Is meditation the way to inner peace?

Every human being aspires for peace and happiness, which refers to the state of mind and not necessarily to material possessions, hence the need for meditation.

Meditation is slowly making inroads as an answer to winding down from the stressful 21st century way of life, though mostly appreciated in the western and Asian countries more than anywhere else in the world. Meditation is an approach that anyone can use to help them cope with medical problems, stress and anxiety. It is even considered a type of mind and body complementary medicine, which produces a deep state of relaxation and tranquillity for the mind.

Historically, meditation has been around for thousands of years. Researchers suggest that the primitive hunter-gatherer societies may have been the ones to have discovered meditation and its different states of consciousness while gazing into the flames of their open fires. This history of meditation has evolved over the centuries into a daily structured practice that people use today.

In Namibia, Brahmas Kumaris Centre situated in Windhoek West is one of the meditation centres, which offer different courses on meditation. They focus on helping people explore their inner qualities as a basis of developing their highest level of personal integrity and achieving self-mastery. Brahma Kumaris is part of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University based in India, with 800 centres and a network in 120 countries.

Freddy A Raja Yogi; a course facilitator with the Brahmas Centre for the past 16 years, says that for a person to get inner peace, “it all starts with one’s attitude - attitude plays a huge role in one’s life. We choose to either be happy or not.”

For many, getting to the right attitude takes time and patience, hence meditation centres, which help people transit to that peace of mind, Freddy says.

“The most important journey you can take is the journey within... to the truth of who you really are,” he says. This is one lesson that Raja Yoga Meditation course, offered by the Brahmas Kumaris aims to teach.

This type of meditation is meant to lead to a deeper understanding of oneself as it enhances ones intrinsic positive qualities and innate value. Consequently, this understanding becomes a natural part of one’s day-to-day awareness, constructively influencing how they see themselves and how they relate to their world,” he adds.

Various courses in relation to positive thinking are meant to influence oneself to basically learn how to make their mind their best friend while stress-free living courses aim to provide lessons and approach to overcome stress.

“One needs to learn how to change negative thoughts into positive thoughts. It is in our mind and we should be able to be in charge of the mind,” Freddy points out.

He also emphasises the fact that meditation is not in any way a religion but rather it helps individuals understand their relationship with God through soul-searching.

“Our soul also needs spiritual energy the same way the body needs food,” Freddy states.

Nowadays, anyone can practice meditation as it does not require any special guidelines. It can be practiced wherever one is, whether one is out for a walk, riding bicycle, in a bus or even while sitting in the middle of a difficult meeting.

It has been the experience of many that time for solitude and reflection is essential to nurture the spirit so that the challenges of daily living can be overcome and a state of love and peace be maintained.

Meditation can also impact on a person’s behaviour and attitude towards others as it is meant to help an individual understand the situation they are in and choose the best way to react to it.

However, the change and inner peace does not come overnight; one needs to exercise the body and mind over a certain period of time, which differs in people.

It is argued that with the practice of meditation, a person will be in harmony with nature, at peace with his own self, in concord and in unison with the Creator.

The meditation courses are offered for free to members of the public on Mondays and Thursdays from 18h00 to 19h00. PF