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How to Meditate

An instinctive process

buddhaThe word meditation has become something of a buzzword that no one’s quite able to define. The people who meditate say that it’s wonderful and provides insight into life. Scientists tell us that meditation is good for our health because it decreases blood pressure, reduces anxiety and consequently the intensity of stress factors in our lives.

Some say that meditation is simply doing nothing, not moving the body and not moving the mind, or in other words not thinking about anything. Some people who seem lazy and static in their lives are probably not meditating, so don’t look to them as an example of a person who meditates.

Good examples of the people who meditate are the yogis of India because this is where the tradition of meditation has its roots. The ancient yogis taught that by turning and looking inwards we could better understand and appreciate the world around us.

Perhaps the best example of a person who meditates is the Buddha. He lived about 2600 years ago and took meditation to the limits of what he was capable of. He was able to recall previous lifetimes and in doing so he realised that life was cyclical. Later on Charles Darwin became famous for his understanding of the evolution of species that was already known about in India thousands of years before.

Modern scientists are today struggling to grapple with ideas that are common knowledge to people who meditate and many famous scientists including Einstein, Tesla and many involved in current research looked to the knowledge of India that had been gained through meditation.

If we were to try and arrive at a definition of meditation,
we may say that it is a technology to provide insight into the nature of life.

The obstacles to meditation

As we live in a somewhat crazy and mixed up world where our life is governed by emotion instead of reason, meditation can present some challenges, but there are really only two challenges to overcome.

The first challenge is placing one’s body in a comfortable position. Some people relax into a meditative state by laying down, but often times they will simply fall asleep. So the best way to attempt meditation is by sitting comfortably with legs crossed.

Not everyone is flexible enough to sit cross-legged, but you can sit in a chair which provides back support though it is better to have the head unsupported. Those who can sit with cross legs for a while will find that easier if they sit on a firm cushion, and again a back support can make this more comfortable.

Once the basic comfort of the body is taken care of, the second problem is that of the mind because it tends to run our lives and what we’re trying to do in meditation is to let the mind rest.

In some ways, meditation is a process of deep relaxation. The body is placed in a position where it remains upright and yet it can be allowed to relax. But relaxing the mind often takes some considerable effort in the beginning.

Most often when one sits down to relax or meditate, the mind keeps going on and on. In some ways the mind is a little like a computer and for some reason after you have pressed the button, the machine fails to turn off.

Our minds are fallible

Because the mind will not stop as requested, we can give it a simple task like observing the sensations of breathing and the detail surrounding it. We can get the mind totally involved in observing the process of how our body breathes.

This is not a stupid exercise because we learn something about how our bodies work. To be effective and like all meditations, it needs to be repeated on a regular daily basis. Over time the process of sitting and directing the mind to follow your will becomes easier.

Instead of observing the breath, one can repeat a mantra or even listen to music that is designed for meditation. Whatever method is employed, most people attempting meditation report an improvement in their sense of well-being.

In attempting to meditate, you are taking time out from doing stuff and giving yourself some intimate personal attention. So you could say that meditation is a timeout for you. And when you give time to yourself, your self-worth actually increases.

Isha Kriya

This video to the right is a good introduction to meditation explaining the technology at a slightly deeper level. The implications here are that as well as giving time to yourself, you are also beginning to enquire into the nature of life itself.

We say that we are alive and that we recognise life. But we can only manipulate life and not define life. Meditation allows us to experience life to its fullest and it also helps us to tune in or to align ourselves with the force of life which supports our success in life.

I recommend that you practice the”Isha Kriya” meditation that you can download from http://www.ishakriya.com/. Alternatively, if you live in Christchurch you are most welcome to attend meditation evenings in my home.

Namaste
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