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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Value of Meditation

During meditation, unusual amount of brain activity in the left side of the pre-frontal cortex is going on. It was confirmed that experienced practitioners eventually have an average 5 {8733695014a9bc7a661d342566520274c67935c58089a310db2aeb7d30bb16c4} thicker cortex. This part of the brain is associated with positive emotions. You will therefore be more alert and happier than the others.

The mental images you see when your eyes are closed are your own creation. They can be anything a person may imagine. These are called Nimittas. For most people, they are beautiful lights of various colors, e.g. while, blue, purple, grey, yellow, orange etc. Sometimes they are bright and unstable, vibrating or flashing and changing shapes, like the clouds.

Some people also see eyes or faces when their eyes are closed. These are very normal and we should not be attached to them for our own safety. If they are too fearful, just open your eyes and they will be gone. Do not be attached to whatever you see. If a certain thing appears in front of you every time you meditate, just have a paint brush ready, dip it in ink and hold it while you meditate. When that thing appears, gently mark it with your brush and then open your eyes. What has been marked?

For more advance practitioners, within next few minutes after the nimittas, maybe few hours, days, months, or years, (depending on how well you have practiced so far) Jhana will happen by themselves later on.

According the Buddha: for one who indulges in Jhana, four results are to be expected: Stream-Winner, Once-Returner, Non-Returner, or Arahant.

If you encounter difficulties, you need to consult experienced practitioners. These people normally do not request money for assisting you. If they do, be aware. It is better to consult those who don’t ask for monetary rewards.

Meditation is a form of psychotherapy. The number of psychiatric patients is increasing rapidly and many hospitals can’t cope. Those people ended up in the hospital because they did not know how to cope with stress. They need to relax mentally. They are ambitious. They struggle too hard.

During meditation, you will also be taught how to get rid of longstanding anger and hostility which weaken your lungs and speed up age-related decline. When the lung volume drops, you don’t get enough oxygen. Your energy declines, your immune system weakens, thus sickness and disease start to crop up.

Moreover, women and men in their forties need not be miserable if they care to look after their mental health. I am talking about majority of the people on this planet, regardless of whether they are rich or poor, white, black or yellow. If rich people are not affected, then most people in the United States of America should be very happy. Are they?

Even though you may be aged 70 or over, you can remain mentally as healthy as a 20-year old if you care to maintain your health. And one of the methods is meditation, which can slow down your heart rate and breathing rate per minute.

Meditation may also prevent you from ending up with diabetic, high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, because the elasticity of your blood vessels will be improved and your blood toned up. As a person thinks of compassion, his body system stimulates the cells to generate valuable chemical compounds to produce energy and vitality. So we can say metta has tonic effect on the whole physical constitution.

Reduce Stress With Music

Music Therapy with Biofeedback

Today, many people are making use of music therapy in combination with biofeedback techniques to relieve stress. Music has the ability to reduce tension as well as facilitate the relaxation response. With this, music can help identify and express those feelings which are associated with their stress.

During the music therapy session, the client is able to express those emotions. As a result, it provides an important cathartic release. But music can also have dramatic effects and thus, a trained and knowledgeable music therapist is required during the session. Also, producing music in an improvisational way and discussing pieces of music in a group is also one way to help us become more aware of our emotional reactions and share them constructively with the group.

Playing Appropriate Music While Meditating

Music also plays an important role for some meditation practitioners. By playing an appropriate music during meditation, it can help the mind slow down and gets you into the relaxation stage. But be aware that not all peaceful music will work for everyone. It can be irritating for some if the music being played has no structure. The ideal one is a gentle music with a familiar melody as it has a comforting effect. Some incorporates the sounds of nature such as the sound of water or birdsong into their meditation session as it can help conjure up calming images and release stressful thoughts. But since music is relative from person to person, try to search around in order to find what produces a sense of calm and centeredness for you as an individual.

Sleep Music as a Stress Reliever

We all know that one effective way to lessen stress is to have a good night sleep. Today, there is a specific type of music available on record stores as well as on the internet to help you sleep. They call it sleep music. It is deeply relaxing and helps you ease yourself out from any repetitive stress patterns occurring in your mind. By listening to it, you are able to shift your focus to a calm and relaxed state. You can listen to the sleep music with you headphones on and as you lie down comfortably, you will not notice that you have already fallen asleep.

Meditation Bowls

Imagine what comes to mind when you hear the word gong. Most people automatically think of a large hanging piece of metal that is struck with a mallet to make a loud sound. This is one type, but many people are unaware that there is another type known as a singing bowl. They are also known as Tibetan bowls, meditation bowls, or singing crystal bowls. Each bowl plays a different musical note that is said to promote physical and emotional healing.

Singing bowls have been used for meditation for centuries by monks and other spiritual gurus. Originally meditation was considered something that is just not meant for modern people, but today, it is becoming more and more popular with people everywhere. Now, there are even Doctors who choose to treat their patients’ physical ailments with musical notes.

Each of these notes correspond energy fields in the body known as chakras. Singing bowls are used to clear out blockages in the energy flow, leaving you in a more calm and peaceful state.

The bowls that plays the musical note “C” heals the root chakra. On a physical level this can help people who have problems with their feet or legs. It also increases physical activity. It can help people who have depression and alleviate suicidal thoughts and the presence of fear.

Musical note “D” activates the Sacral chakra. This can help couples who are having trouble conceiving or any other physical ailment of the reproductive system of men or women. Emotionally, it helps with recovery of a sexual trauma or discovering sexual identity.

