Methods to Evoke Your Inner Self and Find Peace

I want to draw your attention to a very basic question in life. Are you happy? Are you contended with what you have? If not, then sometimes you are reading the right article. The most basic thing in our life is to be happy and experience joy. But are we experiencing it? I know the answer will be a big NO. What do you think is the reason? I will tell you. Life as we know it today exists in complexity and sophistication. We all want success in life, earn more and become more sophisticated, but the truth is, life can not be enjoyed in sophistication. A person needs to be free from all these inhibitions and experience pleasure in small things.

People work day and night to make ends meet. They are stressed out; do not have time for their family, for they and their daily life are so chaotic that absolutely they start to die a slow painful death. They never feel that they are sinking in, as the pressure to perform as an employee, father, mother, aunt etc. is very overwhelming. The stress and pressure cause psychological and physical wear and tear. People start to acquire diseases and suffer from health issues.

What can you do to navigate through these worldly problems?

There are many ways by which you can make yourself resistant to any kind of stress and pressure. One of the most effective ways of dealing with this issue is by engaging yourself in meditation. Meditation is a tool by which a person can divert his attention to his inner self. It is nothing but a practice to teach yourself to concentrate and connect with your innermost desires. When you train yourself to sit in a calm and quiet place and start introspecting, it relaxes your mind, body and soul.

Spiritual techniques are very ancient and have been mentioned in various writings of different civilizations. These techniques are tried and tested and have been said to have healing powers. When you employ any of the meditation techniques, you are coming in contact with yourself. Turning all your energies inwards, you are allowing yourself to have an insight about you.

When you introspect, you will be able to curb on your instincts, will want to take things easy, handle stress and most of all find peace and tranquility. Thus anyone who is looking for attaining good health and spiritual healing, he or she should consider mediation as an option. Apart from meditation, yoga has also proved very useful for healing your body and soul.

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Intentions Help You Heal

What is the most overlooked and underused aspect in modern medicine? Our intentions. Using our intentions to manifest our desired state of health is rarely considered to be part of our active wellness program, yet it should be. Harnessing our own intentions is the most effective way that we can all play an active role in our own healing.

We are now at a crossroads where this ancient wisdom is becoming more main-stream. Medical communities in cultures all around the world have known for thousands of years that a focused positive patient is more likely to heal. Leaders in science are discovering that we are far more complex than biochemical machines. Health encompasses physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. It is impossible to separate our physical being from emotional and spiritual levels.

Our intentions create our reality. Intentions directly affect our metabolism and consequently every aspect of our health. It is common knowledge in the scientific community that our intentions influence our healing processes. Although these concepts are well accepted, the medical community has been slow to integrate these ideas into practice.

After discovering the structure of DNA the scientific community became obsessed with finding a structural biochemical explanation for every biological process. As technology advanced it seemed that every mystery in biology would be explained by physical biochemical interactions. When the human genome was sequenced this was thought to be the final frontier in molecular biology, which would leave few remaining mysteries in biology.

Rather than solving all biological questions, it became apparent that there are many important mechanisms which remain poorly understood. It turns out that our environment determines which genes are “turned on” and which ones are not. This selective control of the DNA results in these cells having completely different properties. The field of epigenetics emerging which has dramatically changed our understanding of biology. Epigenetics expresses the fact that environment has a significant and detectable impact on changes in every cell of our body. There are proteins that associate with the DNA and it is these proteins that deter- mine the expression pattern of these genes. Proteins are incredibly sensitive to their environment and the slightest change in the environment results in significant changes to their activity.

A critical factor in our environment is how we choose to perceive our environment. Everyone is in complete control of their own perception of reality. We can certainly feel the difference in our body when we are relaxed or when we are tense. If we perceive our situation to be positive and ideal for healing then this changes the environment within our body. This directly effects cellular events and consequentially our health. When someone is actively trying to improve their health, regardless of what the medical condition is, the goal is to change cell metabolism so that balance can be restored.

Almost a decade ago I discovered my healing ability quite by accident, through a desire to help relieve my Mom's pain and suffering from multiple sclerosis. Even to this day it is a mystery to me as to why I have these abilities. Perhaps I have connected to my healing ability from my aboriginal shaman ancestry as I am related to my tribe's last known tribal shaman healer. I have had the privilege of participating as an invited healer in many sacred healing rituals, which have shaped my approach to energy healing.

In an attempt to scientifically understand what I experience, I have graduated from university in molecular biology and biochemistry and am now studying to become a naturopathic doctor. I am fascinated by the dynamic nature of all molecules of life. Metabolism is based on enzyme activity and these enzymes are directly affected by our intentions and thoughts. There is no such thing as an idle or neutral thought. This should be a huge motivation for everyone to practice positive thoughts and intentions.

When I first experienced healing with energy, the per- son receiving the energy was in the same physical room as me. Then I learned how to do distant healing and understood that distance is not a factor. What we perceive as separateness in physical terms is illusory as we are all part of an interconnected field of information. This is the basic premise of how far energy healing works. It was during this time that I helped musician Ronnie Hawkins, friend of President Bill Clinton and John Lennon alike, recover from terminal pancreatic cancer and Dr. Edgar Mitchell, astronaut and founder of IONS ( Institute of Noetic Sciences ) heal from kidney cancer. After several international television shows, interviews and articles such as in Rolling Stone Magazine, I became well-known in healing.

