Inner Peace: Is Meditation The Path?

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inner peaceThroughout history, meditation has been an integral part of many cultures. Records indicate that meditation was practiced in ancient Greece and India more than 5,000 years ago.

In the Buddhist religion, inner peace and meditation is an important part of their spiritual practice. Different forms of meditation are practiced in China and Japan, and Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have traditions similar to meditation. The word meditation comes from the Latin ‘meditari’ which means: exercise, turn something over in one’s mind, think, consider. It is defined as “consciously directing your attention to alter your state of mind.”

Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies that in recent years have been classified under the mind-body medicine therapies.

It is continuing to gain popularity, as more and more health experts believe that there is more to the connection between mind and body than modern medicine can explain. Meditation has been shown to aid the immune system and improve brain activity, according to researchers.

More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance, for people with angina, to help people with asthma to breathe easier, to relieve insomnia, and generally relax everyday stresses of life. Many hospitals now offer meditation classes for their patients because of the health benefits. All promote physiological health, inner peace and well-being.

Traditionally meditation has been used for spiritual growth but more recently has become a valuable tool for managing stress and finding a place of inner peace, relaxation, and tranquility in a demanding fast-paced world. Benefits resulting from meditation include physical and emotional healing; easing stress, fear, and grief; improved breathing; developing intuition; deep relaxation; exploring higher realities; finding inner guidance; unlocking creativity; manifesting change; emotional cleansing and balancing; and deepening concentration and insight.

Meditation elicits many descriptive terms: stillness, silence, tranquility, inner peace, quiet, and calm. All counter stress and tension. Lama Surya Das in his book Awakening The Buddha Within says, “Meditation is not just something to do; it’s a method of being and seeing – an unconditional way of living moment by moment.”

In other words, learning to live in this moment because this moment is all we have. Henry Winkler is quoted as saying; “A human being’s first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.” Meditation is an opportunity to ‘shake hands with ourselves’ in a safe, simple way and to balance our emotional, mental, physical, inner peace and spiritual well-being.

Meditation takes many forms of inner peace in today’s society. All have one thing in common.

They use concentration techniques to still the mind and stop thought. Various practices exist such as chanting (Mantra), focusing on energy centers in the body (Chakra Meditation), breathing, mindfulness (Mahamudra), loving kindness, formal sitting (Vipassana), expressive practices (Siddha Yoga), and walking to name some of the styles.

Try each style and see what works for you or you may want to alternate between the techniques from time to time. For the purposes of this article, I will discuss Mahamudra and walking meditation.

Practical Steps To Begin Meditating

1. Find a place where there are few external distractions. A place where you feel emotionally comfortable, safe, removed from pressure and stress is the optimal location.

2. Wear clothing that is loose and sits or lays in a comfortable position.

3. Plan to meditate in an area that is warm and comfortable.You might want to have a blanket or light covering as some people experience a feeling of coolness when they aren’t moving around for a period of time.

4. Candles can be used to focus attention on the task at hand. If you use them, remember to be cautious and extinguish them before leaving the room.

5. Relaxation is a key component of meditation.

Take a few moments to bring about a state of relaxation by taking a deep breath through your nose, expanding your lungs and diaphragm. Hold the breath for a few seconds and slowly exhale through your mouth. Do this several times until you feel relaxed and a sense of inner peace becomes stronger.

6. Calm, soothing music can be helpful for inducing a state of inner peace, tranquillity, and relaxation

7. If you are hungry, have a little something to eat, as it is not necessary to meditate on a completely empty stomach.

8. Put your expectations aside and don’t worry about doing it right.

Meditation-  Creating Inner Peace

Mahamudra is the form of meditation that is a way of going about one’s daily activities in a state of mindfulness. It is meditation integrated into all aspects of our lives. This following exercise is one you can do anywhere to create a feeling of inner peace.

It is particularly helpful for those times you are stuck in traffic, waiting in line at the grocery store or bank, at the office when days are hectic, or when you are picking up the kids from school or extra-curricular activities. “What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it,” wrote Hugh Mulligan. Meditation helps us remember to stop and ‘smell the daisies.’

Begin by taking a deep breath.

Breathe deeply and as you do, expand your lungs and your diaphragm. Hold the breath for a few seconds and slowly exhale through the mouth. Focus on your breath and clear your mind. Do this several times until you feel the slowing of your breath and a deep sense of inner peace fills your body.

