One way to achieve mental health, happiness and clarity is through meditation. What meditation does is uniquely dynamic — allowing your whole being to open up, decluttering your thoughts, feelings and emotions into a positive state of confidence.
“I was a broadcast journalist and also covered terrorism, however there was a part of me that always stayed a little distant from the scene,” says Shalini Parekh, a journalist and yoga/meditation instructor, who has been practicing yoga for 25 years and meditation for 15. “When the need to get sound bites or quotes, sometimes overstepped privacy and decency, a disconnect occurred within me causing stress. When I started meditating regularly, I realized that there was a synchronicity and creativity I was able to naturally tap into.”
“Without creating this space in our daily lives, we become fragmented with the onslaught of information and news, personal desires and failures. The result? Depression, anxiety and rampant stress. I believe that in modern times meditation is not a luxury but a necessity. If you are busy you need to meditate even more,” she adds.
With the modern workplace and technological realities in mind she likes to frame the conversation about meditation as the ultimate technology of disruption.
“When every industry seems ripe for disruption, then it becomes urgent for meditation to be understood as an opportunity to break free from limited perceptions,” Parekh says. “What is our world view and how we choose to understand our response to reality, as we view it, is at the crux of engaging with meditation. We cannot reduce meditation simply to a superficial practice but understand the modalities of this timeless practice. If my yoga and meditation practice has taught me one thing, it is simply: Yoga makes the body more subtle and meditation prepares the mind to become softer.”
Parekh lost her dad at an early age. He was her inspiration. He would say, “As we grow older, the stain of life grows. The endeavor is to become soft.”
Parekh says that the realities of life, our failures and disappointments, learned behaviors and rejections create a shell of barriers around us, distancing us from our feelings and emotions, and more importantly ourselves - making us hard.
“My teacher, meditation and yoga teacher, and humanitarian leader, Sri Ravi Shankar, says, meditation is simple when we can sit with the idea: ‘I want nothing, I want to do nothing, and I am nothing.’ To me this in practice necessitates disrupting everything I know for 15 minutes a day. Just for this time I will live with the idea of ‘I don’t know, and I don’t want to know. This makes us softer,” Parekh says.
Disrupting our perceptions is the groundwork needed to meditate.
Yoga is a starting point for meditation. When the body is light the mind just follows. In fact, at the outset, the purpose of yoga was to prepare and prime the body to meditate.
“We are all connected. Meditation helps us deepen our connections with ourselves and the universe,” Parekh says.
She adds that increasing our subtle energy needs some breath work, some attention to our food and connecting with nature is very important too. When our energy goes up then our worries spontaneously reduce, and when our energy or Prana goes up then healing occurs.
“I take a step back and I think, the circumstances of our life will change or not but how about disrupting our perception of them? If only for a few moments of meditation,” Parekh says.
For more information and helpful tips, visit: http://meditationdisruption.org/.