As I am able to perceive or “see” how energy moves, I have discovered the potential of visualizations. I can “see” that healing is an innate and teachable skill and that every one of us can use to maximize our own healing potential through intentions. The most effective way to focus your intentions on healing is to visualize the healing process happening. Visualizations are focused intentions and they are a means to consciously focus intentions on healing. Your cells are conscious organizations that do everything possible to maximize their contribution to your health and well-being.

Every cell in your body is functioning together for the benefit of you, the whole organism. This knowledge is very empowering because you have the power to influence every biochemical event that occurs in your body. Molecular biology is finally beginning to confirm what everyone has known for thousands of years; that your intentions influence your health. So take the time to clear your mind and talk with your cells because they are certainly listening to what you have to say.

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Tips on Breathing, Meditation and Reducing Stress

Take time to notice your breath. Take a deep breath in, then breathe out … focus on this for a few minutes and let go of all thoughts and worries. How does this make you feel? For most of us this is a relaxing process, a way to calm down and reduce stress. Breathing is of course a necessity, yet it is also a sacred act that can help us focus and relax. We do not always realize that breathing is an essential tool that bridges mind, body, spirit and emotions. It helps each one of these parts and makes us whole in many ways. The simple act of focused breathing will help you become a more healthy and conscious person.

Meditation is about breathing. It is the practice of conscious breathing. Yet we can learn to stop any time and focus on our breath. It is the focus that really helps as your mind is also stepping back and taking a break from the current circumstance. Using a quick focused breathing technique is very effective when you are under stress or angry. The physical act of focusing on deep breathing, in and out, for just a minute or two can change your attitude and attitude very quickly. Start your day with a deep breathing exercise. Combine that with reflection, mediation or prayer and you have an excellent formula to make your day a positive one. You can also end your day this way. It helps to focus on something in your mind's eye such as a positive symbol or word. You can also just focus on the words “breathe in” then “breathe out” while you are doing so. Stressed during the day? Traffic or a time crunch got you stressed? Breathe. Focus your breath and relax; let go of the stress. If you learn to practice this on a regular basis it will help change your life. Give it a try.

How do we practice breathing?

1) Take time each day to work on focused breathing. Take deep breaths in and out.

2) When you are stressed or angry learn to step back and focus on breathing. Do this for 1-3 minutes and it should help.

3) Focused breathing is about letting go of your current thoughts and focusing on just your breathing.

4) It helps to focus on a positive symbol or word while breathing. Or just focus on the words “breathe in” and “breathe out”

5) Use this technique on a regular basis for stress reduction and conscious living.

Want more info on breathing & meditation? Get free info on my guidebook “30 Steps to Conscious Living” and learn techniques for releasing stress and improving your life.

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A Beginners Guide to the 7 Chakras

Just the other day a friend of mine was complaining of being sick and that her partner was telling her to slow down, and relax. “I have no time to slow down” she said. “There are things that have to get done.” This is a classic case of someone not listening to what their body is telling them. And, if you do this often enough, your chakras can become blocked.

I have been hearing this word all my life. Chakras. What the heck are they? Well, it was not until my own journey took me down the road of meditation that I learned a very important and oh so powerful tool.

I learned, you see, that we have an energy system inside of us that is an energetic gateway … responsible for receiving, assimilating, and releasing energies. This energy system is known as our Chakra system. In sanskrit, chakra means ' spinning wheels of light .' And, it is very important to keep this revolving energy system 'in-flow.' When you learn to read this energy system for yourself, you can then use that information to not only strengthen your energy, but to also work with it to change the parts you no longer want.

This is especially useful if you seem to have repeated patterns through life that you would rather no longer have.

There are seven main chakras and each have a separate but powerful role to play within our bodies.

1. The Root Chakra: This is also known as your base chakra and is signified by the color red. It is located at the base of your spine and has to do with our physical state of health, our feelings of security, our ability to manifest material success. It gives us our sense of belonging. It is the chakra that grounds us to earth.

2. The Sacral Chakra: Signed by the color orange. This chakra is located just below your belly button and has to do with our creativity, our sexuality, our passion and the ability to regulate our passions and desires.

3. The Solar Plexus: This chakra is located just below the rib and above the belly button and is signified by the color yellow. This chakra promotes our mental clarity, our ability to set and define boundaries. It is our power center … our sense of identity and personality.

4. The Heart Chakra: Signified by the color green. This chakra is all about love. It is the central chakra of our body, our emotional center where we feel love, understanding, compassion, and the capacity to forgive.

5. The Throat Chakra: This chakra is the communication center and is signified by the color blue. It is all about how you express yourself to the world. Does the image you present sit happily along what you really think and feel? Do you leave a lot unsaid? Verbally it may not be expressed, but on an energy level it is!

6. The Brow Chakra: Also know as the third eye. Signified by the color indigo it is our intuitive center, where we get our gut feelings, our inspirations.

7. The Crown Chakra: This chakra is signified by the color white or purple and deals with our greater wisdom, the acknowledgment of our soul and life purpose. It is our direct connection to the Universe or Source.

Each chakra resonates with a particular frequency or vibration and we can invite them back into balance by using color, light, touch, sound, aroma, etc. By stimulating the senses in a favorable way we can balance our nervous system, and extremely our chakras. Personally, I have always found success through meditation on each individual chakra.

