Amongst people there is an assumption that meditation is a form of relaxation, a daily pause, a de-stressing tool... well, all this is correct, however these descriptions express only the side effects of meditation. In order to understand the meaning of meditation in a deep and clearer way we have to understand the two spiritual dimensions in which we live - the dimension of thought and being. The dimension of thought - thoughts, time, dreams, imagination, memories, logic, activeness, separation, duality. The dimension of being - emotion, feelings, breath, peace, receiving, passiveness, unity. If we conclude the main behaviours of each aspect then the main dimension of thought is - creativity and the main function of the behaviour of being is the experience. In simpler terms, the dimension of thought creates and the dimension of being experiences or enjoys the creation. You cannot be in a knowing state in both these dimensions simultaneously, because they are opposites.
Healthy mind lives in a healthy body, it is perfectly truth because your happiness depends on your mind and it depends on your body. Without physical health you can't be completely happy, and without mental happiness you can't be completely healthy. So you need both of them, how to improve mental and physical health? Only solution is meditation. Actually which take place in the mind, and sometimes these are equally as important as the physical benefits. Psychological benefits of meditation include improved creativity, learning ability, and memory. As you focus on meditation stress relief, you will introduce more oxygen into your blood because of the improved breathing you will use during your meditation session and you will find suddenly get more energy. Important Benefits of Meditation: 1. Meditation gives the meaning of life 2. Reduced your breath rate gradually 3. Through meditation your mind and body will be free 4. Your blood pressure will be control 5. Increased metabolic activity 6.
Meditation, basically, is about being still. This encompasses the body, the mind and the soul. Yogis can meditate for hours, even days on end. In Tibet, monks in monasteries practice meditating outside during winter in sub-zero temperatures in the snow. Others have been rumored to start levitating while in deep meditation. Meditation is the "soft" way of practising yoga. Unfortunately, the demands that the material world imposes on the vast majority of the worlds' population are of such nature, that the mind has diverted and devoted all of its resources to survival, which is brutal and ruthless. Another phenomenon that has occurred is that peoples' own individual sense of critical discrimination has been lost, literally educated out of them, conditioned by tradition, habit, peer pressure and other combinations such as ego and ignorance. Almost all pain that exists or is perceived in such a way, that the individual who is subjected to it experiences it as one hundred percent real has its roots, or basic source, in the illusion created by the mind of the notion of "self" or identity.
So you want to meditate... Piece of cake! After all, how hard can it be? All you need to do is sit down and close your eyes and relax. Right? Wrong! If this were true, everyone who ever attempted meditation would have mastered it, and you know that is just not the case. The old axiom about there being no such thing as a free lunch is something you might want to remember when you begin the process of learning to meditate. When you go through the following, realize that your body is like a spoiled child and will resist every attempt you make to discipline it. In meditation, consistency is one of the keys for becoming proficient. So, make a commitment to practice daily for at least 21 days, which is the time necessary to initiate change. First Step: Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for 20 or 30 minutes. Shut the phone off so that the ring will not disturb you while you practice. In these beginning days, make sure that you are not in an environment where electrical fans, radios, or machines are running.
First among these easy visualization techniques is to achieve a peaceful state of mind. To visualize effectively, you must relax and quiet the mind. But for most of us, this seemingly simple step is anything but easy when we first attempt to visualize. Our minds are often running at full speed, managing multiple tasks and a barrage of thoughts and concerns. There are just so many things to do... so many issues to deal with... so many worries... that we perpetually juggling everything at once, trying to keep our heads above water. But visualization is our salvation from our hurried and stressful lives. It's a peaceful oasis amidst a world of chaos. And with these easy visualization techniques you will quickly find freedom and peace of mind whenever this flurry of mental and physical activity gets to be too much. All you need is a few moments of time to relax and refresh your body, mind and spirit. Visualization provides relief. No longer are you being pulled in different directions trying to multitask or put out various fires.
