What is the purpose of meditation?
Meditation is a beautiful thing. It can take you on a journey both inside and outside of yourself. It can take you to the very depths of your own soul. It can connect you to you. There are many types of meditation all with varying purposes and outcomes. Meditation can impact your health, by bringing calm and balance to the mind and body. It is often thought by non-mediation practitioners that meditation is solely for the purpose of being quiet and emptying the mind. Well to a degree this is true it is that however it is also so much more than that. Being in true meditation is a state of physical being. It is not just about being quiet. Meditation is a place between being asleep and being awake. It is the middle place a bit like being in a day dream. We have all day dreamed at some point and been in that warm cosy sleepy dreamy place that is familiar and comforting; this is the place more or less of true meditation. To be truly in meditation one has to have changed ones brain wave patterns from Beta to Alpha state. When we are awake our brain wave patterns are in Beta state and when we start to go to sleep we go from Beta to Alpha then Theta to Delta. To be in meditation we must learn to go from Beta to Alpha and not go further down into Theta and Delta. One of the purposes of meditation it to bring calm to the mind and body, this is the physical purpose of meditation. By bringing calm to the mind and body we impact the body’s physical well-being. There have been many studies done into the effectiveness of meditation and it is known that without a doubt it has a positive physical impact upon the physical and mental body.
“Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind-Body Medical Institute, which is affiliated with Harvard University and several Boston hospitals, reports that meditation induces a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body collectively referred to as the “relaxation response”. The relaxation response includes changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain chemistry. Benson and his team have also done clinical studies at Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan Mountains. Benson wrote The Relaxation Response to document the benefits of meditation, which in 1975 were not yet widely-known.” — Wikipedia.
Meditation can also be said to be purposeful in bringing about a greater connection for the person with their own spiritual state. It can bring about a deeper spiritual connection with the persons self. When we first go down into a state of meditation we connect with ourselves first (really we are activating ourselves) before going onto connect with other spiritual realities. We are always in control of the outcome in meditation and it is up to the person meditating to state to themselves what they wish for from any given meditation. We set the goals and the boundaries ourselves within meditation. Meditation has been used for centuries by spiritual people as a spiritual practise to connect them to forces beyond everyday earthly life for the purposes of deeper understandings of deeper truths of the self and life. Meditation can bring a realisation of truth understanding and awareness of the wider world and the universe. We are part of that wider universe and meditation can connect us to that wider universe.
So we can say that meditation will impact our health in a positive way if we do meditation on a regular basis. We can also connect ourselves to our own soul should we wish to do so and in doing so bring about a greater understanding of ourselves and who we are and what we can be. We can also say that meditation will connect us to a spiritual reality beyond this life and this place as well as bring deeper understandings to ourselves about life, the universe and our place within that existence.
How do you meditate effectively?
Many people try meditation and fail to achieve the meditation state as they do not know what is precisely required to achieve that state. It is like anything it is easy when you know how. It is a simple process but one that requires a small amount of practise to be a master at it. It can be learnt very simply and easily once the person knows what is needed to do so. Many people feel it has to be a long and arduous process and there are those practices and disciplines of meditation that make it so. It does not have to be difficult as it is not difficult at all. The trick is in the way that you breathe and how the air is taken into the body. Once that is learnt the meditation state will be achieved quickly and easily. It is truly simple once you have a little know-how.
What is spiritual meditation?
There is a reality beyond this life and this place that we can all connect to should we wish to do so. This reality sits outside of ourselves but is also part of us. It is that place that we seek when we seek religion and spiritual connection through religious practices. We do not have to subscribe to one religion or the other or any religion at all to connect to this place. It is there for us all no matter whom we are or what we believe. We are all part of a greater whole. We are all part of the universe. The universe made us and we are a small part of it. We each play our own vital role as part of that greater whole. We are not for the most part consciously aware of what that role or purpose is. To meditate with a spiritual purpose in mind will bring a connection to the greater spiritual whole and we can find our deeper purpose within this life there in that place. We will find great energy forces that are part of us and also separate from ourselves when we spiritually connect through meditation. We can meditate to gain a deeper understanding of whom and what we are as well as whom and what those forces are also. Spiritual meditation offers the practitioner enlightenment to the purpose of the universe, of life and the self.
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