When we meditate in the morning we have an opportunity to enter into an atmosphere of inner peace before entering into the world at large.
Morning is a good time for meditation because our mind is usually free of endless thoughts that accumulate during the day. If we have slept well our mind will be clearer; at this time we will find that we are more receptive to meditation. As soon as we wake up we should try not to think about any of the day’s activities before we have meditated. If our first thoughts on waking up is a sense of gratitude or positive feeling for the world it will also help enormously.
The morning is a good time to meditate because the atmosphere of the world is more peaceful. Most people have not yet entered into the hustle and bustle of daily activity. It is best if we can meditate before 6.30am. In Hindu scriptures it is said that the absolutely best time, known as “Brahma Muhurta” or Hour of God is 3-4pm. This hour is most conducive to meditation, however for many westerners it can be difficult to get up at this hour because it would require going to bed very early. However if we can meditate early we will benefit from a more peaceful meditative atmosphere.
“Early in the morning, before the sun rises, the earth-consciousness is not yet agitated. The world has not yet entered into its daily turmoil. Nature is calm and quiet and she helps us to meditate.” (1)
One problem people may notice is that getting up early may leave them feeling sleepy during meditation. When meditating we need to be fully awake, if we feel drowsy during meditation it will be difficult to meditate well. If we doze off during meditation we will not make any progress. Real meditation is more than just a state of relaxation, meditation embodies a dynamic peace; when we meditate we should be fully awake and alert. If we do feel a little drowsy in the morning there are a few things we can do. Firstly if we wash with cold water we will feel refreshed. We can also do a little gentle exercise to get the circulation going. It is also advisable to try meditating with eyes open (or at least half open). When we meditate with our eyes closed we are more likely to fall asleep.
Meditating on the rising sun can be a powerful benefit. The rising sun is a potent symbol of a new day and our rising aspiration. The sun also gives a subtle spiritual vibration. If we meditate facing the direction of the rising sun we will get an additional benefit. However if it is still dark at 6.00am we should not feel that the rising sun is essential.
(1) Sri Chinmoy, Excerpt from Meditation: Humanity's Race And Divinity's Grace, Part 1 Agni Press in 1974 by Sri Chinmoy
Tejvan became interested in meditation and eastern mysticism whilst studying at University in Oxford. After studying various spiritual traditions he became a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy. Tejvan now offers meditation classes on behalf of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. http://www.srichinmoybio.co.uk/
The advantages of meditation are widely known, and as a practice it is garnering more and more respect amongst alternative and traditional medical professionals the world over. From high profile medical research through to the swelling body of empirical evidence, meditation is quickly becoming seen as a viable way to improve well-being and to achieve personal healing on a spiritual and physical way. In this article we’ll look at some of the major advantages of meditation that you can enjoy after learning the process.
On a spiritual level, meditation is the fastest and most complete way to achieve inner peace and find yourself. With meditation training you can become one with your emotions and your problems, and overcome any underlying insecurities or worries to achieve an unprecedented level of inner peace and harmony. By learning the basics of meditation, you too can benefit from the spiritual advantages brought about by achieving a greater level of inner peace and well being in your own spare time, whilst enjoying the long-term health benefits of meditating.
Study after study coming from top worldwide research institutions is showing undeniably that meditation can have an effect on overall well being. Add to that the piles of anecdotal evidence available that suggest the overall benefits of meditation for numerous conditions and you’ve got yourself a powerful all natural remedy that can take as little or as much time as you like, and doesn’t cost the earth. Used in conjunction with conventional medicines, there’s no reason why your meditation shouldn’t help you on your road to recovery.
Nowadays life can get tough, and we never seem to have enough time for anything. Why not escape from the stresses and strains of your daily routine by learning how to meditate, with a view to improving your overall well being and allowing you to completely relax and forget about your worries and troubles. For de-stressing after a hard day, there’s nothing quite like a meditation session to realign the spirit and get you right back on track.
Decrease blood pressure
Amongst some of the more prominent medical benefits of meditating, decreasing blood pressure comes naturally as one of the major upshots of a devoted meditating ritual to improve your general health and help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke linked with elevated blood pressure.
