Meditation

4 Powerful Reasons to Meditate and How To Get Started

Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and we experience inner peace in the midst of worldly turmoil. This elusive inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from.

What are the Benefits of Meditation?

I’ve been meditating twice a day for the past 9 years because I enjoy it. It may seem strange, but I feel happiest when sitting in perfect silence. The experience is difficult to express in words. It is akin to the “peace that passeth understanding”. It is also true that every meditation is not the same. Sometimes meditation is a struggle to control the mind, while at other times it feels effortless.

These are some of the benefits of meditation:

  1. Improved concentration – A clear mind makes you more productive, especially in creative disciplines like writing.
  2. Less bothered by little things – Do you sometimes allow yourself to get upset by little things? It is the nature of the mind to magnify small things into serious problems. Meditation helps us detach. We learn to live in the here and now, rather than worrying about the past or future. We do not worry about meaningless things, but see the bigger picture.
  3. Better Health – There have been numerous studies pointing to the health benefits of meditation. The reason is that meditation reduces stress levels and alleviates anxiety. If we can reduce stress, many health benefits follow.
  4. Knowledge of Self – Meditation enables us to have a deeper understanding of our inner self. Through meditation we can gain a better understanding of our life’s purpose.

Is Meditation Religious?

The great thing about meditation is that our philosophy/religious belief is not importanct. Meditation is about consciousness. The beliefs of the mind become trivial. We dive deep into the heart of the matter to gain access to our soul – our inner reality. Therefore, mediation can (and is ) practiced by people of different religions or no religion.

But I don’t have time To Meditate

Many people like the idea of meditation, but feel they don’t have enough time. When you really want to do something you can find time. Get up earlier or watch 30 minutes less TV. Meditation requires an investment of time, but clearing the mind makes the the rest of the day more productive. Nothing is better than the feeling of inner peace. What is the point in being tremendously busy but unable to enjoy it? Meditation is not about retreating from the world; it gives us inspiration. Whatever you do, if you have peace of mind, your work will be more enjoyable and productive.

How To Meditate

Like anything worthwhile, meditation requires practice. To get the most from meditation you need to do it every day. This requires a place and time where you will not be disturbed. Check out this cool mindmap pdf for inspiration: meditation.pdf

  1. Sit with a straight back. Don’t try to meditate lying down because you are likely to fall asleep. Meditation brings relaxation and peace but at the same time this is a dynamic peace. Meditation is quite different than the relaxation of sleep. When we really meditate, we are fully alert and conscious. Our sense of awareness is heightened. Afterwards you’ll have a positive feeling for the world and a renewed sense of dynamism.
  2. Don’t eat before meditating. After a heavy meal your body will be lethargic with digestion.
  3. It is not necessary to mediate in the lotus posture. It is fine to meditate in a chair, as long as the back is straight.
  4. It is helpful to take a shower before meditating.
  5. Burning incense and having a candle are not necessary, but they can add a little extra inspiration.
  6. It is good to meditate early in the morning. It is said the best time is 3am, although, I feel it is more important to be awake and not sleepy, I meditate at 6.30am.

One Pointed Concentration

However you learn to meditate, you must learn to concentrate on one thing at a time. Usually, the mind tries to hold several different thoughts and ideas at once. When you sit down to meditate for the first time, you realize how cluttered the mind is. Mediation teachers have described the mind as a “mad monkey”. However, the mind can be tamed and forced to concentrate on a single thought.

One helpful technique is concentrating on a candle flame. Narrow your gaze to the small tip and block out all other thoughts. When you get distracted, go back to focusing on the candle flame. You can also use other objects like a small dot or flower. The important thing is that you concentrate only on one thing at a time.

Mantra

Another way to learn concentration is through the use of mantra. A mantra is the repetition of a sacred word. For example, you might repeat the mantra AUM a certain number of times. Repeating a mantra forces the mind to focus on a single thought.

Silent Mind

After you’ve practiced concentration and learned to focus on one thing at a time, you can proceed to the next stage: no thought at all. Achieving a silent mind is difficult, but when to attain it the experience is powerful. A technique I advise is viewing your thoughts as separate from your self. When a thought appears, make a conscious decision to throw it out of your mind. Over time you realize that you are capable of allowing or rejecting thoughts. Your real “I” is not a collection of thoughts, but something far deeper. This is the most significant realization of meditation – that you do not have to be a slave to your thoughts.

Through meditation, you attain the power to control your thoughts, and on occasion stop them completely. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t attain a silent mind straightaway. It takes time and practice. There is nothing really else to it; meditation is a simple and spontaneous action. Unfortunately, our mind is used to complication and it takes time to unlearn bad habits.

Tejvan Pettinger is a member of the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre. He lives in Oxford where he works as a teacher. He also offers mediation classes as a community service and updates a blog at Sri Chinmoy Inspiration, a collection of articles on meditation and spirituality.

  • Al

    Very interesting. I’ve always been curious about meditation, but never really understood what it was about or had any idea how to do it. I think I’m inspired now to give it a shot!

    • Cody

      Meditation is actually a very wonderful thing.. i suggest you give it a try

      im only 16 and i just started meditating about a week ago. its terrific.

      A reason i do it is because i am wiccen. meaning i in the wicca religion. it focuses energy, thoughts, and health.

      if it doenst work the first time dont get upset and quit.

      it takes practice and focus.

      • Dan o

        Hey is this cody miller. Its dan humphreys man!!! woohoo

      • kaka

        how long did it take you to succeed? I’ve tried two times but i live in a small apartment so its hard to find a place where its completly quiet and the fact that i have tinitus doesnt help either.

        • C

          I would try using ear plugs. You can buy them at a sporting goods store. Probably wal mart too.

    • http://mindmeditationpower.blogspot.com/ vishal

      Beautiful article indeed. Actually meditation is an activity which just happens. You just be in the moment. thats it..Thanks a lot – also try this blog an initiative for starters in meditation. http://mindmeditationpower.blogspot.com/

  • Daniel

    Meditation is also known to have brain benefits…example: Meditation builds up the brain “They found that meditating actually increases the thickness of the cortex in areas involved in attention and sensory processing, such as the prefrontal cortex and the right anterior insula.” I’ve read a few other articles about it recently and I’ve tried it a few times…I hope to keep improving and seeing changes in my life as a result.

  • http://www.yearofhelp.com Sean

    Thanks, this is perfect. Was actually just toying with the idea of taking up meditation last nigh. Not sure I would have ever come up with the image of a ‘mad monkey’ to describe my mind but it certainly does seem to be willful, going one direction when I tell it to go the other. I can’t say that I was really able to absorb all you were talking about on the first read through but I will definitely be back for a reread after I have had some time to digest it.
    Thanks again.

