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Meditation: The Mindful Art Of Relaxation

There are many types of meditation that people around the world practice today. It is a personal exercise and people have their own reasons for wanting to practice the art. Some types of meditation suit different people better than others with spirituality, fitness, and concentration all playing parts in the exercise. As an alternative health therapy, different types of meditation continue to gain popularity in the West year after year.

Meditation is a way of relaxing and calming first the mind, and then the physical body. A normal state of mind is actually quite abnormal, with visual stimuli and uncontrolled sensory signals being fed and then slowly organized by the brain. This leads to stress, unhappiness, bad mental health in some, and fatigue or tension in others. Various types of meditation slow down a person's thoughts and actions to let them enter a state of consciousness where serenity, clarity of thought, and happiness can be achieved. The many types of meditation all share a similar history and practice.

Meditation originated and has been practiced in Eastern countries such as China, India, and Tibet for over 5,000 years. It goes hand in hand with traditional Eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, where different types of meditation are used as a means to get closer to God. Meditation focuses on training the brain to be better equipped to deal with a hectic lifestyle. It also can be used for personal training, such as teaching people to believe in their inner self and to achieve the goals they have set for the future.

Finding the Right Place

To practice meditation, first find a quiet place to sit, away from all the distractions and noise of your daily environment. A cross-legged posture is traditional, but not necessary, as long as you are comfortable. Focus on keeping your back straight, preventing sleepiness or sluggishness. Close your eyes, either partially or fully, and start to pay attention to your breathing, letting your body breathe naturally, without effort or control, and preferably through the nose. Concentrate entirely on breathing, shutting out everything else. You will naturally start to think about other things, and this will show you how busy your brain is, and how it needs to relax from time to time. Ignore other thoughts and continue to focus on your breathing until you manage to completely settle your thoughts on the natural process of breathing.

Now you have achieved breathing meditation, a basic but quite powerful technique that is the method most people start with. Although there are higher types of meditation, learning this way of relaxing and focusing your mind is essential for developing skills in any higher types of meditation.

It is important to look at some of the meditation styles practiced around the world by people of all ages, races, and religions. This ancient relaxation technique is a universal phenomenon, which can help people from all walks of life achieve not only Peace of Mind, but also enlightenment and closeness to God.

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Blissfully Better: Powerful Age-Defying Benefits of Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness

In the hyper-active, turbo-charged, fast-paced world that we live in today, time just simply sees to fly by. Not only are we trying to keep up with work, busy careers and all that's happening in our personal and social lives, but more than anything we're also trying to just simply keep up with ourselves.

If we're not careful, in what looks like a mere blink of the eye, years can come and go, until one day we wake up, take a good look in the mirror, and realize that it's time to start making good on that often heard promise that we're not just getting older-but actually ” getting better”.

The good news is that's well within our reach-and it's never too late to get started.

Feeling healthy, happy and energized at any age begins with creating a balanced lifestyle. While exercising and diet is great for the body, balanced living also means nourishing and nurturing the mind and spirit. Yoga, meditation and other forms of mindfulness practice provide that nourishment and also act as a natural counter-balance to the everyday stress of our hectic modern lives.

And if stress is known to give you gray hairs and wrinkles, then think about what that a daily dose of bliss will do.

While the sight of a 100 plus year old Sadhu , India's ancient line of revered holy men, striking both an age – and gravity – defying yoga pose at such a calendar milestone has long made the longevity promoting benefits of yoga and meditation the stuff of legend, now modern science is confirming what the ancients always knew – that indeed yoga, meditation and other forms of mindfulness can actually slow the aging process – right down to the cellular level– as well as stimulate the body's own regenerative potential as well.

And the age-defying benefits are far reaching.

Studies show that these benefits positively affect everything from our physical health– cardiovascular, neurological and nearly every other biological system– to our enhanced happiness and emotional wellbeing. They even help improve our memory and mental intelligence. All powerful components to maintain a positive quality of life as we age.

Additionally, science now shows that yoga and meditation is associated with what researchers call a “dose-response” benefit. What this means is that the longer and more often you practice, the greater the degree you benefit, literally turning back the clock of your biological age many years younger than your actual chronological years.

Although the practice of yoga and meditation as its roots in the ancient 5,000 year old Vedic tradition of India, today they are core components of living a healthy, holistic lifestyle, with over 20 million Americans alone practicing yoga and meditation regularly.

But traditional yoga, with its focus on deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness, is so much more than just a work out.

Research Studies show that daily practice fosters a true sense of calm and compassion, and nurtures a deep inner shift in our life perspective, creating renewed energy to live life more fully, and with genuine enjoyment. Qualities we would all love to experience at any age.

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Meditation and Breathing – Suggestions for Beginners

Years ago, during a rough patch in life, I started seeing seeing a behavioral psychologist to deal with some anxieties issues and insomnia. Part of his sessions often consist of a guided meditation, where he would speak to me in gentle tones while I lay on the sofa, breathing deeply. The meditations were probably a good 20 minutes or so, and frankly, I wondered if these sessions were just a way for my therapist to get a break from listening to my life nonsense, but I found them very relaxing and left afterards feeling calm and refreshed, two feelings that did not come naturally to me.

After one session, my therapist complimented me on my breathing. He noted that I could slow my breath down and take very long, deep breaths that helped me reach a different state. Higher consciousness? Maybe. Calm and relaxed? Definitely, at least during and for a bit after the meditation. He asked if I had learned this somewhere. I told him about the years I had spent taking Kundalini Yoga from a prominent LA teacher. It was not daily training, just a class or two a week with a bunch of other students in a studio or in the instructor's living room.

“Breath of Fire” (very rapid in and out breath through the nose and controlled by the diaphragm) and techniques that included filling your lungs with as much air as possible (or blowing all the air out of your lungs and keeping them empty – always much harder), and then doing yoga while holding the air in or out is the kind of training that can improve breathing technique. There were also gong meditations, lying on your back, eyes closed, and breathing deeply while the instructor bangs on a large gong, which you hear as well as feel (sound waves) for the duration of the meditation.

My therapist then suggested, that as massage therapist and massage therapy instructor, I might also teach people how to breathe. So, with that in mind, here are a few thoughts for those of you who want to incorporate a meditation practice into your life to reap its proven positive benefits, including:

· When to meditate and how often

· Creating a good mediation environment

· What you need to meditate

· Mantra or no mantra?

· Deep breathing techniques

· Clearing the mind (what to think about … or not)

· Benefits of Mediation

· “Mindfulness.” What does it really mean?

