The ability to become objective to your thinking mind is a spiritual muscle that grows with exercise. When I went to the gym to lift weights last year for the first time in many many years I did not leave the gym with any obvious gain. My muscles did not show the slightest sign of growing strength but the process of growing strength and tone had begun. How do I know? Because eventually I would come to see the improvement. The continuing exercise accumulated and the results began to show up. Exercising objectivity to your mind is spiritual exercise that does not usually appear to show any meaningful improvement at first, but with continued exercising the benefits accumulate and one day you will discover that you are gaining control over morbid or incessant thinking and feeling and have developed growing ability to control your emotions and thinking so that you respond less and less to the thoughts and thinking you do not agree with, and more and more to what you know to be right.
Brainwave meditation has its roots in the seventies, when Transcendental Meditation (TM) was in vogue (remember the Beatles - Maharishi connection?). At that time many studies were performed in order to substantiate from a scientific perspective the amazing effects credited to meditation. The results were intriguing to say the least. It was known back then that our brains generate electrical wave patterns known as brainwaves. The four distinct patterns (frequencies) are Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. They're measured in Hertz (Hz = cycles per second). It was also known that: Beta brainwave (13-34 Hz) is the daily pattern for most of us. Anxiety and stress are most likely to occur in the high Beta range.
"You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars... The music is all around you, all you have to do is listen." (August Rush) We Are Living In A Sea Of Musical Sound And Vibration All physical matter is in a state of vibration. Most of us don't perceive the vibratory reality of the universe, or hear the sound. But it is there nonetheless. Those who have perceived this vibratory reality have called it by various names. Some call this primordial music of the universe the "music of the spheres". Some call it "Aum" or "Om" and try to align themselves with it by years of meditation practice.
Many people have long believed that there is a link between meditation and long-term weight loss. When you meditate you calm your body, and concentrate on your breathing which brings in oxygen which in turn helps your body rejuvenated itself. Doctors have disagreed on the role of meditation plays on weight loss. Some believe in the holistic medication route while others believe only in science. Holistic medications include herbs, acupuncture, and meditation and relaxation techniques to help cleanse the body of toxins that may be harmful to your body and may be hampering your weight loss goal. Meditation can also help you maintain a healthy weight once you've reached your goal weight.
I've come to understand the amazing benefits of meditation. I've seen TV news specials about schools that have incorporated meditation into their curriculum, causing student's grades and test scores to sky-rocket. I've also read about major corporations that believe in meditation. They feel it's so important for good performance that they hire meditation consultants to teach their workers and even pay employees for time just to meditate. I've asked my mentors what has really helped them move to the level of success they enjoy today. And you guessed it, meditation was their answer. Phil Helmuth, one of the world's best poker players even attributes his success to the practice of meditation!
Meditation is a word that stands for self realization or complete focus and contemplation. The process of meditation involves thinking and breathing exercises that helps in removing all sorts of turbulence available in the mind. It further helps in providing the best of positive energy and new direction to the mind. Initially, a 'guru' or teacher was supposed to perform meditation with his students and provide tips. However, these days, with the advent of a lot of modern techniques and equipments, people prefer learning these techniques from TV, CDs or the World Wide Web sans the instructor. This saves a lot of time and money on the part of the practitioner.
Zen meditation is also referred to as Zazen. It is a type of meditation that works centrally. It is actually the study of oneself. Most Zen Buddhists are also referred to as "Zen". When attaining enlightenment, Buddha was seen in seated meditation. Today, Zen meditation has come with the same seated meditating tradition. This type of meditation was pursued for long 2500 years and passed on from one generation to the other. This has been considered to be the most important thing that has been passed on. It spread its wings from India to China, then Japan to rest of the Asia and finally to the western country. Zen meditation has evolved as a boon to people across the globe who are really stressed out due to the irregularity, chaos and tensions existing in their daily life.
With meditation attaining a lot of popularity these days, many people have expressed their curiosity to learn this unique form of art. However, people are confused on how to go about it. The reason is that with so much of commotion existing in our lives and the stress we face on a daily basis, it has become extremely difficult for an individual to practice meditation through self help and obtain benefits out of it. This is the reason that several experienced and those who have been practicing meditation for years have come forward and offered help to people who are really serious about learning meditation. They have started meditation classes so that students can visit these classes, experience and learn different techniques.
Meditation requires an individual to sit in a particular position for longer period of time. This process has a lot of health and mental benefits on the meditator. However, there are also certain problems one faces while engaging in meditation. These include strain in Back, back pain, distraction, pain in the neck and the like. If you want to meditate, don't worry about these problems striking you at any time. There is a solution available for all the problems one faces while meditating. Meditation cushions have been invented to provide prefect meditation posture, proper alignment and comfort to the meditator. A meditation cushion can help deepen your meditation practice.
With a lot of awareness related to meditation and its' immense benefits on the individual who practices it have increased the curiosity of million of people across the globe. They are highly inquisitive about learning meditation and all related to this unique form of contemplation that unites body, mind and soul. Experts who have been practicing meditation for years feel that learning meditation is not a cake walk. One needs a lot of research, will power and little knowledge about the topic prior to getting into the act. Also if you are meditating for a special purpose, make sure that you have complete trust on the power of meditation and its' ability to let you achieve what you desire.