BODY MIND SOUL 3 Energies PROPER COMBINATION & BALANCE IMPROVES PHYSICAL MENTAL SPIRITUAL QUALITY OF LIFE
Body, Mind and Spirit
Body and Spirit are connected by Mind
Mind connects with the outer world through sensory organs
You have started your life
with almost a blank memory
thoughts and emotions
MEDITATION – GOOD HEALTH
good sleep and relaxation,
along with positive attitude
can help keep mind and body HEALTHY and
less prone to illnesses.
Meditation helps in understanding ourselves and more particularly the nature of our mind . . .
~ is restless ~ is cluttered by thoughts, desires, memories ~ randomly moves from one thought to another ~ difficult to focus the mind especially when you want it to be still / calm our mind . . .
Benefits of meditation
improvement in mental and physical health
feeling good about oneself and others
relief from stress and anxiety
alleviation of pain
greater sense of self-actualization
if interested, initiates into spiritual realm
gives you the POWER to change your life
FOR THE BETTER
Frequently Asked Questions / Doubts :
Meditation is meant only for those
who are spiritually inclined.
With worldly attachments
I am not spiritually inclined.
2. Meditation, Pranayama and Yogasanas
are all generally considered as one package.
Hence, starting with Meditation
is not likely to be helpful.
3. At my age and stage, and with my present
habits, activities, desires, tendencies, etc.
I may not get the intended benefit ;
it may all turnout to be a big waste of time.
4. Sitting idly, without doing any work,
is not a part of my nature.
Also, my family may feel that
I am becoming increasingly other-worldly,
and hence, may not cooperate / appreciate.
5. Is Spirituality / Meditation helpful in handling stress and many other similar situations ? WE TAKE BATH / SHOWER EVERYDAY TO KEEP OUR BODY CLEAN. MEDITATION IS THE INNER SHOWER THAT KEEPS OUR MIND CLEAN.
SPIRITUALITY is necessary for improving the QUALITY OF LIFE. YOGA includes Dhyana, Pranayama and Yogasanas. Yoga enriches one’s spirit and gives inner strength.
When you meditate … What happens in the body …
Body reaches a heightened restful state
while at the same time
the brain becomes calm but remains
in a state of heightened alertness.
Heightened restful state
- lowered heart rate and pulse,
slow and calm breathing, and
- high activity of alpha and beta waves.
What happens in the mind...
With lots of practice,
the mind stops reacting to
thoughts, memories and desires and
follows constructive actions
Continuous practice of meditation
helps in acting constructively rather than merely helplessly reacting to
When the mind is calm,
body improves its overall functioning
Research has established beyond doubt that …
P racticing meditation
on a regular basis for
at least a month
will result in experiencing
better physical health,
feeling better about lives,
a higher sense of self esteem and thus feel
better-oriented in life.
Silence is Golden Silence . . .
Meditation is an adventure to discover our Self – our strengths, and our hidden treasures
One simple Method of Getting started in Meditation
Concentrate on your breath
Observe the feeling
When thoughts drift,
return to your breath
Observe thoughts, acknowledge them
Use breath as an anchor
Experience the calmness
What is Meditation ?
Sit in a comfortable position with
back straight ~ keep all your things away
Close your eyes, slowly ~ with out any fear
Imagine a relaxing scene ~ really a pleasant and a memorable one
Let some pleasant and soothing music help you to relax and focus.
Playing background music helps to improve
your focus and helps to stop unwanted thoughts.
You can repeat this exercise anywhere including in your office ~ during your lunch break.
Focus your attention on your breathing.
Concentrate on breathing in and out.
Count your breathing
using the numbers 0 to 9.
Visualize images of the numbers
so as to make your breathing
slow, deep & smooth.
Breathing in . . . & out . . . Alternatively
In Meditative state
your breathing becomes
slow, deep, smooth, and
health, relaxation & positive attitude
flowing into your body
when you inhale and
stress, pain & negative attitude
flowing out from your body
when you exhale
Let us combine these two and experience ~ in a small way.
