Ramana Maharshi’s Meditation Technique for Enlightenment

Ramana Maharshi's meditation technique for enlightenment was not a technique to get you to some enlightenment in the future. Rather, he kept pointing to this moment as the means to attain enlightenment. He would direct your attention back on to attention itself.

Ramana Maharshi's meditation technique could be described in three parts: The first was to awaken your attention to the Self and the second was to simply abide in the self. The third was to transmit this experience directly to you.

His simple method to attain the Self was self inquiry. Whatever thought arises, you ask 'to what does this thought come?' This question leads your attention back on to itself. Or if you feel the thought comes to 'me,' then the question would be “who is this me? Who am I?”

This simple practice if done with focus brings you very quickly if not immediately to your experience of existing beyond any thought.

If you really look back within yourself for this 'I' you will find the source of what you are is attention itself, is a sense of being. So the question cuts through all thinking to an actual experience or realization of what you are at your essence. It silences the mind and all that is left is attention itself.

To explain it in another way, you have thoughts about who you are that you identify with. I am a carpenter, this is what I like, this is what I do not like. This is what I know. . Thoughts arise and you identify them to be you. This is who you assume yourself to be.

But with Ramana Maharshi's self inquiry technique, you cut through this identification with thoughts. The question 'who am I?' may even stop thoughts all together for a moment. And what is left is a sense of being, a sense of existing that is not dependent on thoughts. It is a sense that you exist completely free of thoughts, even free of a body, as formless being, formless awareness.

Through this practice of asking 'Who am I?' your mind begins to become familiar with its source. You begin to get accustomed to experiencing yourself as awareness itself, as consciousness itself. You begin to feel the bliss of simply being rather than being thought up in thoughts and there before you naturally gravitate to this primal experience of being consciousness.

And so we come to the second part of Ramana Maharshi's meditation technique for enlightenment which is to simply abide in the self.

Rather than getting cooked up in your thinking, you learn to allow thinking to be without being involved with it. You learn to rest your attention where it wants to naturally rest: in itself.

If you practice this, you will see how you keep getting thought up in thinking. Your attention for however long was resting on the feeling of existing prior to thinking but somehow, your attention left the feeling of being and got thought up in thoughts again.

At first, you used the question 'who am I?' or 'to what do these thoughts come' as a method to get you back to your natural state of being-consciousness. But at some point you begin to realize this experience of being-consciousness or the Self to be what you are. And that your attention getting carried up in thoughts is a doing, is an effort. And as it is a doing and an effort, it wastes energy, it is a feeling of contraction and stress.

So then abiding in the Self is not something you are doing, rather you stop the action of leaving the self to get thought up in thinking.

The more you practice this, the more clear this will become. You will see you are consciousness itself, you are peace itself. And to become the personal 'me' with all of its desires, worries and resistances is something you do as consciousness. Consciousness contracts into identifying with thoughts to become a person.

And when you recognize this is something you are doing, you can stop doing it. You can relax that knee-jerk reaction to identify with thoughts. You can simply be as you are. You can simply rest in your true self.

The third aspect of his teachings is probably the most important. It has also been lost by most because we did not have the privilege of sitting with Ramana Maharshi in person. If we did, we would have experienced his main teaching, which was grace (Shakti). For he did not often speak much, rather he sat silently transmitting enlightenment to everyone around him.

The teaching was good, it gave people a technique to practice. But it was his transmission of enlightenment through Shakti for which he was best known for at the time.

If you read or watch interviews of those that spend time with him, most of them will not talk about his teachings but rather how they went into deep states of Samadhi just by sitting in his presence. Just by being in his ashram, people experienced profound peace and bliss that directly awakened them to the Self. Self realization happened to many people just by sitting silently with him receiving his Shakti.

In our modern technology, we can receive this same Shakti in new ways. Because of breakthroughs in sound recording, you can now receive Shakti through sound. The minority vibration of enlightenment gets recorded with special audio equipment and turned into sound and those sounds into music.

So now you can sit at home or on the train or wherever you like, listening to this special Shakti meditation music on your mp3 or CD player and have Shakti transmitted to you, allowing you to experience deep meditation and bliss wherever you are. You can read more information about receiving Shakti through sound and hear samples by visiting the Shaktipat through Sound website.

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I Can’t Breathe, How Can I Do Breathing Meditation?

It is a common instruction for beginner meditation students to start with the breathing meditation, which is often called the sitting meditation as it's mostly done while sitting down.

The usual instruction is to find the breath where it can be felt most obvious and most distinct. Now breathing is an involuntary function for the most part. It happens automatically without us having to intervene. And because it usually happens automatically we do not have to worry much at all about it and we typically just leave it alone.

There are so many things to worry about in life, why create unnecessary worry. If something can be left alone without paying any attention, we should do that and that's exactly what we do with our breath. Now if you have a disease or condition like asthma, you may have had to pay attention to your breath. And in that case your familiarity with the breath is going to be much more than others who have not faced any issues with it.

In general, there is more awareness about breathing because deep belly breathing is known and used by many for reducing anxiety. In either case, the problem that we actually face is that it is hard for us to feel it. And we know that one easy way to access this issue is by breathing deeper than usual. When we breathe deeper it becomes easy for us to feel it.

Because with deaf breath we suck in more air volume. More air traveling through the same area causes more friction and more noise. Not only that, to suck in more air our muscles have to work harder and they stretch extra. And when they stretch extra it becomes more obvious for us to feel them.

So with deeper breath there is more air friction, more sound and more pronounced muscle actions. All of which makes it easier for us to feel the breath. How deep one has to breath in order to feel breath? That really depends and is very individual.

When working to cultivate mindfulness, one of the main teaching of mindfulness is that we learn to be with things as they actually are. As opposed to chasing to change things around us and make them adapt to our needs. And most of the mindfulness teachers specifically tell you that when you practice breathing meditation you should keep your breath natural and normal. So the instructions are not to breath deeply, but breath normally which for most of us is a shallow breath.

We just saw that if you are new to meditation and new to feeling the breath, it could be very difficult for you to feel your breath if you kept it normal and natural. We also saw that one of the best ways to feel the breath is to breath deeply and not keep it natural.

So what is one supposed to do? Many students find themselves in this predicament. Although your problems may just be that you can not find your breath, even once you find your breath, you are going to run into this issue of whether to breath deeply or not.

And what ends up happening is that many people find breathing meditation to be very difficult. What happens is that even once you find that breathing deeply is what seems to make it feel easily, breathing deep is something that's not easy to sustain longer that a few breaths to begin with.

