The history of meditation in our country is thousands of years old. Meditation has spiritual as well as therapeutic and religious importance. Meditation is an art in itself. Today we see that the art of meditation is popular worldwide not only in the country.
Imagery meditation helps to focus to do any work and to achieve its goal. It makes a person completely healthy, as Meditation has a profound effect on our personality as well as our body. In the present time, its popularity is increasing, and more and more people are getting attracted to it. Because in today’s run-of-the-mill life, meditation is the only simple solution, which helps the meditating person to relax internally.
So let’s know, what is imagery meditation? What are its types, benefits, and correct procedure? Let’s discuss this in detail.
What is Visualization / Imagery Meditation?
Imagery meditation is also known as Visualization, Imaginary Meditation, or Kalpana shakti.
What is KALPANA SHAKTI? Mental action, or brainpower. Is imagination power the mantra of our success? KALPANA SHAKTI is related to the past or future. Can we fulfill our desires and dreams with the help of imagination? The basis of KALPANA SHAKTI is reality, or flying in the free sky with the wings of imagination is the power of imagination. All these thoughts, questions, and curiosity emerge spontaneously in our minds. That feeling presents the existence of new, wonderful, unseen, and curious thoughts and things in the mind.
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Actually, it is the power of imagination that means your power to think. Now the idea can be of any kind. Imagination is such a power, that even the biggest target can be penetrated. Albert Einstein said about imagination, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the whole world, inspires progress, gives rise to development’. If so why don’t we use Imagination to improve our lives? Today, we can get benefits in approx all the diseases of our body with Imagery Meditation/Imaginary Meditation.
It can be explained by the imagination of a painter’s mind to present wonderful paintings through lines and colors on canvas, or the imagination of a sculptor by cutting and rubbing hard stone to give the form of a beautiful sculpture, or by a poet and writer in a simple subject. Creating a composition in the form of poetry or prose by generating charm and miracles, a person being replaced in the category of scientist through many inventions through his imagination.
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Imagination makes a person a poet, writer, scientist, sculptor, and painter. Therefore, it can be said that our imaginations help in making us, successful creatures.
What is Meditation?
In meditation, focusing your mind on any one point, any person or thing, and getting absorbed in it is called meditation. In other words, any type of action to concentrate the mind is called Manyoga i.e. Dhyana. In India, this action is being practiced since ancient times and it is practiced not only by people of the Hindu religion but by people of almost all religions. Through meditation, we can put an end to our thinking power for a limited time.
While meditating a person becomes free from any kind of thoughts and his attention is focused on only one side. There are many types of meditation, but the purpose of doing all types of meditation is the same. Meditation of any kind not only makes you mentally happy but also gives you peace and stability emotionally. Since there are many types of meditation, one of the important types of meditation is Imaginary Meditation /Visualization Meditation. in this blog, I will discuss it in detail.
What are the benefits of Imagery Meditation?
We all know that meditating is very beneficial for our health. It makes us mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy. Practicing it regularly has many benefits, which are as follows:
1. Reduces Stress
Imagery Meditation helps us a lot to reduce stress. Usually, mental and physical stress is the reason for the increase in hormone levels. Stress produces many harmful effects in our body due to which our sleep, sadness, anxiety, and blood pressure are affected. But meditation does improve stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, a stress disorder.
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2. Controls Anxiety
Meditation reduces symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias and panic attacks. Meditation helps relieve anxiety. Meditation is considered very beneficial in calming the mind.
3. Enhances Self-Awareness
Certain forms of meditation can help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, allowing you to grow into your best self.
4. Improves Sleep
Most people are very upset due to lack of sleep. According to a study, it was found that people who do imagery meditation can be successful in getting good sleep. Becoming proficient in meditation can help you control or redirect the racing or rushing thoughts that often lead to sleeplessness. Meditation can help to relax your body, release stress, and keep you in a peaceful state.
5. Helps to break a bad habit
Imagery Meditation can help us break our bad habits. One study showed that meditation helps to redirect attention, increase willpower, control emotions and impulses, and understand the causes of addiction.
