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Relaxation Meditation

Meditate at your own pace. Use Techniques to improve well being. Relaxing from meditation is a gift and you deserve a break sometimes.

Relaxation is hard for anyone to achieve. Life is incredibly busy and stressful and being tense is more common than being relaxed. The effect of this is stress in families and friends, difficulties at work, and personal dissatisfaction with life, which makes people unhappy. There are ways to avoid this, but if you can not eliminate the aspects of your life that cause you stress then meditation is one way to help mitigate the effect of the stress.

Meditation can help you relax quickly. When you sit down to a meditation practice you immediately achieve a complete break from the rest of your day. Instead of noise and stress and action, meditation centers around silence and peace and intervention. Because of this, even a short meditation session can have a major effect on your emotional well being.

Relaxation meditation makes you calm inside and out. Many people advocate for physical activity as a form of stress relief and suggest high-intensity cardiovascular exercise like running as a way to eliminate the stress of the day but that only tires your body. Meditation allows you to calm your mind and achieve the mental peace that allows you to quiet your body. You can also do meditation in tandem with cardio exercise if you want to get the best of both activities.

Meditation creates a long-term peacefulness that can not be matched by other means. When you meditate on a regular basis you have a base level of peace that people who do not meditate regularly. This allows you to beat the stress of your daily life almost before it starts and allows you to approach setbacks and difficulties with a calm and peaceful mindset.

Scientific studies have demonstrated that regular meditation practices lead to lower blood pressure and lower heart rates, signs of well relaxed people. Even if you're not sure that you are feeling less stressed, seeing that you have improved your physical health is a good indicator that you are doing something right for your health and overall well-being.

There are many ways to achieve relaxation from meditation. You can focus on your breathing and clearing your mind or you can focus on a guided meditation that leads you to a specific relaxation goal. No matter what form of meditation you prefer or excel at, any form will help you achieve the best relaxation effect possible.

Relaxation meditation is something that has a cumulative effect. In other words, the more you meditate, the greater the effect will be. For people who meditate on a daily basis, as the days add up, the benefits increase and the practice itself becomes easier. You will find yourself handling situations that used to cause you stress with less difficulty and feeling less miserable each day, no matter what happens in your life.

There are many ways you can practice meditation. From simple breathing exercises, to more complex walking meditations, there are almost as many kinds of meditations as people who meditate. The form your practice takes is a personal decision but whatever choice you make, the benefits are the same. The important thing is that you are comfortable and enjoy your practice.

A regular practice can help you get relaxation from meditation. The more you meditate, the better the results and the greater the effect you get from meditation. This means that in this case, discipline leads to relaxation. This sounds counter intuitive but it is true, the more that you work on meditation the less stressed you feel over time.

Meditation is most effective when you are already calm and focused. However, this does not mean that when you are stressed out you should not meditate. Just the opposite. Although it is easier to get into meditating when you are calm and focused, when you are having the difficulty with your life, meditation is just the thing you need to get you back on track. Do not let the stress of life keep you from meditating.

Even the most stressed out person can achieve relaxation from meditation. When you are feeling especially stressed and having trouble focusing, you can ease into a meditation session by doing short mini sessions, starting with just a minute or two at a time, and as you gradually achieve a calmer outlook you can push your sessions longer until you finally achieve the maximum calm you are looking for.

Meditation is something that can be done in any location. Although most people think of meditation as something that has to be done in a candlelit room with pillows and soft music, true meditation can happen at any location and in any setting. Effective meditation can be done at your office on your lunch hour, or in your living room, or even in your garden. No matter where you are, you can moderate and get the benefits of it.

Learning to meditate takes time. When you begin to meditate, the process is difficult and uncomfortable and you may feel like you are not making any progress or getting any better, but as you do it more consistently you will find that it becomes easier and you will get more enjoyment and benefits from doing your meditation practice.

Having a solid meditation practice can defend against the stresses of life. When you carry with you the inner peace that comes from a dedicated time spent with yourself and your thoughts, you can handle the stresses and difficulties of life more easily. Knowing yourself is the first step to feeling true peace and peace is what defends against the stresses of daily living.

Achieving relaxation meditation takes time and practice.

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Don’t Mess Around – Meditate With Intent

The problem with the modern world is the frenetic activity most of us are engaged in. This is completely a world of our own creation. We 'need' far more things now than past generations. Part of this is because the things we feel need did not exist 50 years ago and part is because we have an acceptable nature. There's nothing wrong with this. If it was not this way then we would never have moved out of the stone age.

No, I hear you say, we are inventive. Yes, I affirm, we are inventive to be acquisitive. We never invented weapons and started to think what we might use them for. It was obvious, I want to kill that animal so that I can eat it. The fact that weapons then became the means of acquiring more of everything – land, money, slaves – is not something we should be too proud of. I will concede that some people and someventions have been sincerely for the good of mankind. But I do not see too many people in the health industry, for example, saying I have invented this new wonder drug and I want everyone to have it for free. Medicine is still the preserve of the rich. I am sure you can think of other things that have made individuals wealthy when what they were selling should have been given away.

This acquisitive nature has determined that we should create a society where everyone must work as hard as they can to acquire as much as they can. This takes time, as does looking after the kids and home, maintaining a social life … add as many things as you like.

I am not being critical. I am just as much involved in acquisition as the next person. I love my old iPad and sometimes wonder how I ever lived without it. The point I am getting to, in a roundabout way, is that the place of meditation for most of us in the modern world can not be the same as it used to be because we do not have the time or head space for it.

