photo 2 Om - Sound of the universeRecently, on a warm day when I was listening to the sound of waves on Bexhill on Sea beach, I heard the sound of Om. Om is believed to be the divine sound that was present at the beginning of the universe.
Scientists believe that everything physical in the universe is the manifestation of vibrational waves. To me this means that when we meditate on the sound of Om, we tap into the vast energy of the universe.

In many Eastern traditions, meditation has been practised for thousands of years. It is now catching up fast in Western countries. Meditation need not be part of a religious practice. As we are all spiritual beings, it can be regarded as a spiritual practice with an intention of simply looking within. Deepak Chopra, MD, an Indian-American author and an expert on mind-body medicine has commented,

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.

Regular practice of meditation helps us to access our essence or consciousness. This can then mould our behaviour based on kindness and compassion. These are our inner qualities.

Research studies have shown numerous benefits of regular meditation as summarised in this photo:
Meditation benefitsIn addition, a Detroit based chemical plant posted these results three years after implementing meditation…

  Absenteeism fell by 85%
  Productivity rose by 120%
  Injury dropped by 70%
  Profits increased by 520%

In some geographical areas where people meditated in groups, reduction in crime has been recorded.
At a deeper level, answers to some of the following questions can be explored through regular meditation:

Who am I?
Why am I here?
What do I need to do?

To meditate, you simply need to sit in a quiet place either on a cushion or a chair and concentrate on your breathing, experiencing the breath being inhaled and exhaled. You can chant Om softly or silently. Even without chanting Om, your inner being will connect to the universe and with practice you’ll be able to access your essence or consciousness. When thoughts interfere and take your attention away from breathing or chanting Om, do not try to control your thoughts. You can’t. Simply get back to your breathing or chanting.

With time, you will experience a short gap between breathing in and breathing out. In my view, this happens when you are accessing your consciousness. Much happiness will then radiate through you. As Krishnamurti has said,

When the mind goes beyond the thought of ‘the me,’ the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible.

Ideally it is better to meditate in the same place, at the same time, for 15 to 20 minutes each day, twice a day. Gradually you will find yourself increasing the amount of time for your meditation.

With regular meditation, be prepared if your life changes drastically for the better!

© Harish Davda – 2014

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