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Why doesn’t anyone understand me?

Have you ever wondered why nobody seems to understand you? I’m sure you’ve gone through moments in your life when you felt as though you were the odd one out and felt that people simply didn’t get you.

But why is it? Is it because we’re so flipping bizarre, so unique, so outrageously different that other people simply aren’t capable of grasping our complexity? Are we just that darned weird?

Maybe. If you’re criminally insane, are requiring a lobotomy, or if you’re just plain old nuts, then yes, there is the possibility that people truly cannot understand you. But for the vast majority of people that simply isn’t the case. Odds are you’re not really that different to anyone else. So why do you feel as though people just can’t fathom you?

The reason is because your view of your self is nonsense. Whatever you think you are, you’re not. For proof, read this article about Where your idea of your self comes from. 

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People don’t understand you because you don’t understand your self

You’ve gone through your life gradually developing more and more of a sense of who you are, but your sense of yourself is entirely delusional. You have an impression of yourself in your own mind, but it doesn’t actually exist, so no one else can see it, and it’s utterly illogical, so no one else can understand it.

Let’s take a look at an example in order to clarify.

Let’s say for instance that you were someone who was bullied at school for years. You didn’t have many friends and everyone picked on you. There was his one specific way that kids used to bully you. They knew you were lonely, so they’d pretend to be nice to you and then suddenly turn on you and say something nasty. Over time, this caused you to be really wary of people. Anytime someone is nice to you there’s a voice at the back of your head that says “They don’t mean it. They’re going to hurt me like they used to.” To your mind this is completely natural. You’ve learnt that compliments are false and that people who seem to be being nice will end up hurting you. Your life has taught you that. To you it makes perfect sense. But years later, as an adult, you still can’t trust people who are being nice. Someone comes up to you and tried to be nice to you, but you just can’t trust them, and so you react negatively. To this, the other person says “I just don’t understand you.” They can’t understand you because they’re being nice, so why aren’t you happy? They don’t know your history. They don’t know that when they say something nice to you, you remember all those kids who bullied you.

The problem here is that your view of yourself is based on the past where their view of you is based on the present moment.

If a stranger walked up to you right now and you said “You look good today” you would expect them to say “Thank you.” But what if that person has a history of being manipulated by people, specifically by people who paid them false compliments. Then they wouldn’t be thankful for the compliment, and you wouldn’t understand them.

It’s a past VS present thing. When we see someone else, unless we know them really well, we don’t know their past. We don’t know the specific way that they view the world.

 

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How to stop being so confusing so people can understand you

 

There is one easy way to solve this problem. It’s this: live in the present moment. If you remove your sense of your self by living a mindful lifestyle, then your past won’t influence your actions.

Here’s two examples that will make this perfectly clear.

Imagine two people enter a room and meet for the first time. Both people have an idea of their selves and both are living in the past. In other words, they’re not basing their actions just on the present moment but on their past experiences. It would be very difficult for these two people to get along because they’re viewing the world in different ways. Their past actions have given them a biased view of the world, and they’re no longer acting upon the present moment but on their delusional view of things.  They’re not living in the same world. They’re living in two different worlds which have been created in their minds. They’re not seeing the same things. How are they going to communicate effectively? They most likely won’t unless their past experiences are similar and life has led them both to have similar views of the world.

Now imagine two other people meet for the first time. Both of these people are enlightened. They don’t have an idea of their selves and they act only upon the present moment. They’re not swayed by the past. They see only the present moment, precisely as it is. Both these people see the exact same world. It’s amazingly easy for them to communicate effectively.

So, the answer to Why don’t people understand me is: because your mind is creating a delusional view of the world, based on past experiences, and because you’re living a dualistic lifestyle—you have a delusional sense of your self which doesn’t actually exist.

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Where Does Our Sense of Self and Personality Come From?

The origins of self and of personality are highly debated, with some believing we are born with personality, others believing we developed personality through experience, some believing personality is a God-given thing, and others holding yet more beliefs. And so it is utterly impossible for me to say this is the absolute truth. However, from a combination of personal insight, spiritual study, and scientific research, the following is perhaps the best understanding of personality.

How our sense of self and personality develops

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When we are born we are born with a consciousness. That consciousness is like a light. We can shine our consciousness on anything we like. We have the freedom to choose where to focus. But we are aware of two separate aspects of this existence. We are aware of the light, the consciousness, which is our selves. And we are aware of the world around the self. We perceive these two elements as separate. There is the light, which is us, and there is everything else. Our existence, our life, is determined by the relationship between the light (our own consciousness) and the outside world. If, for instance, the world should seem to threaten the light (us) we will learn, quite logically: The world is a threat. This becomes one aspect of our consciousness, the belief that the world is a threat, and, of course, if we believe this to be true, we will act accordingly, perhaps becoming self-protective and introverted. So, their consciousness perceives their reality, a relationship is developed between the individual and the outside world, and that relationship leads to personality traits. A serious threat at an early age leads to the belief the world is threatening which leads to the development of introversion and self protection.

 

Circumstance effects personality and self

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A poor African kid who seems happy.. .
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A spoiled kid who, interestingly, is not smiling

Of course, the nature of reality is that we are all born into different situations. A baby who is born into a starving family in Africa is very quickly going to understand that life is a struggle. Let’s call this child Aberash (I chose that name because it means Giving off light, which is what consciousness does). Aberash has been born into a world that cannot support her needs. Starvation is a way of life. Hunger, to Aberash, is like punishment. She develop the understanding: The world is starvation, which is pain and hunger. Because of this she will learn to distance herself from her sense of hunger, which in turn helps her to distance herself from the pain.

Now how about a child who is born into luxury and is spoiled. Let’s call her Princess. Every time Princess feels hungry she cries, and crying leads to her being given all sorts of yummy food. To Princess, crying leads to happiness, because whenever she cries she gets what they want. She learns that The world reacts to my needs and gives me what I want when I cry. She will likely grow up to be selfish, expecting everything to be given to them.

 

Events In Life Continually Shape Our Personality and “Self”

Of course real life is more complex than the examples above. One of the main reasons why real life is more complex is because there are so many events that influence the development of personality, and those events are often at odds.

Let’s return to our two kids, Aberash and Princess, and give them another life event, one that is at odds with the initial event.

Living in Africa, Aberash has learnt that the world can’t support her needs and that starvation is a way of life. But an ultra rich celebrity has visited Africa with Unicef. The celebrity chooses to adopt Aberash and flies her off to her new mansion in Southern California where she is spoilt. Aberash does not believe in acknowledging what she wants or needs. She learnt that by starving in Africa; it’s a pretty deep part of her personality. But our celebrity, let’s call her Angelina (any likeness to real people is mere coincidence  J ) Angelina believes you should get whatever you want, and you should want a lot, because life is like a candy store to her.

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She just can’t understand why this kid doesn’t want anything. Angelina believes that Aberash is unhappy (because what kid doesn’t want tons of stuff) so she buys everything in the toy store. Aberash has now been taught that when you suffer you end up getting what you want (she was suffering in Africa when she was whisked away to dreamland). This could lead Aberash to becoming brooding, showing a depressive personality because she’s learnt that that’s what gets you the good stuff. Of course, this stage won’t last forever, it will be influenced by more events.

Meanwhile, Princess was enjoying her spoilt lifestyle and believing that crying leads to being rewarded. She’s learnt to whine about everything so she gets what she wants. But uh-oh she’s now eighteen and her parents have kicked her out of her home with no money and no way to support herself. She’s trying to find a job but no one will employ her on account of the fact that she’s never had a job before and clearly doesn’t have a clue about work. Now she’s got nothing and is struggling to survive, even though she’s been brought up to believe that life gives her everything for nothing. Obviously this is going to be a very difficult time in her life. Her sense of self has been totally violated. She probably thinks, at least at first, that life is treating her very unkindly. She didn’t do anything wrong, did she? She was brought up to act spoilt. Why is life now punishing her for doing that? It’s not fair. She comes to believe that life will treat you unkindly for no reason at all. Life, it turns out, is a bit of a bully. It makes you believe that everything is great and then pulls the carpet out from under your feet. The next time something really great happens to Princess she’s going to question it, asking “If I allow myself to be happy again will it just lead to abandonment and suffering?”

And so on and so on and so on. In this way, personality/ self / ego becomes the proverbial snowball rolling downhill. It really doesn’t take that long until your consciousness is covered in this sticky stuff called personality. It becomes hard to see anything in pure light, without looking at everything through your personality-tinted glasses. And oh boy does it all get so darned confusing. If only we could unravel the whole lot and see things as they truly are, outside of our personality.

Thankfully, it is possible to get back to pure consciousness, so we can see things as they truly are. And it’s also possible to remove the self, which, as the Buddha said, will free us from suffering. The way to do that is to understand the mistakes we’ve made up to now.

 

The Two Delusions That Hook Us On Personality And “Self”

Not much unites the starving African, Abarash, with the spoilt brat Princess. But there are two very clear ways in which these characters are alike. The first way is that they look to the past and the future. When Princess believed that life was treating her unfairly, it was because life had spoilt her rotten prior to her being kicked out of the house. Her idea of being treated unfairly is essentially the idea that “Things were previously better than they are now.” It’s only because Princess is focussing on the past, on how things were, that she is made to suffer. If she were to focus 100% on the present moment, she would immediately cast off the idea that “Then was better than now.” She would simply see the present moment as it is, without comparing it to the past.

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Do Thoughts Control Reality? Time To Get Real

The idea that thoughts create reality is complete, unmitigated bollocks. Some self professed “Spiritual Gurus” might like to sell us all on the idea that simply thinking something can make it so. But there’s absolutely zero proof (or even evidence really) that of this.

If you like you may sit in a chair and think about a million pounds for the next year of your life. If you actually end up acquiring a million pounds after thinking about it, I’ll eat my hat.

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Thoughts Don’t control Reality, But Consciousness…

Just to clarify: when I say thoughts don’t change your reality, I very specifically mean thought, which as being separate to consciousness. Consciousness is an altogether different matter. Your state of consciousness absolutely can change your reality (which we’ll be looking at later on). Thoughts, however, cannot. Yet many misguided people are obsessed with “Positive Thinking” because they believe that just telling themselves they’re healthy and successful people will make it so. And this is the fault of all those self-professed “Gurus” who take spirituality and use it as a business.

It is a terrible shame that so much of genuine spirituality has been destroyed by so called “Gurus” trying to sell books. Now, obviously I can’t go into this in detail in case I get sued, but just go ahead and take a look at the different gurus you see on TV. Take a look at what their friends and families say about them and how they conduct themselves outside of the media. And then ask yourself: Is this an enlightened spiritual being, or just someone who’s trying to make a ton of money?

People listen to such “Gurus” far too readily. Half of the ideas they give are only designed to make money: The Easy Way To Become Rich / The X Hour Work Week / Two Days To Enlightenment. Anyone selling such a promise is a charlatan.  The whole Thoughts Create Your Reality argument is just another one of their marketing schemes. But here I am getting a little passionate about those “Gurus” who sell “Spirituality” in order to make money while claiming to be “Enlightened.”

Thoughts do not create your reality. Reality creates your reality. But unfortunately, unlike every animal in the world, mankind seems determined to prove that we hold all the power in our own minds. That simply is not the case. And it’s really just as well that it isn’t the case. Would you really feel safe in a world where reality was controlled by the minds of people…? I know I wouldn’t.

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But I really, really want my thoughts to change reality…?

Sit back for a minute and ask yourself: why do so many people want their thoughts to create reality? Why do books promising to “Give you the full power of your mind” sell so darned much, even though anyone who’s using just the standard 10% of their brain know such self improvement schemes to be bullshit. Why are we still so obsessed with it?

Even here we see that the self and the ego are controlling us. Could anything be more egotistical than saying I want my thoughts to control reality…?! I’m not even sure you could write a more ignorant statement than this.   I want my thoughts to control reality.

 

I—me / myself. Already we’re looking at a dualistic lifestyle here.

Want—That’s desire. Buddha saw desire as the cause of suffering (“The end of desire is the end of all suffering)

My­—reinforcement of the self

Thoughts—Delusions and, again, focus on the self

To control—Instead of letting go and letting life, we’re controlling.

Reality—So you just want to control everything. Like a Nazi?

This statement, this desire to control reality with your thoughts, is the complete opposite of enlightenment. It completely reinforces the idea that of the self, the dualistic mentality. This is only ever going to cause you suffering (Remember, Buddha said “…remove “I”, that’s ego, then remove “want”, that’s desire… Now you are left with happiness.”).

The more you accept reality, the happier, healthier and more successful you will be. Obviously, that’s not as marketable as saying You can become God by thinking positively—but it is reality. Over-thinking and self-obsession will lead to unhappiness and detachment. Less thinking, less self obsession, and more sense of oneness will create happiness.

Do You Think Too Much?

thinking-too-much-quoteIf we weren’t able to think, we would never have invented the wheel, or any of the other inventions we now take for granted. But thinking is a lot like the power supply to your laptop. Provide the right amount of power and you’re left with a powerful tool. Deliver too much power, and that tool will simply melt in heat.

Too much thinking stops your mind from functioning properly.

There’s a very simple way to tell whether you’re thinking the right amount or not. Simply ask yourself these three questions:

Do You Think Too Much…?

  • Am I able to perceive each individual thought? Many people think so quickly and so erratically that their thoughts become a blur. It’s a lot like a washing machine. When the washing machine is spinning too fast you can’t see the individual pieces of clothing in it. Only when it slows down are you able to see what you’ve got there. The same is true for the mind. When it’s going too fast you can’t see the individual thoughts, and if you can’t actually see what it is you’re thinking, your thoughts are useless to you.
  • Are your thoughts distracting? If you’re thoughts are distracting you throughout the day, then they’re preventing you from getting on and enjoying your life. If, for instance, you’re just trying to talk to someone, but your mind is harping on and on about how you have to go and clean the house, then you’re thoughts aren’t serving you. In fact, if this is the case, you are serving your thoughts: you’re listening to your thoughts and doing what they tell you to do, even when you don’t want to.
  • Can you focus? Take five minutes right now to close your eyes and just focus on your breathing. Try to empty your mind. Try not to think. Just focus on your breathing. Notice the rate at which you are experiencing thoughts. Are your thoughts preventing you from focussing? If so, they’re getting in your way and holding you back.

Thoughts are valuable and important, but if they’re too fast and erratic, they’re no use. And not only are they no use, they’re often harmful, preventing you from enjoying life and perhaps even causing “Negative thought depression.”

Sadly, one flaw of society has let us all down and has left us dependent on thinking. That societal flaw is the idea that we are individual and separate to everyone else. It, again, is the fault of the self. Because we, like Descartes have come to believe that “I think, therefore I am.” We’ve come to believe that the more we think the more we are.

So, let me welcome you back into my own mind for a moment. Here I am typing away at this novel, in my basement (which is currently being renovated), by myself, on a dreary day. Now, years ago, if I had been in this exact situation, my mind would be kicking up a stink. My mind would be making a fuss for several reasons. Firstly, I used to have ego, and I used to perceive myself as a pretty successful popular guy. A pretty successful popular guy does not sit in the basement by themselves typing away at a novel as though in solitary confinement. What I am currently doing would (back then) have been completely at odds with my idea of myself. What I’m doing right now would be a THEM not a ME, and my mind would be rebelling like some sort of teenage delinquent. Back then, my mind would be saying “I should be out socialising because I’m a popular guy.” “I shouldn’t be sitting in an incomplete basement doing this. I should be in a high rise office.” And so on and so on. My mind would outright refuse to accept the present moment. Instead, it would focus on its idea of my self. It would be kicking up a stink about how I’m being a THEM and not a ME. And, of course, all this would prevent me from focussing and getting my book done. Now that is an example of harmful thinking.

And I’m certain you experience a similar thing, perhaps on a daily basis. There are areas of your life which aren’t right. Maybe you’re a single forty year old. That just doesn’t sit well with your idea of you self, because you’re supposed to be married by this age, right? And in response your mind goes nuts and throws it toys out the pram, harping on about how you should be with a women right now.

In fact, even if you, as a single 40 year old, then go on a date, your mind would likely still deny the present moment. Because at 40, your mind tells you, you shouldn’t be on a date, you should be on your 10th wedding anniversary. Instead of focusing on the date and possibly creating a relationship that would lead to marriage, your mind becomes the typical teenage brat and drools on and on about how “It’s now fair. I’m not supposed be here and now. I’m supposed to be this and that.”

Now, that isn’t to completely negate the power of thinking. There are times when thoughts are very important and very valuable. But you’re not going to recognise those valuable thoughts when they come to you if you’re already preoccupied with dealing with the mental drama.

What we need to do is take control of the mind. We still want the mind to create valuable thoughts, we just don’t want it ruining our every moment. We want control of the mind. And to take control of the mind we need to remove that delusion about the self.

But can’t we just change our idea of our selves. What if we had a positive self view? Surely that would be beneficial

You could be forgiven for thinking that it would be wise to create a positive self view. In fact, you’ve probably read several different books which tell you to “Think positive” to develop a “Positive self image” and so on. But the simple fact of the matter is that any and all ides of your self are limiting.

For instance, let’s say that right now you’re financially unstable and you want to become rich. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you could create a vision of yourself in which you’re a rich successful man?

Well, here’s the deal with that. If you create a view of yourself as a rich successful man, your mind will assume certain things: that you work in a large office, for instance. Or that you have high power contacts.  Or that you receive large cheques. In fact, if you view yourself as a successful and rich man, your mind will assume that anything it associate with “Rich” and “Successful” is true for you.  The problem, however, is that you simply can’t get from poor to rich in one leap. You won’t work in a large office right away. You might be like me and work in an incomplete basement because your every penny is going into creating your own business. You won’t have high power contacts. You’ll more likely know people like yourself who are starting out. You won’t receive large cheques. You might not even receive any cheques at all because you’re business isn’t in a position to be making a lot of profit yet. And the reality is that many of these things are stages you have to go through in order to get where you want to get. You need those low key contact when you’re starting out. You need to save money. And you might need to cut short-term profit in order to make long-term profit.

 

You can’t jump from A to Z. You can’t jump from poor person to rich person. You can’t just change your view of yourself. And even if you did change your view of your self, you’d still be limiting yourself.

So long as there is a self then there must be a them. So long as there is a I and a THEM, you’ll be accepting parts of reality and closing yourself off from other parts. You cannot have a self unless you also have a part which is not the self. The very definition of a self implies that you are cutting yourself off from a part of reality.

 

 

How Five Minutes of Mindfulness Exercises Can Let You Overcome Your Thoughts

In this excerpt from How To Kill Your Self And Start Living, author P M Harrison discusses how society prevents us from achieving oneness, and how we can overcome our thoughts through mindfulness exercises. 

Society has led people to separate themselves from the outside world. We are becoming more and more a society of people desperately trying to “Keep up with the Joneses.” We have a clear idea of the sort of people that we want to be—rich, successful, popular…—and a clear idea of the people we don’t want to be–poor, unsuccessful, unpopular…

But instead of guiding us towards happiness and success, our ideas of what is right and what is wrong are imprisoning us.

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Society and our own fear keep us in a mental prison

I can honestly say for myself that I wasted years of my life trying to be what I thought I should be, rather than being who I truly am. Years I wasted living a lie. When I say I was a “lie” I don’t mean I was intentionally being false to myself or misleading people. What I mean is that it was so ingrained in me that I should be popular, that I should be working a 9-5 job, that I should be doing this that and the other. I was trying to live by what society told me I should be. The vast majority of people are in the same boat. They’re trying to be what they think they should be, rather than what they truly are.

But I do need to be what society dictates, to a degree: I need a job, I need friends…

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While it is definitely true that we should have money (if not riches at least enough to survive) and friends, and that we should be contributing towards society. There certainly are realities of living, and sure, we all have to pay rent, or a mortgage, or the bills. That’s reality.

But here’s where things get convoluted. Here’s where the mind gets confused. Our minds are led to believe that having money means having a 9-5 job. Or that being popular means fitting in, being like other people…

 

The mind makes associations at the drop of a hat, and most of the time they are not true. You do not need to work a 9-5 in order to have money. In fact, there are millions of people out there who would make more money if they ditched their safe 9-5 jobs and worked towards their passions, towards the thing that they truly think they should be doing, but which they are afraid to try.

TAKE FIVE MINUTES right now and ask yourself: what am I? What profession is me? What should I be doing to make money? What is my perfect job?

For me it’s writing and teaching spirituality. Now, clearly, that is not easy. Most writers don’t make a packet of money. It would be significantly easier for me to just jack it in and get the 9-5 that society dictates I should have. But there’s also one thing I know for absolute certain: If I did that, and if I quit writing, I would be living a lie.

Are you lying to yourself? Is there something else you should be doing? Are you being 100% true to yourself?  If not, why not?

If you take a moment to consider those questions, I’m confident you’ll notice one thing: that your mind creates a million reasons why you should be doing what society dictates, rather than what you know, deep in your heart, that you should be doing.

Your mind will create myriad thoughts, feeling and fears all of which keep you slave to your idea of “I”. Your mind is obsessed with the self, and that obsession prevents you from living your life 100% true to yourself.

Here’s a really simple test that you can do to discover just how powerful and how detrimental your “SELF” is:  Choose one thing which is the complete opposite to you, one thing which you would never normally do, and try to do it.

  • For instance, if you’re the type of person who spends an hour in the washroom making yourself look perfect before you go to the corner store, then go out without dressing yourself up—no make up, no hair gel, no fancy clothes.
  • OR, if you’re the type of person who wouldn’t be seen dead in a bar watching a football game, go do that.
  • OR (this is a good one) if you’re the type of person who is shy and hates public speaking, find as big a group of people as you can and speak in front of them.
  • Choose one thing which is absolutely not you (in other words, it is opposed to the idea of your SELF) and do it. Or just try to do it.
  • Please do this by the way. It’s really very important. Go ahead, I’ll just wait here…

Afraid of speaking in public?… Go do it!

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Okay, done it? Good.

Now then, when you did that you will have noticed two things. Firstly, when you try to do the thing which is 100% not you, your mind goes nuts! It creates all manner of thoughts, all manner of reasons why you can’t possibly speak in public or go out without dressing up. Your mind becomes like a little baby throwing its toys out the pram. It creates so many negative thoughts and fears. And you either cave in to those thoughts, or you overcome them.

If you happened to overcome those thoughts—if you actually did the thing which was not you—then you will have found a powerful sense of liberation. You’ll feel free. It’s like you’ve taken a big breath of fresh air.

Because, in a way, you have taken a big breath of fresh air, or at least your mind has. You’ve opened your mind to new possibilities.

Your mind holds you in a prison known as the SELF. Whenever you tear down one of those self-imposed walls, you feel profound liberation. You feel a breakthrough, because you’ve become less about the self, less and duality, and more about non-duality and oneness.

I wasn’t able to complete the challenge: I had too many negative thoughts

If you either tried to complete the exercise but couldn’t, or didn’t even try, then welcome to the club. Because in today’s society, we’re all too afraid to venture outside of our selves for even a brief moment.

You probably noticed that your mind created all sorts of negative thoughts. If, for instance, you tried to go out without getting dressed up, you may have heard a voice in your head saying “I can’t let people see me like this” or “I look stupid” or something similar. Your mind actively prevented you from doing what you set out to do. And if that’s the case, you have clearly yet to master your mind, and the reason why is because your sense of self is overbearing.

You may notice that your mind even creates negative thoughts when you’re not doing anything in particular. You might just be walking down the road and hearing a voice in your head or seeing mental images. Really, though we like to differentiate our self from such people, we’re really not too different from people who “Hear voices in their heads.” The same people who are put on medications. The only differences are that we “healthy” people generally just hear one voice, we don’t feel a compulsion to act on what it says, and we don’t talk to it. We do, however, hear a voice in our head, and that voice interferes with our ability to enjoy the present moment, and our ability to feel oneness.

Thankfully it is possible to immediately begin to silence that voice in our head, to silence our selves and to develop our sense of oneness. The key is with mindfulness.

Mindfulness: The state of being calmly aware and without judgment. Mindfulness, essentially, is seeing the present moment, without thought, without judgment, with total acceptance.

The more we practice mindfulness, the more we live in the present moment, and the less control our thoughts have on us. Mindfulness enables us to develop oneness by simply accepting all that is there.

The next time you find yourself experiencing too many thoughts, simply sit back and be aware of your thoughts. Be aware of the person thinking those thoughts. Don’t judge the thoughts as good or bad (such judgments only strengthen your sense of I / THEM). Just accept the thoughts, be aware of them, detach from them, and simply observe them in the same way you would observe something that happens outside of yourself.

EXERCISE: The next time you experience too much thinking, imagine that you’re sitting by the sea. Your thoughts are the waves. Watch them coming and going. Don’t judge them or challenge them, simply observe them.

 

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What is Buddhist Oneness and How Can We Achieve It?

In this excerpt from How To Kill Your Self And Start Living, author P M Harrison shares insights into the truth about the self, and the reality of non-duality and oneness. How To Kill Your Self And Start Living will be available shortly. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and via email subscription, as we count down towards the release of this exciting new book. 

 

Do You Actually Exist? The Reality of Oneness 

FACT: You Are A Magician

“You mean like Houdini…?”

Yes, precisely like Houdini. You are precisely like the famous illusionist Harry Houdini. You have conjured one of the most amazing illusions of all time: the illusion of you.

You see, in truth, you are nothing more than an illusion. You’ve created a psychological illusion of yourself as an individual. Perhaps you’re the ultra professional millionaire stockbroker. Or perhaps you’re a person who doesn’t care about money and who only cares about family. Or perhaps you’re a sexy and ultra stylish model. Whatever it is that you see in yourself is just illusion. It isn’t really there.

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You can prove this to yourself very quickly with an easy meditation technique…

 

Hang on. Meditation’s not for me. I’m not a hippy…?

Well, not that meditation is for hippies, as some people think, but okay. Let me rephrase myself. Meditation is precisely the same as simply seeing what is there, without filtering it through your mind. So, how about we simply take a quick look at what you actually are.

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This just in: you don’t have to be a hippy to meditate!

Okay; phew; I was worried about the whole meditation thing for a moment…

Okay, so, in order to see yourself as you truly are, just give this really easy meditation technique a try. It’s an Anapanasati meditation. If you know how to do anapanasati meditation, then do so just for a moment (five minutes is fine). If you haven’t done anapanasati before or would like a free guide, read: this free guide to anapanasati meditation.  Read the instructions via that link and then hop back here. . .  Not only will this illustrate the point but you’ll be really really relaxed afterwards. So, click the link and then come back here.

 

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A cat relaxing and being spoiled in a cat spa

 

Oh wow. Okay. Well, I’m very relaxed now, but I’m still me.

You will likely have noticed, when you did this exercise, that thoughts left you, that your mind emptied, and that there was nothing there but a sense of being: a purity. For a fleeting moment you became pure energy. You were pure being.

Many non-spiritual people tend to think that this state of pure being is reserved for spiritual gurus only. Pure being might be a reality for Buddha, not for the average person. This simply isn’t true. It’s a myth.

 

 

If you think spirituality is just for gurus and isn’t for you, please read this guide to the myths about meditation and spirituality– it will clear your mind of all those nasty stereotypes around spirituality. 

 

Now then, if you completed the exercise above, breathing to fifty and focusing entirely on air, then I am certain you would have experienced some fleeting moments of being nothing but pure energy.

Those moments won’t have lasted long. They won’t have last long before your sense of “I”, your sense of yourself, returned to you. Just as we discussed in our introductory section on the self, you have learnt to cling to your sense of yourself.

Take another twenty breaths in through your nose and try to focus your mind again. You will notice that at times it’s almost as though you become the breath, but then your sense of yourself returns. You’ll likely notice too that when your sense of self returns, your connection to the outside world is severed. In other words, you are divided between the “I” and the “Them,”—between yourself and the rest of the world.

That, in a nutshell, is the curse of the self. It prevents you from being one with the world. It demands that there be an I and a THEM.

 

 

But there is an I and a THEM. . . Isn’t oneness the real illusion

There is actually a very interesting debate about what the real illusion of the mind is. While spiritualists believe that the self is the illusion, scientists aren’t clear whether the self is the illusion or whether the state of oneness is.

Which is real? Are we one with everything, or are we a separate individual?

Ultimately, both the state of oneness and state of individuality (the self) are both created by your brain.

Research from scientists at New York University studied the affect of meditation on the brain using fMRIs (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging). The tests showed that the brain creates both the sense of the self and the sense of oneness.

The default network is a part of the brain which controls self-reflective thoughts—the part that creates the thoughts that tell us who and what we are, and other self-focused thoughts. The extrinsic part of the brain is the part which is activated when we perform everyday activities, like making a cup of tea, or sports, like playing tennis.

Buddhist monks (and other advanced meditators) are able to activate both of these neural networks at the same time, which scientists believe causes the sense of oneness.

In many ways, whether we are or are not one with external reality is not what is important (and is, in truth, impossible to answer). What matters is the fact that our brain functioning creates our perception both of oneness (non-duality) and duality.

 

 

Okay, but why should all these fMRI whats-its concern me?

That’s a very simple question to answer. The fact of the matter is that the same region of the brain which controls non-duality, the “default network) is the same part of the brain that is important to anxiety, depression and stress.

When we are bored or under-stimulated, we experience the opposite of what Buddhist monks experience: we become self-centred, cut off from the world, overly concerned with our thoughts… Anxiety, depression and stress are the complete opposite of oneness.

So, when the Buddha famously said “Enlightenment is the end of all suffering” it seems he was spot on. Duality, our sense of our selves as separate to the outside world, causes suffering. Non-duality and oneness, on the other hand, are the keys to happiness and serenity.

Or, to put it another way: To live a happy, serene, peaceful life: kill your self.

…Maybe that voice in my head, the one that told me to “Kill my self” every time I was depressed, was far wiser than I thought!

 

 

  But if I’m one with everything, doesn’t that mean there can’t be a separate god?

God is, in my opinion, the most misused and most misunderstood concept in the world. Millions of people who have never experienced the divine, who profess to have seen or heard God. And at the same time, millions of people deny God without any sort of understanding of what are saying.

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A funny god meme

Much more than this, though; the entire argument is redundant. Is there a God? Well, if there is a god, one being that controls everything, then god is the world. The world exists so therefore god exists. But if god doesn’t exist then something else created the world, and if something else created the world, then that something is god.

It’s a pointless and redundant argument. And it’s an argument that is the construct of the mind. That same part of you that creates an I and a THEM is the very same part that creates a ME and a GOD.

Here’s the reality. If you choose to believe in god, then you should live in harmony with all he created. You should be one with the world, because God created the world. If God did not create the world, then the world itself is all there is, in which case you should be one with the world.

In other words, being one with the world is what matters, whether you believe in God or not.  Being one with the world is the most profound connection to God. Or, if God does not exist, it is the most profound connection to reality.

 

What gets in the way of living with this state of oneness?

The simple fact of the matter is that we are led, by western philosophy and society, to become too obsessed with the idea of the self. A mere five minutes of watching TV will show you how much we focus on the self. We want to be beautiful, rich, successful, popular… and all of these desire are self focussed. Just look at a commercial for cosmetics “Because you’re worth it.” Not “Because we are worth it.” Rather, “Because you, your individual, dualistic self, are worth it.” Western society doesn’t focus on WE as being ONE it focuses on YOU as being a SELF.

 

There’s also the all pervading belief that, as Descartes said, “I think therefore I am.” We believe that if we, as an individual, experience thought then we must exist as a separate entity. But in fact this is one of the most basic misunderstandings mankind has ever made. We get sucked into thinking. We become a hurricane of thought. We build ourselves up in a whirlwind of chaotic thought until we’re incapable of perceiving the most basic and most essential truth: that we are one. It is quite terrifying how much time we waste thinking. Just sit back, for five minutes, and ask yourself: How much time have you spent thinking over your lifetime. Add it up. If you are anything like the average individual you have most likely spent around half of your life thinking, if not more.

The more mankind develops the more we seem to become obsessed with the idea of our selves. These days we label ourselves by income, by race, by perceived level of attractiveness, by geographical location… the average person, within a few moments of meeting someone, will have classified them in a whole host of different ways (are they friendly / intelligent / rich / attractive / cool etc) and will immediately determine them to be either a part of “I” (someone with whom we associate ourselves) or a “THEM” (someone to stay away from).

Is it any wonder that mental illness are on such a steep incline?

 

 

But, life is getting easier, not harder; surely there should be less mental illness, not more

If all our progression and societal development are worth anything at all, then surely we should e able to see improvement in our health and wellbeing.

Shockingly, between 1987 and the present day, the number of people registered with mental disorders has risen two and a half times. In children, the rate are even more shocking—an appalling thirty-five fold increase. Add to this the fact that, according to the Nation Health Institute, 46% of Americans will suffer from at least one mental illness in their lifetimes, and it’s clear to see that we’re heading in completely the wrong direction.

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A mental health infographic with statistics

Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, addressed the National Press Club way back in 1998 to state that America was under a depression epidemic. In his address he states that “there is now between 10 and 20 times as much of it as there was 50 years ago, and […]that it has become a young person’s problem.” He also revealed that “30 years ago, the average age for the onset of depression was 29.5… it is now between 14 and 15.”

Those facts should come as a terrifying and appalling disgrace. For mental illnesses to have risen so much while society is supposedly improving, is clearly inexcusable.

So, what is the cause of this rise in mental illnesses. It’s simple. People are becoming more and more separated from their external reality.