If you can take yourself off to a monastery or retreat for a month or year, then clearly you do not have to worry about getting the kids to school on Monday or paying the mortgage. And if you do not have the million and one consequential add-ons to go with those two activities, then your head is going to be less full when you meditate which will make that meditation much easier.

We can not say, 'I think I'll put a few years into meditation and see what happens' because we do not allow ourselves that much spare time. We want results pretty quickly, so we must start with the intention of feeling we are going to get somewhere. That means knowing why you want to meditate and what you expect to get out of it.

There is nothing shameful in having this intent. I'm sure Buddha did not just aimlessly sit under a tree with the chance of becoming a couch potato or finding nirvana, he had intent. He knew what he was looking for and adopted the best method he knew to try to achieve it.

Our aims are likely to be less ambitious, but it still makes sense to be clear about what we want from meditation and adopt the meditation techniques that help us get to where we want to be.

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How to Transform Your Life With Simple Meditation

Every day, in all forms of media, we hear more and more about the awesome benefits of meditation from helping us to manage stress levels more effectively to lower blood pressure and stimulating the immune system. Meditation also increases our awareness of living in the present moment, promotes joy and serenity, and helps us cope with the problems of life. It has also been shown to help increase insomnia.

Recent research has shown that meditation is also extremely effective in controlling pain and there are a lot of people in pain out there.

To check out the many benefits of meditation and relaxation for yourself all you need do is search, on the internet, for the benefits of meditation. You will be amazed.

I have been convinced of the health inducing power of meditation for many years. Each day I meditate at least once for 45 minutes and hate to miss a session. Soon after I started to meditation my wife said she noticed me becoming more relaxed and patient. To her that was a huge bonus.

I read recently that stress is our most serious health threat and that over 85 percent of all doctor visits are for stress related issues. Some authorities would say that the number exceeded 85 percent.

At a time when health care costs throughout the western world are soaring out of sight it seems to me that we could manage these costs much more effectively by simply teaching people how to control stress, worry and fear through meditation and other forms of relaxation.

What is Meditation?
Meditation is an ancient method of achieving tranquility and peace of mind. It involves focusing on a sound, phrase or image exclusively.

How Do You Meditate?

Sit in a comfortable chair or lie down on the floor or bed. (I prefer to sit as I have a tendency to fall sleep when lying down.)

Select your focus (sound, phrase or image). Your image can be a flame, flower, quiet beach etc. It is your choice. Some people prefer to concentrate on their breathing. Remember it's the process of focusing not the object of your focus that is important.

Close your eyes and begin to hold your focus. Distractions will come. Let them. Do not try to resist their presence just visualize them leaving your mind and then return to your focus.

Meditate for just a few minutes in the beginning gradually increasing the time to 15 or 20 minutes. Frequently I find myself meditating 30 to 45 minutes at a time. When you're meditating the time just flies by.

How Will You Know You Are Meditating?
You will have a deep feeling of peace, detachment, relaxation and tranquility.

I hope you give meditation and progressive relaxation a try. Stay with the process and do not get discouraged. The benefits to your life, health and relationships are worth it.

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Invisibility Cloak Of The Old, But Rested Wizard

Being prepared. Find a comfortable comfortable space where you will not be disturbed, preferably with ambient lighting. A firm mattress with appropriate pillow and a silk or similar cloth to use as your cloak, that covers the entire body. Soft music in the background is fine, as long as it is not the main focus, the volume must be low enough as to drift into the background when you immerse yourself in deep meditation.

Reaching a state of meditation. Lay down, drape the cloth over you, point your toes stretch your legs, point your fingers stretch your arms. Relax, squeeze all your facial muscles together, squeeze your eyes shut, relax. Take a deep breath in through the nose, fill your lungs, push out your stomach to allow as much air as possible to come in. Exhale all the air out of your mouth, pull your stomach in to rid yourself of that final pocket of air, do this three times. Each breath in you take, imagine you are breathing in positivity, love and fresh clean air, each time you breathe out picture releasing bodily toxins and negativity.

The spiritual journey, visualization. In your mind's eye, picture yourself getting up walking to the front door of your house and opening it, to find you are in the woods, deep in heart of the forest. Curiously you follow the path in front you, feeling safe and protected. There is a sense of knowing where you are going, without knowing where you are going. The hills to the right are gleaming with sunlight as the night falls, an attraction one of beauty, leads you toward the mountains.

Approaching the steep cliffs you notice a small dark opening in the distance, marked by tree spirits to what looks like the entrance of a cave. Immediately an intuition calls you to investigate, along the way to the entrance, a cool breeze dances you, ruffling the leaves of the trees all the way to the entrance. The feeling is one of being followed or lead to the caves by spirit.

With curious apprehension you shout “hello anyone here” no answer. A few steps in through the cob webs and escaping bats, you fall over a metal box half buried in floor of the cave.

The mere thought of wanting the treasure trunk open, sprung the locks like magic, with a frightening little squeak, the lid lifted revealing a silk cloak (your cloth) and scroll with the title .. “To the one who finds the invisibility cloak. ”

The locks were enchanted, for them to unlock

augers you are worthy of such magic

to be bestowed upon you.

For the sake of a name they call me,

the old but rested wizard of days gone by.

I do not live in the physical form anymore,

instead I dance in the world of spirit.

The gift I leave has a long history and

can not be destroyed, it must be passed on.

Wearing the robe will make you

invisible to all things negative.

Imagine walking into a room full of people and

only the positive people with good intentions may see you.

It deflects negative experiences

and protects you against psychic attack.

It allows you to astral travel in peace and love,

attracting only the positive spirits.

It is made with white Owl magic,

a feather was given to the wise witch who made the stitch.

