Meditation by Alok Mohan


Meditation is a path for self understanding.

The more you understand who you are the better you will feel and the happier you will be.

 At first, you might feel what you discover is a mess in yourself, but as you go deeper,

 the more you will forget about yourself find your meaning in the world and the happier you will be


The whole aim of meditation is,
1. to calm your mind

2. to focus the mind on one thing.

If you sit down and close your eyes you will notice that your mind is jumping from one thought to another. Even though you want to concentrate on your breath you will find other thoughts also coming in between.

In learning to meditate you must first learn to calm your mind. You do this by following every thought that comes into you mind. You must be like a Manager of a hotel,  who observes the customers coming in. Without getting attached to the thoughts try to observe them. You will find that a thought comes in and that it goes nowhere and another thought follows it – try following that too – with same results. This way you will find that your thoughts gradually subside.

Of course do not expect results in one or two days. Practise it for at least 40 minutes every day for at least 2 months you find that you have ‘killed’ your train of thoughts. The whole idea is to silence the mind.

There after start concentrating on your breath. Notice the breath coming in and going out. You should not concentrate only on the tip of your nose. Notice the breath coming in and thereafter your lungs getting filled and then gradually exhaling the breath. Meditation shouldn’t have guidelines, nor should it have time limits or anything else…You dont have to clear your mind nor do you have to concentrate on your breathing It is what it is….

If you worry about all the things you have to do to meditate then you will miss all the beautiful things that come from doing it in the first place…

When you are meditating and that you find it relaxing and spiritual is good, but if you really want it to last longer, try some different things each time. you don’t have to do the pose that is normally associated with meditating, just be comfortable while doing this. you can try atmosphere like background music(celtic, or just soundscapes), or try candles. just make this time your time and make it interesting and relaxing.

Meditation does not create happiness, but a better sense of being. it helps you to clear your mind, have a higher understanding of yourself and things around you.
Meditation might add to you to help you to become happier…such as giving you time to think, relax and breathe properly. People rarely take the time to sit with good posture and listen to their own breathing. This alone should make you more grateful and in turn add to your happiness.    Happiness is just an illusion, and it stays an illusion, most subtle yet most sought after illusion, until we realise happiness of our life in our life that we live and share with the ones we love and care, for this would be the most common and reliable way to be happy. We can assume that we are unhappy but this assumption can prove false easily when we compare our life with someone else who has a different notion about happiness. But when we are able to share our happiness with other people one way or the other we know for sure that we are happy, and our understanding of happiness is not just illusionary.

Yes, we can be happy both in meditation and also through meditation. The question is what is meditation? Is it some kind of religious ritual, chanting, or visualisation … what is it. Different people have different ways to meditate. The thought in the first paragraph of this response, in my view, is an outcome of meditation. When we think about almost anything we meditate. We meditate at various levels at once all our life. We have our livelihood to earn, children to take care of, hobbies, interests, belongings thoughts of well-being, and even worries and fears all can take us into deep concerns and thoughts without us often realising that we are meditating.

In a more conventional way however meditation can be a planned activity that we engage in to acquire inner calm and tranquillity.. We can also nurture new expectations and hopefulness through visualisations and by reminding us what is good for us, and what we deserve to have in life.

All forms of meditation are to do with the inner mind, the subconscious mind, leading up to higher mind that understands our need for self-realisation, and self—actualisation. We can see beyond limitations of our material existence, to realise that we are not merely embodiments of flesh and bones with few emotional needs, we are in fact are part of something grand and majestic. We can realise that this magnificent universe is not an alien place. The creator who created this miraculous world also created us, and many other people like us. We can feel compassion for all people who live with us on this small planet, precariously place in the bleakness of space, only protected by a thin layer of air all around.

Meditation,  is a name of  a profound thing, so profound that sometime thoughts become wordless sensations that run like energy in our being. We can realise a sense of wonder and curiosity in our mind. We can realise our hidden potentials by letting go of the mundane and the limitative in our lives, to move in time with time forward.
Our life is already a constant state of meditation, but what we keep on meditating is what matters us most. We can unwittingly and unknowingly meditate ourselves into states of utter despair and dejection. We can also choose to get close to our original essential self to see that all things pass, all things are temporarily place in our way, and we can move on to ever so more better things in life. True happiness is in knowing our true self, who we essentially are. Instead of constantly measuring ourselves up in superficial comparisons, and trying to define our lives in terms of profits and loses, in the words of the world, we can realise that long as we live, we never lose one thing and that is our the fact of us being alive  


Alok Mohan

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