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Q1. I`d like to improve my heart health and reduce my risk of heart attack naturally, without drugs. Can yoga and meditation help?

Q2. I am a businessman and I am always busy travelling and doing meetings. I do not get time to sit and meditate. Is there any way through which I can practice meditation and enjoy its benefits?

Q3. How is meditation different from relaxation, thinking, concentration or self-hypnosis?

Q4. What are the basics of meditation?

Q5. Is there any religious aspect to meditation?

Q6. What is the best time to meditate?

Q7. Is it necessary to play music while meditating?

Q8. What are the physiological effects of meditation?

Q9. What should one do if there is physical pain during meditation?

Q10. How important is it to have a teacher to teach meditation?

Q11. "How does an expecting mom meditate and pray for the health and spirituality of her developing baby?"

Q12. Why does one feel heat in the head while meditating?

Q13. What is God-Realisation?

Q14. What are the benefits of Raja Yoga Meditation?

Q15. Is meditation an asana or physical exercise?

Q16. What are the physical benefits that one can get from meditation?

Q17. What does Raja Yoga actually mean?

Q18. What is the relation between soul and body?

Q19. Do doctors use meditation as a treatment?

Q20. What is the correct way of practicing mindfulness of breathing?

Q1. I`d like to improve my heart health and reduce my risk of heart attack naturally, without drugs. Can yoga and meditation help?

Ans1. It`s true--according to a recent study, saying your mantra regularly might cut your risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, study participants who practiced a special form of meditation improved cardiovascular health.

According to a study, people who practise Meditation had a decrease in artery wall thickness, which could reduce heart attack risk by up to 11 percent and stroke risk by up to 15 percent.

Q2. I am a businessman and I am always busy travelling and doing meetings. I do not get time to sit and meditate. Is there any way through which I can practice meditation and enjoy its benefits?

Ans2. If you do not practise meditation because you think that meditating requires the patience, dedication, and endless free time of a Tibetan monk. Then here are three simple ways to work this mind-calming, heart-strengthening discipline into your daily routine, no matter how busy or hectic you are.

- Meditation While walking
Focus on your breath and count your steps. Become aware of how your feet and legs move. Celebrate each movement as a miracle of silent communication between your brain and your body.

- Mindfulness
Concentrate all your energy on whatever you`re doing now, even something as mundane as washing dishes. Consider each element of the activity as if you were moving in slow motion. If other thoughts interrupt, gently bring your mind back to your task.

- Mantra
In Sanskrit, `man` means mind and tra means deliverance. Repeating a mantra--a word, phrase, or sound--creates a sound vibration that could deliver you from worldly cares. Choose a prayer, word, or sound that invokes a spiritual feeling. Sit comfortably and breathe deeply as you chant it silently.

Q3. How is meditation different from relaxation, thinking, concentration or self-hypnosis?

Ans3. - Relaxation: Relaxation is a common by product of meditation. Relaxation itself can assume many forms, such as taking a hot bath or watching television. Meditation is an active process where the meditator remains fully aware of what the awareness is doing. It also attempts to transcend the thought process whereas many forms of relation still engage the thought process. Meditation allows the body to relax andcan offset the effects of stress both mentally and physically to a potentially much greater degree than passive relaxation.

- Thinking
Thinking generally consumes energy in the process of formation of thoughts. Constant thought activity, especially of random nature, can tire the mind and even bring on headache. Meditation attempts to transcend this crude level of thought activity. Through regular practice one becomes aware that becomes aware that they are not their thoughts but that there is an awareness that exists independent of thought.

- Concentration
Meditation begins with concentration, but after an initial period of concentration, thought activity decreases and keeping the awareness focused becomes more spontaneous.
At this point the person may or may not continue to employ the object of concentration.

- Self-hypnosis
Self-hypnosis, like meditation, involves at least an initial period of concentration on an object. However in hypnosis one does not try to maintain an awareness of the
here-and-now, or to stay conscious of the process. Instead one essentially enters a sort of semi-conscious trance.

Q4. What are the basics of meditation?

Ans4. There are a few recommended basics for meditation:
- It should be done every day, preferably at the same time.
- It should preferably be done before a meal rather than after a meal.
- A spot should be set aside for meditation, which should be a quiet place and used for nothing but meditation.
- One should sit with the spine straight and vertical (a chair is ok to use).

Q5.  Is there any religious aspect to meditation?

Ans5. Meditation has been and still is a central practice in eastern religions, for contacting "God" or one`s higher Self. Christianity also has semblances of meditation, such as the biblical statement "The kingdom of heaven is within you". Churches have a meditative atmosphere.

Meditation deals with contacting something within us that is peaceful, calm, rejuvenating, and meaningful. Whether one calls this something "God" or "soul" or "the inner child" or "theta-wave activity" or "peace" or "silence" is not important. It is there and anyone can benefit from it regardless of what they believe.

Most people in the world have already meditated. If you have relaxed looking at a beautiful sunset, allowing your thoughts to quiet down, this is close to meditation. If you have been reading a book for awhile, then put it down to take a break and just sat there quietly and peacefully for a few minutes without thinking, this is close to meditation.

Q6. What is the best time to meditate?

Ans6. While meditation is beneficial at any time, most people who meditate agree that early morning is the best time to meditate. Part of the reason is that it is said that in early morning the hustle-and-bustle of the world has not yet begun and so it is easier to establish a meditative atmosphere. Having an early morning meditation also lets us carry some of the energy and peace of the meditation into our daily activities.

Many people also meditate either before dinner or later in the evening. Others also meditate at noon. A short meditation at these times allows one to throw off some of the accumulated stress of the workday and become rejuvenated for further activity. An important consideration is when your schedule will allow you to meditate. Having a time of the day set aside for meditation helps in maintaining regularity.

