In this article we are going to discuss using a meditation timer as a conduit to providing more structure to your practice. Simply stated, many people use a timer to essentially block out the appropriate amount of time they will be spending in the meditative state, and find it adds a layer of reliability and predictability to the process. The Zazen "bell" for example, is not a timer in the conventional sense, but does serve the same purpose - providing an "end" point into session, so that the meditating mind can focus on what's important, namely... ..insight..:-) Let's look at another, dare I say MORE effective way of accomplishing the same goal all while having a mind melting meditative experience!
Many people have heard of meditation, but most may not be aware of the real benefits of what it can do. Many think of meditation as simply closing your eyes and doing some chanting. Many also think that meditation is closely related to religion. The most commonly known benefit of meditation is stress reduction. While this may be true, there are also many other benefits that most are not aware of. This article summarizes some other benefits that meditation can bring: Relief Stress and Anxiety The most known benefit of meditation of course, is that it is used to relieve stress and anxiety, and this is the reason why most people meditate in the first place.
Meditation. Everyone knows that it is good for you. Lowers blood pressure, fights stress, helps one to be centered and more peaceful. There are 1000's of books out there on meditation. Books on how to meditate, the benefits of meditating, martial arts and meditation, Zen, etc.... Books are how many of us first learned of "sitting" in the first place. You can only read so much. Eventually you have to do it, and you have to do it on a regular basis. Here are a few ideas that can help you keep that commitment to "sit" everyday. The first and perhaps most important tool is a good "zafu". The zafu is a round meditation cushion, usually filled with kapok or buckwheat hull.
Now that you have the proper posture, lets begin the breathing. You will breathe in and out, through your nose. When you breathe in, you will say the number 1 in your mind like OOONNNEEEEE, until your belly is full. Then when you breathe out, you will say the number 2 in your mind like TTTTWWWWOOO until your belly is completely empty. Also on each even number exhalation you will imagine the sound of that number down in your "hara" (Japanese for belly) where your hands are resting. Do not tense up your hara while doing this. Just relax and imagine the sound there. You will count from 1 -10 repeatedly for the allotted time. Now, thoughts will come into your mind periodically.
One of the most important breakthroughs in modern times is the discovery of Binaural beats and their use in achieving an instant meditation state. The modern life has become so demanding and tense that we don't have any time for trying the traditional methods of meditation. Even then the busy, complicated and highly competitive life of 21st century forces us to find some alternatives for relaxation. In such a scenario when we find ourselves extremely tensed with so much mental anxiety and pressure along with a tight schedule with no time for any relaxation exercise, the advent of Binaural beats is a god send. Never ever in the history of mankind, achieving a meditation state was so easy as it is today thanks to binaural beats.
How many times have you felt overwhelmed, panicky, or chased through your day by obligations, deadlines, work demands, children, relationships, bills, illness, you name it. How many times have you read or been told to relax, and stop worrying about _____ that is bothering you? How many times has that worked? It is impossible to simply stop worrying when you experience involuntary hormonal and biochemical changes. This automatic stress response, also called the fight-or-flight reaction, puts your body in alarm mode: heart rate speeds up, breath becomes shallow, and our muscles tense. When the source of the stress is not life threatening, your body stays in an extended state of tension and eventually begins to take on illness from the stress response.
In this article we are going to cover some simple rules for meditation success. The reason this is important is actually quite simple: Most people who start meditating simply won't keep up the practice long enough to enjoy the magical benefits that it provides to its practitioners. Like most other things in life, most aspiring meditators START with great intentions, but simply find themselves, after one or two restless sessions, unable to achieve anything outstanding... and their practice withers away into a puddle of unfulfilled expectation. So read on as I cover a few of the rules I follow when initiating a practice, and follow me along the same path to prosperity that can be found at the core of the mindfulness rainbow!
Meditation has been around for too long to be just another buzz word in the multi-billion dollars wellness industry. Meditation is indeed the method of choice for one's spiritual evolution but this is not the benefit discussed in this article. Rather the focus is on meditation immediate benefits for your mind and body. There is not only anecdotal but also more and more scientifical evidence that meditation benefits both your mind and body in a synergistic way: your mindset influences the body and at the same time your body helps your mind go further on its quest for evolution. Meditation benefits your mind by: Increasing your awareness in every moment, as opposite of living your life on autopilot, hence everyday seems to last longer and be filled with more noticeable experiences.
In this article we are going to discuss what I believe is the fastest way to have an out of body experience. Interestingly, there are any number of increasingly popular ways to explore the astral realms, and if you believe a lot of OBE practitioners, the ability to project is well within ALL of our natural sets of skills. I've been actively engaged in the wild and wooly supernatural surfboard for more than 10 years, and having had lots of experiences rich and disappointing both, I'll share my number one projection method below! Read on..:-) The Beats are in the Brain I'm a big believer in Binural beat technology, which are essentially, sound frequencies used to balance both hemispheres of the brain to achieve a state of equilibrium, deep relaxation and the "formless" awareness that many of us use to project outside of the confines of the physical form.
In this article we are going to take a quick look at 3 different types of mediation, and discuss how you can easily and effortlessly incorporate these into your own meditative mindset. The truth of the matter, in my humble opinion, is quite simple: People spend FAR too much time trying to learn the different variations of possible practices to choose, and far too little actually cultivating the practice itself. This leads to many highly educated occasional meditators..:-) Personally, much like the Refuge Vow in Buddhist practice promises, I'd rather pick ONE path and pursue it to nirvana, rather than many, and spin my wheels. Read on as we cover a few different types so YOU can get started in short order.