What IS Meditation and Why are People so Keen on it?
Meditation has been practised for many hundreds or thousands of years. There are now many different definitions of what meditation really is. In essence, meditation is a process of focusing the mind to experience a state or level of conscious awareness which brings about particular effects on the body, within the mind, and also within the individual’s extended energy field.
The body-mind mechanism is that aspect of your self that maintains your physical health. It does this through thoughts, images, symbols, feelings and emotions, to create safety and certainty for the physical body to exist in. Meditation is the dissolving of the mind, to introduce an absence of thoughts, images, symbols and emotions, not with the intention of making the physical body feel unsafe, though to allow consciousness to arise within the body, to experience a deeper understanding and connection beyond the personal. Beyond the personal you enter into the transpersonal realms of the universe, to which you have an inextricable link.
In case that all sounds a little far out for you, perhaps we can describe meditation as a method of bringing ‘focused relaxation’ to your whole way of being – as opposed to ‘unfocused relaxation’ – otherwise known as sleep, or crashing out on the sofa…
In that state of ‘focused relaxation’, your inner ‘power’ can be harnessed and directed in certain ways to achieve goals and bring about changes in your life that have seemed too difficult or impossible in your usual ‘waking’ life.
In addition to the ‘mental’ effects, meditation can unlock a part of you that you may or may not be aware of – an ‘inner’ part of you – whether you call it your inner voice, your intuition, your soul, or anything else – Practising meditation can help you access that wonderful, innate aspect of your being that isn’t limited by the beliefs and experiences from your life that shape your everyday existence.
The reason increasing numbers of people are getting enthusiastic about meditation in modern society, is that the multitude of its benefits are becoming more widely recognised – and scientific research is demonstrating the amazing effects that meditation can have on our lives! See our Benefits of Meditation page for a few examples!
How do you Meditate?
There are MANY different methods by which you can meditate – there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ methods – yet there are likely to be ways of meditating which really resonate with you and others which do not.
Most religions of the world offer ways of practising meditation – sometimes as an integral part of the religion’s philosophy and liturgy. These methods of meditation often appeal to those who have a background in a particular religion.
In terms of ‘non-religious’ methods of meditation, these are equally abundant. Some examples, which you may have come across, of ‘different’ forms of meditation, each with similar aims and results, are:
- Transcendental Meditation
- Vipassana Meditation
- Zen Meditation
In terms of different techniques, which you can more easily explore by yourself – rather than undergoing training or teaching from a Meditation Master, there are also those which will appeal to you and those which will not.
Some examples include:
- Working with the breath
- Using a ‘Mantra’
- Meditation Music
- Visual Focus – for example on a candle
- Guided Meditation
There is good reason why Guided Meditations are so popular these days; in today’s fast-paced, short-attention-span society, they offer a simple way of meditating and gaining the holistic benefits of meditation in an easy and enjoyable way.
If you have been struggling with your ‘monkey mind’ and finding it hard to reveal that ‘inner peace’, using Guided Meditations can really help you! All you really need to do is relax and listen and focus on what you’re listening to… no strain or ‘trying’ really involved… No ‘special techniques… just relax and listen…’
Come and join us in the Meditation Room to browse the meditation titles that appeal to you and try one out today!…