Once the robe is worn it acts as a personal amulet

and can not be worn by anyone else.

This cloak allows inter-dynamic travel

through the use of your astral body.

From the moment you enter your arms

into the sleeves the magic begins.

Enjoy the journeys you take in the world of visionary magic

allow it to help you enter the astral world.

When you awaken. Treat your cloth as the Invisibility cloak, treat it with honor and respect, when you're finished fold the cloth place it in it's own box. Use it only for this metaphysical meditation. Repeating this healing meditation exercise will strengthen its power and the spiritual magic you emerge into the cloth.

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Meditation Visit To The Goddess

Guided spiritual healing meditation . Before you begin, prepare the mind, body and spirit, create your sacred space. A comfortable bed or mattress preferably positioned with your feet pointing south is best. This aligns your body with magnetic north allowing easy and correct balance when leaving the body into the astral world. Light an incense, have a glass of water, stretch your limbs, swing your arms around a few times before laying down.

Lay on your back, arms to the side, legs shoulder width apart, relax all your weight into the mattress. Take a moment to experience yourself sinking deeper and really allowing your body to rest all it's weight. Squeeze all the facial muscles tighten the eye's move the nose and mouth, give your face a little workout. A relaxing stress relieving energy will soon follow.

Visualization

Close the eye's breathe in deeply through the nose, breathe out through the mouth, do this three times. Visualize yourself walking up a giant majestic snow capped mountain. The path is steep and winding up the mountain in a snake like fashion, allowing ease and pace as you walk. As you ascend toward the mountain's peak, the clear your mind becomes, your worries disappear and any questions you may have had drifting away with the wind.

Imagine seeing yourself reaching the mountain peak after several hours of walking, you arrive with a sense of calm. Upon entering the land of the great goddess you are asked to clear your mind of all negative thoughts. The Goddess reminds you, “once you are in my presence you are protected by my healing and compassion”.

Picture yourself having an eagle's eye view of your life as it is now. From this vantage point you will have a balanced perspective of your relationships, friendships, personal health, business and spiritual development. Ask yourself with the goddess help and guidance a few questions and at the end of the meditation act upon your immediate and instinctive answers. “What would be the most forgiving act I could do, think or say to someone at this time?”. “How do I bring into my life greater honesty, respect and integrity?”.

Make your way back down the mountain slowly, giving yourself time to ponder your answers before you wake. Make a note of your answers so you can refer to them at a later date to see if you completed your revelations.

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Mindfulness: What’s Non-Judgmental Awareness Got To Do With It?

Mindfulness is not about stopping the mind, it's not about relaxing, it's not about achieving a state of happiness, it's about being aware of our thoughts, emotions and sensations from moment to moment. Mindfulness is the ability to monitor the content of our awareness without judgment. Is that so? And if it is, what's non-judicial awareness got to do with it?

Just imagine paddling for a wave. At that critical moment, when the board lifts as it begins to plane, there's half a second before the wave sucks into a hollow face. If the take off is not set up with wave knowledge, effort and focus or there's failure to fully commit you'll get caught in the lip and go over the falls. If you hesitate for a moment you'll be too late. You'll wipe out as you drop. Without body weight centred over the back of the board, the rail will not carve the line of the bottom turn.

If you get the take off right, get to your feet at that critical moment; back foot flat on the tailpad, back leg compressed, body upright as you drop in, the bottom turn just happens by itself. Everything is in flow.

People are distracted 47% of the time. There's one exception to this overall trend and that's when we're having sex. We're only distracted 5% of the time. Just imagine you've just stubbed your toe. There's a split second when you are completely focused on the sensations of pain before you curse …

With the strong sensations of pain or an immediate threat to life or limb, or the pleasure and the connection that makes us feel loved and safe in an intimate embrace, we're fully focused. Some other activities, like surfing, enable us to experience flow, fully absorbed in what we are doing. There's a common theme to these activities; they capture our attention, have strong sensory inputs and power to engage.

Sometimes there's another category of activities that can absorb that which is less about sensory input or embodied activity. These could be intellectual pursuits of problem solving or a creative activity of some kind. These more intellectual activities are less focused on embodied awareness but still come with a strong sense of mastery and meaning.

So what happens when we are not involved in an activity that demands our attention? Perhaps we're waiting for a bus or sitting in the departure lounge waiting to board a flight? Perhaps we're sitting in the sun at the beginning of that holiday we've been looking forward to for months or maybe we're lying in bed trying to get to sleep after a busy day? The story starts! The mind finds something to think about: planning, daydreaming, worrying …

All kinds of meditation involve a conscious effort to focus attention on an object of concentration, be it a phrase repeated silently in the mind, a mantra chanted, a prayer spoken, a ritual performed, an object of sight like a candle or a visualization in the mind. Perhaps the simplest forms of meditation use just the sitting post and the movements of the breath as objects of concentration.

It takes some effort to just sit upright, still, for more than a few seconds. Before long the mind wanders and as concentration lapses, the body begins to slip. The task is to notice the mind has wandered and bring it back to pay attention to sitting. Commonly, the sensations of breath, breathing in and breathing out, are used as the object of concentration. Sooner or later, usually sooner rather than later, the mind wanders and again, the exercise is to notice the interruption and bring the focus of attention back again to the sensations of breath.

With concentration practice the tendency for the mind to wander is interrupted and the capacity to concentrate is developed. Concentration involves directing attention at the object of concentration and monitoring the contents of attention. As we develop our capacity to concentrate, it gets easier because we are developing both these capacities, but this always takes some effort and some time.

