by Sameer Jha, published in The Health Site, India.
If only today’s urban population knew how to meditate, their stress levels would have been extremely low. In this post, we give you 5 videos that shed some light on how you too can practice meditation in your daily life.
1. Meditation is a very simple phenomenon – Osho
‘When you are not doing anything at all – bodily, mentally – on no level, when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being. That’s what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it, you have only to understand it,’ says OSHO at the beginning of this video.
Osho says that meditation is something we can do for 24 hours and once a person has unlocked the secret of meditation, life will become a sheer joy. He says, after one has learnt to meditate, one can try learning small tasks like cleaning the floor, taking a bath, etc. After that, one can learn more complicated tasks. He adds as an example that while he is speaking to the audience, he is also meditating.
2. Meditation – Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle is famous for his book The Power of Now. In this video, he says, ‘For most people, in the normal state of consciousness, the present moment is often overlooked – habitually, unconsciously. People have been conditioned to overlook the most important thing there ever is because your entire life consists of the present moment. There never has been anything else.’
He adds that people are often out of touch with their surroundings and are never where they are. They are in the stream of their thinking, with only enough attention to not to bump into things. Most of their attention is in the stream of their thinking – a lot of it which is useless and a lot of it is negative too. Read the 10-step meditation guide for beginners.
3. Meditation – How to meditate with BK Shivani
This video is in Hindi, and Brahma Kumari Shivani speaks about recognising oneself as a pure self. She talks about how we have a perception and image of people, based on past experiences. This makes us take the wrong decision, as having a perception is like wearing coloured glasses. If we wear green glasses, the other person may be wearing any colour clothes, but we will see their dress as green.
After one recognises oneself as a pure soul, then making decisions and influencing people becomes easier. This becoming of a pure soul, and staying in that state, is what Brahma Kumari Shivani refers to as meditation.
4. Breathing meditation training by The Dalai Lama
In this video, Dalai Lama (who is the 14th Dalai Lama) demonstrates certain breathing meditation practices to instill peace and calm in oneself. Dalai Lama is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of our times and merely watching him breathe in and breathe out will make you feel calm.
The exercises are extremely simple to follow and execute. Read more about transcendental meditation — a meditation technique that is taking the world by storm.
5. Taoism: Guided meditation
In this video, master Yun Xiang Tseng gives instructions to meditate. He asks to visualise that we are sitting inside a purple globe, take a deep breath, and inhale-exhale and feel the body relaxing.
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