    One Pointed Concentration

  • http://www.armannd.com Armand

    Very useful post.

    I’ve also written an article about the importance of achieving inner peace on my blog.

  • http://www.shardsofconsciousness.com Rick Cockrum

    Nice article, Tejvan.

    My answer to people who say they don’t have the time to meditate is that they don’t have the time not to meditate. As you say, it increases productivity and effectiveness – to the point that the time saved more than allows time for meditation.

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    I agree completely, Rick. Certain activities like meditation (exercise is another one) create more energy and productive time than they expend. The time we think we’re saving by skipping them usually gets drained away into TV or some other time leak.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/s.babayan/Apokatastasis/Blog/files/8-steps-to-contemplation.html Simon

    Thanks for your article, Tejvan. Although meditation, as you say, need not be religious, it can serve as a stepping-stone for the most intimate and immediate religious experience (“religious” taken in its root sense, not of the dogmatic kind); I mean contemplation.
    I just wrote an 8-step “How-to” from meditation to contemplation, on my own website, fwiw, that complements your article pretty well.
    And yeah, ditching TV is the best thing I’ve done in years!

    • Mike

      Hey, I’d like to read your article on hw to meditate — where can I find it?

  • Abdullah

    Nice article. I am a Muslim so I meditate five times a day. I think it’s funny when people think of Muslim prayer as something completely different than meditation. That is all it is. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us to focus on the place of prostration. Besides the obligatory 5 daily prayers, the Prophet used to offer extra prayers in the last portion of the night. I found it interesting that you mentioned both of those points in your article.

    I think it is unfortunate that society treats silence as a waste of time. People jump from the car radio, to their iPod, then to their daily tasks leaving no room to reflect. If people would spend 5 minutes to sit back and reflect each day it would change their lives for the better.

    • John Connor

      Abdullah, then I wonder why those jehadis across globe who are staunch supporters of your prophet & pray hardcore (meditate) 5+1 times a day, STILL are like “mad monkeys” eager to shoot down anything that walks. Where’s all the love and peace gone?

      They surely need to change their so called meditation techniques.

      • Brian

        Dude, that’s just the extremists. Actual Muslims aren’t like that… And they don’t consider the extremists to be Muslim anyway.

  • http://www.spiritedboutique.com darlene

    i have been meditating for years now, and it definitely kick starts my day, i can tell the days when i “think” i don’t have time and the ones where i take the time…..i recommend meditating 100%……and this was a very clear concise instruction….good job

  • John

    Just a question in relation to the advice given, it says that medidation should be done with a straight back. So if you’re sitting on the floor in the lotus position or otherwise, is it ok to prop your back against a wall to keep it straight?

    Great article, cheers!

  • Cappy

    There is a good book on meditation I have called “The Tao of Meditation” Way to Enlightenment. Jou, Tsung Hwa. I found the theory in the book (about half the book) to be pretty much worthless but there is a lot of good meditation information in it.

  • http://www.Books-that-Talk.com Jan

    I never knew Muslim prayer was about meditation ~ how interesting. And I’m willing to bet not many other people know it either. It’s these things that should become better known so there would be more peace in the world

  • Tom Brusky

    I think most westerners don’t really understand what meditation is, from a scientific perspective.

    Muslim prayers and christian prayers, might be similar to actual meditation in many ways. It might quiet the mind, and allow the worshipper to focus more deeply on theological issues.

    But it is highly different from the meditation found in Buddhism and Hinduism. This type of meditation has profound neuropsychological effects. It temporarily causes both neuro-electric and neurochemical changes in the brain. During a period of alertness, what we experience every day, the brain is dominated by beta waves. During deep meditation, the brain begins to generate alpha, theta, and even delta waves as the language centers of the brain calm down. This is the electric profile of the brain when it is asleep, but in this case the person is still highly alert and focused on the stimuli in his surroundings.

    Furthermore, in this state the chemical status of the brain is changed as well. Stress hormone production is drastically lowered, and there is a tendency for seratonin and endorphins (the body’s endogenous opiates) to increase as well, making the experience [sometimes] highly pleasurable. Furthermore, a whole set of strange experiences occur, which resemble those enduced by LSD or other psychodelic drugs. This is neither good nor bad, simply the neurophysiological correlates of meditation.

    Read more articles from Dr. Persinger for a better scientific understanding of meditation.

  • http://www.bigfilez.com bigfilez.com

    i don’t think meditation is same as Muslim prayer. Try meditate and try pray. Praying five time a day is much harder than sitting down and been silent. Islam is way harder than meditating.

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    • Chris

      i’m guessing you practice islam. and from the stupid statement you just made proved it why you guys are like this.

      • Fi

        I was Muslim. Prayer, for me, did become a time to medidate because my mind used this time to settle down, even though I was reciting prayers. I understand both of your points, however; Namaz is much more than simply meditating, but it can also incorporate meditation within it. I don’t understand the rest of the reply, however. I don’t see how bigfilez comment was stupid, nor do I see how Chris could conclude that Bigfilez was Muslim.
        I also want to know what Chris means when he says “Why you guys are like this”?

  • Kevin

    You spelled “Meditation” as “Mediation” no less than 3 times. Sorry to be a nit-pic, but I think just because something isn’t printed on paper, it doesn’t mean you should butcher it.

  • http://www.losethos.com Terry

    Meditation is thinking about spiritual stuff.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/meditation

  • nosscaj

    It’s possible that deep meditation may result in the release of DMT (one of the most powerful hallucinogens known) from the pineal gland found within the brain. The better at meditation you are, the more DMT may be released and a more “transcendental” experience may be achieved.

    http://www.rickstrassman.com/

  • Zeonix

    @ Terry: Meditation isn’t about spiritual stuff, although you can turn it into some kind of spiritual journey. That is your prerogative. It doesn’t have to be though. If you’re not the religious or spiritual type, just think of it as a tool. The more you use this particular tool, the more skilled you’ll become with it, and the greater the effects will be.

    I just wanted to point out that you don’t need to meditate at a certain time, because we don’t all have the same schedules. You can meditate after you wake up, before you go to bed (you’ll probably have strange dreams as a result of this), or whenever you get some free time. It isn’t something you have to spend hours doing. Meditation is something one can do while riding a bus, a train, walking, listening to music, etc.

    There really isn’t a right way to meditate and it isn’t something that can be taught, although a few tips don’t hurt (unless the person has no idea what they’re talking about). It’s something you’ll have to experience for yourself, and learn to understand and use for your benefit.