Fifty years ago people were involved in active jobs, talking to people. They were getting out and communicating in person. Of course, they had problems. There were the great wars and the depression. But have you actually asked anyone about what it was like during the great wars?

I make a point of discussing with my nan (who is 101) what is was like during the wars. And of course, it was terrifying, traumatic, perhaps the lowest point in human history… and yet, the rates of suicide and depression were lower than average. Why?

Well, my nan might not be a psychologist. And she isn’t on the board of the National Health Institute. But as she remember, during the great wars people fought together. There was a strong sense of community. People supported one another. They stood by one another. The entire country was one.

The entire country was one.

It’s a miracle, isn’t it, to think that during the great wars, during the worst time in human history, people were one.

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During the World Wars, community was more valued, and people were more one.

We’re not one today. We’re on computers all day. When we’re not on computers we’re on the phone. We socialise less in person and more on social networks.

We’ve supposedly got it easy today, and yet depression, anxiety and stress are at a high. And the wars were the worst time in human history, but mental illness was at a low.

It says absolutely everything.

Oneness beats depression, anxiety, and stress even during the worst times in human history. Where clinging to the self creates record levels of depression, anxiety and stress even during the supposedly easy times.

Society clearly has it ass backwards. We’re developing in the wrong direction, creating more and more a rigid sense of self, a sense of the individual and of duality, when where we really need to be heading is towards oneness.

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Not To Miss: The Power of Meditation by Edward Viljoen

Joining the burgeoning ranks of meditation books is Edward Viljoen’s The Power of Meditation. It’s a book with one simple aim: to teach people meditation in order to help them live happier, calmer, healthier lives. The only problem is: there are already hordes of books on the same subject. What can The Power of Meditation possibly add?

The answer is really very very simple (the best answers always are): Viljoen himself.

the power of meditation bookViljoen has years of experience as a meditation teacher. Not only does that mean that he truly knows his stuff, but (and arguably more importantly) it means he knows how to teach meditation.

So many meditation masters know everything about meditation yet aren’t able to communicate their knowledge in simple to understand, clear, and concise language. Viljoen, however, is a masterful teacher. He’s found the perfect balance between wisdom and simplicity. The truth he shares in this book is profound, but it’s a profundity communicated with down-to-earth ease and clarity.

Included in the book you’ll find guides to mindfulness, sitting practices, creative practices and more. There are a great many meditation techniques that this book doesn’t cover, though. But I suspect the average reader won’t mind. This is book intended for new meditators, and it’s a book which delivers.

I highly recommend picking up The Power of Meditation today.

Also be sure to check out Edward Viljoen on his author website.

Pick up your copy here: The Power of Meditation: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power

 

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Killing Your Self: The Key To A Great Life

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I’d like to share a little secret with you. It’s not something I tell a lot of people. It’s highly personal. But it’s important, and I think it’s best you and I get off on the right foot—you know, given the huge journey we’re about to go through together. My secret is this: For years of my life I considered killing myself.

There’s been many times when I’ve been down, through the years. Sometimes it was due to personal problems.  My father recently died, for instance, and that led me to grieving and to a low point. Indeed, that was a particularly bad low.

But there were other times too: Failing my grade 5 singing exam was a tragic blow to a younger me; being rejected by a girl I was completely and utterly head over heels in love with, that one stung; seeing my ex break up with me for a 5 foot tall obese guy with bright pink hair (he looked like a radioactive hobbit), that wasn’t pretty either.

At those times, a little voice inside my head would say, “You should just kill yourself.”

I always knew I wouldn’t do it. Kill myself? Pah! There’s far too much to live for: my future children, my work, my girlfriend Jeannie, my family, our cats, holidays, adventures… there’s too much beauty and mystery, too much by far, for me to ever really consider killing myself.

And yet for some reason, the voice persisted. “You should kill yourself.”

I listened to it for years.

Then one night, a few weeks after my father had died, I led in bed and decided to really listen to that little voice in my head. I listened closely. And I realised, after all those years, that I’d never really heard the voice correctly.

The voice wasn’t saying, “You should kill yourself.” It was saying, “You should kill your self.”

I’d somehow never heard that slight difference between “Yourself” and “Your self.” It’s such a minute variance, an almost inaudible deviation between “Yourself” and “Your self.” And yet, that one little difference changes everything.

The voice wasn’t telling me, in some emo Edgar-Allen-Poe way, that I should take my own life.

No. It was saying what Buddha would say “Remove the self, the ego, the gap between yourself and the outside world.”

The voice I’d thought had been telling me to end it all, was in fact telling me something altogether different. It wasn’t telling me to end my life, but rather to live my life beyond the trappings of my own ego, of my self.

A man said to the Buddha, “I want Happiness.”

Buddha said, first remove “I”, that’s ego,

then remove “want”, that’s desire.

See now you are left with only Happiness.

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A famous Buddha quote about life and happiness

All those times I had experienced pain and suffering, all those times when that voice had entered my head… they had all been caused by the self. More specifically, they had all been caused by my selfish and delusional perception of reality.

“Selfish and delusional perception of reality…” sound a bit deep that.

All right. Let’s simplify that statement. Every time I’d suffered, it was because of my own ignorance.

That’s a fairly deep concept and demanding of explanation. So, let’s take a look. Let’s take a look at one of the four times of deep personal suffering that I shared with you at the beginning. More specifically, let’s look at how my sense of self and my ignorance had caused my suffering. Doing so we clarify precisely why we need to “Kill our selves.”

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A Fear Is Just a Desire Upside Down

I’m very afraid right now. I have doubt in my mind. I’m trying to ignore it, to focus on my writing, to enjoy the day as best I can. But the fear is there. It’s like a black spot on my otherwise sunny day. It’s preventing me from seeing the true light.

My fear is this: That I’m setting myself up for failure.

Let me explain…

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Welcome To My Fear 

I’m a writer. A novelist.

As a writer, risk is a huge part of my work. I sometimes take years to write a novel. And the reality of writing novels is this: You don’t know whether your work is ever going to see the light of day.

Imagine working on something for two years only for it to come to absolutely nothing! Imagine if you went to work doing your 9-5 job for two whole years with absolutely no guarantee that you’d be paid for it.

Well. You’d probably stop going to work.

But if you did happen to carry on for two years, you’d soon become full of fears. What if my novel doesn’t sell? What if I’m wasting years of my life? What if, what if, what if…? The fear could easily stop you from ever succeeding.

The same is true for all fears. Fears stop you from acting positively.

For example, let me tell you about my close friend Richy. Richy’s a smoker. He’s been a smoker for 12 years. He desperately wants to quit smoking. But every time he tries to quit smoking, he gets a terrible fear. “But what if I’ve already got cancer?” he says.

Obviously something’s ass backwards with his argument. “Well, if you’ve got cancer you should definitely stop smoking.”

“But then it’d be too late anyway, what’d be the point in quitting?” he says, lighting up and puffing on a smoke.

I had a finger-clicking moment today while I was talking to Richy. I had a moment of realisation. Both mine and Richy’s fears are working in precisely the same way. I fear that my work will ultimately be pointless (because my book won’t be published). Richy fears that quitting smoking will be pointless because he might already have cancer.

“Don’t do the right thing,” says fear. “Acting positively is pointless. If you finish your book it won’t be published. If you quit smoking you’ll realise you already have cancer.”

What do you say to your fear when it’s making you think so negatively?

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Turning Fear Upside Down

The key to combating fears like this is to turn fear’s argument upside down.

“If you finish your novel, it won’t be published anyway.”

“Oh, maybe you’re right, fear. Maybe my novel will never be published. In that case I’d better hurry up and finish it so I can get onto something else.

“Wait…wut,” says Fear, scratching its head, totally perplexed by your counterattack.

“Well, I mean, if I’m not going to make money from this book I’ll need to do something else, and to do something else I first need to finish what I’m doing.”

Suddenly I feel a lot more motivated to finish. And ironically, I feel motivated to finish because of fear. Fear has gone and made me do the right thing.

I wonder how Richy’s conversation with fear is going.

“Richy,” says Fear, “don’t bother quitting smoking. You’ve probably already got cancer anyway.”

“I’ve got cancer?” says Richy. “Then I’d better quit smoking, get myself to a doctor and start making my health a priority.”

“Wait…wut,” says Fear.

Yeah, Fear, we just whooped your ass!

Now, there’s one extremely important thing that happened here, one caveat to take away.

 

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When you ACCEPT your fear, you conquer it

This is a little bit ironic. But the fact of the matter is that when you try and ignore your fear, it just takes control of you. Repressing your fear is like burying it deeper inside of you, where it affects your core.

When you accept your fear, when you allow yourself to acknowledge your fears, your able to get over them.

In our examples above, it’s only because I was willing to listen to fear telling me that “My novel will never be published” that I was able to say to myself “Well, I’d better hurry up and finish it then.” And it was only because of fear telling Richy “you’ve already got cancer” that he was able to day “Well I’d better quits smoking and start making my health a priority.”

Conquering fear is not that difficult, provided your willing to accept and acknowledge your fear to begin with. Once you listen to what your fear is telling you, you’re able to turn it upside down. “Your novel is pointless” becomes “Well I’d better finish it then.” “You’ve already got cancer” becomes “Well I’d better take care of myself then.”

Aceept your fear, turn it upside down, and suddenly you’ll find that your fear’s become a desire and a positive motivation.

Thanks for reading.

Hopefully this article has helped you to turn fear upside down, like this cat has. . . 

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Zen Chocolate: Five Ways “Blind Cooking” Exercises Your Brain

Cooking for yourself is one of the best things you can do for your health. You avoid the hazardous concoction of chemicals found in premade foods. You take control of your diet. And best of all, you get to have fun in the kitchen.

But wait.

Back away from that Gordon Ramsey book.

Here’s another fact: Cooking for yourself without a recipe is even better.

Why?

Because when you cook without a recipe you force yourself to be mindful of your senses.

When you cook with a recipe, you don’t really need to pay that much attention. You follow the instructions. You take a swig of wine here, a swig of wine there. The food goes in the oven. You’re done.

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What happens when you cook without a recipe is a whole other kettle of fish.

When you cook without a recipe you force yourself to use your brain in new ways.

Here’s a look at some of the great ways “Blind” cooking works your brain:

How Blind Cooking Exercises Your Brain

1: Work your creative muscles: It’s so easy to hop online and find a recipe you like, then replicate it. In fact it’s too easy. You’re not really exercising any part of your brain. Well, other than your ability to follow instructions so simple a child could do it.

But when you cook without a recipe, you force yourself to get creative. You force yourself to try different combinations foods and ingredients. Hmmmmm… does coca-cola go with shrimp? [SPOILER: no… it… it doesn’t].

Cooking without a recipe is a fantastic exercise for your creative brain.

But I’ll end up with something inedible…

 

So long as you have a good basic grasp of food and ingredients, you’re not going to go that wrong.

 

2: Exercise Mindfulness

Mindfulness is essentially the practice of focussing on the present moment. Mindfulness has been proven to offer hordes of health benefits. Honestly, some of the health benefits of mindfulness will blow your… er…mind. … Anyway, if you care to check out the health benefits of mindfulness, you can find them here: Health benefits of Mindfulness.

But what the heck has all this got to do with cooking?

Glad you asked.

When you cook without a recipe you force yourself to be more aware of your senses. Try cooking a stir-fry without a recipe. Suddenly you’ll find yourself sniffing different spices and herbs to see whether they’ll work together.

By cooking without a recipe, you force yourself to pay attention to sensory information. By paying attention to sensory information you’ll be practicing mindfulness. And mindfulness is really, really good for you!

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A Buddhist monk cooking in a community kitchen

3: Take Control of Your Diet

One of the most important elements of brain health is your diet. You are what you… etc.

The problem is, all those wonderfully talented chefs whose recipes we all copy; they all have one thing in common: they put lots of fat in their recipes to guarantee great taste.

But when you create your own recipes, you’re free to use whatever ingredients you like. That means you’re 100% in control of your diet. And 100% in control of your health.

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If the chef looks like this, you probably shouldn’t eat his food

4: Access Novelty

Novelty is essential to your brain health.

Try doing something new. Anything. Well, anything within reason. Don’t try poking a Siberian Tiger in the eye for the first time. It wont turn out pretty.

But generally speaking, trying new things makes you feel fan-flipping-tastic. That’s because of neuroscience of novelty. Novelty stimulates your brain, creating new networks, firing new neurons… novelty, in many ways, is the brain’s oxygen. You need a certain amount of novelty to keep your brain fresh and energised.

Eating different foods provides that essential novelty.

Try it for yourself. Eat something you’ve never eaten before. You’ll find it far more stimulating than the same old bangers ‘n’ mash.

Cooking blind virtually guarantees you’ll end up eating something different, providing your brain with such much needed novelty.

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If you end up with this… we’re sorry 

 

5: Have Fun

Here’s a great exercise. Go get a random kid (preferably your own kid. Do NOT steal someone else’s child…). Ok, now put the kid in a kitchen full of different raw foods and ingredients and tell them tto go nuts and make anything they want.

Wait 30 minutes.

What are you left with?

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Well, you’re left with a kitchen that looks like it’s been hit by an A-bomb. But you’re also left with one really flipping happy kid.

Cooking blind is simply fun. A LOT of fun. And fun is essential to good health.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Going nuts in the kitchen and cooking without a recipe is really, really good for your brain. Try it!

AND THEN. . .

Obviously you’re going to be left with a little bit of mess. But this is just another opportunity to practice some Zen in the kitchen. Let me tell you all about doing the chores mindfully, on the next page…

 
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5 Powerful Meditation Techniques for Happiness

People who meditate are some of the happiest people in the world. And that’s not just coincidence. Meditation is like a 20 minute cure-all for everything that makes you unhappy.

Perhaps you’re not happy with your job. Maybe it’s stressful. By the time you get home from work you’re too stressed to enjoy the rest of your day. When do you get to be happy?Or, perhaps you’re so busy with chores that you simply don’t have enough energy left after doing anything.

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a smiling buddha statue (smiling buhha technique is one of the best meditations for happiness).

 

 

Or maybe you’re one of the many people who suffer from anxiety, depressive thoughts, or just plain old stress.

Meditation cures all these problems. When you meditate, you silence your mind and clear your mind of any stressful or unhappy thoughts. It’s like running your mind through the washing machine. You get rid of all the dirt, and all the nasty thoughts. This, in turn, opens your mind to more positive thoughts. And, while all of that is going on meditation also focuses your mind, allowing you to live in the moment.

And all it takes is twenty minutes.

The only question left to ask is: what are the best meditation techniques for happiness? Well, they’re right here, in our convenient list of meditation techniques that make you happy.

happy woman meditation for happinessSimply choose one of the following techniques, read the instructions and try it out. Within twenty minutes you’ll be feeling happy. Simple.

Meditations for Happiness: 

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Powerful Meditation For Emotional Balance: and Relaxation

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A beautiful woman relaxing by the sea / ocean

Let’s be honest about this. Millions of people could benefit by using meditation for emotional balance. We all, at times, suffer from a lack of emotional balance. We all feel stressed, we all get down, we all experience anxiety. Life simply makes it very difficult for us to maintain emotional balance. But thankfully, meditation can help.

Emotions come from a variety of sources. Emotions can be cause by chemicals in the brain, they can be caused by outside factor like our relationships and are jobs, and they can be caused by our thoughts. But did you know that meditation can help to balance all three of these things? Meditation can help us to balance our brain chemistry, to make us all sensitive to external factors, and can completely silence our thoughts.

Through meditation you can take complete control of your emotions. I know that from science, and I also know it from first hand experience.

A few years ago I went through en extremely emotional time. I broke up with my girlfriend and didn’t have anywhere to stay (I has left my home in England to live with my girlfriend after several years of being together, and then we broke up, leaving me nowhere to stay in Canada, and I didn’t have the money to get home). This was an extremely stressful and emotional time of my life.

It can be hard to balance your emotions when things like that happen. At such times, you need to rely on every strength you have. One strength I have always had is meditation, which I’ve practiced for many many years.

 

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Buddhist statue of Buddha in a zen garden

By meditating I achieved three things:

1 ) I gave my brain and my mind the breathing space to  relax, helping to balance my brain chemisty.

2) I gave myself the power to accept what had happened (the breakup) and to not be so emotionally sensitive to my current reality.

3) I completely silence my thoughts. I’d been thinking things like “I’ve ruined my life” and “I’ll never have a good relationship” and, given my circumstances, “I’m going to be living on the street.” Obviously these were extremely painful thoughts. They made me very emotional. But through meditation I was able to silence these thoughts, and thereby able to help myself to find emotional balance through meditation.

Perhaps you’re going through a similar thing. Or, if not similar, maybe just equally emotional and stressful. If so, the best thing you can do right now to help yourself is to meditate.

So, let’s get to it. I’m going to share with you a simple meditation technique that I recommend you do right now. Here’s how it’s going to help you. It’s going to silence your thoughts, give yourself the mental breathing space you need to step away from the situation and find relaxation. And with this relaxation and mental space, it’s going to help you to find any answers or solutions you’re looking for. Meditation does that: you meditate for ten minutes and you find yourself looking at things from a different perspective and with more understanding.

So, let’s get to it. Read these instructions carefully, then try the technique.

 

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Photograph of a buddhist lots petal in a garden pond

A Meditation For Emotional Balance

1)      As with all meditations, try to find somewhere relaxing, or at least somewhat quiet.

2)      Take a few deep breaths through your nose. Do this repeatedly until you find your body relaxing. There should be a noticeable moment when you say to yourself, “I feel a little better.” So, breathe through your nose until you get to that moment.

3)      Now, I’m going to give you two choices of how to continue. The first choice is through reciting a mantra. Do this if you’re alone (or if you don’t mind other people hearing you reciting a mantra). If you don’t want to use a mantra, precede to step 5.

4)      The best mantra for emotional balance is the primordial sound “Om.” Take a dee breath in through your nose, then breathe out slowly, making the sound “Om” (pronounced AUM). Continue for ten minutes.

5)      If you don’t want to use the mantra, try to bring to mind an image of a relaxing blue sea. Focus on this image, seeing the waves, hearing the sea, and especially focussing on the colour blue (which is relaxing). Continue for ten minutes.

Done? You should notice that you are beginning to feel relaxed. You might not be completely relaxed if you’re going through a difficult time, but you should feel noticeably better.

This is just one of the many powerful meditations for emotional balance. On the next page you can discover my complete guide to all the most powerful meditation techniques in the world.

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The Unknown Dangerous Health Risks of Meditation

Did you know meditation can cause headaches, seizures, anxiety , mental illness, panic attacks, weight loss, insomnia, psychosis and hallucinations?

 

Meditation has been touted online for many years now. Across the internet you’ll find articles on how meditation can cure depression, improve your health, create happiness and much more. Meditation is without doubt powerful. There are many health benefits of meditation.  There are, however, many health risks of meditation too.

Please read this article carefully and ask yourself whether meditation is having any negative affects on your health.

Note: I am aware that as a meditation teacher it might seem strange for me to discuss the negative health impacts of meditation. But TheDailyMeditation.com is a website all about health, and prevention is perhaps the most important part of health. While we here at TheDailyMeditation still advocate meditation, it is worth being aware of the pitfalls.

 

Meditation Can Cause Seizures

Meditation is known to produce mental calmness and changes in autonomic functioning,  such as blood pressure and heart rate, but it can also have a negative effect and can cause seizures. Research into epileptics has used neuro-imaging to study the affect of meditation. These studies have shown that entering a meditative state alters neuro-chemistry and neuro-physiology of the brain that can lead to epileptogenesis.

Epilepsy is caused by hypersynchrony of EEG activity and the rise in brain glutamate and serotonin. Any one of these factors can change susceptibility to epilepsy. Because meditation is known to lead to these changes, there is belief in the scientific world that meditation could cause seizures. Research into this is still taking place.

Neuroscientist Dr. Michael Persinger at Leurentian University of Canada, conducted research into the relationship between seizures and meditation. In 1993 he studied 1,018 meditators. The results of his research shows that meditation can led to symptoms of partial epilepsy, including hearing voices, feeling vibrations and experiencing visual abnormalities. Epileptic patients suffer from auditory and visual hallucinations, with many believing that they have spiritual experiences, including speaking with God.

Persinger has subsequently conducted research into the experience of so called “spiritual events.” In his tests, Persinger had patients wear helmets through which were passed electrical signals  that les to magnetically induced seizures. Four out of every five of his test subjects stated that they had experienced a spiritual event.

 

Meditation Can Cause Headaches

Certain meditation techniques are known to cause headaches. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, when you meditate there is often a struggle. You are consciously attempting to change your mental state, but your ego does not desire change, it desires to keep things as they are. This can, at times, lead to tension which causes headaches.

Certain meditation techniques—the Third Eye meditation, for instance—involve quite forcefully focussing your mind. For beginners, the practice of focussing the mind can be a challenge. If we are not used to focussing our minds, the strain of doing so can cause discomfort and strain, leading to headaches.

Perhaps the most important factor to understand regarding meditation and headaches is the serious transformation that takes place in your brain. Meditation increases electrical activity in the brain and this can cause pain and discomfort for beginners. It can be quite jarring to go from a regular state to a meditative state and then back again. The sudden change in state is another cause of strain. To avoid this, practice gentle meditations, and always finish a meditation by sitting and relaxing (outside of meditation) for a few minutes. This gives your brain time to adapt.

 

Meditation Can both Cause and Cure Anxiety

One of the harder questions to answer regards meditations affect on people with mental disorders. While some research shows that meditation can cure depression and anxiety, other research shows that meditation may in fact have an adverse affect on people with a history of anxiety and depression. Such people may feel increased anxiety, fear, stress, panic and low moods when meditating.

Sarah Bowen, a researcher at the University of Washington, suggests that people who have a history of depression or anxiety should only meditate under expert guidance. This is because meditation may cause stressful, painful or upsetting thoughts to arise, and it’s important for an expert to be at hand to help the practitioner escape any negative mental states. Dr. Willoughby Britton, a neuroscientist at Brown University, is studying the negative effects of mindfulness. Dr. Britton has stated that during a meditation retreat she felt “like I was having a nervous breakdown.” She later learned that intense meditation can lead to symptoms severe enough to warrant a psychiatric diagnosis.

 

Meditation Can Cause Panic Attacks

This continues directly on from the above. Because meditation can lead to intense painful feelings and emotions, it has been known to also cause panic attacks for some people. If you have a history of panic attacks, we strongly advise you to consult a doctor before practicing meditation. Zen meditation teacher Geoffrey Dawson has stated that he has met more than twenty people who experienced “Panic attacks, depressive episodes and manic episodes” as a result of meditation.

 

 

Meditation Can Cause Death . . . ?

While it is extremely unlikely that meditation will cause death, it is not completely impossible. People who have a history of seizures, panic attacks or any psychological disorders must consult a doctor before beginning meditation.

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The Real Problem

The problem with meditation is the way in which people in the West are practicing. The simple fact of the matter is that Westerners are accustomed to the quick fix, to the pill pop. This is a part of our society. We expect quick results. But meditation doesn’t come from the West. It comes from the East, and as such it must be understood by its own culture. Meditation is far from a quick solution. It takes dedication. Trying to force yourself into a meditative state when you begin practicing is only going to lead to problems.

Meditation Dr. Lorin Roche formerly stated that the key problem with meditation is the fact that people misinterpret Buddhist and Hindu teachings. He states that many meditation techniques involve detachments and were created for monks and nuns, not for you and me. Throughout his years as a meditation teacher he has interviewed may people who were formerly depressed and who came to meditation for a solution. Sadly, he states, “internalising teaching that detach you from the world leads to depression.”

The Dalai Lama himself has also warned against too casual an approach to meditation. “People need to learn more about Eastern tradition rather than proceeding to meditation too quickly. Otherwise, mental and physical difficulties will appear.”

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You probably never heard that warning before. Nor had I when I started meditating. This isn’t surprising. It’s part of our culture. Hop on the average meditation website or health website and you’ll be old that X meditation technique can make you happy and healthy. The simple fact of the matter is that this is an uneducated approach (and often designed only to garner website hits). The media oversimplifies meditation, and this has led to severe health problems for many people who leap into meditation and find that suddenly they are experiencing some sort of medical condition.

The opposite of the casual approach is the intense approach, which has dire consequences. Many people begin meditating and sign themselves up for a meditation retreat. Meditation retreats, as you may or may not know, involve meditating for the entire day, for up to fourteen hours. They aim to create equanimity and enlightenment.

Perhaps such a retreat would be a perfectly fine thing for a well seasoned meditator. But for the uninitiated it is a potential death trap. The average person’s brain is simply unprepared to meditate for such a long period of time and in such intense conditions. The result can range from seizures to psychosis and even to death.

 

Can Meditation Cause Mental Atrophy?

Another study into the negative effects of meditation was conducted by Arthur Chappell, a former Maharaj devotee. He states that mediation “Deprives the mind of stimulus” essentially leading to sensory deprivation.

Here, of course, many people would protest. Many meditation practices actually stimulate the mind. Meditation creates awareness. When we are more aware of our surroundings we find more stimulation, not less.

This is certainly true for a great many meditation techniques, but it depends on the technique. Sitting for hours on end focussing on your breathing (as meditation retreats do) is depriving your brain of stimulus. When this is carried out for long periods, it can lead to sensory deprivation and even atrophy of the brain.  This is why many people who practice meditation for long periods have complained of an inability to perform cognitive functions, like arithmetic and remembering names.

Respecting the Affect Meditation Has On Your Brain

If you want to succeed with meditation, you have to have respect. Meditation is a powerful practice; it isn’t just a pill you can take before bedtime. By understanding the effect meditation has on your brain you’ll take great control of your meditation practice, and will actually learn to use meditation for good rather than suffering a potential health disorder.

Many researchers have been studying the effect meditation has on your brain over recent years. One of those researchers, Buddhist Richard Davidson, states that meditation “changes neural states that can lead to compassion and emotional regulation.” But at the same time, other scientists have noted significant problems both in the research of meditation and in meditation itself. Some claim that pro-meditation researchers are publishing information before it is complete. Neurobiologist Dr. Nancy Hayes, states that “Patients with emotional disorders may have adverse reactions to meditation.” Neuroscientist Dr. Solomon Snyder adds that meditation raises the level of serotonin in the brain and therefore can cause relaxation-induced anxiety. He has noted that many people with emotional disorders experiences distress and panic attacks, and patients suffering from schizophrenia can experience psychosis as a direct result of meditation.

Another interesting study comes from the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Andrew Newberg, who studied the brains of long-term meditators. He observed that bloodflow to the posterior superior parietal lobe decreased during meditation. This is the part of the brain involved with navigating our environment. “Patients with damaged posterior superior parietal lobes often cannot move without falling. He also states that oneness (the state in which we feel we are one with our surroundings) could be the result of the effects meditation is having on the brain. By blocking bloodflow to the posterior superior parietal lobe, you “lose the boundary between yourself and the rest of the world.” This can lead to disorientation and to falls.

First Hand Account

One of the most interesting stories regarding the negative health effects of meditation comes from former Buddhist Monk and resident of England, Christopher Titmuss, who conducts meditation retreats once a year. He has stated that some of his clients experience trauma and require medical support and even the administering of strong drugs. Some have even been hospitalised. Other clients, he states, have experienced “Alienation from reality and short lived terrors.”

  A similar story comes from Zen meditation teacher Geoffrey Dawson, who has met more than twenty people who have experiences states of mental distress as a direct result of meditation (most of them after meditating at a meditation retreat, Goenka Vipassana Retreat Center). He states that these people had “Panic attacks, depressive episodes and manic episodes.” Dawson suggests that a more sensible approach to meditation is needed. “If a gradual approach to meditation is adopted it will help prevent mental disorders.”

Conclusion

Meditation is a powerful technique. It has been proven to offer a great many health benefits. At the same time, however, because meditation is so powerful it can also cause adverse side-effects. The biggest problem with meditation is the manner in which people are practicing. Jumping into meditation head first without guidance and without understanding meditation could lead to significant health problems. Sadly, this is precisely what millions of people are doing. The media is feeding a meditation craze and millions of people are beginning to meditate. Sadly, while you’ll hear “Meditation can cure XY and Z” repeatedly online, you’re less likely to hear about the negative effects of meditation. This is a direct result of our culture and our lack of understanding and lack of respect for meditation.

Our aim with this article is to shed some light on the negative effects of meditation and thereby prevent potential health complications arising from unguided meditation practice. Meditation is powerful and need to be respected. While it could change your life for the better, it could also change your life for the worse.

  Please share this article with any family and friends who are starting to meditate, it could save them.

 

The Meditation Dictionary– Whatcha Talkin Bout Chopra?

 

Use the meditation dictionary to brush up on your knowledge of meditation and spiritual practices. 

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The Meditation Dictionary

Active Meditation: Active meditation, as the name implies, is all about meditating while physically active. Active meditations (sometimes called “Dynamic Meditations”) involved walking, dance and other exercises.

 

Akash: Akasha or space or ether is one of the world’s natural elements from which all is made. It is the most basic of all elements and is also the source of the other elements. Through vibrations, akash interacts with other elements.

 

Anapanasati: Anapansati is “breathing meditation” and is one of the most important and oldest meditation types.

 

ANTARATMA: The inner self, which is position inside the heart.

Apana Vayu: This is one of the pranas in the body, of which there are five. The pranas are energies. Apana Vayu is situated in the rectum area are flows downwards. It is instrumental in discarding that which is unneeded.

Astral Body:  The Vedas state that there are three bodies:physical, astral and causal. The astral body takes the same image as the physical body but is formed of finer matter. This is the link between cosmic energy and the nervous system.

Aura: The aura is the energy field which resides in all living beings. Those born with the skill are able to see it. When seen, auras appear as colours that reveal an individual’s spiritual and emotional personality.

Avatar: An avatar is a person who had been born as a god and therefore is not in need of any spiritual training.

Bandha: A closure or obstruction. In yoga Bandhas are a combination of muscle contractions. These function as a way of changing blood circulation, nerve pressure and spinal fluid. Bandhas flow psychic energy into energy channels in the body.  They are important in self healing.

Bandhan: This is a specific technique which is performed at the conclusion of meditation practice.

Bhakti: Bhakti meditation is a type of meditation that involves focussing on an object of worship (usually a god or deity). Bhakti brings that practitioner closer to the object of meditation.

Bhramari: A Pranayam. The technique is performed by filling the lungs on inhalation then closing the eyes with the middle fingers and ears with the thumbs.  The index fingers then press on the forehead and the remaining fingers push on the eyes and bridge of the nose. While doing this focus on the Ajna Chakra (between eyebrows). Then hum while exhaling. This relaxes the mind and helps with hypertension and blood pressure.

Bodhisattva: In Buddhism, an enlightened being who no longer needs to be reincarnated and therefore helps other to achieve enlightenment.

Body Scan:  A type of meditation in which the practitioner passes their mental focus around their body. Heightens the mind body connection and relaxes both body and mind.

Brahmachaya: This is the combination of the terms “Brahma’ (higher awareness) and acharya (to live in). Therefore, this refers to living with higher awareness. It also means control over sexual interaction.

Catch: An occurrence caused by the inefficient functioning of a chakra which prevents Kundalini energy from flowing.

Chakra: There are seven chakras in the body and they are energy centres.  They are located in the crown of the forehead, between eyebrows, in the neck, heart, navel, genitals and rectum. They are linked to different mental states and colours. The word derives from “Cakra” which, in Sanskrit, means “Wheel.”

Dhyana: The Sanskrit word for meditation.

Dualism: Refers to two distinct irreductible principles. These could be ideas and matter, mind and matter. There are various understandings in philosophy and theology.

Ego: The cause of suffering, the delusional idea of the self as a separate entity.

Enlightenment: Awakening to ultimate truth (in Buddhism). Or, in Hinduism, the state of devine experience which is represented by the god Vishnu. This is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. Perhaps the most famous example is the Buddha, who achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

Feng Shui: Ancient Chinese spiritual art form which integrates spirituality into decoration and environment.

Guru: A spiritual master.

Uda and Pingla Nadis: Two of the three channels located in the spine which refer to the two brain hemispheres. Pingala is active (extroverted) and relates to the left part of the brain and the right side of the body. Ida is introverted and relates to the right side of the brain and the left part of the body.

Jalandhara Bhanda: The “Neck Lock.” A Bandha. This is a technique practiced by contracting the neck and throat.

Japa: The recitation of a god’s name in devotion. May be done aloud or silently. This technique is seen in different forms in all major world religions.

Karma: In Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism, Karma is the idea that this life is the result of mental and physical actions in previous lives. In the modern day it is often used to mean that good or bad actions in the past have led to certain consequences.

Kinemantra:  A type of meditation in which a personal mantra is recited.

Kundalini: Derived from Sanskrit to mean “Coiled.” Refers to the psychic energy in our being that is dormant at the base of the spine and which may be activated through specific practices.

Laya Yoga: The word “Laya” means dissolution. Laya Yoga involved liberation and finding the “Absolute.” Related to Hindu cosmology.

Lotus Position: Sitting position with the legs crossed, originating in Hinduism and used extensively in meditation.

Mandala: A mandala is a diagram that is used in various meditation techniques, principally in Tibetan Buddhism.

Mantra:  Spiritual words or sounds used in meditation and devotion. Principally used in Hinduism and Buddhism.

Merkaba: A meditation technique. Markaba is said to allow the practitioner  to achieve “Ascension” to the fourth dimension, thereby freeing them from the three dimensional limitations in which we live. This is the traditional belief of the Merkaba meditation.