When we use the body as the object of concentration, perhaps just breath and posture, we slowly develop greater sensitivity to awareness of sensations in the body. As we develop greater sensitivity to the field of sensations in the body it becomes easier to maintain concentration on the body, and easier to notice when the attention wanders off into some story or other.

In time it's possible to relax the focus of attention and to rest the mind, absorbed in the field of awareness of sensations in the body. When thought forms arise in awareness it becomes possible to notice the movement of attention as they arise and then return attention to the field of sensations. With practice, awareness can become so absorbed in the body thoughtforms fade before they fully form.

Developing concentrative stabilization involves not just effort, but it's only possible with a particular attitude. If, when the mind wanders we become frustrated, this just produces greater agitation and the effort we apply becomes a force of control. Concentration becomes a battle, where the unruly mind refuses to bend to the force of the will.

To allow the mind to settle we need to apply an attitude which releases self-critical patterns that are fed by control. Perhaps, counter-intuitively, effort can be applied without self-critical monitoring of failure or success to perform this unusual task.

This letting go of self-critical judgment and a controlling attitude is really an expression of patience and acceptance. These qualities are aspects of kindness and generosity – expressed with effort, consistency and focus to tame the untrained mind.

We can set this attitude up with the body. Upright and open cached, internal organs have space, massaged by the rhythm of the breath. Stress levels drop and testosterone increases as the body post informs the physiology that we have self-respect and social status. We are safe, secure and awake.

It's not that we can ever stop feelings of pleasantness or unpleantness that come with sensations. We can just become more aware of the way we want pleasant feelings to continue or we want unpleasant feelings to go. We can learn to suspend a reaction to pain or pleasure, we can not stop things feeling the way they feel.

And why do we do this? We do this because it helps us to make better decisions. It means we're not driven by our reactions. We can think things through. We can ask ourselves: “What will really help me to feel better?” This gives us the power to use our capacity for discrimination and choice wisely, enabling us to gain mastery over our lives.

Mindfulness is our capacity to monitor what we are focusing on and be aware of the tendency for attention to be drawn to movements of the mind that arise outside the focus of our attention. The more we monitoring monitoring attention, and develop sensitivity to sensations in the body using the breath and the body as objects, the easier this becomes.

During meditation it becomes possible to rest in the field of awareness of sensations in the body with little effort, and the focus of attention becomes broad. The mind remains settled, without attention being drawn into thinking, because it's primarily absorbed in sensations in the body. The mind and body become more and more relaxed and movements in the field of awareness subside. The mind becomes absorbed in a formless field of sensations and the mental image of the body fades. Thought forms become unborn.

Does this formless field of sensations become pure awareness? Is there a point where changing thoughts, emotions and sensations cease to arise? Can the object of awareness become awareness itself without sensation?

This question is entirely hypothetical, at least for most of us. Up until this point (even if it is possible to experience pure awareness), there can be no such thing as awareness without being aware of something. There may be an attitude of acceptance and friendship but there is always an object of awareness, be it pleasant or unpleasant, and there is always a need to make a judgment about what is the kindest or wisest thing to do.

Using the term, “non-judicial awareness”, can suggest that awareness exists independently of experience, and with no content of awareness there must be no judgment of that content. Thinking that there is such a state of perfection can become the goal. This results in exactly the opposite of what is intended and mindfulness practice can easily become a trap rather than the means of letting go of destructive patterns of judgment and control, which sets up a self-blame for failure to attain an idealized state.

Perhaps there is not such a thing as non-judicial awareness but perhaps it's a helpful pointer to something more complex? Perhaps this phrase helps people to suspend their reactions to feelings of discomfort and begin to explore them. If that is so it's a useful term, but it conceals a danger. Sooner or later, things need to be explained just as they are.

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Consciously Meditating: Have You Tried It Yet?

A conscious meditation program is something I feel that everyone should try for a period of time at least once in their lifetime. I say conscious because all of us have mediated at times throughout our lives, however, may not have been aware that that's what we were actually doing. We all think of meditation as sitting by yourself in solitude, lotus position, eyes closed, chanting OM's and having some dramatic spiritual experience. While meditation can be practiced and experienced like this, and have some very profound benefits, it does not have to be like that every time.

One of the largest obstacles for myself and probably many others is the feeling of not enough time or the ability to find that moment when you can have some solitude to really sit down, focus and meditate. In a household with my husband, 4 young children, 2 dogs and 2 cats the chaos that ensues during each given day left me feeling like a personal meditation practice was going to be impossible. I was always too busy, both physically in my life but also with the thoughts of chores, work, and the needs of my family running through my mind at every moment of the day. It felt that I would have to gain some kind of superhero powers for me to be able to just sit still all alone and clear my mind for even 5 minutes. I always felt I would be wasting valuable time that was needed to do all the other things I felt I had to get done. In this day and age we are constantly bombarded with information and endless to-do lists that turning off our minds and just doing nothing seems wrong to us, like we are being lazy or unproductive. But with all the proven research of how beneficial meditation is, I believe it is a must in this day and age for everyone to “go inside” at least on a weekly basis to feel more in touch with who we really are.

You will find that with meditation you will be more relaxed and content and have a clear state of mind which will actually lead to more productivity when continuing on with your day. However, it does not necessarily mean having to sit in solitude in a certain position and only reach success when we have some dramatic transformation. Meditation can be done in any place one changes and even while doing other activities. While at the start of my meditation practice I did dedicate at least 20 minutes each evening to shutting myself in my room listening to guided meditations on you tube so I could “train” my brain and get that feeling of letting go of my thoughts and thinking of nothing in particular, however, after a few weeks of doing this I was able to actually tell my brain to “shut off” at various times during the day when I would be doing usual daily activities. You see meditation is really just the art of not thinking your thoughts, just letting them flow through your brain like water flowing down a river, not stopping and holding on to them to ponder. Now there are many different forms of meditation but a mindfulness meditation practice can be induced while engaged in many of the daily activities we do such as cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, listening to music and walking the dogs. Anytime we are focused on the “now” when doing any certain activity we are engaged in and not letting any other thoughts creep in which can stir up negative emotions, we are doing a form of meditation. One of the main benefits of meditation comes from not thinking any particular thought which may bring up negative emotion.