    • Anne73

      I just recently started self meditation. A friend of mind had shown me how. She also showed me how to teach others as well as help them fix pain they experience in many different areas. The only thing is, is that in most cases, if I touch the other person I find myself taking their pain. Can anyone explain this to me? I had a bad experience tonight with a young girl who apparently is troubled. I was clear minded and speaking to her in a calm manner, to keep her mind clear and inhale through the nose a color that is peaceful to her and exhale the color that she depicts as pain. Then focus a place that is soothing and remembering to breath. As I reached to stroke her gently sliding my thumb downward in the middle of her forehead, something I’ve never experienced before happened. Instead of taking in the pain from a migraine or any other sort of pain, I began to feel dark and sad. This made me shake, sweat and feel nauseous. Not to mention I could feel her resentment towards someone in particular as well as pain. I began to cry so I had to stop. Can anyone explain to me what happened? I have been told I was a taker but this I could not help with.

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  • Ian

    Be sure to check out aypsite.com. I’ve tried countless school of meditation, from buddhist to taoist and this is by far the best method I’ve come across.

    Best of luck with your mediation!

  • wyatt

    You should look into something called holosync. It’s an amazing meditation technology that makes meditation effortless. I use it daily and the benefits ive experienced are undescribable.

  • Jai

    It seems like you have no solid medical backing to support your claim of the “benefit”. It might actually be the case, but you support no solid backing behind it. Typical liberal spew.

    • Chris

      like they say “what good is faith if you dont use it”
      non believers like you perish and rot in materialist misery.

  • Dipan

    This is an awesome post! Thank you so much for a concise, interesting, clarifying, and inspiring article. I hope more people read this to understand that meditation is NOT an activity that requisites belief in nonsensical propositions.

  • Mario

    I been meditating for 23 years now, and fully agree with all the comments.
    Meditation is not a religion, is not spiritual per se and it really change the approach to life.
    I meditating with the Transcendental Meditation technique, i think is one of the most powerful one, and even more if you take an additional course that is called siddhis, yu go from 20 minutes per day twice a day to around 1 hour twice a day.
    But is really a powerful technique.
    The trick with meditation is that it helps you spontaneulsy align your actions with the natural law. Since we all live under tha natural law it is essential that we align otherwise the natural law compensate with pain and suffering, if you align it compensate with fulfillment and joy and fluidity in life.
    Well it is a long story i just wanted to reinforce what it has been said here
    Best to all

    Mario

  • Devang

    If anyone is interested in knowing about what meditation can do to your life…..plz go ahead and read “An autobiography of an yogi” by Paramhansa Yogananda …
    http://www.crystalclarity.com/yogananda/

  • Jai

    Again, what are the chances that this autobiography contains any medically supported facts?

    • http://www.askthedoctors.org tom

      Replying to Jai: I appreciate your wish for empirical evidence to support claims for meditation. Usually when people say there is evidence for the benefits of meditation, they are referring to the scientific research done on the Transcendental Meditation technique. Over 600 studies have been done on the effects of TM on mind, body, behavior and environment, conducted at Harvard Medical School, Stanford, UCLA, Yale, etc, and hundreds of the studies were published in the leading peer-reviewed scientific journals. EEG research shows that TM produces brainwave coherence and more efficient brain functioning. The NIH has funded over $24 million to study TM’s effects on blood pressure, hypertension, and stroke, and the results are quite impressive. But most important is the experience of TM: unbounded awareness, the Atma. TM is a wonderful systematic technique for transcending thought, and it’s established a foundation for science to accept meditation as a powerful and invaluable tool for facilitating inner and outer growth. peace out

  • Daniel

    Jai: The chances are precisely 100%. Example: Meditation ‘good for brain’ (BBC), found by a quick Web search. It is very easy to make skeptical comments; it is slightly less easy to type “medical benefits of meditation” into a search engine and find what you want to know. A lack of direct references in an article isn’t necessary for statements that are easily proven, such as 2 + 2 = 4, except possibly on Wikipedia. I think it would be much more difficult to back up your claim that an article about a health practice and its benefits is “typical liberal spew.”

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  • Jai

    Again, all BBC, which is highly liberal, does is report on a study. Is the study even credible? Possibly, possibly not. A few similar studies don’t prove anything, and what’s worse, is citing and article that cites a study. Yeah, that’s real proof.

    • Srikant

      I think this is very useful.I have been having a lot of problems controlling my mind.Was unable to concentrate..Will try starting today..Will definitely post with my results.I know it will take time to control the monkey.

    • Darrin

      Liberal and Conservative politics both have nothing to do with the practice of meditation.

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  • Daniel

    What is “real proof”?

    Medical Research on the Benefits of Meditation This link directly quotes numerous studies confirming physiological and psychological benefits of meditation. To disavow every source would be to deny the credibility of the Ivy League and modern medical understanding in general…I provided the BBC link as an example of a general trend, in that there are many similar reports from other sources. If you can find one study that confirms that meditation has no physiological or psychological benefits, please let me know…I’m just getting started with it, and I’d like to save myself the trouble.

  • S.o.G.

    Jai:

    WTH does making unsubstantiated claims have to do with being liberal?

    Conservatives are far more likely to make unsubstantiated claims. Conservatives are more likely to be religious. Religious conservatives are more likely to be fundamentalists.

    What could possibly be more unsubstantiated than the fundamentalist pseudo-christian crap spewed by american conservatives? Earth was created 6000 years ago and fossils laid down by a giant flood? Riiiiiigght.

    Top scientists are more likely to: a) be atheists b) have above average intelligence and b) be politically liberal

    Morons are more likely to be conservative and make ridiculous — and unsubstantiated — complaints about liberals.

    (I can’t substantiate that last claim, but I can substantiate all the rest)

  • Jai

    I’m not christian at all, but you can’t substantiate the rest at all. I guarantee that alot of scientists have strong religious values.
    Conservatives are just as likely as liberals to make unsupported claims (you spend too much time on Digg, you don’t read enough unbiased news, you only see one side of the coin).

    There is also lots of evidence that proves different aspects of religion; one was a top Digg story the other day.

  • reallytiredandabitsleepy

    why meditate when you could sleep in bed? sleep provides the same benefits, if not more, than medication. when you not awake try to take deep breathes, its hard at first but with lots of practice and long trained hours of unbothered focus you can do it. sleep/ nap time makes me refresh thus happy. so i can take crap from people. oh so the happy ending of eternal sleep awaites the tired and lonesome stranger, an object of the divine creation, that is my own ego. sleep will purge the memories of embarassment. haha.

