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We have all heard that meditation can relieve stress, make you sleep better, improve concentration and generally help us deal with our hectic lives. But do any of us actually understand why meditation is so good for us? One man, who believes he has found the answer, is the founder of Bali Usadha Meditation, Merta Ada, one of South East Asia's leading meditation gurus. Merta believes that 'a harmonious mind makes your body healthy, your mind peaceful and gives you happiness’.Born in 1958 and raised in the hills of Northern Bali, Merta began meditating from a very young age. The tragic loss of his brother coupled with the fact that Merta developed polio as a young boy meant that his body and his mind were deeply affected and for many years he tried to find a meditation technique that would suit his needs and in particular help him overcome the gastric and heart problems he suffered from.
Merta Ada teaches people to “make good mind” first and after that harmonious mind. For beginners, he makes sure that they have a pure and harmonious mind, so they have to train with equal shares of mindfulness, concentration, wisdom and love.
Many of us who have experienced trauma in some shape or form may feel as though we have dealt with it in a certain way and may not realise that our cells and sub-conscious still hold onto traumatic memories. These diseases are usually treated with medication but the root of the problem is very rarely discussed with a doctor. This means the disease is never really cured and in turn continues to crop up in different ways. By learning to meditate with a harmonious mind, a disease can be cured.
Focus on qualities such as loving kindness, wisdom and faith, and begin to embody these very qualities. With regular practice they become part of who you are.
If you are looking for a way to start or deepen your daily meditation - take a
look at this program by MindValley: bit.ly/YOGIMeditation and the Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction online course by Sounds True: - The YOGI TIMES team