It's that relaxed state of being we get from not worrying about every thought that brings about amazing health and mental benefits. In focusing only on the activity you are doing in the “now” and keeping your breath flowing at a relaxed pace, you are engaged in a form of meditation. In doing any specific activity we really enjoy, most of us will enter the “now” state as our enjoyment for our hobby overtakes unnecessary thinking about every other little thing in our lives. So if the thought of a meditation practice has seemed impossible because of the ideal of what meditation is, just know that you have mediated several times in your life already! The next step is to now dive into it on a conscious level, take the time out every day, even for just 10 minutes, to be alone, focus on your breathing, let thoughts go and explore the inner depths of yourself. Try your best to commit to this for at least a 2 week period and I guarantee you will feel the positive benefits and want to find the time to fit it into your daily or at least weekly rituals. We all strive for more happiness and health in our lives and meditation is one of the most important tools we have to achieve this.

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How To Get Some Quiet Time

'Peace at last', I hear you sigh. The holiday season is coming to an abrupt end, the kids and grandkids packing up and heading home to make themselves ready for what their year may bring, you will now have an opportunity for some much-needed quiet time. But therein lies the challenge. Centuries ago Blaise Pascal (1623-62), the French philosopher, mystic, and physicist said, 'All human evil comes from this: our ability to sit still in a chair for half an hour.' If you reckon that Pascal was exaggerating, a recent study at the University of Virginia found that 67% of men and 25% of women would sooner end an unpleasant electric shock rather than be alone in silence for even 15 minutes.

Quiet time provides an opportunity for us to be still and enjoy our own company. Thich Nhat Hanh provides some help for this practice with his emphasis on mindfulness, particularly in relation to our breathing. As long as we live, we breathe – in, out, in, out – yet we all-to-often take for granted this life-essential. Mindfulness 'training / awareness' can lead to meditation, which should be included as part of our daily diet. And there's even more help available for you to enjoy the multiple benefits associated with meditation. When he claimed that there were 10,000 different ways to meditate, the Buddha meant that there were many, many ways to engage in this important process. Bottom line is that there's nothing stopping you from getting started.

In a world where social media is omnipresent, interruptions are everywhere. It's little wonder that being alone is increasingly difficult. But one of the many advantages of being an 'oldie' is that quiet time (should) become / s considerably easier. Here are some things that you can do to ensure that you get some quality time for yourself.

  1. Remove all distractions – turn off the TV, phone, etc.
  2. Find a quiet spot, sit down, become mindful of your breathing, and conceive your in and out-breaths.
  3. Enjoy your own company. It's probably much easier if you are an introvert, but extroverts need their quiet time, too.

If all else fails, and the folk at Virginia University got it right, try being alone apart even though you're together with others. You'll find that, once you're mindful of your breathing, the size of the crowd need not stop you from enjoying some quiet time. Develop this habit and let others know how you value your time-out period. Before you know it, you'll be feeling finer than a frog's hair.

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Botox, Boob Job, Bum Lift? No Thanks I’ll Take Meditation!

I consider myself a pretty confident woman, even through those who often difficult teenage years, I was always self-assured, but somehow despite possessing those strengths I have succumb to the odd cosmetic procedure. Sadly I am not alone, thousands of women take the plunge every year, a number of which includes many of my beautiful girlfriends … so what is going on?

It seems we can not go anywhere without having some body ideal ',' perfect smile 'or' luscious locks' shoved down our somewhat imperfect throats … the media looks hell bent on portraying these assets and procedures as some kind of social norm.

I doubted anyone managed to escape the recent expose of Kim Kardashian's rear … I'm talking media coverage here not mass! Is not it all just becoming a little too ridiculous? And where the hell are we all heading?

I'm fortunately that when I was younger and therefore more impressionable, social media did not exist. Neither was there such a celebrity culture that now seems to engulf many of our young impressionable women. I feel for all women from all backgrounds and of all ages who when exposed to such coverage feel just a twinge of insecurity. It's incredibly sad that recent figures suggest self-esteem amongst teenage girls is in decline.

Would not it be amazing if there was a cosmetic treatment out there that not onlyave us a palpable glow but reflected the signs of aging, increased our general health and most importantly improved our self esteem ?! Well the magic elixir could well be within our grass!

I have been practicing Vedic meditation for almost a year now and it has had a profound effect on almost every aspect of my being. One aspect that I was not expecting it to affect was my self-esteem. Treatments and procedures that once took precedence just are not that appealing anymore. I feel incredibly content and confident with my lot; fellow girlfriends are asking what am I doing? Have I a secret potion they're unaware of? I'm rarely ever short of a 'you're glowing' comment which is not just reliant upon females. I retort 'I'm meditating' something which often results in a bemused expression … but its true ladies! High-end cosmetics I once owned have been replaced for less expensive options and yet I look and feel better than ever! All thanks to my twice-daily practice of Vedic meditation.