Mettabhavana: Meditation practice that leads to the production of loving kindness.

Mindfulness: A type of meditation originating in Buddhism. Mindfulness is all about being aware of your thoughts and detaching from them. Mindfulness involves practicing awareness of true reality.

Nadi: Derived from Sanskrit and meaning “Stream” or “Channel.” The body contains 72,000 nadis.

Nadi Shodhana: The cleansing of nadis performed through various techniques, including Pranayam.

Nauli: In Hatha Yoga, a technique in which the innards are slowly rotated, removing laziness and stimulating the healthy working of the internal organs.

Nati-Neti: A mantra that literally means “Not this, not this.” Used to remove conscious rationalisation to achieve the meditative state.

Nirvana: In Hinduism, Jainism and Buddish, supreme bliss, liberation from suffering and ignorance and liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Nirvikalp Samadhi: Supreme consciousness. The cessation of mental activity and attainment of the supreme state. When achieved, oneness is found.

Om: The primordial sound and the root of sound and letters.

Oneness: The realisation and condition of being in a state of oneness with all reality. Cessation of self.

Passage Meditation: Recitation of passages used in meditation.

Prana: The breath that sustains life. Prana is the essential energy that sustains life. In Yoga, the cosmic life force. Often called ‘Chi.’ Prana enters through the mouth andnose and fills the body, sustaining life.

Prana Vayu: “Forward moving air.” Refers to the air that sets things in motions and which creates the basic energy on which life is sustained.

Pranayama: Techniques that use prana.

Samadhi:  “To place together.” The real purpose of yoga is to absorption, achieved through postures and techniques.    In meditation, Samadhi is achieved when the individual achieves oneness with the object of meditation.

Samana Vayu: “Balancing Air.”

Samatha: A type of Buddhist meditation which focuses the mind and improves concentration. Used as an entry point to Vipassana meditation.

Sandhya: In Sanskrit “To join together.” Usually refers to sunrise or sunset, when day and night are joined. This is considered the best time for prayer and meditation.

Shitkari: A pranayam technique. Performed with the tongue sticking out between the lips then drawing air in through the mouth while hissing, then exhaling through thenose. Cures fatigue, thirst and hunger.

Shushumna: The great river of the body and the most gracious of all nadis. Runs from the spine to the tip of the head, moving through each chakra. It is the channel through which kundalini energy is moved.

Subtle Body: One of the four bodies.

Swara Yoga: A practice which uses alternation of breath. In Yoga, it related to the sound of the breath and utilises specific techniques for the creation and flow of prana.

Tandra: Higher consciousness between sleeping and waking.

Tantra: A spiritual science now more than 7000 years old. Known widely for sexual practices though in reality it is much more than this. Tanta uses specific techniques to expand the mind and to achieve liberation.

Taoism: Chinese religion and philosophy derived from Tao Te Ching, a book ascribed to Lao Tzu though believed to have been written prior to his life.

Third Eye: One of the chakras activated by meditation. Activation of the third eye chakra leads to improved vision.

Trataka: Yogic gazing. In this technique the gaze is fixed on a specific object. The eyes are then closed and the object visualised. Helpful for curing eye disorders and improving concentration.

Trimurty: The trinity of the three gods of Hinduism—Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

Udana Vayu: “upward moving air.”

Udiyan Bandh: Diaphragm lock in which the muscles in the diaphragm are pulled up, massaging the heart and causing secretion of the thymus.

Ujjayi: Pranayam exercise in which the back of the throat is constricted while breathing in and making an “Ah” sound.

Vayu: Air, which stimulates life and gives birth to the senses.

Veda: Hindu scriptures.

Vipassana: Originating in Buddhism, Vipassana id a type of meditation that is all about being aware of your thoughts and detaching from them.

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Vritti: Movement of mind and thought.

Yantra: A visual symbol which is used to help the mind to focus during meditation.

Zazen:     “Seated meditation.”

Zen:  One of the schools of Mahayana Buddhism which states that specific techniques can be used to achieve enlightenment.

 

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100 Benefits of Meditation and Effects of Meditation for Health

We’ve already covered many different techniques here in our online course, from Zen to Mindfulness and more. And, if you’re one of our readers, you’ve hopefully come quite far in your online training.  But  just what exactly are the benefits of meditation and the effects of meditation for health? Let’s take a look at 100 benefits of meditation and maybe inspire some people to learn to meditate! :)

 

 100 Benefits of Meditation and Effects of Meditation for Health   

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Health Benefits of Meditation

  1. It lowers the rate at which we consume oxygen.
  2. Slows down your breathing rate (this helps breathing for asthma and other conditions)
  3. It raises blood flow to the heart
  4. It helps us to become more tolerant
  5. Improves our physical relaxation
  6. It is excellent for people suffering from high blood pressure 
  7. It improves our exercise tolerance
  8. Reduces free radicals, which equals less tissue damage
  9. Improves skin resistance
  10. Lowers our risk of getting cardiovascular disease
  11. Improves the air flow to the lungs = better breathing
  12. Slows the aging process
  13. Meditation is a great way of treating asthma
  14. Makes us better at sports events
  15. Improves the endocrine system
  16. Over a period of time meditation helps us return to normal healthy weight
  17. Helps the immune system to relax
  18. Is of benefit to electrical activity in the brain
  19. Meditation lowers the levels of blood lactate and thus helps cure anxiety attacks
  20. Is of benefit to diseases including arthritis and allergies
  21. Helps lower the symptoms of pre-menstraul syndrome
  22. Meditation decreases muscle tension
  23. Helps with post-op healing
  24. Boosts the immune system
  25. Reduces viral activity
  26. Improves the flow of energy and makes us stronger
  27. Is of great benefit to weight loss programs
  28. Has shown to cure infertility due to stress relief
  29. Increases our levels of Dehydroepiandrosterone
  30. Meditation helps control chronic diseases
  31. Leads to less sweating
  32. Reduces free radicals, which equals less tissue damage
  33. Improves skin resistance
  34. Lowers our risk of getting cardiovascular disease
  35. Improves the air flow to the lungs = better breathing    
  36.  Can cure headaches and migraines 
  37. Reduces our dependency of medical care
  38. Makes us consume energy more effectively
  39. Meditation connects mind and body, making us more likely to use our body energetically

 

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  2. Improves self confidence
  3. Increases our levels of serotonin
  4. Helps with fears and phobias
  5. Purifies character
  6. Improves will power

 

  1. Improves communication between the hemispheres of the brain
  2. Improves reactions
  3. Reduces worry and helps with stress
  4. Makes us better listeners
  5. Enables us to make better judgments
  6. Improves tolerance
  7. Makes us more intimate with loved ones
  8. Lowers risk of contracting mental illness
  9. More sociable
  10. Less aggressive
  11.  Is great self help for addiction (it isused by addiction treatment centers)
  12. Makes us act with more control and in a more constructive manner
  13. Makes us more balanced individuals
  14. Makes us more emotionally mature
  15. Improves motor performance
  16. Increases intelligence growth rate
  17. Better job satisfaction
  18. Allows us to manage and control our thoughts
  19. Improves focus and concentration
  20. Makes us more creative
  21. Improved brain wave coherence
  22. Helps us to learn and to remember
  23. Improves vitality
  24. Makes us more emotionally stable
  25. Significantly improves relationships
  26. Slows the aging process of the mind
  27. Allows us to remove unwanted habits
  28. Improves intuition
  29. Makes us more productive (which is why its used in business training) 
  30. Improves our relations at work
  31. Enables us to see the big picture
  32. Helps us to ignore unimportant distractions
  33. Helps us when solving complex problems
  34. Makes us more responsible
  35. Helps with road rage
  36. Settles restless thinking
  37. Reduces our need for pharmaceuticals
  38. Makes us need less sleep
  39. Makes it easier to get to sleep (is a great anxiety insomnia treatment)

Anapanasati Breathing Meditation Infographic — Bye Bye Stress!

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World’s Best Tai Chi Blogs

A lot of readers have been asking me about Tai Chi recently. Not being a tai chi specialist, I’ve scoured the internet looking for the world’s finest tai chi blogs. Our readers who are interested in tai chi will love them. So, without further ado, here are the world’s best tai chi blogs (in no particular order).

 

Flowing Zen : Flowing Zen isn’t a specialist tai chi blog. They do, however, write frequent articles on all different aspects of tai chi. Their latest article (a great read, by the way) is Real Experiences of Internal Strength. Check out the blog here: Flowing Zen.

Tai Chi Stuff: Tai Chi Stuff is actually a range of Tai Chi classes held in London England. But they do also offer a blog and it’s a fantastic read. The best thing about Tai Chi Stuff is that they discuss their events, including their recent trip to the Great Midlands Fun Run. Read more about them here: Tai Chi Stuff.

My Tai Chi Journal : One man’s journeys in tai chi, which make for interesting and entertaining reading. Mater Waller, who founded Newcastle Martial Arts, discusses his martial arts lessons, including fun with knives. Definitely an alternative tai chi blog. Read more here: My Tai Chi Journal.

Energy Arts: I think I’m right in saying that this is the best tai chi blog for actual tutorials. With a range of articles and videos you can learn virtually everything you ever wanted to know about tai chi. For more see: Energy Arts.

Vitality Tai Chi: This is, in my personal opinion, the best looking tai chi blog out there. It has fabulous design that makes you want to stick around. It offers in depth articles on how to use tai chi for various health benefits. For more see: Vitality Tai Chi.

Tai Chi Central: What I love about Tai Chi Central is the personal feeling to all of the articles. This website makes you feel like you know the author, and that’s a wonderful thing for a website to achieve. There are tons of well written articles by tai chi masters. A must read. See: Tai Chi Central.

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How to Learn Meditation Quickly and For Free Online

Over the coming pages of this guide we’ll reveal how to learn meditation quickly and for free online. With our complete guide you can learn quickly and easily. In a moment we’ll cover all the most important techniques, but first let’s get started by covering the basics of meditation and by giving advice on how you can get stated today.

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The Fundamentals of Learning Meditation Online – A Quick Guide

  1. Learn in a structured way

There is one huge mistake that the majority of people make when they are trying to learn. The mistake is that they read random online articles without structure. Perhaps they’ll read an article on breathing, then go on to visualisation, ducking and weaving between various articles, with no sense of structure.

This is the wrong way to learn meditation.

The right way to learn is through a structure course (which we’ll provide for free in just a moment).

With a structured course you move logically from one step to the next, learning everything you need to know. Step 1, then, is to learn in a structured way.

 

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  1. Take time to actually practice the meditation technique

A lot of people read about various techniques and then don’t take twenty minutes to actually try the technique.

“Learning meditation” is only a tiny part of the puzzle. You can’t truly learn unless you try the techniques as you go. So, as you read about the different techniques in our guide, be sure to actually try them. You can’t learn by reading; you can be introduced to techniques, but you can’t truly learn them unless you do  them. Do each meditation technique before moving onto the next.

 

 

 

  1. Talk about it with other people

It really doesn’t matter what you’re learning; the more you talk about the subject the quicker you will learn. The same is true for meditation. Make sure to discuss what you learn with other people and get them involved in the process too. You can do that offline with friends, or online by sharing and discussing our articles.

So, those are the basics of meditation. Because the idea of this article is to learn meditation quickly, we’ll move onto the actual techniques now. Click the NEXT button to get started.

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Meditation Classes in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area

Need to beat stress, to find complete relaxation, or perhaps to boost focus and concentration? Looking for individual or group-based meditation lessons? Our meditation classes are the perfect solution.

Why Meditation?

The benefits of practice have been proven through innumerable scientific studies. Research shows that it is the most effective form of relaxation for removing stress. More than this, it has been proven to improve an individual’s health in as little as twenty minutes a day.

 

The benefits of Meditation Include:

It is the fastest and most effective way of curing stress

It significantly increases productivity

It  heightens focus and concentration

This is just a selection of over 100 proven benefits of meditation

 

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We are currently accepting bookings for individual and corporate meditate classes.

How our Meditation Sessions Work

We believe in bringing relaxation, stress reduction and inner peace right to you. The instructor will visit to your home or place of work, meaning you don’t even need to travel. Individual meitation sessions are based at the student’s home, while corporate sessions are based at your place of work.

 

What to Expect in your first Meditation Session

Our classes will give you the tools you need to release stress and find relaxation and inner peace. During your session you will be instructed in a variety of techniques, including:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Give yourself the tools you need to beat stress and to find peace of mind. Scientific research has shown that Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction is the fastest and most effective way of combatting stress.

Visualisation: Visualisation is a powerful life changing technique. Want to lose weight? Or perhaps you want to improve your workplace productivity, or maybe you’re looking for love. Visualisation makes your life goals a reality.

Guided Meditation: The perfect form of relaxation. A guided meditation will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Walking Meditation: A great mind body technique  which will focus your mind and enhance your mind body connection.

Breathing: Breathing techniques are a powerful way of cultivating concentration and focus. With breathing meditations you will learn to focus your mind within minutes. This is imperative for productivity and is an important skill for employees.

Mindfulness:  With mindfulness you will learn to be more present and more in the moment. This is highly valuable for two reasons. Not only does mindfulness create inner stillness and relaxation, but it focuses the mind on the present moment, significantly boosting productivity.

This is just a selection of some of the many meditation techniques you will learn. If requested, the instructor will also teach or conduct: Zen meditations, Chakra meditations, visualisations, guided meditations and more.  

 

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What You Will Receive with Your First Session

We want to empower you to find relaxation and inner peace both during your session and after. That’s why we give you the tools you need for continual peace and relaxation. With your first session you will receive:

A 1 hour session with instructor Paul M Harrison

1 copy (per participant) of Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners to continue your meditation practice after the lesson.

1 copy (per participant) of How to Meditate Properly Anytime, Anywhere, which will teach you how to incorporate meditation into your daily life.

Email subscription to TheDailyMeditation Newsletter: Receive free articles and lessons in your inbox.

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Our Current Offers

We are currently offering the following lessons / sessions

Individual Classes or Sessions: $50 / hr  (currently only available in Hamilton ON).

Corporate 1hr Workshop: $200 / hr (available throughout the Greater Toronto Area)

Corporate 2hr Workshop: $350 / hr (ideal for larger groups. Available throughout GTA).

 

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Free Online Meditation Course

In our free online meditation course you’ll learn how to meditate and how to become calm, relaxed, happy and enlightened.

We’ve put together the most comprehensive free online meditation course the world has to offer. Over the coming pages you’ll learn many different techniques that will empower you to live a happier, more relaxed, more positive and more enjoyable life.




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Meditation is a powerful way to bring health and happiness into your life. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to help your body and mind in many different ways. For instance, it has been scientifically proven that it  helps to fight depression, anxiety and stress and to limit pain. It has also been proven to reduce the chances of suffering from many different ailments and illnesses.

Not only does it  help you to avoid many negatives, it also helps to bring out many positives in you. For instance, mindfulness is one of the most powerful ways of developing focus and concentration. Mindfulness also produces feelings of love and kindness. Through this completely free online meditation course you will learn how to take advantage of all the benefits meditation offers. You’ll learn to develop love and kindness, to find inner peace and harmony, to live in the moment and much much more.

We believe in allowing you to learn at your own pace. That’s why we recommend you bookmark our free online course (CTRL + D on your keyboard) so that you can return here at any time and continue to learn at your own pace.

We also invite you to leave comments and feedback on each page and to get in contact with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Basics

learn-more-buttonMindfulness is a large subject and before you begin to learn how to meditate it is worth learning the basics of practice.

Many people make mistakes when they are learning to mindfulness. A common mistake, for instance, is to try and force relaxation upon themselves instead of allowing relaxation to occur naturally.

If you’re new to meditation click the LEARN MORE button for a complete guide to the basics of meditation. This will help you to understand the fundamental principles of meditation before continuing.

 

Breathing Meditation Techniques

learn-more-buttonBreathing techniques are the best place to begin to learn. These are simple techniques that will very quickly get you focused and relaxed.

Essentially, breathing techniques involve focusing the mind on the breath as it enters and leaves through your mouth and nose.

We’ve put together a completely free guide to breathing. Click the LEARN MORE button to learn this technique, or click the NEXT button to continue on our free online meditation course.

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Zen Meditation Techniques

learn-more-buttonZen incorporates a wide range of different techniques all of which are designed to lead us towards enlightenment. Zen aims to create oneness and to enable the practitioner to live in the moment with mindfulness and pure awareness.

Our free online course incorporates many different zen techniques. For a complete guide to different Zen meditation techniques, click the LEARN MORE button.

 

Buddhist Meditation Techniques

learn-more-buttonMeditation techniques are used in Buddhism for a variety of purposes. One of the most famous purposes of meditation in Buddhism is to create oneness. Oneness is the sense of being one with the outside world. With this attitude we let go of our sense of self and of self-centredness.

Buddhist meditation techniques involve sitting, standing, lying down and movement meditations. We’ve provided a free and easy to follow guide to all techniques used in Buddhism. Click the LEARN MORE button to start learning these techniques.

 

Chakra Meditation Techniques

learn-more-buttonChakras are the energy centres of the body. There are seven different chakras in the human body. By meditating it is possible to bring these chakras into balance, which creates health, harmony and happiness.

Chakra meditation is particularly useful for clearing out any mental or physical health complications. For instance, meditating on the third eye chakra opens the person to spirituality and to a heightened state of being. For a complete guide to chakras click the LEARN MORE button.

 

 

Mantra Meditation

learn-more-buttonMantras are specific words, phrases or sounds which are recited in order to create different benefits. Mantra meditation was born in Hinduism. In Hinduism, and also in Buddhism, there are many different mantras which can be used to create various outcomes. For instance, there are mantras for attracting love, for solving problems, for creating health and happiness and much more. Whatever your primary goal is at the moment, you will find a corresponding mantra in our free mantra guide. Click the LEARN MORE button for a complete guide to mantra meditation.

 

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learn-more-buttonThis has been a quick overview of some of the most important techniques. However, there are many more types of meditation. Here on TheDailyMeditation.com you will find comprehensive guides to all major techniques. We recommend taking a look through our archives to find the perfect type of meditation for you. Click the LEARN MORE button to take a tour of our list of meditation guides.

Thanks for reading this free online meditation course. For a complete guide to meditation, read our comprehensive mindfulness and meditation book, Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.

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Relaxing Meditations for Fertility and Childbirth– Free Online Meditation Techniques

meditation for fertilityMany couples know how traumatic infertility can be. But thankfully there are many meditations for fertility which can help you to get pregnant.
In America alone there are over ten million infertility cases. One of the most common causes of infertility is extreme stress, which affects the body’s chemical balance and prevents fertility from taking place. Research conducted by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine revealed that extreme stress is the leading causes of infertility. For more information on this, click the LEARN MORE button.

If you are suffering from acute stress this is very likely to be the root cause of your infertility. Stress has a serious affect on the body, causing the body to cut out all nonessential body functions. When you’re body is stressed, it simply isn’t able to support another life. Stress can also causes miscarriages. Thankfully, meditation can be used to cure stress, to help the body get back to normal and to cure infertility.

Meditation is a natural, free and very healthy practice which will help you to move passed stress and to become pregnant. Meditation reduces cortisol and increases melatonin and oxytocin, helping you to balance your body and cure infertility. In a moment we’ll take a look at the very best meditation techniques for infertility. These will help you to feel much better and will help you to conceive.

Not only does meditation help you to get pregnant in the first place, it also empowers you to have a healthy pregnancy period, leading to a healthy birth.

Meditation for Infertility–The Techniques

Click through to the next page and we’ll reveal, for free, how you can use meditation to cure infertility. We’ll look at Buddhist techniques, breathing techniques, guided visualisations and much more. All of these will be immensely helpful and will help your fertility. Click through to the next page to get started with our completely free guide.

 

Meditation Techniques for Fertility: Breathing

learn-more-buttonBreathing techniques are always the best place to start any kind of practice. Breathing is the central energy of the body and mind. Proper breathing can  help to correct any issues with the body and will also balance the mind, helping to create chemical balance which leads to fertility.

Breathing techniques are also a very easy place to get started. If you have not meditated before, click the LEARN MORE button for a guide to breathing. Use this meditation first (right now, if possible). This will relax your mind and start you along the right track towards fertility. Click the LEARN MORE button to get started with breathing meditation.

 

Meditation Techniques for Fertility: Loving Kindness Meditation

learn-more-buttonAs we mentioned on the first page of this article, stress significantly affects your chemical balance and is a lading cause of infertility. One of the best ways to cure chemical imbalance is to create the right mental attitude. Feeling of love, gratitude, kindness and compassion help your body to find balance and thereby help to cure infertility.

Buddhist Loving Kindness is the best kind of meditation for achieving mental balance. In Buddhist Loving Kindness you create feelings of love and compassion. This in turn balance your body and mind and helps you to get pregnant. For a complete guide to Buddhist Loving Kindness meditation, click the LEARN MORE button.

 


Meditation Techniques for Fertility: Guided Visualisation Meditation

video-buttonSometimes the most relaxing thing in the world is just to sit back and have someone else lead you through the meditation. When you use guided visualisation you simply listen to someone else’s words and allow them to relax you. This is definitely the most easiest kind of meditation in the world and is another great place for beginners to get started.

For a free Guided Visualisation, click the VIDEO button.

 

learn-more-buttonMeditation Techniques for Fertility: Yoga

While yoga is not technically a meditation technique, it is related, being a spiritual practice which is immensely relaxing. Yoga works both your body and mind at the same time. This creates complete body and mind relaxation and helps your body to prepare for fertility and, when pregnant, to have a healthy birth. 

Click the LEARN MORE button for a free beginners guide to yoga.

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Free Online Meditation Course

Welcome to TheDailyMeditation’s Complete free online  meditation course. Over the pages of this free online meditation course you will learn everything you will ever need to know about meditation. You’ll discover the best meditation techniques, including:  Breathing Meditation, Chakra Meditation, Mantra Meditation, Deep Meditation techniques, Alpha meditation and more. You’ll learn about the science of meditation and the effects of meditation for physical and mental health. Most importantly, you will learn how to use meditation in your own life to achieve your life goals.

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The Daily Meditation Guide : Introduction 

Meditation and mindfulness are becoming more and more popular on these shores. Perhaps this is unsurprising. In a day and age where stress seems the norm, we all need an effective way of handling the pressure of modern day life. Meditation is the key. Whether it’stechniques, mantras, mindfulness meditation, breathng meditation or any other kind of meditation, these activities offer us the relaxation and focus we need. Thankfully, The Daily Meditation guide will show you how you can use meditation in the modern age.

 

 

The free online meditation course part 1 : What is meditation? 

Meditation is a technique through which a practitioner trains their mind to realise one of the many benefits of meditation.–we’ll cover the benefits of meditation in a moment.

There are a great many different practices which fall under the term “Meditation.” These practices range from Zen walking meditation to  Mindfulness meditatio and many more forms. These different forms of meditation offer different benefits, from relaxation to improved focus to building energy (prana, chi, qi etc.). The Daily Meditation guide will reveal all these practices and their corresponding benefits below.

 

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The Daily Meditation Guide : The meaning of meditation

“Meditation” means different things in different cultures and in different spiritual and religious groups. It has been a core component of many religions for thousands of years. These spiritual groups use meditation for all manner of purposes. Some groups may use meditation as a form of healing (meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, help fight depression and anxiety and much more), where others will focus on core personality traits— one of the ways Buddhists use meditation, for instance, is to develop loving kindness.]

 

The free online meditation course part 2Meditation Techniques: An Introduction 

In The Daily  Meditation guide we will cover all the major types.  Meditation may be done sitting, standing, lying down or while moving (again, Zen walking meditation is a great example of meditation is movement). Meditation often uses objects (the most important is the meditation mala, a necklace of 108 beads that are used to count breaths or mantras while meditating). Meditation can also be done while performing mundane tasks. A Buddhist monk, for instance, would practice meditation while washing.

 

The Daily Meditation Guide : Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most important meditation techniques we cover in The Daily Meditation Guide.  Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular forms of meditation in the West.

In mindfulness meditation the practitioner nonjudgmentally observes their own mind (for more on this you may also like to study Vipassana Meditation). In mindfulness meditation, the practitioner comes to recognise truths about themselves by quietly and nonjudgmentally observing their mind.

Mindfulness meditation is also about living in the moment. When we practice mindfulness meditation, we focus absolutely on one element of the present moment. If washing dishes, for instance, we would perform mindfulness meditation by placing our focus 100% on the process of the cleaning. This trains the mind to stay in the present moment.

For more on this form of meditation, read The Daily Meditation Guide To Learning Mindfulness Meditation.

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The free online meditation course part 3 : Breathing Meditation

Another very popular form of meditation in the west is breathing meditation. As you would expect from the name, breathing meditation has the individual focussing on their breathing. Generally the person meditating will close their eyes and focus on the feeling of their breath entering and leaving through their body.

Breathing meditation is one of the most relaxing forms of meditation. This is arguably the best form of meditation for people suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, but also for people simply wishing to promote relaxation.

Learn breathing meditation 

 

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The Daily Meditation Guide : Zen Meditation

Zen Meditation (Zazen) is the central practice of Zen Buddhism. There are many different practices in Zen meditation. The most basic and most commonly used is a simple breathing meditation. The individual assumes a specific sitting position and a specific mudra (hand position) and meditates on their breathing. This promotes a deep sense of relaxation. Zen meditation also utilises mantras for a variety of purposes.

Read The Daily Meditation Guide to  Zen Meditation HERE. 

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The Daily Meditation Guide : Zen Walking Meditation

Zen walking meditation is the most popular type of movement meditation. Zen Walking Meditation is great for developing the mind body connection and for promoting relaxation.

In Zen Walking Meditation the practitioner walks up and down a straight path of around 40 feet in length. The person walks very slowly, focussing their mind on the process of walking (literally focussing on each element involved in taking a step).

Zen Walking Meditation is good gentle exercise which is great for recovery as it gets the body moving while also relaxing the mind.

Read the Daily Meditation guide to Zen Walking HERE 

 

 

The free online meditation course part 4:  Mantra Meditation

. Depending on the individual’s spiritual or religious belief they will select a mantra which has been written to create specific benefits. Those of the Hindu faith may, for instance, recite a mantra for money or marriage or for having a child. It is believed that by reciting these mantras the individual will gain the blessing of their gods, who will grant them the benefit they seek.

Mantra meditation is not specific to religion or even spirituality. It can be used very practically for purposes outside of spirituality. For instance, a person who has been suffering from anxiety and depression may meditate on the mantra “I am feeling calm and happy.” This is a very simple mantra but when recited many times through meditation it serves to make the individual’s mind believe that they are feeling calm and happy. Once the individual believes in the mantra they will psychologically set to making the belief come true. This sounds like some form of magic but is based in science. Our mind sets about turning our beliefs into reality. If we believe we are happy we will make ourselves happy. This explains how a mantra works.

Read The Daily Meditation Guide to Mantra Meditation HERE 

The Daily Medtiation Guide to Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving Kindness Meditation is a type of meditation that creates a sense of compassion and love for one and all. Loving kindness meditation is a very important part of Budddhism.

To perform a loving kindness meditation an individual begins meditating as normal (breath based meditation). Once the mind is still, the individual extends loving kindness towards themselves, reciting a mantra that shows love and compassion for themselves. The individual next repeats this loving kindness meditation for their family, then for their friend, then for colleagues, then for a neutral person, then for a difficult person (some may call this person an “enemy” but those of the Buddhists faith would not term it so).

Loving Kindness Meditation creates a sense of universal love and compassion in the mind of the practitioner. This benefits both the individual themselves—who learn to see a world of love and compassion—and those the individual meets (because the individual has learned to shows love and compassion to them).

Loving Kindness is one of the most important types of meditation and should be a staple part of meditation practice.

Read more about Loving Kindness Meditation 

 

 

The Daily Medtiation Guide to Mantras and Meditation 

We have briefly discussed mantras above. Mantras are a core component of meditation and each different religion /spiritual group has their own mantras. In fact, many non-spiritual groups also have their own mantras. There are business mantras (“We are creating a successful and sustainable business,” for instance), sports mantras (“Just do it!”) and many other types of mantras.

In religion and spirituality different groups have different mantras. These mantras will have been taken from ancient scriptures.

Many mantras involve much more than simply reciting a phrase. Some mantras, for instance, must be recited a certain number of times, at a certain time of day, at a certain time of the year, or while making an offering to a certain god. Some mantras may only need to be recited 108 times where others may need to be recited over 10 000 times.

There are thousands of mantras for all different purposes. Some of the most commonly used types of mantras include:

Mantras for money

Mantras for marriage

Mantras for a baby

Mantras for peace

Mantras for happiness

Mantras for anxiety

Mantras for healing

And many more.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of mantras for all different purposes and people.

Read the Daily Meditation guide to the best mantra meditations HERE

 

 

The free online meditation course part  5:  The Benefits of Meditation

There are a great many benefits of meditation which have been scientifically studied and proven. It is because of the many benefits of meditation for health that doctors have now begun to prescribe meditation as a means of healing.

Among the great many benefits of meditation are:

 

  • Meditation helps in fighting cancer (source : Efferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine)
  • Improved immune system
  • Less oxygen consumption
  • Higher tolerance of pain
  • Helps beat stress (source :  Journal Health Psychology)
  • Meditation improves school grades (source: University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Meditation helps arthritis (especially if it is combined with Tai Chi)
  • Meditation helps prevent mental health issues (source: University of Oregon)
  • Meditation helps control pain (source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience)
  • Meditation makes doctors better at their jobs (source: University of Rochester Medical Centre)
  • Makes us appreciate sound more (source:  Journal Psychology of Music)
  • Helps people to feel less lonely (source: University of California)
  • Improves tolerance for cold conditions( source: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Health)
  • Reduces risk of teen depression (source: University of Leuven)
  • Meditation helps with weight loss (source: American Psychological Association)
  • Improves sleep (source: University of Utah)

Discover more benefits of meditation HERE.

 

 

 

Possible Risks of Meditation

The US government’s National Center for Complementary Alernative Medicine has stated that meditation is safe for healthy people. Some (rare) reports have shown that meditation could potentially worsen the symptoms of people with pre-existing psychiatric conditions though this has yet to be proven with research. Certain meditation practices are not ideal for people with physical limitations (movement based meditations). Those with existing health problems should consult a healthcare professional before practicing meditation.

Perhaps the biggest risk of meditation is that, because is promotes high levels of relaxation, it can sometimes prevent individuals from facing problems in their lives. For instance, a person with financial problems may escape their stressful mind when meditating, but this could potentially prevent them from facing the problem and solving it.

 

Kundalini yoga has been linked to “Kundalini Syndrome” –which can overwhelm and cause great distress to Kundalini Yoga practitioners.

 

The free online meditation course part  6:  Effect on the Brain

Substantial research has been conducted to learn the effect of meditation on the brain. This research has used EEG, fMRI and more to learn what happens in the body when meditating.

Richard Davidson and Jon Kabat Zinn have shown that activity in the anterior brain increases after regular mindfulness meditation practice. This increased activity leads to positive emotional states.

Research at the Mind Body Medical Institute has shown that meditation induces biochemical responses in those who meditate. These changes have been termed the “Relaxation Response.” This relaxation response alters a person’s heart rate, metabolism, blood pressure and respiration.

According to the National Institutes of Health, meditation creates a calming effect by reducing activity in the sympathetic nervous system while increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system.

 

 

The free online meditation course part  7: 

 Mindfulness Meditation in Therapy

Mindfulness meditation has begun to be used in mainstream western healthcare as a means of reduction pain and stress. It is used in hospital on chronically ill and terminally ill patients to reduce complications. Stress has been linked to poor physical health. By reducing stress, meditation improves our overall health.

 

 

Meditation and Flow

Mindfulness meditation promotes awareness without judgment. This improves the individual’s ability to be aware of situations and thus to enter a state of “flow,” which is conducive to calmness, well-being and what positive psychologists term “flourishing.”

 

 

Insight Meditation and the Brain: Grey Matter

A research by Massachusetts General Hospital, Yale and Harvard has shown the meditation increased grey matter and helps to slow the rate at which the brain deteriorates. The study used insight meditation training and brain scans to show that individuals who practice insight meditation for 40 minutes a day increased their brain thickness. The study also showed that the longer an individual meditates the more positive an effect meditation will have on their brain

Integrative Body Mind Training

Research on college students has shown the Integrative Body Mind Training (which involves mental imagery and mindfulness) improves the integrity and efficiency of brain connections.

 

 

Zen Meditation

Research at the University of Colorado has proven that Zen meditation rewires brain circuitry.

 

 

Benefits of Loving Kindness Meditation

EEG readings of individuals who had been practicing loving kindness meditation for between 10 and 20 years showed a significant rise in gamma wave activation. The same readings were taken of people who had been practicing loving kindness meditation for only a short time. While the second group’s gamma wave activations were nowhere near as high as lifelong meditators, they still showed a noticeable rise.

 

The free online meditation course part 8: Learning to meditate 

Meditation can be learnt either through qualified teachers or through self study. The vast majority of meditation techniques are easy to understand and to begin. Provided an individual makes sure to research meditation properly before beginning, there is little reason why meditation cannot be self taught.

It is best to begin with the easiest form of meditation, which is breathing meditation. Breathing meditation will promote relaxation, promote positive changes in the brain and offer the majority of the benefits that we have discussed above.

Learning breathing meditation in easy steps

Simply follow these steps to begin a simple breathing meditation.