“You may fool yourself some of the time, you may fool others some of the time. But you can never fool your body.

Your body speaks to you every day. It pays to listen to those whispers.

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Teach Meditation! 4 EASY Steps To Launch an Insanely Profitable Spiritual Coaching Business

Who else would love to become a mediation teacher, yoga or spiritual coach, or online “guru” in the exploding lifestyle design marketplace? The truth is, if you are serious about spirituality, and helping people heal their lives … there is NOTHING more rewarding than being able to reach out and “touch” thousands or even tens of thousands of people from one side of the globe to the other.

For example, as a business and marketing coach myself, I recently was privileged to work on a content marketing campaign for a fairly well known spiritual teacher and publisher. Over the course of just a few years, he had built up a list of over 50K email subscribers … and even more impressive, a Facebook business page of well over 250 THOUSAND fans, friends and followers.

When I asked him why he thought so many people were so eager to sign up for his email list and social media profiles … he simply said – “everyone wants to be free.

The truth is, I found that pretty inspirational … and decided at that point, that I wanted to work on helping other spiritual teachers, mediation gurus, yoga coaches and others have similar success!

With that in mind, I'm going to give you the 4 simple steps you need to turn your PURPOSE and passion for mediation or any other type of spiritual or personal development business into a profitable one, that allows you to share your natural gifts with the world!

I call this the “Enlightened Entrepreneurs Business Blueprint” and it works very simply, with these 4 easy steps:

You need 4 things, in pretty much this sequential order.

You start with Content
Use that content to build a Community
You follow up with your community with an email (or social media) Conversation
And you create teaching materials or personal services in the form of a Curriculum … that turns a small percentage of your community into clients. (and cash)

Now, the good news is, there are many ways to implement and execute on those 4 steps, but it really is that simple.

If you can get up in the morning and for 90 minutes write articles like the one you are reading, and use those articles to generate a list of fans, friends and followers, and then engage the people who subscribed in a continuous way that delivers value and inspiration, you WILL develop a community of people who WILL support you and themselves … by working with you in a way that's mutually beneficial.

(remember, even if only 5% of your community ever pays a cent for your services, in most markets, especially coaching and personal development, that's more than enough to make a phenomenal living doing what you love!)

The bottom line?

If you are passionate about mediation, and can teach it, there are literally MILLIONS of people out there who can benefit from your gift. All you need to do is implement the ideas above, and you COULD be growing your OWN community of people who are passionate about improving their lives, with YOU at the front of the class!

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Meditation Benefits the Mind, Soul and Body

Meditation benefits the mind, soul and body by self regulating the brain to bring awareness of one's inner being. For this, many people believe that those who meditate are crazy or religious lunatics when meditation has been used by many for thousands of years.

There are so many types of meditation out there in this vast world, due to different cultures and traditions, that modern science has yet to agree on a definite definition of meditation.

Me, I've always just thought of meditation as clearing your mind of all of life's worries and getting in touch with your inner self, creating a state of consciousness that is all around better for you. Meditation is a way to empty the mind and attune to the body.

Meditation requires practice and patience, along with determination to find a proper technique that works for you. It takes time to get into the practice of meditation especially when first learning it. Many people find it takes way too much time out of their busy schedules and give up on it, not realizing the benefits they can reap by just sticking with it. Like anything else, it takes time to get into the routine of doing it.

Meditation can be used for so many of life's daily struggles, such as, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight loss and depression, leading to better health of your body. Science has proven that people who meditate have activated disease fighting genes.

Those who meditate are healthier in all aspects of life. They have less joint pain, stronger immune systems, hormone levels are even out and it helps to lower blood pressure.

Meditation reduces the stress of our daily lives. Stress can have a very negative effect on the body; many people just do not realize how hard stress can be on their health.

A meditative state is where ideas are sparked, where one can find guidance from one's inner self, where confusion and doubt do not exist. A good form of meditation will allow you to develop awareness of your body and senses.

Basically, whatever cause you would like to use meditation for in your life you will surely find a book, CD, cassette tape, DVD or even do an internet search, where you can find an abundance of information.

Meditation has been around for thousands of years and will be around for thousands more (as long as the world does not end next month), helping the human race to manage their lives better and find inner peace.

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The Power of Deep Breathing

Here's a complete health system that uses just the power of deep breathing. I was made to think of this because of an old yoga book that I've been re-reading for the umpteen time. This book, I should tell you, is the first self-development book that I ever came across – over 30 years ago!

Anyway, this method links in with a lot of the more modern approaches to health and fitness that some of today's experts have adopted.

Let's get started.

A healthy bloodstream is key to a healthy body. It is responsible for transporting all of the oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in body. Having a fully functioning circulation system means a healthy body free from illness and disease. The captain of this system is breathing.

Let's look a little closer at this.

If you've been meditating for any length of time, or even if you're just making a start, you will know that the breath forms a cornerstone of many of an effective meditation practice. But it is also the way that you fully oxygenate the body and charge the electrical energy of every one of your cells.

Okay, nothing radical there, that's covered in a basic elementary biology class. But one fact that is not so well known is how your breathing helps drive the function of the lymphatic system. This is a critical network to consider when looking to achieve optimum health.

It is, for all intents and purposes, the body's sewer system.

