The study of Buddhism leads us from darkness and suffering into happiness and light. Meditation is an important aspect of Buddhism. Using meditation during the study of Buddhism allows us to control our thoughts and focus the mind in order to progress on this path. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. This is a quote from Buddha. The final destination in the study of Buddhism is Nirvana. The path to Nirvana is one step at a time. With each step, the Buddhist practitioner comes one step closer to enlightenment.
Here is a step by step process on a type of meditation that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day! 1. Finding your silent space. Find a way to make white noise to block out the noises around you. If you have access to a white noise machine or fan, turn that on to provide a constant noise to block what is going on around you. If that is not available, go to SimplyNoise to play a white noise loop or download a file. If you would rather have an application, download Noisy for Macintosh. If you don't have access to the internet, look around your house for noise canceling headphones, earplugs, or a towel to wrap around your head. If necessary, even plug your ears like a little kid.
The benefits of guided meditation were brought home to me very powerfully the other day. I was working on some technical stuff for my website and things were NOT going well. I was becoming very stressed out. Following the law of attraction perfectly my mind threw up a whole number of other things for me to think about that would bring me more stress. Very soon, I was in quite a state of panic, imagining all sorts of dreadful things happening in my future if things went along in some highly negative illusory way. I knew I needed to raise my vibration, but I was not doing very well with trying to access better feeling thoughts. So, I put everything down, put on a guided meditation CD called The Daily Dose by Kathy Freston and went and lay down on my bed.
Meditation is attempted by many people. But most people do not succeed. This is because most meditation enthusiasts make some mistakes. Below are some common mistakes committed while meditation, and their remedies - Error: Putting too much effort into meditation. Remedy: Meditation goes wrong if you try too hard to get it right. This is not just clever play of words. It is the essence of pulling your act together for meditation. Meditation is an effortless exercise. In order to reach greater depths in meditation you must effortlessly reach deeper levels of your mind. Error: Concentrating too hard in meditation. Remedy: Meditation is a pleasurable exercise of leaving all cares behind.
No one needs to be reminded that there are a lot of things to be stressed out about lately. Between the economy, wars, and weather, a little quiet me-time can be invaluable. By learning this easy meditation technique for beginners, you may find your quiet in the storm without leaving your house. Set the mood. Take over a quiet room where you know you won't be disturbed for a while. Draw the drapes, light a candle, and make the air fragrant with your favorite scent. Lavender and chamomile are said to be the most soothing, but whatever you like is fine. Take the position. Many people enjoy sitting on a cushion on the floor, with legs crossed and hands resting on the knees, palms up.
There's a pure high of goodness that comes after a good yoga practice, commonly known as 'yoga bliss'. A similar deep resounding peace can be found in meditation. This bliss that penetrates your whole being is why millions of people keep coming back to yoga and meditation - because when you feel that good, you know it's healing on so many levels. Bliss has myriad forms, from utter contentment to ecstatic joy. Yet however you feel it, the juicy goodness of a blissful state brings you into a more full and enjoyable experience of being human. We all want to feel free, happy, peaceful, and healthy. Meditating and yoga are practices that not only give you ways to stay centered as the crazy world spins around you, but to transform yourself and heal in many ways.
Christian meditation is meant to be a part of every believer's life. Okay. So what do we do if we've been meditating on God's Word but our lives still seem to be a big mess? "Meditate day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written." -- Joshua 1:8 The Faithful Get Results God commands us to meditate. So we need to practice it regardless of whether or not we think it is making a difference. The truth is: If we work the Word, the Word will work in our life and make a positive difference. We've already spent our lifetime making a mess of things and filling our mind and heart with junk. Even if we are not seeing positive results, we should continue to obey God's instruction to meditate and eventually positive results will manifest.
Certainly in some practices, meditation aims for and culminates in the meditator being transfixed in a "trance". However, with Insight meditation this is not the case. It is true that a deep relaxation is realized and a euphoric state can be experienced, but again the goal in Insight meditation is much higher. Actually, with Insight meditation, we become more attuned to our consciousness, not glazed over in a trance. We are actually striving for a more awakened and vivid state. Vipassana and Insight meditation uses concentration as a tool to more heightened awareness. Insight meditation allows one a more attuned state to one's own emotional changes. If you've ever seen the movie "The Matrix" you saw how the lead character was able to slow down the perception of time to better enable him to deal with events he was experiencing.
We are at out the most creative when we are kids. The reason is that kids mostly use the right side of the brain which produces the most alpha brain waves. As we age into adulthood, the left side of the brain begins to take control by having more of the higher frequency beta waves. This pushes the alpha brain waves into a lesser position. During our normal daily activities we are typically focused on finding logical and analytical to problem and this can block the ability to find creative solutions. Alpha brain waves are the source of creative solutions and we have to restore this balance so that we don't just become blind followers and do'ers in task executions.
Communicating With God Via Cosmic Healing Meditation - Be in the Now and Let Distracting Thoughts Go
Worrying about thoughts that interrupt your meditation practice is normal and natural. The nattering voice in your head is hard to ignore because of its incessant chattering. You may feel frustrated that you experience 'interrupting' thoughts whether you are a newbie or experienced meditator but please do not stress yourself out or distract yourself further by paying attention to or worrying over the presence of thoughts while you meditate. You will become more able to let go the ever present chattering mind the more you meditate. Meditation is just allowing yourself to be quiet, relaxed and open to communicating with yourself and with God or Life Itself on a deeper level.