For some, group meditation classes have become the latest after-work hot spot, and people who don’t have time for a drop-in session can consult the hundreds of meditation apps that offer guided sessions that they can do anywhere and at any time.
Does the idea of meditating freak you out? Throughout my years of being a meditation teacher I’ve witnessed all kinds of resistance to the practice. The most common excuses for not meditating are, “I don’t have time,” “I can’t sit still,” and “Meditation is for yogis and super-spiritual people.” Does this sound familiar? If so, I’m here to bust the myth the meditation is difficult and not for you. Meditation is for everyone, it doesn’t have to take much time and anyone can sit still (even if it’s for just a minute).
Traditionally, focused awareness meditation is called “meditation with seed.” That means that you are focusing your mind on something like a mantra (think TM), your body sensations (Vipassana), or maybe you’re just counting your breath.
As you do this over and over again, you’ll slowly enter into a highly relaxed and focused state of mind. This is often accompanied by a feeling of deep well-being. And now, science has shown us that the meditative state has extremely positive physiological and neurological effects.
The premise of transmuting damaging thoughts With all the consciousness of your respective coronary heart and a quick review of homework for module three. Crucial points: Your heart head will be the seat of unconditional appreciate.
Meditation isn’t just for monks. It’s for everyone. Studios like Unplug in Los Angeles have sprouted up and have classes to help guide you. Authors like Light Watkins (check out her book The Inner Gym ($9)) are also helping breakdown the walls, making this ancient practice more approachable.
For those who use meditation to get in touch with intuitive guidance in life, this may be for you. It uses a unique sound/technology called binaural beats. Binaural beats are a series of tones and sounds that physically affect our brain wave states.
So don’t be impatient. Instead of feeling in a rush to achieve inner calm, enjoy the process of coming to know your own mind. Trust that in time, your mind will down and actually be remarkably different the longer you practice meditation.
Well your right the age of something doesn’t show its worth. Hell even if we said Gaundi meditated it doesn’t mean its healthy. He didn’t “need” to state how old it was but maybe he did it as an opener : )
Made popular by famous followers like the Beatles, TM uses “mantras” (and not just your breathing) to help you focus and meditate. Mantras are purposely meaningless Sanskrit sounds. By using meaningless sounds, you avoid focusing on word meaning and instead can transcend (or going beyond) that level. Examples of chanting words include eng, ema, and sham. Try Googling a sound for your age and gender, and spend three minutes repeating your sound.
My husband loves to meditate on the subway on his way to work. He practices Transcendental Meditation. Once he’s settled on the train, he shuts his eyes and begins his mantra. You can begin your own commuter meditation today. Here are two easy ways to get started meditating on the subway, train or bus:
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‘I am’ is a mantra. A mantra is a phrase that has no meaning. ‘I am Deepak’ has meaning as there’s a history behind that. But ‘I am’ is just a statement of existence. When Moses goes to the burning bush and asks God ‘what’s your name,’ God says ‘I am that I am.’ Jesus says before Abraham was, ‘I am.’
11. Do you feel agitated when you try to meditate? There are two main obstacles in meditation. The first one is called agitation, that’s when your mind is all over the place. And, you may feel the impulse to get up.
When you are ready at any time during this meditation you can give your eyes permission to gently close. Having the right environment and atmosphere for sleep is important and to make the most of this quiet time, I would like you to imagine a dreamcatcher above you. It is round, having embelishments of symbols relevent to you for protection that are attatched to it. In the middle of this dreamcatcher is a net, this will guard you whilst you sleep and take away any external negative energies. Acting like a filter to your recieving energy. Just off on the sides are feathers dangling down towards you.
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In this class get ready to get clear on your inner desires and how to activate them. Meditation is the best way to tap in to your own potential. We begin the class with intention setting and then gently slide into mantra meditation. an instructor will give you a word or phrase and ask you to focus on its sound rather than its meaning. Through repetition of that word or phrase, you can still your mind and reach a deep meditative state.
The most important thing is to just start. The next most important thing is to be consistent. You are trying to set a new groove. So simplicity is ideal. The way I think about it, 5 minutes is 100% more than no minutes. And so is 1 minute. You just need to do it. You need to start and you need to keep going. Pick the amount of time that works for you and do it every day.
In the past forty years, meditation has entered the mainstream of modern Western culture, prescribed by physicians and practiced by everyone from business executives, artists, and scientists to students, teachers, military personnel, and – on a promising note – politicians. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan meditates every morning and has become a major advocate of mindfulness and meditation, as he describes in his book, A Mindful Nation
Binaural Beats — Binaural beats were originally discovered in 1839 by physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. He discovered when signals of two different frequencies are presented separately, one to each ear, your brain detects the phase variation between the frequencies and tries to reconcile that difference. This is used to generate alpha waves (10 Hz), which is the brain wave associated with initial levels of meditation. There is scientific research into why and how binaural beats work.
In life’s paradoxical way, when we spend time meditating on a regular basis, we actually have more time. When we meditate, we dip in and out of the timeless, spaceless realm of consciousness . . . the state of pure awareness that is the source of everything that manifests in the universe. Our breathing and heart rate slow down, our blood pressure lowers, and our body decreases the production of stress hormones and other chemicals that speed up the aging process and give us the subjective feeling that we are “running out of time.”
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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.
You’re right, The Course does use lots of Christian and also predominantly male terminology (Son of God etc). I would not get too put off by the terminology as the message is a good one. Think of ‘Primal Energy’, ‘Spirit’, ‘true essence’ or just pure LOVE when they use the word God if it helps. Jesus just being a means of showing how that ‘spirit’ can manifest in a human who is free from ego….like other spiritual humans (Buddha for example).
This meditation does require headphones (preferably ear-covering ones). The tones induce theta waves, which represent deep relaxation. It also can be considered the space between sleep and being awake.