Improve airflow to the lungs
Additionally, meditating on a regular basis can be a great way to improve the airflow to your lungs, which can eventually improve the flow of oxygen through the bloodstream which in turn can provide a wealth of health benefits off its own back, adding to the overall medical benefits of meditation.
Whilst it’s not at first obvious to the outsider, those in the know about meditation understand exactly what it can do for the body, and the wealth of benefits it can bring once you learn the basic process and begin to establish a routine of meditation within your day to day life.
By: David Rodgers
If you are serious about meditating it is imperative to set yourself a schedule or timetable so you can meditate on a regular basis. You don’t have to meditate every day, but you do want to arrange your life so you have some time set aside on a regular basis.
Meditation is often miss-understood by those that do not practice it. However, just because people do not understand the principles behind meditation doesn’t mean that it is not a worth while thing to do. Many people that practice meditation on a daily or regular basis have reported that they feel better both physically and mentally. Scientists have conducted studies that have identified those who practice meditation regularly live longer than those who don’t. In fact many people have said that daily meditation has even helped them feel younger.
Don’t be put off by the task of having to try and arrange a daily meditation schedule. There is lots of help and resources available both off and online. You will probably be able to find local daily meditation seminars and classes that are run at a convenient time to fit in with your lifestyle. If you are slightly self conscious about meditating in front of others, search the net for daily meditation. Here you will find a wealth of information and aids like: mats, cushions, music, benches etc. You will also be able to find meditation instructions for the beginner which is always a great help. Study a few guides and read a few books and before you know it you will be meditating with the best.
There are many benefits to daily meditation and some of these are:
1. Freeing your mind. In the society we live in there are a lot of stresses and strains in everyday life. Having the ability to relieve that stress and free your self on a daily basis is very rejuvenating. If possible meditate on a daily basis for this reason alone.
2. Physical exercise. Meditation does not have to mean sitting still for long periods of time. It is important to stretch your muscles both before and after daily meditation. This will help make your body more flexible and will help you to stay comfortable while you are meditating.
3. Feeling young again. As daily meditation helps you to feel young this is a huge benefit. You will get an increase in both mental and physical energy which will help you in your day to day life.
The benefits of daily meditation are not instantenous. (There are very few instant benefits in life). Just like a tree takes a life time to grow strong, meditation takes a long time to slow down the aging process or rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. The sooner you start to meditate and the more often you meditate, the quicker you will reach your goal. This is one of the key reasons why daily meditation is beneficial. Meditation is not something that you can over do. You possibly don’t want to spend you whole life in a trance, but even if you are able to spend a few hours a day, it will not do you any harm.
Have you ever given importance to meditating on a daily basis? If not, it is time that you start doing so. Daily meditation will surely help you to obtain the kind of results you want to.
Here, you need to understand what daily meditation is all about and the benefits you would be enjoying while practicing daily meditation. First comes to the process of understanding daily meditation. This is a type of meditation that one practices on a daily basis without fail. Most people consider practicing this type of meditation daily at the same time and for the same time period. Experts feel that this is the best way to obtain the best out of daily meditation.
Here, an individual is supposed to provide his undivided attention to a particular thing or subject for a specific period of time daily, without fail.
There are several benefits that you can enjoy when practicing daily meditation. Here is a list of some of the benefits you would be enjoying:
A) Benefits of daily meditation
a) Enhanced personal power and creativity
b) Enhanced ability to bring out the best
c) Increased sense of wellbeing and increased sense of purpose
d) Relief from stress and relief from tensions
e) Enhanced intelligence, ability to think clearly and making good decisions with ease
f) Flow of positive energy
g) Increased memory
h) Enhanced communication skills and clarity in speech
B) How to get started
When starting with your daily meditation routine, you need to be relaxed and calm. Follow the steps mentioned below:
a) Step one:
Set aside a specific corner in one of your rooms.