Consciously feel the inner peace permeate your body.

Drop your shoulders and connect through the top of your head to the Universal Energy. Repeat. If you wish, send the feeling of inner peace to those around you by connecting to their hearts with light and love.

Walking Meditation

A walking meditation is simply an exercise in awareness. There are four components:

1. Become aware of your breathing – To practice ‘awareness walking’ bring awareness to walking wherever you find yourself. Take notice of your breathing. Are you taking short, shallow breaths without even knowing it? If so, take several deep breaths and center yourself in your body and in the present moment. Appreciate the wonderful body you have and the blessing of being able to walk.

2. Notice your surroundings – Notice your surroundings. What season is it? Take a few minutes to listen to the noises around you. Feel the wind, sun, fog, rain or snow on your face. Look at the people, animals, birds, sky, trees, and buildings around you. Breathe in and out and realize that you are an integral part of the environment.

3. Be attentive to your body’s movement – Pay attention to your body. Are you holding tension in your shoulders, neck, solar plexus, lower back, or legs? Breath into any areas where you are feeling the tension and let it drain into the Earth.

Next, pay attention to your posture. Are you standing straight and tall or slouching?

Walk in a way that is comfortable for you with your body loose and uplifted. Walk with dignity and confidence, one foot in front of the other and pay attention to the experience of movement. You can walk mindfully anywhere, along a sidewalk, walking your dog, in the mall, along the hallways at work. You simply remind yourself to be in this moment of inner peace, taking each step as it comes.

Some people find it helpful to repeat a mantra (mantras are sacred words repeated in order to bring focus to your mind).

You can also use a variation of the walking mantra by counting your breaths. Walk more slowly than you usually do and count how many steps it takes for your intake of breath and how many steps for your exhale. In this type of meditation, your attention is focused on both your steps and your breathing bringing together a wonderful balance of inner peace and awareness.

4. Take some time to reflect on your experience when you return home – Take some time to reflect on your experience when you return home. Five or ten minutes brings closure to your walk and provides an opportunity to make the transition from this ‘place of inner peace’ to ordinary day-to-day activities.

Difficulty Meditating – Overcoming Stress With Meditation

Overcoming Difficulty – Guided Meditation

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Difficulty MeditatingOne of the greatest obstacles that’s between you and your happiness is simply one word, stress.

By stress in difficulty meditating, I mean a feeling that you have in your mind of fear, anxiety, distress, worry, unease, or foreboding. This is caused by using your mind to imagine a bad outcome to a past, present, or future event.

Let’s take a look at how to overcome stress and use meditation as a tool for creating the life you truly desire to live.

Difficulty Meditating 101 – You can use meditation to control your thoughts and feelings.

You have to remember things are just things, events are merely events, situations either good or bad are just situations. It is up to you to choose how you will react to the situation, meditation can help you.

Below are 5 Easy Meditation Techniques For Difficulty Meditating That You Can Use Today

Stress will never be completely gone in our lives because of all the negative feedback we have taken on, but by meditating we can eliminate the majority of it. The hard part of dealing with difficulty meditating is to eliminate stress is controlling our imaginations to have a happy outcome rather than a poor one.

You create your world by your own expectations, and you can influence your future by how you react to the present. If, as part of your meditation, you believe that every event will turn out to be to your benefit, stress will never enter into the picture.

I have spent a lot of time convincing people how meditation can change their lives. When they finally come to believe it, stress was largely gone from their lives.

Many of those whose lives had been nearly ruined by stress said that using meditation was the greatest gift that they have received. I know meditation is not a gift, but knowing how to control the stress in my life was just like the greatest gift I ever had.

If you always remember to stay control of your thoughts, it will be near impossible to feel fear or stress.

You can get a great deal of comfort from meditation because your imagination is entirely under your control. It may sound crazy, but you can have every situation in your life under your control. Anyone can choose to control a bad situation or to turn the bad situation into a better situation. If you are still allowing the events that happened to you to still bother you, meditation will not help you and you will still have difficulty meditating.

You have to open your mind to understand how meditating will help you. You have got to get all the bad thoughts and anger you feel out of your mind before you start to use meditation.

