DR KAITY CAMA outlines the many benefits of meditation. She says meditators feel more relaxed, perform their jobs with greater calm and ease, and attract calm people and calm situations around them
Meditation is one of the most powerful strengths, and whether we know it consciously or not, the ability to meditate is inborn for all of us in human form.
Thoughts of the outside world depend upon our sensory organs which, to say the least, are not at all reliable. Insights which come as a result of prayer, meditation and maintaining silence regularly, take us further in our spiritual journey.
Those who can, and who choose to, could seek out a teacher qualified in teaching meditation.
The aim of all meditation is to still the body and quieten the mind in order for the mind to connect consciously with the Divine. As a bonus, our heart rate slows down, our awareness expands, and as the internal self-dialogue slows down, the brain begins to respond to total brainwave coherence. We enter, with practice, into what scientists call the Alpha brainwave frequency where there is clarity, focus and balance. As we practise regularly, we go all the way down into Theta brainwave frequency where biological problems are resolved without any conscious effort on our part. The more we practise meditation, the deeper the brain frequency gets.
Maintaining silence for long durations gives us tremendous peace as we connect more and strongly with the Universal flow. Those of us who have never tried this may feel an almost overpowering urge to communicate with fellow beings, so in the beginning it is advisable to maintain silence for about an hour each day. This should be over and above the meditation period. After a few days, lengthen the time of both, meditation and maintaining silence. When we maintain silence for about forty days, the onrush of sounds in the outer world can be very deafening, but gradually we are able to shut out unnecessary “noise” even after emerging from the silence. The householder – the everyday person – who has a family, a job, etc. cannot just leave everything and spend hours in meditation and in maintaining silence and being. But he or she can certainly devote a part of the day to it.
If we stop to think about it, we discover that we have an internal dialogue which is unceasing. We literally carry on a conversation with ourselves mentally, much, much more than we have conversations with others. Most of the time, our internal conversations are not exactly admirable.
As we practise meditation on a daily basis, our conscious mind and body (both creatures of habit!) soon become accustomed to this self-discipline.
Regular meditation helps us eventually to remain at alpha throughout the day. What does that mean to the everyday person? It means that they feel more relaxed, they are able to perform their jobs with greater calm and ease, they attract calm people and calm situations around them, their health is enhanced, and ageing slows down, which means that the body functions better than otherwise.
Apart from these physical functions, the richer rewards are those of a spiritual nature. We actually experience what is called ‘bliss’ during meditation. It is not a magical process where gods and goddesses appear and bless us. It is a quiet, very quiet communing with Infinite Intelligence, Infinite Consciousness which is, we begin to realise beyond any shadow of doubt, who we really are. And when this realisation comes, we find joy and gratitude for this life, and we accept everything with joy and gratitude. Nothing, absolutely nothing ever goes wrong in our lives. And as we grow spiritually, so does the energy field surrounding us, which touches the lives of others without our saying a word, and without our controlling them, others get transformed too, whilst in our energy field. Isn’t that a beautiful realisation?
Kaity Cama made a mark for herself as a healer, clinical hypnotherapist and a Reiki grandmaster.