The lymphatic system is crucial in maintaining good health and acts as a secondary circulatory network along the blood circulation system. Lymph is the fluid transported by the lymphatic system, and is a clear or slightly yellow fluid that originates as blood plasma leaked from the blood vessels.

The lymphatic system has several functions:

  • Drains fluid back from the body tissues to prevent dehydration
  • Fights infections and prevails invasion by bacteria, viruses, and fungi
  • Recycles plasma proteins
  • Filters the lymph fluid of waste

This system is so important to our health and well being that Gerald M. Lemole, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Christiane Health Services of Delaware, called it 'our river of life'. This river can be kept healthy through exercise, healthy diet, stress reduction, massage, and deep breathing.

Which is just about where we came in.

The lymphatic system is not closed, like the circulatory one, and it has no central pump like the heart.

Instead, this system is powered by the breath.

Any health system worth it's salt will, first and foremost, teach you how to fully cleanse your body through effective breathing. Effective breathing is characterized by deep inhale, pause at the end of the inhale to allow transfer of oxygen, and a slow exhale to ensure effective removal of toxins.

We can think of this breathing technique in a three stage cycle.

By using deep diaphragmatic breathing, a vacuum is created that effectively sucks the lymph through the blood stream. As oxygen content is key to healthy non-malignant cells, fully oxygenating your system would seem to be the number one priority.

This is one of the reasons that yoga focuses so much on healthy, deep breathing.

Here is the most effective breathing system for ensuring that your lymphatic system operates to full effectiveness.

1. Breathe in for one count

2. Hold this inhale for four counts

3. Exhale for two counts

So just remember those ratios. Inhale for 1, hold for 4, out for 2.

Those counts are relative to each other, you can use them simply as ratio guides. So in actual fact you may breathe in for 4 counts, hold for a count of 16, and then exhale for a full count of 8. That's okay, just follow the ratio guideline.

What you are doing, with this breathing pattern, is allowing enough time for cells to be fully oxygenated from the blood, and for toxins to be transferred back into the blood and lymph to be expelled.

When do I do this?

I suggest that you bolt this technique onto your meditation practice. That way you're not creating some new discipline that you need to make time for, it's already in place.

How long do I need to do the breathing system for?

I recommend 10 full cycles of the breathing system before you go into your meditation set. There is nothing to stop you completing 10 cycles and gradually increasing your awareness as you do so. This is what I've started to do and I'm finding it very effective day to day.

How can I remember to do this everyday?

As I recommended before, if you make this part of your regular meditation session, sometimes at the start, you fill in that find it integrates effortlessly into your schedule. You do not even have to think of it as a separate activity at all.

When you try your deep breathing just make sure that you breathe from the abdomen, get the stomach expanding completely on the inhale. After you have done the 10 cycles, let your breathing return to normal and allow your meditation to begin.

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19 Ways To Make More Time In Your Life For Meditation

If you are finding it difficult to meditate regularly then you are in good company, often it is a struggle to find space in your life. Like all things, it is only once you establish an action as a habit that it starts to feel vital to your day. These ideas can help you cut down the distractions that pull you way from your time to just sit and be.

1. Unplug

Turn off the computer, email, social sites, and funny cat videos. It is amazing how tempting this technology is and how much it distracts us. Please wait until you've read the whole of this article though πŸ™‚

2. Turn off the television

Another of the great time killers. You can always catch up on that episode of 'Elephants That Ski' but if you miss your meditation session, it's gone. This is a great way to begin to learn about becoming aware of what you do with your time, moment to moment.

3. Get a timer

Okay, I'm not saying we get so obsessed with time here, it's just that when you raise your awareness of how you are spending time it opens up vastly in front of you. Using a timer is a great way to establish a committed meditation practice. Get a timer, set it. Sit. 5-10 minutes. It's enough.

4. Turn off your phone

Turn off your mobile and unplug the phone. Sometimes it's a good idea to tell anyone that you live with that you will be unavailable for the next half an hour. They'll get used to it (after the initial suspicious raised eyebrows).

5. Meditate at work

Have a lunch break outside, in the park, or at the shopping center. Sit on a bench and have 10 minutes peaceful reflection. Do not bother trying this at your desk, unless you have a plush top floor office with your own secretary: 'Mrs. Bootle, I will be unavailable for 15 minutes'.

6. Early bird

Just get up 10 or 20 minutes early and use that time to meditate. Then leave the rest of the day exactly as it is. Simple. A morning meditation is probably the most effective thing you can do to give you a direction and positive energy for your day.

7. Decorate

Now I hate decorating and anything to do with home improvements, so if that's the same for you just think of it as a bit of a spruce up. Create yourself a dedicated meditation space. This might just mean clearing up a bit, but you could also consider soft lighting, candles, incense, music, and inspiring images.

8. Keep a journal

Note down each time that you meditate and any thoughts or insights that came up. You will find it stimulating to look back after a month and see how far you are into your practice. It will also make you more likely to keep up the routine.

9. Read

Take the time to read inspiring literature and texts before your meditation session to get you in the right frame of mind. Why not make it educational as well as enjoyable?

10. Earplugs

Isolate yourself from the world with a decent pair of earplugs or noise cancelling headphones. It does wonders for your focus.

11. Use apps

There are loads of meditation apps and timers which can help you time your session, plot your progress, and connect with other people meditating at the same time. Just make sure that you do not spend all of your time buying apps instead of meditating.