Difficulty Meditating Tip: Do something that you feel good about or something that could make you so relaxed that you will let nothing bother you.

Once you can allow yourself to relax and feel good about yourself you will see that you can meditate on the good things that occurred in your day. Do this simple action instead of thinking about the things that happened during the day that upset you that you cannot change.

Meditation can help to clear your mind and give you such a relaxing feeling inside, which so many more people should try and conquer throughout their lives. This is something that is not harmful to you in any way. All you have to look forward to from here is living a much less stressful life and feeling better each day when you first step out of bed.

5 Easy Meditation Techniques For Difficulty Meditating:

Meditation may be a challenge for most people to do as simply a habit. But it is not as difficult as some may think. There are several easy meditation techniques that anyone can follow toward attaining a deeper sense of relaxation. Meditation is an effective weapon against banishing stress brought about by the rigors of life. You should try it out and here are the simple steps that you can follow to help you out.

Difficulty Meditating Tip #1: One of the first things is to find a place where you can sit comfortably.

It should also be someplace where you can have few distractions as possible. Distractions are not good when you are meditating since they can keep you from developing your focus and concentration. Once you get the hang of meditating by keeping away the distractions, you can also do your meditation while riding the train, bus or plane.

Difficulty Meditating Tip #2: After you have a place where you can do your meditation in comfort, you now need to choose a mantra.

It can be any word that you feel can help you feel relaxed and calm. Try to go with words for the mantra that really appeals to you. It can even be your own name as long as it helps you feel positive and be aware of your meditation.

Difficulty Meditating Tip #3: Once you have yourself comfortable and have chosen a mantra. Simply close your eyes and start repeating the mantra to yourself.

Let the mantra do what it wishes. If it is something that you wish to repeat it slowly, fast, quiet or loud, then do so. Try not to let outside thoughts to disturb you while you are doing this. Just ignore them and focus on repeating your mantra.

Difficulty Meditating Tip #4: As you repeat the mantra, try not to get distracted. Just be aware of what you are saying and focus on it.

Learn also to remain relaxed and calm as you do this. In time you might sometimes find yourself going off on a daydream and stop repeating your mantra. Just try to refocus and continue on with your meditation before you ward off any further.

The key to this simple meditation is trying not to let distractions come before you when you meditate.

It can be a bit hard sometimes to do first, but it will develop along the way. This will help you develop your focus as well as better awareness. After some time, stop repeating your mantra and remain quiet while you are still sitting comfortably. Do this for about a couple of minutes or so. Avoid getting up immediately after your meditation. It would be similar to jumping up just after having a deep sleep.

Difficulty Meditating Tip #5: The other key is to effectively make use of such easy meditation techniques. What you need to do is simply create a habit that supports your meditation practice.

Try to allow some free time in your schedule for your meditation. Making it a habit would make you improve your ability to keep out distractions when you do not need them. This meditation technique can be done in as little as ten minutes. It is not such a long time to spend on something that can provide you with a lot of benefits. Especially when it comes to battling everyday stress.

A Candle Meditation is often used to help clear your mind. This will greatly increase your ability to focus. You can do this is by lighting a candle and focusing directly on the flame. You can try this meditation technique here from my podcast.

Anxiety Meditation Techniques – Guided Meditation Mp3

anxiety meditation techniquesUsing Anxiety Meditation Techniques To Help You To Reduce Stress

Do you feel that you are constantly under stress? Are you looking into anxiety meditation techniques that can reduce your stress levels? If you have answered yes to both of these questions, you are not alone.

The world is seemingly becoming faster, more demanding and more pressurized. In this article, I write about how anxiety meditation techniques and guided meditations can help you to relax and become a happier person.

Stress affects people in different ways both mentally and physically.

I personally feel very tired and lethargic during these periods and start to worry about things, like a future event. This can easily lead me into a period of depression, which in the past I have found it very difficult to come out of.

Some people that suffer from panic attacks, become very shaky and nervous, feel sick in the stomach, become sad and can begin to think in a very negative way.

Most of the conditions I have described above are actually a mental and not so much of a physical problem. This is why I believe anxiety meditation techniques to be an excellent form of stress relief or stress management.

Meditation helps us to control our emotions, to think in a more relaxed and positive way and certainly helps us to think more clearly.

