What is Vedic Meditation?
Vedic Meditation is one of the oldest, most effortless, and natural forms of meditation. The word Vedic comes from the Sanskrit word Veda, or knowledge. The Vedas are the ancient Indian body of knowledge that is the source of Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and Indian philosophy. This technique of meditation originated in India over 5,000 years ago, and the integrity of the tradition has been passed on through an unbroken line of teachers from that time.
Vedic Meditation is not a monastic practice. Meaning, it wasn’t designed for people whose spiritual path involves detaching from society. This technique was developed for “householders”—people who are fully engaged in life. Multi-tasking people with hyperactive minds who lead busy, active lives with jobs, relationships, and families.
Although originating in India this is not exclusively “Indian” knowledge. The technique is universal in its nature, practiced by and benefiting people all over the world, regardless of their society, profession, age, religion, or belief system. As the technique triggers a physiological effect in the brain and body, it requires absolutely no faith or belief system to work. The practice elicits a spontaneous and autonomic response—you don’t have to believe in it to derive its benefits. Even if you don’t believe in it, it still works.
The basic technique is practiced for twenty minutes, both in the morning and in the evening while sitting comfortably with your back supported and your eyes closed. It is effortless, enjoyable, and requires no concentration. Using this technique, the individual's awareness settles down and he or she experiences a unique state of restful alertness, an inner wakefulness beyond thought. Meditators describe this state as supreme inner contentment. The restfulness accompanying meditation is considerably deeper than that gained through sleep. This profound rest allows deep-rooted stresses to dissolve naturally, bringing innumerable health benefits to the individual. It is through revisiting this state of restful alertness that meditators report feeling happier, less stressed, improved personal relationships, more creative, more productive, and more adaptable to the demands of life.
The benefits of meditation are not only anecdotal. Hundreds of independent scientific studies have shown meditation to create powerful, measurable changes in the physiology.
Some notable benefits include:
• Improved memory, energy, creativity, intelligence
• Relief from depression and anxiety
• Relief from migraines, headaches and asthma
• Relief from insomnia and other sleeping disorders
• Faster reaction times
• Reduced cholesterol levels
• Relief from fatigue
• Stronger immune system
• Reduced risk of heart disease
• Normalization of blood pressure
• Improved sports performance
• Reduction of biological aging
• Reduced addictive behaviors
• Normalization of weight