A 20-minute-long meditation on peace on a daily basis will help release mental stress, and create balance of body, mind and soul.
Step 1: Find a quiet place for meditation, far away from all distractions. Take deep breaths for five minutes and breathe out gradually, all the while concentrating on your breathing. Attend to your abdominal movements intensely.
Step 2: With each breath, you realize cool air being inhaled and warm air being exhaled. Now your silence becomes intense and you become one with the silence within you and all around you.
Step 3: Hark to the sounds around you, near and far off.
Step 4: Utter a mantra with each breath exhaled, eg, ‘Mara Natha’. Let the mantra flow rhythmically with your breath.
Step 5: If music is being played in the background, become one with it. Do not analyze its lyrics or tune but allow it to penetrate your soul and stay there.
Step 6: Create a mental picture of your God or your beloved one. There is no need to ask for forgiveness for any favour. Commune with the Divine within and around you. You become one with the Divine, and there is no distinction between you and the divinity. It is advaita of a sort, inseparable from the godhead.
This realization will help you visualize the world around you in a new light. The realities of the mundane world will cease to trouble you. You will experience a sense of liberation from the stresses and strains of daily living with its conflicts and hardships, its past failures and future uncertainties. Actually, it is a moment of bliss…
The world stands in need of peace. Families and school children need to experience peace and to become mediators of peace through the practice of meditation.