1. PICK A GOOD TIME AND START SMALL

Did you know that the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree ( ficus religiosa in Latin, which sounds like a Hermoine spell from Harry Potter) with the intent of remaining there until he achieved enlightenment? How long he actually sat is not entirely clear, but may have been weeks. Without food.

Good news: you do not need to do that.

Start small. Most people who meditate “religiously” (it is spiritual, sometimes, but not necessarily religious, although even the Big 3 religions refer to silent or personal prayer as “meditation”) do so in the morning upon waking (and some do, in fact , get up at 4:30 for “sadna,” a pre-dawn meditation practiced by some Sikhs, when the spiritual energy is supposedly to b especially strong), and then again in the late afternoon or early evening (before or after dinner is great).

Deep breathing before bed is a good way to relax, but a full meditation right before bed is not advisable because that might trick your body and brain into thinking you've slept enough already. And while early morning meditation seems to be fantastic for many, be realistic about yourself. Do not make yourself get up at 5 or 6 to meditate if you hate getting up early. Do it when it's convenient and easy for you, and then you'll be more likely to keep doing it!

As for meditating for a week (or more) without food and water like the Buddha, this is not recommended for beginners or even the experienced. For most people, 15-20 minutes is a good session, but even five minutes is beneficial, and some long-time practitioners will do longer mediations. Starting out, five minutes is a good number because it's easy to accomplish and will also give a novice a taste of the positive benefits. Try that for a few days, or a week, then move to 10 minutes, 15 minutes and finally 20 minutes. For me, and most meditators, 20 minutes seess to be the sweet spot.

2. BEST PLACES TO MEDITATE

Experienced meditators can meditate in an airport, a subway station, or a Trump campaign rally. But most prefer a quiet, not-too-bright location. Light is not an issue, but many find a darkened or dimly lit room (candlelight is great) more calming. Of course, the Buddha mediated outside, and many enjoy doing so on a stump in the woods or a rock on a mountain top or the sand on the beach. Whatever the locale, complete quiet (or soothing music or nature sounds) is best.

Thich Nhat Hanh famously says he does walking meditations in airports and on crowded city streets to the bemusement of the locals. Some meditation styles say to keep the eyes slightly open and focus on a space a few inches in front of your eyes. I'm of the “eye's wide shut,” school. Experiment for yourself.

3. EQUIPMENT FOR MEDITATION

No special equipment is needed. All you need is you and a place to sit or lie down. Most meditate sitting up with a good, grounded posture. Lying down is fine, although it is easy to fall sleep this way, and sleeping is not meditating. Deep breathing is not a nap. Not that there's anything wrong with a nap.

You might like a pillow to sit on. Some meditators prefer to sit up straight with a good posture, while others lean against a wall or cushion behind them, and might even meditate in a chair or couch. Some Buddhists use a flat, cushioned mat, and on that another pillow that is shaped kind of like a chocolate layer cake, maybe 8-10 inches across. Sitting on this pillow, with legs crossed on the mat or in a knee position, can feel very stable and comfortable.

Some sit in lotus or half lotus (cross legged with one ankle on the opposite knee for half lotus or both ankles on the opposite knee for full lotus). This is not easy for many, and even those who can sit this way will find that after a few minutes the foot gets uncomfortable or falls sleep. The main things to achieve in sitting position are comfort, so you are not distracted by discomfort, and good posture. Whatever position allows this, including lying down, is fine.

Candles, incense and music can enhance meditation. If you want music, it is best to listen to something non-melodic, like chimes or bells or random flute and nature sounds. Or nothing. Music with words or melody or rhythm is distracting and should be avoided. Nature sounds, like the ocean or a stream or rain can be wonderful, especially if you live in an urban area with traffic sounds, sirens, people's music, garbage trucks, etc., because the sounds can help mute the environmental aural clutter.

A great investment is a kitchen timer. You can also use a timer on your smart phone (or even your dumb phone if you do not have a smart one). I use a kitchen timer that I got before smart phones were a thing. I punch in the amount of time I want to meditate (usually 20 minutes, although I add a minute to allow myself time to settle in), and that's it. Why a timer? Then you do not need to check the clock. And when you start out, you'll want to check the clock a lot, and when you do, after feeling like you've meditated for a half-hour and look to see it's been under four minutes, you'll see what's so great about a timer.

4. MANTRA OR NO MANTRA?

Good question. I've tried both. Kundalini practitioners use, among other mantras, “ong namo gurudev namo,” which means “I bow to the teacher within me.” I like that because it feels non-religious. And there are tons of others. You do not need to know what they mean, because it's really about the saying or thinking of the mantra. The sound. The repetition. It helps you get in the right mindset. Not knowing the meaning is probably better. Those reared on praying in Hebrew or Latin might agree.

Remember: if you are a religious person and do not feel comfortable taking part in religious ceremonies other than your own, mantras are not prayers. Some do sound like prayers, however. If this is an issue for you, either find a mantra that is completely secular, or repeat a short prayer from your own religious practice.

Some orgainized meditation movements or groups have been around for decades and cost a good deal of money. One had gone up to almost $ 2,500 (to get your personalized mantra and training), but now is more like $ 1000. I know people who have done this for 40 years and swear by it. Howard Stern, King of All Media, is a life-long practitioner (following his parents' lead) and says it's one of the best things he ever did and he practices every day. If you have the money and want to go that route, great. If not, do a Google search and I'm guessing you can easily find a mantra hack you can use, for free. Do not tell anyone I told you this.

I never paid for a mantra. I have chanted with members of the Buddhist Church of America (associated with the Buddhist Church of Japan), and they chant through the entire meditation (the well-known “nam-myoho-renge-kyo”). It was a nice experience, sitting in a room with 20 people at someone's house, chanting, but it was not my cup of green tea. I found it too much work to keep up the chanting and it did not help me focus the way I liked. So I never went back, even though the people were nice and the after-meditation refreshments were delicious.

But you do not need to be Buddhist to meditate, and many Buddhist groups welcome practitioners of all faiths. While I sometimes use a mantra to get started, my main mantra is my breath, which I will describe next. If you want a mantra, the books of the great Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh are full of what he calls “gathas” or little poems that work well. Most were written in Vietnamese, but he translated them to French and English. My favorite also uses breathing, and goes like this:

Breathing in, I calm my body

Breathing out, I smile

Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment

Breathing out, I know it is a wonderful moment

Nice, right? Not a prayer. You do this with in-breath and out-breath for a few minutes. No need to say (or think) this through the entire meditation. Occasionally, you can shorten it to “In – calm, out – smile, in – present moment, out- wonderful moment.” And follow the breath and smile when you say it.