b) Step two:
Stock this corner with anything you wish. It can be candles, cushions, a CD player, incense or even guidance CDs. You may choose to use whatever tool you desire.
c) Step three:
Once you have created your sacred space, start using it as mentioned in the steps below.
d) Step four:
Set aside a few minutes on a daily basis and start working on getting aware of your breathing as well as full body. Don’t focus on how long you meditate. Just cultivate a habit of performing it daily.
e) Step five:
Remember that the effects of daily meditation are cumulative. Hence, focusing on five minutes daily is better than a longer period of twenty minutes once in a week.
f) Step six:
There will reach a time when you won’t require any accessories to focus on. All you require would be a sacred, quite and pleasant environment to get started. This indicates that you have succeeded.
There is no specific time period that’s ideal for practicing daily meditation.
Short but regular daily meditation sessions will prove to be extremely beneficial for you. Gradually increase the time period of daily meditation.
If you are looking for immense benefits from daily meditation, follow all the steps mentioned above and you will find yourself lucky.
By: Bertil Hjert
Often, meditation saw by various peoples as adult and mature activity. This is wrong absolutely. Every body, every human can conduct meditation without see what their age. Children and adolescent is human from one year to seventeen years age. Above this, call as adult human. This is base on United Nations charter of Children protection. Dragon meditation (DM) society in South East Asian has huge member from various ages from children until grandfather.
The children and adolescent must participate in special club for them. They will train DM after get second level with special preparation in the center of martial training. But, before they can train DM, they have good basic in meditation. When they conduct DM, they will easy to get and train DM energy with good bio-magnetic energy. Thus, there are no border between adult and children.
For you, if you have children and want to train meditation for them, then give them simple meditation. I know DM will not suitable for them because need long preparation to entry the DM training. Below some tips to you if you want teach meditation to your children or adolescent:
 Show your children about your meditation activity.
 Tell them what benefit will get with your meditation.
 Ask your children: what they are wanted to do like you? If yes, give this meditation to them.
 Simple meditation for children and adolescent like this
[a] Sit down in relaxes condition and location.
[b] Wear light cloth
[c] For sit position, you can read my previous article in this website
[d] Put hand on their knee. Arrange breath like sleeping people. Close eyes.
[e] Feel palm hand and keep it until meditation finished.
[f] Tell them about what will they feel in meditation and keep patient. Keep feel only and do not make any moving.
[g] Time of meditation depend of their ability.
Do this meditation base on their ability. Do not push them like you. Benefit of this meditation are they can learn to control them selves, increase their mental health, control emotion and their mind, their brain will more smart, etc. Of course, this meditation very support to your children development in mental and physic. After, they are good in meditation; you can learn them to DM like you. For this case, you should learn how to controlling meditation vibration that happen in DM activity. They must help to control and increasing energy in DM training. [ ]
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Meditation is often used to still the mind and attain the deeper level of awareness that is obfuscated by the ever present flow of thoughts and feelings that are part of the so called ego.
To achieve significant states of spiritual enlightenment via this route however often takes intense practice and unwavering determination. These are barriers that many choose not to overcome.
The question is: "Is there a better, more effective way?"
Well some spiritual teachers might argue that the enlightenment is in the effort made to achieve it and hence the long-term practice is an essential component.
I however don't accept that.
In fact it is my view that:
a) True enlightenment occurs when you attain enlightenment.
b) There is a more effective and quicker way to achieve it.
c) This path requires simply a desire for it and a desire to remain honest with one's self through out.
d) The spiritual connection that many are seeking can be attained by "dismantling" and "releasing" what many call the ego or personality from the person's energy field altogether.
e) Such a release is possible with a modality called the Mind Resonance Process(TM) (MRP).
f) The process is rapid, cumulative and powerful.
g) Enlightenment is experienced as a rapidly unfolding process accompanied with all of the following: feelings of lightness, radiance, buoyancy, inner peace, great confidence, great resilience, inner knowing, enhanced intuitive abilities, energy,
expansiveness, empowerment, connection to one's own truth, love for self and others, a deep connection with the planet, other species and the universe and more.
