begin by differentiating the two commonly misunderstood tenets- Vedic meditation and transcendental meditation. Vedic meditation is one of the components of transcendental meditation. In many circles the former is referred to as transcendental meditation. It originated in India during the Vedic times, hence the name. It’s a type of meditation practice twice a day for twenty minutes per session. All you have to do is close your eyes and recite a mantra.
Why try Vedic meditation?
What do you desire the most? As for me this year my biggest desire has been to find my happy place as evidenced by an earlier post on how to find your happy place. However finding this happy place is no walk in the park. If you’ve ever gotten disappointed or hang ups you can attest to this fact. In these moments, it is common to suffer from anxiety. For many people suffering from anxiety all they desire is a moment of calmness.
All they want is to be able to focus or sleep just for a few hours especially if they work in a demanding environment. All they want is a break from all the fear and worry that so intimately characterizes their lives. To get this break, people try different things such as medication and psychotherapy. Yes, these strategies successfully heal anxiety in some people. Unfortunately, these strategies of healing anxiety don’t work for other people.
If you’re among the latter, you should try Vedic Meditation to heal your anxiety.
What are the benefits of Vedic meditation?
Among others, these are just a few benefits of practicing Vedic Meditation:
- Eases away your worries.
- Keeps you calm and helps you sleep.
- Enhances your focus and creativity
- Helps to heal anxiety
Vedic meditation to heal anxiety
Meditation practices normally are contemplative or concentrative. Vedic meditation is however completely different. You won’t have to imagine or focus on anything. Probably this is why it worked for me. It is an effortless state where you won’t have to think about thinking. You will be putting your mind into a settled state by de-exciting it.
The resulting calmness is just the break that heals anxiety. The premise behind Vedic meditation is that the human mind is like a large water body let’s say an ocean. Your buzzing state-which houses awareness and in this case anxiety- is just the surface of this water body. The busy activities on the surface keep your mind focused on the surface resulting in anxiety.
This type of meditation helps you to delve deeper into your mind or water body as per the analogy. The deeper parts of this water body are calmer, quieter and have more bliss. In so doing, Vedic meditation is a medium which helps you go within your mind into the calmer depths. Isn’t that a perfect way for healing anxiety? This begs the questions of how you can do it.
How to practice Vedic Meditation
A typical Vedic meditation has the following simple steps.
- Sit at a comfortable place either on a mat or on a chair. Unlike other forms of meditation you don’t have to cross your legs.
- After closing your eyes you should begin by relaxing your body for instance by taking a few deep breaths.
- Try to keep calm. At first it might seem difficult. It was for me especially when I was a case of nerves. But with consistency and practice you will soon learn how to relax using Vedic meditation.
- Start reciting a mantra that you could get from your Vedic instructor. In many cases this is just a simple ‘omm’ that eases you into a meditative state.
This mantra helps you to transition from your buzzing mental surface into the deep and calm areas of your mind. If you mind starts to wander, just remember to recite the mantra gently. Simply put, it will help you go into a restful place.
After twenty minutes, you will ease out of meditation through minimal physical activity such as curling your toes.
How easy is it to practice Vedic meditation? Do you agree that Vedic meditation should be your go to option if you’re in desperate need of a break from anxiety? It’s a pretty easy technique that can be done anywhere and it works to heal your anxiety. Try it when the pressures of home making are weighing you down. I just close my bathroom door and do it. Yes, even, before that meeting that you are so worried about. You can close your office, take a twenty minute break and lift off your anxiety using Vedic meditation.