In fact, Thich Nhat Hanh points out that most renditions of the Buddha show him smiling in meditation, and that you should always smile when meditating. Not only does this relax the muscles in your face, but it also makes you feel good. Yes, smiling even when you feel bad makes you feel good. He also says meditation is wonderful so you should smile. If you can not smile when meditating, when can you?

5. BREATHING TECHNIQUE

This brings us to the most important thing, breathing. Meditation is breathing; breathing is meditation. Breathing is taking in air and then letting it out. You breathe in by contracting your diaphragm. Outbreath happens when your diaphragm relaxes. The elasticity of your lungs and diaphragm brings them back to an at-rest position, pushing out the air. Your body does this by itself (so you can keep breathing in your sleep), but you can control it to an extent. What we want to do in meditation or deep breathing is slow the breath down and take in as much air as possible without training. You want a deep breath, not a strained breath.

Sitting (or lying) comfortably, take slow, long breaths, but do not push it. Keep it relaxed. Breathe only through your nose (of course, if you have a cold, mouth-breathing is fine, and some meditation techniques call for exhalation through the mouth). Use your usual breath to start, and keep increasing the length of each breath by taking the air in a little deeper with each inhale. When exhaling, do the same. Slow down the exhale and try to let out most of your breath before inhaling again. Remember, do not push or strain or control. Just deepen and lengthen the breath.

This can be done while saying a mantra if you are using one (breathe in and exhale the mantra), or just while thinking the mantra, or gatha, in your mind. Occasionally, you will just be breathing and not even thinking about the mantra, or about anything.

The best thing to do (which also helps clear the mind) is to focus on two things: your abdomen pushing out with each inhale and pulling in with the exhale (right around and just under your navel, the area referred to as “dan- tien “in some Eastern teachings, which also just happens to be the anatomical center of the body), and also focus on the cool feeling of air entering your nostrils near the tip of your nose.

Focusing on these two physical sensations will keep you from holding on too long to thoughts that come and go during the meditation. Thoughts like, “Did I remember to buy milk” (or soy milk if you're a vegan). And speaking of thoughts …

6. CLEARING THE MIND

We are creatures of thought. We think all the time. Even asleep. Even when doing something absorbing (like watching a movie or talking to a friend), we may suddenly remember we left the stove on. This is part of being human.

Contrary to popular perception, meditation or deep breathing does not require an empty mind. Thoughts and ideas will come to you while meditating. Some may even be inspirational. You could get an idea for a hit song, in which case, stop meditating, write down the song, and start again. Do not give up a top-40 hit single just because you're a disciplined meditator!

When a thought like “maybe I'll have Chinese food tonight” or “My coworker Michael is such an a-hole” enters, that's fine. Acknowledge the thought, hold it to your heart, and let it go. Back to your breath. To the feeling of your abdomen rising and falling, the cool air entering your nostrils. The thought will go away as surely as it came. And another will enter to be acknowledged and released. This is part of the process. If you get stuck on a thought, go back to your breath. If it's really hard, try counting your breaths, 1 to 10, and then going in reverse. If you're doing a good job, you'll never get all the way through to 10. That's great. Just start again.

Once you've been doing this for a while, you will find that the mind does clear, that thoughts come less often and are of shorter duration. You may be able to have that experience of “leaving the body,” where you feel exactly as though you are outside of yourself, looking down from above or from across the room at yourself meditating. Another experience is of going deep within yourself, to feel the center of your mind. It's almost like a control center, deep within the brain, where your consciousness resides. Is this a real place? Probably not. But it feels like it. It's like riding in a space capsule in the universe of your consciousness. Whoa.

7. BENEFITS OF MEDITATION AND DEEP BREATHING

There have been many studies worldwide that show meditation and deep breathing to be very beneficial. The effects and benefits become more pronounced and profound cumulatively, as the practice builds on itself. Just know that the benefits have been shown to help with hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, pain management, and even side-effects of cancer treatments, as well as addiction and rehabilitation. And that's a very short list.

Some meditation teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh encourage people to form a sangha or community of a few people who can meditate together. Guided meditation classes are available all over. Yoga studios often have yoga classes or guided sessions, as do many schools and houses of worship. For beginners, meditating with a group can be instructive, enjoyable, and easier than starting alone.

Another way to go is guided meditations apps or CDs or DVDs or downloads. There are great (instructive and guided) on YouTube. Please see Resources, below, for one example.

Just remember, there is no one way to meditate. Do what feels right to you. You'll only do it regularly if it makes sense to you and feels good. Where you do it, alone or with people, the time of day or evening, music or no music, mantra or no mantra, sitting or lying down – go with your instincts and feelings. Whatever works best, is best.

8. MINDFULNESS

Currently, the most over-used term in the “whole being” world is “mindfulness.” Everything is mindful these days, from shopping to uncoupling. Or is that conscious? No matter. It's a bit much. There's even a “mindful dating” sight. Aaaauuugghhh! I first heard the term in the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh (many years ago), and that for me is the real meaning. It means being present. Here. Now. Aware. Focus on what you're doing.

If you're eating an orange, be mindful of the skin as you peel it, the texture of the fruit, the juiciness, the sweetness as you bite, the feel of the little sacs of juice on your tongue. Chew slowly and for a long time to thoroughly grind the fruit and taste it before swallowing.

Thich Nhat Hanh says, if you're washing the dishes, WASH THE DISHES. Focus on what you're doing, what it feels like, and doing it well. Do not wash the dishes and think about what's on TV later. Just wash the dishes. This is mindfulness. And if you are mindful enough, you can moderate WHILE washing the dishes or eating the orange. This is the true meaning of mindfulness.

This is not work. It is supposed to be enjoyable. It is supposedly to feel good. It is not a chore. It is not like “oh I better work out today or I'll get fat,” or something that we need to do rather than want to do. So smile when you do it, and try to do it every day, or twice a day.

You need not spend too much time. And you will find after a short period of time (it varies with the individual, but I will say within a month) that that is easy to do and that you do not want to miss it. And when that happens, you will understand why so many people worldwide have made meditation part of their daily routine, and why so many doctors, therapists and others involved in physical and emotional health feel that meditation is one of the best ways to achieve true wellness and peace.

Breathe in peace, health and happiness. Breathe out anxiety, illness and sadness. And be well!

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Manifesting Your Life: The Power of Meditation

Disease and sickness never spell doom for anyone. Instead, it is the inability to find what ails you and address it with vigor, which causes ultimate misery.