To learn or experience MRP kindly visit the web link below.
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The first secret to enlightenment is knowing that everything we do has an identity ("I"). I have my liking dogs "I" or my enjoying golf "I", or even my job "I". Obviously these "I's" are very useful in everyday life and even enjoyable most of the time, unfortunately they are very restrictive to our awakening to enlightenment. Mostly because we think of our "I's" as our self, which they are not, they are simply constructs of our brain. These "I's" want us to think that what they think with our organic brain is all that there is. Whatever the "I's" know is rubbish compared to what the higher consciousness can know; the "I's" are distracting, filling up our brain and getting in the way of thinking with our higher consciousness. The "I's" feed the babbler in our brain, talking about how we feel from our particular "I's" perspective. The organic brain has all these activities, leaving no room for the higher consciousness to function. This is why we need to diminish our "I's" in order to reach and build up our higher consciousness.
Here is one way to help diminish your "I's": Refer to yourself as the body. When you usually say, "I feel like, or I want..." replace the 'I' with 'the body'. So, now you are saying, "The body feels like, or the body wants..." This will help you detach from feeling that your body and the identities you have constructed for it are all you are.
The next major secret to enlightenment is achieving non-thought. What I mean by non-thought is shutting off the organic brain so you can think with your higher consciousness. How do we achieve non-thought? Meditation is a good start. However, any effort to have non-thought is a good way to have non-thought. The key is to relax into it. If the babbler starts yakking away, just slip past it with an easy going, "Okay I understand you want attention, but I'm going to give my brain a rest for a few minutes." Don't try to fight the babbler directly; this will create a quicksand effect. Instead, use tricks and techniques to help quiet the babbler. Obviously meditation is one of the better-known techniques, some other but lesser known techniques are: 1) Think about your body. Feel everything your body is feeling all at the same time, your legs resting on a chair or bed, your feet in your shoes, the clothes on your body. 2) Listen to as many sounds as possible, all at the same time. Hear the clock ticking and the dog barking in the distance, etc.
Having no "I's" and achieving non-thought are two of the most basic secrets to achieving enlightenment. There are many more secrets to enlightenment, if you are interested, just click on the link that says HowToBendReality.com and follow the other links.
To learn more about secrets to enlightenment go to http://www.HowToBendReality.com and click on the links. Bruce King writes on metaphysical topics and teaches a workshop on how to bend reality.
Meditation means different things to different people. Meditation is known to clear our thoughts, help calm nerves and allow you to stay focused. It is also known as a form of raising one's frequency to receive messages from higher sources of light. And for a growing number of people, meditation is about stress reduction.
Meditation is practiced by millions of people worldwide. To many it is a doorway to the non-physical, energetic and spiritual aspects of life, a state of heightened awareness. To the yogis, meditation is a systematic process of moving inward, through those levels, so as to experience the center of consciousness.
In our hectic, stress-filled lives meditation is growing in popularity. The moments of relief from thinking about stressors and the calmness created by meditation can be a great stress reducer. This is why meditation can be good for your health.
You can use meditation music to balance the challenges of every day life. Meditation music should be simple and soothing. Listening to meditation music can enhance your mood, relieve stress and help you to relax. The real work of meditation music is to attain harmony of mind, body and spirit.
The main focus of meditation techniques is to quiet the busy mind. Meditation techniques are finding new appeal among employees who have grown tired of the frazzled pressures of every day work. There are many guides and books on proper meditation techniques and investing in some of these will be very helpful to you. But the most important thing of all to remember is that meditation is not just a technique but it is a way of life.
The world is filled with millions of people and as the world is getting more technology oriented one of the major problems that we are coming across these days is true hectic life schedule. The level of hypertension and stress disorder is increasing day by day. Today, certainly meditation is considered to be one of best proven alternative therapies that can broadly classify under the mind-body medicine.
