The ability to become objective to your thinking mind is a spiritual muscle that grows with exercise. When I went to the gym to lift weights last year for the first time in many many years I did not leave the gym with any obvious gain. My muscles did not show the slightest sign of growing strength but the process of growing strength and tone had begun. How do I know? Because eventually I would come to see the improvement. The continuing exercise accumulated and the results began to show up. Exercising objectivity to your mind is spiritual exercise that does not usually appear to show any meaningful improvement at first, but with continued exercising the benefits accumulate and one day you will discover that you are gaining control over morbid or incessant thinking and feeling and have developed growing ability to control your emotions and thinking so that you respond less and less to the thoughts and thinking you do not agree with, and more and more to what you know to be right. In his book "A New Earth" Eckhart Tolle points out a couple of wonderful little spiritual exercises that I have recently begun to incorporate into my daily life with wonderful results.
Brainwave meditation has its roots in the seventies, when Transcendental Meditation (TM) was in vogue (remember the Beatles - Maharishi connection?). At that time many studies were performed in order to substantiate from a scientific perspective the amazing effects credited to meditation. The results were intriguing to say the least. It was known back then that our brains generate electrical wave patterns known as brainwaves. The four distinct patterns (frequencies) are Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. They're measured in Hertz (Hz = cycles per second). It was also known that: Beta brainwave (13-34 Hz) is the daily pattern for most of us. Anxiety and stress are most likely to occur in the high Beta range. Alpha brainwaves (8 to 12 Hz) occur when we are relaxed and calm. You are in Alpha brainwave when you daydream for example, but also when you are focused in studying something that gets your undivided attention. Theta brainwave (4 to 7 Hz) is a deeply relaxed state, specific to regular sleep.
"You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars... The music is all around you, all you have to do is listen." (August Rush) We Are Living In A Sea Of Musical Sound And Vibration All physical matter is in a state of vibration. Most of us don't perceive the vibratory reality of the universe, or hear the sound. But it is there nonetheless. Those who have perceived this vibratory reality have called it by various names. Some call this primordial music of the universe the "music of the spheres". Some call it "Aum" or "Om" and try to align themselves with it by years of meditation practice. Others call it shabd or audible life stream, the song Divine, the Word of God through which and by which all things were created. The one truth behind the many different religions is that of "hearing" (not necessarily with the physical ears) the cosmic sound and following it back to the Source.
Many people have long believed that there is a link between meditation and long-term weight loss. When you meditate you calm your body, and concentrate on your breathing which brings in oxygen which in turn helps your body rejuvenated itself. Doctors have disagreed on the role of meditation plays on weight loss. Some believe in the holistic medication route while others believe only in science. Holistic medications include herbs, acupuncture, and meditation and relaxation techniques to help cleanse the body of toxins that may be harmful to your body and may be hampering your weight loss goal. Meditation can also help you maintain a healthy weight once you've reached your goal weight. Meditation will help you see the ideal weight you want to be and how you can maintain that ideal weight through visualizations of a healthy you, warding off the bad foods and other temptations. However, meditation is not the only way to lose weight, it is a way to calm your mind and spirit while helping to cleanse your body through the use of natural holistic foods.
I've come to understand the amazing benefits of meditation. I've seen TV news specials about schools that have incorporated meditation into their curriculum, causing student's grades and test scores to sky-rocket. I've also read about major corporations that believe in meditation. They feel it's so important for good performance that they hire meditation consultants to teach their workers and even pay employees for time just to meditate. I've asked my mentors what has really helped them move to the level of success they enjoy today. And you guessed it, meditation was their answer. Phil Helmuth, one of the world's best poker players even attributes his success to the practice of meditation! Because I know its value, I want to be able to practice meditation successfully too. I have tried for years, but to this day I am still NOT able to meditate. I spent some time trying to troubleshoot my meditation problem. Does it go back to my formative years? Did I spend too much time playing video games as a kid?
Meditation is a word that stands for self realization or complete focus and contemplation. The process of meditation involves thinking and breathing exercises that helps in removing all sorts of turbulence available in the mind. It further helps in providing the best of positive energy and new direction to the mind. Initially, a 'guru' or teacher was supposed to perform meditation with his students and provide tips. However, these days, with the advent of a lot of modern techniques and equipments, people prefer learning these techniques from TV, CDs or the World Wide Web sans the instructor. This saves a lot of time and money on the part of the practitioner. The main condition one requires to fulfill is to find an environment that's peaceful, isolated and natural. You can even locate a meditation retreat near your house. A meditation retreat is usually located near rivers, side of lakes, on the mountains etc. This makes an ideal environment for meditation retreat. A meditation retreat can be referred to as a location where an individual retires for relaxation, rest and meditation.
Zen meditation is also referred to as Zazen. It is a type of meditation that works centrally. It is actually the study of oneself. Most Zen Buddhists are also referred to as "Zen". When attaining enlightenment, Buddha was seen in seated meditation. Today, Zen meditation has come with the same seated meditating tradition. This type of meditation was pursued for long 2500 years and passed on from one generation to the other. This has been considered to be the most important thing that has been passed on. It spread its wings from India to China, then Japan to rest of the Asia and finally to the western country. Zen meditation has evolved as a boon to people across the globe who are really stressed out due to the irregularity, chaos and tensions existing in their daily life. It is a very simple practice. You will find it very easy to describe and more easy to follow. However, just as other meditation practices, it takes your efforts to enjoy the benefits. Human beings have a tendency to visualize body, breath and mind separately.
With meditation attaining a lot of popularity these days, many people have expressed their curiosity to learn this unique form of art. However, people are confused on how to go about it. The reason is that with so much of commotion existing in our lives and the stress we face on a daily basis, it has become extremely difficult for an individual to practice meditation through self help and obtain benefits out of it. This is the reason that several experienced and those who have been practicing meditation for years have come forward and offered help to people who are really serious about learning meditation. They have started meditation classes so that students can visit these classes, experience and learn different techniques. Those who want to meditate and are unable to find support, a meditation class will be the best opportunity to learn meditation. - Here are certain options of meditation class if you want to learn it seriously: For neophytes the best option is to attend a meditation class or purchase a guide audio course.
Meditation requires an individual to sit in a particular position for longer period of time. This process has a lot of health and mental benefits on the meditator. However, there are also certain problems one faces while engaging in meditation. These include strain in Back, back pain, distraction, pain in the neck and the like. If you want to meditate, don't worry about these problems striking you at any time. There is a solution available for all the problems one faces while meditating. Meditation cushions have been invented to provide prefect meditation posture, proper alignment and comfort to the meditator. A meditation cushion can help deepen your meditation practice. It will facilitate you to enjoy deeper state of inner awareness. Most people do not understand why they require a meditation cushion. Here are some reasons to convince you why a meditation cushion is so important to you when meditating: a) Proper support When meditating, one requires adequate support. Without this the body will succumb to the shape of the surface on it rests.
With a lot of awareness related to meditation and its' immense benefits on the individual who practices it have increased the curiosity of million of people across the globe. They are highly inquisitive about learning meditation and all related to this unique form of contemplation that unites body, mind and soul. Experts who have been practicing meditation for years feel that learning meditation is not a cake walk. One needs a lot of research, will power and little knowledge about the topic prior to getting into the act. Also if you are meditating for a special purpose, make sure that you have complete trust on the power of meditation and its' ability to let you achieve what you desire. This is the only way to learn meditation and get benefited from it. When you initiate with meditation, it will be quite difficult for you in the beginning. The reason is that there are several changes in your body and mind. The mind does not like to stop thinking and most people find it difficult to sit still for long periods.