Researchers identify brain areas linked to meditation and anxiety reduction.

In recent years there has been a steady stream of research showing the power of meditation to reduce anxiety. … anxiety meditation techniques strengthen a person’s cognitive ability to regulate emotions.

The Bottom Line. A naturally hypervigilant brain is not well-suited to modern life and can easily turn into an anxious mind. If you want to overcome anxiety without medication, anxiety meditation techniques in the form of a guided meditation is a proven way to reduce anxiety and stress and improve your overall well-being.

Web Resource: 17 ways to use meditation for anxiety relief right now! Ram Dass 2018

Positive effects of meditation Using Anxiety Meditation Techniques:

Reduces your heart rate

Relaxes your breathing and can even make it slower

It can lower blood pressure

Can increase your self-esteem by making you think in a more positive way

Helps you to think in a more logical and clear way

Helps you to reduce stress

Types of meditation you can use for anxiety meditation techniques:

Walking meditation

Mandala meditation

Yoga meditation

Sitting meditation

Prayer meditation

Visualisation meditation

I personally prefer the sitting meditation. I try to make time around three or four times a day when I will sit down to meditate. Originally I had a lack of belief about what I was doing and about if it would work.

I found it difficult at this stage to get myself into the zone. With practice and realizing that I needed this to work for me, I managed to get enough concentration and focus to see the full benefits.

A lot of the people in my circle of friends think that I am a bit mad. They can not believe that I actually just sit there and think. Meditation has had such a positive effect on my life and continues to do so, therefore my friends can mock as much as they like. I actually believe that some of them should try it themselves but they always laugh at the suggestion.

Can Yoga help as an anxiety meditation technique?

Available reviews and scientific studies of a wide range of yoga practices suggest they can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. In this respect, yoga functions like other anxiety meditation techniques, such as relaxation, exercise, or even socializing with friends.

Anxiety meditation techniques and guided meditations are something you can do on a daily basis and it works. Give it a go with a strong belief in the technique of your choosing. I would suggest you download the guided meditation above, put it on your phone or other devices, listen daily or every other day for one month and I am sure it will benefit you too.

A Quick 10-Minute Mommy Meditation Method

10-Minute Meditation for Moms to Reduce Stress

The demands of motherhood are exhausting and can be overwhelming at times. When we are always thinking about the wants and needs of our little ones, we no longer find the time to take care of ourselves.

This guided meditation is designed to help mothers regain some peace of mind and reconnect with our selves. Try to practice this short meditation to cultivate patience and relieve any motherly stresses.

Quick 10-Minute Mommy Meditation MethodUse this quick meditation method to find yourself some inner peace no matter how much time you have during the day.

You can use this simple meditation method whether you’ve got 30 minutes while the baby catches a few winks. Or just five minutes while waiting for your daughter to hop off the school bus. Here’s a great, effective and simple relaxation method that any busy mom can do.

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5-Minute Breathing Focus Meditation Method

Instead of letting your mind skip from worry to worry, let your mind get in sync with your breathing. You can do this anywhere, whether you’re sitting on the subway or waiting at the doctor’s office. It counteracts the stress and negative effects of the fight-or-flight response, Just watch your breath in and out through your nose. Notice the rise and fall of your stomach for five to ten minutes.

Start with a five-minute session and increase up to ten minutes when you’re ready. The optimum meditation time is twenty minutes twice a day. Set a timer or download a meditation timer to your phone or Mp3 player.

10-Minute Meditation Method

Meditation doesn’t have to be a scary concept. Take a quick “Zen 10,” or meditation session, to calm anxiety and an overactive mind. You can try this Loving-Kindness Meditation For Moms when things get rough during a high-stress day.

Next time you feel the onset of a mommy meltdown, take these steps, and you will feel the benefits inside and out. “Sit up tall at the edge of a chair, and situate your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on your thighs, palms facing down, and close your eyes.

Inhale and exhale deeply while mentally repeating the mantra ‘Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.’ Do this for as long as you need or you feel the sensation of relief settle into your mind and body.

Allow yourself to smile if it feels natural. After about six minutes or so, let go of the mantras and just simply observe your breath until you bring yourself back to reality several minutes later. Use a timer if needed to guide you and allow yourself to really relax into this simple meditation method process.

