When I am conscious the entire night I will remember the full 8 hours the next morning, but the memories quickly fade like dreams fade. I believe this has something to do with the way memories are formed while in dream-states. But I do remember them at the time, and that’s how I know I wasn’t just coming in and out of sleep the whole night… I am literally conscious the entire night!
This list wouldn’t be complete without a video produced by yours truly (Chris Willitts, founder of Mindful Muscle). It isn’t a guided meditation per se. It is more of an instructional video about how to start a meditation practice.
When you sit down to meditate, you allow yourself to become very still, relaxed, and alert. And then you focus attention on one thing. Technically, it can be anything. But traditionally it’s something like your breath or a mantra—a word or phrase—which you repeat over and over again for the duration of your meditation.
Guests, including many of the Chopra family, packed themselves tightly into the meditation room at Unplug Meditation in West Los Angeles as Mallika told the room that her parents taught her to meditate at age nine and that she would come home from school and meditate with her mother as a way to feel close.
Thank you Gabby. I have a very peaceful (no traffic) 45-minute commute to work every morning and have been doing this for the last couple of days after I saw your videos on your blog. Thank you very much! Namaste.
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”.
Meditation is seen by a number of researchers as potentially one of the most effective forms of stress reduction.  While stress reduction techniques have been cultivated and studied in the West for approximately 70 years, the data indicates that they are not consistently effective. 
Emptiness meditation (Zuowang)— to sit quietly and empty oneself of all mental images (thoughts, feelings, and so on), to “forget about everything”, in order to experience inner quiet and emptiness. In this state, vital force and “spirit” is collected and replenished. This is similar to the Confucius discipline of “heart-mind fasting”, and it is regarded as “the natural way”. One simply allows all thoughts and sensations arise and fall by themselves, without engaging with or “following” any of them. If this is found to be too hard and “uninteresting”, the student is instructed with other types of meditation, such as visualization and Qigong
Haribol and Namaste 🙂 I am new to Meditation and have done much reading over the last two days. It appears as though ‘some’ people that i have either met or from the statements i have read over the internet, that they see only their own type of meditation as the ‘ony’ way!! An they ridicule other types of meditation !! This seems bizarre when they have not sought to acquire answers through practice of the meditation that they do not do!! Trying to put me off Sahaja Med only wants me to practice to estabish ‘any’ benefits! Surely one of the reasons we shoud meditaten is to show compassion, facilitate awareness, endorse peace, love and harmony etc etc?? lol 🙂 Peace to all , Seren x
The implementation of meditation has significantly improved the results of tests in the following areas: ability to reason correctly in new situations, speed of information processing, in the ability to achieve and maintain physical and emotional well-being at work, in love and in social relations, capacity for synthesis, analysis and problem solving.
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But let me get back to your question. I did some deep internet research on it a few months ago, when I was curious about TM. Of all explanations I found, this was the most detailed, written by an ex-TM teacher. The source is this link: http://minet.org/Documents/TM-FAQ
If you find yourself tensing up in meditation, take a moment to consciously relax. Bring your mind home to your body, take a few breaths, and let your muscles soften. Do this as often as you need to and you’ll find yourself more relaxed as you practice.
Recent studies suggest that meditation decreases stress levels while increasing happiness and compassion. Tangible health benefits include improved immunity, lower inflammation, and decreased pain. Furthermore, brain-imaging studies show meditation increases grey matter, sharpens attention, and improves memory.
Research also suggests that the psychological benefits of Transcendental Meditation are cumulative. In 2012 researcher Fred Travis was invited to present his research at the New York Academy of Sciences. He described his studies (published in peer-reviewed journals) of individuals who have been meditating several decades. In short, they reported experiences of cosmic consciousness, in which the the oneness of everything is a living reality. They identify more with their universal, immortal nature than with their individual ego. In addition to using content analysis to characterize the experiences of these individuals compared to shorter-term practitioners and with people who don’t meditate, Dr. Travis also conducted some neurophysiological tests and found that these three groups could also be distinguished neurophysiologically.
Another study has found that transcendental meditation can reduce blood pressure levels. Both diastolic and systolic blood pressures were significantly reduced after transcendental meditation practice. When transcendental meditation intervention was given to the elderly, the researchers also found that it improved the quality of life and longevity of life of the participants. Other positive applications of transcendental meditation are improvement of immunity and reduction of substance abuse possibility.