Remember for most of our lives breathing has been automatic. It just so happens that we have ability to exert some degree of control over our breathing, but we are habituated to let breathing happening automatically. Because of this it is not easy to sustain the control over our breath right away.

It takes a certain amount of time to learn to continue to exert control over our breathing. What ensues is a kind of struggle. We try to exert control over our breath and breath wants to go automatic. And we are not used to deep breathing so at times it feels like we are gasping for breath and can not breath.

And to top all this, if you remember the instructions, they are to not breathe deep. All of this can easily send you in a tailspin. This may frustrate you and de-motivate you. So what should one do?

Here is what you need to do. First off, although it is true that in the cultivation of mindfulness, we are learning to be with things as they are. Mindfulness is also about using skillful means or practical ways to further our learning. Mindfulness is not about being rigid or stubborn.

With this in mind, it's ok if initially your breath is not normal or natural. Initially we try our best to do what helps us initiate and sustain the practice. So lets get any qualms about breathing deeply out of our way. We keep the motive to maintaining our breath normal in the back of our mind, but we should feel completely okay to try and manipulate our breath in the beginning to get the practice going.

With one obstacle out of your way, let's move to the second obstacle and that is the struggle with breath that many of us encounter.

As I mentioned earlier its not easy to sustain an artificial deeper breath. Although I would like to further qualify “artificial”. It is widely believed that our normal breath is a shallow and incomplete breath. And we all need to relearn to breathe properly.

But we'll talk more about diaphragmatic breathing in a separate article. When trying to breath deeply, so that one can feel the breath, one has to be prepared for a “struggle” with the breath. The key is patience. It will take several sessions before you know that you can really sustain deeper breath for 10-15 minutes or more.

And again, it has to be a gradual process. So try for several 5 minute sessions before you decide to quit. If you feel like you are struggling and gasping and not able to breath, it's okay. See if you can still continue and give it at least two weeks. That is two weeks of daily attempts to feel your breath for at least 5 minutes.

If it still remains a struggle, then you should seriously consider trying other forms of meditation or something else. It's just that breath is such a portable thing and breathing meditation is such a fundamental practice exactly because breath is so much portable.

Once you have learned to sustain deeper breath for 5-10 minutes it is easy to stretch it longer. But it is also easy to go back to more natural breath from a deaf breath and continue to be able to feel the breath. And that's exactly what you should attempt to do. But only after you have mastered the art of sustained deeper breathing.

In summary, it's okay not breathing normally and naturally to begin with. It's okay if you struggle with your breath and can not breath initially Be patient with your practice. Give it at least 2 to 3 weeks of disciplined daily effort before you call it quits. Sometimes, breathing should become effortless and you should not be controlling your breath.

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Guided Meditation Not For You? Think Again!

Guided Meditation

In today's busy world, there seems to be so much stress and pressure. We all seem to have so many deadlines and responsibilities that we do not give ourselves even just a little bit of time to decompress and relax. Have you ever considered allowing yourself to indulge in some guided meditation at home?

Before immediately stating: “No; I do not have time to use guided meditation,” I am urging you to read this brief article with an open mind, and at the end admit you are not disappointed there is not more to read!

First, consider the potential physical and psychological benefits you are missing out on:

  • Decreased Tension in Muscles
  • Improved Sleep
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Reduced Stress Levels
  • Less Body Pain
  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Clearer Thinking
  • More Positive Outlook
  • Memory Improvement
  • Increased Confidence

The long list you just read is just the tip of the iceberg of benefits you reap with guided meditation. There is a full range of different techniques and knowledge to acquire with meditation, but these tips will help you start your journey:

WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? HOW?

WHAT : To get ready for your guided meditation session, it is recommended you wear loose, comfy clothing. If you feel a bit hungry, eat or drink something light, and make sure you wash your face and hands. Water neutralizes negative energies.

WHEN : Ideally, meditation is best when it is done twice a day. First in the morning when your rise, even when you tend to be still a little bit drowsy, but the mind is quiet so you will find it easy to meditate. You will find it quite easy to steady your mind into focusing your energy and awareness for your day.

In the evening time, give that time to yourself to meditate as the sun sets for the day. Meditation will clear off energies and negative feelings that you have picked up during the day. It will feel like slipping off a heavy coat and smoothing your body, heart and mind.

WHERE : Find a place that is very comfortable to you, but it is also clean and quiet. Try to find some place where you can meditate on a regular basis.

HOW : Sit cross-legged with an optional pillow or blanket under your hips so you sit tilted forward. Focus on your breathing as it moves in and out. Feel your breath inside your body. You should begin to start to feel a wonderful sensation of well-being and calmness inside your body. Slowly elongate your breaths to they are long, smooth, and steady. Let your eyes close, allow your muscles to relax, and feel your body go back into its natural breathing pattern. From there, your awareness should shift to your third eye …

Fascinated yet? You should be! Because how exotic and calming it sounds, guided meditation goes even further and actual does benefit you in countless ways. Now it is time for you to admit it: You want to learn more about guided meditation do not you?

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Why Learning To Meditate Will Make You 15% Happier

Want to Have a Happier Life?

A person who is able to learn meditation is able to reap many benefits. There are a plethora of different ways that meditation can help your day to day living. When you learn meditation, you can unlock certain parts of yourself that you did not even know exhausted. Let's explore a few of these benefits.

  • Stress Relief

As we all know, life can be very stressful. Trying to juggle work concerns, personal life issues and anything else that may pop up can be quite trying. Rather than join the growing list of people who rely on prescription medication to keep their emotions, learn meditation so that you can keep agitation at bay. Meditation gives you a chance to tap into your natural energy reserves, so that negativity can not sap your strength.

  • It Begets Healthier Living

Once you learn meditation and start to become accredited to living a definite way, you will become motivated to change other aspects of your lifestyle. Those who meditate are far less likely to consume junk food and allow themselves to become sedentary. Whether it's eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking less alcohol, or cutting out caffeine, the body begins to crave things that are good for it, instead of wanting sugar, salt and other harmful substances.

  • Increased Self Awareness

The gulf between a person's self-image and who they are in reality is the cause for much consternation. When you learn to meditate, you also learn how to properly analyze yourself. Gone are the days of making excuses for yourself and having zero accountability. Anger is often the product of our mistakes and being able to recognize this fact is often the key to self-actualization. Being able to truly accept who you are as a person and knowing your strengths and weaknesses is one of the keys to true happiness.

