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Unknown Facts About Meditation

1) Mediation can be done!

The term meditation relates to the term “Dhyana” in Sanskrit. “Dhyana” is the seventh stage of the “Patanjali Yoga Sutra”.[1]

Patanjali Yoga Sutra is the most ancient and vivid documentation depicting elaborately about the psycho-physiological connections and analyses the minute strata’s of mind and intellect.

According to this 8-fold system, meditation (Dhyana) is the stillness of mind with an active consciousness. So, the “I” awareness slowly dissolute into the consciousness and merges into one (The last step: Samadhi). So meditation couldn’t be done. We go into it or rather slip into meditation. What we consider as meditation is actually the practice of concentration with an active mind. The state of meditation can be achieved but cannot be practiced. So; to earn the desired level, start practicing concentration religiously.

2) It can be practiced solely!

It was well understood that without having a sound body; it is not recommended to practice meditation (read concentration) because it may lead to mental numbness.

This dormancy can provide a blankness inside which is basically due to the inactivity of mental conditions. It can be compared to a self-hypnotic condition which eventually results into sleepiness. The brain gets confused about the physical and mental inactivity and treats this state as a pre-sleep stage. It secrets melatonin hormone which naturally induces sleep as it does when anybody prepares to sleep.

This state is sometimes related with actual mediation but it is quite far from it.

So, to get into the basic of meditation; one should have a sound body and a sound sleep. Proper nutritious food helps in getting into a productive meditation.

A bit of freehand exercise, proper food and sleep and cultivating dispassion; when maintained regularly can lead to the goal.

3) Meditation is a religious practice

This is a practice to still our mind. A still and focused mind leads to a wide awareness. This awareness fires up the conscience (Viveka) which becomes a vehicle for inward journey. This “Viveka” is also a tool for realizing the oneness within.

This journey is common for all, the path may vary. So, practicing concentration for achieving meditative state does not fall into any classifications based on religion or belief.

You are fully free to choose you path if you want to walk independently. You will reach there, irrespective of any religion.

4) The practice takes huge time to provide benefits

This may vary with the effort given but the benefits of practicing concentration generate immediate effects on psycho-physiological system. Within a week, a devoted practitioner shall feel the lowering of blood pressure (if they have), release of stress, diminishing anxiety and an elevated experience of serenity within. It also boosts memory, feeling of empathy. It regulates sleep cycle for proper cleansing of the body toxin. It eventually develops the persona with a more elevated sense of humanity.

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 % 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.

Info of Weight Loss Medication or Meditation

Is it possible to lose weight with meditation? Is it possible to lose weight with meditation? This article is not in favor of medications or meditation. I have watched people losing weight with yoga and meditation. Yoga helps you get in shape and it burns 2 to 3 calories per minute.

The best yoga exercise is “Ashtanga vinyasa yoga” where there is never any separation between your breaths and movements. Every pose starts with inhales and ends on exhales. That is why yoga has good effects on n your metabolic rate. Yoga is also a good cardiovascular exercise.

Chinese traditions methods are also used to lose weight. Most people get good result with these methods and that is why Chinese tea, Chinese pills, and Chinese acupuncture are famous among people.

Meditation is not a method to lose weight but it is used to calm your mind and body. Meditation removes stress and it is a good way to release tension.

Medications are also successful for weight loss but there is a lot of discussion on this topic. It is always preferred to lose weight with diet and exercise. Medication cannot be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle guarantees long life and success. Meditation and yoga are indications of a good lifestyle.

Yoga or meditation can be used only if you are not overweight. If you are overweight, medications are necessary.

Medication vs. Meditation

    • You cannot use medication without the consent of your doctor. Do not take risk of your life. Weight loss supplements, pills, and shakes are included in medications.

    • Meditation can be done on your own. You can also use Chinese methods. Do not use acupuncture as a weight loss technique without medical supervision.

    • Medications have some side effects while meditation has none.

    • Medication makes you feel ill and sick. Yoga and meditation are indications of a good lifestyle.

  • Chinese tea and other natural supplements improve your overall health while medicines are used for treatments of certain problems.

What should be your choice?

It depends on your health. If you are an overweight person, go with medication. If you are living a healthy life, do meditate for 15 minutes. It will make your life happy and peaceful.

About Meditation of Frustration

I would make an attempt but walk away restless, confused, agitated, and tense beyond belief! Now what usually happens when you attempt something and fail to meet any expectations you’ve laid out? Well you might push forward (spurred by your devotion to succeed), or you’ll more than likely step away before you embarrass yourself anymore than you already have.

It didn’t matter how many books, articles, podcasts, etc. I exposed myself to in order to find that “missing” piece to a puzzle that was driving me up a wall – I still seemed to run into the same issues. That is until a friend directed me to binaural beats. A series of tonal repetitions that cajole one’s mind noodle into a serene and relaxed state. I.e. one cannot help but meditate while listening to those rhythms.

Couple that with some headphones, a blindfold, a comfortable position (lying down or sitting), some privacy, and you’ll be off to the races before you know it. But why? Well one needs to remove themselves from their daily rituals (like attending a coffee shop filled with chattering people) in order to temporarily sever ties with this turd we call reality.

