Meditation(Dhyana)

What is meditation (dhyana)?
According to Wikipedia, meditation is defined as “a practice whether an individual operates or trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without being identified with that content, or as an end in itself ”
So that means when you meditate, you are fully awake and alert and your mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused instead of on the external world or on the events taking place around you.

When to practice meditation?
We all know meditation is good but good in what terms? When is the best time to do meditation? Obviously the answer depends on what you hope to get out of it.
- First thing in the morning before you get busy with anything. Before breakfast is generally a good time to meditate, even it’s just five minutes, simply focusing on your slower and deeper breathing.
- Whenever you are stressed, a mini-meditation will help you to feel less stressed, less overwhelmed and more relaxed.
- On your lunch hour, a midday meditation is an effective way to de-stress after a long meeting or difficult conversation. It can relax tight muscles caused by sitting slumped over a computer. By breaking your normal cycle of thinking, it can also boost focus, creativity, and productivity. Plus, it can be a great awareness building tool, allowing you to be more open-minded and accepting of others. Recommend a guided meditation for yoga class during lunch hour.
- End of your workday, for some people, meditating at the end of the workday is the perfect way to create a natural boundary between work and life. What you don’t want is to allow work thoughts to run into the evening.
- Right before bedtime, avoid meditation too close to your bedtime. Reason being is we are practicing more fully awake in meditation.

What is the benefit?
Benefits of meditation are endless. Here I list out several benefits which hopefully will motivate you to medicate regularly.
– Increase your attention span
– Increase immunity and helps fight diseases
– Improves metabolism and helps you lose weight
– Reducing ageing
– Keeps your stress-free
– Helps you have a good night sleep
– Improves functioning of your brain
– Makes you and those around you happier

How to practice?
1. Sit comfortably erect, with eyes close.
2. Without losing your breath awareness and continue to follow your breath
3. Relax your mental efforts
4. Silently recite the mandra so-hum
5. Continue as long as you like.

Reference: psycologytoday
Jessica Jiang Junxia, 200hr YTC 2017 (weekend)