Meditation is a simple yet profound method to improve the quality of our lives and develop inner peace and enlightenment. Through following very simple, practical instructions we can learn to let go of the causes of our pain and dissatisfaction and to gain the inner peace and clarity we seek, all it take is just 10 15 minutes every day.

Benefits of Meditation:

Meditation helps you accomplish more with less effort.

Meditation can provide you with a quick boost of energy, plus it will quite likely increase your stress levels

Increased creativity

This may be in an artistic sense, but not necessarily. You may find yourself coming up with more creative solutions to problems, or just being more creative in the way you carry out your everyday affairs

Increased sense of emotional balance & well-being

More harmonious relationships

Increased inner peace

Increases positive states of mind

Develop better relationships

Attain enlightenment

Find and fulfill your purpose and meaning for life

Experience greater contentment and well being

Improves concentration

Maintain greater physical health

The Buddhist definition of compassion is: to experience your connectedness with all beings. Meditation gently opens the heart chakra -- the energy center with whic

Meditation opens you to greater compassion.

h you experience your connectedness.

Meditating heightens intuition

Increased awareness

What is increased awareness? It is becoming more aware of the deeper, unconscious contents of your psyche... It is becoming more aware of the many dimensions of life and the richness of how they are all exquisitely interwoven... It is becoming aware of the connection between your inner terrain - your thoughts, beliefs, and expectations - and your outer circumstances... It is becoming more aware of your connectedness with life and with all beings.

Meditation adds depth and richness to the way life is perceived.

Increased alignment with the cosmic creative force, accelerating the fulfillment of desires.

When you are meditating regularly, you begin to radiate a higher, brighter energy which has a subtly elevating effect on those around you.

Spiritual awakening

This can mean any number of things, but essentially it is waking up to the reality that you are a spiritual being... a spark of the infinite Universal Spirit... one with all beings and with all that is.

Some Tips on the importance of meditation:

1 If meditation feels like work, you are trying too hard.

To gain the many benefits of meditation, it's not necessary to put forth a great deal of effort. If meditation feels too much like work, you are less likely to want to make it a part of your daily life. Relaxed effort is the ideal way to approach meditation... Relaxed effort falls somewhere between the two extremes of concentrating your brains out and just spacing out.

2  Trying to make your mind empty or quiet is like trying to make yourself fall asleep.

Have you ever tried to force yourself to fall asleep? Chances are it just made you more awake. The same is generally true in meditation. If you try to push the thoughts out and make your mind quiet or blank, it will probably respond with an abundant outpouring of thoughts.

3  Lots of thoughts in meditation are often caused by lots of stress being released.

Stress is stored in your system as toxins and negative energy charges. As the energy charges are being cleared from your system they tend to take the form of thoughts running through your mind. These thoughts are simply stress "run-off".

When a particular "block" of stress is fully released, your system is then clearer, allowing you to go deeper, and experience meditations with less thoughts.

This process is somewhat cyclic... Half the cycle is one of "clearing", during which there are more thoughts... The other half is one of "clarity" in which there are less thoughts in your meditation. The time-frame of these cycles can vary widely... from hours, to days, to weeks. But the bottom line is that the release of stress - and the resulting thoughts - clears the way for deeper, quieter meditations.

4  It's safe to let go.

Some of the deeper and more enjoyable states of meditation come about when you let go and simply allow yourself to relax into them. Tension results from holding on, while relaxation is the result of letting go... letting go of effort and control.

Letting go allows the energy of well being to flow freely through you, and the flow of this energy elevates your state of consciousness.

Initially, you may have a tendency to pull back when you find yourself letting go into a deeper state. This is natural at first, as it can feel like you are falling into an unfamiliar place, which can be a bit scary until you get use to it. But once you realize what a pleasant place it can take you to, letting go becomes much easier.

So if at anytime in your meditation you feel as though you are falling, or as though you are slipping into a sleep-like or dream-like place, allow it to happen.

5  Whatever method you are using, think of your main object of focus - breath, mantra, light, etc. - as the main character on the stage of your mind.

Everyone else on stage - your thoughts and feelings - are supporting characters. They will try to steal scenes by grabbing your attention. And they will succeed... some days a little, some days a lot. When they do, it's ok. Just bring your focus back to the main character.

6  You don't have to be good at focusing to meditate.

if you are just beginning, you're not expected to be good at focusing. Yes... you will get better at it as you continue to meditate. But the quality and results of meditation are not based on how long you can stay focused. If it was necessary to be good at focusing in order to meditate, not many people would get past square one.

7  No expectations

The more you can put aside any expectations about what you are "supposed to" experience when you meditate, the easier it will be. There is no specific state or experience that you are trying to achieve. Just go through the steps of your method with relaxed effort, and accept whatever occurs.

The most profound meditations generally come about spontaneously, as a result of factors beyond your own efforts. The timing of these exceptionally deep or elevating meditations is unpredictable, so it's best to just enjoy them when they happen, taking each meditation as it comes.

8  Create your personal meditation space.

After a short while, you will become conditioned to meditate whenever you sit there. Also, it will accumulate your peaceful meditative energy, which will enhance your meditations. You can keep it simple - just a quiet, comfortable place to sit - or you can decorate the space with whatever makes you feel good... pictures, your favorite colors, candles, incense, etc

9  Using incense, candles & music

Is it necessary to use things like incense, candles and peaceful music to meditate? It isn't actually necessary... it's more a matter of personal preference. If any or all of these things add to the enjoyment of your meditation, then why not use them? But if they don't seem to enhance your meditation experience, then there is no real need to include them.

10  Approach meditations like you are making a sandwich.

When you make a sandwich, do you have to think about doing it right? Do you have to work hard at it? Do you think the sandwich has to come out perfectly? Probably not. You just do it... putting the ingredients together... paying attention so you don't cut yourself and so most of the mustard ends up on the bread. And however it comes out is ok... no big deal.

You can approach meditation the same way. Simply make a relaxed effort to pay attention, follow the simple steps, and however it comes out is ok... no big deal.

11  There is no room for the words "success" and "failure," "right" and "wrong" in meditation.

When you are meditating, I suggest you delete these words from your vocabulary. Then just follow the steps and take it as it comes.

12  No resistance.

When you meditate, the spiritual energy flowing through your system will increase. You may not feel this energy, but it is there, attempting to move through you, elevating your awareness... healing on various levels... clearing physical and emotional toxins... and awakening your higher potentials.

If you notice that your body is tensing - and thus resisting this energy - take a couple of deep breaths, and as you exhale, let go.

Resistance to the higher energies can occur anywhere, but the most common places are at your 1st chakra, located at the base of your spine... at your solar plexus chakra... your throat chakra... and your brow chakra.

13  Fascinating phenomena

Although it's mainly up to you to define what the purpose of your meditation is, most spiritual traditions teach that experiencing interesting phenomena is not really the purpose of meditation. However, if you do experience things like fascinating images, strange scenarios, beautiful colors, other-worldly visions or voices, etc., it's ok to enjoy them. But it is good to keep these experiences in perspective, and it's best not to expect such phenomena, or to be disappointed when it is not occurring. Just take it as it comes. If it's there... fine. If not... fine.

14  Even when it seems like nothing is happening, something is happening.

When you sit to meditate, and simply begin the process, things begin to occur on a very deep level of your being - often deeper than you are aware of. That is why you can have a meditation that seems like there is nothing but a bunch of thoughts and your mind is all over the show, then when you come out of it and still feel better.

So, regardless of what it seems... good things are happening every time you take the time to meditate.

Your mind will calm down in meditation, and at times your thoughts will subside altogether. But this has less to do with your own effort than you may think. That's what the various methods are for. The more you learn to trust the method, and refrain from trying to "make it happen," the more often - and easily - you will experience your mind becoming calm and quiet.

Inspiring Quote:

If you were to ask me what the most important experience of my life was, I would say it was learning to meditate. For me, that is the most important thing a person can do to restore harmony and evolve to a higher state of consciousness." ~ Deepak Chopra


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