Meditation

Some of the benefits of meditation include the purification and release of all physical and mental tension. Meditation inhibits limiting negative thought patterns, reduces stress levels, improves concentration and memory, dissolves physical blockages, awakens latent energies and helps with the healthy functioning of organs glands and all of the systems of the body. Through the practice of slow controlled breathing, thoughts and emotions are calmed and clear states of mind are naturally experienced. Practicing meditation opens the heart and creates spaciousness of the mind to allow one to develop a deeper sense of awareness. By connecting on the heart, one will learn to trust in the inner source of guidance. Meditation is a way to bring us back to our true nature, to bring us back to a state of perfect balance and harmony, a state of radiant health and happiness.

 

Meditation is initiated by assuming a steady comfortable posture with the body and focusing the attention on the breath to bring about stillness of body and mind. Mantra is a very powerful yogic technique used in meditation, this technique allows the practitioner to reach the deeper levels of meditation and experience the transcendental reality.

 

Meditation is best if practiced early in the morning or late at night as these times are most conducive to the quitening and stilling of the mind and to the practice of yoga. The place of practice should be in a well ventilated room with a calming atmosphere. The area chosen for meditation should be a special area that is set aside specifically for this purpose, the space need not be large, but it should be a pleasant area that is devoid of distractions and negative energies. The seated position is important and should be comfortable and relaxed ensuring that the spine is straight at all times so that energy can flow freely through the chakras. The awareness should be at all times focused on the breath and the mantra. This will ensure rapid progress in your practice.

Constantly maintain alertness of consciousness in waking, sitting, eating, sleeping and in all other acts. Avoid concealing your own faults and speaking of the faults of others. Should thought processes be difficult to control, be sure to preserve in your efforts to overcome them. Know that the meditator, the object of meditation and the act of meditation constitute an inseparable unity.

 

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