Finding Inner Peace through Meditation

  1. 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.  ~ Deepak Chopra

Peace of mind is having a calm state of mind during stressful times. Stress can come in any shape and form. The stress can be caused by family members, co-workers, boss, manager or friends. There is no single defining criteria for stress.

The worst part of having stress is that it carries over into other parts of your life. For example, you could be stressed under a lot projects that require your immediate attention. Not having enough time to finish the projects causes inner frustration and anxiety. Soon the stress starts to effect your personal relationships.

Why the need of inner peace?

Peace of mind allows you to think beyond any limitations that stress puts on you. When you are suffering under stress, you have tunnel vision. Your mind is only focused on that one negative situation and nothing else.

How many times have you walked around while thinking of  “how to solve XYZ ____” problem? or Why does this always happen to me?

The situation takes priority in your mind over anything else. Before you know it, you get dragged deeper and deeper into the negative abyss of your mind.

I had a physical last month. Prior to the physical exam,  I had the flu for a couple of weeks. Being sick, for 2 weeks made me wonder if I had something more than just the common flu. I thought I had some sort of terminal virus. This just made me feel worse as I started to create this expectation from my results. Turned out, I only had a really bad cold. Talk about a worrywort.

Stop overreacting!

You might think I had overreacted but that is exactly what stress does. It makes you analyze and over react to something that is very simple.

Let go of the world!

We love to have control over everything. Corporate marketing has made us “believe”  we have control over everything.  If you are not happy with anything, simply buy another model. The materialistic world has conditioned us to immediately change anything that makes us unhappy and replace it with happiness. Sadly, this happiness comes in the form of a ring, chocolate, a mansion, a luxurious car, etc…

Not having control over external factor makes us feel very helpless. Trying to have control over external elements makes us loose the awareness of reality.

A couple of years ago, I used to constantly stay late at work. I wanted to prove to my boss that I was a hard worker and deserved a raised. I did other odd jobs that others wouldn’t,  just to get some form of approval. When I did not get the promotion or gratitude, I immediately became frustrated and upset.

Let go of control!

The only thing that you can control is your own emotion and soul. All external elements have their own energy. Either it is people or pets. Every living being is different. So let go of the situations that make you feel .

Simple Meditation technique to get you started

To start any meditation practice, you must get comfortable. Second thing is always be aware of your breath. The breath brings you in the present moment and and helps you to focus on the “now”.

  1. Sit in a comfortable position.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Inhale deep until you cannot inhale any more.
  4. Hold the breath for 3 seconds.
  5. Exhale slowly through the mouth.
As you inhale focus on the sensations of the breath. How does your body feel as you expand? Is the breath cool? You can even silently repeat “Breathing in … Breathing out”.
In meditation thoughts will always come and go. That is the nature of our mind. Learn to relax in those thoughts and befriend them. It takes time to get a hang of meditation but with practice you will get there.

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