Meditation Techniques For Beginners To Start Meditating Today

Meditation techniques for beginnersLet’s discuss some essential meditation techniques for beginners and some of the challenges for someone just starting to meditate.

Learning proper meditation techniques for beginners is very important for someone just starting to meditate. Each person is apt to experiencing various instances of stress. No person could prevent themselves from undergoing the sickening feeling of such pressure. However, various methods have been offered to aid a person in lessening stress.

One of the most frequently used ways is through meditation. However, neophytes are often troubled by fears and apprehensions on how to start developing such practice. In addition, they are uncertain about the methods and preparations they need to increase their success in this habit.

The first technique to be followed in meditation is selecting the place wherein you think you’ll achieve your inner peace. People have varying preferences in terms of which venues will sufficiently cater their needs. Make sure that you select a comfortable place, wherein you can easily organize your thoughts and achieve extreme silence. Do not meditate at public places. You should also avoid reflecting in places that remind you of stressful events that took place in the past.

Second, undergo meditation regularly. Have the drive to continue your contemplation, because it will nourish your inner soul. This means that you allow sufficient time for personal reflection. It helps whenever you remind yourself that maintaining this habit has numerous mental and emotional benefits.

Third, among the meditation techniques for beginners, practice the perfect breathing pattern. During this process, you have to focus your whole attention on your breath. This will block out unwanted ideas from formulating in your brain.

This may be difficult for beginners because some ideas tend to suddenly pop into your head. However, constant practice will help you develop this skill, and as soon as you master the appropriate breathing intervals, it will be easier for you to focus on your meditation.

Fourth, try your best to not sleep while meditating. It would be very difficult for you to appreciate the art of meditating if you fall asleep in the middle of your contemplation. As comfortable and quiet as your venue is, you have to keep yourself awake in order to fully grasp the happiness and lightheartedness that arise after meditation.

Fifth, learn to be patient. You cannot attain the positive results of such form of relaxation right away. It is normal to experience difficulties at the beginning of your meditation. However, if you learn to be patient, you will learn to develop meditation techniques for beginners that will help you in your future reflections. As time passes, it becomes easier for you to budge mental distractions.

Choosing Meditation Music For Relaxation

Meditation Music For RelaxationChoose the right meditation music for relaxation that works for you…

It has been proven that meditation music for relaxation keeps the body and mind are relaxed, the body’s natural ability to heal itself is greatly enhanced. By listening to deeply relaxing music, you can assist your body to release its healing powers. By listening to relaxation music, you can create a zone of peace that allows you to experience each day from a place of alignment with your true nature.

For people who are into meditation, one of the most crucial factors for their practice of meditation is to hear some meditation music. Depending on the form of meditation you are practicing, meditation music plays a very big role in achieving the success of any meditation session.

What Meditation Music For Relaxation Should Be

People who have been practicing meditation for so long would definitely agree that the hardest thing to distract them from meditation is noise and ambient sounds. This is because even a tiny sound can penetrate the mind and distract it from whatever it has been doing.

Meditation music for relaxation while meditating is a way to isolate you from the outside world so you can focus your mind on your breath. Using meditation music mp3’s are very effective for beginner meditators who are having trouble focusing their minds in the beginning.

Here are some guidelines for choosing meditation music for relaxation for you:

1. Make sure that it doesn’t have lyrics. In choosing meditation music, it is always best to choose music that has no lyrics because it will distract your concentration. If you find plain rhythm boring, try to play something that has lyrics that you don’t understand so you don’t have to think what the song is saying. Aside from distracting your thoughts through the words you understand, music with lyrics will also encourage you to sing along which will totally shatter your concentration.

2. Relaxing music with soft rhythm is always advisable. For starters, this type of music will help you good because it will help you clear your mind to focus on the music. But, if you are already at a higher level of meditation, you can choose music that has faster rhythm.

3. Try to experiment with different types of music. Although soft and relaxing music is always advisable, try to play other types of music. Who knows? You might find better meditation music for relaxation by playing something that you truly enjoy.

4. Simple and soothing music is best to focus your attention. If you don’t have the luxury of time to experiment with different types of music to be played during meditation, then try a different type of meditation music on Youtube until you find what works best for you.

