What is Meditation?

 

Millions of people close their eyes each day and meditate.

What is it that causes people to rise a little earlier from their beds, often while the children are still asleep, or the husband is in the shower women will find time, making this time only for them away from every day demands to sit in stillness and meditate?

Perhaps the man will rise early ,before the business of the day impinges on his mind to enter the state of silence and calm. The first thing he does on returning home is find the space in his/her room that is put aside for the quiet practice of meditation. Sit still, allow the breath to find an even rhythm, a little slower, a little slower, relax the muscles in your body. So  says the teacher’s voice as she/he guides us toward meditation. For thousands of years across all continents people have entered the meditative state. Are you curios  about meditation?

I really can’t stress how the benefits of regular meditation will change your life for the better. From the meditative practice happiness arises spontaneously,This is a happiness and a way of looking at life that is so much easier than for the non-meditator.Peacefulness arises from within, that is not dependent on any outside circumstance. Your world can be falling apart but you can still access the joy in each moment. How can this be? By finding a quiet place, a place where you won’t be disturbed , sitting still, comfortably raising your spine so your head is just resting lightly over your shoulders without any weight. Perhaps you wish to pull your navel towards your spine ,just to give your low back that extra support, in other words do not slump the body. Hold your body in an alert position.So  simple you have begun the process of meditation. Your body needs to support and hold  still so the mind will remain without distraction.   We prepare the mind for this positive, serene, overflowing experience.

Shanti Gowans in her book  An Easy Guide to Meditation writes ”To put it very simply, meditation is the exercising of the mind and the heart in a relaxed body.”Shanti tells us”It is the ”intentional” direction of attention to the clear aspect of one’s own inner nature.” Meditation is the directing of the consciousness inward so as to find the source of all life’s manifestations/ creations.

Daily we direct mind outward placing attention on what we are doing outside ourselves. Only when  we stop to “look inward” can we find true peace. Meditation is the tracing of the inner path often called spirit back to its source  It gives us a wider picture, a place to relax the mind back to the womb of all creation.  The place where thoughts arise. Sounds wonderful. yes because it is. Begin with a daily practice,  even fifteen minutes daily will have vast repercussions across all areas of your life. With a  regular pattern, I am suggesting  you aim for twice a day,  “One’s whole personality and behavior will under go an almost miraculous change in a positive direction.” Shanti.

Perhaps if I explain it  this way, just   picture a clear blue sky, crystal clear. Then imagine fluffy white clouds flowing across the sky,  a flight of birds even an airplane. And yet the   sky is untouched remaining crystal clear. For that clarity is the nature of sky. The nature of mind is crystal clarity untouched by what ever thoughts race across it.

Meditation teaches us skills to use when times are difficult or euphoric. Regular meditation brings out our inner peace, happiness our inner beauty and loveliness shines forth, it opens our minds and enables us to embrace all of life without fear ,favor or judgement. if you wish to create a harmonious space in and around you.

Meditation is a natural safe and highly effective solution to all of life’s problems. I encourage you to try it.
As we live in a world of opposites meditation balances these.

We live in a world of time and space Meditation transcends those.

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About lorraine

After a nasty fall from my bicycle, coming home from high school, I began suffering from migraines. After a term of Chiropractic adjustments, which helped but did not entirely stop the migraine headaches, my parents in desperation sent me to yoga classes, The only available evening class in our area was filled with pregnant women. I felt out of place as a shy teenager, but persevered. adjustment,breathing, meditation and yoga proved the only therapy that bought relief from the headaches. Feeling well I got on with life, married moved from my home town and forgot the daily yoga practices and there benefits. Coming back to Yoga and meditation helped me manage during the time of my father's Cancer. and death. Later when my Husband became ill the natural decision was to qualify as a Yoga, meditation teacher to further assist others through the difficult times of illness and recovery or death. I have now been benefiting from the science and art of Yoga, Meditation for well over twenty five years.
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