One landmark development which confirms the substantial effect Vedic meditation has on my self esteem is that up until recently I would never have dreamed of wearing my beloved converse trainers with either skinny jeans or leggings, in the fear that my foot to leg ratio was somewhat adrift . A silly self-esteem issue that is nothing more than something I've created. Less than a year on and I now wear my converse with pride and I hear nothing but compliments on the choice of my kicks, a far cry from what I had imagined!

We often hear that beauty comes from within, and from first hand experience it looks to be true. People behave differently towards you if you feel confident in yourself, and for me, I've much more inject medicine into my morning than a muscle paralyzing neurotoxin!

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Beginning Meditation The Easy Way

So, where you are – train, plane, bus, office, shopping mall, coffee bar, bed, armchair – all you need to do is draw a half-inch (12mm) blob on a piece of paper and look at it for five seconds. Do not worry about the time exactly, just look at the blob and count to five.

OK, that's it. Because of the novel you probably managed it. Congratulations, you can meditate. Surprised it's that easy? Well, it is only the beginning, but do not underestimate it, it is a beginning. Now you've mastered that you can go on and meditate anywhere. All you need is a blob, or something that resembles the blob, or the ability to imagine a blob.

What you did, even if only for a few seconds, is turn your conscious brain off, the busy bit of it, the bit that will not stay still. It's that bit that always leaps in when you have got a moment to yourself. It will not let you forget what you've got to do, what you should have done, or said, or wish you'd done or said. It's that bit that eats away at your peace, that might be keeping you awake at night, that invades your head the moment you wake up in the morning.

Now we can go back to the blob. Whenever, when you become really profitable, you may be able to meditate (whatever we decide that is) for long periods on the black spot or, in true meditation fashion, a candle. It's very difficult to do that in the early days, so be content if you can manage it for several seconds. We can easily extend that period if we let our subconscious mind in on the act.

Just observe, stay detached, and allow the blob to take on a shape or change color. Do not think what color you want it to be. Sit back and let your watching self be amazed by what happens.

If any ideas or images are so persistent that you feel inclined to shift them, do not. Do not get caught up in the detail, the bait that wants to drag you back into brain-mode, stay remote and observe how you are feeling. What makes that image a problem – your anger, weakness, fear? Whatever it is it does not matter, identify it, accept it, and the image with its feeling will always move on. Notice you are identifying and accepting the feeling, becoming aware. Do not judge it, defend it, argument or respond in any way. You are the observer, totally impartial.

So, let's go back to the blob. If you like the blob you have created, hang on to it because as soon as your mind recognizes the piece of paper and the same blob, it will prepare itself for what will follow.

We're going to give the blob 20 seconds this time. Not that we're going to measure the time or count numbers. We're just telling ourselves that for 20 seconds we are going to observe a black blob on a page. If it's more or less, it does not matter, the crucial part is that we do not get in the way.

Sorry, I'd like to make it sound more complicated, but I can not. All you have to do is let whatever happens happen. What might happen? Well, it might change color, we've already touched on that. Then, it might become someone's face. You may recognize them, but do not worry about names, keep your distance. It might become a different shape, it might become three-dimensional, it might become an animal, a household object … it might just stay a blob.

What you've achieved is giving your subconscious the chance to play. It may be like a child when you take it to the park for the first time, the space is so huge and the freedom so awesome that it does not want to go anywhere or do anything. But give it time and it will happily go off and do its own thing.

Be bold, try the blob for a whole minute. If you find that your mind is invaded by your day-to-day thoughts, then stop. Some meditation books may tell you to bring your mind back to your point of concentration (in our case the blob), and for some people this will work. But sometimes it is better to congratulate yourself on the period you've achieved and move on to something else.

Gradually you will find that the meditation game extends to a few minutes. You might find yourself smiling at some of the images that pop into your head. Remember, meditation is not a solemn, sombre enterprise. It is to relax and refresh you first, then sometimes you will get insights into your life. But the first phase is to get your subconscious to enjoy the freedom of escape.

Some people will realize blob watching without any 'mind' interference in hours, others might not feel entirely convinced that they've achieved it at all. It does not matter, where you're at, it's time to move on because different people respond in different ways, and maybe a slightly different approach will help you on your way.

The next step is to imposes a shape, color or face on our blob. In fact, you probably do not need the physical blob now. You can probably close your eyes and imagine it. Try it, and then play with it.

So, can not empty your head of all but a blob? Imagine or visualise tipping all that buzzy stuff, all the problems and junk (it's typically problems and junk that fill our heads) into a bin or shredder. Or put it all in a basin of water and watch it dissolve. Try it now, do not try to identify what these things are that you're pouring into the water, but notice what color the water becomes as they dissolve, red, blue, black. Then, obviously, we just pull the plug and they swirl away with a fond farewell. They have not gone forever, but should not get in the way of your meditation for a while. And you can get back to creating your own blobby faces, without the pressure of the world on your shoulders.

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How To Reach a State Of Nirvana

Question (Frank):

When I do meditate I am having trouble getting to that so-called zone. How can I get to that zone, the state of nirvana?

Me:

Reaching a state of Nirvana while meditating seems to be a pretty common question for us who meditate. Can you expand a little on how you are practicing? Your technique, how often, without getting to personal, your lifestyle?

Frank:

I was meditating in the mornings before the day starts I put on some meditating music and I sit on the floor in my room in front of the Buddha (my alter you can say). And light a candle or incense. And go from there.

The only thing I have not done is take a class or sit in meditation.

Me:

It sounds like you are off to a great start. You probably are lacking focus to “free yourself”. I'm not sure what methods you are using to meditate but it is important to free your mind of all thoughts and just let yourself go. Only concentrating on your breathing per se. Our pineal gland or “Third Eye” in most of us is calloused to the point that it blocks the receptors that allow for mental clarity.