  1. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed
  2. You may sit or stand and you may use a pillow if you wish. Make sure you have good posture and a straight spine.
  3. Close your eyes and just begin to quiet your mind. Take a few moments to settle and feel relaxed.
  4. Place your focus and attention on your breathing. Feel your breath entering and leaving your body through your nose.
  5. Thoughts will naturally occur as you continue to meditate on your breath. Be aware of these thoughts but do not judge them. Let them pass. Continue to focus on your breathing.
  6. You may find that it helps your focus to count your breaths. If so, begin counting. One full breath equals one count. Slowly count up to ten then begin from one again.
  7. Continue this process for twenty minutes.

Promise yourself to return again tomorrow and meditate.

 

 

Meditation for Specific Reasons

Meditation for Anxiety: Anxiety is caused by negative thoughts that overwhelm our mind and induce panic. Because meditation quiets the mind and removes negative thoughts, it essentially removes the cause of anxiety: our way of thinking. Beginning meditation for anxiety is simple and practically all forms of meditation will offer benefit to those suffering with anxiety. Read The Daily Meditation Guide to anxiety and meditation HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Anger: Anger, of course, is another thought process much like anxiety. Anger arises when we are unable to accept the present moment (which is usually because of mental associations). By meditating we train our minds to accept the present moment and therefore train ourselves to let go of anger. Read The Daily Meditation Guide to  anger and meditation HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Children: Meditation is a brilliant way of helping children to find relaxation and also of promoting compassion and positive behaviour. Meditation for children should be simple so it’s best to stick to the basic meditation techniques.

Read The Daily Meditation Guide to meditation for children HERE.

 

 

Meditation for confidence: A lack of confidence is essentially created because of fear. We have, through the years, trained our minds fearfully. We’ve have learnt to associate certain actions with negative consequences. Perhaps we are afraid of failure. There is an associate here between action and a negative outcome. When we meditate we remove that association, learning to act without fear of consequence. There are many techniques in meditation for confidence. Discover more about the link between confidence and meditation HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Concentration and Focus: When we meditate we train our minds to focus on one thing absolutely. We remove thoughts and thus all ourselves to be present and attentive to reality. This is something all forms of meditation help with. The best form of meditation for confidence, however, is candle based visualisation meditations. DRead The Daily Meditation Guide to concentration, focus and meditation HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Depression: Meditation for depression works along the same principles as meditation for anxiety. When we are depressed our minds are compounded with negative thoughts. When we meditate we learn to remove these negative thoughts and live in the present moment, outside of fear, worry and depression. Meditation is very powerful for depression. Read The Daily Meditation Guide to meditation and depression HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Energy: Another key reason why so many people are reading The Daily Meditation guide is to create energy.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to boost brain activity and thus create mental energy. We also conserve the energy we do have when meditating. The average human thinks tens of thousands of thoughts each day. These thoughts have an energy cost. The more we think the more energy we use. When we meditate we slow our minds and therefore do not expend so much energy on useless thoughts. Read The Daily Meditation Guide to meditation and energy HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Grief: Grief works along the same lines as the others benefits of meditation that we have discussed here. Grief is the obsession of negative thoughts. Meditation removes this obsession, trains our minds to see reality in a different and altogether more positive light and therefore removes grief. Read The Daily Meditation Guide to Grief and Meditation HERE. 

 

 

Meditation for Health: We have discussed the myriad health benefits of meditation above. They are plentiful, ranging from regulated blood pressure to lower heart rate and lower oxygen consumption. There are literally hundreds of benefits of meditation for health. Read The Daily Meditation Guide to 100 health benefits of meditation HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Healing: Meditation is used by hospitals on chronically ill and terminally ill patients to help them cope with their situation. Because of the health benefits of meditation (see link above) meditation is also very powerful for healing. Read The Daily Meditation Guide to meditation and healing HERE. 

 

 

Meditation for Insomnia: Meditating before bed greatly helps to promote a good night’s sleep. Discover how to meditate for sleep HERE. 

 

 

Meditation for Love: There are two ways in which meditation and love come together. The first is in loving kindness meditation, which creates a universal sense of love and compassion. the second is in mantra meditations for love. There are many different mantras for love in various spiritualities and religions. Recitation of these mantras is believed to attract a loving relationship leading to marriage.

Read The Daily Meditation Guide to meditation for love HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Weight Loss: Weight loss is one reason why we see so many people reading The Daily Meditation Guide. Mindfulness meditation is a groundbreaking way of losing weight. Unlike diets that focus on what you specifically eat, mindfulness meditation for weight loss is about training your mind to recognise and respect the food that you are eating.

Learn about meditation and weight loss HERE.

 

 

Meditation for Optimism / Negative Thoughts: Mindfulness meditation, and long with other forms of meditation, can help us to become more aware of our thoughts. This awareness then allows us to change negative thoughts and promote positivity and optimism.

 

 

Meditation for Pain: Many people come to the daily meditation guide for pain relief.  As stated in our section about the health benefits of meditation, meditation is used by hospitals as a way of helping patients to cope with the pain of illness. Meditation is used in cancer, heart problems and many other illnesses to help with both the mental and physical pain. Discover more about pain and meditation HERE. 

 

 

Meditation for Relaxation: Of all the reasons people use The Daily Meditation guide , relaxation comes out top.   Meditation is extremely relaxing and allows individuals to enter states of calm and inner peace which they may never have experienced without meditation.

 

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How Does Meditation Work?

Neuroscientists have conducted studies to answer the question “How does meditation work?” Now, with thanks to the latest research and investigations, they have the answers.

Knowledge can be communicated. Wisdom cannot. We can find wisdom, but we cannot communicate it. This line comes from the 1992 Siddhartha novel by Herman Hesse. When the Dalai Lama invited the Mind and Life Institute to visit India with the intention of teaching western science, the truth of that line from Herman Hesse’s book was clear.

The Life and Mind Institute sent neuroscientists, quantum mechanics and psychologists to teach our science. We underwent meditation practices taught by Tibetan monks. His Holiness was with us, along with many monks. We lectures and discussed, each side learning much from the other. With his Holiness the Dalai Lama was Jinpa Thupten, his translator, who holds a doctorate in philosophy from Univeristy of Cambridge.

The discussions were enlightening, two completely opposite modes of thinking bathing in rich communication, sharing knowledge and wisdom. Mostly we spoke about the practice of meditation, the two thousand year old Buddhist practice, trying to answer the question of how does meditation work. His Holiness The Dalai Lama, of course, had thousands of meditation practices for developing wisdom, peace, love, kindness and enlightenment. To attain the latter, of course, requires hours and hours of practice.

How does meditation work?

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Western Universities do not teach the tools to quiet the mind, only to fill it with knowledge. But knowledge, it seems, does not beget wisdom. The lack of meditation classes in the west is a tremendous loss.

We all are more than aware of mental clutter. The vast majority of people the world over live with mental clutter every day of their lives. Focussing the mind on one thing requires much training, especially to those who have lived lives of clutter. We almost seek out clutter, in the west, filling our minds with news from TV, papers, radio, movies and every other source we can find, as though this clutter were some form of mental oxygen.

Never have I experienced a community so open, so at peace and so focussed as when I visited the Dalai Lama that day. It was quite miraculous and utterly inspiring. The level of mind control that I witnessed there was awe inspiring.

Mind control is perhaps best illustrated by the famous scene of Thich Quang Duc who in 1963 protested the repressive South Vietnamese regime. The fact that Thich Quang Duc was able to remain in lotus position meditating while burning to death seems  superhuman. He didn’t even make a sound.

 

Recently, Robert V Coghill and colleagues experimented on mind control at Wake Forest School of Medicine. They took fifteen volunteers and had them lie in a scanner. A metal plate was attached to each volunteer on their right calf. The temperature of this plate varied from comfortable to painful (up to 49 degrees C). The volunteers were asked to rate the pain level. The hot metal plate activity in the primary and secondary somatosensory cortices, which are related to pain. They also raised activity in frontal structures, the insula and anterior cingulate cortex. After this test subjects spend 20 minutes a day practicing mindfulness for twenty minutes at a time (they practiced Samatha meditation). Samatha meditation involves focussing on the breath while observing thoughts.  The subjects were then tested again. Reports of pain and unpleasantness dropped by 57 percent.

learn-more-buttonThe practice lowered activity in the primary and secondary somatosensory cortices. It also raised activity in the right insula and the anterior cingulate cortices.

So, how does it work? Mindfulness and meditation give us the control to shape the impact that external circumstances have on us. With meditation we can reduce the flow of information to parts of the brain associated with pain

In 2008 scienctists at the University of Wisconsin ran tests on Buddhist monks. Skullcaps holding 128 electroencephalographic electrodes were attached to the monks. The monks were then asked to enter a state of loving kindness. This loving kindness increased high frequency EEG activity in the gamma band. This band is associated with focussed attention. The monks produced the highest frequency ever witnessed in the gamma band. The monks also showed increased high frequency activity even when not meditating, meaning that it was improving their brains even outside of the practice itself.

 

So, how does it work? From a scientific point of view it works as outlined above, but this is knowledge, it is not wisdom.  Understanding meditation is not the same as using meditation. Science is worthless in the face of what I have witnessed about meditation.

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How does meditation work? It works by sitting still and focussing the mind for twenty minutes work? How does it work? It works by extending universal loving kindness. How does meditation work? It works by focussing on the moment. How does it work? Meditation just works. I’m no longer certain the science matters. +

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How to do Anapanasati Meditation | Breathing Meditation

IN this article we’ll be looking at how to do Anapanasati meditation. Anapanasati, or breathing meditation, is used for a multitude of reasons. It helps to build focus and concentration, develops mindfulness and insight and improves the mind body connection.

The keys to success when practicing Anapanasati meditation is to stay focused on your breathing for a long time.

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How to do Anapanasati Meditation STEP 1: Preparation

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1: It is important to select a good place to practice. Your area should be quiet and peaceful. It is easy to get distracted when practicing Anapanasati Meditation, so make sure that there are as few distractions as possible. In sutras it is recommended that Anapanasati be practiced in abandoned buildings, a forest or somewhere similar. You should also consider lighting. The area should not be too light nor too dark and should also be of a comfortable temperature.

2: It is possible to do Anapanasati is various postures, ranging from lying to standing to sitting. Sitting meditation is the best types for beginners. Select a pose that you feel comfortable with, but always make sure you have good posture.

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How to do Anapanasati Meditation STEP 2: Beginning

1: After selecting your posture, take a few moments just to generally relax. Take a few deep breaths through your nose and release any tension in your body or mind. It is important to make sure that you are relaxed and focussed before continuing. Once you feel that you are relaxed, focus your mind on your breathing, specifically focussing on the sensation of your breath between your lips and nose.

2: Continue to focus on your breath on your lips and nose. You may find that counting your breaths helps concentration. If so, count an inhalation AND exhalation as one count (Breathe in, breathe out, count one, breathe in, breathe out, count 2 etc.)

If you find that you are struggling to concentrate you may count your breaths up to ten (and then start over) or move your focus to a different part of your breathing, a part that appears more clear. You can also count for the entire meditation if you wish, but this is only for beginners.

 

How to do Anapanasati Meditation STEP 3: Advancing

1: Once you find that your mind is fully focussed, maintain that focus for a minimum of five minutes. After this, you may wish to adapt your technique depending on your reason for practicing. For instance, if you are meditating in order to develop understanding of yourself, you may wish to observe your thoughts. If you are aiming purely for focus, keep concentrating on your breathing. You may also use visualisations and other techniques at this point.




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Ways to develop Anapanasati Meditation

Now that you have performed the basic Anapanasati meditation, you may wish to vary it, depending on your reasons for meditating. Here are some of the best ways to adapt the basic Anapanasati:

1)      Focus on the entirety of the breath. Imagine the breath as one. There is no in or out there is just breathing. Meditating on the oneness of breathing helps develop inner stillness.

2)      Focus on the energy behind the breath. There is an energy, or a lifeforce, behind the breath. When you meditate on this you will find what I term Infinite Creativity—the most elemental part of ourselves. When you connect with this part you will find immense freedom and power.

3)      Meditate on the connection between mind and breath. You will find that the way in which you breathe alters your mental state, and vice versa.

4)      Mindfulness: Observe your thoughts to discover the truth of yourself.

5)      Impermanence: Notice how each breath is different, how body and mind continually vary. We are like liquid—always moving—and yet we may be inwardly still.

6)      Try humming or reciting “Om.” This will tune your mind body into the frequency of the sound.

 

 How to do Anapanasati Meditation STEP 4: CHECKLIST

It is important to check you have the basics right while practicing Anapanasati meditation:

  • Always be comfortable
  • Have good posture
  • You should become more relaxed and more focussed
  • Your breathing should be slow and comfortable but no forced

Dalai Lama Teaches Nine Round Breathing Meditation

In this excellent video His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaches Nine Round Breathing meditation. This Nine Round Breathing meditation will help to still your mind and to improve your focus.

The benefits of this Nine Round Breathing meditation are many. The improved concentration it grants leads to improved productivity in work, helps to eliminate negative thinking which can be associated with anxiety and depression (among other issues) and boosts positivity and well being.

This meditation is a pre tantrtic practice which very quickly focuses the mind. When doing the Nine Round Breathing meditation your breath should be relaxed and slow. Make sure you are sitting with good posture (straight spine).

Remember to bookmark this page (CTRL + D) so you can use this Nine Round Breathing meditation again.

Dalai Lama Teaches Nine Round Breathing Meditation

                                     

 

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Spells and Mantras for Luck and Good Fortune with Money and Life

On this page I’ll be sharing some very powerful mantras for luck and good fortune with money, life, relationships and more. First of all, however, I’d like to share a personal story that illuminates how powerful these mantras can be.

The Story of a Friend’s Finances

As a meditation teacher I  have personally taught mantras to many different people, some friends, family, students, all different sorts. But one person comes to mind when I think about mantras for luck. I’m not going to name this individual to respect his privacy, so I’ll just call him Mr Y (from the book  The End of My Y — fantastic story by the way).

Anyway, My Y was precisely the sort of guy who always talked about how unlucky he was. He had reason to. He didn’t have any money, he was in a relationship but he wasn’t particularly happy in it, and he found himself somewhat “drifting” through life, not achieving much, always thinking of the future, never focusing on the present moment.

One day Mr Y came to me and said “I have to do something about this.”

“About what?” I asked.

“This.” He held his hands out wide as though to reveal his destitute state. “I’m so darned unlucky.”

I bit my lip to keep myself from talking. Mr Y wasn’t unlucky. Sure, he wasn’t rich, but not many people are. There was enough going on in his life for him to be happy about, and the fact that he was focusing on the negative told me one thing: his mind was in the wrong place. “Okay,” I said, “I know a couple of things that might help you.”

I started to talk to Mr Y about mantras. He laughed– not a spiritual guy, which is fine, it just makes it more of a challenge. A few days later I taught him the Shabar mantra (I’ll share it with you in a sec). He sat down crossed legged and began to recite the mantra. I was impressed to find that he recited for a whole hour right there and then (most people who are new to mantras start reciting them, laugh then say its “Stupid” only to come back later.”

Anyway, so Mr Y recited the mantra. I told him to do it every day for 21 days. He did. Then on the 22nd day he came to me and said “Nothing has changed.” At first I was disapointed, but then he added, “but that’s okay. I never used to realise how much I had to be thankful for.”

And THAT marked a miraculous transformation, because he now SAW his luck. And once you begin to see your luck you begin to get more luck. For My Y, those 21 days weren’t a miracle, but they were a very important period of personal transformation.

So, what mantras did Mr Y use? What are the mantras for luck and good fortune?

 

Using the mantras for luck

On the next page we will look at the specific mantras for luck. But first, it’s important to know how to use the mantras. I have provided information about how to use each of the mantras on the next page. Be sure to recite the mantras the number of times specified. Also, bookmark this page (CTRL + D) so that you can return here to use the mantra each day. Mantras only work by regular use, so by returning to this page you can read the mantras any time you like, helping to improve your luck.

Click through to the next page to discover the mantras for luck and good fortune.

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Simple Breathing Meditation Exercises for Beginners for Anxiety and Stress

There are many excellent simple breathing meditation exercises for beginners that can be used for anxiety and stress. On this page we’ll be looking at two of the best breathing meditation exercises for beginners. The first is a Breath Awareness Meditation, the second Stillness Breathing Meditation.

With both of these breathing meditation exercises for beginners it is important to have the right posture. It is best to be sitting up as this helps you to remain present and alert. Make sure you have good posture and are sitting straight and be sure that you are not straining in any way.

Breathing Meditation Exercises for Beginners 1: Breath Awareness

Find somewhere quiet and peaceful and sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Take a few minutes just to relax and unwind. Bring your focus to the present moment, be aware of sounds, feelings and thoughts but do not judge these things and do not dwell on them, simply observe them.

Next, focus your mind on your breath. Observe your breath moving in and out of your body as you inhale and exhale. Observe the flow of your breath. Be aware of the entire process of breathing and pay particular attention to the sensation of your breath coming and going through your nose.

At times your mind is certain to wander. This is fine. Remember, this is a breathing meditation technique for beginners; as a beginner it is only natural that your mind wander a little.

Continue in this fashion for twenty minutes, observing your breath and allowing thoughts and feelings to fade away. Over time this will increase your focus, help you to relax, help fight stress and boost your general happiness and wellbeing.

Breathing Meditation Exercises for Beginners  2:Stillness Breath Meditation

This is similar to the Breath Awareness Mediation and is best used once you have achieved a reasonably high level of focus and concentration. To begin start as with the previous technique by sitting comfortably with good posture and taking a moment to relax.

With this technique  we will be focussing on the point in your breathing between inhalation and exhalation. Become aware of this moment and observe it. It is like a gap in your breathing. Bring your mind to this gap.

Again your will notice that your mind wanders from time to time. This is fine. Simply return your focus to the gap in your breathing. After a while you will find a permanent sense of stillness. This helps you to find stillness while in activity, which is immensely important for most people. Imagine being able to work hard while maintaining this sense of stillness. This is the state of mind it grants.

 

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Meditation Techniques for Beginners | Free Online Meditation Training Course

There are many great meditation techniques for beginners, each offering numerous scientifically proven health benefits, from increased concentration to improved immune systems to stress reduction and more. Meditation is fairly easy to begin and, though there are many meditation schools and meditation teachers, it does not require formal tutoring.

The one ingredient required for success in meditation is a dash of dedication. Meditation should be practiced twice a day for twenty minutes at a time. It is not too big an ask, yet many beginners fail to commit those forty minutes to meditation and as a result are unable to glean the full benefits of meditation.

In this guide to meditation techniques for beginners we have focussed on meditation techniques that are easy to do, that offer great benefits and that can be done almost anywhere—making them easier to fit into your day to day lifestyle.

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The Best Meditation Techniques for Beginners

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We recommend that you try each of these meditation techniques for beginners. You do not need to stick to all of them. Try them first, then choose two or three that you most enjoy. Once you’ve chosen two of the meditation techniques, stick to them each day.

Let’s take a look at the best meditation technique for beginners.

1:  Breathing Meditation: Sit for 15 minutes and focus you mind on your breathing. This will slow your breathing rate down, calm your body and focus your mind.

2:  Meditate on a regular task: Whatever regular task you have to perform (e.g. cleaning the dishes) focus your mind 100% on the process of completing the task. This will not only get the job done to a high standard but also focus and relax your mind.

3: Recite a simple mantra: Pick a simple mantra, for instance “I am calm and still.” Close your eyes, slow your breathing a little and focus on the words of the mantra as you repeat it.

4: Zen Walking: Zen walking meditation involves walking up and down a straight path, moving slowly and focussing your mind 100% on the process of walking.

5:  Loving Kindness: Sit comfortably, close your eyes and take five minutes to focus on your breathing. Then imagine extending loving kindness towards each person you know, going one person at a time.

6: Mindfulness: Mindfulness is best practiced throughout the day. Simply observe your thoughts as you go about your day. This will enlighten you about the way in which you are thinking, allowing you to recognise and change negative thoughts.

next page: more great meditation techniques for beginners. 

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Meditation for Chakra Balancing — Chakra Clearing Meditation Techniques + Audio

 On this page you’ll discover everything you ever wanted to know about Chakras, including: meditation for chakra balancing / What are chakras / why is chakra clearing important? / how to do a chakra balancing meditation and more.

 

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Chakra Clearing Meditation Techniques / Meditation for Chakra Balancing

Chakras—in Hindu and other belief systems—are energy centres that flows the LIfe Force in and out of our being, and not just on the physical plain, but emotional, etheric, spiritual and emotional plains too.

Those who believe in Chakras say that our well being and mental and physical states are controlled by the energy we draw in and out of our being. It’s for this reason that chakra meditation is considered by many to be a key to improving health and well being, helping reduce stress, promote inner calm, even helping to cure depression naturally and other ailments.

Sooo. . .what does a “chakra” look like?!

Chakras can appear in a number of ways dependent on the person and the time. Usually, a predominant colour is associated with each of the chakras. The colours are the same colours of a rainbow, from violet at the crown to red at the case. The colour of chakras is influenced by well being, mood and other variables.

 

Meditation for chakra balancing part 1 —– What are the seven main chakras?

There are many different chakras within our being, but for meditation there are seven chakras which are of principle interest:

Root Chakra:

The root chakra is at the spine’s base and is associate with red. The Root Chakra related to our connection to our family and fellow humans, as well as to Earth and nature.

The Sacral Chakra:

The Sacral Chakra is situated a little above the navel and is orange. The Sacral Chakra related to our inner child and our sense of spontaneity and creativity.

The Solar Plexus Chakra:

The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with yellow and extends from just below the heart to the navel. The Solar Plexus Chakra is related to our “internal parent”—our self esteem, ego, “shoulds;” our sense of individuality.

The Heart Charka:

The heart chakra is situated in the centre of our chest and is associated with green and pink. The heart chakra—as you might expect—is linked to love, confidence, trust, compassion and also inspiration.

The Throat Chakra:

The Throat Chakra is associated with blue and is at the base of the throat. Again, as you would expect, the throat chakra is linked to speaking, but also linked to our truth and our sense of responsibility. It is also related to surrender to the divine, to decision making and to personal authority.

The Brow Chakra (also “The Third Eye”):

The Brow Chakra or Third Eye Chakra is in the middle of our forehead and is associated with indigo. The brow chakra / third eye chakra is related to vision, divine understanding, wisdom, intelligence and intuition.

The Crown Chakra:

Naturally, the Crown Chakra finds its position nat the top of our heads. The Crown Chakra is associated with violet and pure white light. The Crown Chakra is related to our connection to the Higher Power, to living in the now, to devotion, inspiration, Source, integration of the Whole and higher alignment. at the top of the head, is associated with the colours violet and pure white Light.

 

 

Why is Chakra Clearing Meditation important?

At times, our chakras can be affected by trauma (emotional trauma / physical trauma, injury etc). These occasions cause residue to clog our chakras, which interferes with the natural flow of energy, which affects our mental and physical health. The purpose of chakra clearing meditation is to purify our chakras so energy will flow naturally again.

It allows our chakras to return to natural, promoting inner harmony and well being.

Chakra clearing meditation leads to heightened self compassion and self love.

 

 Meditation for chakra balancing 

Chakra balancing has been used for many thousands of years. It brings higher energies of light and love to our chakras, which in due course will heighten our vibrancy rate and bring Light to our energy field. This allows for the removing of impurities which may have been caused by a person suffering from depression, being psychically injured or having experienced trauma etc.

Chakra balancing meditation allows for chakra clearing, chakra healing, chakra balancing, chakra cleansing and more. This improves our mental and physical health and leads to awakening into the Truth of Who We Are.

 

 

How to do Chakra Cleansing Meditation and Chakra Balancing Meditation 

Chakra balancing is an important part of all practices. The following is the best chakra clearing meditation techniques. Be sure to read the instructions in full before beginning, then try it out and remember to bookmark this page so you can repeat the meditation later.

Before beginning a chakra clearing meditation, it is important to know the colours of the chakras, as discussed above.

  1.  Begin by sitting comfortably somewhere you will not be disturbed. Make sure your back is straight.
  2. Breathe slowly in a relaxed manner and make sure your breath  is being drawn deep into your body.
  3. Feel your breath moving up your spine as you inhale and down when exhaling. Focus on this movement for a moment before continuing.
  4. Beginning with the root chakra, imagine the root chakra’s colour. Feel the energy gathering in the Root Chakra. When you feel that you have correctly visualised the Root Chakra, move up to the Navel Chakra
  5. Continue this process up through the seven chakras.   Once you finish you may stop or proceed back down the chakras, vividly visualising the colours as you go, as well as recognising the feeling associated with the chakra.
  6. You may wish to improve your practice by using chakra crystals.
  7. This chakra clearing meditation, when used frequently, will promote health and well being. It will help fight depression naturally and promote positive feelings and inner peace. It will also heighten your spiritual development. Remember, however, that continued practice (as with other meditation forms) is the key.
  8. I hope you have found this article useful. Please share with friends and family and link to this page from other sites. You generous contribution helps keep ARoleModel.com alive and kicking. Thank you.

 

 This chakra healing meditation goes through all the chakras using binaural beats audio. It will help to improve your health and well being. This video is over an hour long but will end up saving you time as your improve focus and positivity will lead to heightened productivity and effectiveness.

 Be sure to bookmark this page so you can return to use this chakra healing meditation again.

 

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MORE ON MEDITATION FOR CHAKRA BALANCING AND CLEARING: 

The Seven Chakras with Deepak Chopra

Chakra Psychology on Wikipedia

Scientific Proof of Chakras 

Maslow on the Hierarchy of Chakras 

 

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How To Use The Third Eye Meditation Technique | Online Meditation Training

I’ve discussed Third Eye Meditation techniques (along with a ton more meditation techniques) in my ebook Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for BeginnersBut here I’ll give a brief guide to the Third Eye Meditation technique.

The Third Eye (the sixth chakra) lies between the eyebrows, just a pinch up from the nose. The Hindu and Tantra Yoga systems associate the Third Eye to the Crown Chakra. These belief systems hold that the third eye radiates light and receives information.

The Third Eye chakra is the key to what is called “Clairvoyant Sight” (clear vision)–if you speak to someone who does psychic readings they’ll probably tell you about Third Eye Meditations.

It is used for moving past your limitations and clearing your mind. It is claimed that through this technique people can see chakras, auras and other spiritual energies. That’s why the Third Eye Meditation Technique is one of most popularly taught techniques by meditation schools / meditation teachers.

 

Let me just say–as not every body believes in chakras / clairvoyants and so on– this is a great technique for generally developing understanding and wisdom. While it is linked to spirituality, you can also use this meditation technique for more everyday uses (as with all  meditations, you dont have to be spiritual or religious to take advantage of meditation!)

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Third Eye Meditation for the Real World

Regardless of your personal belief system, you can still benefit from third eye meditation. Like other techniques, this helps to perceive the world outside of the trappings of the mind. It also promotes calmness and relaxation. A friend of mine currently studying for a masters degree in spiritual psychology states that Third Eye Meditation is in the top five most beneficial meditation techniques for mental health–meaning it is worth spending at least 15 minutes a day practicing it.

Here are some ways in which it  might help you:

  • It helps to treat anxiety and depression by making us more aware of our thoughts
  • It helps us to understand people. This is why online psychics use this meditation technique all the time. 
  • Helps with business as it promotes deeper understanding of reality. 
  • Helps your relationships as it allows you to understand others better. 

 

How to do a Third Eye Meditation

On the next page we will discuss how to do a Third Eye meditation, but first of all there are a couple of items that you may find beneficial. You do not need these products, but they can help a great deal.

Cushion: To truly achieve a meditative state you need to be sitting comfortably and with good posture. Cushions will help here. Read our guide to picking and buying a meditation cushion HERE. 

Mala: With most mantras you need to count the number of times you recite a mantra. A mala will help here. A mala will also create energies useful to your aim. The type of energy a mala provides is dependent on the material it’s made from. Read our guide to picking the ideal mala HERE. 

Click through to the next page to begin the Third Eye Techniques.

 

  1. Find somewhere quiet and peaceful where you will not be disturbed. Make sure you are comfortable. Proceed slowly.
  2. Breath deep through your nose. Hold momentarily then exhale through the mouth. Relax.
  3. Relax the face. Feel the relaxation extending to the body.
  4. Gradually relax more and more.
  5. Focus your attention between your eyebrows. Become aware of your third eye, the energy in the centre of your forehead. Feel it opening and radiating light. Notice the light travelling outwards from your Third Eye in 360 degrees.
  6. Let go and release any negative or disruptive thoughts.
  7. Continue to relax
  8. Allow the sphere of light in your forehead to open. Observe the light radiating.
  9. Continue to relax your body. As you do so, be aware of the sensation of your body becoming lighter and lighter.
  10. Allow your third eye to open, continuing to relax.
  11. Ask for divine help to open your third eye.
  12. Allow the light to flow through you, out your third eye.
  13.   Ask your Higher Self to fill you with pure white light. Ask for the light to fill you throughout, into every place in and around you.
  14. Ask your Higher Self if there is a message about you opening your third eye. Be still for a couple of minutes and allow any message to appear.
  15. Ask what it is that you must know in order to open your third eye. Again, be still for a couple of minutes.
  16. Notice if there are images or thoughts or visions arising in your third eye.
  17.  Once you have experience the third eye for long enough, take your time and gradually bring your awareness back to the present place and time.
  18.  Say (aloud or in your head) “I am fully present in this moment, here and now.”
  19. Take a deep breath, stretch and express thanks for your third eye meditation.
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Get The Basics of Meditation Right With This Guide

 It’s important to know the basics before beginning practice. By learning the basics you can ensure that you are meditating effectively and properly.

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The Most Important Basics of Meditation

  1. 1.     Find a relaxed position before beginning: It’s important to be comfortable when practicing so you are not distracted by fidgeting
  2. 2.    Breathing properly: Breathe properly, deeply and slowly to help your body to relax.
  3. 3.    Simple is best: The best kinds of techniques are simple, such as meditating on the breath or listening to the sounds around you
  4. Nonjudgmental Attitude: Your attitude should always be nonjudgmental.  Let go of thoughts of right and wrongand simply be aware. Pure awareness is the key.
  5. Focus on one thing: Most of the time in life our thoughts flutter about like a butterfly. Concentrate on one thing.

 

Getting the basics of meditation right

It’s important to recognise why we meditate, because the wrong intent will ruin practice. The reason is not relaxation, nor is it any high ambition like entering nirvana. Meditation is simply about achieving a nonjudgmental attitude and becoming more aware. Though there are many other benefits of meditation, it is the nonjudgmental attitude and awareness that should be our focus.

 

 Knowing you’ve got the basics of meditation right by checking your results

Be sure to check how you are feeling after practice. You should not be feeling sleepy. You should be feeling more aware and more “awake.”

Remember these basics when you start our free meditation course. This will ensure that you are always practicing correctly.

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How To Do Deep Meditation | Deep Meditation Techniques

If you practice meditation regularly you may be looking for some ways how to do deep meditation, how to go deeper into the meditative state and how to get more out of every meditation you do.

There is a time when you begin to need to find deep meditation techniques to advance your practice. This article is for all those people who have been practicing meditation for some time and now wish to advance.

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How to do deep meditation | Top 6 Techniques

[ How to do deep meditation 1: Making it about others

Meditating to achieve personal happiness is one thing. Doing it for someone else’s happiness is something entirely different. When you make someone else smile you bring good vibrations to yourself. Perhaps the best way to go deeper is to help other people. This develops your own practice and brings the benefits to others too.

Technique 2: Silence

Nothing is more powerful than the sound of silence. Thing about it, silence occupies the universe. In all my years practice I have never found a more powerful meditation technique than meditating on silence. It’s simple yet immensely rewarding.

 

Technique 3: Yoga

If you’re been meditating while sitting or lying down, or if you have been doing Zen Walking, you may wish to go a step further by beginning to meditate while doing yoga. Yoga is a powerful way of enhancing your mind  body connection and is also excellent exercise.

Technique 4: Work

For those who have been meditating for years, practicing while inactive is fairly easy. It’s an entirely different ballgame when you begin to meditate while working. You can do this on house chores or at your place of business. Do a meditation before beginning work and carry your meditative state into your work itself.

 

Technique 5: Singing

Singing is an immensely relaxing activity that also helps to strengthen your breathing. As a singer myself I have often meditated while singing and can honestly say that it is one of my favourite practices. To do a singing meditation find a relaxing, slow paced song, learn it, then meditate on your breathing and on the sound of your voice while you sing.

6:  “Enemies”

I hesitated to use the word “Enemy” in the heading because no one is truly our enemy. However, there are people we don’t get along with or who make us angry. These people can be immensely powerful objects for meditation. Practice loving kindness meditation on the people you do not generally get along with. Then act kindly towards them and show compassion in person to them.

These deep meditation techniques will take your practice to the next level.

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How to Do Buddhist Insight Meditation

In this article we will be looking at how to do Buddhist Insight Meditation and discussing the many benefits of the technique. This is a traditional technique of Theravada Buddhism, though you need not be familiar with Theravada Buddhism to practice it—the benefits of the technique are worthwhile to all.

Buddhist Insight is about learning to see clearly with the mind. It is not a belief system but rather a very practical approach to using your own mind. When you practice you gain a deeper understanding of things, of yourself, of others and of life in general.

This technique (also called Samatha-Vipassana meditation) is about developing Samatha (calmness of mind) by focussing the mind, and developing insight (Vipassana) through reflection. Samatha often involves sitting or walking meditation, which is why this guide focuses on those poses.