The human mind and body has an inherent capacity to heal its ailments through power, self-analysis and deep-rooted insights. When we bring our true inner zeal to full consciousness and put it to use, the most severe of sicknesses can be identified and healed.

Meditation – The Human Body

Have you ever realized what meditation actually does to your body? Well, when you sit in solitude and focus, you bring your inner subconscious in touch with your conscious mind.

The daily grind of life takes its toll on the body in a very destructive manner. We face problems, issues and anxieties of varied natures. Since we are too stressed to look for solutions all the time, each of these is accumulated in our subconscious mind. Over a span of time, our mind reaches its saturation point and is unable to stock any other residues of experiences, especially the negative ones.

It is at this stage that meditation helps you manifest your life in its true sense. Let us learn a bit more about how just a few minutes of meditation can help you manifest your life, like nothing else.

Manifestation – The Phenomenon

The actual cures in life lie in being able to express or manifest our problems and sorrows. Only then can you go about finding solutions to what hampers you on your path to success.

In the process of meditation, you remove all the hesitations and shackles that might be preventing you to acknowledge that you have a problem. You will come out of your self-denial mode once you are totally in line with your thoughts. In fact, this will work even better if you are in full cognizance of your problems are eager to solve with absolute will power.

Meditation helps you manifest your life in a two-pronged manner. It begins by helping you acknowledge your problems and eventually leads you on the path of manifestations of its solutions.

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How to Incorporate Your Affirmations Into Your Daily Meditation

Thoughts and words can be a man's best friends or worst foes, depending on how they are put to use. The human mind has an amazing ability to maneuver his thoughts and actions in the direction he wants to. This forms the essence of positive affirmations, which are used for self-healing, motivation and achieving one's goals. Repeating positive affirmations specific to your situation can actually increase your ability to perform the task.

As we inculcate these affirmations into our serene moments of meditation, their power increases multifold. Below we shall talk about the three key main methods you can use to weave in your affirmations into your daily meditation schedule.

Build Your Affirmations

The first key method is to building positive affirmations. When building these affirmations, it is important to use short, crisp sentences such as “I can do this”, “I have the ability to complete this task”.

This is not a time to use words that build doubt or negativity, such as 'but', 'if', 'can not', and 'do not'. Once you have crafted your affirmation, it is important to speak out your affirmation the moment you write it. If it does not sound right, then discard and start over again.

Know Thy Technique

The second key method is to know the technique. After writing the affirmations, close your eyes and repeat each statement to yourself. You can first do this loudly and then silently, only in your heart. When in meditation, slowly match each statement with your breathing pattern. For instance, you can set a pattern in which you repeat the same affirmation as you exhale in a particular mediation session and so on.

Visualize and Focus

The last key method is to visualize and focus on the desired outcome. Before you sit down for your meditation session, spend a few moments to visualize their impact on your mindset. Believe that you are getting into a defect meditative state with each breath and statement.

Integrated focus and crisp affirmations used timed with each breath is the perfect route to ultimate peace and serenity in your mediation session.

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Hearing God Speak Through Meditation

Before acting on a situation my usual position is to meditate on it and listen to how it should be resolved. This is the power of sitting quietly and listening to the inner voice which speaks to us and solves problems. It is the reason why we may go to bed puzzled over an issue that seems to have no solution but in the morning the answer is there ready to be enacted on. That is why the advice for most of those issues that seem insurmountable is to 'sleep on it'.

When we act in haste, as many do when emotions overtake common sense, we may deeply regret it. But what triggers that reaction. In Sydney in recent days a man killed his wife and two children. This happens so often in cases of divorce or when jealousy takes over. The question is why does it happen and how we can stop domestic violence triggered by such powerful forces.

In my mind emotions are part of God's way of bringing situations to a head that appear to have no other solutions. In many cases the way out of a bad relationship is often shown but few do not want to take it. Not until the violence escalates will parents seek separation because they know how much it will hurt their children.

That is the great tragedy of modern laws and religious indoctrination that forbids divorce. Marriage is not from God, but is imposed on societies by organizations that seek to grow their congregations and their influence.

My in-depth knowledge of spiritual awareness and power is the result of my reincarnation and a commission to remove the wall of confusion. This is linked to the cover-up that hid the real God from the world, until now. It was effectively turned into the devil by those who claim that miracles, speaking in tongues, and knowledge outside of what religious organizations teach are from it.

Those who know otherwise are not deterred by such claims and their desire to serve God in a meaningful way is being met. They are receiving their inheritance which is power with the Spirit while miracles of healing and peace are part of it.

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How Meditation Unravels the Brain and Solves Problems

It is something easy to do when one trains in the right way and that is where meditation and self-control comes in. As a spiritual person my brain underwent a period of adjustment to remove thoughts of worldly things. It was, however, helped by the Spirit which directed me. It took me through a learning period wherey many things were revealed and one of them was how to stop the brain from running wild when it is more desirable to have it under control.

Meditation is about listening rather than talking or thinking. It about being still and quiet and letting new thoughts come to you while getting rid of the learned for the unknown. This is how the Spirit within speaks and it needs that open channel to get through.

With memory of my reincarnation and a link to the Spirit it is something I am used to because it has been my guide through my life. When a problem comes my way rather than rush to resolve it I ask the inner power and then meditate on it. It is amazing how solutions are then arrived at, often in a way you would never dream possible.

As an example of what I mean it happened that someone put unpleasant graffiti on my garbage bin a couple of days ago. It did upset me but I went for my walk regardless of all the while asking the Spirit what to do. As a person who despises things out of place the red and white trails of paint over the bin were rather offensive. Later I felt to take the bin inside and then apply methylated spirits to it. This removed all the graffiti and made my bin shiny new again.

In my opinion people have this power within to solve problems while meditation and stillness is the way to engage it. Often it comes through with thought and ideas we have never contemplated and that's how progress is made andventions happen. Instead of being upset and letting our emotions get the better of us it will be more worthwhile if people could try this method to make their life a lot easier and bring more peace to the world.

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Learn the Basics of Meditation

Meditation pertains to a state of relaxation of body and focus of mind. Those who practice meditation say they notice an increase in focus, concentration, attention, along with a more positive outlook.

The practice of meditation is most often considered a part of spirituality and other mystic disciplines. One of the benefits is that you do not need any special equipment or place to practice meditation.

The fundamental principles of meditation are the same, the ways in which it can be done are many. The most important, and often most difficult, part is calming your mind and avoiding following any wandering, distracting thoughts.