But life is wonderful and beautiful, so why would I want to waste my time sitting around my head space when I could be dining on the latest Franken-food while watching my favorite NFL team crush their rivals? True, although meditating can actually increase your appreciation of life and all of its wonders by causing you to literally stop to smell the flowers.

Go inside for a bit and explore what you are you made of. But I’m scared of the dark! Fear not because the shadow holds the keys to unlocking your inner potential. Besides, you can always flip the switch to your right if you want a little light to accompany you along the way. It is your body. It is your temple. It is your choice. So relax and enjoy the process for it need not be frustrating.

Indoor Fountains

Noises

After a hard day at work you just want to go home and relax. Even relaxing at home can be difficult without some type of aid. There are always those annoying background noises that keep irritating you. For example, constant humming noises form electronics, appliances, and central heat and air units just to name a few. These noises can make it hard to relax and even sleep. I have found that drowning out those background noises with something much more soothing helps me relax tremendously. Indoor fountains are perfect for drowning out these background noises, because they create a white noise effect. The sound of the water flowing through the fountain replaces those other noises, helps you relax, and assists in getting a deeper sleep. The sound of flowing water is used in other products used to aid in sleeping as well. Sound machines have recorded sounds like rain, babbling brooks, and ocean waves to aid in sleeping. They are using the same sound effects you can get from an indoor fountain.

Aesthetics

Sound machines are great, but they are not usually pleasing to the eye. Most sound machines look like clock radios. Indoor fountains on the other hand, come in many different types, sizes, and designs. You can find a fountain that fits your home decor and style, whether it’s whimsical, elegant, or a theme. When we see things we like, it makes us happy. When you are happy you aren’t stressed. That is why we decorate our homes and surround ourselves with these things that we like. They help you relieve stress in more than one way. Indoor water fountains not only help you relax through soothing sounds, but also are visually pleasing.

Nature

Have you ever wondered why most vacations are taken in places near large bodies of water? These are places where you can find peace and tranquility. That is the whole idea of a vacation is to get away from the day-to-day, and enjoy the beauty of mother nature. However, vacations can be very expensive. Indoor fountains cost less than a vacation, and you can find one to fit any budget. Nature, on it’s own, is very tranquil and peaceful. Just imagine sitting on a beach, a river bank, or a pier on the lake. Close your eyes, and listening to the water current as it flows. It just doesn’t get more peaceful than that. The sound of the flowing water in rivers, lakes, and oceans are extremely soothing. Indoor fountains bring these relaxing sounds from nature directly into your living space. Indoor fountains can help combat stress through drowning out background noises, being visually appealing, and bringing elements of nature into your home. This is how indoor fountains help you fight stress and relax!

Brain Science

Neurologists have said there are 2 orientation systems in our brain. The right one contains neurons that deal with sensory input about the directions and distance so we could move around safely. The system located on the left side connects us with different reality. The neurons in our body define the boundaries of each different system and our relation to the space around us.

Experiment showed that individuals who have gone through a meditation – after finding some quiet time and finding their inner spirituality – found an intense change in their posterior superior parietal lobe found in the left orientation area.

The brain is an electrochemical machine that uses electrochemical energy for it to function. Brainwaves display the electrical activity that emanates in the brain. It ranges from high amplitude, low frequency delta to the low amplitude, high frequency data. The brainwaves alter during meditation.

  • BETA. Normal alert consciousness, awake
  • ALPHA. Lucid, calm, not thinking, relaxed
  • THETA. Mental imagery, deep relaxation and meditation
  • DELTA. Deep and Dreamless sleep

Beta Waves. Also known as beta rhythm is used to designate the frequency range of brain activity between 12 and 30 Hz or 12 to 30 transitions per cycle. It happens during awaking awareness, concentration, extroversion, active conversation and logical thinking.

Alpha Waves. It is also called as Berger’s wave (from the founder of EEG). They are electromagnetic oscillations with the frequency range of 812 Hz developing from synchronous and coherent electrical activity of thalamic pacemaker cells of the human being. They put the brain in states of relaxation, non-arousal, hypnosis and meditation.

Theta Waves. This is an oscillatory pattern in EEG signals taken from either inside of the brain or from electrodes glued to the scalp. They happens during daydreaming, meditation, dreaming, paranormal phenomena, dreaming, ESP, out of body experience and shamanic journeys.

An individual driving in a highway and discovers that he cannot remember the last five miles in the state of theta waves. This is brought about driving in the freeway. This also often occurs during shower or bathing or while brushing your hair. This happens when a task is automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The events that happen while in theta state is often free flow and occur without guilt or censorship. This is considered a positive mental state.

Delta Waves. These are high amplitude brain waves with a frequency pattern of oscillation between 04Hz. Like other brain waves, delta waves are recorded with an EEG or electroencephalogram. These are usually associated with deep sleep. This aids to characterize the depth of your sleep.

The left prefrontal complex increases activity during meditation. The changes are constant overtime. The effect remains if you stop meditating for a while.