Some of these may include classical sounds, sounds from nature such as clapping of thunder, sounds of ocean waves, sounds of insects, and the wind. Other alternative options may also include simple instruments including a Tibetan singing bowl, flute, sitar, and tamboura which are known to have meditative inducing qualities.

When choosing meditation music for relaxation, it is very important to keep in mind that the type of meditation music for relaxation you should play must induce you to deep concentration and not into deep sleep.

If you are the type who practices meditation in just one place, then it is best if you play the same meditation music all over again. But if you are the type who changes places when you meditate, then it is best to bring along several types of meditation music to help you adjust to your surroundings.

You can download the meditation music that you like from various meditation sites on the Internet and burn a CD. But if you have a portable MP3 player, it is best to upload the music there so you can listen to it anytime you want to practice your meditation music for relaxation.

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Beginner’s Floating Visualization Guided Meditation – Free Mp3 Download!

Beginners Guided Meditation ScriptGuided Meditation Script – Be sure and download this meditation above to your phone or mp3 player.

For this guided meditation, find yourself a comfortable position in a location where you will not be disturbed and can have the time and privacy to completely explore meditation without the external pressures of everyday life invading your time and space for the next 30 minutes

The guided meditation process can make meditating seem achievable and can help the user to feel more grounded and in touch with themselves rather than feeling lost while trying to quiet their mind.

In the next few minutes with this guided meditation script, you will delve into the practice of meditation with me as your guide.

Meditation is the practice of finding peace, stillness, and silence in the midst of a hectic world. It is personal and you will develop your very own practice.

So as we move into the practice of meditation, simply release any existing ideas or thoughts and suspend any beliefs you have about meditation and let us begin.

Now once you are comfortable either seated or lying down, pay attention to your breath, inhaling and exhaling and feeling the air fill your lungs and releasing negative energy on the exhale

Continuing to focus on your breath and as you do so notice how your body is feeling…

Are you experiencing any tension in your body, perhaps in your neck or shoulder, back or jaw…?

Just continue to focus on your breathing allow your breath to go to these places of tension and release the tension on your exhaling

Bringing your attention to your breathing is the easiest and quickest way to bring your awareness to the present moment.

And feel your body relaxing now and as you continue to observe your breathing feel the tension leaving your body, leaving your hands and feet, your jaw and eyes, your neck and shoulders all relaxing now…

The Process Of Guided Meditation

There are many different methods of guided meditation. Since each person has a different goal when starting the meditation process, there are several ways to achieve these goals with diverse guided meditation programs. There are a few steps that the meditating person must go through in order to achieve a complete meditative state.

Most of these steps in the process focus mainly on relaxation and the clearing of the mind. Since clearing the mind can be a difficult task to achieve, people who find interest in meditation turn to guided meditation to help them to center their minds and bodies. The guided meditation process can make meditating seem achievable and can help the user to feel more grounded and in touch with themselves rather than feeling lost while trying to quiet their mind.

There are many different ways to achieve a meditative state but most of these processes start by instructing the person to sit in a comfortable position. It is also very important that the person is in a quiet space with no distractions or sounds around that could divert the concentration that is needed.

Guided meditation generally instructs the person who is meditating to quiet and stop the mind.

This means that the person should release any thoughts from his or her mind and concentrate on nothingness. The meditating person should also make sure that his or her body is completely relaxed and there is no strain on any body part while sitting in the position.

The goal of a guided meditation session is to achieve a completely empty mind and a clear conscious. This moment of complete silence and peacefulness allows the person to experience what a feeling of whole calmness is throughout the body.

This calm feeling usually makes the stress of everyday life melt away for many people. Once this feeling of calm has been experienced by a meditating person, he or she focuses on achieving this feeling throughout the day and not only during a meditation session.

Many guided meditation processes also include a mantra.

A mantra is the expression of a sound from the meditating body. This expression of sound can also aid in the calming of the body and mind at once. The most common mantra that is expressed in guided meditation is the “Om”.

By releasing this sound from the mouth, the person who is meditating finds it less complicated to eliminate excessive thoughts from the mind. Centering the mind and body in a quiet fashion is easily achieved with a mantra that is shown through a guided meditation session.

A meditative state should be achieved by the mediating person for about 15 minutes a day. However, everyone is different and many people will find that a more substantial amount of time is more beneficial for them.