It's the negative thoughts that pollute the mind. By learning to shut them out you can find peace and balance in a hectic day. Learning to quiet your mind allows you to focus on deeper, more helpful thoughts empowering you to enjoy more of life.

Here are some tips on helping you begin practicing the art of meditation.

First, put on some comfortable clothes. Tight fitting pants and restrictive clothing will probably be more of a distraction. Find something to wear that allows you to sit without worrying about being pinched or dropped.

Next, you can play some nice, soothing instrumental music. If you listen to anything with lyrics while you meditate you will most likely find yourself beginning to sing along in your head which is not going to help you focus.

Some people find it helps to have a candle or some object to gaze upon to help them focus. Others prefer to close their eyes to help block out any things that might interfere with their mental relaxation.

Sit in a comfortable position. It may help to put a pillow under your bottom to help you sit up straight and balanced. You can also lay in bed or on the couch if you know you will stay wake through your meditation time. The important thing is that the position allows you to relax as you focus.

The location or place can be helpful as well. Choose a place in your home that is free from distraction. A place that is comfortable and pleasant both in temperature and appearance. There are some who decorate a special part of a room just for the purpose of meditation.

Turn off the television and the ringer on your cell phone. You may want to set the timer on your phone so you will know when it's time to stop without looking every minute to see how long it's been. If this is a new practice for you simple set it for 5 minutes and begin to build your skills in meditation. As you improve your ability to focus and quiet your mind you can prolong the time you practice meditating.

Now that you're ready what do you do?

There are two common methods for meditation. One is focusing on your breath. This is often a technique taught in Mindfulness training. You simply focus on the breath as you inhale through your nose and exhale gently through your mouth. Focus on the sensation of the breath as it enters your body. Picture it as it travels to your lungs bringing life and then see it in your mind as it leaves your body.

Anytime an outside thought pops into your mind, acknowledge it but do not act upon it, simply return your focus to your breath for the time you've set.

The other popular method is that of visualizing a healing beam of light touching down upon your head that brings a wave of relaxation and peace to your mind and body. Allow it to scan gently through your body beginning at your head and gradually moving all the way through to the tips of your toes. If you notice any tension or stress you feel in your body simply picture that healing beam dissolving away the tension and stress.

There is really no risk to practicing meditation. It requires no physical effort or special equipment. If you have any mobility issues simply sit in a chair that gives you the support you need to feel safe and comfortable.

It has been shown that meditation reduces stress and is beneficial in other ways such as improving a person's outlook on life. It's easy to do and yet challenging because you are learning to relax and control your thoughts at the same time. Take 5 minutes a day and practice meditating for a week or two. You can do it for free and the benefits you receive could greatly enhance your life!

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Mindfulness: Your Link to the Universe

Mindfulness is the secret of life. A life lived mindfully is a life lived full of peace, tranquility, joy, bliss, ecstasy and compassion. Mindfulness is our direct link to the Universe. It is the solution that we as human beings have been seeking outside ourselves since the beginning of modern times. The simple practice of mindfulness has been around for thousands of years; however most human beings discard this approach to life and instead search for more complex and intellectual philosophies or techniques. Unfortunately, this external journey never resolves itself. There are many individuals and texts available that also complicate and over analyze mindfulness. It seems that our ego is programmed to complicate even the simplest solutions. Mindfulness is meant to be simple, yet a substantial way to live. This present centered solution allows us to live authentic lives.

So, what exactly is mindfulness and how do you apply it to your life? Mindfulness is a specific form of meditation or simply put awareness of the moment. There are many different forms of meditation, however we are going to specifically focus on mindfulness meditation, which this author believe to be the most practical and pure meditative exercise. Mindfulness involves directly participating in each moment as it occurs with complete awareness of your present experience. Life only exists in the Here and Now when practicing mindfulness. The moment we experience is pure and unadulterated. Mindfulness is a “living” meditation that you can practice every second of your precious life. There is no need to escape to a secluded place, as you can engage in mindfulness anywhere and at anytime, no matter what is happening around you.

Instead of presenting the reader with one rigid definition of mindfulness, a few but concise definitions will be presented below drawn from the wisdom of various experts and practitioners of mindfulness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the best selling author of Wherever You Go There Are and the creator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, describes mindfulness meditation as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”

Levey and Levey in their magnificent book, Simple Meditation and Relaxation, state “Mindfulness liberates us from memories of the past and fantasies of the future by bringing reality of the present moment clearly into focus.” They also express that “mindfulness makes us aware of life's everyday miracles.”

In one of the ancient Buddhist comments, it is stated that mindfulness is “presence of mind, attentiveness to the present …”

Stephen Levine, author of A Gradual Awakening, says that mindfulness is a “moment to moment awareness of whatever arises, whatever exists.”

Meditation teacher and author Sylvia Boorstein states that mindfulness is having the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience. clinging to or rejecting it. ”

These simple yet diverse use diverse expression and terminology, but what they all share in common is that mindfulness is being completely and fully present for life. It is being aware of what is going on inside and around you in each moment of your miraculous existence. We simply practice awareness without judgment, accepting our thoughts and emotions exactly as they are.

As you may have noticed mindfulness is a simple yet, powerful way to live our lives. Its simply being Right Here, Right Now: immersing your entire being in the present moment and fully experiencing your life. That's it! It really is that straight forward. It is not necessary to over analyze, intellectualize, or complicate what it is to be mindful. Of course our ego wants to distract us in any way possible, but do not allow this. Recognize the presence of your ego, say hello, and then calmly dismiss it. All there is to be mindful is to Simply Be. While there are many more advanced explanations on this topic available for you to further explore if you desire; what has been described here is the simple and pure essence of mindfulness meditation.

As you leave this article and continue your journey of mindful living or if you are just beginning, this writer recommends that you dive into the ocean of Now and intimately acquaint yourself with the pleasure of what is directly in front of you. As expressed in the Zen tradition, “When eating, eta and when walking, walk.”

Are you Right Here, Right Now? If not, center yourself and experience the bliss and ecstasy of the eternal moment. Enjoy your journey!

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16 Simple Strategies for Meditation Newbies

Meditation, particularly mindfulness meditation, has become exceptionally popular over the last couple of years. While meditation can be extremely simple, there are a number of common mistakes and misconceptions about meditation that you'll want to prevent if you're brand-new to the practice.

Starting on the right foot benefits the probabilities of maintaining your meditation practice and getting the most out of it.

Use these suggestions to avoid meditation mistakes:

1. Sit up straight. Slumping over may be comfortable for a few minutes, but it takes more strength than you think to support bad posture. Sit up straight to prevent undue stress on your back.