  • Peter

    I was brought up doing Transcendental Meditation, and I would say it had some good effects and more bad. It tends to detach you from reality and you turn to meditation as an escape from problems. You think “What my senses are telling me is not true reality. I don’t need to deal with this world in front of me.” Also, the T.M. mantras are shortened names of mini-deities, so in that case its not honest to say it is not religious.

    • tom

      Reply to Peter’s remarks that TM produces some bad effects, and that there is dishonesty in the way TM is presented: Scientific studies have been done on TM researching its effects on virtually every aspect of human life that can be empirically measured, using control groups from every reasonable segment of society — students, business people, prisoners, new meditators, advanced meditators, mentally ill, athletes, elderly, youth, patients with high blood pressure, etc. — and no peer-reviewed, well-controlled research study has ever found negative effects to result from the TM technique. Only positive results. And as mentioned above, these were studies NOT conducted by “TM” scientists, but at leading medical schools and universities and many were funded by the NIH. I’ve been practicing TM for 35 years, and it is unimaginable how settling the mind and effortlessly, naturally transcending to experience one’s true inner nature can lead to bad results. As far as dishonesty, it is your interpretation that the mantras are “names of mini-gods.” But TM teachers are straightforward about the mantras: the mantras are sounds whose effects are known to be life-supportive and harmonizing, and are used in a way that has absolutely no association with meaning. The mantra is a vehicle for transcending, a sound that lends itself to the process of the mind going beyond thinking. There is no association with “gods” and there’s no point in even trying to determine what the TM mantras might mean in any particular language. It is not meaning that is relevant to the process, it is the effect of the mantra. Millions of people and 600 research studies say that the experience is way cool.

    • laughing crow

      Hey Peter, You say that TM “tends to detach you from reality and you turn to meditation as an escape from problems.” I’ve been doing TM for over 25 years, and that is not my experience at all, nor is that the common experience. Some people who have practiced TM may not understand the process—perhaps you are among them. TM is a technique for expanding awareness. When awareness expands, one’s perception of reality expands. One becomes more engaged with “reality.” All the research shows greater comprehension and ability to focus, and increased self-actualization.

      Meditation allows you to better deal with the world that is in front of you. TM is not a practice for escaping reality, it is a preparation for dealing with reality more effectively. You seem to have missed the point and grown bitter, my friend. That is most unfortunate, because TM is a really good and innocent practice. I recommend it for everyone.

    • esperanza

      I would like to know how you fo TM it looks like it helped you a lot and I would like to learn how to do TM. Is it difficult. I live in an area were no one do any meditation at all. Could you help me. Thanks

  • http://www.sargenation.com Justin

    What a great article! Meditation can really help with stressful times. I never thought about taking a shower before meditating I will have to try that!

  • http://www.pak-times.com Rubab

    Meditation has good effects in improving spiritual health, further it is good and effective practice to control oneself by all means… positive thiniking comes through Meditation…

  • Ed

    “When a thought appears, make a conscious decision to throw it out of your mind. ”

    Using thoughts to get rid of thoughts? Why not just watch the thoughts arise and pass without any involvement? And after a while when you notice you’re getting better at that, try to see who it is, that is aware of the arising and passing of thoughts.

  • http://sensitivitytothings.com John

    “You” aren’t a thought, and neither is will power. I don’t see a contradiction necessarily. But yes, watching thoughts pass, like water flowing under a bridge, is a valid technique also.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/s.babayan/Apokatastasis/Blog/files/8-steps-to-contemplation.html Simon

    Ed & John,
    In fact, I consider that there is a time for watching thoughts pass, and another for actively suppressing them. It all depends what you’re doing. However, I agree with Ed that for a purely relaxing meditative purpose, watching thoughts bubble without interfering up is probably the best. Positive thought on the other hand does require more assertiveness (laid out better over here: http://homepage.mac.com/s.babayan/Apokatastasis/Blog/files/8-steps-to-contemplation.html)

  • http://www.anatoliatravels.com cool guide

    Definetly inspiring! I always wanted to learn meditation but never had the time; i thought i had to read books or attend some yoga classes etc. Now it sounds easier, at least to start. Still i think some classes would be helpful. One question: I have been hearing various types of meditation, active,dynamic etc.. which is the best practice to start with?
    Thanks!

  • Frances

    I never thought of religious prayer as meditating. It never occurred to me. Now I see people do that and I wonder: what does one ask a non-existing entity? [don't bother to answer that. You know that nobody changes their mind about things like religion, save yourself some frustration and frantic typing]

    I can see the benefit of some time spent in quiet introspection. Meditation seems like a wonderful way to spend real quality time with yourself. Unfortunately I’m way too stressed to do that in any meaningful way, although that’s probably a great reason to start meditating in the first place. Something I need to look into.

  • http://kebebasan.wordpress.com Irvan

    huh, i have not try. maybe later. :D

    -IT-

  • Dzogchenpa

    I’ve been a Buddhist meditator for nearly 30 years, this is a good little document for anyone to start with.

    Although it’s not something I’d personally use on a regular basis, I became interested in combining meditation and cannabis a couple of years ago, which has been very helpful in many ways. I recently found a book ‘Cannabis & Meditation – An Explorer’s Guide’ (www.headstuffbooks.com) which has been excellent reading. Down to earth and jargon-free, it covers all of the basics and shows a number of useful and powerful techniques from a variety of traditions, including a couple from my own. Despite my background I’m happy for anyone to explore meditation through any means they wish as long as it does the job, this isn’t an area where anyone can afford to think that they know everything; a case in point being that this book had a couple of things within it that I hadn’t even considered.

    Part of my work in the Sangha is to evaluate new books for students on various forms of meditation, and although there are tens of titles on the subject there are only a handful that really show the key basics and how they HAVE to link together for meditation to be effective and allow you a chance of reaching realisation. Thus far in the last 11 years, only this book and ‘Meditation for Dummies’ have got it right and I’d highly recommend both.

    D

  • http://www.srichinmoybio.co.uk/spirit.html Tejvan Pettinger

    Thanks for kind comments re: article.

    There are many different approaches to meditation. It is hard to say which is best, because what is right for one person may not be right for someone else. It is also quite difficult to learn to meditate by reading articles on the internet. It is advisable to try find a suitable meditation group.

    However, I would not advise meditating under the influence of drugs, because it is a totally different experience to that of pure meditation.

    > You could meditate with back against wall, but it might be more comfortable to sit on cushions or chair.

    sorry about a couple of “mediations” slipping in – it shows you can’t just rely on a spell checker.

    regards,

    Tejvan

    • http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com Wayne Scherr

      I use meditation and breathing excersises to calm the mind, become centered and then as a fine art nature photographer let images find me as I am more open to the creative process.