12. Slow down

Purposefully slow down your day. You will become more efficient once you stop rushing at things and start flowing. With the time you save you can sit and meditate.

13. Find a meditation group

Link up with a mediation buddy or group. This not only gives you a different, occasional deeper, meditation experience but always means that you are less likely to blow it out if other people are expecting you.

14. Set a limit

Give yourself a maximum time that you will meditate each day. Once that is completed, you're done. It is tempting to think that you should meditate for hours at a time – resist this temptation. Keep it short and focused so that you look forward to your session the next day. Do not overdo it and burn out.

15. Do not feel guilty

If you miss a day, do not be too hard on yourself. It's just feedback. Are you trying to meditate at the wrong time of day? Is the location right? Could you try a different technique instead?

16. Make meditation a part of your day

Put the dinner on then go and meditate. Put the kids to bed and take some time to sit while they sleep. Make meditation a part of who you are, everyday rather than this extra thing you are trying to cram in.

17. Keep people out

Lock your door and stick a picture of an angry Tibetan God on your door. Do not disturb means just that.

18. Use audio

Instead of a timer you can use meditation audios to give you timed sittings. Use binaural beat records or subliminal tracks for deeper relaxation and focus.

19. Bliss Out

Every now and again book some time for a meditation session or retreat out in the middle of nowhere. This could be a 1 hour trip into the mountains or a 10 day holiday in Bali.

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Value of Meditation

The benefit of meditation, which the Westerners recently discovered, was well appreciated over twenty-five centuries ago in the East. After some practice, many practitioners will experience tranquilized mind, and feel a sense of calm pervades the whole body.

During 1970s, University of Massachusetts at Worcester, USA, started a stress-reduction program. This center for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) still exists today. By sitting still and following the movement of air entering and leaving your nostrils, your electroencephalograph reading will show that gamma waves which are associated with attention and learning are generated. Is not this good for you?

During meditation, unusual amount of brain activity in the left side of the pre-frontal cortex is going on. It was confirmed that experienced practitioners had an average 5% thicker cortex. This part of the brain is associated with positive emotions. You will there before be more alert and happier than the others.

The mental images you see when your eyes are closed are your own creation. They can be anything a person may imagine. These are called Nimittas. For most people, they are beautiful lights of various colors, eg while, blue, purple, gray, yellow, orange etc. Sometimes they are bright and unstable, vibrating or flashing and changing shapes, like the clouds.

Some people also see eyes or faces when their eyes are closed. These are very normal and we should not be attached to them for our own safety. If they are too fearful, just open your eyes and they will be gone. Do not be attached to whatever you see. If a certain thing appears in front of you every time you meditate, just have a paint brush ready, dip it in ink and hold it while you meditate. When that thing appears, gently mark it with your brush and then open your eyes. What has been marked?

For more advance practicers, within next few minutes after the nimittas, maybe few hours, days, months, or years, (depending on how well you have practiced so far) Jhana will happen by themselves later on.

According to the Buddha: for one who indulges in Jhana, four results are to be expected: Stream-Winner, Once-Returner, Non-Returner, or Arahant.

If you encounter difficulties, you need to consult experienced practitioners. These people normally do not request money for assisting you. If they do, be aware. It is better to consult those who do not ask for monetary rewards.

Meditation is a form of psychotherapy. The number of psychiatric patients is increasing rapidly and many hospitals can not cope. Those people ended up in the hospital because they did not know how to cope with stress. They need to relax mentally. They are ambitious. They struggle too hard.

During meditation, you will also be taught how to get rid of longstanding anger and hostility which weakens your lungs and speed up age-related decline. When the lung volume drops, you do not get enough oxygen. Your energy Declines, your immune system weaknesses, that sickness and disease start to crop up.

Moreover, women and men in their forties need not be miserable if they care to look after their mental health. I am talking about majority of the people on this planet, regardless of whether they are rich or poor, white, black or yellow. If rich people are not affected, then most people in the United States of America should be very happy. Are they?

Even though you may be aged 70 or over, you can remain mentally as healthy as a 20-year old if you care to maintain your health. And one of the methods is meditation, which can slow down your heart rate and breathing rate per minute.

Meditation may also prevent you from ending up with diabetic, high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, because the elasticity of your blood vessels will be improved and your blood toned up. As a person thinks of compassion, his body system stimulates the cells to generate valuable chemical compounds to produce energy and vitality. So we can say metta has tonic effect on the whole physical constitution.

The following are some of the other benefits of meditation:

Getting rid of your tension and find some relaxation
Calm down your worries and find permanent or temporary peace
Develop the courage to face or overcome your problems
Gain self confidence
Help you to understand the nature of your fears
Help you see the true nature of life (if you are heart-broken)
Help you to be more focused and concentrated in your studies
Help you to have contentment and not to harbor jealousy towards others
Help you to overcome the fire of anger, hatred and resentment
Help you to understand the danger of jealousy
Help you realize how to overcome your dangerous habit

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5 Reasons To Learn How To Meditate – Definition And How It Can Help

Meditation has grown in popularity as more have been exposed to it and its benefits over the years. I was unfamiliar with it, only correlated it to the monks and their religious ceremonies. Not until recently I did take the time to try to understand what it was and how it could help me through my difficult times.

