“The stormy life can be braved only by the heart’s sunny meditations.” – Sri Chinmoy
Meditation acts as a boon for getting a peaceful mind. It is a practice of concentrated focus on an object in order to increase awareness of the present moment. It has helped many people in relieving stress. Many people meditate on a daily basis to lead a more stress-free, peaceful and energetic life. As IAS aspirants you can also benefit by meditating for at least a few minutes each day. Even a 15-minute session each day can produce wonderful changes in your life. A lot of successful IAS candidates practiced meditation during their IAS preparation. For example, Aman Mittal (AIR-20/CSE-2014), who cleared the UPSC exam in his very first attempt was a regular practitioner of meditation and advises candidates to do the same.
Benefits of meditation for IAS candidates:
- Helps you stay calm
Meditation is the proven way of finding inner peace and helps in staying calm and composed. Peace of mind is indeed a prerequisite for a daunting task such as preparing for IAS exam.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
Meditation is known to reduce stress in daily life. This is very important for those who want to crack UPSC Civil Services exam in the very first attempt.
- Helps sharpen brain
Meditation helps improve your IQ and makes your brain more alert and sharp. Studies have shown that students who meditate have improved performance and better academic grades.
- More energy
It keeps you away from laziness and keeps you more energetic throughout the day. Preparation for IAS exam requires rigorous hard work and thus you need to have a lot of energy for doing that.
- Helps reduce blood pressure
Meditation lowers the risk of heart ailments and helps in reducing the blood pressure.
- Better concentration
If you really want to improve your concentration power, start meditating. Concentration is key when it comes to acing any exam. Meditation is one effective way to improve your concentration.
- Helps you be more confident and happy
Finally, it helps you be more confident and happy as a result of all the other benefits that you receive on meditating daily. This is very important for you to do well on the exam day.
Tips to meditate for beginners:
- Choose a convenient place and time
- Sit in a comfortable but erect posture (it is not necessary to sit in the lotus pose)
- Don’t try to meditate on a full stomach (you may fall asleep)
- Relax (relax your body and mind)