6. Brings Kindness to Conduct
Meditation awakens positive feelings towards you and others. Meta is a type of meditation that develops compassionate thoughts and feelings.
7. Increases Attention Span
Kalpit/Imagery Meditation increases attention span. For example, an eight-week meditation study found that participants’ ability to concentrate improved. Even practicing meditation for a short time can benefit you.
8. Can Help Fight Addictions
The mental discipline you can develop through meditation. He or she can help you break dependence by increasing your self-control and increasing awareness of triggers for addictive behaviors.
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9. May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
Improving your focus and clarity of thinking by doing meditation, can help keep your mind young. Studies in people with age-related memory loss have shown that it can improve performance on neuropsychological tests.
What is the method of performing imagery meditation/visualization techniques?
- First of all, choose a good time and a good place where no one can disturb you.
- Sit comfortably or lie down as you feel comfortable.
- Relax and sit down. Sit in a comfortable position.
- Keep the neck and shoulders straight.
- Now close your eyes. Relax and sit down.
- Now let’s start, take a deep breath and let go
- Keep breathing lightly. Put all your attention on your breath.
- Watch every part of your whole body as a spectator to see if any part of the body is stiff, if it is, then leave it to relax.
- Focus on the breath
- Eliminate the thoughts running through your mind.
- Don’t be bothered by any thoughts. Relax.
- As a spectator, watch the breath coming and going.
- Now you will feel that your mind is slowly coming under control, you are getting healthy. like this, you practice every day.
- Now visualize what you want, as if a movie is going on. For example, if you want money, imagine that you have a lot of money. You are sitting among the money and counting them. And you are very happy.
- Make every scene real and use your five senses to make it feel. Feel that you are touching the money. The fragrance of the money… you see you happy… consider it a reality.
- Feel your imagination as lovingly as possible and add emotion to it like a feeling of happiness. You are very happy taking the money.
- Keep saying in your mind that all this money is mine…Now I have a lot of money. Speaking gives more energy to self-power.
- Keep as much focus as possible, let no doubts or other thoughts come to your mind.
Remember, your thoughts create your destiny, so don’t let any doubt come to your mind while imagining or after that whether it will work or not, I don’t know how I will get money. Whenever the doubt comes, immediately remove it.
Tips for Performing Meditation
1. Right Time
Time has its importance for meditation. This is the reason why sunrise is considered the best time to do meditation. The reason is that in the morning your body is relaxed and full of new energy.
2. Quiet Environment
The mind needs to be calm for meditation, because if your attention is focused on other things, then you will not be able to concentrate the mind. Therefore, it is very important to have a calm environment otherwise you will find it difficult to do meditation. Also, comprehensive results will not be achieved.
3. Choosing Casual Clothing
The choice of clothes also plays an important role in meditation. The reason is that if you choose tight clothes, they can serve as a distraction to your attention. Therefore, it is necessary to use light and comfortable clothes during this time.
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Now comes the last step for meditation. After choosing the right time, calm mind, and right clothes, do a light warm-up (5 to 10 minutes) before starting meditation. This will start the circulation of blood throughout the body, which proves helpful in the process of meditation.
5. Stomach emptying
According to experts, meditation should be done only on an empty stomach. This will allow you to use all the energy in your body to focus. Also, it will help you to get better results.
6. Deep Breath
During meditation, you should take a deep breath and then slowly let it out. Also, you should try to put your full attention in doing this process. Doing this calms the mind and helps in focusing.
Precautions for Imagery meditation
During imagery meditation, you should also take care of some precautions, which I will explain to you through some points-
- Meditation should not be done after eating a large amount of food.
- Meditation should be avoided immediately after exercise.
- It is advisable not to do meditation immediately after waking up from sleep or when you feel sleepy.
At the end of the article:
Imagination power becomes very good by imagery meditation. By the way, by meditating, your mind remains stable. And when you do this every day, then gradually your mind starts remaining calm. You know it, that when the mind is at peace, then you better do any kind of fantasy.
If the mind is not calm then you will not be able to do the imagination/visualization well. Because your mind will run to some other side again and again. So keep practicing imagery meditation regularly for better results.
Stay healthy & Keep doing meditation.