Let The Journey Begin
Practice Practice Practice
What is your goal, in your Life ? You want unconditional joy. The TRUTH is you are already that ~ regardless of your present Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual condition. Sincere Effort is needed to discover your inner reality. Practice sincerely, and bring it into conscious awareness from your innermost depths.
Spirituality is belief in someone or something which is bigger and more powerful than all of us. You have not seen him, but you can feel his presence. Spirituality is being religious, without being ritualistic. Spirituality is believing in the religion of humanity; involves supporting what is right against what is wrong.
Spirituality in practice is living a full and meaningful life. Be Good and Do Good. Help Ever; Hurt Never. Be Honest; Work Hard and Honestly. Adapt WORK IS WORSHIP attitude. Walk your Talk. Practice Moral Values. Truthfulness, to the full.
“ In deep meditation the sense organs stop functioning; the mind does not look outward. It is like closing the gate of the outer court in a house. There are five objects of the senses : form, taste, smell, touch and sound. They are left outside.” ~ The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
“ The flow of this continuous control of the mind becomes steady when practised day after day, and the mind obtains the faculty of constant concentration. How are we to know that the mind has become concentrated ? Because the idea of time will vanish. The more time passes unnoticed the more concentrated we are.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
“ PRANAYAMA means the control of PRANA -
breathing is only one of the many exercises
through which we get to the real
Breath is like the fly-wheel of this machine, the body.
In a big engine you find the fly-wheel
first moving and that motion is conveyed
to finer and finer machinery until the most
delicate and finest mechanism in the
machine is in motion.
The Breath is the fly-wheel,
supplying and regulating the motive power
to everything in this body…
~ Swami Vivekananda
PROCESS OF MEDITATION First sit in the posture in which you can sit still for a long time. All the nerve currents, which are working, pass along the spine. Let it be free from all pressure. Sit for some time and let the mind run on. You simply wait and watch. Knowledge is Power. Until you know what the mind is doing you cannot control it … Sit for some time and let the mind run on. You simply wait and watch. . . Do not try to control the mind, but go on with the rhythmic breathing for ten minutes. The Heart will become peaceful. You will learn what rest is.
3 Stages in MEDITATION The first is what is called DHARANA, concentrating the mind upon an object. . . . But the mind is wavering. When it has become strong and does not waver so much, it is called DHYANA, Meditation. And then there is a still higher state called SAMADHI or Absorption, when the differentiation between the object and yourself is lost.
PRACTICAL HINTS ON MEDITATION 1. You must practice at least twice everyday and the best times are towards the morning and the evening. The early morning and the early evening are the two periods of calmness. Your body will have a like tendency to become calm at those times. 2. Purity ~ Physical and Mental. All Uncleanness, all that would draw the mind down, must be abandoned. 3. Patience; at first, there will be wonderful manifestations, but they will all cease. Wait, and continue the practice. 4. Perseverance. Never miss a day in practice.
“ Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details. . . . . .
“ . . . . Teach yourselves, teach everyone, his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come, when the sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity. All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; Stand up and express the divinity within you. . . . . .
“ . . . . This infinite power of the spirit, brought to bear upon matter, evolves material development, made to act upon thought evolves intellectuality, and made to act upon itself makes of man a God. ~ Swami Vivekananda
“ Belief in Karma ought to make the life pure, strong, serene, and glad. Only our own deeds can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us. Once let men recognise this truth, and the hour of their liberation has struck. Nature cannot enslave the soul that by wisdom has gained power and uses both in love. ~ Annie Besant~
“ O! Youth or young man, whoever you fancy that you are neglected by the gods, know that if you become worse, you shall go to worse souls, or if better to the better. In every succession of life and death, you will do and suffer what like may fitly suffer at the hands of like. This is the justice of Heaven. ~ Plato
AVASYAMANUBHOKTHAVYAM SUBHASUBHA KARMA FALAM Meditate Become Better Perform actions in a detached manner THANK YOU WISH YOU ALL THE BEST