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Meditation is a group of mental training techniques. You can use meditation exercises to improve mental health and capacities, and also to help improve the physical health. Some of these techniques are very simple, so you can learn them from a book or an article; others require guidance by a qualified meditation teacher. It is the practice of turning our attention inward. All our life we are flooded with new information. We perceive information through our senses all day long. But, when was the last time we turned our attention inward? Using specific meditation techniques we can do it. It is a very effective technique for improving your creativity and problem solving capacity. It is a safe and simple way to balance a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.
You don’t have to worry about it being too complicated. It is not about doing something; rather it is about doing nothing. You keep awareness of your body sensations, your breathing and your thoughts (depending on the specific method you are using). The main point is you don’t have to do anything- you just need to be aware of what is going on in your mind and in your body. This simple awareness may seem simple, but it will be pretty challenging at first.
The best thing for you to do is to try. Meditation can be easily learned and practiced. It can soon become a part of your routine and you will treat it like your daily shower for your mind. Some people practice regularly and some enjoy the benefits occasionally – whatever works for you is great. In conclusion, the gift of learning to meditate is a great gift you can give yourself in this life. In fact, learning new skills for improving your mind abilities can make you experience more happiness. When you are more peaceful and have more skills to control your mind, you are more likely to become happier. If you struggle with the meditation process, trying incorporating relaxing music or a meditation music downloadto help enhance your mindfulness practice.
Meditation is as old as creation, because it is an inherent state of mindfulness in all of creation. It is simple, natural. Although like anything else, it has been through a process of evolution and sometimes de-evolution in the way human beings have realized it. In terms of physical, tangible examples of the age of meditation as a documented practice, meditation techniques can be found in scriptures dated 5000 years old or more. You can find it referenced or taught by many, if not all of the greatest philosophers, scientists and leaders in history, in some form or another.
Animals meditate in a way, they observe life carefully and use the wisdom they gain from doing so to make careful decisions with regard to their survival. They take time to rest mindfully, not being busy with anything; to just observe the nature of what is going on. The difference with humans though according to science, is that we have intellect and self-awareness. Although, mind you, nobody has ever proven that animals have no intellect or self-awareness at all. I believe they drew this conclusion by animals having no interest in their own reflection, so this is really still dubious. Anyway, as we have seen by the way of our modern culture, intellect and self-awareness can be a blessing and a curse. However, when used properly, this tool can help a person manifest the deepest of all possible wisdom.
Meditation as most westerners have come to know it; thanks to the 60’s and 70’s, is rooted in Buddhist tradition, but it has been used in all religions and traditions of the world in some form or another, and even by those who practice no religion or do not follow any tradition. Meditation is a practice, a ‘suck it and see’ method, not a belief system. Basically, the moment you actually observe what is going on for yourself, and no longer get caught up in conditioned thoughts by habituation; you are meditating.
However, as with anything in life, there are ways to hinder yourself thereby taking years to achieve what could have taken only months. There are also discoveries that have already been found, that if you observe them, will speed up your ability to ‘get the whole picture’, so to speak. Meditation techniques like the ones you will be learning, are tried and tested, people having done all the hard work, so you can ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’, to get a better view of the terrain. And to make things even more relevant, my programs include brainwave frequencies that merge science and spirituality to make the process more effective.
The method pertains to allowing a natural relaxation of thought processes to observe a-new. This is achieved through a consistency of not too hard, not too soft concentration. You do not need to make your mind blank to be meditating. When you want to learn how to meditate is as I said earlier, the process of observation becoming more refined through transcendence of preconception, and the use of that capacity to observe, to contemplate things more clearly. With this process, often the thought processes may stop all by themselves. One has to be discerning about what they meditate on as there are many ways to cause damage to oneself by being mislead. This misleading only tends to happen because people are rarely asked to question and look at things clearly for themselves.
If something clearly isn’t loving or transparent, it can’t be very accurate. This is why another important aspect of insight meditation is to focus on virtues or universal laws, one’s we’ve all heard like “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”… etc. In contemplating this principle for instance, you can uncover it’s purpose, in observing it clearly, you can see if it holds value. When one sees the value in a principle, they naturally begin acting in accordance with it. No punishment system needed.
As a personal development coach who uses a mixture of brainwave frequency technology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, hypnosis, visualization, and guided imagery to get results, I really believe the best approach is that of the maverick. Try it all and create your own path.