2. Start gradual. Just a few minutes is enough to start. There are 2 major reasons for this. It's much simpler to be complete your meditation sessions when you only need to sit for three minutes at a time. Likewise, it's more challenging to meditate for a prolonged period of time if you're not experienced.

3. Meditate multiple times every day. The more you meditate, the easier it will become. Soon, you'll be able to sit for longer periods of time, and meditate more often.

4. It's all about the breath. Your breath links you to the moment and assists in keeping your mind focused. The breath is not something to be focused on intensely, rather it serves as an anchor to maintain awareness of the present.

5. Count your breaths if needed. If you're struggling to stay focused, count your breaths. Count each inhalation up until you've reached 5 then start over.

6. Keep your eyes opened somewhat. It's much easier for your mind to wander from the present if your eyes are closed. Keep your gaze low and soft.

7. Acknowledge thoughts but avoid lodging on them. All thoughts need to be treated the same. They're just phenomena traveling through. Let them go and return your focus to your breath.

8. Be patient. It looks like it must be simple to focus for a couple of minutes, however the mind prefers to stay hectic. It's a challenging practice to break. Be patient.

9. Sit comfortably. It's not necessary to sit with your legs folded like a pretzel. Any position that can be held comfortably for the scheduled time is good enough.

10. Utilize a timer. Without a timer, you'll find yourself fretting about the time and continue to peek at the clock. Set a trusted timer and you will not be as preoccupied with the time.

11. Increase your meditation time by 5 minutes weekly. Avoid the temptation to advance too rapidly. Preferably, you'll expect your meditation sessions. Progressing too rapidly Triggers restlessness and agitation.

12. Consider getting expert help. There are many complimentary chances to meditate with others. Try to find regional meetups or call your local Buddhist temple. With a lot of individuals practicing meditation, you're bound to discover an expert ready to assist.

13. Take every opportunity to practice meditation. Meditating at home under perfect conditions is excellent practice, however the main goal is to have the capacity to practice meditation anywhere. A skilled meditator can meditate on a 99-degree packed, loud, smelly subway.

14. Be persistent. If you're meditating each day with the complete intent of improving, you'll always end up being a proficient meditator.

15. Stretch first. Your meditation position must be comfortable and easy. If your position feels like a stretch, you will not be comfortable. Stretch first.

16. There's no reason to be worried about your hands Simply place your hands. comfortably on your lap. Permitting your hands to go to low can ever pull down on the shoulders and end up causing pain.

Meditation can bring you both psychological and physical advantages. Utilize these ideas when starting to practice meditation and you'll quickly become skillful at a practice you can take pleasure in for the rest of your life.

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Learn How To Meditate Correctly With This Simple 11-Step Guide

Once you have learned how to meditate properly and started progressing in your practice, you will effectively benefit from a healthy body, with improved energy levels, immune system and longevity; a sharper mind, with increased mental strength, focus and memory retention / recall, as well as emotional well-being, with reduced stress, worry, anxiety and / or depression and enhanced self-confidence, optimism and vitality.

On a mystical, more level level, meditation also known as “the Fundamental Practice” confers the return to one's pure nature and mind, free from the emotional upheaval of suffering through the deletions of hatred, anger, delusion and other impure, mundane imperfections of the mind. As the mind goes passive, clear and serene, just like a mirror, with no thoughts of any nature (good or evil), meditation will unfold naturally, allowing you to get in touch with your own self's nature through wisdom, liberating all that energy trapped by worldly illusions and bestowing upon you inner peace and a deep, intense kind of healing.

Below is an easy, simple and useful 10-step guide to help you learn how to meditate correctly.

1. Proper Posture

For meditation to come about, it is vitally important to hold your back upright, with your head up, while cross-legged on the floor (full-lotus) or sitting on a chair. Since the body and mind are actually connected, a proper and well-balanced posture will reflect itself upon your mind. Failing to sit up with your spelling straight and shoulders back, will make your thoughts drift away and you will be tempted to follow them. One way to help you sit properly erect and purify your mind is to envision your head touching the sky.

2. A Quiet Place of Your Own

You should advise find a well-ventilated, uncluttered and tranquil place where you can sit undisturbed for anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour or more on a regular basis. Be sure to let personal comfort guide you in the beginning, setting up a schedule you can live with and stick to. It would be ideal if you could create a special little place where meditation can naturally unfold. Even better, you can create an altar or a shrine that you can face during meditation. Here you can place candles or other natural objects that strike a chord with you and have a calming and relaxing effect on you, such as stones, crystals, flowers or seashells.

3. Eyes (Half-Open or Closed)

While most people associate the meditation practice with keeping the eyes closed (as in Vipassana meditation) and mentally drawing the eyes toward the third eye, the choice of keeping your eyes half open or closed while meditating is entirely yours, as there no right or wrong way in terms of what to do with the eyes (in fact this varies among different meditational methods and even teachers). While some argument that thoughts tend to drift when keeping the eyes closed, others prefer closed eyes during meditation, because these helps them focus better. On the other hand, some recommend keeping your eyes half or partly open and letting your gaze gently down and soft, as this method allows you to be effectively more present. Overall, you should advisedly experiment with both half-open and closed eyes methods and see what works for you. For your advancement, it is crucial to relax the muscles around the eyes and choose the method you are most comfortable with.

4. Focus

Meditation is a proven wake-up call that fine-tunes your body, mind and spirit to realize the true essence of life. In ordinary life, focus equates to concentration where we use our mind as a focused beam of light to achieve our mundane goals. In meditation on the other hand, focus has different connotations and using our tortured, disorganized minds immersed in turmoil is not helpful. When practicing meditation, focus means paying careful attention to whatever you place at the core of awareness. When you focus your thoughts and practice in complete absorption, oblivious to your surroundings, you become empowered in many different ways. In Ch'an (or Zen) tradition, the breath is used as focus, because it's considered as a natural door connecting outside and inside. Relaxed and sustained focus of this kind effortlessly becomes meditation.

5. Breathing

Paying close attention to your natural breathing is an important part of learning how to meditate. The abdomen expends and relaxes as you inhale and contracts as you exhale. Observe your breathing, but refuse from regulating it because it's paramount to come natural. As your focus strengthens, your breathing starts to slow down and deepen, becoming quite slight and increasingly finer. You will effortlessly begin to relax once residual tension has faded away and will experience a state of well-being, tranquility and peacefulness. You should devote at least a couple of minutes per day to this breathing relaxation practice.