Reflection is a natural byproduct of Insight. You do not need to force the reflection, or the insight, it will occur naturally by itself as you practice the technique. As you will see after practicing, your mind will calm and you will see with more clarity.

  How to Do Buddhist Insight Meditation: 1: Attention

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To begin  we need to focus our minds. This is best achieved (at least in the beginning) while sitting. Make sure you are somewhere comfortable and free from distractions and that you are sitting with good posture. The light should not be too bright nor too dark, the temperature of the room should be comfortable and the area should be tidy and free from clutter. Try to do the meditation at a time when you do not feel rushed. If you are busy one day, save this technique for another day. You should have a minimum of twenty minutes in which to practice.

  How to Do Buddhist Insight Meditation: 2: Body Awareness

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Body and mind are one. Therefore, the best way to begin to calm and still your mind is to sit down. Sit with good posture and a straight back. Make sure you are not straining. You may wish to sit in an upright chair as this will help with posture. Alternatively, you may sit in lotus position (those new to lotus position will need to practice it first—it can feel uncomfortable until you get used to it).

You may find that holding your chin a little downwards will help to elongate the spine and to create focus of mind. Make sure the head is not drooping, however. You hands are best placed on your laps with the palms facing upwards. Hold one palm over the other and lightly touch the tips of your thumbs together. Take a little time to make sure you are a) comfortable, b) still and c) sitting with good posture.

  How to Do Buddhist Insight Meditation: 3: Body Scan

To begin our Buddhist Insight Meditation we start with a body scan meditation. This meditation heightens the body mind connection, develops mindfulness and helps you to be more present.

A body scan meditation involves focussing your attention on one part of your body and then moving onwards until you have been mindful of the entire body. For example, begin with your feet. Be aware of the sensations in your feet. If you are holding any tension in your feet then imagine breathing air into the tense spot and relaxing. From your feet move to your ankles and repeat the same process, then on to your legs, pelvis, abdomen, chest and so on, until you have scanned your entire body. 

How to Do Buddhist Insight Meditation: 4: Breathing

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Having completed the body scan meditation it is now time to meditate on the breath (anapansati meditation). To begin to do so, focus your mind on your breath as it moves in and out of the space between your lips and mouth. Focus on one spot and hold your concentration there. If this seems difficult you may wish to count your breaths, which helps you to concentrate.

While focussing on your breath, make sure that your breathing is relaxed, deep and slow, that you are breathing down into your abdomen and that your breath is flowing lightly.

It is natural to experience some thoughts and distractions while meditating on the breath. Try not to dwell on your thoughts or to attach to them, simply observe them and continue focussing on your breathing. The aim of Buddhist Insight Meditation is not to enter a trance, it is simply to observe the nature of the mind.

  How to Do Buddhist Insight Meditation: 5: Standing and walking

Buddhist monks Circumambulating during their morning walking meditation, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

We have now practiced both body scan meditation and breathing meditation. It is now time to practice standing and walking meditation. To practice walking meditation you will need a safe path of around 20 metres. Do not do this near roads!

Begin by standing at one end of the path. While standing, focus your mind on your body. Simply be aware of the sensations in your body. Stand with good posture with your arms at your sides and you hand clasped lightly either behind or in front of your body. Now focus your eyes on a spot on the ground a few metres away. It is now time to walk.

Buddhist walking meditation should be practiced slowly. Walk very gradually. Remember, this is about insight rather than movement. Walk at a constant but slightly slow pace to the end of the path. While walking focus on the sensation of movement in the body.

Once you reach the end of the path, turn around. Stand still and focus on the sensation of standing, then repeat the process back to the other end of the path.


    How to Do Buddhist Insight Meditation: 6: Lying down

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Having practiced sitting, standing and walking it is time to practice while lying down. For this you should lie straight, with one arm helping to support the head.  While in this position, conduct a body scan, just as we did with the Sitting.

 We have now completed our Buddhist Insight. We recommend practicing once a day. This may seem like a big commitment, but actually, once you learn the process it does not take long. A complete Buddhist Insight meditation can be done in as little as half an hour and will be extremely rewarding.

Thank you for reading.

 

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How to do Bhakti Meditation—Instructions and Benefits

In this article we will be looking at how to do Bhatki. It usually involves a devotion to a lord. It is usually practiced with twoness—centring on the relationship between devotee and lord—but occasionally the practitioner loses self awareness, at which point the meditation becomes entirely about the lord.

Bhakti Benefits

Bhakti transforms a person’s personality and allows ascension to a plane of higher consciousness. After continual practice the individual achieves a state of permanent oneness with the lord to whom they are devoted.

Here’s how to do it.

 
How to do Bhakti Meditation—Instructions

  1. 1.       Find a time and a place where you can meditate without being disturbed.
  2. 2.       Create a space which is dedicated to your deity, include images, candles and anything else you find helpful.
  3. 3.       Sit straight with good posture, making sure your spine is in proper alignment so that energy can flow naturally through your body. Put your hands in a mudra position (for instance, with the tips of the thumb and forefinger touching).
  4. 4.       Close your eye and focus on your Third Eye Chakra (the space between your eyebrows).
  5. 5.       Ask your deity to be one with you.
  6. 6.       Take a few moments to relax.
  7. 7.       Focus on the object (this could be an image of your deity, your own breath or anything else).;
  8. 8.       Continue to focus for up to twenty minutes.
  9. 9.       At the end take a few moments to relax before opening your eyes.

Now that you know how to do Bhakti meditation, we recommend adding this technique to your meditation plan.

 

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How to do Body Scan Meditation | Online Meditation Course

In this article we will be looking at how to do body scan meditation. Body scan meditation is an important practice for several reasons. Firstly, it relaxed both body and mind, as do most techniques. It also heightens the body mind connection and is a powerful mindfulness technique for help you to live in the moment. Here’s how to do a body scan.

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How to do Body Scan Meditation

  1. Find a comfortable position either sitting or lying down. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply and begin to relax.
  2. Close your eyes and focus your mind on the present moment, becoming aware of your body.
  3. During body scan meditation you should not move, so make sure you are not fidgeting and are still.
  4. If at some point you feel you could move into a more comfortable position, do so, but then try to return to stillness.

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video-button5. Now it’s time to begin the body scan. Focus your mind on any part of your body. We recommend starting at the feet. Tune into the sensations of your feet. Observe your feet in a nonjudgmental fashion. Observe the sensations both outside and inside your feet. Notice if you are holding any tension and, if so, imagine your feet relaxing.

6. Once you have finished observing your feet, move on up to your lower legs. Repeat the same process here. Be aware of sensations inside and outside of your legs. If you have an tension imagine your legs relaxing.

7. Next move up to your buttocks and repeat the process, then on to your waist, abdomen, chest, sides, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers. Having observed your fingers return back up your arms to your neck, then your face and head, always repeating the same process.

8. Once you have complete the body scan process, tune into your entire body. Be aware of your whole body as one.

9/ Finally, take a few deep breaths before opening your eyes.

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How to do Alpha Meditation and the Benefits of Alpha Meditation

In this article we will reveal how to do Alpha Meditation. This  is a type of meditation that taps into a level of consciousness somewhere between being awake and nearly asleep. Alpha is a powerful way to refresh yourself during the day time. It will also have positive effects on your spirit and your body.

It is a more scientific type of meditation which utilises the power of the subconscious mind.

Alpha meditation slows the brain waves to half of their normal frequency, to 8-14 pulsations a second, a rate which, as you will find, creates great relaxation and refreshes the body.

Before beginning it is important to ground yourself. To do this, inhale deeply through the nose and release any stress in your mind. Focus your mind on your breathing. Continue to do until you are relaxed and your heartrate has slowed.

As your mind slowly relaxes and you let go of stress, you will reach alpha meditation. This is a powerful state in which you are open but not vulnerable.

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 How to do alpha Meditation: 3

One of the most common ways how to do alpha meditation is to create a mental picture of the number 3 three times, then repeat with the number 2 and finally 1. This is a very quick way to activate alpha brain wave. Try it now (after doing a quick anapanasati session  to begin).

Alpha meditation also uses visualisations in which you imagine yourself in places where you want to be, or accomplishing things you wish to accomplish. By visualising you make your ruminations more real. You may also wish to repeat affirmations.

At the end of the visualisation count from 5 to 1 and open your eyes.

Many people have reported powerful effects of alpha meditation.

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Learn the Dance Meditation Technique Instructions

We are now giving lessons in the dance meditation technique in Hamilton Ontario. On this page we’ll share an introduction to the dance meditation technique instructions and discuss the benefits of the dance meditation technique.

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Why use the Dance Meditation Technique?

Dynamics (movement meditations) have become popular over the past couple of years for a variety of reasons. Firstly, be combining dance with meditation you get the best of both worlds: relaxation and exercise.

Another excellent benefit of dance meditation is that it is a powerful way of heightening the mind body connection. When you perform this technique you connect body and mind.

Finally, my personal favourite benefit of dance meditation is that it is the number one way of breaking out of old habits. Too often in life we get stuck in ingrained mental habits. When you perform the technique you let go of everything, live in the moment and release old habits.

How to do dance meditation

Dance meditation is fairly easy to begin though it is best done with a teacher. Find our complete guide on the next page.

 

learn-more-button1)      Stand up and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing (breathing meditation) for five minutes to relax.

For a complete guide to breathing meditation (which you must get right before continuing with dance meditation), click the LEARN MORE button.

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Osho Kundalini Meditation Technique, Benefits and Music

This Osho Kundalini Meditation technique is a good accompaniment to the Osho Dynamic Meditation. You’ll want to do the Osho Kundalini Meditation late in the afternoon or at sunset. On the next page we’ll share some excellent Osho Kundalini music, but first off let’s take a look at exactly what the  technique is.

 

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Benefits of the Osho Kundalini Meditation Technique

Click through to the next page for complete instructions on how to do the Osho Kundalini technique.

 

The Osho Kundalini Meditation benefits include: It is an excellent way of releasing any tension in the body. Because of this it is also a great way to treat stress, depression and other complications that come from tension.

  • It’s good and fun exercise
  • It creates energy and flow
  • Improves overall wellbeing
  •  It is one of the best meditation techniques for unwinding after a stressful fay.

The Osho Kundalini Meditation Technique

It is important to understand the type of movement used in the Osho Kundalini meditation. It is important that you allow your body to move rather than forcing your body to move. Any movements should arise from the body rather than from the mind. The meditation is about shaking. You’re loosening up your usually rocklike form. Your body becomes liquid. It is important to enjoy the movements too

. Osho Kundalini Meditation Technique Step 1

The first step last 15 minutes. This is the time to let your body relax. allow your body to shake. Feel the energy beginning in your feet and moving up your legs. Become shaking. You can do this with your eyes open or shut as you wish.

Osho Kundalini Meditation Technique Step 2:

Another 15 minute section. In this section you dance. Dance however you feel. Allow your body to go where it wants. You may have your eyes open or closed.

Osho Kundalini Meditation Technique Step 3:

In this 15 minute section you must have your eyes closed and must be still. You may sit or stand, whichever you prefer. Meditate on everything that is happening inside and out.

Osho Kundalini Meditation Technique Step 4:

This is a section in which you unwind. lie down, close your eyes and meditate for 15 minutes.

 

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Osho Meditation | Nataraj The Dance Meditation

Continuing our look at Osho meditation we now turn to Nataraj dance meditation. Nataraj is considered a total meditation  in which inner division vanishes and we are left with a completely relaxed state of awareness.

Nataraj is about forgetting the dancer and becoming the dance itself. The meditation is about connecting with the inner energy of the dance and allowing that energy to take you over completely. It is about forgetting “You” and becoming the dance.

It must be thought of very differently to regular dancing. When we dance we are aware of ourselves, we are aware of the steps of the dance. Dancing is great, it’s a good way of keeping fit and getting healthy, but while we remain aware of ourselves and or the steps of the dance it cannot be considered meditation. Meditation only occurs when the person becomes one with the dance.

It is important to move the body in a fun and playful way when practicing this technique. Here’s how to do it.

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Osho Nataraj Meditation Instruction: How to do the dance meditation

The Osho Nataraj meditation lasts for 65 minutes and has three stages.

Stage 1: Stage 1 is the longest stage and should last 40 minutes. In this stage you must dance with your eyes closed. Allow you unconscious to completely take control. Make sure that you are not controlling your movements and that you are not aware of the steps. Just dance. Become one with the dance.

Stage 2: 20 minutes

The next stage is done lying down and meditating on everything. Meditate on your body and on the environment. Be still and silent.

Stage 3: 5 minutes

This final stage is a celebration. Let go, dance and have fun.
Want to learn Osho meditation? We recommend Meditation has to be choiceless by Osho

 

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Meditating with Crystals for Beginners – How to do it

In this article we’ll be looking at meditating with crystals for beginners. There are many great benefits of practising meditating with crystals for beginners. It is easy to do, balances your mental, emotional and physical energies and helps you to attain peace.

When meditating with crystals it is important to cleanse the crystal first.

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Meditating with Crystals for Beginners – Cleansing Your Crystal

It is important to be careful with your crystals as many are fragile and some may fade in sunlight. It is best to wrap your crystals in velvet or silk when you are not using them. This will help to protect your crystals.

When you first get your crystal it will have been around for many years and will likely have been handled by many people. This is why crystals need to be cleansed.

There are several ways to cleanse a crystal.

Bury your meditation crystal in the ground: When left in the ground overnight crystals are cleansed of negative energy.

Use water: Hold your crystal in a natural source of running water (or a tap if no natural sources are available). Make sure your crystal is not water soluble before doing this.

Use Cleansing Crystals: Crystals such as carnelian and quartz have cleansing properties. Put a cleansing crystal in a bag with other crystals to cleanse them.

Make sure to cleanse your crystals regularly to keep them clear of negative energy. Also try to not let others touch your crystals.

 

With a cleansed meditation crystal we can now begin the practice of meditating with crystals.

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Meditating with Crystals for Beginners – How to do it

Using crystals is a great practice that should be added to the many other technique which we have covered in the book Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.  Here’s how to do a basic meditation with a crystal.

  1. Choose your crystal. A good crystal may include lines and patterns that help you to get lost in the crystal.
  2. Find a quiet and peaceful area where you will not be disturbed. Hold your crystal in front of you, making sure you can see it clearly. Breathe deeply and calmly, slowing the rate of your breathing gradually.
  3. Look at your crystal and observe its every detail. Meditate on the crystal.
  4. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. Now imagine that you are inside your meditation crystal. Allow yourself to become absorbed in the crystal. Let any thoughts you have subside. Quiet your mind. Move into the crystal, allowing yourself to explore the crystal.
  5. Continue meditating in this fashion for ten minutes. When ready, take ten deep breaths and gradually return to psychical reality.
  6. Remember the way you feel after doing this crystal meditation.
  7. Repeat again tomorrow.

 

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Samatha Meditation Technique | The Online Meditation Course

The Samatha meditation technique is a technique which will calm the mind and greatly increased focus and concentration. Because Samatha technique calms and relaxes it is a powerful natural remedy for depression and anxiety. For our regular readers, the Samatha Meditation technique should be added as a supplementary meditation technique. Please use the Smatha Meditation technique in conjunction with the many types of meditation taught in Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.

 

 

It was taught by the Buddha that Vipassana and Samatha are two messengers delivering Nirvana. Samatha Meditation Technique is often used by Buddhist monks as an entry point to Vipassana Meditation.

Both Vipassana and Samatha offer insight into the true nature of existence. Both Samatha and Vipassana promote wisdom and understanding which leads to enlightenment.

 

The Samatha Meditation Technique

The Samatha technique comprises of 40 types of meditation, but the best way to begin is with the simple technique that follows.

  1.  Sit comfortably with good posture
  2. Make sure your spine is in good alignment and that you are comfortable, with relaxed shoulders, balanced head and with your chin tucked inwards slightly.
  3. Allow your tongue to rest against the palate.
  4. Take a couple of moments to relax your face.
  5.  Close your eyes
  6. Allow your mind to focus gently on your breath. Your focus should be directed towards the are between your lips and nostrils.
  7. If your mind wanders at any time simply return focus to your breathing.
  8.  Continue in this fashion for twenty minutes. You will find your mind opening and relaxing. You will feel as though there is more space in your head. After twenty minutes you will be serenely relaxed.

 

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How to do Merkaba Meditation Technique | Online Meditation Course

To begin the Merkaba meditation technique it is advised that you dedicate a space in your home to the meditation. The space should be somewhere peaceful and quiet where you will not be disturbed. You may also like to include a candle, an altar and a cushion, though this are optional.

Markaba is said to allow the practitioner  to achieve “Ascension” to the fourth dimension, thereby freeing them from the three dimensional limitations in which we live. This is the traditional belief of the Merkaba meditation.

To begin to do the merkaba sit and relax and allow your worries and thoughts to subside. Aim to breathe shallowly and rhythmically. When your stress subsides feel love inside yourself. Focus on your breathing and allow the feeling of love to enter deep into your body. It is important to achieve this state of love before continuing.

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How to do the merkaba Meditation Technique: The Seventeen Breaths

The merkaba technique involves seventeen breaths. of those seventeen breaths, the first six are used to balance and cleanse your electrical circuits. There are then seven breaths used to build the flow of prana in the body. The fourteenth breath is used to balance prana and to create awareness of the fourth dimension. The final three breaths are then used to create the flow of merkaba around your body.

This video will explain the seventeen breaths of the merkaba technique.

It is recommended that you use the merkaba meditation technique once daily. We suggest bookmarking this page (CTRL + D on your keyboard) so you have access to these instructions for the merkaba meditation whenever you need them.

 

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What is Vipassana Meditation and How To Do Vipassana Meditation Tecnique


In this part of our online meditation course we will be looking at how to do Vipassana meditation technique. Vipassana is one of the oldest and most important meditation technique in Buddhism and is worth getting right. Be sure to read this guide carefully and to bookmark it for future use. Please also share this page with friends and family. Thank you.

  What is Vipassana Meditation ?

The word “Vipassana” in Buddhism means “insight into true reality.” In a nutshell, Vipassana meditation is meditation which gets the practitioner to see the true nature of things.

Vipassana meditation is one of the oldest Indian meditation techniques and was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha over 2500 years ago.

 

Vipassana meditation aims to remove a person from mental impurities (for instance, to remove once personal bias in order to see the real truth of existence).

Vipassana meditation centres around observing ourselves as we truly are and on the mind / body connection.

To explain this more simply, through Vipassana meditation, we let go of our personal biases and idea of good / bad, right / wrong, pleasant / unpleasant and so on and come instead to recognise the underlying pure existence of ourselves and of the universe.

How to do Vipassana Meditation – Techniques 

Vipassana meditation should only be begun once one has a good foundation of Anapanasit meditation (meditation which focuses on breath).

  1. Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable where you will not be disturbed.
  2. Begin by focussing on the sensation of your breath coming and going through your nose.
  3. After a couple of minutes, focus (in a calm and relaxed way) on the crown of your head. Observe the sensations there without reacting to them.
  4. Gradually move your attention around your entire body, from head to face to torso to limbs and so on. Observe the sensations in your body. Scan your whole body, then return focus to your head and repeat.
  5. Scan once more, but this time allow your focus to move under your skin, becoming aware of your muscles and your bones. Again, do so in a relaxed manner.
  6. Focus on your entire body simultaneously. Aim to be able to be aware of the full sensation of your body without grasping or forcing your focus in any way.
  7. Perform this Vipassana meditation technique once a day. Over time you will develop a greater sense of mind / body connection and will be more aware of your body.
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Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation — How To Use A Tibetan Singing Bowl

On this page of our online meditation course we’ll be looking at how to use a Tibetan singing bowl for meditation. So, if you’ve already got a Tibetan singing bowl, go grab it and let’s start meditating!

What is a Tibetan singing bowl? 

A singing bowl is a type of “siting” bowl. The sides of the bell vibrate to produce sound. Tibetan singing bowls are used for meditation practice.

How To Use A Tibetan Singing Bowl for Meditation 

“Around Rim” Technique

1. Hold the bowl in  your left hand. Hold the mallet in your right hand at around mid-length. Your fingertips should point down and should be touching the wood.

Tap the mallet on the bowl’s side to warm the bell

Using an even pressure, move the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the bowl. Use a full arm movement and keep stirring the bell almost like soup.

Applying pressure continue to rub the mallet around the outside edge of the singing bowl.

Try not to go too fast but rather allow the volume to build gradually.

 

Breaking in the Mallet

At first, the mallet with your Tibetan singing bowl will be smooth. Over time, however, it will develop grooves. These grooves help the mallet to catch on the singing bowl. This means that older and more used mallets will produce greater sound.

 Advanced Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Techniques

“Wah Wah” : Most singing bowls allow you to use the Wah Wah technique. Use the technique above to get the bowl singing then pull the mallet away from the bowl while it is still singing. Now, hold the bowl up to your top lip one inch away from your mouth. In this position, silently make your mouth in a “Wah” shape (imagine saying “Wah Wah Wah Wah”). This will change the sound of the bowl.

Water Bowl

You can make a special effect by putting a little water on the bottom of the bowl. This makes the bowl sound like dolphins.

You should use about 3 /4 ” inch of water but dont get the outside rim wet. Again, use the first technique described above then, while the bowl is singing, pull the mallet away.

Now tilt the bowl, causing the water inside to lap towards the rim. Now swirl the bowl. This will create  the sound of dolphins.

 

 Here’s how great a Tibetan singing bowl can sound!

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Free Transcendental Meditation Techniques: Mantras, Books, Instructions– INFO

In this guide we reveal how to do Transcendental Meditation technique and mantras. We also discuss the differences between TM technique and other techniques and finally draw a conclusion as to whether Transcendental Meditation technique is better, worse or simply the same as other techniques.

TM  technique is a way of removing distracting and potentially negative thoughts from your mind and promoting calmness, inner peace and relaxation. Transcendental Meditation technique was created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and derived from the ancient Indian Vedic tradition.

It  is one of the most famous of all meditation techniques because it has been used and touted by numerous celebrities, including The Beatles, Hugh Jackman and more. But unfortunately TM  isn’t free, as we’ll discuss later on.

How to Do Transcendental Meditation Technique

Only TM  teachers are permitted to teach TM instructions, as TM  is not free. However, I have heard that it is similar to most other meditation techniques in most aspects, except that it uses a personal mantra which is unique to the student.

It is said that when an individual practices TM technique they transcend the regular state of thinking and achieve pure consciousness. This gives inner calm, relaxation and awareness. In this way, Transcendental Meditation technique is the same as other techniques.

It is believed that the TM technique offers many benefits for body, mind and spirit, including:

Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

Clarity of thought

Increased energy

Relaxation

And more (though it is worth noting that all other techniques offer similar benefits.

How To Learn Transcendental Meditation Technique

Despite its spiritual connotations, TM technique is not strictly religious nor spiritual. It is a practical technique for improving health and quality of life. Unlike virtually all other forms of meditation techniques, however,TM  cannot be learnt from a book, CD or video and instead must be taught by a certified Transcendental Meditation instructor.

The TM technique has come under much criticism because of this need to be taught by a certified teacher. Many believe that TM technique is simply a way of cashing in on meditation. Transcendental Meditation technique is not particularly different to other meditation techniques, so why does it require a certified teacher and the payment of thousands of dollars?

A four month course in TM costs $1500.  This is for an introduction to Transcendental Meditation and for a teacher to present you with your personal mantra.

Whether or not you deem the cost to be worth it is a hugely subjective matter. Personally, I’ll stick to traditional meditation techniques, which happen to be free and happen to have been proven more often to work.

Transcendental Meditation Technique Mantras

click through to the next page for more information on Transcendental meditation, mantras, books, movies and more

 Mantras

When you learn TM which can only be taught by a certified instructor, you will be given a mantra. This mantra is personal to you. The n mantra is used during your meditation as an aid to transcending. It is this mantra that separates TM from other practices. 

TM Books and movies 

There are many different TM  techniques books. There are also several movies that show Transcendental meditation. Here are some of the most popular.

This excellent video explains how TM works and offers an introduction to what transcendental meditation is all about. I recommend watching through to the end as there’s a lot of important niformation in the video.

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REFERENCES

THE OFFICIAL TM WEBSITE 

MAHARISHI OFFICIAL SITE 

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Meditation Room Ideas and Meditation Space Ideas

Our gallery of meditation room ideas and meditation space ideas is the perfect inspiration for creation your meditation space. Simply click the link below and begin our gallery of meditation room ideas and meditation space ideas.

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Things to consider with your meditation room ideas and meditation space ideas

Here are some of the most important things to consider when creating your room ideas and space ideas.

How many people will be there? Will there be times when you want more space for a meditation group?

What sort of feelings do you want the space to create? This will impact the choice of colours.

Consider whether you would like to have a water feature and how this impacts the design of your space.

Do you want to have statues? Where will you put them?

How are you going to make sure the room is quiet enough to allow for peaceful?

Do you need a lot of space for walking?

Will you be using the space for yoga? If so you might want a space for mats.

Will the room be multi-function? In which case how are you going to separate the meditation space from the rest of the room?

Consider important factors when these when picking your meditation room ideas and meditation space ideas.

 

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How To Do Meditation At Home | Free Meditation Training Online

Want to know how to do meditation at home? On this page we’ll be looking at the right techniques for home, how to find time, where to practice and more.

When it comes to learning how to do meditation training at home, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before beginning:

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Questions to ask when learning how to do meditation at home:

Why do you want to learn how to do meditation at home? For instance, are you looking for pure relaxation, to  improve mental health, to improve focus for business etc? Different types of techniques offer different benefits. Write a list of the things you hope to get out of meditating at home. This will help determine which is the right type of meditation for you.

Where are you going to meditate? You have already chosen to practice at home, but where exactly? While you do not need to design a meditation room, you will at least need a quiet spot where you can sit without being disturbed for ten to twenty minutes at a time.

When? Choose two times a day. Are there ideal times when the home is quiet and you will not be disturbed? If so, this is a great time for practice.

Take five minutes to answer these questions now. This will help you to commit. The most important part of learning how to do meditation at home is finding commitment. There are many distractions at home and it is easy to lose the time. By answering these questions you will create a structure that you can use to meditate each day.

 

Choosing the right type of meditation to do at home

There are a great many different types of meditation. When learning how to practice at home it is important to first find the technique that is right for you.

On our front page you can read about the benefits of each different technique . Here I shall list a few of the most popular techniques and their individual benefits in order to help you choose the right type of meditation for you.

Breathing: Breathing is perfect for general relaxation and for improving focus and concentration. Breathing involves focusing your mind 100% on your breathing. This is arguably the best techinque to start.

Candle: This is a slightly more advanced technique in which you sit in a dark room with a lit candle. You look at the candle for 30 seconds, then close your eyes and try to hold the image of the candle in your mind.

: If you do not have 20 minutes twice a day to meditate, it is possible to practice  mindfulness while completing chores. For instance, when cleaning the dishes we can practice mindfulness by focussing 100% on the process of cleaning. This is good for relaxation, helps focus, improves the quality of the work we are doing and allows us to meditate when we do not have time.

Vipassana: Vipassana is a style of mindfulness in which we observe our thoughts. It is beneficial for better understanding yourself and for learning to change negative thinking habits, which in turn leads to more positive and productive behaviour. To do Vipassana at home, simply sit somewhere quiet with your eyes close, focus your mind on your breathing and observe any thoughts that arise.

Mantra: Mantras are simple. Just close your eyes and repeat a mantra while meditating on it. You can use mantras at home for any kind of aim. For instance, if you are looking to lose weight you could use the mantra “I am eating healthily and feeling slim.”

 

These are the best techniques to use at home. All these techniques are covered in detail in our free online meditation course. You can visit our online meditation training courses HERE.

 

 

So, we’ve covered the basics of how to do meditation at home. Time now for a FAQ section.

 

 

How to do meditation at home FAQ

Q: I’m not sure where to practice 

  1. A.      Meditate anywhere you feel comfortable and will not be disturbed. Or, on a warm day, try meditating in the garden.

Q. I’m struggling to find the time

A. Try practicing for ten minutes before bed (as you wont be busy then anyway) and also try some mindfulness meditation while doing housework (so you can meditate while stilling getting things done) .

Q. I want to practice with my children. Any advice?

A. Meditating with children is a great idea, but be sure to pick the right kind of meditation. Simple techniques like breathing are the best here.

Q. I can’t find a quiet spot 

A. If noise is a problem there are a few solution. You could play meditation to cover the noise. You could go for a walk and do Zen walking. Or you could look for an alternative place to meditate.

Q. I find it hard to focus. Any advice?

A. Almost all beginners find it hard to focus when meditating. This is naturally. Don’t worry. Keep trying  and you will naturally develop more focus over time.

Q. Should I find a teacher or school before beginning?

A. This is entirely up to you. It certainly isn’t necessary. It is safe and relatively easy. That said, the knowledge a meditation teacher or school can offer is valuable. It depends how much you want to get out of meditation and how much you are willing to invest.

Q.  I’ve been practicing for a few weeks but haven’t seen much benefit.

A. Try changing technique. If you’re been using seated try standing or moving. If you’ve been doing mindfulness meditation, try mantra meditation etc.

Q.   Is it okay to practice in bed?

A. Practicing  in bed is okay but not ideal. The reason it is not ideal is because you want to meditate while you have energy. If you’re tired when you start meditating you’re likely to just drift off.

 

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Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques For Beginners With Exercises in Buddhism, Zen and more

 On this page we’ll be covering many different techniques and exercises in mindfulness for beginners. You’ll discover the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, you’ll learn how to meditate and how to practice mindfulness, how to use mindfulness in your day to day life and much more. Written by a professional meditation teacher, this a complete and authoritative guide to mindfulness and meditation.

CONTENTS

Mindfulness meditation introduction

Designing your meditation room or space

How to do a mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation exercises

Tips for beginners

Buddhist meditation

The complete mindfulness and meditation guide


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Mindfulness for Beginners Introduction

Mindfulness meditation can be learnt in many different ways. The best technique in mindfulness for beginners, however, usually involve seated meditation.  Essentially, we sit and observe; and that is all.

As a meditation teacher I’ve heard hundreds of people say “There must be more to it than that.” Well, there is and there isn’t. What separates mindfulness meditation from practically all other health exercises is that mindfulness is intentionally very minimal.

The purpose of mindfulness meditation is to get you back to your core mode of being, the most basic. It is about removing thoughts, worries and stresses and reconnecting with your basic energy. It is, therefore, intentionally minimalistic, but it’s minimalism is also its challenge. It canbe very hard to simply sit and observe without thinking and without doing anything, because we have become so accustomed to constantly doing things. Most mindfulness beginners feel that they must do more, they can’t possibly just sit and be still. Honestly, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, but teaching mindfulness meditation to beginners is like teaching a dog to sit. You know that all the dog needs to do is sit, and that’s what you ask it to do, but the dog constantly wants to do more and more. It is precisely the same for people. Perhaps we are not so different to animals after all.

Now, naturally, a lot of people ask “What’s the point in just sitting there doing nothing?” The answer is that there is a lot of point, but you probably wont understand the point until you actually try mindfulness meditation for yourself.

But to put the “point” of mindfulness meditation into a very tight nutshell: it’s about removing the rubbish from your mind and making yourself more aware of reality, more aware of things as they actually are as opposed to how you think they are. Amazingly, this one very simple “point” has payoffs in many areas of your life. Removing yourself from your thoughts helps you to:

  • Beat anxiety
  • Overcome depression
  • Develop confidence
  • Find happiness
  • Boost your health
  • Balance your hormones
  • Improve your overall health
  • Lower blood pressure
  • . . . and much much more.

Take a moment now to look at this list of scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness meditation. Ask yourself: Are there benefits in that list that will help you personally? Is mindfulness meditation worth your time? It’s better to know now whether mindfulness meditation is going to work for you as an individual, before continuing on.

Perhaps the best way of understanding mindfulness meditation is to consider the words of the Buddha. The Buddha said that the root cause of all suffering is our attempt to remove ourselves from the direct experience of reality. We cause ourselves to suffer when we try to escape our reality. If we can learn to accept reality and to live in the direct moment with “Present moment mindedness” then we will overcome suffering and find lasting happiness. That is what mindfulness is all about.

A Quick Mindfulness Meditation Technique / Exercise for Beginners

Okay, so time for the very first exercise in out mindfulness for beginners course. As with mindfulness itself, this exercise is intentionally minimalistic. The exercise is this:

Take five minutes right now just to consider what your life would be like if you removed all those thoughts and worries and if you lived in the moment. What would that feel like? What would it be like? How would it change you?

Done that? I’m sure you’ll agree that if you get rid of all those nagging thoughts and worries in your mind your life will be a lot happier, right? So let’s make that a reality. Click through to the next page and we’ll continue our guide to mindfulness for beginners.

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How to Do Maum Meditation

Many people are just starting to learn how to do Maum meditation technique. Maum meditation is a relatively new meditation technique, having been founded in 1996 by Woo Myung in South Korea. Maum Meditation is based around the idea that most people live in a false world and no in reality itself.

Those who practice Maum meditation believe the technique enable practitioners to move out of the false world.

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 How to do Maum Meditation: Instructions

On the next page we’ll reveal full instructions for performing the maum techniques. But first up I have to provide a couple of warnings. Firstly, there are many people who have stated that maum is a cult and is dangerous. Whether this is true or not is outside of the focus of this website. TheDailyMeditation.com is an educational website providing free information on techniques. Whether or not maum is a genuine and helpful technique is not under our jurisdiction to argue.

