BENEFITS OF MEDITATION
Meditation has now been proven to affect measurable changes in our brains and in our health - helping us to have greater access to inner contentment and lasting experiences of well-being.
Meditation brings a centered mind ; being able to make punctual decisions from a grounded and humble position, in order to support the evolution of ones Highest Potential.
Is a foundation on which one can grow in a positive nature ; able to recognize the individuals rooted aspirations, choices and will power.
Quiets the random mind ; as it acts as a colander ridding the distractive and un-necessary thought patterns.
The memory is refreshed ; focus and the absorption of knowledge is more accessible and ones conscious perception enhanced.
Meditation on a physiological level is known for the numerous health benefits to name a few ; equalizing of the brain hemispheres, stabilizing blood pressure, balances metabolic syndrome, the activity of the nervous system is improved and the immune system boasted.
Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.
- Bhagavad Gita
If you set out to meditate it will not be meditation. If you set out to be good, goodness will never flower. If you cultivate humility, it ceases to be. Meditation is like the breeze that comes in when you leave the window open; but if you deliberately keep it open, deliberately invite it to come, it will never appear.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
In my early teenage years I found myself following audio-guided meditations, this then lead to a more serious integration as I realized that meditation brings lucidity of mind and serenity within. Revealing a solid foundation of well-being and positive evolution, being able to apply the rewards of my practice into the everyday practicality was a result. Experiencing through meditation the recognition of radiance within, as there occurs a soothing-out of tensions held in the mind and thus the body. Via meditation one opens-up to the Universal Forces, which act to dissolves any tightness (contraction) and brings awareness (expansion).
FORMS OF MEDITATION
My first regular practice with meditation are the following techniques :
Anapanasiti ; means to feel the sensations caused by the movements of the breath in the body, and is practiced in the context of mindfulness. To develop ones insight into the reality of nature.
Vipassana ; brings awareness to what is called the three marks of existence, which within Buddhism are : impermanence (anicca); suffering or unsatisfactoriness (dukkha); non-self (anattā). With the aim of coming out of self inflicted and conditioned suffering through mindfulness and breath. Both these methods are based on the same principles and differ as they use different objects of concentration to access the meditative process.
“When a problem arises in daily life, take a few moments to observe your sensations with a balanced mind. When the mind is calm and balanced, whatever decision you make will be a good one. When the mind is unbalanced, any decision you make will be a reaction. You must learn to change the pattern of life from negative reaction to positive action.” S.N. Goenka.
“Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.” Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style
As a solid foundation was established I then explored various meditations, some of which as follows :
Tantric vipassana ; which is originating from the Classical texts of Vijnana Bhairava Tantra in which 112 meditation methods are briefly presented. Tantric Vipassana uses the visual and kinaesthetic temperaments. The principle of breath awareness is similar to vipassana, but here the focus goes to the movement of the prana between the heart center and the dvadashanta. The refreshing thing about the approach of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is that it puts the practice in our hands. It points us in the right direction and gives us great tools, but ultimately we have to choose the tools that work for us and put them into practice in ways that uplift and inspire our practice. The scriptures can point towards landmarks in our inner landscape, but ultimately, it's up to us to undergo the journey and see the inner world for ourselves. Harshada David Wagner, article : Anatomy Of Ecstasy
Laya yoga meditation ; meaning dissolution, merging in yoga, absorption of breath and mind in the heart and uses mantra as its tool with an auditory component which is used as the object of meditational focus. It is also called Kundalini Yoga, and helps the aspirant to attain union with the supreme consciousness. One becomes able to deal with fears and worries because of the tremendous strength and insight one gains from the "heart expansion."
Transcendental Meditation ; another ancient technique made popular by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The method evolves in the expanded awareness that goes beyond limitations of body and mind, to the joyous realization of one’s infinite potential.
Dynamic Meditation ; Osho brought a new approach to meditation, making it more accessible to the ways of the modern world. Enabling one to consciously express and experience repressed feelings and emotions, gaining aptitude of watching the habitual patterns in a new way.“Meditation is nothing but a device to make you aware of your real self; which is not created by you, which need not be created by you, which you already are. You are born with it. You are it!...”
Today in my personal practice :
I focus on Vipassana and continue firmly to grow in the results. There are moments when I sense to do another form of meditation, specifically Tantric vipassana, it depends on what my being requires.
The best meditation is the meditation that works for you, at this stage in you life. Finding your own suited technique within all the possible forms of meditation, as we have different temperaments this meaning; that a meditation method may not be responding to your nature, where as another does. This is often depended on factors such as either being more of a visual, auditory or a kinesthetic person. It is also important to maintain consistency and give time to one witnessing experience (technique).
Meditation is a scientific method of enhancing the capacity of the mind.
It fixes the mind on one's magnetic force, enhancing the ability to focus.
This is a key to self realization.
- Vethathiri Maharishi
Mindfulness in Plain English (free eBook)
Vipassana Dhura (in-depth article)
OSHO, What is meditation? (website with Osho's works)
Who Am I? Sri Ramana Maharshi (for more advanced practitioners)
Self Enquiry, Sri Ramana Maharshi ("nondualism" - Advaita Vedanta)
True Love, THICH NHAT HANH (is a world-renowned Zen monk)
Meditation increases your vitality and strengthens your intelligence; your beauty is enhanced; your mental clarity and health improve. You acquire the patience and fortitude to face any problem in life. So, meditate! Through meditation will you find the treasure you are seeking.
— Mata Amritanandamayi "Amma"