      Meditation has opened my senses to the hear and now allowing calm observation and participation in the natural world around me.

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  • http://www.freetube-tv-online.uni.cc TV Online

    For a mantra, you can use the ancient verse of “Om”. It’s allegedly the sound the Universe makes – I’m guessing it’s supposed to be the sound of things at rest (e.g. womb, ocean, wind, etc). It’s pronounced oamm (emphasis on the m).

  • ryan

    what’s this about non-religious? do you know what a mantra is?

  • Dzogchenpa

    Hi Tejvan. I can see that we could have a long discussion on the topic of drugs and meditation:) I wouldn’t recommend anyone just go out and buy drugs and sit vegging out and thinking they can meditate, it isn’t as simple as that and a lot of care has to be taken to make sure you’re accessing the right states without drugs before you do it with them.

    I would just like to comment on your statement above though that, “However, I would not advise meditating under the influence of drugs, because it is a totally different experience to that of pure meditation.” This implies that cannabis can’t add anything to our access states, and that it prevents users from reaching the right meditative conditions, which really isn’t true – though I do understand your reasons for saying this and that it may well be true for some.

    I practised within the Tibetan traditions for 27 years without even trying drugs, let alone trying to meditate whilst high, it was just the antithesis of everything I believed in, and felt very strongly that the two could not combine. However, along the way I also discovered that many of the people I studied under, and even some of my own lineage holders were users and even promoted its benefits privately – it has after all been a key aspect of many forms of practice for both Hindus and Buddhists of certain traditions, even though it isn’t openly talked about in this way.

    Anyway, despite my reticence about use, I decided to try it a few years ago as an experiment, and expected the worst. Once I got used to the sensation of being high (I don’t drink or use caffiene, etc, so this was new to me) I began to look closely at what I could do with it and what it was trying to do to me. I quickly found that Relaxation, mindfulness and the generation of metta were far, far easier. Also, though it’s not really a part of my tradition’s daily work, I also found that moving through the dhyanas was also much easier and that in general my mind was much more pliable and easier to explore. Contemplative meditation in the Dzogchen style was, I’d say, about 50% more effective stoned.

    On the downside, shamatha was slightly impaired as my brain wanted to keep free-forming creatively, but a little firm practice for a few minutes brought that under control.

    The main point is that the ‘states’ I reach are no different stoned or straight, and that cannabis enhances sensitivity to further work within these states. Cannabis adds an edge to vipassana and shamatha, it doesn’t detract. If it truly did detract then I wouldn’t even consider using it, my meditation is far too important for me to risk impairing it in any way.

    I really do not want people to think that by taking drugs it will give them an easy ‘in’ to higher states, but for those with the control and the experience I would recommend it whole-heartedly, at least as a one-off now and again.

    Thanks again for an excellent OP.

    D

  • Zeonix

    @Ryan: While the term mantra is of hindi origin, simply repeating a phrase to help one concentrate is also considered a mantra. If you’re concentrating on that one phrase and only that phrase, your mind isn’t wandering elsewhere.

    Again, it’s just a tool.

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    Dzogchenpa, I am impressed with your open and candid response. Keep up the good work.

  • ryan

    I know, however I recommend meditating on this instead:

    Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
    Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
    My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee…

    I concentrated on all of those, and my mind wasn’t wandering….wow, more than one word?!? BIG UPS!

    Life’s NOT about the SELF. It’s about the COMMUNITY.

  • http://pensador.org Pensador

    Interesting article. I usually meditate in the metro, on my way to work.

  • Michael Langford

    A lot of people have a problem with the flame exercise you’re talking about above as they’re not “doing enough”.

    Another one is to count to 10 (or 4) repeatedly in time with your breaths.

    Another one is to imagine yourself floating immersed underwater (or in space, or in air) and actively watch distractions float up past you in bubbles. (You’re meditating on the distractions floating by!)

    Another caveat: Don’t “force” your mind to go back to concentrating when you are distracted by something. Note the distraction, brush it off, then go back gently to your meditation.

    e.g. “One…two…three….four….one…two…Oh my the carpet feels fuzzy. So fuzzy under my legs….oh my, the carpet just distracted me…oh well, happens sometime… back to meditation…. one….two…. three… four… one… two… three… four… one”

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  • Danny

    Great overview and practical intro! One little thing I find important: Set an alarm! I use the v. quiet alarm on my PDA. Before I started doing this, the hardest thought to banish during meditation was “Has it been thirty minutes?” Then I’d want to look at the clock, then my whole day’s schedule would rush in . . .

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  • Ron

    Here is an excellent site regarding research on meditation, in this case Transcendental Meditation. http://tm.org/discover/research/charts/index.html.

    And check this out about ADHD research: http://adhd-tm.org/.

    Finally, it ends up that film director David Lynch has been meditating for 30 years. Who’d a thunk it! http://davidlynchfoundation.org/video/booksigning.html

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  • http://www.MotivationalSpeakerSource.com Dave

    Thanks for sharing this great information about meditation.
    I think the use of candles and burning of incense came from movies that featured people who uses incense and candles while they are meditating.

  • http://www.shinewithgrace.com Shine

    Thanks so much for the nice post which reminds me to get back to the habit.

    Quieting the mind to get recharged!

  • Luke

    I’ll be waking up early tomorrow to try it out.

  • http://www.traviseneix.com Travis

    Good article, and very good intro to meditating. I listed a translation from an old Vedic text on my website that lists 112 methods of meditation, for those who want a little variety-
    http://www.traviseneix.com/meditating-on-the-possibilities/

    I would like to quote Gandhi in response to some of the above comments -
    “Meditation is Prayer with form, Prayer is Meditation without form.”

  • http://www.best-of-time-management.com/personal-development.htm Pamela

    This is a wonderful and concise introduction to meditation. I think it’s enough for people planning to try meditation.
    More benefits will probably be acquired through deeper meditation.

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  • http://www.psych101online.com Helen

    This is just great. Guidelines and basic principles are what we all need to learn to start meditation. Deeper understanding of meditation should require more knowledge about it.

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  • http://www.teamideate.com Michael Morales

    Ilchi Lee has a fantastic reputation due to what he teaches and how he uses his mind. Ilchi Lee was driven at youth to ask deep inner questions about his existence, which is a question that we all bring up sometimes. Ilchi Lee is also a master of Teak Kwon Do and spent 21 days alone meditating. Meditate is to reflect deeply on a subject. Meditate to think to intently and at length as for spiritual purposes. This is similar to what many of us do. How many times have you been sitting around bored, just staring into nothing. You are meditating. Ilchi Lee also traveled across the USA and stumbled across a city to start teaching his ideas. This wonderful and beautiful city was Sedona, Arizona. Finally, Ilchi Lee

    Book of Joshua: Isaac went out to meditate in the field.
    Hebrew word; talk to himself. To devise, imagine.
    Greek word; what people do to make sure they can teach

    -SRV

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    Another great post. Meditation is key!