Secondly, as with all meditation techniques on this website, we strongly advise you to read the instructions slowly and carefully so you fully understand the procedure first. We also recommend contacting a helthcare professional before beginning and perhaps hiring a meditation teacher.

Click through to the next page for full instructions on the maum technique.

 

The maum technique uses eight stages. The first seven stages prepare practitioner to leave the false world and enter the real world.

1: The first stage of maum meditation aims to create oneness between the practitioner and the universe. To do this stage, sit comfortably on a meditation cushion or yoga mat. Now visualise the death of your physical body and imagine your soul floating off into space.

 

2: The second stage of muam meditation gets the practitioner to recognise “False Mind.” This stage moves you past feelings, emotions and thoughts. To do this step of the muam meditation imagine that you are in space and there is a black hole next to you. Now visualise yourself throwing your emotions and thoughts into this black hole. Now throw your spiritual self into the black hole.

 

3: This stage destroys your emotions and memories. To do it, imagine that you are putting everything that defines you (your possessions and such) onto a conveyor belt. Visualise your possessions moving along the conveyor belt into a fire. They are destroyed.

4: The fourth stage of the maum meditation requires that you do a simple chore like cleaning the dishes. Associate this task with the destruction of your physical form.

5, 6 and 7: Stages five six and seven are repeats of stage 4 with different chores. With each chore you do imagine your physical form being destroyed more and more.

 

  In this video, Nick Scotto shares his experience of the Maum meditation Center in Berkley

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Many believe that maum meditation may just be a cult. What do you think? Is maum meditation a legitimate form of meditation of is it just a cult? Share your thoughts in a comment.

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How to do Chi Meditation Exercises for Beginners

In this article we’ll be looking at how to do Chi meditation exercises for beginners. Chi, or Ki, is the energy of the universe. Chi surrounds are beings and (somewhat like the Force) “binds the universe together.” Chi is a very powerful force which has been used by masters for healing, for martial arts and for other uses. Harnessing the energy of Chi can provide many benefits in everyday life, from providing energy to keeping the body strong and healthy.

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 A Story about Chi

There is a famous story in which a man is living in the Asian’s mountains. He is suffering from tuberculosis and only has a few days left to live. The man ascends the mountain to its very peak, where he sits upon a rock and begins to meditate. During meditation he comes to accepts his fate and his mind and body become serenely calm.

The stories tells that the old man still sits there to this day, waiting for death, which is no longer inevitable since his meditation has healed him. By harnessing the power of Chi the old man completely healed his body.

This is a very basic chi technique which is ideal for beginners. This will strengthen the mind body connection and build chi.

This chi meditation derives from Qi Gong and is a popular technique in China. Though there are many types of Chi meditation, most of them are similar to this one.

Before meditating, make sure you are free of distractions.  Go somewhere quiet, turn your phone off etc. Etc.

 

 How to do Chi Meditation — Exercise for Beginners

1: Begin breathing in a natural way while focussing your mind on your breath moving in and out of your lower abdomen. With your eyes open, focus on a point at eye level in front of you.  This point should be approximately six feet away. Try not to move your eyes. Continue to focus on this point for 5 minutes.

2: Move your eyes to a position approximately 3 feet away and 45 degree down in front of you. Focus here for 5 minutes.

3: Continuing to breathe in the same fashion, move your gaze to a point between your feet. Try not to move your head too much, only move your eyes. Focus here for 5 minutes.

4: Continuing the same pattern, focus on the tip of your nose for five minutes. Both your eyes should be fixed on the same point.

5: Close your eyes while still pointing them towards the tip of your nose. Feel your breathing entering through your nasal passage and moving through to your abdomen. The air will feel quite cold as you breathe in and quite warm when you breathe out. Continue for five minutes.

6: Focus on the sound of your breathing for five minutes.

7: Now focus on your lower abdomen for five minutes.

8: Still sitting with your eyes closed, breathe in this fashion: breathe in for 3 counts, hold for 3 counts, then breathe out for 6 counts.

9: Imagine all impurities leaving your body as you breathe out. Rub your palms together counter clockwise so that the palms get warm, then hold them over your eyes, warming your eyes.

10:  Place your hands down on your lower abdomen. Now open your eyes and sit still for a few moments.

And you’re done! Regular practice of this Chi meditation technique will build chi inside you and help to strengthen your mind and body.

 

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How to do Dynamic Meditation Technique Instructions

In this article we’ll be looking at how to do dynamic meditation. The dynamic technique has become a very popular technique over recent years. The dynamic technique offers many benefits over other techniques. To start with, the fact that dynamic meditation is a movement technique means that it heightens the mind body connection. It also helps with eliminating any tension in the body. Another key benefits of dynamic meditation is that it creates energy. Perhaps my personal favourite thing about dynamic techniques is that it simply leaves you feeling great!

Dynamic meditation finds its place among techniques like Yoga and Tai Chi. What is different about this technique is that it does not use set moves or poses but instead gets you to move freely and in an expressive manner.

After practicing the dynamic meditation technique you will find that you move more freely, hold less tension in your body and feel a great sense of relaxation, positivity and inner calm.

How to do the dynamic meditation technique

how to do dynamic meditation techniqueThere are a few important starting notes that you need to bear in mind. Firstly, dynamic meditation is entirely about moving when you’re body feels like it. Unlike yoga, for instance, when we are moving through specific poses (asanas), with dynamic meditation we are moving as the body dictates. It is important to allow your body to dictate the way you move, rather than controlling your body with the mind. It is also important to make sure that you are not inhibiting your body in any way. Move entirely as the body dictates, not more and not less.

Of course, it is also important to practice dynamic meditation in the right place. The right place for dynamic meditation is a large (ish) room where you have plenty of space to move without worrying about bumping into anything. It is also important that your room be free of any distractions. Removing any clutter will help.

Dynamic meditation can be practiced in groups or individually, whichever you personally prefer.

Click through to the next page and we will look at the specific steps in how to do a dynamic meditation.

1)      The first step is ten minutes long. During this time you should be breathing freely, taking breath deep into the lungs. Focus your mind on the exhalation while allowing your body to take care of the inhalation.

2)      The second stage lasts another ten minutes and is all about freedom. Feel free to shout and express yourself in any way you see fit. Move your whole body and don’t let anything back.

3)      The next step is ten minutes. During this time jump up and down while throwing your hands up in the air and shouting “Hoo Hoo Hoo!”

4)      Stop all of a sudden and freeze in whatever spot your in. Do not move. Focus for ten minutes on the sensations in your body.

5)      Lie down on the floor for ten minutes and meditate on everything.

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Unleash Your Inner Artist with Meditation Techniques for Creativity

As a creative writer and journalist I’ve personally been using meditation for creativity for many years. I know first hand how powerful meditation for creativity is and have advocated it to many artistic and creative people around for world for years.

The reason why it is so powerful for creativity is simple. The mind naturally gets stuck in one way of looking at things. As we go through life we begin to look at things in one way. We have an idea of ourselves, an idea of other people and an idea of the world around us.

For most people, those ideas of life are fine. They help us to understand ourselves and to understand the world around us. But when you’re an artist you need to have an open mind. You need to be able to look at the world and the people around you with new eyes.

The Value of Meditation Techniques for Creativity

Artist need to see the world with open eyes and open minds.

For instance, I recently finished my novella Her Vermilion Epitaph. It’s a thriller about a family torn apart by war. In order to write the novel properly, it was imperative that I be able to step into the mind of my characters. I needed to put my own thoughts  on life aside so that I could see the world through the eyes of the characters. This is no different to acting, music or other creative endeavours. When you are an artist, you put your thoughts aside and see the world through the eyes of your work.

it empowers you to put your own ideas and thoughts aside and to truly step into the work you are doing. That’s why meditation techniques are so valuable for creativity.

On the next page I’ll be sharing the most powerful techniques for creativity. I recommend trying each of these techniques at least once. You will find that one or two of the techniques are more powerful than the rest, but this is a subjective thing. Be sure to try each technique at least once.

So, let’s get to it. Click through to the next page to discover the best meditation techniques for creativity.

 

A study back in 2012 by cognitive psychologist Loenza Colzato showed that certain meditation techniques enhance creative thinking.

The studied looked into the effects that different meditation techniques had on the two primary ingredients of creativity: divergent and convergent thinking.

Divergent thinking pertains to the construction of new ideas. Divergent thinking is usually tested via a method called Alternate Uses Task, which has the subject create as many different potential uses for one object as they can in a certain amount of time.

Convergent thinking is, as you would expect, the opposite of divergent thinking. Convergent thinking is tested through the Remote Associates Task method, where by participants are given three different words and asked to find the one unifying factor. For instance: Pen, Keyboard, Typewriter = writing.

The test had subjects use two different types of meditation: focused and open. In open technique the subjects focus on the overall environment, where focused meditation focuses on one thing.

The study showed that open techniques produce a far better effect on creative thinking than focused meditation does. So, Open meditation is the best type of meditation technique for creativity.

Here are three excellent Open techniques for creativity. Practice these techniques and you will significantly boost your creativity.

Open Meditation Techniques For Creativity

1: Pure Awareness: Lie down on the bed or on a matt on the floor, close your eyes and focus on your breathing or five to ten minutes. Now listen to the sounds around you. Listen in a nonjudgmental fashion, without thinking. Aim for complete acceptance and awareness.

2: Pure Vision: Find somewhere relaxing and tranquil, perhaps a seat in a quiet park or somewhere scenic. Get comfortable and simply observe. Look at the colours and shapes, look at how light plays on various surfaces. Explore the scene with your eyes.

3: Five Sense Poetry: This is a wonderful creative technique. Find a scene you would like to write about. Now observe everything about the scene through your senses. Pay attention to sight, sound, scents, feelings and sounds. Finally, write a poem which includes the use of all five senses.

By practicing open techniques for creativity you will develop both your divergent and convergent thinking.

For a complete guide, read Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.

 

REFERENCES:

Creativity study on Science Daily

The benefits of meditation on Positive Psychology 

The effects of mindfulness of creativity: Psych Central

How to use Meditation for Confidence Building and Success

Meditation for Confidence Building and Success

 On this page we look at the best types of meditation for confidence building and success. Discover the best ways to enter a positive mindset and to find true and last confidence.

Confidence and success go hand in hand. No matter how intelligent you are, what skills you have, and what experience you have, you’re not going to succeed if you don’t have confidence. You need to believe in yourself before other people will.

Genuine self confidence, however, can be difficult to develop. Sure, it can be easy to tell yourself that you’re intelligent or attractive or whatever you want to be. But truly believing in yourself is another thing altogether.

The problem is that we have underlying negative beliefs, which are often formed in childhood. Take the case of a bully’s victim, for instance. A child at school who is bullied can easily develop social anxiety issues. They can begin to believe that they are not popular, not likeable, that they are a victim. These beliefs, once established, have a significant psychological impact.

The only way to find genuine self confidence is to remove those negative beliefs.

But there is good news. With meditation you can silence your mind, you can learn your own habitual thought processes, and you can change them. You can replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and thereby establish healthy levels of self confidence.

Here’s how…

How to use Meditation for Confidence Building and Success

There are many different types of meditation for confidence building and success. You can read about all of them in my new book Mindfulness and Meditation Technique for Beginners, which is guaranteed to substantially boost your confidence levels.

But here’s a look at some of my personal favourite meditation techniques for confidence.

 The Best Types of Meditation For Confidence Boosting and Success

1)      Basic Breathing: Breathing is always the best place to begin with mediation. If you’re new, start with this guide to basic breathing.

2)      Insight: The reason people lack confidence is because they have negative beliefs. Unfortunately, it can hard to recognise those beliefs. By practicing insight, you can learn to discover precisely what is happening in your own mind. Once you recognise your beliefs, you can then change them. I recommend reading my guide to Insight for more on this.

3)      Bhakti: Bhakti is a type of meditation in which you focus on a deity, or someone who means a lot to you (eg. A role model or even an idea of a ‘Perfect You.’) Through Bhakti, you learn to be more like the person you are meditating on. For more on this, read my guide to Bhakti.

4)      Transcendental Meditation: TM is a powerful technique and is used by many celebrities. This is an immensely relaxing and empowering style of meditation. Find out more about Transcendental Meditation Technique HERE.

In truth, any kind of techniques you us is going to boost your confidence. Meditation has been scientifically proved to regulate the brain and to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. To learn everything you need to know about it , and to achieve high levels of confidence that will lead to success, read my new book Mindfulness and Meditation Technique for Beginners.

 

REFERENCES

David Lynch Foundation research on meditation 

 

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Meditation for Creative Writing

As a meditation teacher and a novelist I’m often asked about meditation for creative writing. To illustrate the value of meditation to writers, let me provide you with a personal example.

I was recently working on my latest novel, a Young Adult fantasy (can’t give much away, sorry). I’d had my head buried in the book, writing hardcore style for a long time. Suddenly I realised that I wasn’t thinking clearly and was working in 5the fashion of an automaton, punching the keyboard without thought. I needed to clear my mind. I needed to sit and focus.

So I sat for twenty minutes. And hey presto! after a mere twenty minutes I suddenly realised a crucial plot point in my novel, a twist that made the entire 75,000 word manuscript much, much stronger.

It is important to me both in private life and in work (so important that it is often a key part of my novels, including my latest Her Vermillion Epitaph).

But anyway, that’s enough about me. The point is, it is of immense value to your writing.

I’ll reveal how to use meditation for creative writing in just a moment, but first let me share some of the many ways in which it can help strengthen your writing.

 

The Value of Meditation for Creative Writing

  1. It helps create empathy, making you feel closer to your characters.
  2. It gets you out of your present day mindset, helping you to live in the world of your story.
  3. It makes you more mindful, more aware, helping you to notice any errors.
  4. It make you more observant of other people, which helps when writing characters
  5. It strengthens your imagination
  6. And, of course, it stops you from getting angry and smashing the keyboard.

 

How to use meditation for creative writing

Honestly, practically any technique you use is going to help your writing. But here are a few techniques that I personally find most valuable for creative writing.

1)      Basic Breathing: If you’re new, start with breathing. It’s the simplest and one of the most effective techniques. For a guide to breathing meditation read this Anapanasti guide.

2)      Vipassana: Vipassana is essentially insight. This helps you to recognise and understand your thoughts, which can help to a) overcome any hiccoughs you have about your work, b) make you more aware of thought, which can help with characterisation (especially in first person writing). For more on this read my guide to Vipassana.

3)      Walking: I force myself to use walking for one very simple reason. After writing for ten hours (I write as a novelist and journalist and blogger = lots of writing) I have to get out the house. And I also need to relax. Walking gives you a fantastic break that also helps you to relax and clear your mind.  For more on this, read my guide to walking.

4)      Character Meditation: Okay, so you want to understand your character and get into their shoes. What better way than to completely clear your mind and focus 100% on your character. It’s simple too. Just close your eyes and focus on your breathing for 10 minutes, then bring your character to mind. To be a little more specific, bring your character to mind in the way you would with a deity in Bhakti.

 

For a complete guide to every technique, which will significantly help to improve your writing (and boost your health and happiness), read my new book Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.

REFERENCES

Mindfulness and creativity on Psych Central

What Daily practice does to Creativity 

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Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity

By learning to use meditation for abundance and prosperity you will learn to stop holding yourself back, to adopt an attitude of acceptance, and to welcome abundance and prosperity into your life.

Ultimately, your attitude and your beliefs shape your personal world. By using meditation for abundance and prosperity, you will learn to shape your personal world the way you want it to be.

Here’s how to use meditation for abundance and prosperity.

 

Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity STEP 1: Perspective

There’s a famous quote that says, “Change your view of the world and you change the world.” That’s very true. Your perspective shapes the way you look at thing.

If you want to have abundance you must see a world of abundance, as a positive and friendly place where good things happen and when there are many, many opportunities. When you see a world of opportunities and prosperity you will welcome good tidings into your life, you will experience the world at a higher frequency. Learn to see a world that provides you with opportunities; this is step 1.

 

 

Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity STEP 2: Affirmation

Affirmation Quote: “I attract abundance into the world.”

When you learn to affirm your view of the world, the world of abundance from step 1, you put yourself in harmony with your source. You must rid yourself of the obstacles between yourself and that which you desire. Stop thinking that abundance and success are “Out there.” Instead, see yourself as a person of success and abundance. YOU are the source of abundance. Use affirmations to create the belief that you are, at your core, a person of abundance.

 

Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity STEP 3: Acceptance

Learn to adopt an attitude of acceptance. Allow yourself to have abundance. Do not listen to people who seem to distance you from a world of abundance, and do not allow yourself to think negative thoughts about abundance. One of the most important ways to do this is to start with your view of yourself. Do you believe that your life is lacking? If so, change that belief. See everything positive in your life. See your life now as a life of abundance.

 

Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity STEP 4: Present Moment

Use the present moment to create the belief that you are living a life of abundance. Be thankful and grateful for everything you have in your life. Gratitude is one of the most important traits a person can have. If you are not thankful for what you already have, you will not get more, you’ll get less. Express gratitude for all you have, this way more of the good stuff will come to you.

 

Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity STEP 5: Action

Use positive action to affirm your life of abundance. ACTION is a key word here. Being acting as though you are already living a life of abundance. Make yourself push for abundance and prosperity. Ask yourself, what is it that you could do right now that would create the belief that you are living a life of abundance. Do that thing. Act on positive thoughts, on passions. Do everything in a more inspired way, at a higher frequency.

 

Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity STEP 6: Kindness

Remind yourself that your life or abundance will be to the benefit of all. Tell yourself that you will use your life of abundance to benefit other people. This helps to look at abundance in a more positive light.

 

The absolute most important thing to get right is the belief that you yourself are the source of abundance. You must see abundance in yourself. Abundance is not “out there,” it’s in you. Change your view of yourself, see yourself as a person of abundance, then act on that belief.

For a complete guide to using meditation for abundance, read my Complete Guide To Mindfulness and Meditation.

In this fantastic video doctor and self help guru Wayne Dyer reveals how you can manifest your desire to create abundance and prosperity. This is a highly enlightening video. Be sure to watch in full. If you found this page helpful please share on Facebook. This helps our site to grow. Thank you.

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Meditation Techniques that will Make You Look Young

 It’s amazing the amount of benefits that different meditation techniques offer. Already on this site we’ve looked at meditation for depression, happiness, fitness and more. Now , I’d like to share a new benefit of meditation: looking young.

Let’s face it, as soon as we turn 30 we start wanting to look younger. But what is it to look young? To look young is to look full of energy, with good skin and with plenty of bounce in your step. The meditation techniques we’ll be looking at in this article can help with all of this.

Four Meditation Techniques for Looking Younger

Meditation Techniques that make you look young: 1 Yoga

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Yoga is one of the best techniques for looking young. Not only does yoga calm your mind as you focus on your breathing, it also helps your skin and develops a healthy, toned and athletic body. While there are many different type of techniques,  the best technique for looking young is Face Yoga. Just watch this amazing video. . .


2: Dynamic Meditation

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Dynamic meditation is a kind of movement technique in which you essentially dance. Dynamic technique is excellent for developing your mind body connection, meaning it helps your health overall. It is also extremely relaxing, meaning it helps with releasing stress, which in turn helps eliminate skin problems.

This video explains the technique in full.

3: Breathing Meditations

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By far the easiest meditation technique we will be looking at in this article is the breathing meditation. In this technique we simply focus our mind on our breath for twenty minutes at a time. This is immensely relaxing and calms the mind. Because it calms the mind it eliminates stress and the many complications associated with stress (acne, for instance). Simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing for twenty minutes and you will help your body to overcome health complications and will also leave yourself feeling revitalised.

4: Tai Chi

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Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art. In Tai Chi we focus our minds on our body and move very slowly and gracefully threw different poses, similar to yoga but with less stretching. Tai Chi develops a gracefulness and ease to our movements, making us look more elegant, more energised and younger. I personally recommend practicing Tai Chi in the morning before going to work. It will wake you up, give you energy and make you look fantastic.

This video offers a complete guide to Tai Chi for beginners.

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Love Meditation | How To Use Meditation For Love

The powerful meditation for love that I’ll be sharing on this page will greatly boost your self confidence, leave you feeling attractive and empower you to find love. 

The simple fact of life is that most people walk around with their heads in the clouds. They simply don’t see what’s going on around them. This affects all areas of life, including relationships.

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Why you need to use meditations for love  — an example

To explain how meditation for love works, let me tell you the story of a close friend. This guy is a good looking guy, about 5 foot 11, dark hair, athletic build. He’s handsome. Lots of women are and have long been attracted to him. Just one problem, he’s so blind he has absolutely no clue that so many women are attracted to him.

This guy used to complain all the time about not being able to find a girlfriend. I’d scratch my head all the time and think “Well, maybe if you weren’t so picky.” I thought he must have realised how many women were attracted to him and that he was intentionally ignoring them because he didn’t like them.

Turns out that actually, he simply couldn’t see what was right in front of his face. He couldn’t see the way women were looking at him and acting around him.

I later found out the reason. He’d been “not-so-good-looking” most of his life up the age of about 21. He’d been overweight and had never taken care of his image. For 21 years women found him unattractive. He then started dressing nicer and making an effort. Now women were finding him attractive, but he couldn’t see it. In his own head he was still; the unattractive guy. It was a negative self belief that had developed over the course of his life. 21 years he’d been led to believe he wasn’t attractive.

Self belief is everything. If you believe you’re ugly you’ll think other people find you ugly, even if they’re totally smitten with you. You need to remove the negative self belief so you can see the way people act around you. Then you’ll be able to see it when a woman or man is attracted to you. And once you see it you will easily be able to find a relationship.

How to meditate on love

So, let’s take a look at one of the simple meditations for love. Follow the instructions carefully. Doing this meditation will eliminate any negative self belief you have. This will empower you to truly see the way people are acting around you. You’ll then realise that actually, quite a lot of people find you attractive. With this knowledge you will easily get a relationship.

  1. Sit somewhere quietly. Sit with good posture. Relax for two minutes
  2. Focus your mind on your breathing. Do so for 5 minutes in order to focus your mind
  3. Now bring to mind an image of yourself sitting talking to an attractive member of the opposite sex. Try to focus on this image absolutely.
  4. While you are focusing on this image thoughts will come to mind. You may think things like “This person would never talk to me,” or “I’m so ugly” or whatever negative thoughts you hold about yourself. We’re about to get rid of all of those negative thoughts.
  5. IMPORTANT: This is the important bit. Every time a thought comes to mind, tell yourself “This is not reality. It is a thought. It does not exist.” Then imagine putting this negative thought aside.
  6. Return to focusing on the image of yourself talking to an attractive member of the opposite sex.
  7. You’re done!

This meditation is powerful and will eliminate all negative self beliefs you have regarding yourself and relationships.

For many more powerful meditation techniques like this one, pick up a copy of my brand new book: Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.

 

How Mindfulness and Meditation Create Love, Dates and Sex

  1. One of the greatest weaknesses of the mind that people suffer from is a lack of mindfulness.

Mindfulness: The quality of being conscious and aware

Too often in life we run on auto-pilot. We exist in our own minds, consumed by thoughts, by personal bias and by ignorance. If your mind is flooded with thoughts, two problems will affect you. Firstly, you will not be able to take in new information.

Imagine a cup. It is filled with water. Nothing new can go in. So too with the mind. It is flooded with thoughts and information, there is no room for new information. The mind needs new information as the body needs water and oxygen. To be truly alive, we need to be living in the present moment, continually taking in information of the environment through the senses.

But how does this effect a person’s sex life?mindfulness meditation love sex dating something borowwed movie

Simple. If you are not aware of your present environment, you cannot be aware of people in that environment. Let’s say you are a single man looking for a girlfriend. You have a stressful job and are constantly thinking about it. One night you go out for a drink just to relax. An attractive woman enters the bar. She is clearly interested in you. She’s looking at you with dilated pupils, she’s fondling her glass and touching her thigh. But you don’t notice. You don’t notice simply because your mind is so full of thoughts. To put it simply: you are blind.

I always find it amazing when a relatively attractive guy or girl comes to me and says. “I just can’t find a date. I’m not attractive.”

I laugh. “You’re very attractive,” I say, “Why do you think otherwise?”

“Because no one ever shows me any attention.”

“You’re sure no one shows you attention?” I ask.

“Of course.”

“Okay, I’ll make you a bet. Let’s go out to a bar this weekend and I bet that within one hour I can show you somebody who is clearly interested in you. Winner gets a tenner.”

“Okay”

And so we go out. We sit there drinking and chatting. And then my friend says, “See, no one is interested.”

“Uh-huh,” I, somewhat arrogantly, mumble. “So you haven’t seen the guy over there?  You didn’t notice how the moment you looked at him he ran his fingers through his hair then checked his shirt. He’s looked over here about twenty times. I don’t think he’s looking at me! You, young lady, owe me a tenner.”

The crux of the matter here is painfully obvious and very very simple, but also very important: if you’re not being mindful of the present moment you’re going to be oblivious to other people, and if you’re oblivious to other people, you’re not going to be aware when they show attraction.

I’ve started with the simplest of all the spiritual secrets here. But I also think it’s maybe the most important. How are you going to find something if you’re not looking?

To get the most out of life you need to practice mindfulness at all times, you need to live in the present moment.

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How To Do Grounding Meditation | Focus Your Mind and Increase Productivity

Grounding is one of the lesser talked about aspects of meditation. You’re only likely to hear about grounding techniques at a specific offline or online course.

This isn’t because grounding is especially difficult, it simply isn’t discussed very much.

Grounding is actually very simple. Grounding techniques are usually used as an entry point to more complex techniques.

 

If you have ever had one of those days when your head seems to be up in the clouds and you simply cannot focus, then you’ll understand the need for grounding. Grounding helps to find the right focus to accomplish tasks successfully. This is why many meditators using grounding techniques before going to a meeting or completing important work.

 Believe it or not, grounding techniques are actually becoming popular in large companies. Though these companies avoid the word “meditation” and prefer to refer to their practices as straight forward relaxation, the processes are the same. Let’s say, for instance, that an employer wants their staff to take some time to contemplate and reflect on their work; they will usually incorporate some kind of grounding meditation. These techniques then lead to more relaxed and focussed employees who perform their jobs more effectively.

How to do Grounding Meditation

Grounding meditation is about creating focus and relaxation, as well as refreshing the mind and body so as to create more energy. Grounding meditations usually involve use of the imagination, specifically using the imagination to visualise the body in contact with the ground. This helps to create present mindedness and the state of being in the moment.

A simple grounding visualisation can be achieved by imagining a silver cord rising through from the ground, up the spine and into the sky. This cord keeps going ever higher, into the universe, where it meets a bright white light that expands infinitely. Take a moment now to visualise these. See the cord rising from the ground, through your spine, out through the centre of your head, up to the stars and then meeting a bright white light that expands ever outwards.

Once you reach the white light, follow the cord back down to your spine and then into the floor. Imagine this chord being in contact with the ground, then downwards through the surface, travelling through the earth until it comes to the centre of the earth, a big burning ball of fire.

 

When you practice this visualisation you will feel more connected to the world around you and more aware of your own body.

Once you have completed this visualisation, meditate on the entire process. See the silver cord reaching from the bright light of the universe, through your body and down to the fiery depths of the earth. Meditate on this for 10 minutes.

While meditating you might like to include some positive affirmations. These affirmations can be spiritual—for instance, “I am one with the universe” –or practical—“I am focussing on my work and being highly productive,” for instance.

Practice this grounding meditation technique whenever you feel that you cannot focus. It will quickly refresh your mind and body and increase your productivity.

 

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One Ridiculously Easy Meditation Technique Successful People Use

There is one technique that every highly successful meditator I know uses. It’s so ridiculously simple you’d be crazy not to try it. What am I talking about? Meditating elsewhere.

Think about it. Most of the time people practice in the same spot. Maybe they have a specific room . . . wherever it is, most meditators practice in the same spot every time.

While there’s nothing wrong with practicing in the same spot every time, the uses of such a limited technique are, not surprisingly, highly limited.

The problem is that you psychologically associate different places with different things. Let’s say that you have a spiritual room. You most likely associate this room with relaxation and peace of mind. It’s very easy for you to meditate in this place. But then you go elsewhere.

You go shopping or to work, to a social place, anywhere, and suddenly that inner peace you found in your meditation room is gone. This isn’t surprising. You’ve only trained your brain to find meditation in one specific room.

Of course the way to treat this problem is very simple. You just need to meditate elsewhere.

Try Meditating at Work and you will beat stress and increase productivity 

 

One of my friends on Facebook recently told me that he’d started practicing at work. The results were amazing. He no longer felt stressed at work. He was able to relax. Because of his relaxed mind he was more able to focus and because he could focus he was more productive.

Another Facebook friend (who is single) told me that he’d always found it difficult talking to women in social places. He would talk to a girl online, but whenever he actually went out to meet someone he felt awkward. I advised him to meditate in social venues (which is quite simple—just sit somewhere quiet with your eyes open and focus on your breathing). Again, the results were amazing. After twenty minutes of meditating in social places he felt more comfortable talking to women. He now has a girlfriend.

Meditating in social places makes you feel more confident talking to men / women

 

The more places you practice, the more effect your meditation practice will have. So, if you’re meditating or know other people who practice meditation, let them know that they can significantly increase the power of their practice by meditating elsewhere.
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The Top 5 Meditation Exercises for Losing Weight While Relaxing

I need to lose a little weight at the moment. Thankfully, I can lose weight while relaxing simply by combining meditation and exercise. In this article I’ll be sharing the 5 meditation exercises that I’ll be doing this week to lose weight while relaxing.

 

Meditation Exercises for Weight Loss

Yoga and Meditation for Weight Loss

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Yoga is one of my favourite forms of exercise. Whenever I exercise I like to meditate on my body and on my breathing so as to create complete relaxation. Yoga allows us to do precisely that, and you don’t need to be a master of Yoga to begin, either. I’ll be doing half hour session of basic yoga exercises for beginners, while meditating on my body and on my breathing. This is such a relaxing ways of losing weight, I can’t wait to get started!

Tai Chi and Meditation for Weight Loss

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Tai Chi is similar to yoga in many ways. Tai Chi uses simple and graceful movements. There are many scientifically proven benefits of Tai Chi, of which weight loss is just one. It’s also very good for arthritis and for relieving stress. I’ll be doing the exercises in this Tai Chi for Beginners video. Maybe you’d like to join me.

Zen Walking Meditation

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Zen Walking isn’t going to burn that many calories given that it is a very easy form of exercise. But at least it does get us moving and it is also very relaxing. In Zen Walking you simply walk slowly while focussing your mind 100% on the process of moving. It’s one of the best meditation techniques for beginners and I strongly recommend it if you haven’t tried it yet. Simply find a safe and straight path that is quiet and walk up and down while focussing on the sensation of movement. This will heighten your mind body connection, which will help energise you to do more exercise in the future.

Swimming

 

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Provided that you have enough space in the pool, swimming can be an excellent exercise to combine with meditation. Not only is swimming one of the best exercises for weight loss, it’s also very relaxing. There’s something about the rhythmic nature of swimming that helps the mind to relax. The water, of course, is also extremely relaxing and helps to soothe any aching joints that you may have. While swimming, simply focus your mind 100% on the technique of swimming (the movement) and you will be able to meditate while you swim!

Running

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This is the one part of my weight loss plan that I’m not 100% certain about. It’s been a while since I did any running. I’ve done tons of running in my time (including marathons) but not recently. In order to keep running without getting too tired, it’s important to get into a sense of rhythm. Meditation can help here. Simply meditate on your breathing while you run. You’ll find this helps you to keep running for longer.

So, there we are, my meditation exercise plan for weight loss. Hopefully this will get me back in shape in no time!

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Why Miranda Kerr Meditates Before Modelling on the Catwalk

Australian model Miranda Kerr is just one of the many celebrities and models who have recently started meditating. Meditation, of course, is the buzz word at the moment, with tons of famous people learning to meditate over the past few years, including the beautiful Miranda Kerr.

Miranda Kerr is known to meditate backstage before getting on the catwalk.

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You may wonder just exactly why a model like Miranda Kerr would want to mediate. As we recently reveal, meditation makes you sexy. This is just one of the great benefits of meditation.

For a model, meditation is immensely important. Meditation helps to boost the energy in your body so that there is more bounce in your step, so to speak. Meditation is also a very powerful way of boosting confidence. Obviously, for someone like Miranda Kerr, who has tons of people staring at her all day, it is immensely important that she be confident. Meditation gives her that boost to beat any sort of self doubt and to make her feel great when she steps out onto the catwalk.

Miranda Kerr has said that meditation is more important than make-up for beauty. We tend to agree with her.

If you would like to learn the meditation techniques used by celebrities like Miranda Kerr, we recommend reading the phenomenal Mindfulness and Meditation Technique for Beginners. 

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Ten Ways Meditation Makes You Sexy

Meditation. Sexy. Usually those two words don’t really go together. After all, the last thing Buddhist monks are worried about is their sex appeal.

I mean, really, what sort of monk spends hours checking themselves out in a mirror to make sure they look hot?

I mean other than this guy. . .

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Anyway, back on topic now.

Meditation makes you sexy. And if you don’t believe it, just take a look at this list of the top ten ways in which meditation brings sexy back. . .

 

How Meditation Makes You Sexy. . . INEVITABLE!