6. Counting your breaths

In case you are having trouble relaxing so that calm can ensue, you may try the ancient meditation practice of mentally counting your breaths – “one” as you breathe in, “two” as you breathe out, “three” as you breathe in again and “four” as you breathe out; then go back to “one”. Whenever your thoughts tend to wander, breath counting can help you settle and clear your mind. Returning to “one” allows you to anchor yourself in the present moment and focus your awareness on your breathing.

7. Thoughts

Meditation takes place in the absence of thoughts; when you notice thoughts hovering over your mind, you should gently let them disappear on their own by staying focused on your breath. Trying to forcefully stop thoughts will only make you feel more unsettled and anxious. The mind that does not dwell on anything is known in the Buddhist tradition as the “original nature” or “true mind”. One way to let thoughts go naturally is to imagine they are welcome visitors that you politely ask to leave. At no time should anything feel uncomfortable or forced; instead, it should all happen free of any concern or worry on your part.

8. Silence

You may try practicing with the aid of meditation music, but the best results are achievable when sitting in complete silence, because as you progress in your meditation practice, the outer and inner silence come together, giving way to a profound kind of healing. Sitting erect in pure silence allows the mind to properly settle and to grow quiet and calm.

9. Emotions

When you feel overwhelmed by powerful emotions such as fear, anger, shame and frustration, which are bound to give way to unsettling stories in your mind, you may find sitting down to meditate quite difficult. The best way to deal with such strong emotions when learning how to meditate is by re-focusing on your bodily sensations that reflect these emotions. Different emotional states have been scientifically proven to be intimately connected to a wide array of physiological changes or body feelings, ranging from the racing pulse that results from fear or anger (felt in the upper chest area) and sweaty palms when we are nervous of anxious , to the glorious feeling of happiness, felt from head to toe. By directing all your attention to your bodily sensations, you are acknowledging your emotions without being caught up in the stories arising from them, which in turn enable your mind to put them behind you.

10. Duration

Offeredly start by sitting anywhere from a couple of minutes to 10 minutes or for as long as you feel completely comfortable, whenever you happen to think of meditation. Do not force yourself to sit for longer periods as you learn how to meditate if you experience any discomfort or restlessness after some time. You can gradually increase the duration of your meditation to 20-25 minutes, which allows you to stabilize your mind without causing a lot of stress on your physical body, and in time, to even an hour or more per day. The most important thing is to do what feels right and especially comfortable for you.

11. Delight

Equally important is to take great delight in practicing meditation because enjoyment holds a powerful signal over the income of your own efforts. In keeping with the Kalama Sutra, do not do something because you have been told to do so, but instead find out what works for you. Do not put pressure onto yourself – just be kind to yourself and let meditation unfold naturally, as it should. Take it slowly as you learn how to meditate, sitting a few minutes each day, with a hint of smile on your face. As you advance in your practice, you are required to sit motionless for longer periods of time and then you may need to make some adjustments in the way you sit.

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Tips for Successful Meditation

It is often iterated in today's world that life has become extremely stressful, and we should keep practicing or looking for ways to calm our minds in order to lead a healthy life. It is also widely known by now that meditation is an old but one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. However, many of us, especially beginners, struggle to reach that point during meditation that is recommended by experts as the point where the mind is finally calm. Here we will see some of the handy tips that enable you to achieve a considering successful stage during the process of meditation.

Tip I: Counting

Remember those nights when we were too restless to fall sleep, and our guards used to ask us to count the number of sheep? Well, counting is a very simple yet effective method to calm your mind, the reason being that your mind, instead of going in all directions, concentrates on one particular mental activity. For beginners in meditation, counting can be very effective to get you started on the process. Close your eyes, and start breathing slowly. With every breath, increase your count. Your mind will wander at first, but after a few counts, you would notice that your mind is perfectly capable of shutting out the environment around you, and counting itself becomes passive. Start with a hundred counters per sitting, and increase as you get better.

Tip II: The Dustbin Method

This is a remedy that is often suggested by mental health professionals to those who are reeling under stress related conditions. This is another method that is very helpful for beginners. Close your eyes, and picture a dustbin of your choice. Be very specific about the size, shape and color of the dustbin, and remember what you have created. In the next step, try to empty your mind. In the beginning, you would naturally encounter a rush of thoughts, images, events, concerns, and so on. Identify them one by one, and throw them into your mentally created dustbin. But it will quite you will reach a point when you have nothing left to throw into the dustbin, and that that is when you have reached the point in meditation where your mind is really calm. Initially you might be able to achieve these moments of calm only for fractions of a second, but do not give up, it will slowly turn to minutes as you keep practicing. Just do not forget how your dustbin looks!

Tip III: The Naming Method

Most meditation experts suggest this method to successfully achieve a calm mind. It is slightly harder than the previous two methods, but very effective. Close your eyes, and breathe regularly. Start to concentrate on your breathing in and breathing out. Again, images and thoughts will start to run through your mind. Instead of trying to force yourself back to concentration start to name these thoughts on a verb. For example, if your first thought is about food, name the thought “eating”. Continue to say “eating” in your mind a few times, and without knowing, your mind will automatically fall back into concentration, and you will find yourself focused solely on your breathing again. Again, in the first few days of meditation, you will find yourself naming more often than focusing on breathing, but with time you will notice that your moments of calm are getting wider.

Someone once rightly said that health is wealth, and several research studies today suggest that a stress free mind is the key to a healthy body. So if a calm mind is all you want to achieve, why not try out the basic forms of meditation? It only takes a few minutes of your time every day, and costs absolutely nothing! Stay calm and healthy everyone.

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Advice About How to Meditate Effectively

Meditation seems challenging to many people, and rightly so. It requires steadfast discipline, yet the benefits of regular meditation are extraordinary, including peace of mind and even enhanced physical health.

Below we include questions from someone who wants to meditate more effectively, along with our feedback and meditation tricks.

“After six days of putting meditation into practice, I have experienced seeing flashes of light. all. The flashes of light is the only occurrence I have experienced so far.

In time, through consistent meditation, you'll receive the answers to these questions. The flashes may be guides on the other side, a physical or subconscious symptom, or nothing.

“What exactly am I looking for? Is it an image? Is it a sound?”

You are looking for exactly nothing. Your goal is to detach from your mind. We've heard many people say, “My mind moves too fast for meditation.” They're missing the point. The speed of your thinking is irrelevant as it relates to meditation and meditation is the solution for monkey-mind. One of the best ways to detach from your mind is unwavering focus on your chest plate (or third eye, or on a repetitive chant like “Om”).