  • Decelerates The Aging Process

Those who learn meditation and participate on a regular basis are able to rewire their brain from a physiological standpoint. Studies have shown that a person who meditates has an increased amount of brain cells, as compared to their counterparts who do not meditate. It reduces the amount of stress on the body and increases the length of a person's chromosome caps, which provide indication of one's biological age.

  • Decrease In Blood Pressure

When you learn meditation, you increase your body's overall level of relaxation. This leads to increase in the amount of nitric oxide produced by the body. When this process takes place, it opens up the blood vessels. When the blood vessels open, blood pressure decreases. Medical studies have shown that roughly half of those who meditate were able to cease taking their medications for high blood pressure.

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The Quickest and Easiest Healing Meditation Practices

Healing Meditation

  • Relieve stress and anxiety with meditation
  • Overcome the battle of being tied down
  • Free yourself with the release of mental clarity

You too will learn how to heal yourself with meditation. We all have ideas on what is right or wrong to heal oneself. Exercise, eat right, do not smoke, the list goes on. All of these are good for the body and mind but sometimes it's just not enough. Our mind needs more, our brain is a muscle and it needs its own kind of exercise.

Many people do not know where to start to help the mind become more relaxed, less troubled, I am going to pointed in the right direction. Our minds continue to wrestle with thought, keeping you up at nights, so leading to a very unpleasant next day and the cycle continues.

You can eat, exercise and do all of the right things for your body but how is all of this effecting your mind. Just like our body needs to rest, so does our mind. How do we do this? How can we overcome this overwhelming feeling of thought? Even thinking about the idea can be daunting, but really the concept is simple and you too will become more relaxed and focused after learning a few techniques.

The practice of self-healing meditation is easier than expected. Resting your mind without interference, allowing your mind to rejuvenate itself. During sleep our minds are still at work. Dreaming and processing the events of the day.

So it takes a little effort on your part to set a time in the day to do some meditation to heal.

First a little about a misconception of meditation. Meditation is not the ability to free your mind of all thoughts but rather alter the types of interactions you have with your thoughts. You do not dismiss your thoughts but look at them from a distance. At that point you are able to train yourself to focus on the ideas that you wish to pay more attention to. This gives you the ability to place your thoughts in a place that you can arrange into a more product and peaceful place. Productivity comes along as a free package, because as you focus and continue the exercise, your mind automatically becomes more productive. All of the white noise evaporates and focus is enhanced.

An example would be watching a good show on TV. Tunnel vision occurs in the scenes that stimulate endorphin that make you happy or sad. Everything around you become less important and your focus is primary on what is making changes to your brain. Sure you have the ability to look away or get detracted but film these days uses psychological tricks to keep your eyes on the screen. Short movie cuts (one to five seconds), keeping your attention, ominous sounds, that keep you wondering what's next.

In the same concept, while you begin to meditate on thoughts you should apply the same tricks to keep your mind less distracted and more focused on the goal of the healing process.

OK, back to the quick and easy meditation practices . In the beginning of training your mind it will take some effort to focus if you have never mediated before. There are and will be plenty of resources that will be directed to your specific need to heal, so the examples here are made in general.

My family make me happy and as I begin to meditate I will have a positive mental image of my family to be with me, as I reflect on other thoughts. Would I rather have a negative image in my mind, like some horror scene from a movie as a starting place to begin healing? I think not, neither should you. Before you begin, clear your head of negative thoughts if you can, or simply reflect on something that makes you happy. It works for me!

Most meditation practices share the same goal, so I will not name any one method in specifics. For the sake of making this an easy exercise,

Here are some suggestions:

1. Find a comfortable quite place. You will want to be sitting up with your back straight not slummed over. This will increase the oxygen that travels through your body and as you reflect on thoughts your entire body will reap the rewards.

2. Begin to focus on your breathing. This is a very important to any meditation practice. When you focus on your breathing in and out it your mind automatically places attention to it. Taking deep breaths in from your nose and out through your mouth. Do not make it complicated, no need to over do this, just breath as normal as you can but focus on the suggestions.

3. Close your eyes and forget about your surroundings, little noises, automobiles passing outside, some unpleas odor, etc.

4. Now comes time to reflect on a thought. Remember you subconsciously should still have that positive image in your memory to eliminate distractions. Before you started, you placed a nice thought in your head. Reflect on your thought that may require some healing and look at it from a distance. Still focusing on breathing and sitting upright.

5. As you reflect and look at your situation from a distance, you can actually take control of it. Visually in your mind take whatever might be negative and put it in a box and lock it away while you return your thoughts back to what makes you happy.

This simple exercise will help clear your head for the moment. In the beginning of practicing meditation, you may not think any of it is helping, but it really is!

Continue to explore other articles and techniques. I have put together a wealth of informative tools and explanations that will catapult your wellbeing!

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Mindfulness and Me

I sat in a circle with nine other people, all here for our own reasons … looking for relief from physical, emotional or psychological pain and just stress, all experiencing something called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation will be the answer to our ailments.

I had asked a friend about MBSR when I considered signing up. She laughed and said, “Breathe in, breathe out, repeat.” For her, Mindfulness Meditation transports her from the frenzy of multi-tasking to the calmness of single focus. That sounded pretty good.

Another friend said mindfulness teachers you how to listen fully to others when they are talking. “Well,” he said, “Now that I've learned to listen to people I forget what I was going to say.”

If I thought too much about it, though, I would not have signed up for the classes. Meditation was never something I practiced. Too deep for me. I could never sit still that long without jumping up to do something. There is always something.

However, at the orientation, the practice, as they call it, sounded as though it could help me to focus better as a writer. I wanted to see if I can slow down the chatter in my head and think more clearly of the task at hand.

The formal definition, as described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, said mindfulness is a way of bringing meditation into the medical mainstream. He describes it as a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is occurring in your life that allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly.

Kabat-Zinn earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1971 from MIT and also studied with the Insight Meditation Society and eventually also there. In 1979 he founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he adapted the Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and developed a stress reduction practice or MBSR.

The formal course is set up for 8 weekly sessions of two and half hours. Between the sixth and eighth meeting there is an all-day retreat that includes several hours of “noble silence” and guided meditation.

My apprehension doubled. In the first class I struggled with meditating for 30 minutes. A whole day of silence seemed impossible. I'm a writer, a journalist and a talker.

After week six, on a rainy Sunday in November, we gathered at a large cabin-like home in the Redwoods. Could not have been a more perfect day for a meditation retreat; Dark clouds overhead and a steady rain with short periods of pounding thunder.

