The modern era has witnessed a technological advancement that has made living easier than ever before. Today, we have all the conveniences available to us at the click of a button. Yet more and more people are suffering from stress-related ailments.
Even with all the information available to us, we are struggling when it comes to the mind and its processes. We have become victims of our own minds. Our inability to control our overactive minds gives rise to mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, and even depression.
Meditation has become a wildly spopular practice in the west. More and more people meditate every day. Why? Because we are continuing to learn about the physical and mental health benefits of meditation.
However, many people remain confused and doubtful about meditation. Because of the number of different techniques, people struggle to learn how to meditate properly.
Today, I will share one of my favourite meditations: Sahaj Samadhi. Benefits are plentiful from this powerful technique. In fact, in just twenty minutes you will feel wonderful.
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What Is Sahaj Samadhi
The meaning of “Sahaj Samadhi” is given in the name, taken from Sanskrit.
- Sahaj: means natural or effortless in Sanskrit
- “Samadhi” means a deep state of meditation.
When we practice this, we experience a deep state of relaxation and restful calm. Plus, the technique is quite easy.
It is a mantra-based method [READ: Mantras For Beginners].
When we do this technique, we recite a word silently and repeatedly in the mind. By chanting the mantra, we calm the overactive mind and enter a state of restful bliss.
I was introduced to this through the Art of Living Foundation and the renowned Indian spiritual leader and meditation teacher Shri Shri Ravi Shankar [wiki].
By practising the technique, I have changed my life. That’s why I would like to share some of the benefits.
How to Practice
It is a simple technique. You can practise it at home. If you practise for15 to 20 minutes per day you will see profound transformation in your life.
As I mentioned above, it makes use of beej mantra as the anchor. This is quite different from other techniques such as vipassana (insight) where breath is used as the anchor.
- Sit in sukhasana (easy pose)
- Close your eyes
- Slowly repeat a mantra over and over again. For instance, “Om”.
- While in the process, your mind will often wander to random thoughts.
- When your mind wanders, gently bring your awareness back to the mantra.
For more information on this, you can visit the Art of Living Foundation website.
Practising this meditation allows the mind to transcend from turbulence to relaxation. It leads us from regular consciousness to deep meditation. We discover the centre of creative intelligence and unlimited joy.
It is so surprising that something so natural and effortless can have such a profound effect on us. It lays the foundation of higher spiritual growth and helps us discover who we really are.
1: Increases Focus and Mental Clarity
Sahaj Samadhi, practised over some time, leads to mental clarity and helps in building focus and concentration.
When you practice this method, you enter the state of Samadhi. It feels like a deep state of rest. You dissolve the sensations of the physical body. Thoughts arising in your mind are silenced and you are left only with the realization of ‘being’.
We don’t realize it, but our thoughts hold a lot of weight in our day-to-day life. Most people who practice Sahaj Samadhi have reported feeling very light after practice sessions. When the mind is clear, the weight of our thoughts disappears. We experience a feeling of bliss.
In the past, I used to have trouble staying focused on one particular task for a long time. My overactive monkey mind used to keep me distracted all the time. Because of that, I was lagging behind in my work, and it started affecting my career.
Just after two months, I noticed the benefits of Sahaj Samadhi. I saw a big transformation within myself. I was able to increase my focus and concentration. The mental clarity I developed helped with my decision-making skills [READ: Meditation For Decision Makers].
2: You increase your body energy
It increases the flow of vital energy within the body. This vital energy, or prana, is a part of the spiritual body and is said to influence the energy and vitality of the physical body directly.
Ancient yogic beliefs state that prana is not a part of the physical body but directly affects the functioning of the physical processes within the body. Overall, this energy creates optimal flow and physical and mental wellbeing.
Meditating rejuvenates our mind by getting rid of excessive thoughts. And that, in turn, makes us feel more vibrant and energetic.
I started sleeping much better and ate healthy food because of my reduced stress and anxiety. Naturally, I felt more energetic and could work for long hours without feeling exhausted.
3: Improves Relationships
Let me share my personal experience on this. A couple of years back, I was struggling in my career. Because of the struggle, I was stressed and anxious all the time. I felt angry and frustrated and it was visible on my face and in my mannerisms.
By practising Sahaj Samadhi I calmed my stress and anxiety. Indeed, the method showed me who I was and what I had become. Ultimately, it made me realize that life has a greater design for me and that I had to think beyond myself to experience a fulfilling life.
Over time I got rid of my worries and anxieties. I was not scared of attending social gatherings and family functions anymore. In fact, I started reconnecting with people, and my relationships with people started improving over time.
When I started treating people with love and respect, they gradually started appreciating my efforts.
4: Improves Physical Health
For years, I struggled with physical health issues like migraines, lower back pain and inflammation in joints. I tried all kinds of treatments, took medication, but nothing seemed to work. When I stopped my medication, the problems came back more intensely.
Somewhere within me, I knew that I was not addressing the root cause of my ailments. I was just trying to suppress the symptoms.
My health started improving over time as I switched to a healthy lifestyle and incorporated mindfulness practices into my daily routine. The frequency of my headaches started reducing, my lower back pain and joints inflammation were gone, I was able to reduce my weight (50 pounds) after many years of struggle and much more.
The root cause of all my problems was stress generated by my mind, which had reduced the flow of vital energy within my body. Once I took care of my mind, everything else got sorted out on its own.
5: It Makes You Emotionally More Resilient
We all face the struggle of trying to regular out emotions. Like our body, our mind is also constantly running, chasing one thought after another. An overactive mind causes bad sleep, bad eating habits, weakened immunity, and a lot of other problems.
When you are self-aware you know how to take care of yourself. Being self-aware is the ability to look deep within yourself and understand what’s going on there. It’s the ability to deal with the afflicting thoughts and emotions buried deep within the subconscious mind.
Emotional resilience allows for better decision-making and is a very desired trait in people working in leadership positions. An emotionally sound person knows how to handle a tough situation and resolve conflicts in the best possible manner.
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Author’s Bio: Jagjot Singh
Jagjot Singh is an entrepreneur, a fitness enthusiast, and a spiritual seeker. You can read about mindfulness and meditation on his blog MindfulnessQuest. He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for the past 5 years. He’s committed to helping people with physical and mental health issues.
Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison