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I’m no new-age supporter nor am I any kind of asian religions supporter. Meditation is a universal human ability, not some kind of a religious ritual.

What is meditation?

Ok, if you really want to learn what meditation is, google it. This is my way of viewing meditation. Meditation is when you are able to clean your mind from everything that does not originate from it. It’s when you are able to know what you really want. When you meditate you can either be calm or at 200 heartbeats: that doesn’t matter – you only have to make your mind clear and achieve happiness.

How – Ways to meditate?

  1. Sit down and relax – It’s the common way of meditating. Sit in a dark room, without distractions and concentrate on your thoughts. Then become a bit distant and see how small you are. Without noticing, you will be meditating.
  2. Take a long walk – Nietzsche used to do this, as well as many great minds. Walking in the nature is the best thing to do when you feel depressed. And as you see the nature around you, as the thoughts keep on going in your mind, you will be meditating.
  3. The simulation – Go take a hot bath. Sit down while the hot water pours on you. Feel the cleanliness of your mind and the great sensation of warmth. Try to remember this. Next time you are among people try to simulate this feeling. You will be relaxed in no time and you also have the rare opportunity to meditate while wearing the imaginary “social mask”. People’s intentions will be much more clear.
  4. Read a book – I have noticed that while reading books I tend to make my own thoughts in parallel with watching the story unfold. It’s probably because you create a distraction-free environment while reading, but it’s also because when you read you are activating your brain’s ability to control images. Thinking in images is a great way to see through your problems and you may find yourself turning the pages while solving your personal knots = meditating.
  5. Dance – Put your favorite song on your PC at set the volume at max. Dance to it. It’s so simple – but you have to be totally free while doing it. Close your eyes and dance – This is meditation. Read Paulo Coelho’s book “The witch of Portobello”. It’s about the dancing meditation.
  6. Sleep – Dreams can be the best aid in many situations: Being able to “lucid dream” is also a great way of meditating. “Lucid Dreaming” is being able to understand that your are asleep while living in your dreams. Is there any better way of meditating than being able to control a whole world to your liking?
  7. Love – May it be your family, your friends or your lover, go hug someone, express your love. Having a meaning in your life can be the best form of meditation: It’s absolute focus.

Of course…

…it won’t be necessary to meditate if you feel really close to yourself to begin with. The best way to feel close to yourself is to always act just like your self commands you to. Be spontaneous, not-afraid and free… Your way of living will then be a constant meditation.

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2 Comments

  1. A great hint there in the words there that may take us to meditation and beyond:

    Be spontaneous, not-afraid and free… Your way of living will then be a constant meditation.

    Thanks.

  2. We can control the mental agitation by two means: by concentrating the mind either externally or internally. Internally, we focus on the “Self” or the consciousness of “I am”. Externally, we focus on anything other than the “Self” or “I am”.
    When we take up some recreation on putting the ball into the hole (golf), the other thoughts are slowed down or stilled. We feel we have played a good game when we have achieved perfect concentration. The happiness we experience comes, not because the ball being put in the hole eighteen times, but because we have achieved perfect concentration eighteen times. At that time, all the worries and problems of the world disappeared.
    The mental ability to concentrate is inherent to all; it is not extraordinary or mysterious. Meditation is not something that a Yogi has to teach you; you already have the ability to shut out thoughts.
    The only difference between this and meditation (the positive way), is that generally we have learned to focus the mind externally on objects. When the mind is fully concentrated, time passes unnoticed, as if it did not exist. When the mind is focused, there is no time! Time is nothing but a modification of the mind. Time, Space, and causation and all external experiences are mental creation.
    All happiness achieved through the mind is temporary and fleeting; it is limited by nature. To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind, to concentrate and go beyond the mind. By turning the mind’s concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This is the state of Meditation”.
    The Techniques of Meditation
    An Introduction to the techniques of Meditation
    Meditation is an experience that cannot be described, just as colors cannot be described to a blind man. All ordinary experience is limited by Time, Space and Causation. Our normal awareness and understanding do not transcend these bounds.
    Finite experience, which is measured in terms of past, present and future, cannot be transcendental. Concepts of time are illusory, for they have no permanence. The present, immeasurably small and fleeting, cannot be grasped. Past and future are non-existent in the present. We live in illusion.
    The meditative state transcends all such limitations. In it there is neither past nor future, but only the consciousness of “I am” in the eternal NOW. It is only possible when all mental modifications are stilled.
    The closest analogous state that we can experience is deep sleep, in which there is neither time, nor space, nor causation. Meditation, however, differs from deep sleep, for it works profound changes in the psyche. By curbing and stilling the oscillations of the mind, meditation brings mental peace.
    On the physical level, meditation helps to prolong the body’s anabolic process of growth and repair, and to reduce the catabolic or decaying process. Ordinarily the anabolic process predominates until the age of 18. From 18 to 35 there is balance between the two, and after 35 the catabolic process dominates. Meditation can significantly reduce the catabolic decline. This is because of the innate receptivity of the body cells.
    Each of our body cells is governed by the instinctive subconscious mind. They have both an individual and a collective conciousness. When the thoughts and desires pour into the body, the cells are activated; the body always obeys the group demand. It has been scientifically proven that positive thoughts bring positive result to cells. As meditation brings about a prolonged positive state of mind, it rejuvenates body cells and retards decay.
    One cannot learn to meditate, anymore than one can learn to sleep. one falls into both states. There are certain points to remember regarding the techniques and stages of meditation.
    The 14 Points of Meditation

    1. Regularity of time, place and practice are important. Regularity conditions the mind to slow down its activities with a minimum of delay.
    2. The most effective times are early dawn and dusk, when the atmosphere is charged with special spiritual force. If it is not feasible to sit for meditation at these times, choose an hour when you are not involved with daily activities, and a time when the mind is apt to be calm.
    3. Try to have a separate room for meditation. As meditation is repeated, the powerful vibrations set up will be lodged in the area; an atmosphere of peace and purity will be felt.
    4. When sitting, face North or East in order to take advantage of favorable magnetic vibrations. Sit in a steady, comfortable, cross-legged position with spine and neck erect but not tense.
    5. Before beginning, command the mind to be quiet for a specific length of time. Forget the past, present and future.
    6. Consciously regulate the breath. Begin with five minutes of deep abdominal breathing to bring oxygen to the brain. Then slow it down to an imperceptible rate.
    7. Keep the breathing, rhythmic, inhale for three seconds and exhale for three seconds. Regulation of breath also regulates the flow of prana, the vital energy.
    8. Allow the mind to wander at first. It will jump around, but will eventually become concentrated, along with the concentration of prana.
    9. Don’t force the mind to be still, as this will set in motion additional brain waves, hindering meditation.
    10. Select a focal point on which the mind may rest. For people who are intellectual by nature, this may be the Ajna Chakra., the point between the eyebrows. For more emotional people, use the Anahata or Heart Chakra. Never change this focal point.
    11. Focus on a neutral or uplifting object, holding the image in the place of concentration. If using a Mantra, repeat it mentally, and co-ordinate repetition with the breath. If you dont have a personalized Manta, use Om. Although mental repetition is stronger, the mantra may be repeted aloud if one becomes drowsy. Never change the Mantra.
    12. Repetition will lead to pure thought, in which sound vibration merges with thought vibration, without awareness of meaning. Vocal repetition progresses through mental repetition to telepathic language, and from there to pure thought.
    13. With practice, duality disappears and Samadhi, or the superconscious state, is reached. Do not become impatient, as this takes a long time.
    14. In Samadhi one rests in the state of bliss in which the Knower, the Knowledge, and the Known become one. This is the superconcious state reached by mystics of all faiths and persuasions.

    If you meditate for half an hour daily, you will be able to face life with peace and spiritual strength. Meditation is the most powerful mental and nerve tonic. Divine energy freely flows to the adept during meditation, and exerts a benign influence on the mind, nerves, sense organs and body. It opens the door to intuitive knowledge and realms of eternal bliss. The mind becomes calm and steady.
    Further reading:
    Swami Vishnu-devananda . You can also find more information on the page describing the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga.
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    Om Namo Narayanaya


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