We were warmed by a wood stove, cozy in our cushioned chairs and blankets. The mood started out with a fair amount of anxiety advised by each of the attendees. None of us was practiced in long-term silent treatment … at least not outside of our various personal relationships.

While I was feeling insecure about my ability to embarrass five hours of not talking, I was unaware of my vulnerability at the same time.

We started our session with a practice called “Standing Yoga Meditation.” As we were in a personal home, there were family mementos around the room. While in a pose, I turned to face a different direction and there on an end table were two bronzed baby shoes.

A bolt of lightning pierced my chest. Tears suddenly dripped down my face. I held the yoga pose longer than called for. I could not turn away. The shoes bought me back to my childhood, my mother and father both dead now, and playing with my brother. I was back on the front yard of the small, WW II built house in North Hollywood, CA. I can see the rose trees my mother planted. My older brother with silver caps on his two front teeth and me with my skinny braids and cowboy boots. It was beautifully sweet and sad at the same time.

Was this sentimental response part of the mindfulness training? Emotional nostalgia run rampant? Would I have been so sensitized to the bronze baby shoes had I not been so anxious about a day of silence?

I can not answer that question. Mindfulness teachers us to live in the moment. I'm just mindful about the beautiful moment. And thankful.

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Qigong to Create Harmony for Yourself and Your Reality

It was a Saturday morning as we began our seven hour drive from Burlington, VT to home after dropping off our daughter for her freshman year of college and because of the weekend event I was thinking that it was extremely important to be able to create harmony within myself and my reality.

Reflecting on all of the parents and their children at the college I saw many emotions; happiness, sadness, wonder, worry, stress and more. Amongst all of the activity I realized that so many of the parents, students and college staff were caught up in the immense activity of Life and Living that the energy I experienced was one of CHAOS and relative disorganization.

I took time during the first hour of my drive to think through the events of the weekend and it came to me that a simple qigong meditation and exercise could be learned by anyone and everyone on the planet Earth that could utilize the chaos of emotional energy that distributes itself across our planet every day.

It is in this Chaos that we can find the HARMONY in the Yin and Yang of emotional activity within the Universe. It is through our acknowledgment of the emotional chaos that each of us, college faculty, the students, the college organization, our nation and the entire world can manifest Harmony.

The first realization is that as an individual I or you can not directly change the harmony of the entire world. You can not really even change the harmony of the people that are closest to you. You can be a catalyst, an electromagnetic field of harmony potential, an example, an introduction for others, but you can not directly change their level of harmony.

YOU can only directly change your own level of vibration, YOUR HARMONY!

To begin to accomplish this I would like to present my qigong meditation exercise – “The Yin and Yang Breath of Harmony.” It is a simple method that you can easily learn and practice almost anytime when you have a moment to stand still. It requires that you breathe easily, relax, quiet your mind and create a visualization along with an internal affirmation.

YIN AND YANG BREATH OF HARMONY AFFIRMATION:

“Today I create ME balanced between the Heavens and the Earth. I breathe in stretching up to touch the sky. I breathe out reaching down to touch the ground.

YIN AND YANG BREATH OF HARMONY QIGONG METHOD:

1. Find a reliably quiet place and stand relaxed, arms at your side, feet shoulder width apart.

2. Take three deep breaths and with each exhalation relax and feel your energy, your mind, your consciousness sink deep down into the earth.

3. Begin to INHALE, bring your hands and arms across in front of your abdomen, crossing them with palms upwards, raising them to the level of your solar plexus. VISUALIZE and feel the energy of the earth rising up through your legs to your solar plexus. AFFIRM to yourself, “Today I create ME balanced between the heavens and the Earth …”

4. Continue to INHALE, raising your arms up in front of your face, palms turning upward, pushing your hands high up overhead, stretching almost to the point of lifting your heels off the ground, palms facing upwards. Feel yourself, your consciousness connect with the heavens, your consciousness expanding outward. VISUALIZE the earth's energy moving up through your head and up into the sky like a beacon of white light shining to the heavens. AFFIRM to yourself, “I breathe in, stretching up to touch the sky …”

5. EXHALE, turn your palms outward and lower your hands and arms out to the sides, bending at the knees and sinking toward the ground, crossing your wrists at the level of your ankles. Feel the heaven energy and VISUALIZE the white light surrounding you and returning through you into the earth below, your consciousness merges with the earth. AFFIRM to yourself, “I breathe out, reaching down to touch the ground, yin and yang combine to create harmony in Me.”

REPEAT steps 3, 4 and 5 for several minutes. During this time you are becoming the center of Yin and Yang, of Earth and Heaven, creating your Harmony within.

6. INHALE, bring your hands and arms across in front of your abdomen, crossing them with palms upwards, raising them to the level of your solar plexus.

7. EXHALE, separate your arms, turn your palms down and relax back into your original starting position.

8. Take three deep breaths and feel your Harmony within.

So, consider that no matter where you are, no matter what circumstances you are in and no matter what you are doing, “As you Breathe, the World Breathes; Breathe Hard and the World Breathes Hard; Breathe Soft and the World Breathes Soft; Breathe with a Conscious Positive Purpose in which you have deeply motivated feelings and the Universe will manifest your Harmonious REALITY. ”

Begin today to BREATHE RIGHT and FEEL RIGHT, this is the Right and Certain Way that will manifest your awesome health and reality.

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Advanced Reiki: Distance Healing and Quantum Physics

Once you know and understand the use of symbols in Reiki 2, you can move on to more advanced healing and transformational experiences. The most fascinating aspect of Reiki 2 for most people is the ability to conduct distance healings. These healings transcend time, allowing you to direct energy into the past, present or future. You can send distance healing real-time or arrange it to arrive at a time agreed on with the recipient. You can also request Reiki to repeat any number of times in the coming days.

Distance Healing

I started doing Reiki by distance in 2005. Ann called telling me she was very stressed with her exams and she could not sleep. We agreed on a distance Reiki session and to follow up in a few days. Sure enough, a few days later she reported sleeping very soundly and faced her exams with much greater confidence and no more sense of dread. I realized that by sending Reiki across Bangkok to a friend on the other side of the river was a very real occurrence. This indicated to me that my usual perception of time and space was not quite accurate. As you practice this technique, you soon realize that concepts of time; past, present and future are an illusion. For me, this was the most shocking insight that came from practicing distance healing. My orthodox concept of life and of linear time simply did not hold up under the scrutiny of transferring time with Reiki. In retrospect, I realize that my experience with distance healing is very much in tune with the principles of quantum physics that I have since studied.

Similarly, distance healing was my first solid experience of my consciousness influencing another person at a distance. Not surprisingly, this is the same phenomena described by quantum physicists who struggle to control their experiments but who remain irrevocably active elements in their experiment, regardless of how objective they try to be. That is, the moment a physicist observes quantum behavior, quantum particles responsive to their attention and expectations.

The consciousness of the quantum observer effects the results of quantum behavior in the same way that the consciousness of the Reiki healer influences the energy and health of the patient. Crazy? Are you ready to try it yourself and prove through your own experience the power of Reiki and consciousness? Remember, you need to be attuned by a qualified Reiki master to empower you to pursue this practice. The distance healing process includes the following steps:

  • Purify your healing area
  • Receive permission from the recipient to send the healing (personally or psychically)
  • Sit quietly in a meditative state free from any fluctuations
  • Mentally purify the area where the person is receiving the healing
  • Visualize the person and make psychic contact with them
  • Mentally perform each of the procedures as in a hands-on healing
  • Alternately, hold a photograph in your hands to assist the visualization process
  • If you like, use your own knee or leg as a “representative” of the person receiving the healing; move your hands according to the healing positions that you are visualizing
  • Close the distance healing process by mentally following the procedures as in hands-on healing
  • Follow up with your patient to discuss any insights or questions that arise during the healing

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Advanced Meditation Techniques

It is a good idea for regular practitioners of meditation, to give advanced meditation a try in order to get a better experience. Deeper meditation has greater benefits than just getting rid of stress. However you can not perform these techniques without the correct guidance. These techniques give you more than just physical relaxation. They help in relaxing the subconscious mind too.

It is not easy for any beginner to perform advance techniques, as advanced meditation is quite complicated and long. It requires people who are having superior meditation abilities to be able to attain a unification with the universal energy and the powerful spiritual bliss, which begins to flow from them and spread onto the other people.

Meditation practices mean for beginners help you to clear your mind of thoughts. It also helps you to get rid of the stress and woes of your day to day life. As you move ahead towards the advanced meditation stages you will have to use your experience to resolve any stresses and issues in an active manner. The advanced techniques train you in setting aside the conscious mind and move ahead.

Deep meditation creates the route for the inner subconscious mind to get ahead and the brainwaves are restricted to less than the normal sleeping limits. This process is not at all easy and you should be prepared mentally to begin implementing these advanced techniques.

It is very important to be able to remain focused and prepared for a long session where you are not allowed to dose off.

If you wish to get better clarity on advanced meditation, you should refer your brain to an episode where all the layers are formed during the course of your life, beginning from the time of birth.

Just like an onion, our brain too has various layers. The inner core of the onion is similar to our instinctual and primary segments of your brain and they make us aware of our thirst, sleep requirements, hunger, process of swallowing and blinking. These sections are also related to virtuous and pure.

This layer is followed by the childhood brain which stores the mastered behavior patterns and life experiences. Often this section is full of clutter and problems which does not let them view life in the proper aspects. In fact these people do not even know about the true perspective of life.

This particular area makes us work very hard and you need to really struggle to focus on this area. Advance meditation stresses on this area effectively. You can compare the external layers of the comments to the adult brain. The outer skin can be compared to the conscious mind which is always cluttered with numerous pressures and thoughts. You need to tend to each layer carefully and the advanced meditation techniques are ideal for holistic healing.

After successfully moving through the basic levels you are ready to begin the practice of advanced meditation techniques. In a nutshell, if you wish to attain a higher level of consciousness then it is important to try advanced meditation.

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A Rookie’s Tips on Meditation

Think of a pinball machine, how the ultimate goal is to not let the pinball fall back down into the machine. This is how I meditate. I'm constantly trying to bounce my thoughts away from the my imaginary mind's eye.

It is as tough as it sounds. Actually, let it's been even tougher for me to meditate simply because I'm out of “meditation” shape. For a while, over the summer, I had really become loyal to it. Reserving even if just a few minutes a day to meditate. My schedule is slower in the summer; I could afford the time. By dedicating this time to meditation practice, I hoped that my new comfort with meditating would flow into my busier days to help ease my stress and regain calm focus once we hit fall.

But, I have found myself distanced from the art of meditation. New career developments, my recent engagement, my change in living circumstances have all become good excuses not to meditate. Ironically, this is when I should be meditating the most. Meditation noticeably curbs my anxiety, self-doubt, over or under reactions, clears up my thinking and improvements my sleep. Meditation is the only time we can ever fully control our minds; even when we sleep, our dreaming swirls us in different directions. Meditation, in a very real sense, is empowering.

Last night, I tried to meditate as I had taught myself, but it was incredibly difficult. Thoughts kept sneaking into my mind's vision. As soon as I thought I had reached my goal, another thought and then another thought slipped into sight.

So, I'm back to square one. It's very easy for me to try to meditate for a second and then give up, because I've neglected the practice for too long, and I am admittedly a complete novice. In order to help you and me get back into the garden of our minds, I've designed a little guide to meditation for beginners.

If you look up the definition of meditation, there is none. However, numerous interpretations and explanations of what it is flood the web. This is due to the practice of meditation spans across many diverse cultures. I used to feel intimidated by the term, “meditation.” I associated it with monks in Tibet that I could never live up to. I assumed people that can meditate must carry more grace and focus than I ever could (especially with an official diagnosis of ADHD under my belt). I realize I was wrong. Those that meditate are those that practice meditation. Like any other skill, meditation can be worked on, improved and self-taught.

Tips for Practicing the Art of Meditation

Materials:

a timer
a comfortable place to rest
your mind

TIME. Do not be hard on yourself. Meditation takes TIME to learn. The reason it can be so hard is because we are not used to sitting and doing “nothing” for random amounts of time that could be spent cooking, emailing, working etc. Literally, start with a timer set for one minute. Do not expect to be able to meditate for a half hour right away. This blowing away of thoughts is hard work. It's best to start small and not become overwhelmed or discouraged.

PLACE. Choose a place to meditate preferably where you can be more isolated from potential sounds of the media or communications. Finding the right place also will take time and perhaps design. When I first started to meditate it was in my bed, trying to fall sleep. My number one struggle with sleep comes from incessant thinking. So, to sleep, I practiced meditating. Now, I prefer do it sitting up on my porch or sofa in the living room. If you really enjoy design and décor, this can even become a fun and self-supporting hobby. How will you design your meditation space. What candle fragrance relaxes you the most? Incense works very well for me during my practice of meditation.