  • Tony

    Meditation = Relaxation (oh, and I save d$1000.00 and hours of wasted time)

    MORONS!

  • http://www.thehappinessblog.com www.theHAPPINESSblog.com

    One of the most inspiring books I have ever read was Ricard’s “Happiness.” In it, over and over again, he teaches the importance of meditating and its relationship to happiness. I am convinced that meditation is the source of mind control, and mind control is the fuel of increased happiness.
    Great post!!

  • doni

    meditation gave me a woman’s love

  • steph

    I’m glad to know about this page. I have been struggeling with too many thoughts and the sresses of life. I couldn’t deem to focus on one thing or nothing at all. I was lying in bed one day and it hit me like a slap in the face, to read up on meditation as i read about it, it became so muck clearer and helpful to try this out so i can find peace of mind and do some soul-searching. So i say thanks.

  • http://ideamatt.blogspot.com/ Matthew Cornell

    My experience: Meditation didn’t help nearly as much as a system to organize my thoughts, desires, and commitments. I think of the methodology I practice (GTD) as a kind of enforced meditation, if that makes any sense. The analogy I give: No one’s able to meditate away a bill, problem, or situation that needs attention. You can get a different perspective on it, sure, but it will still be there when you’re “back in the real world.”

    And before anyone flames, I do get (at the basic level) the crucial importance of mindfulness, and I have a ton of work to do in that area. I guess my main point is that, for clearing my head, having a system worked better for me than a meditation practice…

    Thanks for the discussion!

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  • http://meditationiseasy.com Eklavya

    A very good article indeed. Though the article is very short, it has covered almost all the things related to meditation. While concentration and effort are necessary in the beginning, we must know that Meditation is not concentration itself. It is (if I used the words of great J Krishnamurthy) a state of choiceless awareness. A state of stillness which makes us calm.

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  • http://www.how-to-meditate.org How to Meditate

    Here’s a useful guide to meditation for those interested. :)

  • Ashish

    A well documented Article.. Meditation is infact a process of liberization of yourself from the thoughts. And if observed carefully its only thoughts which decide how a person is going to live his/her life. for example if you are happy at present.. a thought will be responsible for this and similarly if sad/Charged up, always a thought works behind it. so Thoughts are infact life and by doing meditation we can control our life…Also “A monk who sold his Ferrary” by Robin Sharma is a Good one ..

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  • Cody

    Ive been wanting to try meditationl for a while now to help with depression and so on. Thanks for the info.

  • juggalotus

    thanks but what about noise and un clear thoughts i cant seem to concerntrate on certen thoughts but dont thing of them they are just there

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  • http://www.nitie.edu vivek

    i liked it very much & will try those fine points while doing yoga

  • Michelle

    i always meditate and i find it really good, especially wen am musterbading or having sex with my neighbor, wawwww meditating is so good. i musterbade while meditating, try it it’s excellent

    • watsone

      michelle r u a moslem?? cuz they do this like all the time. the reason why they have deadless dicks and pea sized brains. lol.

  • Michelle

    i always meditate and i find it really good, especially wen am musterbading or having sex with my neighbor, wawwww meditating is so good. i musterbade while meditating, try it it’s excellent

  • Tapu Tuailemafua

    Meditation is “thinking about not thinking”
    its like thinking about “naught” thus clearing the mind !

    I have yet to undertsnad this concept. Right now I can clear my mind of everything… but when Im at this stage i find out that i have already sleeping. I guess this is it…after all when you wake up you feel highly rejuvenated

    However according to the Taoist when your at that stage the mind is cleared of everything, or when calmnewss is there, anythought that is derived from your inner being is the topic of your meditation. Do not be biased here! that is when you are thinking about something that you are worie about etc

    The point is when you listen to your infinity, the answer to your mrditation is there …it may be quite different from the going ons that you are familiar with everyday Cheers and may you all have wonderful meditating christmas and new year festivities ..aummmm, auuuuummmmmm, aummmmmmm

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    Meditation sounds very calming to the mind.But shall younger people do it too?It would be good perhaps for a teenager but they don’t really have the right mind to do it.Or perhaps in other words are being difficult and dont want to do it.Do you make noise when you meditate?
    Tesu

    • Anne73

      I actually started meditating after a month long stay in the hospital and a shoulder brush with death. That kind of gets you thinking about all the small stuff. I taught my 18 and 16 year old the basics of meditation. Which I have to say was not easy with all the giggling at first. But now I meditate on a regular basis with my daughter, age 18, and she really enjoys it. My son on the other hand prefers to meditate late at night outside when all is quiet and his surroundings are right for him. So all in all I would have to say yes it is good to teach your children. This way they feel more in tune with their thoughts and feelings.

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    i love the sight and i think it might really help me acomplish my dream

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  • kee

    i do both visualization and meditation.
    i need to create a image in my mind and focus as much detail as i can on it while visualization.
    will this affect my meditation skill which silent mind are needed.
    anyone?

  • Felicia

    im only 17 but i meditate everyday. and by reading this i can almost explain why i enjoy it so much and how i can “just sit there”. And now i will take my meditation to a step further. Thank you

    • Anne73

      My meditation also is visualization. Picturing a serene place where I feel relaxed and most at peace. If this helps you by all means keep doing it.

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  • God

    http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/07/14-reasons-to-become-more-conscious/>>>>>>>Read this like your life depends on it…..cause it does!!! meditation expands consciousness/awareness……heaven and hell both exist on earth but in your MIND…meditate to get to heaven

    Peace GOD

  • God

    http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/07/14-reasons-to-become-more-conscious/ …Read this like your life depends on it…..cause it does!!! meditation expands consciousness/awareness……heaven and hell both exist on earth but in your MIND…meditate to get to heaven

    Peace GOD

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  • lochie

    Great artical, it really works

    Thanks =)

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  • http://google.com Jillian

    i like the idea of meditating but how long do peopel usually meditate and for how long????????

    • johnny

      It matters if your a beginner or advanced. Just starting to learn meditation and your sessions probably won’t be long like 10 mins to 20 max.(FOR ME AT LEAST) But after a couple months/year youll be able to have a completely thoughless mind even during normal activities like masterbation and even while looking at the neighbors daughter Cindy through that little slit in her red curtains right next to joeys room, actually I think its Toms room now cause Joey moved to LA…lol Anyways after a couple months/year your meditation sessions wil be longer like 30 mins….But this is just my subjective
      outlook on it. I am just another human taking a ride in this infinite world we all live in.

