Longer Meditations for Stress

Meditation can be a powerful way to heal yourself. Scientific research show that certain brainwave frequencies causes the brain to release highly beneficial substances. During meditation, cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, decreases. DHA, which helps with ability to fight diseases, increases, and melatonin, which is responsible for our sound sleep and acts as a highly potent anti-oxidant, increases.

Paramahamsa Nithyananda explains that each thought we have has an independent neuron in our brain, recording and making the information available to us whenever you want. The cosmos is reality, and the brain is the experience of reality. Your brain labels some experiences as unwanted, painful, or stressful. That experience is forcibly dumped into the archive section of your brain, because you connect that with suffering.

“Anybody who suffered to memorize a subject and wrote an exam, will forget it quickly. The more stress you put on an exam, the more quickly you forget the subject. If you are a software engineer, or lawyer, try to remember what you studied for your examination. Because of so much suffering associated for exam, and studying, makes you hate that whole process, you dump that whole thing into the irretrievable archive.” Dumping experiences into the irretrievable archive creates the fear that these experiences may resurface. This creates conflict within you and is responsible for the morphing, misrepresentation, and manipulation of the cosmos done in your brain—called Maya.

The solution is meditation. Here is a meditation given by Nithyananda that can be done to remove stress and inner conflict:  

Bring your attention to what am I? What is going on in my brain? What are the memories I am dumping or trying to dump the irretrievable archives? What are the memories I am dumping into fantasy? All these questions will boil down to: What am I? The identity which you carry is a mixture of body and mind. Dig deeper, what am I really? Do not expect a conceptual answer. After you start to feel tired or do not seem to be getting an experiential answer, begin the Mahamantra meditiation:

  1. Sit cross legged on a comfortable position on the floor. Your head, neck and spine should be in a straight line. Feel relaxed and close your eyes. Imagine that the eyeballs have become stone-like, to prevent forms and images from behind the eyelids. Hum as loudly and as intensely as you can, producing the sound “Mmmmm…” from your navel center. Note that this is not “Hum..” or “Om…”, it is simply keeping your lips together and producing the sound “Mmmm..”. Don’t make an effort to take a deep breath after the sound, the body itself will take breaths when needed. Do this for 20 minutes.
  2. At the end of the 20 minutes, sit silently for 10 minutes, and simply watch your mind as if you are watching a television, without resisting your thoughts or passing any judgement on them. At the end of the 10 minutes, slowly open your eyes. Carry this silence with you.

Do this meditation on an empty stomach, either early morning or two hours after any meal. Do it every day for 21 days.

Here is a video by Nithyananda for further explanation:

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