Through the use of guided meditation, many users have also found that the advice and process that is shown can be used throughout their day to relieve stress and tension or to deal with difficult situations.

Contemplative Practices – Access Transcendent Wisdom and Emotional Balance In Your Life

Contemplative PracticesWhat are Contemplative Practices?

Contemplative Practices cultivate a critical, first-person focus, sometimes with direct experience as the object, while at other times concentrating on complex ideas or situations. Incorporated into daily life, they act as a reminder to connect to what we find most meaningful.

Contemplative practices are practical, radical, and transformative, developing capacities for deep concentration and quieting the mind in the midst of the action and distraction that fills the everyday life.

This state of calm centeredness is an aid to the exploration of meaning, purpose, and values. Contemplative practices can help develop greater empathy and communication skills, improve focus and attention, reduce stress and enhance creativity, supporting a loving and compassionate approach to life.

The primordial ‘sounds of silence’ cannot be over-emphasized ~ whether it is in deep meditation; a retreat of silence; simple time alone; the space between one’s thoughts; allowing quiet after someone has spoken to allow their sharing to be really felt and heard; sensing the soft stillness of nature or the hum of the cosmos.

You can touch upon this profound and important element. It is where and when you feel, sense, and silently hear Source within yourself and outside of yourself ~ all reflected in the beauty and the mystery of nature, others, all of life, and the entire cosmos.

Contemplative practices are widely varied; for an illustration of just some of the many types of practices, please see the “Tree of Contemplative Practices” for more information. They come in many forms, from traditions all over the world. Examples of contemplative practices include various forms of meditation, focused thought, time in nature, writing, contemplative arts, and contemplative movement.

Some people find that active, physical practices, like yoga or tai chi, work best for them. Others find nourishment in still and silent practices, like mindfulness meditation. Some people find that rituals rooted in a religious or cultural tradition soothe their soul. And not all practices are done in solitude–groups and communities can engage in practices that support reflection in a social context.

We encourage you to discover for yourself how contemplative practice, in whatever form is best for you, can enrich your life and work.

Understanding the Term Meditation and It’s Many Benefits

Benefits Of MeditationThe subject of the benefits of meditation can be confusing and even be intimidating to some people. Meditation is an art form that dates back thousands of years.

It is well known for being a practice that monks and other religious people participated in for the many benefits of meditation.

Today meditation is associated with many health benefits for the mind and the body. It is being used more widely, and what most people don’t know, is that there is more than one form of meditation.

The best way to describe meditation is by this; it is a practice that allows a person to train their mind to a better way of thinking. This could be to stop focusing on the past and let things go or to develop a more positive mindset.

The practice of meditation allows you to learn how to relax your mind and your body. It can help you develop a new life force, also known as gi, ki, and prana. At the same time, you can learn how to love again, have compassion, improve your generosity and to forgive things are just some of the benefits of meditation.

Buddhist monks used meditation on a daily basis and it helped them perform all of their rituals. They would use things like prayer beads to help them keep track of things that needed to be accomplished. As well they would touch their beads while saying mantras.

Many religions incorporate some form of meditation into their beliefs.

It is often used to help clear the mind and to sync your body and mind together. Mantras were often performed while in a sitting position and helped a person develop a calm state of mind.

The goal is to relax your mind and become totally aware of your thoughts and feelings. This can be done by clearing your mind and only thinking about one thing at a time. You may wish to focus on things like losing weight or forgiving someone for a recent action they took.

Today it is recognized that meditation can be done in many ways with tons of benefits.

Taking part in yoga is one way to experience the benefits of meditation. Kneeling or sitting and repeating phrases or quotes, is yet another way. It is even possible to meditate while walking, and numerous people actually perform it this way.

While at one time there may have been strict guidelines and expectations for meditation. Today how you meditate and where is more of a personal choice. You want to choose a location and position that is comfortable for you, and one that allows you not to be disturbed to realize the greatest benefits of meditation.

Guided Candle Meditation – Step By Step Guide

Candle MeditationA Candle Meditation can be used to help clear your mind and increase your ability to focus. You can do this is by lighting a candle and focusing directly on the flame.

You can download and use the guided meditation audio mp3 above to learn how to perform a guided candle meditation.

