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Meditation - 101

Posted by Sam on March 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Meditation is a means of relaxation, connecting, escaping and even healing for me. I have come to realize that not everyone can just sit and find themselves in a meditative state. I decided to ask a few friends, "What does meditation mean to you?" 

The responses I received were not surprising:

"Relaxation."

"Unattainable expectation of calm"

"Getting swept away in music and forgetting that I am me for a while"

So, I look at this and I ask myself, "Why do we all have such a different definition of meditation ?"

This leads me to an idea...Share and explain how I acheive my goals of meditation.

So, as many of you know, I am a visual person...I know, you never would have guessed! I set the scene by creating a space in which to meditate. I place a mandala infront of me, I hold a stone of my choosing (or the stones choosing if you are attuned to the vibration of stones), I put on quiet, and calming music and I assume a comfortable position in my favorite chair or laying on the floor. Sitting in a Lotus Pose is not comfortable for me at all!

I begin a meditation with  "Prana-ic breathing" (this is my own word...I made it up. It is based on the Sanskrit word Prana.) Which consists of breathing in for a count of 3, holding the breath for a count of 3 then exhaling for a count of 6. Then repeating for a count of 4, 4 and 8. Then a count of 5, 5 and 10. I also close off one nostril for a while then switch until I feel a true sense of calm wash over my body.

Once I have quieted my mind, I open my eyes, focus on the image infront of me and I just gaze upon it. If I have a particular intention, I bring that into the forefront of my mind for a moment and then let it go with the belief that I will find the answers or the peace in the meditation to serve that intention. I stay in this meditative state for anywhere between 10 and 90 minutes depending on what my schedule will allow.

Each meditation is different. Like each day is different for me, my emotions, thoughts, challenges and joys are ever changing; so are my experiences in meditation. Either way, even if I don't have an epiphany during a meditation there is great value for my emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health.

I encourage you to take these simple steps, try it out for a week then let me know if you feel differently. I know some people who have experienced an entire life change just by a single meditation. More articles to come, perhaps with more specific practices. Let me know what you would like to learn and visit me often.


Thank you for your time and support!

With Love and Gratitude...

Sam

Categories: Spiritual Growth, Healing Spirit, Mind & Body

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