Primarily, meditation is worthy factor in life; it's connected with energy healing method that is just best for people who live with a great deal of tension from work or other areas of their lives. When speaking to several persons as a speaker, don't ever underrate the power of witticism when it comes to getting the audience's concentration, especially when the situation is quite tense or dreary when you are speaking. Damaging thoughts can definitely hold you imprisoned if you put attention on them; so when a damaging opinion pops up, ignore it instead of giving time to it. You ought to recognize that time has got to be managed systematically to contain everything you yearn to accomplish; this does not imply just attainments and even fame because you ought to include fun time also. By means of vigorous coaching, persons of establishments can imbibe fair practices effectively from their coaching leaders; so, this connotes that they can definitely also be coaching leaders too. Self improvement entails reading the accurate sorts of literature, looking at the accurate sorts of educational and motivational materials and even working absolutely hard on yourself daily.
We are not just physical but multi-dimensional beings. We consist of mental, emotional, astral and etheric layers. Our human aura is like an illuminated egg if someone can perceive energy directly, the Mexican shaman Don Juan Matus mentioned in Carlos Castaneda's book - A Separate Reality, can perceive energy directly and he claims it looks like an illuminated egg with a votex of energy coming into the aura, the votex where the spiritual energy enter our aura is called the assemblage point. There are 7 layers in our aura based on the chakras, but some says there are 12 chakras. When we use meditation and try to 'clean' it, we have to clean every layer. Many new age mystics just tell you imagine and visualize a white light coming down and engulfing your whole aura, this sometimes doesn't work well. I usually clean every layer as I go along. Start by doing some kind of relaxation procedure like counting 1 to 10 or say to yourself, upstairs, downstairs, over and over again until you feel bored and sleepy, or you can get some relaxation music to help you get to alpha or theta brain states.
Now that you have become familiar with the posture we will move on to the next step in meditation.This is the most crucial aspect of meditation which brings you alive in the present and helps you to focus on your deep inner resources.All my teachers placed the highest value on this seemingly simple part of meditation. You breathe throughout your life. To breath is to live and to stop breathing is the end. Our first and last breaths are the bookends of our life story. Most of us are unconscious of our moment to moment breathing and hence of the story of our life as it unfolds. Our minds are always busy with the past or the future. Breath meditation helps to bring us back into the eternal present moment.By consciously observing our inhales and exhales we tune our awareness into the vital realm of consciousness that is alive in the here and now. Step by step breath awareness process: * After you have assumed to afore mentioned posture without making any effort to alter or control your breathing, simply tune into the actual physical sensation you feel in the tip of your nose as air rushes in and out of the nostrils with every breath.
When people hear the term "Zen meditation" they envision robes, candles, incense burning, people sitting in pretzel positions, etc. They would be correct. That is the traditional view of Zen meditation. The wonderful thing is, you can also practice Zen meditation while walking the dog, waiting for an appointment at the doctors office, driving your car. In other words, anywhere. The practice of "shikantanza" which is Japanese for "just sitting" can be use in any situation like "just walking", " just driving" or "just going to the bathroom". Whatever you are doing at that moment, is what you are doing. You concentrate on just that action. Many times people will drive while daydreaming or talking on the phone. This is how accidents occur. If you are focusing on the driving you may be able to prevent the accident. Shikantanza is the active practice of "living in the moment". Another way of looking at it is "taking your Zen with you". It is important to sit everyday at least 20 minutes.
To begin with find a place which is quiet and where you will not be disturbed. Preferably it should not be too dark or brightly lit. Familiar and comfortable surroundings help. The basic idea being that you should have time to yourself without any distractions. Sitting Position: I am not going to use any unfamiliar words like padma asana, lotus or half lotus positions to keep it simple for you. But there are a few things I am going to stress upon and you should try to follow them to the best of your ability. Remember there are no hard or fast rules regarding place or posture. Make it a habit to do the seven point check with your body when you begin your meditation. 1. Sitting position with legs crossed is preferable. It locks your body in a position and you don't have to bother to keep your balance while you are focusing on meditating. You can use a cushion if you find it difficult to sit on flat surface. If you can not sit in a cross legged position you can sit on a chair with both feet about one foot apart.