Sexual Energy: The specific practice of sexual meditation has been shown to unblock sexual energy in your body. Sit naked with your partner and focus on your breathing for ten minutes. Then focus on your partners body for ten minutes. And now the sparks fly!

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Skin: One of the most important parts of being naturally sexy is having good skin. Sure, make-up is great, but if you want to be naturally beautiful, you need to have good skin. It is scientifically proven to help to eliminate skin problems like acne and eczema. Most skin problems are caused by stress. By meditating we remove stress and this makes our skin clearer and, you bet, sexier.

 

Confidence: What’s sexier than confidence? Nothing, my friend, absolutely ZILCH. Confidence is king and always will be. You know whenever you see a confident person. Even if they’re not necessarily that good looking they’re still attractive. Confidence is just flipping hot. Meditation grants confidence by eliminating negative thoughts. Meditate and you’ll be confident, be confident and you’ll naturally look sexy. Simple.

woman on beach meditatingElegance and posture: Posture is very important to attractiveness. Good posture exudes elegance, and elegance is classy. The main reason people suffer from bad posture is due to muscle tension. A regular mindfulness meditation will help you to remove muscle tension, but for complete physiotherapy, try a shot of Osho Dynamic technique. It will leave your body relaxed and free of tension, which will naturally improve your posture and leave you looking elegant.

Weight Loss: While we love girls with curves, if we’re going to be honest here, there’s nothing much sexy about being heavily overweight. Thankfully, meditation and mindfulness will help you to eliminating those cravings that lead you to snack and put on weight. You can find a complete guide to meditation for weight loss HERE.

 

Energy: People with energy look sexy. I mean, whoever found fatigue sexy? No, if you want to be sexy you need to be full of energy and zest for life. Meditation  is proven to improve your energy levels and to make you live more in the moment, thereby giving that “je ne saia quoi.”

Those Eyes! Anyone who has been meditating for many years will readily tell you that it changes the appearance of your eyes. Specifically, it makes your eyes seem more alive , which is basically because they ARE more alive. When you practice you become more aware of your senses, meaning you are more aware of visual stimuli. This mental awakeness is reflected in your eyes.

 Dance: Because it releases muscle tension and also creates mental freedom, you’ll find that meditating makes you a much better dancer. You won’t feel awkward dancing after meditating, you;ll just flow. And dancing is all kinds of sexy.

 

Being Yourself: Being yourself is sexy. I mean, really, what’s sexy about someone who feels the need to act like everyone else and doesn’t have the confidence to be themselves? Meditation will give you the confidence to be true to yourself, and that will make you sexy.

Natural Charisma: Because meditation gives you both confidence and the willingness to be yourself and go with the flow, you’ll find a whole new layer of charisma too. Charismatic people are all kinds of sexy. Think about your favourite celebrities. They have killer personalities and natural charisma, and because of that they’re sexy  as heck.

 

Yes, meditation makes you sexy. Between your good posture, your natural charisma, your clear skin, your stunning eyes, your raised energy, your new found dancing skills, your ability to be yourself, your healthier body and your self confidence, you’re all kinds of sexy. And it’s all thanks to meditation. Click through to the next page for some really hot ways to use meditation for sexiness, or just for sex itself.

 

 

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Meditation for Motivation | How To Find Motivation through Meditation

 In this guide to meditation for motivation we will reveal how to find motivation through meditation.

Meditation for Motivation | How To Find Motivation through Meditation

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It’s natural to suffer the occasional slump in life where you find it very difficult to find motivation. Thankfully, at the time, meditation for motivation can come to our aid. If you find that you are lacking energy or lacking purpose, it can help you to get out of the doldrums and back on track.

The benefits of mindfulness for motivation are extraordinary. By meditating we allow ourselves to let go of negative thoughts and we let new light into our mind, finding positivity and motivation once more.  By developing our mind / body connection meditation also produces energy that can help us to get going.

A lack of motivation is often caused by depression. Mindfulness , however, is one of the most effective natural treatments for depression. By letting go of our negative thoughts we remove depression from our systems and find positivity.  Meditation also allows us to let go of doubts, fears and other obstacles that interfere with our motivation.

With all these benefits it would be folly not to commit to the 20 minutes a day that most meditation courses ask of us.

If you want to get motivated once again, simply click the link below for our free guide to meditation for motivation and success.

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Meditation for Positive Thinking | How To Think Positive

Using meditation for positive thinking is one of the best ways to train yourself to be a positive person. Not only does this allow you to remove negative thoughts but it also heightens happiness and positivity levels.

In meditation, you go deep inside yourself and you allow things to come out. When practicing you will find thoughts and beliefs coming to mind. You will actually come to see what is going on in your mind. Once you see what is going on, you are able to make changes.

It is ironic in a sense, because while meditation is about quieting the mind, you actually hear your thoughts more clearly. You will come to recognise your fear, doubts, desires, memories and more.

Meditation for Positive Thinking: Removing Worries

It seems that human nature involves a certain degree of worrying. Even people who seem to have practically everything they ever wanted still worry (mostly about losing what they have). Fear and worries permeate the mind, and the path to genuine positive thinking is to clear those negativities out.

If you find that you are worries or stressed then meditation will be of immense benefit. Meditation allows you to see your thoughts for what they are: just thoughts. It  reduces the affect that negative thoughts and feelings have on you.

We’ve all experienced thoughts like:

Will I get that job?

Am I going to run out of money?

Does he / she like me?

Is my career going well

. . . These thoughts ruin our sense of inner peace, and they ruin our happiness.

Thoughts, the Buddha would say, are the root of all suffering. How much of your life has been made painful because of negative thoughts and fear. Probably a lot; that’s the case for most people. We all suffer from fears and doubts.

But when we meditate three things happen.

1)      We recognise our thoughts and feelings

2)      We set ourselve free from negative thoughts

3)      We are able to retrain our minds to think in more positive ways.

 

Click through to the next page for a comprehensive guide to using meditation for positive thinking.

 

 

The meditation for positive thinking which we’ll share on this page is a powerful way how to think positive and how to train your mind to stay positive.

 

Meditation for Positive Thinking | How To Think Positive

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To do this meditation for positive thinking you’ll first need to come up with a mantra that evokes the kind of thought you wish to achieve. For instance, if you want to stay positive about life in general you might choose the mantra “Life is good.” If you want to stay positive about a goal, weight loss for instance, you could choose the mantra “I’m feeling good about losing weight.”


  1. Take a few minutes now to think of a great mantra for yourself. When you’re ready, follow the steps below.
  2. Find somewhere quiet where you can sit in peace for ten minutes without being disturbed.
  3. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Continue to do so for five minutes, or until you feel relaxed and focused.
  4. Begin to recite your mantra to yourself. You may say it out loud or whisper it. while doing so, think about your mantra and what it means.
  5. Continue to recite your mantra for ten minutes, while meditating on the meaning of the mantra.
  6. To finish, stop reciting the mantra and simply sit silently for two or three minutes.
  7. Repeat every day.

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Meditation for Lucid Dreams | How To Have a Lucid Dream

Meditation for lucid dreams is perhaps the number one way how to have a lucid dream. It is both a part of Wake Induced Lucid Dreams and Mnemonic Induction. In this article I’ll be revealing how to use meditation for lucid dreams and providing a free guided meditation for lucid dreams.

How meditation for lucid dreams works

Numerous scientific studies have shown a direct correlation between lucid dreaming and meditation. Because it develops your self awareness and makes you more reflective, it improves your ability to recognise that you are in a dream. Through regular practice you will greatly enhance your ability to have a lucid dream.

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If you are new to meditation you will most likely be wondering just what exactly it is and how you can do it.

It  is a practice many thousands of years old. In meditation, an individual focuses their mind on one element of the present moment. Many techniques have the practitioner focusing on their breaths, where others may focus on movement or on some other object–a candle for instance.

Though it is very simple it is a powerfully effective technique. Meditation has been shown to offer numerous health benefits, ranging from boosting the immune system to reducing stress to fighting depression and even lowering blood pressure. And of course, there are many benefits of meditation for lucid dreams.

Essentially, all techniques improve your ability to have lucid dreams because of the improved self awareness that results from meditation. There are, however, some additional techniques in meditation that can be used for lucid dreaming. One technique, for instance, is to close your eyes, focus on your breath (so you relax and focus your mind) and then to recite a mantra such as “I am aware.” This simple mantra will train your mind to check on your current mental state, meaning that when you are dreaming you are more likely to realise that you are dreaming.

video-buttonAnother technique for lucid dreams is to meditate while in bed and then purposefully lead yourself into a sleeping state through guided meditation. For instance, you may imagine that you are sitting on the beach in the sunshine, and by meditating on this scenery you will enter your dream on a beach in the sunshine.

These are just two types of techniques for lucid dreams. There are many. Click the link below and we’ll reveal the very best meditation techniques to use.

learn-more-buttonHere is an excellent free guided meditation for lucid dreams. Click on the video and there shut your eyes and begin to fall asleep. This video will lead you into a state of lucid dreaming.

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Meditation for Peace of Mind | Peaceful Meditation

The number one reason for meditation is for peace of mind. By learning peaceful meditation techniques, we can free ourselves from negativity and come to find complete inner peace. 

Meditation for Peace of Mind | Peaceful Meditation

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What is it that keeps us from finding peace of mind? Is it the struggles of life? Is it other people who argue with us and make life hard? Is it the simple fact that life is unfair?

While all these things can lead us to feel a lack of peace, they are not the root cause of feelings of unease. The root cause of unease lies within us.

We all have, within ourselves, the ability to find peace of mind and live in complete harmony with the world. And in many ways, doing so is easy. All we need do is accept life as it is, to surrender to reality, to let go of our biased modes of thinking and simply be.

In theory, finding peace of mind is easy. What makes it difficult is the fact that, over the years of our life, we have build up modes of thinking. We’ve taught ourselves to see life in a certain way. We’ve conjured ideas of right and wrong, ideas of how to judge ourselves and other people. We’ve taken the purity or reality and made it a vast mental construct. We’ve woven a web of thoughts that clogs our mind and causes friction, numbing our inate ability to be at peace.

Thankfully, there are many powerful techniques for peace of mind. Peaceful techniques allow us to undo our spider web of thoughts, to release ourselves from the trappings of the mind, to see reality as it is in all its purity.

Meditation is the path to peace. Because, at its very heart, it is the definition of peace. It  teaches us to see things as they are, to accept reality as it comes to us, to live life in the moment, without worry, fear, doubt, anger, hate, anxiety and all those other negative.

This is the power of meditation.

So, how do we begin using it for peace of mind? Simply click the link below for our complete guide to peaceful meditations.

 Learn the techniques here. 

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Meditation for Sleep | How To Get To Sleep

The benefits of meditation for sleep are marvelous. Even if you have been suffering from insomnia for a long time, meditation will allow you to get to sleep easily. It relaxed your mind, quiet thoughts and prepares your mind for sleep. But which are the best techniques for sleep? Click the link below and we will reveal the best way to meditate for sleep.

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How meditation for sleep works

The reason why most people struggle to get to sleep is night is because their minds cannot switch off. This is not surprising given many people’s lifestyles.

Most people these days are literally bombarded by information. We check twitter, our phones, enter into idle chat, worry about the future, sometimes dwell on regrets of the past–our mind is always doing something.

Meditation for sleep allows us to quiet all these thoughts that are going on in our mind. It is the same as if you had been running all day. If you run all day your legs will tire and they wont work properly until you give them time to relax and repair. The same is true for the mind.

While there are drugs for insomnia and other treatments for insomnia and treatments for quieting the mind, the best kind of treatment is a natural one. By learning meditation you train your mind to relax. This allows your mind to stop working, to stop having all those unnecessary thoughts going on all the time. This mental quiet is the best preparation for a good night’s sleep.

Click the link below and we reveal the best techniques in meditation for sleep.

 

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Meditation for Studying | How To Focus on Studies

Meditation is the best way how to focus on studies. This has been proven by recent scientific research that has shown that just by meditating for a few minutes before studying, you greatly increase your ability to retain information.

We’ve already written a great deal about meditation for studies in our comprehensive guide to mindfulness and meditation .

ON this page we’d like to talk a little more about meditation can help with studies.

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Meditation for Studying | How To Focus on Studies

Scientific research using neuroimaging technology proved many months ago that meditation improves brain functioning and enhanced concentration. It was always assumed, however, that to acquire these benefits a person need to meditate for many years.

Psychologists studying mindfulness have now shown that you don’t need to commit to much practice in order to glean the full benefits. A study group showed significant improvements in their cognitive abilities after merely four days of meditating for 20 minutes each day.

This research has amazed scientists, who until now believed that any significant changed to cognitive abilities took many years to acquire.

In a study, 49 students were divided into two groups, one of which meditate while the other did not. Both before and after the tests students were tested extensively on their cognitive abilities.  Though both groups had performed equally in the beginning, the group of students who has meditated scored significantly higher in their tests.

This test has proven not only that the benefits of meditation for studying are very real, but that those benefits may be acquired within a few days. So, the answer to how to focus on studies is by meditating. But what are the best techniques to use?

Click the link below and we will reveal how to focus on studies, sharing the best techniquesfor studying.

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Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief: How To Get Relief From Stress

In this guide you will discover the ten most effective meditation techniques for stress relief. These are the perfect ways to get relief from stress. Simply choose the exercise you must like the look of or try all ten and kiss goodbye to stress.

 

In America, more than 47% of the population suffer from stress. In England in 2012, 6370 admissions were made to hospital for stress-related conditions. the picture is not much better elsewhere. We are a world suffering from stress.

Meditation has been proven to be of immense help when handling stress. There are numerous ways in which it can help people get relief from stress. Some of them are physical, like Yoga and Tai Chi. Others are completely stationary, like mindfulness and many breathing based. All, however, are great for relaxing the mind and allowing a person to escape from stressful modes of thinking.

Of all the great techniques for stress relief, the following ten are the most effective.

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The Top Ten Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief

 

#1: Beginners Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that involves focussing on one thing absolutely and on living in the present moment. It is easy to do. To begin, simply close your eyes and focus your attention on your breath.

To learn to use mindfulness, read our Guide To Mindfulness.

 

 

#2: Food Meditation

Food by itself can be very relaxing—especially when eating something pleasant like chocolate (mind the calories though!). To meditate on food, simply pick one item to eat. now, focus on all the sensory information attached to the food. Focus on its sight, on its scent, eat it slowly, savouring and meditating on every taste.

 

#3: Loving Kindness

A loving kindness meditation is about sending loving and kind thoughts to everybody. It is simple to perform. The best way to practice loving kindness meditation is to close your eyes and repeat the following mantra to each individual you think of. Simply say a mantra along the lines of: “May [e.g Dad] find happiness. May he be free from suffering and pain. May he also have the strength and courage to overcome moments of difficulty in life.”  This is an example mantra. What matter is that you recite a line that extends thoughts of love and kindness to those around you.

 

#4: Music

A lot of us already meditate to music even if we are not aware of doing it. Simply choose some relaxing music (Buddhist peace music, for instance, or perhaps some nice relaxing classic music). Focus all of your attention on the sound of the music. Make the music the only thing that exists in your world. Meditate on the music for many minutes and it will greatly help you to relax and handle stress.

Find the best meditation music here. 

 

 

#5: Shower

Hopefully you either shower or bath once a day and so can readily begin to practice shower meditation. To do so is simple, just meditate absolutely on the sensation of water hitting your body. This will not only relax you, but it will awaken your body to and help promote the mind body connection.

 

#6:  Body Scan Mediation

A body scan meditation involves getting in touch with your full body. It encourages the mind body connection so as to promote inner calm and wellbeing for both body and mind. To perform this meditation, lie down and close your eyes. Take a couple of minutes to relax. Now begin to meditate on your crown. Feel all the sensations there, being alive to them. Then move your focus down your face, down your neck, gradually going down and down to your toes, then gradually back up to the top of your head. this meditation helps release stress in your mind and tension in your body.

 

 

 #7.   Zen Walking 

To do a Zen walking meditation you will need a path in which you can walk for about 40 steps without being disturbed. To do the meditation, begin to walk your path in one direction. Focus your energy and attention on the movement of your feet. Walk slowly, paying close attention to each stage of the movement process. Get in touch with the sensation of movement and focus on it absolutely. When you reach the end of your path turn around and walk back the other way.

Find a complete guide to Zen walking meditation HERE. 

 

 

#8: Mantra

Mantra are lines which we recite. To do a mantra meditation, you first must choose your mantra. A good mantra for relaxation would be (for instance) “I am feeling relaxed and free, calm from head to toe.” Begin to recite this meditation to yourself with your eyes closed. Continue for ten to twenty minutes.

 

 

#9: Art Therapy

Art therapy involves meditating as you create. You may wish to create a picture, poem, short story or anything else. There are two ways in which to meditate on art therapy. Firstly, you may choose a subject and meditate on recreating it (for instance, sit outside and paint a picture of the scenery while meditating on the scenery). Or you may create freely, by allowing your creativity to flow. The first technique is good for calming your mind. The second technique is good for actively releasing stress and negative ways of thinking.

Find out more about Art Therapy Here.

 

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #10: Yoga and Tai Chi

Yoga and Tai Chi both involve focussing absolutely on basic movements. To do this, you will need to learn a couple of Yoga or Tai Chi poses. Having learnt them, you then begin to move from one pose to another gradually, paying close attention to the movements.

 

All these meditation techniques for stress relief are powerful and effective ways of handling stress. Simply chose the techniques you think you will most enjoy or that you think will most benefit you. Or, if you have time, begin at exercise one and work through to exercise ten.

                     

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Meditation Techniques For Anxiety: How To Handle Anxiety Naturally

Learn how to handle anxiety naturally by using meditation technique for anxiety. 

Approximately 40 million adult in the US suffer from anxiety each year, says the National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety is nothing strange. It is a stress response to difficult situations that we are all bound to come across at one time or another. Some people suffer from social anxiety disorder, others from anxiety during pregnancy, many more have anxiety during stressful times such as during exams or when facing pressure at work.

All these anxiety suffers experience similar states: a stress reaction. Thankfully, there is a natural and healthy way how to handle anxiety. The key to handling anxiety is to develop a habit of relaxation by using meditation. Not only will meditation help to handle anxiety, it will also improve your overall health, happiness and wellbeing.

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Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #1 : Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness techniques are about focusing your attention and your mind on something absolutely. Mindfulness is about being aware and living in the present moment. It usually involves focussing on your breath. You can read a great article and guide to mindfulness meditation HERE.

To briefly explain the mindfulness technique, it begins by focussing on the breath. Simply close your eyes and focus on the sensation of your breath moving in and out of your nose. You will experience thoughts while you do this. When you have a thought, simply observe it in a nonjudgmental way. Be aware of the thought without thinking of it as right or wrong, good or bad or in any other way. This process allows you to recognise that your thoughts are only thoughts, and by doing so allows you to move past negative thoughts, helping you to handle anxiety.

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #2:Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is the entry point for a lot of people. Guided meditations are available through CDs and online. The best kind of guided meditation for people suffering from anxiety are ones that centre on muscle relaxation, guided visualisations and breathing practices.

Guided meditations slow the heart rate so you don’t experience the state of panic associated with anxiety. They are also useful for making you think about something other than the cause of anxiety.

The best guided meditations for anxiety can be found in this list of free guided meditations. Use them once a day for continual relaxation and you will naturally learn to relax when you feel tense, stressed and anxious.

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #3: Yoga and Tai Chi

Yoga and Tai Chi are both excellent ways of connecting mind and body and promoting the calmness of both. They are excellent ways of dealing with depression and are relatively simple to begin. Both involve focussing on specific movements and poses. By focussing your mind on these activities you give yourself a break from anxious thoughts.

For more on Yoga and Tai Chi see HERE.

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #4: Zen walking

Zen walking is extremely relaxing. It involves walking up and down a straight path while focussing your mind . You can begin Zen walking anywhere where you have an open space that is free of distractions—don’t do it near a road.  As you walk, focus your mind absolutely on the process of walking. Pay attention to the movement of your feet, the lift of the foot, the forward swinging and downward placement. Also be aware of when the movement shifts from one foot to another.

For more on Zen walking, read the Zen walking meditation guide.

 

As you can see, all these meditation techniques for anxiety help you to handle anxiety by focussing your mind on one simple think. There are many ways to do this. You could simply focus on the sound of the kettle boiling as you make a cup of tea. Or you could focus on the feeling of the water hitting your body as you shower. What matters is focussing your mind on the moment.

The basis, then, of all meditation techniques for anxiety is to focus on one thing absolutely. This gives your mind a break, allows you to relax and is best way how to handle anxiety.

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Meditation for Bipolar Disorder

One of the most recent breakthroughs in medical science has been the use of meditation for bipolar disorder. Science has proven what was already known in many cultures around the world: meditation for bipolar disorder works. But meditation doesn’t only work for bipolar disorder, it is, rather, one of the most important aspect of any holistic healing program.

Bipolar disorder is a serious psychological and emotional disease. People who suffer from bipolar disorder experience shifts in mood, which go from manias to depression. These shifting moods makes it difficult for people suffering from bipolar disorder to live normal lives. But meditation can help to eliminate the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Here’s how:

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 How Meditation for Bipolar Disorder Works

1: It helps to regulate moods. Bipolar patients who use mindfulness as a part of their daily practice show increased levels of peace and less mood swings for many hours after the practice session. By meditating regularly, patients can greatly decrease their mood swings and find more stability to their emotions. It  also leads to more awareness, which can help patients to avoid the highs and lows while maintaining a healthy, balanced mental state.

 

2: Bipolar medications work by boosting certain neurotransmitters. Meditation boosts thost very same neurotransmitters. Mood is significantly affected by lacks of dopamine, GABA, serotonin and other brain chemicals. Medication boosts those chemicals, but so too does meditation, and it does so without any side effects.

3: It makes you aware of your own thoughts. When a person meditates, they learn to calmly observes their thoughts and moods. They are able to detach from those moods, meaning that different emotional states have less effect on them. By practicing, you become aware of your moods, detach from them, and take control of them.

4: It helps the prefrontal cortex: The prefrontal cortex is essentially the control terminal of your brain. Its functions include knowing good from bad, right from wrong, the consequences of actions. It also organises the structure of thoughts. The prefrontal cortex has a very significant impact on people suffering from various personality disorders like depression. Meditation helps to boost the prefrontal cortex, helping to lower the manias and control the depression.

 

5: It makes it possible for bipolar sufferers to live normal lives: It has been proven to be of great value to people suffering from bipolar disorder. Patients who practice meditation are shown to take control of their mind, to suffer less severe highs and lows, and to find regularity to their moods. This empowers them to live healthy, normal lives.

 

 

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that any one techniquesis best for bipolar disorder. The best bet when beginning to use meditation for bipolar learn-more-buttondisorder is to include several different techniques, techniques that incorporate both sitting, standing and moving meditations, and which also include open and closed meditations. Here are five techniques you might like to try. Always consult your doctor before beginning. This information is for educational purposes only.

Sitting Breathing: Seated breathing techniques are usually the best place for beginners to start. this is the easiest meditation technique to learn. Essentially you sit and focus your mind on your breathing. This slows your mind down and helps to create internal balance and harmony (thereby helping to regulate the lows and highs of bipolar disorder). For a complete guide to this type of meditation, click the LEARN MORE button.

 

 

 

 

learn-more-buttonWalking meditation: The most basic type of movement meditation is a walking meditation, which is used a lot in Zen practices. This is a gentle and slow paced technique which is excellent for general relaxation.  Think about the last time you went for a long walk and how relaxing that felt. Now times that by ten and you’ll be somewhere near how relaxing twenty minutes of zen walking is.

 

 

 


Open Meditation: 
An open meditation is a type of technique in which you don’t focus on anything in particular. Instead, you simply pay attention to the world around you. Sit or lie down somewhere quiet for 15 minutes and simply observe, without judgment. Pay attention to your five senses and be mindful of your environment.

 

Music: without doubt, the easiest way to enter a meditative state of mind is to simply put on some relaxing music. This is not the most powerful technique, but it is very easy and very relaxing. Find some excellent music (for free) HERE.

 

Learning meditation for bipolar disorder is no different to learning other techniques. Once you learn to meditate you will take control of your mind.  For a complete meditation, read Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners.

REFERENCES

How Meditation can help mental illness

How being “Relaxed and in the moment” helps beat bipolar disorder

 

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How To Overcome Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a problem a great many people suffer with these days. It is also a very crippling psychological issue that can ruin life for many people. Thankfully, if you’re lokoing for a way how to overcome social anxiety, meditation may very well be the answer.

There are two steps to overcoming social anxiety with meditation. The first step is done by yourself somewhere private, the second is done while out socialising. It is important to do the first meditation first so that you are relaxed before socialising.

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How To Overcome Social Anxiety with Meditation STEP 1

As mentioned above, the first step to overcoming social anxiety with meditation is done somwhere private. Find somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed for twenty minutes before continuing

1)      Focus your mind on your breathing. Specifically, focus on your breath moving in and out of the region between your nose and your mouth. Do this for five minutes. You will find that you are very relaxed after five minutes of breathing meditation.

2)      Now think about a social situation in which you would feel anxious. Try to focus lightly on this imagnary situation.

3)      Notice the thoughts and feelings that come to mind. You may find certain images our sounds entering your mind. These mental sensations will be related to your anxiety. You are going to eliminate these mental sensations, thereby lessening the symptoms of social anxiety.

4)      When you notice a mental thought or feeling, image or sound, observe it in a passive way. Imagine the thought is happening to someone else. Now say to yourself, “This is just a thought, it is not real.”

5)      Continue this exercise for twenty minutes, focussing on your breathing and reminding yourself that any thoughts you experience are only thoughts.

 

How To Overcome Social Anxiety with Meditation STEP 2

The next step is essentialy the same as the first, however it is done while socialising. The next time you are in a social situation, be mindful of your thoughts and feelings. Anytime you feel anxiety tell yourself, “This is only in my mind, it is not real” then focus on your breathing for a moment. This will relax you and completely eliminate your social anxiety.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Meditation for Anxiety and Stress and Depression

One thing that changed my life over the past few years was learning meditation for anxiety and stress and depression. About seven years ago I went through an extremely rough patch in my life, with no job, no money, a breakup and a minor case of being 3000 miles away from home. To say the least life was hard; very hard. And to be honest, I don’t know whether I would have gotten through had I not learned to use meditation for anxiety and stress and depression.

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Scientific Research into Meditation for Anxiety and Stress and Depression

Meditation is being practiced by more and more people every year. Personally, I don’t find that very surprising. With so much pressure at work, with the amount of negative news we hear every day we all get down, and we all need to find some way to help ourselves. If you’re one of these people, learning to use meditation for anxiety and stress and depression could very well change your life; or, if it doesn’t change your life, it might at least make it a lot more comfortable.

Researchers at the University of Baltimore recently looked into nearly 19,000 studies of meditation, which revealed that mindfulness meditation can significantly help to ease stress, depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness meditation is, many scientists believe, the best way of treating anxiety. “People who suffer from anxiety can’t tell the difference between nagging worry and problem-solving thought,” says Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders. People who suffer from unproductive worrying tend to think in terms of negative consequences, for example, “I’ll be late and lose my job,” instead of thinking, “How can make sure I get to work in time so I keep my job?”

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) helps people with generalised anxiety disorder.   Mindfulness meditation empowers people to see their thoughts as just that: thoughts. People with anxiety tend to give negative thoughts too much attention, believing their thoughts are reality, that if they are thinking they’ll lose their job, they really will lose their job. Mindfulness meditation helps people, essentially, to say, “This is just a though, it isn’t reality.”

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There are many different meditation techniques that can help with anxiety, stress and depression. Click through to the next page to discover the very best meditation techniques for curing depression, anxiety and stress.

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Does Meditation Help Anxiety — Anxiety and the Brain

As a meditation teacher I am often asked “Does meditation help anxiety?” The answer is a resounding YES! It  is immensely powerful at helping anxiety.

To understanding how it helps anxiety you have to understand meditation, anxiety and the brain.

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How does meditation help anxiety?

Anxiety is the brain’s ingrained response to stressful situations. Our mind’s have learnt, over the years, to respond to certain stimuli by creating anxiety.

Let’s say you have a dentists appointment tomorrow. You don’t like the dentist–honestly, who does? So you’re sitting up at night worrying about going to the dentists tomorrow.

In your mind at this time are all sorts of thoughts and imaginings. You may see a certain vision of the dentist or imagine feeling pain in your teeth, or you may simply say to yourself “It’s going to hurt.” These are all mental patterns–things that habitually go on in our minds.

When you learn to meditate you learn to take control of these thoughts and imaginings. Essentially, it gives you the control to say “This [anxiety] is just a thought.” Once you realise that your anxiety is just in your mind you take control of it.

So, in a sense, it works as a brain management system. When you meditate you learn to take control of what’s going on in your mind and to eliminate the causes of anxiety.

This is how it  helps anxiety.

So what’s the best way to treat anxiety with meditation? Click through to the next page and we’ll share the best meditation technique for anxiety.

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Meditation for Anxiety: How to Live With Anxiety

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Anxiety is one of the most common health and wellbeing problems in the world. In the west, between 14 to 29 percent of people (depending on country) will live with anxiety at some time in their life. If you suffer from anxiety, the first thing to know is this: you are not alone; far from it. Around one in five people will suffer from anxiety, and the vast majority will overcome anxiety. If they can do it, so can you.

There are many meditations for anxiety that can significantly help you to live with anxiety. But before we get to those specific techniques, let take a closer look at precisely what anxiety is.

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What is anxiety and why do we worry?

People are natural born worriers. The statistics prove that much alone. While 25% of people will live with anxiety at some point in their life, everyone will suffer from worries. But why do we worry?

Scientific studies have shown that the human brain has evolved to have “negativity bias.” In other words, we are naturally drawn to think the worst rather than the best. We pay more attention to negative events and to threats than we do to positive events and opportunities. The human  brain will analyse negative information more quickly than positive information. This naturally predisposes us to bouts of anxiety.

It may seem ironic that we have evolved to have negative bias rather than positive bias. However, historically, our negative bias has been very beneficial, indeed it has been imperative to our survival. Thousands of years ago man was consistently threatened by predatory animals. In order to survive, it was imperative that we be able to detect threats quickly. Therefore, our brain evolved to be able to find and recognise potential dangers. To survive, we had to be aware of danger. This negative bias, this ability to spot threats, persists to today.

Evolution takes thousands of years. So, even though we are no long threatened by predatory animals, our brains still looks for threats. This leads us to think negatively, which in turn makes us worry.

Thankfully, we can help ourselves to overcome this negative bias and to stop worrying by learning meditation for anxiety.

  Using Meditation for Anxiety and Living with Anxiety

Scientific research has proven how effective meditation is for anxiety. A study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, for instance, studied the effects of mindfulness meditation on people suffering from clinical anxiety. The study showed that 90% of people suffering from anxiety and depression observed significant reduction in symptoms after practicing mindfulness meditation.

 

 

One scientific study researched the effects of mindfulness meditation on people suffering from anxiety for different reasons: including people who had cancer, people who suffered social anxiety and so on. By looking at 1140 participants the study revealed that mindfulness meditation helps people to observe their thoughts and to manage those thoughts, thereby giving them control of their minds and of their anxiety.

Anxiety is often caused by greater reactivity in the amygdale region of the brain. The amygdale triggers fear. A study at Stanford University showed that 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation significantly reduced activity in the amygdale and therefore significantly reduced the symptoms of anxiety.

Mindfulness meditation has been proven time and again to be one of the most effective treatments for anxiety. So, how do we learn mindfulness meditation and beat anxiety? That’s where our complete guide comes in. Simply read Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners and you’ll learn everything you need to know about mindfulness and meditation, the most effective treatment for anxiety.

 

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Stanford University: Mindfulness Mindfulness Meditation Training and Self-Referential Processing in Social Anxiety Disorder: Behavioral and Neural Effects

Harvard University: Mindfulness Meditation Eases Mental Stress

University of Massachusetts: Stress Reduction Program 

 

 

 

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Meditation Techniques for Anxiety and Stress

 Meditation techniques for anxiety and stress are one of the most effective ways of overcoming the symptoms of anxiety and stress.

If you are not sure whether you are suffering from anxiety and stress, ask yourself whether you are suffering from the following symptoms:

Symptoms of anxiety and stress

  • Fearing what people are thinking
  • Claustrophobia
  • Sensation of being overwhelmed
  • Suffering from numerous types of fear
  • Too much self awareness
  •  Dizziness
  •  Light-headedness
  •  Giddiness
  •  Noises in your head
  • Teeth grinding

These are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety and stress. If you are suffering from these symptoms, meditation techniques for anxiety and stress can be extremely helpful.

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety and Stress

There are many different types of meditation techniques for anxiety and stress. On the next page I’ll lead you through the most effective meditation techniques for anxiety and stress.

 

 

 1: Anapanasati Meditatiom

learn-more-button“Anapanasati” is the proper term used to described breathing meditations.  Anapansati is the best place for all newcomers to start meditation. They are very easy to begin and create a deep sense of relaxation. This is where I myself started many years ago and is how most people begin. There are a few different types of Anapanasati / breathing meditations. Click the LEARN MORE button for complete guides to these types of meditation.

 

learn-more-button 2: Smiling Buddha Technique

The smiling Buddha technique is a moderately advanced technique that is best for people who have some experience with meditation. It is a meditation technique specifically designed to create happiness. This technique involves a combination of mudras (hand position) and mantras (repeated words) to create deep relaxation and happiness. Click the LEARN MORE button for a complete guide to this meditation techniques.