Think of what goes through a mountain climber's mind during the most difficult part of her climb – nothing side from doing what she needs to do to completely complete it because she has no choice. Although you have a choice with meditation, try to mirror the intense, unwavering focus of a mountain climber during your meditation to maximize the benefits.

Since the mind has a natural tendency to wander, upon beginning your meditation session, tell yourself, “Okay, I'll think about everything after this session.” Then imagine putting all your thoughts, before and during, in a large bag for later. After ten minutes or so of unwavering focus and being in the moment, you will begin to let go of stress and a racing mind.

When you reach a point of tranquility, then focus on a question or problem. Or, you could ask yourself, “What do I need to know right now?”

“During Meditation, can one really receive answers to any problems one may have? Will it take years of practice to receive such insight at any time?”

You will be amazed at the clarity you'll receive through long-term meditation. With practice you will receive answers. It may not take many years, but instead a regular routine which makes meditation easier the more you do it.

You may ask a question before or during meditation and not get the answer until you wake up the next morning, or the following week. You may hear the answer from a stranger as he passes by on the street, or on TV from a broadcaster. You will get the information you are expected to get when you are expected to get it. Also, you will not get information you're not supposed to know.

“I have been getting into the habit of meditating in the morning when I wake up or midday afternoon for 15 minutes or up to 30 if I can.”

Excellent! Keep doing it. Here are some other tips you can use to make the most of your meditation sessions: try using music, or try absolute silence; when something interferees with your meditation, like a noisy neighbor, embrace it as part of your meditation; try it at different times of the day to see which works best for you; try aromatherapy or incense (make sure to open a window to vent any toxic fumes); try meditation in a group (you'll be surprised at how much more intensely you'll feel the natural brain opiate release); limit your sugar and caffeine eye – it makes detaching from your mind easier; avoid drugs and excessive drinking; try it after exercise or sex; if your attention starts to wander, beginning counting at one and imagine nicely writing each number on your chest plate; and ask for help from God, or your guides or angels of the Light.

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Shiva Lingam Mala Beads

Add a mala blessed with a sacred intent to your altar and your vibrations will merge with those in the cosmos taking you to a higher plateau of consciousness.

Sacred stones and prayer malas have been an important part in spirituality from the very moment we needed a physical form for our sacred vision. Giving form to devotion by carving deities into caves, building holy temple shrines, and home altars, each an extension of the divinity that exists in each one of us. The shiva lingam is one of the earliest honored sacred forms which is considered the root of the pranic energy within your body. The field of energy that envelops the Divine Mind, brings you to the sacredness that these stone have transported for centuries. Practicing meditation and following this ancient tradition provides us with a simple and powerful way to magnify and focus on our spirituality. As cosmic spirits we energize each other through the medium of divinity. Mala beads strung with strong intentions raise your kundalini and align your chakras. Add a rudraksha bead or a tulsi bead to your chakra stone and you have the ability to manifest your intentions, incorporating into the conflux of vibrations that already exist around us, empowering you with sustenance and pranic power.

Associating a mantra with a particular stone alters the vibrations of the stones and the chakra, balancing and intensifying the energy within you. Inspiring mindfulness, as we lose ourselves to the waves of stillness, mala beads strung with shiva lingam pendants and chakra stones are pure and peaceful tools of meditation. An important part of you and your altar which is but an extension of your divinity, meditation in patience, slowness and stillness allow us to ground ourselves to the core of mother earth so the limit balance between our physical form and the divine remains balanced.

Recognize your connection with the third eye, as you mindfully place a prayer on the mala and start your mantra. Now your thoughts and intentions are left in the abandonment of the universe, striking a balance between the pineal gland and the higher self, honing your visionary ability. Shiva Lingam malas are beautiful sacred and divine elements that raise your pranic energy but are grounding stones as well. Just as they shape they cocoon your prana with divine joy and give you the calmness of knowing that your inner self is connected to the spirit. Shiva lingam malas are beautiful zen tools balancing the chi energy, aligns planetary energies and harmonizes the soul. Carrying vibrations from many years the shiva lingam malas with rudraksha, jade, garnet and carnelian pulsate with pranic energy that heals and balances the chakras and your aura.

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How to Experience That Everything Is One Consciousness in Meditation

In order to experience that everything is one consciousness in meditation, first we have to look at what is stopping you from experiencing oneness.

And what is stopping you is your thinking? Not really thinking itself but your identification with it. It is the perception this moment with your thoughts that stop you from feeling that everything is one consciousness.

When you define, describe or judge something, you have separated yourself from it. It is your thinking that separates you from everything else. It is what thinking is supposed to do. It is supposed to label and categorize everything it experiences. But in doing so, it gives the experience of an individual 'you' that is separate from everything else.

This does not mean you have to stop thinking all together in order to experience that everything is one consciousness. But if you do not have thoughts to define your experience in this moment, how do you experience this moment?

One way you experience this moment is awareness. And if you turn your attention to awareness without using thoughts to define your experience, then there is only awareness. There is nothing outside of awareness. There is only consciousness.

You might notice that there still is a feeling of separation in this. Because you are remaining in consciousness, but that consciousness does not touch the world, it remains transcendent of it.

And the moment you take part in the world again, there is separation. So where is that experience that everything is one consciousness?

The answer is, we look at the other way to experience that everything is one consciousness and that is through feeling. You simply have to relax your attention back into its more primal experience of feeling. Feeling is also awareness but it connotes awareness with everything. It moves you directly into the experience of oneness in meditation.

When I say feeling, I am not referring to emotion, but actual feeling, how it feels to exist in this moment.

First, close your eyes in this moment and let your attention rest in the how it feels to exist in this moment, without labeling it, just feeling it.

This is not something you can do with thinking. It is more simple than thinking, you just feel into this moment. Without thinking, what is the experience of existing in this moment? Feel this experience.

If you do this, you will feel that everything is one consciousness because at the level of feeling, there is no separation from anything. Everything is just formless energy. Only in thinking, in clearing does everything take on form and solidity. But with your eyes closed, when you feel yourself existing in this moment, everything is formless energy. Everything is felt as one consciousness.

The fastest and most effective way to experience that everything is one consciousness is through receiving Shakti. Shakti is the energy vibration of oneness, of enlightenment. So when you receive it, you directly feel formless energy as bliss. Then all you have to do is rest your attention in the bliss. The bliss itself awakens you into enlightenment.

In the past you could only receive Shakti from and enlightened teacher. But you can now also receive Shakti through sound. So simply by listening to some very unique meditation music, you receive Shakti which you can feel as bliss and this bliss meditates you. You can hear free samples of this Shakti Oneness Music by clicking here.

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