When investigating what it is to moderate, definition alone can be vague and misleading to the reader. Looking it up in the dictionary yields a precise explanation, but is void of what it really means after realizing the benefits from practicing it.

To Meditate definition according to Websters: “To be in constant, contemplative thought”

Truth is, meditation for me is void of thought, allowing me to dissipate the negativity that companies those thoughts. After practicing meditation for a few months now, I've noticed a basic change in how I look at things and feet about myself.

So, when I was learning how to meditate, definition of what it meant to me became my own.

It's easier to handle the unexpected : I feel I have a better grasp on the concept of accepting things simply because sometimes, they just are. “It is what it is” plays through my mind quite often through the day.

So when these unexpected changes occur, I feel better equipped to move past it with minimal resistance.

I feel more relaxed during the day : Now that I feel more confident in facing the unexpected, I can relax more, knowing I can handle it.

Granted, this only considers the little unexpected change, but I have noticed a difference in my reaction to the greater disappointments that surface. They still get to me, just not as meaningful as before. The little acceptance lead to a better response regarding the larger ones, enabling me to know that sometimes, “It is what it is.”

I do not wake up angry anymore : There were countless times when I would wake up in the morning, feeling angry from some temporary feeling that lingered around from yesterday or I would have to face today. First thing in the morning, I would have a knot tied in my stomach, angry and frustrated about a situation I was in.

Since meditating, the disgruntled feelings I used to have when I woke up have dissipated. I awaken with a much more brighter outlook on the day and know I'm in control of how I feel.

More sense of self-control : I've never noticed before, but I was a prisoner of my own emotion. How I felt dictated how my day was going to go and how I was going to interact with others. Easily distracted and irritable, these feelings would plague me through the day.

But shortly after taking time to meditate, definition of how my day went changed. I began to see how I could dictate how I felt, I had control of my emotions and it was all related to how I reacted.

Gained a better understanding of myself : It's hard going through life not knowing who you are. There's an emptiness that you feel, unable to fill because you are not sure of what you are missing.

Again, once I started meditating, I began to get a better grap of what I really wanted out of life. I began to understand my own importance and know that I affected everything around me. As I continue to meditate, definition of myself has become easier to understand.

Meditation can be a powerful tool in settling your thoughts, discovering who you are and who you want to be. Using the knowledge to meditate, definition and meaning can be up to you.

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Can Meditation Help the Fight Against Cancer?

There may be no word that carries more fear these days than “Cancer.” Most of us do not even want to think about it, though many of us are forced to think about it when we or one of our loved ones receive the news. When that happens, life narrows to one priority-how do we fight this? What can we do? With so many treatment options, offering such a wide range of success and side-effects, the treatment information can be overwhelming and confusing-to say the least. There is one simple practice that can help you no matter what other treatment protocols you follow. Meditation can offer pain relief, and even enhancing healing, while helping you cope with the mental-emotional challenges that this disease brings up.

If you are unfamiliar with meditation or think it is some exotic practice reserved for spiritual adepts living in the Himalayas, let me assure you that meditation is a natural human ability that can be used in a very down to earth, practical way. In essence, it is about guiding your attention in a healthy way.

Meditation can be as simple as closing your eyes, relaxing your muscles, and paying attention to your breathing.

How could such a simple process be all that helpful?

First of all, meditation redirects your mind from imagining all sorts of terrible things that might happen to paying attention to what is happening right now and what can be done. You may think that directing your mind away from cancer would be the best thing, but actually accepting it, relaxing as best as you can in the face of it, and calming observing what is happening can support healing and help in good decision-making. Rather than reacting from fear and being consumed by it, you can direct your mind to positive options that can make things better.

In meditation you will commonly guide your attention towards one focal object. Paying attention to one thing, such as your breathing, has a focusing effect that calms your body. Paying attention to slow deep breathing initiates a relaxation response in your body that eases muscular tension, quiets your mind, and releases positive neurochemicals such as dopamine and serotonin that have pain-reducing and relaxation-increasing effects. When you relax down out of a stress-fear response, you put your body in a state that is conducive to healing and regeneration. You initiate a cascade of positive bio-chemistry that can help your body regain health and feel better in the moment.

All of us have cancerous cells that our body normally handles quite well. Our body knows how to deal with them. It's when our natural healing and regeneration processes are overwhelmed that the disease begins to get the better of our immune resources. Anything we can do to relax and stimulate our natural immune response will help us regain the upper hand.

Another meditative technique that holds promise is to visualize healthy cells. Research shows that holding images of what cells look and function like can facilitate positive immune response. Could it be that through visualization we connect to a healthy blueprint that informs cellular function and Promotes a return to health? Many people have experienced this result.

Meditation can also help you to connect to positive feelings of well-being. You can practice generating positive feelings of acceptance, appreciation, love, and gratitude within your body. One of the most interesting anecdotal discoveries in cases of cancer remission is that those who recover completely often say that they regained their ability to give and receive love and that this made all the difference. Meditation can grow your ability to move into acceptance, which may lead you to appreciation of unforeseen opportunities available within the cancer experience. This could lead you to being grateful for moments of love in even the most desperate feeling situations. Consciously cultivating the love in your heart may take you to a whole new place mentally, emotionally, and physically.