Answer:

Look at your diet and life style. Stay away from what is not healthy and try to eat green vegetables. You can research that. If you need a quick guide, you can get a 15 minute Audio Session with a Traditional Meditation Guide in PDF. Do the meditation and then listen to the 15 minute audio session with headphones on. Let me know if that makes a difference. It should because the music has a foundation of frequencies that makes it easy to get to that “Zone”.

It is important to use headphones. You will be receiving a different frequency for each ear. When the brain combines the two frequencies it creates a third frequency that you normally do not reach while conscious. That is why so many people have success with this method. It's like auto pilot. Give it a try, please let me know the outcome.

With the help of brain wave audio technology, you can guide your brain into any of these states naturally and effortlessly. This method may be used to effortlessly induce any brain wave state, to prompt widespread neural activity, and to trigger whole brain synchronization.

Whole brain synchronization occurs when the hemispheres of your brain begin to work together, resonating at the same frequencies and causing neural pathways to fire more rapidly. Research has proved this type of whole brain synchronization is present in the brain at times of clarity, creativity and inspiration. By listening to the audio technology, you can train your brain to function at this high level of synchronization, opening the way for positive and beneficial effects.

Follow up:

Me:

Did you get a chance to listen to the free session?

Frank:

No, but using headphones while listening to meditation music really helped.

Conclusion:

We all at times have had troubles getting into a deep relaxed meditative state. Sometimes sometimes tools are needed to accomplish this. Brain Wave entrainment uses frequencies that will automatically synchronize your brain to reach that state of nirvana!

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Easy Beginner’s Start Guide To Meditation!

Thanks to the amazing benefits and life changing results it can bring, a growing number of people are intending to get started with meditation. If you are among those people and wanting to start your meditation adventure then ensure you tick off all the things below you will need to get started!

You will need the following:

Time

You

Lol, you were expecting a longer list? There is a crazy number of myths and misconceptions when it relates to meditation. Shockingly, you do not need to wrap yourself up in a pair of window curtains. You do not need to get into the lotus position. Most people do not need a deluxe yoga mat or a book of mantras. Provided that you've got a couple of minutes to spare and you're still breathing, you've actually got everything you will need in order to begin meditating today. Yes, it absolutely can be that simple!

In all seriousness, here's what you really need to be able to meditate:

5 or 10 minutes of leisure time

The determination to try it

Somewhere quiet you can concentrate

Do not get restricted on the word “meditation” – it merely means permitting yourself to experience a little peace. To apply it yourself, you only need to take a seat or lie down and pay attention to your breathing. Take a shot at this easy exercise to discover how easy it can be:

Sit / lie down in a relaxing place

Breathe in and out slowly and deeply

Count each “in” breath and “out” breath

In case your mind wanders, start counting afresh

That's all there is to it. Meditation can be as straightforward as paying attention to something (in this case your own breath) and just relaxing into the moment. You could just as easily concentrate on the light fixture above your head. Or even you could shut your eyes and focus on an image in your mind. Or you could take a walk and focus on your feet hitting the pavement. It does not matter where you are or what you concentrate on, though, considering that through this sort of meditation, it's the focusing that's important.

Take The Time To Slow Down and Smell the Flowers

This is a crazy, crazy world and the beauty of meditation is how it helps you to slow your mind down. In a time where plenty of things are competitive for your attention throughout the day, your brain gets overwhelmed with stuff. With all the stimulation, how could it not? That makes it tough to give your attention to any one thing in particular and even harder to examine what's taking place around you.

There are 2 things you must remember about meditation. The first thing is that it's actually just a different way to take a quick break, to give yourself time out from the hectic pace of life. And everyone needs that every now and then.

The second thing to keep in mind is that the minute you switch off from the hectic, noisy life around you, your attention will begin to wander. Thoughts and sensations will come floating up into your brain. Allow them to come. You simply can not clear your mind, as some recommend, because that's impossible. Alternately, keep going back to whatever it's you're working on.

And remember this crucial fact: how you feel when you're meditating is not really the objective of the exercise– it's how you feel later on that matters. Men and women who meditate on a daily basis will tell you they feel more centered, more balanced, more associated to the world around them. They're able to focus with more energy, which makes them more effective. They feel happy and satisfied because they've had the time to chill out and set their lives into perspective.

I guarantee that if you just make the commitment to give it a try yourself, even for just a few weeks, you will be amazed at the difference meditation can make your life and indeed … your whole world!

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Meditation: What’s It All About?

I have read a ton of articles over the past year from various sources touting the amazing benefits of meditation. OK so it's supposed to be good for you and there are some studies which support its benefits to both body and mind. But what exactly is meditation? It sees there are several forms. How exactly is it good for me? And who has time to sit and do nothing? In our rushed and stressed out society it could seem counter intuitive to many. Maybe even a waste of time! This is to those of us that do have a hard time sitting still and turning off our mind. It is very hard for me. However because I keep reading about the abundant benefits I do believe that it is in my best interest to slow down and take a look at what it is all about and try to incorporate it into my life in 2015. New year's resolution? Maybe yes – can not hurt me to at least try it right?

Meditation is good for your mind; it changes your brain's structure!

A study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital showed measurable changes in participants' gray matter. The regions demonstrating change are associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. Gray matter density had actually increased. I think I would love to be able to feel less stress just through building up some gray matter – and all I have to do is sit quietly! Does it still sound like a waste of time endeavor? Not so much. I would rather not rely on prescription drugs to cope with daily overwhelm.

How do we get started?