The place you choose to meditate in is truly yours. It can be outdoors in a garden, the beach, a prairie, a pond, or if you feel like staying indoors it can be a cozy spot in your home. I sometimes meditate in the bath!

SOUNDS or SILENCE. When it comes to meditating, it can be tempting to play some music. But, then it's not meditation; it's listening to music. However, silence can be, ironically, overwhelming for many of us. I suggest for those of us that are not yet comfortable with silence silence, meditating outside, opening a window, or playing nature sounds on a music device. Somehow, the sound of leaves rustling or dogs barking do not pull at your mind's eye as much as the pleasures of harmony. Remember, meditation is not listening; it's meditating.

SELF-CARE. Part of learning to meditation is to practice self-care, to be able to turn off the phone, even if for five minutes only, to tell your partner you will not be available while you meditate, to put along the work that needs to be done “asap.” While ten minutes of meditation on the short-term may seem like a waste, on the long-term basis it will make you much more efficient, productive and polite. In other words, you must learn to take hold of your own time for your own self-care and healing.

DISCIPLINE or FOCUS. This is where I fell short recently. Ironically, I took my newfound ability to meditate for granted, and now I am a brand new rookie again. For beginners (yours truly), an alarm, ironically can be helpful. If you set an alarm for 5pm everyday, this can remind you to close the laptop, put down the pencil, the remote, the phone etc. and meditate.

PASSION. If you really want to practice meditation, you really must want to. Otherwise, it becomes a chore. Then, you are more likely to give it up. Be loyal to your mental health and to meditation. You'll be surprised that through meditation, you may find a semblance of reliable friendship.

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How to Do Meditation – In One Day

How To Do Meditation – meditation is harder than many people realize

What feels like sitting quietly is actually a mentally rigorous activity, one that many people struggle with over a period of weeks and even years in some cases.

As you develop your practice, you will find that you do better and get more benefits from it, but for most people, learning how to do meditation in one day is their first meditation goal.

If you are a beginner, there are a few ways to ease into doing meditation. There are guided meditation programs available from a variety of sources and providers that can help you meditate. These programs guide your thoughts to promote a variety of effects. Although the most common goal is relaxation, there are meditations designed to help build discipline and willpower as well.

Building up to a long meditation period is the easiest way to do meditation. This lacks the immediate punch of all-day practices, but is easier and is a good fallback for people who fail at their initial attempt to learn how to do meditation in one day. This is done by starting with very brief meditation periods, as short as one minute, and then extending those periods over time.

Make sure you are comfortable before starting. When you're meditating, you'll be looking for a reason to shift your focus. You can avoid setting yourself up for failure by making sure that you are not in a position that will lead to cramping or discomfort. Find a comfortable seat and choose a position that you can hold for a long period of time.

Eliminate all distractions. The last thing you want when you are meditating is to start to get into the groove of the meditation session and then have your phone ring and break the momentum. One way to handle this situation is to turn off your phone or put it on silent so you can be sure you will not be distracted during your meditation.

Wear comfortable clothing. You may think your clothing is comfortable, but if you have a tight waistband on your pants, you'll discover it when you are in a meditation session. Avoid those issues by making sure that all your clothing is loose and comfortable and not going to hurt or annoy you as you meditate.

Practice guided breathing. This is one of the easiest meditation techniques out there. To do this, you consciously pick a breathing pattern and maintain it. For example, you may count to four as you breathe in and then count to five as you breathe out. This clears your mind and lowers your heart rate.

Consider repeating a simple mantra. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn suggests simple phrases that can be chanted while breathing. For example, if you are in pain he recommends trying saying as you breathe in, “I acknowledge my pain,” and as you breathe out, “I smile at my pain.” This allows you to acknowledge discomfort in your body or spirit while keeping focus.

Another method is to focus your attention on a specific thing. For example, a beginning meditation practice involves focusing your attention on a specific body part, like your right thumb. Any time you find your attention wandering you can bring you attention back to your right thumb.

Your mind will wander, but do not worry because that happens to everyone. Even long time and experienced meditators have moments of distraction, because having a clear mind is an incredibly difficult feat. All anyone can do is to let the thoughts drift away and regain your mental focus.

As you grow into your practice, you will find that maintaining focus becomes easier. Meditation, like many things, grows easier with time. Do not let this stop you from learning how to do meditation in one day, because although you may be a beginner now, you will grow in ability and focus over time.

Meditation has many proven benefits. People who regularly meditate have lower blood pressures and heart rates than their non-meditating friends, and suffer less anxiety and meditation. Although these benefits become stronger over time, each time you meditate you gain some physical benefits as well as the mental benefits of meditation.

Meditating alone is common, but many cities have meditation groups you can join. If you want to learn how to meditate in one day, a meditation group can help you by providing valuable support to encourage you to continue in your meditation practice and help you find the tools that keep you focused.

Your meditation practice can lead to epiphanies in your personal life. By clearing your mind and experiencing silence and persistence, you can disconnect from the surface noise of the world around you. When you listen to yourself and really experience your mental and emotional state, you can discover things about yourself and your life that were hidden by the background noise of your life.

These tips should help you learn how to do meditation in one day. When you focus in on your meditation practice and experience the peace and stillness that comes from meditation, you will find that you are a calmer, happier person. You will have increased health, and you will see innumerable benefits in every area of ​​your life. Find a quiet place, settle yourself into a comfortable place and position, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes, eliminate outside distractions and work on clearing your mind.

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Discover Types of Meditation That Millions Have Improved From

Types of Meditation – scientifically proven to benefit

Meditation has many benefits. Meditation has been scientifically proven to produce significant benefits both for body and spirit in the people who are meditating. Because of this, more and more people are learning how to meditate to take advantage of this fabulous life skill.

As the pace of life increases and the stresses accumulate, mediation offers a refuge from the craziness of the world.

When you meditate, you improve your emotional well-being. This is one of the most well-known benefits of meditation. People who meditate on a regular basis are calmer and happier overall. Meditation has been proven to reduce the intensity of depression and minimizes the effect of anxiety, making it a major mental health tool.

You also improve your physical well-being when you meditate. People who meditate more regularly have lower heart rates and lower blood pressure measurements. Some people have started meditating as a way to reduce or eliminate their blood pressure medication and make themselselves healthy.

