Most people think of mediation as an Eastern tradition where the person sits in a circle in the lotus position and chanting mantras or humming. Apart from the soothing effect that it can bring, meditation is often said to be a path to rouse the life-force and start the passage towards spiritual awakening.
There are different schools of meditation. Every school has its own thought about meditation. Meditation also has different techniques and it can also be categorized based on their emphasis. Some meditative techniques focus on a meadow or a background observation, and there are others which emphasis on a definite item.
One of the benefits of meditation is to still the mind and relax the body. Tautness, stress and unease can be released by performing simple meditation. Apart from the internal harmony that meditation brings, it can also help to improve the body’s health. Meditation is also a fantastic way of improving your focus.
The health benefits of meditation include better blood circulation; a deeper level of relaxation; an increase in workout acceptance between heart patients; normalizing blood pressure; decreases anxiety attacks and muscle tension; helps against allergies, etc…
Meditation allows you to listen to the inner-self and separate from the pressures of day-to-day life. Accepting the inner-self will lead to the understanding of our higher-self (our spiritual self). With this understanding it will increase our information and understanding on how the higher-self-unites with the cosmos. With the help of meditation, you can get the chance to tap into your internal self and observe how it sees your existence. Looking into the inner-self will provide direction towards your ultimate pleasure and realization.
It is important to remember that meditation is about listening to the inner-self; so it has to do with directing your attention and concentration. Too many distractions can make it difficult for some people to focus their attention into what is vital and keeping the attention on stationary item. If you are just focused on a static object or field, one-pointedness can be experienced and could take you to a totally altered state.
If one-pointedness is achieved, you will experience ecstasy. Ecstasy is mentioned as a normal state of the soul which cannot be experienced simply in our everyday lives. In this reflective state, spirituality and also the consciousness increases its understanding of nature and the cosmos. Negative thinking and behaviour brought about by the avaricious and fast-paced world can be flushed away by directing more on your spirituality.
About the Author
Belinda Daly a master practitioner in NLP, hypnosis, and TLT. She also has a degree in metaphysics.
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