For me, concentration itself is a meditation. The act of focusing on the job at hand with a pure and clear mind is concentration. When you are focused on something, everything else disappears and your reality becomes just you and your purpose. Since the dawn of spirituality or religion, the mind was and is the biggest question of all. Meditation is the path and destination itself to solve your mind. From thousands of years, saints and sages are following simple meditation techniques to boost concentration. They have shared their knowledge with the world to make lives more efficient, and our minds, simpler and clear.
If you get distracted easily and frequently, you will have a tough time finishing tasks, and even doing them with your maximum potential. We strive for achievements but our habits and behaviours are not in harmony with our goals. We live in a distracted culture where everything has to be served to us in a haste. Binge-watching web series, fast food, and everything else on our fingertips made us forget the value of patience.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither are humans. Meditation teaches us concentration on a molecular level. When you practice proper methods of meditation regularly, your thoughts become aligned to your well being, you don’t remain impatient and self-destructive. The endgame of meditation is to improve your efficiency in being human, which ultimately makes you the master of your craft.
The key elements of meditation
Focus on your breath, coming inside your lungs, then being exhaled out of your body. You can hold your breath too, it is an important aspect of meditation. In the yoga practice of ‘Anulom Vilom Pranayam’, the effectiveness of the meditation depends on your control of the breath. The first aspect to meditate should be to control your breath.
Staying still can be an enormously difficult thing to continue in the beginning phase of your meditation. As you continue to grow, you will learn the habit of patience and stillness. Remaining still at the time of meditation aids to your concentration of your breathing and thoughts. At first, your thoughts will try to make you uneasy and force you to move. You will want to get up end this torture, but fight the mind and let the thoughts come, they will eventually find their peace.
Om is a magical sound, it has the ability to calm down a storm of thoughts and emotions in our mind. When we chant om, a surge of electricity runs in our system, which has the ability to heal us, provide us with clarity of thoughts, and improve our concentration. I have seen crying babies going silent while listening to a prolonged chant of om. When you are meditating, try chanting om when you breathe out, you will feel the peace.
Types of meditation
Sit on a yoga mat. Never meditate directly on the floor, there has to be something between you and the ground. Do not meditate on a bed or sofa. Fold your legs, sit straight, look forward. Close your eyes, rest your arms in your lap, and breathe in slowly. Exhale, count that as one breath. Try to keep the counts of your breath. Even if you forget the number in the middle, restart with calm.
Candle flame meditation
Sit in a dark room, light a candle at some distance, sit with your legs folded, the candle should be in the centre of your vision. Focus on the flame of the candle without a blink for as long as you can. Now, close your eyes and envision the position of the flame in your mind. This practice will improve your memory and focus.
It is an advanced form of meditation. Vipassana requires you to focus on the sensations of your body. Perform vipassana only when you are meditating for a while and know how to control your thoughts and breath. Sit in meditation pose and breath in. Do not focus on the breath, but the physical sensations of your body while you are inhaling and exhaling. Vipassana meditation will provide you with clarity of thought and mind.