There are many types of meditation. This variety has come from a long tradition of meditation, stretching back thousands of years. As these traditions grow and develop and come into the modern era, there have been increased variations and alterations to make them more accessible to modern audiences, but the basic system has not changed.

Guided meditation is one of the easiest forms of meditation around. In this system, there are verbal cues given continuously through the entire meditation period. This is especially common in meditation practices designed to produce a specific effect, like meditation for sleep or meditation for stress relief.

Focused breathing is one of the most popular types of meditation. In this technique, you count your breaths and count a specific number of beats as you breathe in and then count the beats as you breathe out. This forces you to have a long, steady breath, which serves several purposes. First, it forces you to direct your focus and minimizes distractions. Second, long regular breaths lower your heart rate and aid relaxation.

Mantras are a well-known meditation technique. These are things you say – or even think – repeatedly as you meditate. The “om” is, of course, the first thing that everyone thinks of when they hear the word mantra, but there are many more. Anything that keeps you focused on your meditation and free of distractions is a valid mantra.

Many meditators try to focus their attention on specific things. For example, you may try to focus your attention on a part of your body, like your ankle, or you might focus your attention on a specific spot. This is one reason why many people meditate in a place with candles, because staring at the flame can aid in your focus.

Another of the many types of meditation that are available to new meditators is walking meditation. In this technique, you walk slowly, focusing entirely on the movement of your body as you take each step forward. By focusing on your steps and your breathing you create a focused mindset that aids your meditation.

Walking meditation does not need to be exclusively walking, any form of movement will work. Some people prefer to do their moving meditation with other activities. In that case, regular, rhythmic activities work best. Swimming is one example, as you can focus on each stroke being the same length and speed. Some people also like to combine meditation with yoga.

Mindfulness practices give you the opportunity to turn every daily action into meditation. When you are mindful with your actions, each moment is an opportunity to find inner peace and stillness. This is advanced work and is hard for beginners. Some would say it's a struggle for all people, but by allowing your mind to be clear and focusing on each moment for itself, your entire day can be a meditation.

Meditating with a group is popular. Larger cities often have one or even several meditation groups that meet to meditate together. This can help beginner meditators because they have the support of a group and a regular time to practice, which can help consistency. These groups are often easy to find and meet several times a week to make it easy for people to join them.

Some people prefer types of meditation that are done alone. These people often choose to meditate in their own home and find that meditation is best experienced as a systematic technique. Many people meditate first thing in the morning in order to clear their mind before they face the day ahead.

Meditation can help you relax before bed, so you sleep better. This is a popular time to meditate and bedtime meditation is almost always a voluntary pursuit. By clearing your mind and spirit from the stresses and anxieties of the day you just completed, you can meet the night with a clean slate which will help you go to sleep faster, sleep better and have better dreams.

All these types of meditation can help you find your emotional center. If you are interested in experimenting with meditation, there are many things you can try. Try all the different kinds of meditation that appeal to you in order to ensure that you find one that suits you best. For many people, starting with guided meditation is easiest, but you can also experiment with focused breathing, work with mantras, try a walking or moving meditation technique or focus your attention on a candle's flame. No matter what you try, meditation is sure to improve the quality of your life.

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Learn the Benefits of Meditation – Improve Your Lifestyle

The Rejuvenated Mind Ushers In The New And Improved Lifestyle

Everyone these days is on some kind of a quest to improve some aspect of their lives and well-being. Some people are willing to go to the extreme, in any direction, in order to secure peace and happiness.

While others spend untold amounts of money on a down payment on serenity. Yet others perish in their pursuit, because they have latched onto some destructive means, of trying to obtain that peace and happiness, that we all so desire. Yet so few are able to obtain.

What is the secret to peace and happiness treasured by these chosen few? Well it's not in extremes, or in having money to burn, or in a bottle, pill or cup. In fact, it is simply all in your mind.

Picture this … soothing streams, lush green surroundings, exotic sounds, and familiar smells. You have just been introduced to meditation, the first step on the journey of peace, serenity and happiness.

The benefits of meditation are many, but the most important one we are going to discuss here, is how the benefits of meditation improve your lifestyle. When some people think of meditation they might not look at the practice of meditation as an on-going phenomenon, but rather as discreet modules sectioned off into a designated portion of a person's day. Our surrounding environment, which can be seen by the naked eye, is entirely influenced by the inner environment of the mind. There is an enemy of peace inside of everyone, it is known as the “monkey mind”. The 'monkey mind' can not be still and rest on its own. It must be tamed. Once the mind is tamed through the process of meditation, all other areas of your life will follow suit. meditation improvements lifestyle.

There is a type of illness that is classified as psychosomatic. These are the illness which are derived strictly from the mind. High blood pressure caused by stress for example. We all know that stress can cause high blood pressure. So then the high blood caused by stress, is classified as psychosomatic in nature. In other words, the cause of the illness is all in the mind. Therefore, if the stress that plagues your mind is removed, so is the stress removed, that plagues your life. And once the stress that plagues your life is removed, the resultant peace of mind breaths life, into your lifestyle. This is but one of the many ways that the benefits of meditation, improve your lifestyle.

The healthy mind, resulting in a happy, enjoyable life, must have an adequate diet of daily meditation. Meditation does for the mind, what exercise does for the body. Let's face facts, a lot of people realize the benefits of a healthy body to help improve lifestyle. But without the mind being purposefully included into the process of healthy living, then we are merely treating the symptoms while ignoring the cause. So then one must continuously apply outward measures, eg exercise, when such measures are aimed at only the outward manifestations of dis-ease, when in reality they are inwardly derived.

Meditation develops a certain kind of discipline that orders one's life, starting from the inside and working it's way out. Where there is peace within, it is realized without. Exercise is the opposite, it starts from the outside and places there. At best it can temporarily improve your mood, but it can not improve the mind as the one whole functioning, life sustaining unit that it is. The benefits of meditation are happening continuously. Because, as the psychosomatic is elevated from the mind, then the fruit of discord is likewise elevated. And I can promise you, that once discord is raised, your perception of life will become increasingly more enjoyable, making it essentially more enjoyable, even if your circumstances never change. You see, your perception of life determines how well you respond to pressure. And once you learn, through meditation, to have such a perception, where pressure can make no valid claims, what is left, is fertile soil in which the seeds of peace and happiness may flourish.