In summary, meditation can be used in conjunction with any treatment modality to make the whole process more manageable and less painful on all levels. In some cases, this makes the difference in experiencing a real turnaround. If you'd like to learn more about how meditation can raise your vibration to a healthier state, check out the link in the Resource Box below.

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Understanding Compassion – A Monks Meditation Secret to Enlightenment

This week I went to a meditation and talk at inner city Sydney sanctuary Anahata Therapies, with the Venerable Lobsang Tibetan Buddhist Monk Tendar. Through his eyes I learned about a Monks secret …

Monk Tendar passionately shared with us growing up in poverty, being held captive by Chinese military for many months with little food, light, clothing or warmth whilst exposed to constant brutality and beats. This was not because he had done anything wrong; it was for his Buddhist beliefs, which included not harming others, mediation, education, love and compassion for all.

“Our bodies” he explained “are merely vessels for our soul on this earth. When we go to sleep at night we do not know where our mind goes – it can go wondering to any part of the world or universe. here, there and everywhere! We can learn this through meditation too. “

With deep meditation Monk Tendar was able to silence his mind and 'remove himself' from his body whilst being tortured. He grew from this learning ignorance was not bliss and how having a compassionate mind not full of hate was his savior.

Monk Tendar explained your mind has to be strong. “Like an athlete each day you can train your mind to learn wholeness and not be caught up in small things that do not matter like attachment and anger, which can make you weak in character.” Through meditation he was able to take his mind to another place, this kept him strong in spirit; and without this he explained would not be alive today.

His Tibetan family, friends and community are still in Tibet, with little education and hope for a new way of life. He was cheerful though; “Our mediation group was helping through being here today.” Monk Tendar's mission in life is to give his community the chance they deserve and teach us, in the Western world about true compassion and unconventional love, which leads to understanding, growth and enlightenment.

“A dog” he explains “can be left in your house all day. He giggled with a twinkle in his eye. “However you leave a child at home, the child will not be happy to see you. They will be very upset. This of course (he explains) doesnt mean we should leave child in the house alone – nooo do not do that! “

He gave another example of attachment. “We have attachment to things that can make us very, very upset. Take for example your cup.

But what does it matter? It's only a material thing. Why does it make you upset? Why not share your cup? Why does sharing make you so unhappy?

This attachment you have created is not real it's only by limiting your thoughts. Attachment leads to ignorance, which is not for our wholeness of wellbeing and growth to enlightenment. “

Monk Tendar explained we have options in life without being held captive it's our choice with what we'd like to surround ourselves with. It's also our choice on how we respond to ignorance and negativity, which is a heavy energy to be around especially empathic (able to feel things).

I met with my friend during the week telling him about my meditation experience. Not the most 'spiritual' of people but an amazing friend and soul. Doing his best to understand – “So Tameera what did you come away with from all this?”“A Tibetan blanket made with Yak hair and a meditation pillow …”

I laughed – “All the money goes to the Buddhist community in Tibet. “I learned about enlightenment and hope you did too …”

Life is what we make of it – it's our choice on how we grow. Daily meditation even 5 or 10 minutes a day can help take you out of yourself, to center and feel the wholeness around.

Monk Tendar suggests surrounding ourselves with the people we feel good with and can grow living positively. Anything less is quite simply stunting our growth to feeling light.

Do you have an enlightening experience you'd like to share?

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My Vipassana Meditation Experience

My intentions before going to the Vipassana 10-day meditation retreat was to start meditating every day as a way to practice and prepare myself for the 10 hours of daily meditation I knew was in store for me. Not surprisingly, the only mediation “practice” I got in was two 20-minute sessions, both of them ending with me falling asleep. Trust me, you do not need to do anything to prepare for this. Just show up and commit to following through with the program.

So that's exactly what me and my husband did. We showed up having an idea of ​​what was expected of us and what the daily schedule was going to be like. Ten hours of mediation every day seemed like overkill, but we were both committed. We hoped it would change our lives for the better, but did not really know how it would change us. For me, I was hoping to achieve a more focused and concentrated mind. And I was also hoping to have an out-of-body experience … something I have been trying to do for a couple months now.

After we showed up and checked in, we were split up and shown to our rooms. I unpacked my suitcase and made my bed and then headed to the women's dining room for the dinner and the orientation. After the orientation, the “noble silence” in which we were not allowed to speak to anyone enclosed the assistants for the remaining ten days. This is the moment we had to begin following the five prerequisites:

  1. to abstain from killing any being;
  2. to abstain from stealing;
  3. to abstain from all sexual activity;
  4. to abstain from telling lies;
  5. to abstain from all toxicants.

The first night everyone was required to meet in the meditation hall to get their seating assignment. And so it began.

The next four days was hell for me because I could not find a comfortable seating position during mediation. The entire left side of my body from my hip down continued to fall sleep. I tried using several cushions, a box and various seating positions. Finally, I asked if I could try a cushion that had a back support. It made a huge difference. I would recommend the first thing anyone does is find a comfortable position to sit in. I wish I would have asked for the back support the first day.

Now I could finally focus on meditating. The course teachers you the mediation technique in steps. The first step is called Anapana which teaches you to observe and focus on your breath. You do not try to regulate it or change anything about it. Just simply observes it in its natural state. Then you begin to narrow your focus to the triangular area at the top of your nose to the top of your lip and ever narrow it even more to focus on the sensations of the breath only on the area below your nostrils and above your top lip. This technique helps to sharpen your mind before you learn the actual technique of Vipassana on the fourth day.

