How do you meditate?…

Do you stand in your head, sit and cross your legs? Actually, meditation requires none of those things as it is what you do with your mind, what you think about. So meditation is actually very simple.

To meditate, give yourself a little bit of time. Just stop for a moment and let your body relax and become calm. Then look inside and see what's going on in your own inner world and see what's coming up on the screen of your mind. Create a thought of peace and hold that peace just for a moment. Let that thought sink deep inside you and connect with the core of your being. Gently, you will rediscover the magic fact that peace is you - you are peace. You don't have to go searching for peace outside. It is buried in you and once you start using the thoughts that connect you to your inner core of peace, you can use those thoughts wherever you are. Use them a thousand times a day; try them for a minute, every hour on the hour and you will find that such positive thoughts are an effective way to manage your feelings and activity. If your mind is distracted by thoughts of other people, tasks or worries during the meditation, then gently guide your thoughts back to your goal of peace. In this way, with attention, you will develop your concentration powers and manage your mind when it is tempted to wander off track.

Let us practice some Raja Yoga now - just for one minute - just while you are reading this column. Sit quietly, comfortably and let your body relax and visualize a little sparkling point of light in the centre of your forehead and connect with the peace that is inside, the peaceful, inner being, you. You are peace. Say this to yourself several times. In this awareness of your own inner state of peace, you will also discover your treasure store of love, of joy that is within. Connecting in this way, you begin to realize you have all treasures inside. All you have to do is to link to them, feel them and share them quietly.

By using these thoughts at least once each hour, you will develop your spiritual consciousness and awareness. This attainment is useful for everyone, whether you belong to particular faith or tradition or you don't, because the success of these thoughts lies within the human psyche, the human consciousness that drives your life. In meditation, you remember the beautiful, healthy and imperishable things which all cultures cherish and share in common.

Why is meditation beneficial?…

Raja Yoga, meditation on the divine, the source of all virtue and power, gives you the power of peaceful mind. This state of inner strength enables you to strengthen your concentration powers, be stable at all times, discern situations clearly and make the right decisions at the best time. Meditation keeps your mind working constructively no matter what is happening in your life and naturally, this helps you create and enjoy happy relationships.

Where in Hong Kong can people meditate?…

Using the practice of Raja Yoga meditation (taught by the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, GF, 17 Dragon Road, Tin Hau Tel: 2806 3008), you can meditate anywhere any time; even on the MTR during rush hour. If you create an energy field of peace around you, then instead of radiating fear, concern and anxiety, you will share the vibrations of peace with those in your company.

To help you be such a beacon of peace, it is important to learn the basic steps of Raja Yoga meditation by doing the Foundation Course at the Hong Kong Centre. This free course, which commences each Thursday evening at 7.00pm (for English speakers) and Mondays at 7.00pm for Cantonese speakers, teaches you about pure spirituality and a way of life based on the ancient teachings of Raja Yoga, so that you understand yourself deeply and enjoy a relationship with the Divine. After the course, students set a weekly routine for meditation, say, each evening at 7.00pm either at home or at this Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre.

In addition to the Brahma Kumaris, there are many schools and teachers of yoga and meditation in Hong Kong.The different practices offer many benefits for physical well-being such as increased strength, energy and flexibility. Some schools also focus on mental well-being to include relaxation for stress and tension relief and meditation to increase clarity and concentration. There is a yoga practice to suit every individual temperament and lifestyle. The YWCA offers excellent programmes in hattha yoga practice as do many private companies.