For thousands of years, people from all walks of life have fully relied upon the benefits of meditation to improve lifestyle. But that is not all. One of the most important endeavors a human being will ever undertake, is to care for his fellow man. So then, the tool of peace and happiness that we call meditation can be shared with anyone around you. And improving the lifestyle of those around you, indirectly adds to the improvement of your lifestyle as well. In fact, the very act of teaching anything to another, that which improves their lifestyle, will automatically have improvement bubbling over into your own life.

Also, the benefits of meditation to improve lifestyle can be seen in the significant increase of productivity in every avenue of your work and play. Why? Because the art of meditation trains your mind to focus. And when you are able to focus, you are able to apply yourself fully to any task. When you are able to apply yourself fully, no energy is wasted on distractions rivaling for your attention. In other words, your mind is trained to mind. The result is your task is completed with minimal time and effort, while producing maximum results. If the task at hand happens to be in the work place, just remember, an increase of productivity is a precursor to a raise or a promotion. And a raise, and / or a promotion at work, are certainly ingredients of an improved lifestyle in my book.

Finally, there are benefits of meditation that improve lifestyle, which will be specific and unique to only you. Those of which I can not explain, but you must empty and experience for yourself. Are you ready?

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You Too Can Learn Relaxation Meditation Techniques in One Hour

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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Meditation – The Missing Link to a Fulfilled Life and Stress Relief

There is nothing more important for the “individual” in this human existence than “off-loading” stuff or better known as stressful situations. Are you currently experiencing stress or have “not” addressed past experiences that caused stress in your Life? Challenges are bound to happen in your life and are natural components for continued growth of the individual.

“When faced with a challenge or challenges, preserve the unwavering attitude to always step forward and face the challenge head-on. the challenge with a deep desire to secure a positive outcome, and with the mental attitude of “acceptance of all opportunities.” Focus only on a positive result and which is even better, a fulfilled positive manifestation in your life. ”

One way to bring about a positive manifestation and relieve the stress from your life is through daily “Meditation.” There are answers to any problem, stressful situation, or even situations that challenge your core beliefs in Life. Meditation is the missing link to a happy and fulfilled life. Let's explore the potential possibilities from a beginner or simply, from an introductory perspective.

Meditating stimulates the mind to focus on “nothing,” that's right “nothing,” while you concentrate on your breathing and allowing your inner-self to become active, and at the same time repressing conscious thoughts. In fact, your primary focus is on shutting the mind down to its lowest level of functionality is extremely difficult to do because the conscious mind always wants to be active. This exercise will get you very familiar with just how active the conscious mind is and the overall difficulty in shutting it down.

This exercise equally is a focused process that encourages you to discover your inner-self, its ability to provide you with information and knowledge beyond your five senses, and discover a world inside you that you never knew exhausted. Getting in touch with your inner-self will prove to be one of the most self-fulfillment and self-serving discovery in this human existence and place you in touch with forces that you never knew existed in your world of “reality.”

“Now,” (use a blindfold as a focal point to block your physical sight or simply close your eyes), it is extremely important that you place yourself in a relaxed state of mind both physically and mentally while reserving your inner-self or more importantly, your higher self to take over all mental functions. You may select one need or want you desire to bring about in your life or that require an answer you want to attain a question (s) that have eluded you. Whichever is best because the more you meditate on this need or want, the more your inner-self will bring about what you desire or “indicate” to you what is “best” for you or your particular situation, and will only provide you with “What you are, and not necessarily what you want. I know how this must sound, especially if you have never mediated before or if you believe through your life programming that the perceived” reality of this world is the only thing that exist. ”

Obviously, this inner discovery is personal, no one can really or accurately tell you what you will receive out of this experience because no two individuals are similarly mentally or physically and as with DNA, this process is totally unique to you, and how you absolutely “feel” about life. Your existence or connection with a higher power is the primary focus and / or the universal mind, that is in fact, does exist whatever you choose to believe or not, the choice is yours and yours alone to make.

Now, “mediating can do many things for you personally, the first of which is to help you discover” who “you really are, in fact, the only” trust “you have in this human existence is the trust in your higher self- – it never lies to you, it is all knowing, and it is universal. It is in fact God in you and one in which is imperative that you discover and place in practice what is revealed to you as a spiritual being occupying a human body. While in the meditative state, you may equally select different “universal” discoveries about yourself or universal wisdom to meditate on or knowledge and wisdom that is above your normal mental or physical abilities to comprehend — the key is to only focus on one discovery or hidden wisdom / knowledge during each day of the exercises or meditative sessions.

Hint: During the exercise concentrate your mind on nothing (blank), or simply looking into darkness and your breathing “only,” and actually only seeing with your mind, feelings, and vibrations from your soul. Now, this is important, (make this “nothingness” so real that you incorporated the use of your physical five senses to engage your yet discovered spiritual senses in such a way that it actually materialize in your mind — see it, taste it , feel it, smell it, and hear it only as it is revealed to you.

Through your higher-self — disengage from distractions, concentrate on your breathing (in through your nose and out through your mouth — deep breaths), and be patient as you seek revelations from your higher self — quiet, calm , comfortable, relax your physical body and allow your inward self to take control. Your normal functions will be challenged to use your non-physical senses, and placing you directly in-touch with higher knowledge, wisdom, and the universal mind:

Caution 1: discretion is required because you only want to focus on “nothing — no thoughts of your own, which in the beginning will seem impossible because your mind is so active all the time, so when your mind begins to drift, shut it down and focus on the darkness and no thoughts.

Caution 2: do “NOT” focus your mind in an attempt to influence others or in a negative way that could cause harm to others in a meditative state — it could potentially bring about undesired results — if your thoughts are unavoidable, think positive thoughts only during the mediated state!

If in fact, the goal is to create and strengthen the mind to use inner-meditative practices to manifestly reveal your deepest desires as revealed to you by your higher self in the most positive and uplifting way possible, and to affirm you as creator of your own world, absolutely what you desire to manifest in your life as reveal through higher knowledge and wisdom is far beyond your carnal thinking — you will find that you already possess in your inner-world of reality what you think about and concentrate on that has the potential to actually materialize in your outbound world of reality.

While the subject and practice of “meditation” is a vast area of ​​metaphysical discovery, it becomes important that you begin to use “self-study and discovery” to fully understand the many benefits of daily meditation. The most common benefit is a stress reliever because “off-loading” daily thoughts, issues, and problems through the meditative state is beneficial to your whole being. So again, use meditation as a daily practice and grow to understand your inner-self that is the driving force that extremely leads to a happy and fulfilled life, and more importantly, a secret force for dealing with Life's challenges and stressful situations.

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