The word meditation is derived from two Latin words: "meditari" which mean to think or exercise the mind and "mederi" to heal. In Sanskrit this word has been derived from 'medha' which actually means wisdom. Moreover according to Zen, meditation is nothing but is an awareness of inner silence and as per Yoga "meditation" is a combination of three steps: pratyahara, dharana and dhyana. Leading to a state of consciousness that brings simplicity, stillness and satisfaction meditation is mental picture of the image of a chosen deity, together with mental repetition of a relevant mantra. Meditation is a safe and simple way where one can balance his or her physical, emotional, and mental states. It is simple; but can benefit everybody.
This is a science or in other words a means of transforming the mind. By engaging ourselves with a particular meditation, one learns the patterns and habits of the mind. Meditation also offers a means to cultivate new and a better positive ways of being. Nowadays more and more doctors are recommending meditation as a best alternative or a medicine to lowerblood pressure. Today, doctors are recommending meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance in people with angina, help people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life.
As per Joan Borysenko, a Ph.D and a pioneer in the field of mind and body medicine stated mediation is an activity that keeps the attention pleasantly anchored in the present moment. Meditation helps to keep us from identifying with the movies of the mind. Meditation is not a technique but a way of life and an art of life. This is one of the few forms of art that involves becoming more aware and more sensitive to what is within us. Today it acts as a mean to join together and is a state of consciousness, when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and various patterns. It is an art that can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
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Meditation is a powerful tool used by millions of people worldwide as a method to reduce stress, increase spiritual growth and impact overall health and wellness. Unfortunately, there are many myths stigmatizing the art of meditation. Meditation is often thought of as a “clearing of the mind”. This could not be further from the truth. Meditation is also often associated with the chanting of religious mantras. This is only one type of meditation. There are many different types of meditation and most have no association with any form of organized religion. When performed regularly, meditation can be instrumental in centering one with their intended purpose and opening the mind to greater enlightenment.
Meditation, by definition, is continuous and profound concentration on a single subject. It is to give something your complete, undivided attention. The very meaning of the word does much to dispel the beliefs that meditation is meant to empty your head of any thought. The purpose of meditation is to center oneself or to achieve balance. It is to redefine your life’s focus. It is to become in harmony with your purpose. The act of meditation needs energy in the form of activity in order to be realized. It is a practice meaning that you have to do something.
Activity is crucial to reaping the benefits of meditation. The type of activity you choose to perform is based upon what benefits you hope to achieve. What is your purpose? If the purpose of the meditation is to increase spiritual growth, then the activity you perform could be prayer. If the purpose of the meditation is to gain knowledge or enlightenment, then your activity could be reading. If your purpose is to relieve stress, then your activity could be a visualization exercise. Other activities can include: belly breathing, singing, yoga, martial arts, painting or any other action that requires your complete attention. The point is that whatever type of activity you choose to perform as your meditation, it must be able to produce your desired benefits. Your meditation should be purposeful.
What are the benefits of purposeful meditation? Since it is not a “clearing of the mind”, meditation does not help you to escape your problems. Just as in detrimental coping techniques such as alcohol or other substance abuse, your problems will still be there when you are finished. What meditation can do is help you to gain clarity and focus, work out answers and solve problems with a “quieter” mind. The human brain is such an intricate network of thought and emotion that it is often difficult to truly hear oneself think. Focused, purposeful meditation allows you to dedicate your attention to concentrate on troubling issues without interruption. Furthermore, a quieter mind permits your brain to increase its function by absorbing and processing information better. Meditation also, because of any physical activity, promotes better oxygen intake, lowers the heart rate, reduces blood pressure and regulates the levels of cortisol, a hormone identified as a key culprit to inducing stress.
Purposeful meditation is a way to strengthen the mind, body and spirit. It allows you to achieve balance and hear your own voice. It is a journey of self-discovery. You can not do it wrong so don’t beat yourself up when your mind wanders to other things. It is the nature of the human brain to think. Focused meditation takes practice. Choose an activity that is comfortable, meaningful and that will allow you to achieve your intended purpose. Start with short sessions of 10 or 15 minutes and work your way up to an hour. Remember, purposeful meditation is just one tool to aid you in your journey to a happy, fulfilling life.
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