      • http://pickthebrain.com Frenchi

        I want to learn how to meditate.

        How do you meditate?????
        Please.

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  • http://www.rebelzen.com Steve Mills

    Nice article and introduction to meditation. It is one of the most beneficial things that anyone can do, and whats more it’s free!

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  • jeeshnu

    thank you so much for all these useful points that you have added in here. all the ideas are relevant and , it is just too good and helpful to seekers like us, thank you ,,,,,,, lol

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  • Arabella

    meditation can increase your intuition level and other psychic energies like claivoyance and clairaudient.

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    Thankyou! I find it fascinating how people look at things.

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    Realization should be the basic objective of a meditater. Your blog explains the same.

  • olukayode

    while you’ve done your best to explain meditation,form the way you see it,well i’d want it to be known that meditation is a spiritual exercise,that has outstanding effects on the physical body and physical realm.almost anything can be achieved through meditation,when accompanied with prayers. meditation from the biblical point of view,requires you taking out time to meditate on the words of God written in the bible thereby producing effects beyond the physical experience that you may have been experiencing.it has a wholelife and eternal effect.i pick two scrirtures to explain-”this book of the law shall not depart from your mouth,but you shall meditate in it day and night ,that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.for then you will make your way prosperous,and then you will have good success”- “but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night.he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,that brings forth its fruit in its season,whose leaf also shall not wither,and whatever he does shall prosper” quotes from joshua 1:8 and Psalm1:2-3.
    certain risks are attached to quietening your mind and leaving it empty.like i said,its a spiritual exercise that has to do with the spiritual realm.Risks such as picking up communication from foul and evil supernatural bodies that may be hanging around just next to you.thats why the bible recommends that you focus on the laws of the lord which also are the words of promises and declarations stated in the bible.it provides much safety and security for our souls,which is basically the centre of meditation(the soul consists of the mind,will and emotions).it connects you to the realm of GodthrouhHisHoly spirit.meditating on the Words of God is very pleasant .personally i’ve had so much benefits from doing this as it launches you into a realm in God higher than the physical experience of this world,which is stuffed with plenty limitations.you are also led by the spirit of God,who fills you as you believe in Jesus as Saviour.while not trying to sound so religious,i have had countless experiences and have seen and witnessed strange experiences in others who have discovered this type of meditation.i once picked a scripture”God shall make perfect,everything that concerns me” to meditate and pray on ,when my partner was rushed to a hospital on emergency note,i was sore afraid and fearful of what the outcome might be,but moments after i started the meditation and prayers,the fears lifted and moments after,i saw the Lord..telling me that i would have to trust him to do a perfect work on my partner.i agreed,and that was it.i left the hospital for home and no sooner had i reached my house that my partner gave me a call,sounding so great..,and when i got back to the hospital,there was my partner,full of life and smiles as if nothing ever happened and was dicharged from the hospital in no time.different experiences with different scriptures meditated upon.its just like living in anotherworld full of Glory,power and Joy.it can turn a wretched life into a beautiful one.bye for now!

    • esperanza

      I love your comment. God knows all things and he is the only that can help you. He is very very powerfulmore than anyone.

  • PEACE

    hello I don’t know if my last post was put here or not but I would like to learn something easy.. sorry I don’t speak english very well.. I speak spanish and I am learning english.. I am 21 years old.. and I have anxiety and depression.. I want to feel better and I have taking medication that’s venlafaxine and now at the same time victan but I feel a little bit better but I think this causes me to feel asleep..I can’t meditate in the morning.. I am busy and I have free time on nights but I am not sure it would be a good idea to do it at bed or before going to bed please

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  • http://www.2knowmyself.com farouk

    very nice post, sometimes i feel that i am thinking of 1000 things at the same time, i am sure meditation can help me

  • http://www.theashramyoga.com John Brimm

    Nice article covering the basics of meditation. It is one of the most rewarding exercises we know of and it don’t cost a penny!

    John B.
    http://www.theashramyoga.com

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    Well, this very nice and wonderful.

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    Meditation can really help with stressful times. I never thought about taking a shower before meditating, definitely should try that.

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  • Anti Christ

    I’ma shoot fire balls at everybody using chi, cuz i’m god. Your all going to die. :]

  • esperanza

    How do you meditate. Thanks

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    Ну конечно, как говорят, занимательное рядом! :)

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    Thanks so much for this post. I am a religious personand have always been interested in this concept. You have answered some of my questions, and I thank you! :-)

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      i have not been into meditation until recently but i am deffinately interested in it now..

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    I never meditate before or if I did I didn’t do it right, so Iam trying to learn the right way now because iam on my 40′s and meditation is helpfull at this age, I think :-)

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    Meditation is great for relaxation. Everyone can benefits from nice and peaceful meditation.

  • http://www.headachesguru.com Maria

    But I don’t have time To Meditate, is what I’m saying to my self. Never the less I will try it, after this nice article.

  • http://www.kombuchahome.com John

    Yea, Maria you should definitely try it.

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    I use Yoga technique for yoga meditation
    and this article is greats

  • http://www.learnmindfulness.co.uk Shamash

    That’s an interesting post on the benefits of meditation, thank you. Recent research has found that meditation changes the shape of the brain and activates the more positive parts of it too. I practice every morning and it soon stops being a chore, especially if you are regular in the discipline. I like mindfulness meditation, which does not use a mantra but is simply about being aware of whatever arises, ultimately. Check out my free videos on it, on http://www.learnmindfulness.co.uk/videos

  • http://www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com Brain Adams

    Wow very great information. By Meditating we gain calmness also. WE would take things easily. We will have fresh mind. WE can do meditation before we go to sleep also. Morning as soon as we get up we should meditate and before we go to sleep. It gives you a good result.
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    Meditating is the secret to a long, happy, healthy life. You can meditate in any moment. Just be fully engaged in each moment of the present.

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  • Danielle

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. 100% useful.

  • SANJAY

    Jai Gurudev,
    Good after noon

    Respected companion,

    Sometimes after meditation I experience a feeling of angerness annoyedness. Kindly advise

  • Sneha

    Nice Article. Hope it will help me as i am keen to learn about meditation.

  • Randomb

    I was just wondering what the full relaxation feals like. i think i have done it before but i wanted a clearer understanding. Once on a trip, i was travelling on a bus and i was listining to music with my earphones. i had my eyes closed and i got to a stage where i only heared the music. after what seemed like a small while, the person beside me got my attention, and i started to smell something bad. turns out the person behind me had thrown up… My point is, while i dont think i fell asleep, because i was listening to the music the whole time, before i had been disturbed, i didnt even smell or notice the person who had thrown up (Which is interesting for me since they were sitting directly behind me.) is this what the calm of meditation is?