Q7. Is it necessary to plau music while meditating?

Ans7. Meditative music (not rock-n-roll) can help in establishing a meditative atmosphere. Also, some people find meditation relatively easy but find that the hard thing is to actually get themselves to sit down and start their meditation. Music can help make this easier. Some people use music quite often while others prefer silent meditation and never use it.

Q8.  What are the physiological effects of meditation?

Ans8. The most common physiological effects of meditation are reduced blood pressure, lower pulse rate, decreased metabolic rate and changes in the concentration of serum levels of various substances.

Q9. What should one do if there is physical pain during meditation?

Ans9. Sensations (itching/aches/pains/etc.) can arise in the body when meditating for several reasons.  Sometimes the cause is just an uncomfortable posture--make sure that your posture is comfortable under normal circumstances. Other times the cause is that sensations in the body are more noticeable in meditation. The body and mind are calmer and you are able to notice more details in your bodily experience. It is often interesting to simply observe these sensations in your body : to use them as the objects of meditation.  Sometimes these sensations just go away without your having to move or change your posture.  Remember that a quiet body contributes to a quiet mind.

Q10. How important is it to have a teacher to teach meditation?

Ans10. It is theoretically possible to learn meditation from a book. However most people who teach and practice meditation agree that a teacher can be an invaluable aid in learning a meditation technique and making sure it is practiced correctly. The beginner will usually have several questions, which a teacher will be able to answer. Also, learning with a group of people, eg a meditation class, allows you to experience the benefit of meditating with a group of people. Most people find that they have some of their best meditations while meditating in a group, because there is a collective energy and focus present.

Various individuals and groups teach meditation. Some charge and some do not. Many different techniques are taught, some more spiritual in nature and others mainly concerned with stress-reduction and gaining a little peace of mind. As always, the important thing is finding what works for you.

Q11. "How does an expecting mom meditate and pray for the health and spirituality of her developing baby?"

Ans11. Maximum exposure to the positive and minimum exposure to the negative. The sound of Torah is important. Recite aloud lots of Psalms. In the second chapter of Pirkei Avot, Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zachai describes the essential superiority of the great Rabbi Yosi as, "happy is she who bore him"; the Talmud tells us that his mother, while pregnant, used to stand outside the yeshiva so that the fetus could hear the sounds of Torah learning!

Q12. Why does one feel heat in the head while meditating?

Ans12. Since the mind is generally moving very fast you hardly may feel it. When you meditate on your Self, the speed of the mind begins gradually to slow down, and you begin feeling its weight in your head. Paradoxically, you think at the moment that your mind is moving faster than before, but this is not the case. You feel your mind more because its movement is slower. As in the waking state your mind is working predominantly in your head, the slowing down of its movement is generally felt there when you meditate.

Q13. What is God-Realisation?

Ans13. God-Realisation is the correct understanding of the Supreme Soul or GOD as revealed by Himself - His incorporeal form, His oneness, His divine actions, His divine creation and His divine descent in this world.

Q14. What are the benefits of RajaYoga Meditation?

Ans14. Through meditation, a soul gets immense joy of an extraordinary kind and the glow of inner peace.
Other benefits include
- Meditation energizes our awareness
- Gives self-confidence and fosters self-belief.
- Enhanced sense of well-being
- Finding a sense of purpose
- Understanding the self
- Realising your potential
- Ability to face challenges
- Release from tension
- Freedom from anxiety and fear
- Tranquility of mind restored
- Greater control over thoughts
- Ability to express positive feelings
- Improved concentration
- Ability to cope effectively with rapid change.

Q15.  Is meditation an asana or physical exercise?

Ans15. No. The meditation aims to make the mind healthy and strong. But there are many health benefits as well since a healthy mind leads to healthy body.

Q16. What are the physical benefits that one can get from meditation?

Ans16. Meditation increases the resistance power of the body, helps in better sleep, and increases vitality and cures psychosomatic illness.

Q17. What does Raja Yoga actually mean?

Ans17. The word Yoga means connection or link. The mental connection or loving remembrance between a soul and the Supreme Soul is called Yoga. It is called Raja Yoga because it enables a person to become a master of self.

Q18. What is the relation between soul and body?

Ans18. A soul is a driver and its body is like a car. It is the soul that drives the body. It is through the body that the soul accomplishes its various deeds and operations.

Q19. Do doctors use meditation as a treatment?

Ans19. Yes, doctors do treat meditation in order to treat patients. Meditation is now accepted as having a highly therapeutic effect upon the mind and is used by many professional mental health workers to help induce relaxation, overcome phobias and bring about self-awareness.

Q20. What is the correct way of practicing mindfulness of breathing?

Ans20. Mindfulness of breathing requires the following four Ps: Place, Posture, Practice and Problems. First, find a suitable place, perhaps a room that is not too noisy and where you are not likely to be disturbed. Second, sit in a comfortable posture. A good posture is to sit with your legs folded, a pillow under you, your back straight, the hands nestled in the lap and the eyes closed. Alternatively, you can sit in a chair as long as you keep your back straight.

Next comes the actual practice itself. As you sit quietly with your eyes closed you focus your attention on the in and out movement of the breath. Counting the breaths or watching the rise and fall of the abdomen can do this. When this is done, certain problems and difficulties will arise. You might experience irritating itches on the body or discomfort in the knees. If this happens, try to keep the body relaxed without moving and keep focusing on the breath. You will probably have many intruding thoughts coming into your mind and distracting your attention from the breath. The only way you can deal with this problem is to patiently keep returning your attention to the breath. If you keep doing this, eventually thoughts will weaken, your concentration will become stronger and you will have moments of deep mental calmness and inner peace.

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