Technology Speeds Up Life — Meditation Calms It
In today's fast paced city life where urban comforts are taken for granted and whirring of air condition machines subdue the pleasant early morning orchestra of birds and bumblebees, finding the quantum of solace for tired and disturbed minds is becoming more and more difficult.
Stress at workplace, commotion and din of daily fight for survival leaves little room for relaxation. Mental anguish, depression, sleep disorder and tension are part and parcel of our existence taking heavy toll through disease and disharmony.
Modern medicine has answer for many a malady but comes at a heavy price. One has to accommodate adverse side effects of drugs which invariably deplete life energy. Prevention is still better than cure and in conformity with the age old adage, Dr. Jill Jenkins; a clinical and school psychologist with 25 years of experience has propounded an easy, step-by-step method of meditation that placates the mind and reduces the risk of disease considerably.
Dr. Jill's method is simple yet effective. It is basically a process of relaxation that helps in attaining mastery over thoughts and emotions. Usually when we think of something we forget to realize that the thought is separate from the thinker. We tend to get so identified with a thought that it becomes an inseparable part of our entity. This is the root cause of all trouble making room for disturbance and agitation to set in. We usually think either about the past or else regarding the future and keep swinging between these two polarities while neglecting the present moment. The mind is thus never at rest and keeps anticipating or repenting most of the time. Even the pleasure of past victories wane quickly and fresh apprehensions keep popping up constantly.
Dr. Jill's recommends remaining alert and mindful while keeping the focus firmly grounded in the present moment. This is the beauty of the art of breathing which comes to fruition with fifteen minutes of practice each day. The meditation teaches present moment awareness by concentrating on breath intake and release. Breathing is the most natural and effortless phenomenon that continues throughout our life. It is only necessary to remain alert and witness it like a passive observer, keeping the attention span on it.
According to Dr. Jill simply "being with" each breath is potent to root a person deeply "in the moment" which could be a life changing experience.
Though not a panacea, this form of meditation could wane depression leading to a healthy and more meaningful life.