Since puberty during the normal state of eyes open, awake and alert our brain operates in the beta state, 14 to 21 Hz during the normal state of eyes open, awake and alert. In this state it may take many thousands of repetitions to learn a new behaviour. To create significant change in our lives at this level takes extensive deal of time and effort.
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The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit mantrayate, meaning “that which takes away the mind.” As you silently repeat a mantra, you dive below the bubbling surface of the mind, which is always preoccupied with thoughts, memories, and desires, into a place of pure consciousness. This is your true Self. While mantras are certainly not the only way to go beyond the mind, they are invaluable gifts the ancient sages have handed down to us to make access to the Self easy.
cultivating a meditation practice will help you tune into what is truthful for you. i suggest giving yourself 30-40 days of silent contemplation. Allow your intuitive voice to come forward and let your logical voice take the back seat. true purpose and direction comes through stillness.
Pranayama — breathing regulation. It is not exactly meditation, but an excellent practice to calm the mind and prepare it for meditation. There are several different types of Pranayama, but the simplest and most commonly taught one is the 4-4-4-4. This means breathing in counting up to 4, holding for 4 seconds, breathing out for 4 seconds, and holding empty for 4 seconds. Breathe through your nose, and let the abdomen (and not the chest) be the one that moves. Go through a few cycles like this. This regulation of breathing balances the moods and pacifies the body, and can be done anywhere.
Many contemporary approaches of mindfulness strive to attain enlightenment by recapitulating the qualities of the enlightened state as a practice in meditation and daily life. Equanimity of mind, being fully present in the moment, and impartially observing ones thoughts are some of the attributes often associated with the state of enlightenment. Many spiritual aspirants believe that consciously striving to maintain these “enlightened” qualities in daily life will lead to total mindfulness or enlightenment.
It can literally strengthen your brain—primarily the frontal cortex, which is the part that controls memory and executive decision making. (Watch this fascinating TEDx talk by neuroscientist Sara Lazar, who showed how meditation reshapes the brain, and scans of fifty-year-old meditators had as much active gray matter in that region as 25-year-old non-meditators.)
Exercises, such as postures and breathing, do not constitute meditation. They may help establish some balance if under the guidance of a true master (a realized soul). Their practice without a true spiritual goal only leads to an imbalance in the right channel.
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I’m new to meditating but I’ve tried it once before. When I start to breathe, I can hear in my mind the word “in”. When I’m breathing out, I hear the word “out”. Is that okay? Or am I supposed to stop that eventually? Thanks.
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Hi Temitayo, it is common to feel sleepy or drowsy during meditation. Open your eyes a little more, instead of closing them, to allow more light to enter can help to keep you awake. But if you are really too tired to meditate, maybe because you didn’t sleep well the night before, then don’t be too hard on yourself. Take a rest and have a good sleep. You will feel more alert to meditate the next day.
Sound Meditation (Nada Yoga) — focusing on sound. Starts with meditation on “external sounds”, such as calming ambient music (like Native American flute music), whereby the student focuses all his attention on just hearing, as a help to quieten and collect the mind. By time the practice evolves to hearing the “internal sounds” of the body and mind. The ultimate goal is to hear the “Ultimate Sound” (para nada), which is a sound without vibration, and that manifests as “OM”.
Hi Liz, If you google for benefits of meditations, I’m sure you’ll find many of them, a number of which are based on formal studies. To list just a few examples, you’d find that meditation may help to relieve chronic pain, promotes insightful problem-solving, increase resistance to adverse emotional stimuli, and improve mood and lower heart rate. But don’t take these studies at face value. Try meditation for yourself and see if it makes a difference to your life. I wish you all the best.
“What we’re teaching is technique,” Schwartz said. “When you breathe, you anchor to the present moment. When your brain starts racing, you go back. I’m teaching people a technique to incorporate into their lives.”
Hi sahil, on this post, you’d realize that I suggested inhale from the nose and exhale through the mouth. Exhaling through the mouth allows one to expel used air more efficiently and more thoroughly, and this helps one to relax more quickly.
Mindfulness meditation can be done in the traditional seated position—as well as through mindful action such as walking, eating and talking. Ultimately, mindfulness becomes a natural part of our being. The key is presence. Letting go of the past and the future; focusing on the present moment at hand, even if that moment is loud and in public.
I find Meditation veryuseful in our busy life it gives energy that keeps us active all day, it also reduces stress and tension of our life. I and my husband meditate when ever we get time and it really works.
Repetition of the mantra helps you disconnect from the thoughts filling your mind so that perhaps you may slip into the gap between thoughts. The mantra is a tool to support your meditation practice. Mantras can be viewed as ancient power words with subtle intentions that help us connect to spirit, the source of everything in the universe. (Deepak Chopra)
There’s no hard and fast rule on this. What’s most important is to make them aware of the value of meditation through your example and then look for their receptiveness. Some children may be ready for meditation as early as eight or ten years of age. Other kids, even those growing up in homes where both parents meditate, may not feel drawn to meditating themselves until they are in their late teens. It’s important that kids don’t feel pressured to meditate because their parents want them to. The best indication that they are ready to start meditating is when they express their own curiosity and desire to learn.
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Meditation, like yoga, is a practice whose benefits can sneak up on you over time. On a day-to-day basis, it’s hard to notice how the practice transforms you. Then, one day you reflect on how you used to be and realize how far you’ve come.
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This is actually the true purpose behind all kinds of meditation, and not a meditation type in itself. All traditional techniques of meditation recognize that the object of focus, and even the process of monitoring, is just a means to train the mind, so that effortless inner silence and deeper states of consciousness can be discovered. Eventually both the object of focus and the process itself is left behind, and there is only left the true self of the practitioner, as “pure presence”.
Kate has created Pausing for Presence, an introductory course with novice meditators in mind. The recordings are free, each course is under ten minutes long, and they’re audio-only, so you don’t need to spend any extra time staring at a screen. What have you got to lose?
When you end your meditation it’s important to ground yourself. You may want to stomp your feet on the ground. Have a snack or drink some tea. Do something that gets you back into your body before going back to your daily routine.
All facial muscles relax as if sinking with gravity into the pillow. Your cheeks relax, your jaw relaxes, your brow and eyes relax more and more. All sensations from the outside world become dimmer and dimmer as you softly float to dream land. The darkness of your eyelids beckons you more and the satisfying feeling in your mind recieves the gift of sleep graciously. The dreamcatcher will carry on keeping you safe as you sleep, relaxing you more into a state of euphoria.
If you are used to sitting cross-legged for a period of time, then I don’t think it will affect you much. When I sit cross-legged, I find that my problem is with the surface I’m sitting on. If it’s a hard surface without any cushioning, I’ll get sore ankles after meditating. That’s why I suggested using a pillow. Hope this helps. Cheers.