Meditation is one of the most powerful self-care practices, offering countless benefits including stress reduction, healing, and overall health and wellbeing. It also enables us to connect deeper with our Higher Power. Dada Nabhanillananda’s excellent book, Close Your Eyes and Open to Mind: A Practical Approach to Spiritual Meditation, discusses why it’s so important to incorporate meditation into our daily lives.
Dada begins by describing how as young man from New Zealand, he became a yoga monk of the Ananda Marga Yoga Society after a spiritual experience he had as a college student. He now blends together his passions for music and meditation to become a profound spiritual practice which he loves to teach to others. Music can change your state of mind and mood. There are many types of meditation, but Dada prefers using a mantra in his daily practice, which also uses chanting. Meditation is a struggle for many people so he shares ideas for how to begin meditating and improving each person’s own practice.