We are living in a fast-paced life, where there is not a moment to slow down. It is especially difficult for women, who have to walk the fine line of work-life balance. As glamorous as each of us looks, in our own personal way, society doesn’t acknowledge the tribulations that a lady has to undertake regularly. Pregnancy, menopause, and until late, the most ignored and sacrificial member of the family, ends up taking a massive toll on a woman’s overall health. Not just mental and physical exhaustion, emotional or psychological fatigue is worse. Heartbreaks, divorces, infidelity, losing a child, it all eats away from inside. I am not saying a man feels it any less, but then women are known to be too emotional. Meditation help where medication can’t Science has evolved and has come out of medication for every malady almost, but every medicine has certain side-effects, and often times it can lead to further health complications, and you can never break out of the vicious cycle of popping a pill. We are employing innumerable methods to attain physical well being, but we tend to forget that our mental and emotional health contributes to our overall health. But these are two things that we tend to overlook out of ignorance and/or societal criticism. Meditation has been there for centuries, and is described as the “direct path into our conscious and subconscious state.” It is a wrong perception that meditation turns you into a new person, it just increases your awareness of your own self, and brings out the best version holistically. Dhyan or practicing mindfulness has now become a global trend, and the plethora of benefits associated with it, have been corroborated by scientific research too. By meditating regularly, you can harness the latent energy and use it to transform your life externally. It helps to flush out the toxins and increase awareness, perception, and wisdom. Some benefits of practicing meditation: For the mind Increases memory, focus and intelligenceIncreases willpower, concentration, and brings clarityCognitive function is heightenedReduces stress, anxiety, feeling of loneliness and depressionPhysically changes the structure of the brain For the body Decreases the sensation of painLowers blood pressure Keeps the heart-healthyBoosts the immunityReduces inflammation For the soul Brings clarity to thoughts, feelings, and emotionsRemoves repressed and toxic emotionsHeal from PTSDIncreases compassion and empathyBetter relationship satisfactionReduces insomnia and other sleep-related problems Ways to practice meditation You can practice meditation at any time and anywhere. The more experienced practitioners say that they can meditate in the middle of a meeting, or even while waiting in the queue of a departmental store. But for beginners, you can incorporate meditation at any point in your schedule, whenever it is convenient. Early morning, before starting the chaotic day or at night, prior to going to bed is some of the opportune time to meditate to reap maximum benefits. But you should remember that you shouldn’t meditate with a full stomach. You don’t need to meditate for hours at an end, it is not realistically possible in our hectic schedule. About 15 minutes in a day is sufficient. You can have 2-3 sessions of 10 minutes across the day. If you are just starting to meditate, then it is best to find a sanctified alter- a room where you can concentrate without being disturbed. Having a white background or a room that has plenty of natural lights is the most ideal, but you can do it just about anywhere that you please. You can mediate in your prayer room, or have articles that have personal connections in front of you. Yoga and meditation are interlinked together, so before you start silencing your mind, you need to ground your body, and for that, you should practice Pranayam for a few minutes. If you are doing it at night, then you can meditate in Shavasana. Remember comfort is the key to relaxation. Initially, it can get quite difficult to meditate, since we have to blank out every thought and perform utmost concentration. Thoughts would keep filtering into your mind, but you have to be let go of the things that impede your progress and continue. With constant practice, it would be easier to implement this. The four tools for mediation: 1. Pranayam 2. Visualization 3. Mudra 4. Mantra Common meditation technique So Hum meditation Yogis have been practicing this mantra, So Hum literally means I am that that brings us in the union to our inner consciousness. With every inhalation chant So, and with every exhalation chant Hum. The mantra is short, but you need to lengthen the breath. Watching the mind meditation This is an extremely powerful meditation technique and in the beginning, you can get emotionally distraught, but it is part of the process of healing. First, you need to calm yourself, with a couple of deep breaths. Focus your mind on the thoughts that are passing through your mind, acknowledge every thought, and let it go. Keep doing it regularly, as you reflect on your emotions and gain control over them! If you are finding it difficult, do not give up. You can also join classes to receive proper guidance in controlling your mind and reaching an elevated state of consciousness.