As beginners, we practise meditation to relieve stress in the mind, free the mind from pre-conditioned bias, cluttered and unhelpful thoughts; so that we can see the Inner Self and experience Inner Happiness.
According to the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, the ultimate goal of a Yoga practice is to have complete freedom from the body and mind; in other words, to utilise the body and mind intelligently.
Physical health and mental health are one complex inter-dependent unit. A healthy mind is the foundation for a healthy body. Meditation also helps to prolong the anabolic process of growth and repair, and to reduce the ageing process. Meditation brings a prolonged positive stage of mind, which activates the cells for growth and rejuvenation.
A regular silent practice is a simple and proven technique towards a peaceful mind. Mouna (silencing the mind) is a traditional yoga practice for developing a deeper awareness of our reactions to external sensory stimuli. Beginners may start with no speaking, digital detox, mindful eating, and silence walks. By intentionally not speaking unnecessarily, we start to be more cognisant of our words when speaking is required. Our words will be more truthful and spoken with a more pleasant attitude. We will not carelessly cause disturbance – for others and ourselves.