The Solar plexus chakra is in tune with the “E” note. If you have digestive issues or are in need of help with weight management, this is the bowl you would use. It also helps with emotional outbursts and anxiety disorders.

Musical note “F” comes in handy for the heart chakra. This can heal and prevent heart complications, circulatory or lung problems. Emotionally it helps you balance the giving and receiving of love. It is common to have a blockage in your heart that blocks off love, or on the opposite end causes you to give too much love.

The throat chakra is connected to musical note “G” and this corrects or prevents throat cancer, thyroid issues, and difficulties with speaking and communication. It opens up creativity with non-verbal communication, for example, writing, music, painting, or dance.

Musical note “A” stimulates the third eye chakra and this can be very helpful to students. It stimulates the brain. It also helps with the penal and pituitary glands and mental illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Emotionally, it helps to bring awareness and intuition to that which is unseen.

The final musical note is “B” and this is connected to the “crown chakra”. This keeps you spiritually connected to your higher power, what ever that may be. This can be anything from the angelic realm, or a God of your choice, OR just being connected to nature.

Isn’t it time to leave the old you behind and try something that is spiritually enlightening? Once you have set an intention to heal yourself with meditation and energy clearing; you are ready to purchase your meditation singing bowl. It is important to choose a meditation bowl that plays the note that corresponds to an area of the body that feels blocked or has suffered disease. Some people choose what they feel drawn to and others have a certain note in mind. No matter what you choose it is likely the experience of meditating with a meditation singing bowl will reduce your stress and enhance the quality of your life!

About Beach Walk Meditate

Meditation seems to help us mentally and physically. Meditating for 20 minutes twice a day seems to help reduce stress. Since stress may contribute to a myriad of physical problems, meditating makes sense. You can meditate anywhere that is quiet and private. You can either open or close your eyes. It may be easier to do this with your eyes open in order to avoid falling asleep. Focus on your breathing. Breathe in and out slowly with your mouth slightly open and empty your mind. When you begin your meditation session exhale in a robust manner to clear your system before settling into a gentle, steady breathing pattern. One helpful tool is to focus your mind on a lotus blossom opening and closing. Inhale, open. Exhale, close.

There are other methods that can be used in meditation. A fun way to incorporate meditation into our summer fun is to take a mindful walk on the beach. Stroll down the beach, pay attention to the water, sand, sounds and smells. Focus and live in the moment. Allow no distractions. Feel the sand under your feet and be aware of your body as you walk down the beach. Breathe, step, listen, smell. Take it all in a moment at a time. Repeat and live in the right now. Sounds wonderful.

Incorporating meditation into your summer and opportunities to experience the beach is a fabulous way to enjoy the summer and benefit your mental, physical and spiritual being.

Issues that are of concern should fade away. That moment of peace should be able to help us find solutions to our life and improve our relationships, our feelings about ourselves and others, and make other areas of our life more serene. Meditation may not provide you the answers to your questions, however, it may provide a solid platform of peace upon which to build a happier life.

Meditation is not necessarily something mysterious. Taking a mindful walk on the beach and focusing on the moment is a wonderful way to reign in stress and focus on yourself. When practicing this activity, remember that there is no wrong way to do this. Do not worry about how to do this, just walk – breathe – feel the sand – soak up the sun – listen to the ocean and enjoy. I feel better just thinking about it. How about you?

Nature of Meditation

Explanation: Here lord Krishna is teaching Arjuna that a Yogi’s mind must be standing still to practice meditation on God just like a lamp in a windless place where the flame does not flitter and enlightens that place.

This particular Shloka tells us about the balanced state of meditation as well as achieving one’s target. When we talk about meditation we think of sitting in the right posture, breathing slowly or chanting a mantra. This is in fact the first step to control your mind. Meditation however is to enable one’s mind to do something. Our mind receives energy from different sources and reacts promptly. When we sit to meditate, we close our eyes so that things can disappear but our subconscious mind gets active and things start dancing in front of us. Our guru teaches us to start it with some ‘Pranayama’ and it seems to be a little easy. If you ask people their experience about their meditation classes they say that it is difficult in the beginning but very soothing after some time. Meditating on god is in fact the seventh step towards the Moksha (the ultimate goal of life). According to the ‘Asthanga Yoga’ (eight parts of Yoga) one has to go through the eight different stages to attain the ‘Raj-yoga’ (the complete yoga). These stages are:

1. Yama-
2. Niyama
3. Aasana
4. Pranayama
5. Pratyahar
6. Dhaarna
7. Dhyana
8. Samadhi

The above ‘Ashtanga Yoga’ seems to be difficult to understand and follow but if you don’t want to practice meditation to attain the ultimate goal; ‘The Moksha’, you can at least enjoy each and every moment of your life by doing meditation provided you understand the first six steps of the ‘Ashtanga Yoga’.

The first step (Yama) is to purify your behavior by eliminating the notions of malice and strife as this step yields you to real humanity.

The second step (Niyama) is to follow one’s principles rigorously to purify and strengthen one’s mind and character.

The third step (Aasana) is to remove the volatility and indolence in order to balance your life style. By practicing Aasanas (postures of Yoga) you become healthy.

The fourth step is to slacken your breathing which bestows you with patience and endurance.

The fifth step teaches you to balance your food and diet in order to poise your thoughts and mind.

The sixth step (Dhaarna) is to mature your Chitta (mind) in order to ponder the target.

The seventh step (Dhyana or meditation) is to sojourn one’s Chitta (mind) to realize one’s beingness. Here you are the king of your body, mind, senses, feelings, circumstances and fate. Nothing may move until your permission.