The Path to Inner Peace
By Jennifer Albert
All phenomena of which we are aware take place in our own minds, therefore, the only thing we have to look at is the mind. The nature of human beings is to seek happiness and tranquility. Meditation is a practical method designed and developed for the purpose of bringing human beings to their highest levels of physical health, mental clarity and spiritual consciousness. The practice of meditation helps to bring about a balance of body and mind through which the natural state of health can manifest itself. Meditation first influences the mind, which is where the true state of health is formed since mental choices strongly effect the health of the body.
To be on The Path of Inner Peace we must first relax mentally. A simple way to do this is to either lay flat on the floor or sit upright in a chair. Conscious relaxation is more of a mental exercise than a physical one. It involves sending mental messages to each part of your body, telling the muscles to tense up by flexing and then relax. Which means, squeezing each muscle separately and then releasing it. When all the muscles become relaxed your mind, too, will feel calm. When you achieve a sense of inner peace you can enter into this peace and become one with it.
While laying on the floor or sitting upright in a chair lets start to flex & relax the various muscles of your body, then, without moving a muscle, mentally relax your body. Start by concentrating on the toes, then move the relaxation up through the legs and all parts of the body, including the jaw, throat, tongue, and face. Finally, relax you mind.
Instructions on how to start the process of gaining Inner Peace Calm Mind
- Raise the right leg 12 inches off the floor while flexing and squeezing the muscles in the foot, calf, and thigh, then “let go” allowing the leg to lower to the floor, do not move the leg. Do the same to the left leg.
- Raise the right arm 12 inches off the floor, clench your fists, flex & squeeze the arm muscles. Then, spread your fingers wide and stretch them before allowing your hand to return to the floor, do not move the arm. Do the same to the left arm.
- Flex & squeeze your butt muscles, then relax.
- Do the same with the back, stomach and chest.
- Squeeze the neck by lifting the shoulders towards the ears, drop the shoulders back down and relax.
- Squeeze the muscles of the face, mouth, nose and eyes, all at the same time, then relax.
- Open eyes and mouth wide, sticking your tongue out, then relax.
- End this process by rolling your neck in a circular motion clockwise, the counterclockwise.
By now the body has released tension, making it ready to start the meditation process.
- Close the eyes, inhale and exhale using the nose, 10 times, breathe in very slowly and breathe out slowly.
- Open your eyes, very slowly start the process of standing up.
- Once standing on your feet, lift the arms up overhead, lean back stretching the front of the body, then lower the arms down by your sides, repeat 3 times this back bending motion as back bends are energizing and mentally cleansing.
- Bring the palms of your hands together in front of the chest, take one deep inhale, on the exhale chant OOOOOMMMMM.
The chanting of the sound OM helps to put the mind in a state of inner peace.
Breathing is the #1 most important element in meditation & concentration. Breathing for inner peace is done by inhaling into the nose for 3 seconds and exhaling out of the nose for 3 seconds. To focus the mind you can mentally count as you breathe to get into a rhythm. Inhale 1, 2, 3, then exhale 1, 2, 3, of course, with practice you will gradually be able to inhale & exhale for longer durations of time. Once that happens, try counting up to 5 or 8 or even 20!
The more steady flow of oxygen your inhaling and exhaling with deep, rhythmic breaths, the more euphoric the body and mind starts to feel. In meditation we take an active role in controlling our breathing patterns. This process will smooth out the friction in your own body to bring smoothness to all your bodily systems. Let’s create a body for ourselves that works like a well oiled machine. Deep breathing is the most important element within the whole Art & Science of Yoga. As the mind follows the flow of the breathe, the ripples of the mental lake slowly subside.
The Philosophy of Yoga is to withdraw the mind from external activities, to draw its focus inwards, and to bring the mind into deep concentration. Once the mind is able to remain steady, good qualities like enthusiasm, knowledge, sharp memory, agility, contentment and affection towards others will develop within you. With the mind at rest, the body at rest can do its repair work. Sufficient rest allows for the body to heal. Practice this Inner Peace Step-By-Step technique with some regularity for a few minutes over the course of several days to get a taste of the power of relaxation & meditation.