Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life.
David Keith Lynch - An American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor and author.
In a world gone mad, meditation keeps me sane...most of the time anyway.
My meditation practice is a grounding force in my life and something I look forward to every day. Initially, taking the time to put down the never-ending to-do list, even for just twenty minutes, seemed impossible and I was anxious about what I viewed as "wasting time". Meditation does not mean taking a nap or just "vegging out". It is an active process. While meditating I am present in the moment, aware and awake and I am not being controlled by random thoughts or circumstances outside of myself. As the benefits of meditation began to materialize in my life I quickly got over my anxiety
When I meditate I am telling the universe that I have time, not a lack thereof. I have built meditation into my daily schedule. I meditate at the same time every evening and it is just part of what I do now. I begin with some breath work which quiets my system and as I get connected to universal life force energy I can feel my being expanding. For me, meditating is an allowing or yielding to. I am not trying to do anything or get anywhere, I just am. When my mind wanders or I start to follow the thread of a thought, I don't resist it. To resist it would be to give it more energy. What you resist, persists. I simply allow the thought to drift through my mind like a cloud passing by in the sky. I am not attached to the cloud and I remain unattached to my thought. I find at the end of the meditation I am calm, focused and grounded. I feel much more expansive so the rest of my evening tasks generally flow very smoothly and effortlessly. Meditation serves to help me unwind from the day, relaxes me and helps the creative process.
As part of my practice I listen to a meditation CD every night at bedtime. It is a CD meant to be used in this fashion as it works on a subconscious, subliminal level. I find it very helpful in promoting a good night's rest as it stops the "monkey mind" from chattering and keeping me awake. I also find that whenever I am putting my focused attention on a project or activity it is a form of meditation and the "monkey mind" is again quieted. For instance, walking, gardening, painting or even riding my bike feel like a moving meditation to me.
My advice regarding meditation is to keep it simple. Don't worry about doing it perfectly. There are many books, CDs, online guides and YouTube videos available on the subject. Find a practice that works for you and then
"Just Do It". Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you and the benefits will astound you.
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. -Unknown
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According to Wikipedia meditation
is a practice where an individual trains the mind
or induces a mode of consciousness
, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.
The term meditation
refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi
, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being
while engaging in any life activity.
The word meditation
carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs.
Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure
, and anxiety
. It may be done sitting
, or in an active way - for instance, Buddhist monks
involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads
or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.
Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state - such as anger, hatred, etc. - or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term "meditation" can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the
state. Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra
and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as "being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself."
In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.
Meditation - from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
When you hear the word "meditate" what images come to mind? Sitting cross-legged on a pillow, eyes closed, possibly chanting? A religious group engaged in deep and mindful concentration?
While these are forms of meditation, the practice comes in many other varieties:
- Viewing art/listening to music
For beginners, the simplest form of meditation is breathing. Breathing can be done each day for only a couple of minutes at a time. The goal of breathing meditation is to allow the mind to rest from thoughts, which means allowing thoughts to pass through, rather than tending to each one as it enters the mind. Learning to "be" with the present is the goal of meditation.
In a breathing meditation, find a comfortable seat and allow the spine to be tall. Simply concentrate on the breathing, both the inhale and exhale, bringing each to the same length. Breathe from the stomach, rather than the chest, and allow the belly to go soft, rising and falling with each breath. If a thought enters into your mind, acknowledge it, and let it go. Allow your mind to grow still.
There really is no right or wrong way to meditate. In the beginning, you may find it difficult to slow your mind and tap into your inner consciousness so it may be beneficial to begin your meditation first thing in the morning, before you're distracted with the tasks of daily life. Once you've strengthened your meditation routine, experiment with practicing at other times, such as at your desk before a long meeting, after a workout, at bedtime; whenever it is safe to close your eyes and allow your concentration to move inward.
In addition to mental health and emotional benefits, meditation may help with:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Binge Eating
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Problems
- Substance Abuse
Meditation works most effectively when practiced every day, so start simple but stay consistent. It is more effective to meditate for just five minutes a day, at the same time every day than for 20 minutes once or twice a week. As you experience the benefits, experiment with new meditations. Meditation will help to slow your mind from the fast-paced nature of today's environment, allowing your intuition to show itself more strongly and aligning you more with your intentions.
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