  • Sit comfortably either cross-legged on the floor. If that is uncomfortable, sit in a chair.
  • Sit up straight and close your eyes.
  • To maintain your neutral tall spelling by inhaling and rolling your shoulders up to your ears. As you exhale roll your shoulders back and down. Repeat this if you feel yourself starting to slouch.
  • Breath simply through your nose; just breathing in and out. Focus on the space between your nostrils and your lips. Observe the sensation as your breath flows over this spot.
  • As your mind wonders bring it back to this space. Be easy on yourself through the process. Some days it will seem easier than others.
  • Observe any thoughts that come and go but do not really judge them. Just focus back on your breath.
  • Start with sessions of 5 minutes. If you feel like going longer, go with it.
  • Likewise if you're not feeling it one day listen to your intuition. If you feel the need to move slowly, you can!
  • Go easy on yourself; it is amazingly difficult to train your mind like this. Especially when you've had a rough day!
  • Do what feels good!

To your health.

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What The Heck Is Transcedental Meditation?

So What The Heck Is TM?

TM is a very simple, yet effective technique. It is a mental procedure that is best practiced twice daily for a period of twenty minutes per session. The technique is very popular, and millions of people have learned it and practice it today. Additionally, there have been a number of research studies focused on TM. Still, many people wonder exactly what TM is and how it can be learned. In this article. Read on to learn more.

Where Can I Practice TM

A quiet environment is ideal and can make your TM practice more enjoyable; however, it is not absolutely necessary. Once you have mastered the technique, you can reap its benefits in the noisiest of environments. Many people benefit from using TM when traveling, and it can be used in hotel rooms and lobbies, bus and train stations and bustling airports very effectively. The process is simple and easy in any environment because TM is a natural, automatic response of the body and the mind.

What Part Does Concentration Play In TM?

If a person is using a concentration technique to focus on self development, for example, he or she might be instructed to focus on a candle flame, make the mind a blank and then visualize a given scenario. Alternately, he or she might be asked to focus on a specific thought or a specific area of ​​the body or some other focal point. If the mind strains from focus on the candle flame or the visualization, the subject must use the concentration technique to steer attention back to the focal point (eg the candle and / or visualization).

The TM technique is different from a concentration technique. Focus and concentration are not involved. Rather, TM is an effortless technique during which the mind naturally and purposefully flows into the field of Pure Consciousness or creative silence found at the mind's source. This is a natural, spontaneous occurrence that occurs with no effort when practicing TM.

TM Vs. Controlled Breathing Techniques

There are many forms of meditation that use the rhythm of breath as a focal point; however, TM does not. TM uses the natural tendency of the mind to gravitate toward a greater degree of silence and peace. This is as natural as the tension of a stone to sink to the depths of a pond when beckoned by the pull of gravity. During TM practice, the mind is effortlessly drawn deep within regardless of the tempo or rhythm of the participant's breath.

Each person's experience with TM is unique

Conclusion

Many people who practice TM have learned the technique from a TM certified teacher, and that method may be the best approached, however you can easily adopt your own Mantra and achieve the same results. The practice of TM is effortless, easy, substantial and unique. Every person is different, and each person has a different experience with TM. Practitioners learn at their own pace; however, it is highly recommended by the founder of TM that they learn with the assistance of a teacher who is certified to instruct in TM. The founder of the TM technique is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He wrote a book entitled The Science of Being & Art of Living. In it he explains that checking experiences is a truly vital point when practicing TM.

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How Spiritual Meditation Can Improve Your LIfe

Improve Your Life with Spiritual Meditation

When you take a look at the lifestyles of most people these days, it's no wonder that the practice of spiritual meditation is gaining attention. People are discovering that there are many benefits to learning how to meditate spiritually. Some of the benefits of meditation include enjoying positive relationships, vibrant health, and peace of mind, calmness, joy, and fulfillment in life. Spiritual meditation offers endless benefits for your mind, body, and inner spirit. The level of rest that is gained during meditation is much deeper than even the deepest possible sleep. Once you've mastered the art, you'll enjoy dynamic activity and mental clarity.

One of the major benefits of spiritual meditation is stress management. Not only does meditation release any stress that has accumulated over time, but it also helps prevent stress from entering the system in the first place. Both of these positive benefits are experienced simultaneously, resulting in a relaxed, joyful, and refreshed state. Many people are able to quickly return to a calm, peaceful state of mind when faced with a challenging situation by simply meditating for a few minutes.

During meditation, brainwave patterns are brought into an Alpha state, which naturally promotes healing. With regular sessions it is common to experience an increase in creativity, decreased anxiety, and improved emotional stability. Problems are deal with easily and happiness increases.

In addition to the numerous mental benefits of spiritual meditation, people reap a wide variety of health benefits. Meditation helps lower blood pressure, improve the immune system, and decrees pain that is caused by tension. Some examples of tension related pain are insomnia, tension headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, and ulcers. Anxiety attacks are reduced because blood lactate levels are lowered. Meditation is known to increase the production of serotonin, which results in improved behavior and mood.

In order to reap the many benefits of spiritual meditation, it is necessary to practice regularly. It takes practice, but the rewards are well worth the effort. It does not take much time; just a few minutes each day. Once meditation becomes part of your routine, you'll wonder how you functioned without it. Meditation will likely become the part of the day that you look forward to most. Some people start their day with meditation and others end the day with a session.

No special equipment is required for traditional meditation; just a few minutes and a quiet place. It can be practiced at any time and nearly anywhere. People from all walks of life are enjoying the benefits of regular meditation. It takes just a few minutes to pause and refresh themselves. Spiritual meditation is an ideal method for busy people that want to enjoy a happy, healthy stress free lifestyle.

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