A candle meditation can also help to create a relaxing environment to aid in meditation. To use candles for meditation, you will need to choose a candle, create a relaxing environment, and position the candle for meditation. Then, light the candle and begin to clear your mind and focus on the flame.

Many beginners find it much easier to clear their mind when focusing on an object like in a candle meditation.

Warnings For A Candle Meditation

Don’t fall so deep into your meditative trance that you wouldn’t notice the house burning down. If you think you’re going to be in an unresponsive state while meditating, have a friend or relative come check on you.

Choosing a Candle For Your Meditation

Select a non-toxic candle. Many candles are made from toxic chemicals, such as paraffin. These release harmful vapors while the candle is lit and should not be used for candle meditation. Instead, select a candle made from a non-toxic or natural substance, such as beeswax or soy wax.

Choose a white, blue, or purple candle for spirituality. While meditating you will be looking at and focusing on the candle. Some people believe that certain colors can have symbolic meaning and can enhance your candle meditation experience. If you want to meditate for protection, purification, inner peace, spirituality, or intuition, you should use a white, blue, or purple candle.

Use a red or pink candle for love, passion, and power. If you want to focus your meditation session on love, romance, passion, power, or happiness, you should use a red or pink candle.

Select a green candle for fertility and wealth. Perhaps you want to use your candle meditation session to focus on prosperity and wealth. If this is the case then you should use a green candle. Green candles can also be used for fertility.

Determine if you want a scented candle

Some people find that scents help them reach a deeper level of relaxation. Others; however, may be allergic or sensitive to certain scents and prefer to use a non-scented candle. Experiment with both options and choose the one that helps you focus and relax.

Some scents to consider for meditation include lavender, vanilla, pine, peppermint, cinnamon, or jasmine.

Creating a Relaxing Environment

Choose a quiet room. Meditation is a relaxing experience, and you want your location to match your inner state. Find a place where you won’t be disturbed for the duration of the session, typically 15 to 30 minutes. Pick a room that is free of household traffic and loud noises.

Dim the lights. Before you begin meditating, dim the lights in the room and pull down the window shades. It will be much easier to focus on the candle in a dimly lit room. If the room is too bright you may experience eye strain.

Remove any distractions from the room. When you meditate, you want to clear your mind and focus solely on the candle. Turn off your phone and/or other technology that may disturb your candle meditation and relaxation.

Wear comfortable clothing. You should try and be completely comfortable while you are meditating. If you are wearing uncomfortable clothing, your mind may stray and focus on your discomfort. Instead, wear flowing clothes that are loose around the waist, chest, and hips.

Positioning the Candle for Meditation

Place the candle at eye level. When using candles for meditation, you are supposed to keep your eyes open and look at the candle. For maximum comfort, the candle should be positioned at eye level, or just below eye level. This way you will not have to strain your neck to look up or down at the candle.

Situate the candle 20 inches (50 cm) away from you. Place the candle approximately 20 inches (50 cm) in front of where you will be sitting. If the candle is closer to you it will appear too bright and may distract you from your meditation.

Sit down in a comfortable position. It is important that you sit in a comfortable position. You can either sit in a chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground and your back straight or cross-legged on the ground with a straight back. Your hands should be placed in a relaxed position on your lap.

Place multiple candles throughout the room. Some people enjoy meditating with multiple candles lit. Candles can help to create a relaxing environment for all types of meditation and prayer. Along with candle gazing meditation, you could light candles while practicing other forms of meditation, such as mindfulness meditation, guided visualization, and transcendental meditation.

How To Perform A Candle Meditation

Look at the flame. Once the candle is lit, gaze at the candle and let the flame occupy your mind. In the beginning, your eyes may water slightly from the candlelight, but this should fade throughout the session. Some people find that focusing on an object while meditating is much easier than focusing on a mantra.

Meditate and clear your mind. Begin your meditation by steadily breathing and staring at the flame. Let yourself become absorbed by the beauty, clarity, and purity of the light. You will find that it is actually quite easy to get lost in the flame. You will also notice that your thoughts will naturally begin to wander. Each time you catch your mind drifting, bring your thoughts back to the flame.

This will help improve your focus and relaxation.

Blow out the candle after the session. Once you are finished meditating make sure you blow out the candle and extinguish the flame. Candles can be fire hazards and should not be left unattended. Always make sure you extinguish any candles before leaving the room.