Elderly people often suffer from feelings such as depression, loneliness, rejection, helplessness and fear, mainly due to the number of ailments and diseases that ageing brings. People suffering from physical disabilities need to rely on other people for help, which is hard to accept after years of physical, financial and emotional independence. Practicing meditation everyday can help elderly people find new meaning in their lives, by connecting with their spiritual self and deriving immense happiness in its purest form.
Meditation techniques originate from the Sanskrit culture, known as bhavana , which means ‘becoming’ or ‘being’. The purpose of meditation is therefore to become aware of oneself by observing one’s own thoughts and feelings, and learning to control them. Mediation can be performed using a variety of techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, chanting shlokas (Sanskrit verses), sitting with folded knees, sitting in a lotus yoga pose, and even walking. Meditation can be done by repeating a certain phrase or mantra , or focusing your gaze on a distant object such as a candle flame. In fact, meditation is practiced in several religions such as Catholicism, Judaism, and Buddhism.