A lot of people believe that meditation is something only a few rare individuals can successfully engage in. People feel some doubt if it is possible for them to meditate. However, meditation simply means concentrated awareness. If you can concentrate enough to understand the words on this page, then you can meditate.
Introduction to Meditation:
What motivates a person to begin meditation? The answer of course varies for each individual. Commonly people begin meditation because they want to know God or discover the self. Others take up meditation hoping to heal personal suffering, or overcome negative feelings and behaviors.
In meditation you train yourself to return attention to the primary object of focus. When you experience yourself as the knower or perceiver of sensual and mental impressions, you will see that at the back ground of all impressions is the space or screen the impressions are appearing upon. This space is the awareness, or you, who are always peaceful and complete.
The state of meditation is the experience of awareness becoming aware of it’s self beyond mental and sensual impressions. The techniques of meditation have a calming effect upon the mind and emotions. With regular practice, meditation awakens your innate state of peace and happiness. The physiological and psychological benefits of meditation are well documented.
Types of Meditation:
Suffering occurs when the knower of thought resists and identifies with the contents of the mind, that are the thoughts, feelings and sensations arising moment to moment. Letting go of negative thoughts and feelings frees up the consciousness from being glued to endless repetitive thinking.
In this meditation, you can observe the thoughts as they appear on the screen of the mind. Thoughts appear like so many clouds passing across the background of the sky. As you focus on the consciousness or space out of which these thoughts are arising, you experience the peace, the non-changing presence that you are, that is the background upon which thoughts are appearing. You can then choose to release negative thoughts, emotions and beliefs as they arise in the moment without holding on to them. After releasing, the surface of the mind clams down and is able to clearly reflect the image of the pure awareness you are, that is always peaceful and full of joy.
Gratitude Meditation: Thank you life
Gratitude is one of the most fulfilling emotions we can feel, because it uplifts our spirits and connects us to the gifts in our lives. Gratitude meditation is one of the most powerful and rewarding exercises we can practice. This meditation gives us an opportunity to feel gratitude by focusing on the things in our life that we are thankful for. Feeling of gratitude comes naturally when we “count our blessings”. There is so much to be grateful for, and the more we are grateful for the more we receive.
When we no longer take life for granted we become grateful for everything that we have. Assuming that we are entitled to anything in life robs us of the opportunity to be grateful, and we remain focused on what we don’t have and what we think is wrong. To develop an attitude of gratitude creates contentment, true happiness and bliss.
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry, and fear are caused by too much future, and not enough in the present moment. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough in the present moment. Living predominantly in the past is tragic because nothing can be changed about the past. Similarly, living in the future also has its problems, because the future only exists in the mind. It is said, “The past is history, the future’s mystery; the present is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present”. In this meditation we focus our conscious attention on the breathing and life energy, instead of life circumstances. Life circumstances are a collection of thoughts about the past and future which changes with time, however, life is timeless & changeless.
Mantra meditation is especially efficacious. In the Sanskrit language, man means mind and tra means to free. Mantra is a specific sound vibration that frees awareness from identification with the contents of the mind. The mantra actively replaces the endless flow of karmic thought, which pours into the mind space, with the illuminating spiritual sound vibration. This process is particularly proactive.
Whenever the attention strays, attention is gently returned to the mantra and the knower of the mantra. The result of this practice breaks the identification with thoughts, feelings and sensations that cause you to experience unhappiness. Because the vibration of the mantra is non-different from absolute intelligent source, the mantra assists consciousness in awakening to its ever-present condition of joy, peacefulness and certainty.
- Reduces anxiety and eliminates phobias
- Reduces stress and reverses the fight-or-flight reaction
- Creates a sense of inner peace and calm
- Accelerates the psychotherapeutic process
- Reduces the use of prescription drugs
- Reduces the use of alcohol and other substances
- Useful in smoking and weight reduction programs
- Improves grades at school
Physical Health Benefits:
- Improvement for asthma sufferers
- Strengthens the immune system and reduces viruses
- Reduces cardiovascular problems
- Increases blood flow to the heart
- Improvement for diabetics
- Increases athletic performance
- Reduces chronic pain
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lengthens life span
- Reduces sick days
- Improves productivity
- Improves work performance
- Decreases use of employee insurance benefits
- Stimulates creativity
- Increases job satisfaction
- Improves relationships with supervisors and co-workers