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What is meditation?


Posted by S J.

Meditation is not trying to think of something. Meditation is relaxing deeply. If you are concentrating on a problem, then you are not relaxing.
Meditation is almost like sleep, but it's not sleep. It is what happens right after Sudarshan Kriya - when you are lying down, what's on your mind?
Nothing! There is nothing. It's blank. That is meditation. Or, when you are really happy or when you are resting, then, what is the state of your mind?
That is a meditative mind.
Even when you are in deep love... and you are reposing in love, then that is meditation.
It's very simple! When the mind becomes free from agitation, when it becomes calm and serene, and is at peace, then meditation happens.
By meditation you can turn your body into a powerhouse as your generate an inner source of energy.

- H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder, Art of Living Foundation (www.artofliving.org)

 
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For me, meditation isn't any one thing--it's truly become a way of life. If you can practice loving mindfulness in every moment of your life, it becomes more than just the sitting practice. I always remember the four Buddhist ideals: joy, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanamity. These are the cornerstones of my practice.

Hi,

For me meditation is a tool which helps me to manage my stress and anxiety levels to a great extent and help me lead a focused and peaceful life.

 

Thanks,

Well in a nutshell, it's a practice designed to bring about harmony and balance in the mind and body, and connect you to the natural energies within and around you.
As well as being a simple and effective means of removing negative influences and healing and rejuvenating the body, Meditation is also a spiritual pathway, and an incredibly powerful tool for helping you become or achieve just about anything you wish for.

What harmony and balance? What healing? How does it all work? What natural energies? How can I use them? - just a few of the hundreds of questions that might arise from this fairly straightforward answer.

In reality, every explanation however simple, gives rise to more and more questions that need a fair amount of in depth exploration to make any sense of them. Yet Meditation is the easiest of practices to understand and benefit from once one actually gets into it, and the best way to do that is take a course and learn all about it step by step.

If you'd like some pointers or personal guidance, please email me at david@meditation-for-all.com

Blessings

David

Meditation PRESUMES a still mind. It is not, in and of itself a still mind.

Meditation is a mental descipline by which one attempts to get beyond the reflexive, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. It is recognized as a component of many religions, and has been practiced since antiquity. It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals -- from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.

Concentration meditation is used in many religions and spiritual practices. Whereas in mindfulness meditation there is an open focus, in concentration meditation the meditator holds attention on a particular object (e.g., a repetitive prayer) while minimizing distractions; bringing the mind back to concentrate on the chosen object.

Meditation has become a way of life for my husband and I. We practice it for different reasons but there is benefit just the same. 

Meditation is basically sitting in peace. You do this by being one with yourself and quieting the chatter of your thoughts in your mind.  Instead of focusing your attention and energy on outside factors, you now focus it inside though not on any specific thought.

This practice helps you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And, though at first you may just feel a sense of relaxation, lots of other wonderful things are going on inside of you.

On a  personal note, meditation had such a great effect in my life that it led me to realize that I was not happy with my profession (lawyer). I had practiced for over five years and even owned my own Firm. I left it this year and now pubish an online site with the specific goal in mind of sharing all the benefits of meditation with people that need it the most; parents, students, professionals, business owners, etc. You can read articles to get you started on meditation and how to overcome common obstacles in your practice at

Meditation has become a way of life for my husband and I. We practice it for different reasons but there is benefit just the same. 

Meditation is basically sitting in peace. You do this by being one with yourself and quieting the chatter of your thoughts in your mind.  Instead of focusing your attention and energy on outside factors, you now focus it inside though not on any specific thought.

This practice helps you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And, though at first you may just feel a sense of relaxation, lots of other wonderful things are going on inside of you.

On a  personal note, meditation had such a great effect in my life that it led me to realize that I was not happy with my profession (lawyer). I had practiced for over five years and even owned my own Firm. I left it this year and now pubish an online site with the specific goal in mind of sharing all the benefits of meditation with people that need it the most; parents, students, professionals, business owners, etc. You can read articles to get you started on meditation and how to overcome common obstacles in your practice at My Meditation Garden.

Meditation is descending into the state of deep rest, getting connected to the 'self'. At that place you go to the state of 'deep silence'. 'Sudarshan Kriya' is a great tool to help you effortlessly descend to that state. This is a great practice taught by Art of Living foundation.

In addition free guided meditation can be get on internet, I recently got

http://www.clicktomeditate.com

 

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