Vipassana is observing the sensations all over your body. Sensations such as itching, cold, hot, heavy, light, pleasant or unpleasant, etc. By observing the body sensations, instead of reacting to them, you train your subconscious mind to change the habit patterns of reaction. By simply observing the sensations, and understanding that they are constantly changing and will not last, you are in essence training your mind to observe life instead of react to it. This was literal life-transforming for me.

On days six and eight of the course, I had extremely peaceful days, completely free from the usual tensions and anxiety I have on a day-to-day basis. This was in large part because I applied to the technique to some of my negative emotional sensations and observed them as they dissipated. It was an amazing experience for me to observe my negative feelings without identifying or reacting to them. I just simply watched them fade away. Incredible! This was my experience and you should not go into this mediation with expectations. Each experience is completely individual and it's important that you do not any “crave” any specific experience.

On the second to the last day of the course, we learned Metapana which is focusing your thoughts of love, compassion and peace for all. It was beautiful.

On the final day, we were able to break the noble silence and begin talking to one another. It was interesting to me how many of the students fell right back into their “craving” by willingly wanting to check their cell phones or complain to others about the course or their difficulties with the course.

When put into practice, Vipassana really works. I recommend everyone try it and see for yourself.

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How Meditating Can Transform Your Life

Meditation is like a chiropractic adjustment for you soul. When you focus on getting silent, slowing down the mental chatter and going to a place inside of you that is connected to everyone and everything, you realign your energies to higher frequencies and vibrations.

Your soul is here to express itself through YOU. This is powerful. Think about this.

Every habit you do and every thought you think is either allowing your soul to be expressed or not. Think about how you live your life day to day. Do you meditate? Do you make time to stop thinking? Do you take care of your body? What does your environment look like? Are you surrounded by negativity like horror movies, unmotivated people, negative self talk? Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you abuse your body, your mind or your spirit in some way? Do you allow others to?

Your inner and outer world must be in 100% total alignment in order for you to BE WHO YOU ARE MEANT TO BE AND DO WHAT YOU ARE MEANT TO DO! What you put into your being is what you vibrate to. What do you want to vibrate to?

If your soul is trying to express itself through you and you are not allowing it to happen you are going to struggle and feel pain.

If you stop and focus just 15-20 minutes a day and meditate, focusing on clearing blocks, getting quiet and aligning your energies with what you do want, negativity will naturally start to shift and fall away. You can not be aligned with your highest purpose and be a negative person. You can not be aligned with your highest purpose and watch the news every single night before you go to sleep. You can not be aligned with your highest purpose if you mistreat yourself or do not give yourself the time you deserve to BE spiritually intimate with yourself. Everything must be congruent!

Meditation is a simple way to help you:

  • align your energies with your true purpose
  • relax and let go
  • heal emotional traumas
  • bringing healing to your physical body
  • manifest what you deeply desire
  • access your intuition so you can live on target
  • strengthen your communication with your Source or Creator
  • and the list goes on.

Successful people begin their days this way. They meditate, get quiet and choose how they will spend their time and day. The focus on what makes their hearts come to life and approach their days this way. So become your own “spiritual chiropractor” and commit to meditating each day. You will begin to notice changes, shifts and miracles take place in your life. You will experience your life with ease which is how you are meant to live from moment to moment.

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Easy Meditation Techniques That You Can Follow

Meditation is said to be the 'yoga of the mind'. It leads great discipline to be able to fully reap the benefits that it has to offer. Meditation involves the mental aspect that the mind is mostly at work in this ancient art. Back in the olden times, meditation was said to be first done by Buddhists in order to be able to achieve that higher level of consciousness and in line with their religion it is their way of being able to speak to the Buddha. It is also said that with meditation, a person is able to find that inner peace.

Today, a lot of people are doing meditation in order to relieve them from stress and anxiety that is often a problem by many. Meditation is indeed a great way to be able to deal with the negative things happening around us because it lets us just stop for a while and reflect and start within ourselves. For beginners, there are definitely meditation techniques that they can make use of in order to practice it efficiently.

Look for a quiet place. One of the first few things that you can actually do when you are still starting to practice meditation is to look for a place where you may do it. This place does not need to have completely quiet. A few noise that is manageable is okay because the tension of staying in a very quiet place is you might end up falling asleep. Great choices to do meditation could be in your room, the living room, the garden, balcony or any place where you are free of distraction.

Wear comfortable clothes. This is one of the most useful meditation techniques that anyone can make use of. It is important that in order to not have a hard time to concentrate, you must first wear comfy clothes such as a light and cotton shirt, loose baggy pants and you can do it bare foot. The reason for this is so that you will be able to focus in meditation.

Come up with a positive chant or mantra. When meditating, you can make use of it to not just do self-reflection but also a great means of relieving yourself from stress or when you are in an anxious state. Positive chants such as “I can do it” are already more than enough to keep in mind and when you are in a situation where you are in doubt or nervous. Meditation is not just about sitting in a quiet room but simply closing your eyes for a while and saying it often yourself is already a great way of reaping its benefit.

You can also make use of music and photographed candles if you think it helps a lot and if you find it easier to meditate with these things. Music that includes the sound of nature and instruments would help or scented candles to be able to feel more relaxed and be able to fully concentrate.

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