Basic Principles of Vedic Meditation

Vedic Mediation is a simple, natural process which progressively improves the balance of the physical nervous system through regularly alternating profound restfulness with normal daily activity.

Basic Principles of Vedic MeditationEvery physical activity has a corresponding mental activity and every mental activity has a corresponding physical activity.

In other words, body and mind are not two separate things but part of a unified whole which should at all times be working in complete harmony.

Whenever the body engages in any kind of activity, some physical stress is incurred. However, as soon as your body gains any degree of restfulness, then some of the physical stress can be released.

The greater the degree of restfulness, the greater the release of stress.

If physical stress is allowed to accumulate, it leads to fatigue and then your body has to work harder to get things done and so builds up even more stress.

There is nothing wrong with stress in itself as long as your body is handling it. But the accumulation of physical stress eventually leads to mental stress and anxiety.

Similarly, mental stress and strain can lead to physical breakdown and sickness. You can build up too much stress from too much physical activity, too much mental activity or not enough proper rest.

Remember that lying down worrying is not rest, for the brain uses as much energy when it is working hard as the rest of the body put together.

The process of sleep is the natural way of gaining rest and release of stress. During sleep, the restful state of the body enables many of the repair and maintenance functions of the body to work better.

Some people regard dreaming as a mental by-product of the physical release of stress which takes place while we are sleeping. We dream on and off all night, but few people remember any of their dreams, except occasionally those immediately prior to waking up.

During Vedic Meditation the body slows down at least as much as it does after a few hours’ sleep. As a result, a lot of physical stress and the associated mental stress is released quite spontaneously and very easily. We find rest for the body and rest for the mind.

Restful alertness

During Vedic Meditation the mind is engaged in simpler activity than it usually experiences when awake and the body is more restful than it usually is when awake. Because of that, some people may doze off during their meditation. It does not matter if you do doze as most people still gain benefit from the meditation. However, having said that, most people do not usually doze, rather they are simultaneously both restful and alert.

Restful alertness is a pleasant experience, which is more rewarding to both body and mind the more restful it becomes. Further, the more restful you become during Vedic Meditation the more you can become alert and aware.

It is possible to get to that stage where you are completely at rest and yet completely alert. Because this restful alertness has a positive effect on your mind and body, it tends to be sustained after Vedic Meditation so that in our daily activities we begin to act more restfully and yet with greater awareness and alertness. For more on this state of restful alertness see Expansion of consciousness

Therefore the regular practice of Vedic Meditation leads to a progressive improvement of the balance of the nervous system.

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