 

 

 3: Zen Walking Meditation

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I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that when you’re feeling down, a nice long walk helps a lot. A walk gives you the chance to escape and allows you to clear your mind. The only thing better than a walk is a Zen walking. In this technique you walk up and down a path while meditating on the sense of movement. This allows you to get some fresh air (important for depression), to clear your mind and to find relaxation. For a complete guide, click the LEARN MORE button.

 

 

 

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Mindfulness isn’t a specific meditation technique per say; it’s more an attitude which encompasses a wide variety of techniques. Essentially, mindfulness is awareness. When you practice mindfulness you train yourself to let go of thoughts and to focus on the moment. This is very powerful for depression and will help you to escape your thoughts. I particularly recommend mindfulness if you are suffering from negative thought depression.

 

5: Visualisation

learn-more-buttonVisualisation meditation is one of the more advanced meditation techniques because it integrates the imagination into the process.

Essentially, visualisation can be defined like this: imagining specific things to produce specific results.

Let’s say, for instance, that you wish to relax. You may choose to imagine a relaxing scene of a beach. Try this now and you will become relaxed and happy. Imagine the scene in detail, using all five senses. See, smell, touch, hear and taste the scene. This will bring the scene to life in your mind and make it a much more powerful experience.

 

 

Stress Management Techniques

Meditation is the best of stress management techniques. Those new to meditation will be thrilled to hear that spiritual techniques (which is free to do and practically free to learn) calms the mind and creates inner peace with as little as twenty minutes practice per day.

There are many different stress management techniques. Let take a look at the top ten as we continue our free course.

Best Meditation Stress Management Techniques 1: Breathing

When you’re really feeling stressed, you want a simple stress management technique. Breathing is precisely that. simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing for twenty minutes.

Best Meditation Stress Management Techniques 2: Mindfulness

It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can use mindfulness as an effective stress management technique. Mindfulness involves focussing 100% on the reality of the present moment. For a full guide read: Mindfulne

Techniques 3: Zen Walking

Walking is, by itself, one of the best stress management techniques. It becomes even better when you combine it with Zen Walking. Zen Walking is a slow paced walk in which you focus 100% on the sensation of movement in your feet and legs. GUIDE: Zen Walking Meditation.

Techniques 4: Mantra

Mantras involves repeating a line or phrase while focussing 100% on the words and their sound. For instance, one might recite the mantra “I am calm and at peace” for ten minutes while focussing on their breathing. You can find a complete guide to mantras here: Mantra Meditation.

Techniques 5: Chakra

Chakra technique are a slightly harder type of meditation that utilises the energy centres (chakras) in the body. To learn this type of meditation, read: Chakra meditation.

Techniques 6: Nine Round Breathing

When you’re feeling stressed out your mind is full of stressful thoughts. Nine round breathing is a quick and easy way to focus your mind. You can find a video guide to Nine Round Breathing with the Dalai Lama here: Nine Round Breathing.

Techniques 7: Yoga

Yoga is a combination of stretches and poses that also involves meditating on the breath. You don’t need to take a course in yoga or anything to make the most of this. Simply do some easy stretches while focussing your mind on your breathing. Simple!

Techniques 8: Tai Chi

Tai Chi is about smooth and graceful movements that you perform while being mindful on the movements. Again, this doesn’t require a Tai Chi course or teacher, simply stand up, find an open space and begin to move your body slowly and gracefully while focussing on the movements.

: Loving Kindness

When we’re stressed we often become self absorbed, obsessing over our troubles. A good natural remedy for stress is loving kindness. Simply close your eyes and imagine extending thoughts and feelings of love and kindness to the people you know. For a complete guide read: Loving Kindness.

10: Meditation Music

What better way to relax than by lying down, closing your eyes and meditating on beautiful music? You can do this right now by listening to some of our choices of the best meditation music.

 

For a complete guide to all these meditation techniques and more, read: Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.

 

Meditation for Stress Relief | The Best Meditation Techniques for Stress

The benefits of meditation for stress relief are tremendous. Meditation techniques for stress can help you to let go of negative thoughts, to find a natural treatment for depression and anxiety, and to let go of all those worries, doubts, fears and other negative thoughts that ruin our inner peace. Click the link below and we will reveal the best techniques for stress relief.

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Meditation for Stress Relief

You may be wondering how mindfulness for stress relief works. After all, techniques for stress aren’t like other stress treatments. We don’t take a pill, we don’t do any particular exercises, all we really do is close our eyes and focus on our breath. It is extremely simple. Yet sometimes, the simple treatments are the most effective.

The reason we suffer from stress is because we allow all manner of thoughts to get on our mind. We fill our minds with doubts, fears, worries about the future, regrets about the past. It can be extremely difficult to find release from these thoughts.

What mindfulness does is silence the mind. It removes all the thoughts. When we practice mindfulness for stress, we focus absolutely on one relaxing things: perhaps we focus on our breath or on a scent or on a feeling, such as the feeling of water on our bodies. We focus on these things absolutely, so we are no longer thinking about stressful thoughts. This is how meditation for stress works.

Meditation for stress quiet all those negative thoughts. All forms of mindfulness help with stress. There are a great many techniques for stress relief. Thankfully, on TheDailyMeditation.com you can learn about them all. Just click the link below and we will tech you the best techniques in meditation for stress relief.

 

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Meditation for Grief | How To Overcome Grief

 Meditation for grief is a very effective remedy to soothing the physical and emotional pain associated with grief. Through meditation we can gently let go of the pain and restore

Below you will find the link to our meditation for grief, but first I would like to share some important advice on how to overcome grief with meditation.
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Advice on using meditation for grief

Firstly, it is important to be aware of the physical sensations of grief in the body. There is usually a chest pain associated with grieving. This can lead to breathing problems like shortness of breath. It is imperative to make sure that these physical sensations are not made worse(they most likely will be made a lot better but it is worth being cautious).

Secondly, there may be moments when you feel you are actually more upset. This is quite naturally. Meditation is a process of letting go. In order to let go of pain the pain has to pass through you. It is only natural for you to be a little more aware of your emotions as you work on letting go of them.

Finally, meditation for grief must be used properly. Some people attempt to practice in a quick ten minute break that they have, when their minds are really focused on other things. This simply is not good enough. Grief, as you are perfectly aware, is a very serious issue. It requires commitment in order to let go of grief. Make sure that you can commit a minimum of twenty minutes to the meditation before beginning. If you do not have twenty minutes now I recommend that you bookmark this page (press CTRL + D on your keyboard) and return when you have more time.

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Meditation for Depression | How to treat depression naturally

The benefits of meditation for depression are amazing. As someone who has certainly been through rough patches, I can honestly say that mindfulness saved my life in many ways. In this guide I’ll be sharing the very best techniques for depression. Trust me, by the end of this guide, and by the time you’ve learnt to meditate, you’ll be meditating every day and feeling a heck of a lot better.

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How Meditation for depression helps

Whether an individual is suffering from depression that is of a situational  nature (causedby external events) or of an organic nature (the result of chemicals in the brain) mindfulness can greatly help to reduce the symptoms of depression.

Though I am not a mental health professional and I strongly advise that people suffering from depression seek professional help, from personal experience I am certain that mindfulness can help with depression. In fact, I know people who have suffered from depression who claim that meditation is the absolute number one answer.

I must state, however, that it is imperative to know WHEN to practice. For instance, it is strongly recommended that you do not meditate when going through a severe low. Meditation for depression should be used in those times when you feel strong enough to try it. You know yourself how severe your depression is at any one time.

As for which techniques work best, I personally believe this to be a personal matter. Different people prefer different kinds of techniques. For me, the two most effective techniques for depression and simple mindfulness based breathing and zen walking, when I can get out somewhere peaceful and focus on walking. All kinds of meditation serve to focus your mind on the present moment and in doing so will help to remove depressive thoughts. Simply choose the meditation that you feel most comfortable doing.

So, which kind of meditation should you do? Click through to the next page and let’s get started.

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How to Stop Being Miserable by Learning to Meditate

So you want to know how to stop being miserable? If so, you first have to begin by truly examine what it is to be miserable.

Most people, when they’re feeling down, try to look for reason why they are down. We feel depressed so we ask ourselves “Why am I feeling depressed?” and, hey presto, sure as heck we come up with a giant list of reasons why we’re feeling down. “I don’t have any money” we say, or “I’m lonely” or, a classic, “Because life isn’t fair.”

I don’t want to examine any of these reasons for feeling miserable. Instead, I’d like to go a step further and say that when we’re feeling down we experience feelings, sounds and images in our mind that make us feel miserable.

For instance, let’s say you’re miserable because you don’t have any money. In this situation you will experience different things in your mind. You may see a mental picture of your bank account with a big fat “0” in it. You may feel poor or worthless. You may say to yourself “I’m so useless,  why can’t I make any money?” These are some of the typical things that go through our head when we feel depressed over money. It is these mental images, sounds, words and feelings that make us so miserable. But there is a very very simple way to overcome them. There is an easy way how to stop being miserable. That way is through meditation.

Mindfulness Meditation is a scientifically proven way how to stop being miserable

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When you meditate you learn to distance yourself from all those negative thoughts populating your mind. You learn to see a mental image as only a mental image or words in your head as only words in your head. Meditation makes you realise that all those negative thoughts are not real, they are only in your mind. Once you realise that those thoughts aren’t real they stop having power over you and you stop feeling so damn miserable.

On the next page I’ll share a very simple mindfulness meditation which will stop you feeling miserable in as little as ten minutes.

So, how do we do the mindfulness meditation and stop feeling miserable?

1)      Find somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed for 10 -20 minutes. It should be somewhere you can feel relaxed.

2)      Sit comfortably with good posture.

3)      Close your eye and focus on your breathing for ten minutes. This will calm and focus your mind.

4)      Now, bring to mind the reason why you feel miserable. If you don’t have any money, for instance, think about the fact that you don’t have any money.

5)      Now, the important bit. OBSERVE the thoughts in your mind in a casual way. See those thoughts for what they are. In other words, if you see a mental picture of your bank account with no money in it, say to yourself, “This is just an image in my mind. It isn’t real.”

6)      Continue in this fashion for twenty minutes, continually reminding yourself that thoughts in your mind are ONLY in your mind.

The trick with this meditation technique is that it gets us to understand what’s really going on in our minds. Most people obsess over their thoughts and feelings. They think a picture in their mind is a true representation of reality. It isn’t. It is only a picture in your mind. Stop giving your thoughts so much power and they’ll stop effecting you so much. This is key to stopping your misery.

 

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Meditation for Anger | How To Cure Anger Through Meditation

Meditation for anger is the number one form of self-treatment anger therapy, yet, outside of counselors and professionals, next to no one realises this.  Most people believe the best way to handle anger is to dig deep into your emotions, being brutally honest with how you’re feeling, venting your anger and letting it all out. On this page, we’ll discuss the problems with venting anger, or, if you prefer, you can simply click the following link and learn how to meditate for anger management.

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Despite the fact that venting anger has been shown to lead an individual to produce more anger rather than less, people still vent. Why?

It’s probably got a lot to do with TV and media. We all know how TV shows like Jeremy Kyle and Jerry Springer deal with anger problems: they let their guests yell at one another. Millions of people watch these shows, see anger being dealt with by screaming and shouting and follow the leader, venting their own anger.

The problem, of course, is that shows like Jeremy Kyle don’t care whether they lead their viewers to overcome their own anger problems; they just want millions of people to watch their shows.

Venting anger might sell TV shows, but it certainly doesn’t help you to actually overcome anger. All those times we’ve been told to “blow off steam” have actually been harming us, but we never realised it.

Psychologist Jeffrey M Lohr at the University of Arkansas has conducted numerous studies into the effect of venting anger. As Lohr states, “The studies all show the same thing: venting anger is ineffective at reducing aggressive tendencies and most often actually makes things worse.”  (To hear about the study in full, read Anger, Aggression and Interventions for Personal Violence, from the University of Arkansas).

Expressing anger and blowing off steam are harmful and lead to further anger. A significantly better way of handling anger is through meditation for anger. Hit the link below and we’ll reveal how meditation can be used as an effective anger management technique.

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Meditation for ADHD in Children and Adults

Meditation for ADHD is one of the most effective ways of treating the symptoms of ADHD in children and adults.    

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While meditation can be successful in treating ADHD there is a need for a natural solution to take the place of, or to compliment, such medications for three reasons. Firstly, not everybody suffering from ADHD finds medication beneficial. Secondly, those who do benefit from medication have other difficulties that require alternative solutions. And finally, many people suffer side-effects from taking ADHD medication.

A study in 2008 showed that mindfulness for ADHD has been proven effective. According to the study,  “mindfulness–which incorporates the practice of still or slowly moving exercises while pay particular attention to the moment–improves experiential learning, offers relaxation and promoted self regulation and present moment awareness.”

Over recent years, meditation has been proven to be affective in handling depression, anxiety, stress and addictions. It has proven its ability to regulate brain functioning and attention, which is why meditation for ADHD is so effective.

How meditation for ADHD works

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Mindfulness incorporates three important processes: 1) present moment awareness, 2) letting go of distractions and 3) refocusing.

Mind­ful­nessta­tion is described as involv­ing 3 basic steps: 1) bring­ing atten­tion to an “atten­tional anchor” such as breath­ing; 2) not­ing that dis­trac­tion occurs and let­ting go of the dis­trac­tion; and, 3) refo­cus­ing.

Essentially, in mindfulness we are learning to focus, to deal with distractions and to keep our attention on one subject. Essentially this is “attention training” and therefore highly effective at dealing with ADHD.

So, how do we begin mindfulness for ADHD?

There are several different types of mindfulness techniques for ADHD. I recommend trying each of the techniques to find the one that works for you personally.

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Zen Walking: A mindfulness technique in which you walk up and down a path paying attention to the sensation of movement. Learn Zen Walking Meditation HERE. 

Breathing Meditation: The most simple meditation in which you focus on your breath. Learn breathing meditation HERE. 

Begin learning HERE 

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Meditation and Depression | Getting Help for Depression Through Meditation

Meditation and depression can be thought of as opposites. When we are suffering from depression we are compounded by negative thoughts that affect our emotional state and leave us feeling depression. Conversely, when we meditate we remove thoughts and see the world with calm and open perception. Therefore, meditation and depression are opposite.

Because they are opposite, one of the best ways of getting help for depression is through meditation, which allows for freedom from negative thoughts which are the root cause of depression.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to be of immense value to the curing of depression,  as well as to the curing of other mental health problems such as anxiety and stress.

There are many different types of meditation that can be used to help treat depression. Click the link below to discover the best technique in meditation.

Learn the techniques of meditation here. 

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Meditation and Depression | Getting Help for Depression Through Meditation

Most often, meditation can be used without risk. However, depression is a special case. It is imperative to follow the guidelines below when using meditation for depression.

  • You should always feel relaxed when meditating. Meditation should never make you feel worse. If at any point when meditating you feel worse, stop.
  • Meditation and depression are both quite serious things –particularly depression. It is important to consult a healthcare professional before meditating when suffering from depression, 
  • There have been some reports (though they are very rare) of people with depression having their symptoms worsen while mediating. Again, if this happens stop and do not continue until seeking professional guidance. 
  • If you are suffering from severe depression it is best to learn meditation from a certified meditation instructor. 
  • Use meditation lightly. Meditation should always be used in a relaxed manner, but this is especially true for meditation and depression. 
  • Begin slowly. It is better to take baby steps up a mountain than to jump to high in one go. 
  • Only use meditation techniques you personally feel comfortable with. 

There is a natural link between the healing properties of meditation and depression. Meditation will cure depression, but only when it is practiced correctly. Right mind. Right body. Right intention. Go slowly, go softly and always stop if you feel you need to.

Learn the techniques of meditation here. 

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Buddhist Meditation Techniques That Help with Beating Depression

There are many great Buddhist meditation techniques that help with beating depression. Depression is becoming more and more a common health problem in this day and age. Thankfully, the Buddhist meditation techniques which we will share on this page are an excellent natural way of overcoming negative thoughts and beating depression.

Let’s take a look at the best Buddhist Meditation techniques that help with beating depression.

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Buddhist Meditation Techniques That Help with Beating Depression

1: Breathing Meditation

The best place for any newcomer to start is with breathing. In breathing meditation we simply focus our mind on the sensation of our breath entering and leaving the space between lips and mouth. This simple technique helps to focus and to quiet the mind. If you are suffering from negative thought depression, you will find this technique to be very powerful. Practice breathing meditation for twenty minutes at a time and you will soon beat depression.

Buddhist Meditation Techniques That Help with Beating Depression

2: Zen Walking 

Zen walking is another simple technique. This time we focus on the sensation of movement in our feet as we slowly walk up and down a path. It is important to walk very slowly and to focus your mind 100% on the process of walking. This will help to remove any tension in your body (which can come from depression) and will also focus and relax your mind. Again, this is another simple Buddhist meditation technique and is excellent for beginners.

Buddhist Meditation Techniques That Help with Beating Depression

3: Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is about observing your thoughts. To practice a mindfulness, begin by focussing your mind on your breathing, as you did with the breathing meditation technique. This time, however, you need to observe your thoughts. It is important not to fight your thoughts but simply to observe them, almost as a spectator. When you observe your thoughts you come to recognise that what is in your mind is only in your mind. This helps you to conquer negative thoughts and depression.

Buddhist Meditation Techniques That Help with Beating Depression

4: Visualisation

In visualisation meditation you create a mental picture of a relaxing scene. For instance, you may choose to imagine that you are lying on a quiet and beautiful beach somewhere peaceful and relaxing. You then focus on this imaginary scene, making it more and more vivid. For instance you may imagine the feeling of the sand or of the sun, the sound of the waves and so on. Essentially, you are creating a relaxing scene which helps to calm your mind and promote inner peace.

We recommend trying each of these Buddhist meditation technique. Begin with the first and work through to the last. You will find this immensely relaxing and it will help you to beat depression naturally.

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Meditation for Fear | How To Overcome Fear

There are many techniques of meditation for fear conquering. Through meditation, we can learn how to overcome fear by lessening the grip fear has on us. On this page, I’d like to share the number one technique for fear, the number one tool how to overcome fear.

Meditation for Fear | How To Overcome Fear

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No matter what you are afraid of, there is one truth about fear. Whether you are afraid of flying, afraid of public speaking, afraid of death or anything else, fear is entirely in your mind.

It’s important, then, to recognise why and how fear got in your mind. How does your mind create fear? To answer this question let’s look at the example of fear of heights.

An example of fear of heights

One day, a young boy went with his father to climb a tall hill. He was awfully excited because he’d never been to such a high place before. He wondered what it would be like to look down on his home from such a height.

The boy and his father climbed the hill. Looking down from a great height, the boy felt powerful, as though he were above the world. His mind was abuzz with the sense of height. Then, all of a sudden he felt a sharp stinging sensation in his leg. It was agonising. His head was bursting with pain. The boy looked down and saw a snake. He fainted with fright and woke up in hospital, safe but in pain and terrified by what had happened. He;d never been to such a height before. He’d been excited about it but it had only led to pain. Everytime he thought about heights from that moment on, he felt a pain in his leg and fear in his mind.

This is an example of how fear enters our minds. Logically, the boy needn’t be afraid of heights because it was the snake that bit him, he should be afraid of snakes, but then, the mind most often isn’t logical. Through association the boy has acquired a fear of heights. But importantly, the fear is only in his mind.

How to overcome fear with the meditation for fear technique

The boy’s fear is entirely in his mind. It is based on association. Every time the boy thinks of heights he remembers the pain in his leg and sees a snake in his mind’s eye. The problem, and the cause of the fear, is that the boy cannot think about heights without thinking about pain and snakes. The key, then, to overcoming the fear of heights is to untangle this mental know, and this can be achieved through meditation.

An Example of meditation for fear and how to overcome fear

So, our fictional boy needs to disassociate heights from pain and snakes. To do this, he meditates in the traditional way (if you would like to know how to do this read this Guide To Meditation) but while focussing on height. Here’s how:

1) Close your eyes and begin to meditate

2) Think about your fear. Bring an image of your fear to mind gently (in our example the thought is of height)

3) Thinking of heights (for our example boy) will bring up thoughts and snakes and pain. Very gently, move these images apart so you are able to see that they are three distinct pictures. One picture is height, the other snake the other pain. Recognise that these images are separate.

4) Continue meditating on breath to relax for a few moments.

5) Bring the fear image (in our example this is height) to mind and meditate on it. Recognise the image and idea of “Height” as its own entity. It is not connected to anything else (snakes and pain) it is just an image of height.

6) Continue in this fashion, recognising the basic truth of your fear.

By meditating in this fashion you disassociate the primary idea (height) from the negative that produce the fear (snakes and pain). This is the key to meditation for fear and is the best way how to overcome fear.

Depression Meditation | Techniques in meditation for depression and anxiety

There are many depression meditation techniques that can greatly help with depression and with finding a natural cure for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

Essentially, all types of meditation will help with depression. In the book Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners we shared all the best techniques for depression. Let take a quick look at some of those techniques now.

 

 

The Best Depression Meditation Techniques

Depression Meditation Technique 1: Breathing meditation

To do a breathing meditation simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Specifically, focus on the sensation of your breath coming and going through the space between mouth and nose. This will quiet your mind and allow freedom from depressive thoughts.

Depression Meditation Technique  2: Zen Walking :

 Exercise helps with depression. This is even more true when you combine that exercise with meditation. Try going for a Zen walk. Walk very slowly and focus absolutely on the feeling of movement in your legs and feet. 

Depression Meditation Technique 4: Chanting

Chanting or even humming creates positive energy in the body and helps to relax the mind (this is why singing in the shower is so relaxing). Simply close your eyes, focus on your breathing and chant a mantra for twenty minutes. This will change the frequency of energy in your body and lead to new thoughts and feelings

We hope you find these depression meditation technique beneficial. For more on meditation techniques for depression and other health related concerns, be sure to read Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners. 

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Meditation for Attracting Love : How To Find Love Through Meditation

There are many fantastic ways in which to use meditation for attracting love, which I have taught to many friends and colleagues. The funny thing is, whenever I tell those friends and colleagues that they can use meditation for attracting love, they initially don’t believe me. “How can meditating possibly help me find a soul mate?” they say. And then I tell them to try it, they do, and lo and behold, within a short while they’re entering into loving relationships.

A large part of the reason why people can’t find love comes down to their views on love and relationships. These days, we’re let to believe that we need to use dating sites to find partners, or that Facebook and Twitter can somehow help us to get to know people on a personal level. This is so far from the truth it’s ridiculous.

The right way to find a relationship is twofold: 1) To believe that you can find a relationship, and 2) To go out there and get that relationship.

Sadly, a lot of people don’t find this easy. They a) don’t believe that there is someone out there for them, or b) don’t have the confidence to go out there and get a relationship, or c) they’re too closed minded to open themselves up to other people and thereby give themselves a chance in love.

Meditation can help with all three of these problems.

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When we learn to use meditation for attracting love we:

a)      Lean to change our believes about love, learning to believe that there is a relationship out there waiting for us.

b)      It gives us confidence so that we feel we are able to show our feeling for other people, to be open and expressive, which makes the sparks far more likely to fly.

c)      Opens our minds and hearts to others, so that we welcome other people into our life.

Through practice we learn to completely change the way we feel about love and relationships, finding much more positive beliefs.

If you’re someone who believes that there isn’t a soul mate out there waiting to find you, or if you don’t feel confident enough to be open and expressive with other people and to let them into your life, I strongly advise using these tecniques for attracting love.

So, how do you use meditation for attracting love?

There are many different techniques  that can help you to find true love, some of which have been written about before, some of which are newly discovered. You can read about them all in my complete guide to meditation, which includes a guide to attracting love.

 

 

 

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This page: The Karana mudra.     /   Complete guide to Mudras 

The karana mudra is an important mudra for removing obstacles from your life. The “obstacles” are really mental thoughts and states of mind. For instance, of you are suffering from depression or anxiety, then it would be highly advisable to practice the karana mudra.

The karana mudra is not only for people suffering from depression, though. We all suffer from inner conflict, from negative thoughts, from fears and from anxieties. the path towards enlightenment, peace and happiness is to remove all these obstacles from the mind. That, essentially, is why we meditate: to remove thoughts that cause suffering.

When we remove thoughts from our mind we come to experience the pureness of existence in the present moment. The best state is one in which awe are 100% present and in the moment, accepting of the current moment in time, without suffering.

The karana mudra helps to calm the practitioner’s mind and to remove any mental hurdles that are causing suffering and stopping us from living life to the fullest.

I recommend adding the karana mudra to your daily meditation practice.

The Karana Mudra

On the next page you will find a guide to performing the karana mudra and an image of the mudra when performed correctly. Be sure to add this mudra to your daily meditation practice. 

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The Best Meditation Techniques for Anxiety, Stress and Concentration

 On this page we’ll be revealing the best meditation techniques for anxiety, stress, concentration, sleep and more.  These techniques help depression, help anxiety and help other mental health issues.

Next to the description of each of the best techniques you’ll find a link to click for a full guide to the specific techniques.

Best Meditation Techniques 1: Mindfulness Meditation, for Anxiety and Stress

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Mindfulness is one of the best techniques in the world and one of the best depression anxiety treatments. Mindfulness quiets your mind and removes you from distracting thoughts, which is very helpful for overcoming anxiety and stress.

Find our guide to mindfulness HERE. 

Best Techniques 2: Candle Meditation for concentration

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Another great anxiety depression treatment. The candle technique has you sitting in a dark room in front of a candle. You focus on the candle then close your eyes and hold the mental image of the candle in your mind. This naturally develops your concentration.

Find our guide to candle meditation HERE. 

 

 4: Zen walking

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This is a very relaxing anxiety and depression treatment. zen walking is a movement meditation in which you walk up and down a straight path while meditating on walking. This is a good technique for developing your mind / body connection and will develop concentration.

Find our guide to zen walking HERE. 

 

Best Meditation Technique 5: Chakra meditation

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Chakra meditations offer a very wide range of benefits and are particularly good at boosting your mental and physical health. In the meditation you meditate on the energy centres of the body.

Find our guide to chakra meditation HERE.

 

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Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation | Instructions, Words, Script and Audio

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On this page we will be covering everything you need to know about Buddhist Love Kindness meditation. I’ve provided a little contents page here to help you navigate to where you like; just click the links.

Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation Introduction


learn-more-buttonBuddhist Loving Kindness is one of the most popular and important techniques. On this page we’ll be revealing instructions, as well as the words, script and audio for loving kindness. But first, let’s take a look at what Loving Kindness is and why it is so important.

 

A great many people in the modern day (and perhaps all throughout history) struggle with emotions. In the modern age this is not surprising. We are bombarded by so many sources of stress that it can hard to keep hold of inner peace and of a sense of universal love. Many of us harbour feelings of anger, often even hatred, or of jealousy, resentment and other negative emotions. Regardless of who we feel negatively towards or how or why, these negative emotions, whatever their form, only serve to damage our minds.

Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation enables us to promote feelings of love and kindness towards all. Through Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation we learn to replace negative emotions with positive one.

It promotes four positive states of love: Metta (Frienliness), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Appreciative Joy) and Upekkha (Equanimity). Metta  develops a warmth of feeling towards others, and this is turn leads to compassion as we develop our levels of empathy, feeling happy for the successes of others and compassionate for their suffering. This then leads to Appreciative Joy—the appreciation of the good fortune of other people. It  must be practiced with equanimity in order that we might avoid indifference.  All in all, Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation develops a universal love for all, a non-judgmental, compassionate and loving attitude towards others.

 

Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation Instructions

Overview

Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation always begins with a focus on self love and acceptance. It is common for there to be some degree of resistance towards developing self love. This must be worked on. Any negative feelings towards one’s self must be ironed out. Having achieved self love, we then extend our loving kindness towards others, beginning with those close to use who we love or respect, then to neutrals (colleagues, people we know but feel indifferent towards and so on) and finally we extend loving kindness towards those of whom we currently experience negative feelings.

By gradually developing loving kindness in this way, both to ourselves and to others, we overcome mental barriers, replacing anger and hate with love and kindness and therefore developing a healthy, positive, harmonious and peaceful view of the world.

 

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As with most meditation techniques, find somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed for 10 – 20 minutes. Sit, lie down or stand up, making sure you have good posture.

For help with choosing or designing your room or space, click the LEARN MORE button. Or continue these instructions by clicking through to the next page, below.

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Spells and Mantras for Good Sleep and Curing Insomnia

As a meditation teacher one of the questions I am asked more than any other is “How can I cure insomnia with meditation.”

Perhaps it’s not surprising that I am asked this question so frequently. Forty-Eight percent of people are reported to suffer from occassional insomnia and 22% suffer from insomnia every night. That’s a staggering statistic.

Thankfully, there are powerful mantras for good sleep and mantras for curing insomnia. I’ll share those mantras in a moment, because first I want to share some basic tips and some stories that will show you how powerful these mantras are. However, if you want to skip ahead to the mantras themselves, you can do so by clicking here.

mantras for good sleep and curing insomnia

 

The right atmosphere for using mantras for good sleep and insomnia

 

If you want to use mantras correctly in order to get to sleep then you first need to do a few things to get in the right frame of mind. Make sure you’ve got the following basics covered before using the mantras.

Quiet: Trust me, I know it can be hard to find a quiet spot sometimes, but there are something you can do to make sure your bedroom is as quiet as possible. Just make sure the windows and doors are closed and that there aren’t any unnecessary distractions in the environment.

Get stuff done: It’s a lot easier to go to sleep at night if you haven’t got extra stresses on your mind. Personally, when I wake up in the morning I tell myself that I’m going to earn a good night sleep. I write a list of the things that might prevent me from sleeping (like work related issues for instance) and get  them done so that, by the time I go to sleep I don’t have those same things on my mind.

Meditate: Using mantras for good sleep and for curing insomnia is more powerful if you have a somewhat calm state of mind to begin with. Meditate at least once in the day time for at least ten minutes.

Clean environment: It’s harder to get to sleep when your room and house aren’t tidy, plus, who likes going to sleep when they know they have to do the dishes in the morning? No one. Clean the house even though it’s boring and you’ll get to sleep easier at night.

Get it off your chest: Sometimes when I go to bed at night there’s something I wish I had said to someone. Maybe you’ve had an argument or you’ve forgotten to tell somebody something. If it’s not too late, say whatever is on your mind to whoever you need to say it to. If it’s too late, write it on a piece of paper and promise yourself you’ll say it tomorrow.

Exercise: Goes without saying right? Just do a little exercise so you’re actually tired when you go to bed.

 

 

Mantras for good sleep and insomnia

Over the coming pages we’ll be looking at many different mantras for sleep and insomnia, which come from all different cultures (traditional English mantras, Buddhist, Hindu and more). Click through to the next page to discover the mantras for sleep and insomnia.

 

 

In a moment I’ll be sharing many of the best mantras for good sleep and curing insomnia, mantras from various religions and cultures. But first, let’s take a look at a few English mantras for good sleep and insomnia.

“I am calm and still.”

“The world is sleeping and all is well.”

“I welcome sleep into myself.”

“I am breathing deeply and calmly, becoming more and more relaxed with each breath.”

Insomnia can be a truly stressful thing. When we don’t sleep we feel awful the next day. Prolonged periods without sleep can even cause depression and anxiety. But thankfully, mantras can help us to cure insomnia and to get to sleep. Here’s an inspiring story of how one of my friends overcame severe insomnia by using mantras.

How Emma Cured Her Insomnia with Mantra Meditation

Emma suffered from insomnia for years. Every single night of the week she struggles with insomnia, and to a devastating effect. It  left her fatigued, demotivated and depressed.

She spoke to the doctor about ways to cure insomnia and the doctor prescribed medication for it. Emma took the medication and it worked. She was able to get to sleep consistently.

I was somewhat surprised when Emma came to me and said, “I’m not happy with my pills.”

Even though she was sleeping, was happy to be taking medication. “It’s not healthy. I should be able to get to sleep naturally. I need an alternative solution.”

When I suggested using mantra meditation Emma was enthusiastic. She spoke to her doctor about going off the pills, which she did.

The first time I taught Emma the mantra meditations for sleep and insomnia, they didn’t work. This didn’t surprise me. She had a very deep-seeded belief that she could not get to sleep. She truly believed that without medication she couldn’t sleep. If she was to sleep we first needed to change this belief. We did this using a mindfulness meditation for depression. This allowed Emma to overcome her negative belief that she could not sleep.

Having practised the mindfulness meditation it was time to focus on specific mantra meditations for sleep.

The mantras which we used were Sa Ta Na Ma, Har Har Mukunday  and Ang Sang Warhegaru. She practiced these meditation for twenty minutes before bed.

The first night she didn’t actually sleep, but she said she “felt even better than if I had slept.” Meditation is actually more effective than sleep, as was recently proved in a scientific experiment on insomnia.  Emma was alert and awake the next day, but she still wanted to sleep.

For four days Emma practised the mantra meditation. It was on the fifth day that they worked. She was ecstatic. “I’ve finally done it!” she said, gleaming with joy. She still uses the same mantras today. On the next page I’ll teach you how to use those same mantras.

 

Meditation in general is extremely effective in helping us to get to sleep, even when it is done without any specific mantras. When we meditate we relax our mind and silence our thoughts for long enough to relax and enter sleep.

By using these mantras for good sleep you can make meditation even more effective. Before beginning, make sure you have the necessary equipment.

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