Mindfulness or meditation is one of the easiest ways of embarking successfully on your journey to happiness. Meditating is so simple, so relaxing for both mind and soul. You start your day by meditating for ten minutes. Then, the goal is to extend it to 20 minutes twice a day. Well many times my clients complain that they don’t have time for meditation. I advise them very sincerely that you need to pick & choose your time, time will not choose you.
Having said there are twenty-four hours in a day that amounts to one thousand four hundred and forty minutes a day. All you need is to snip 40 minutes for yourself.
Over the millenniums there is a strong correlation between meditation and happiness.
Dr. Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry; at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, has done extensive research in close association with His Holiness The Dalai Lama on meditation. Dr. Davidson’s research is focused on cortical and subcortical substrates of emotion and affective disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Participants in imaging experiments include normal adults and young children. Those with or at risk for, affective and anxiety disorders. Most interestingly Dr. Davidson’s research has indicated that it is possible to learn to be happy.
Happiness is a skill that can be learnt as any other skill, such as learning to play the piano.
According to Dr. Davidson’s research meditation is the gateway to learning the skill of happiness. The research done by Dr. Davidson should not be taken lightly. Time magazine recognizes him as one of the hundred most influential people in the world.Today scientists like Dr. Davidson are proving using MRI machines and advanced technologies that wise men have known since eternity and the benefits of meditation are discussed extensively in the Bhagwad Gita and the Upanishads.
I have founded guided meditations the simplest to do. You can find hundreds if not thousands of videos on the internet on meditation by some of the best trainers and gurus.
Thus, among my favorite meditations are by Dr. Deepak Chopra, an Indian settled in USA origin, author, public speaker and physician, Deepak Chopra is prominent alternative-medicine advocate and author of several dozen books and videos. He has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in the holistic-health movement and has been described as a New-Age guru.
I also meditate to videos by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar or generally referred to as Guruji or Gurudev. He is a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems, and violence.
One of my personal favourite voices to meditate to is that of Glenn Harrold, a British hypnotherapist, songwriter and author of self-help books, CDs and downloads. Glenn’s audio recordings of guided meditations are soothing, and his meditations on sleep, in my opinion, are among the best.
Meditation is becoming far simpler thanks to modern technology.
Sitting in my car, while I am being driven from one appointment to the other, I will close my eyes and listen to meditation audios and videos of Dr. Chopra, or Glenn or Gurudev. I fit my meditation schedule between client sessions, social engagements and other day to day activities. I reach my appointments refreshed and happy. Do not meditate while driving.
If you have a goal to meditate twice a day for twenty minutes each time, choose a few meditations that resonate with your personality since you are seeking happiness, it is very effective to do a root chakra meditation as it addresses your need for security.
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Author: Dr. Prerna Kohli
Dr. Prerna Kohli, is a leading Psychologist in India with 25 years of experience in private practice. She is awardee of the 100 Women Achievers by the Honourable President of India.