  • http://rdruffy.blogspot.com Rahmat

    hmm, is meditation give the same way as self-hypnosis?
    well, from what I know, when we in hypnotic state, we are fully aware of our surrounding. Is this same?
    Umm, and I found some words like higher consciousness,
    is there any relation between meditation and those words?
    (though I don’t really understand what higher consciousness means :p )

    and, ah, when I meditate, I often see the image of myself in center of room but with very different angle, it’s just like I see myself from another person,
    is this just my imagination? or maybe some stray thought?

    sorry, I am really beginner about meditation, what I know about this just, meditation is a synchronization between mind, body and thought. and I intended to feel the astral plane, but I have no idea how to do it, don’t know what the plane is, and what will I feel if I have already reach that plane.

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    i’m 13 and i’m going to start meditating now thanks for the help!

  • Radu

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    I recently read a wonderful book by Andy Feld called ‘Wake Up, Your Life is Calling.’ In it he goes into detail about how and why to integrate the practice.

    What I like about contemplation is the practice is fed by our loving intention combined with our imagination. Imagination is a powerful tool in manifesting.

    Of course a combination of these techniques would be even better!
    Thank you-Kim

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    Like most, I used to believe that daily meditation was optional. As I have become more and more aware about the powers of our personal thoughts and emotions I now believe it is a mandatory practice for anyone wishing to truly be the creator of there own life. Our life is a clean white canvas that we get to paint through the powers of our thoughts, emotions, words, and actions. Learning to first quiet and then direct our thoughts can only be learned through a practice of regular meditations. Thanks to all. Andy

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  • tara

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    Meditation is like cycling IMO, once you learn it, you cannot forget it and you will wonder how at some point you could never do it. My tip would be : Just listen to the quite of your mind. Remember that your conscience(or the thing that perceives) is seperate from your thoughts which are generated from your brain.
    I realized this after having a few psychedelic journeys but this is not necessary IMO. Trying to focus very gently on some point (the middle of your chest near the heart works for me), will help you understand this as well. Just my 2 cents.

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  • James

    Meditation is a process not a technique, it is with you to discover in yourself. Buddha never found a single teacher or guru that shows him how to meditate in his conquest for enlightenement. This is not something to give to anyone it is something inside us all and it is our own search and conquest is needed to discover it.

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    • MeditationWorks

      I disagree. They simply said taking a shower can help meditate, not that you SHOULD do it. I find when I do it after I shower I do feel much more relaxed than when I just do it. It shouldn’t matter how one does it, as long as they do it. I really think everyone should meditate daily, religious or not. People often forget what patience and inner peace will do for the body’s health. There is no wrong or right way to meditate because even if you have a wandering mind during meditation, as long as you stay with it and don’t give up your session, you are successful. Meditation is one of life’s miracle because it can do nothing but good for us. :)

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  • Shyam

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  • Tricia

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        your a dick don,t bother reading something if your just going to be a prick about it your the douche . sad asshole

        • http://twitter.com/Gawdlikee Nico~L

          Obviously you angry ones are not meditating rite, or at all as you would not show such hostile talk towards each other and i advise you to start meditating more deeply. It will make your anger slowly disappear and soon you will realize it’s a silly emotion just shielding you from hurt~

          • http://www.ecuresinsomnia.com/ insomnia cures

            lol…I find that rather amusing how you can say that seriously. But you’re absolutely right. Absolutely. 

          • http://www.dissertationlab.com/ Larah Barnett

            Meditation is really great thing. I’ve gone in for yaga for 2 years and it makes my fit and calm all the time.

          • PewDiePie BiggestFan

            you are as correct as a elephant can never forget, as correct as a sacred beast can be tamed and let go of. You think like me, anger is just an emotion causing depression and fury to the brain, it harms us, i have not started to meditate yet but when i do, i will have inner peace as outter peace too.

          • lisa

            I would like to start, need to clean my mind from all the bad that has happened but I can’t read big words and can’t spell some of what is being instructed to do, can you give me any advise, I write to you because I can tell you know what your talking about.

          • Santosh Nair

            Use very simple words. Infact, using no words is also meditation!

          • Lyndi

            Hi Lisa!

            Here are some audio that could help you.

            I have been practising meditation for five years now. It is very good for relaxing and clearing the mind. Now I feel like I can help others. I just qualified as a meditation teacher and recorded some audio for beginners. Listen to them, they might help you : )

            You can get them on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/dk/podcast/already-calm/id541115968
            Podomatic: http://alreadycalm.podomatic.com/
            and Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lyndwah/sets/meditation

            I’d love to hear your feedback on them too : ) I hope you and others benefit can benefit from learning meditation!

            Love Lyndi x

    • david

      jeez, me-ow dude

    • JimmyLikesShoes

      Eduardas Superficialas. Shut up, jerkbone.

  • Svcj

    the pdf link is broken….

  • http://www.fluorescentlightsonline.org Fluorescent Lights

    This is a great introduction to why we should meditate,, i feel so much better in my life when i keep this practice up!!

  • http://spiritofgems.blogspot.com Sanjaya Gunasena

    Mantras are really helpful especially when you are first apprehension to meditate or want to go beyond that initial resistance. If you are a newbie, repeating a very simple mantra can get you into a higher state of concentration pretty quick which will then give you the motivation to continue with a meditation practice.

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  • Sunitarazdan

    This piece of information is extremely brilliant. It might be good for the beginners but to begin also takes time. 

  • Pradeepsingh6632

    very nice feelings and inspiration are given in this lines 

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  • Cuongg Vuu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_DuZigRzY this is a very good video especially for beginners, due to the fact that it lets you experience the effect of meditating correctly even if you do it for the first time. Usually what happens after is that your body will be familiar with the feeling and you will get a better sense of meditation. This video is amazing you should check it out if you are interested but do not know how meditation works or how it feels like :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fatehyab-Ali-Syed/100002620642971 Fatehyab Ali Syed

    Meditation is diet of our mind and soul it
    boosts our spiritual wisdom and
    refreshes our body

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fatehyab-Ali-Syed/100002620642971 Fatehyab Ali Syed

    Meditation is diet of our mind and soul it
    boosts our spiritual wisdom and
    refreshes our body

  • naus kots

    it is very good way how to meditate .people should try this specially in morning 
    between 4 am to 5 am this my personal experience

  • naus kots

    the best way to get away from stress.if you dont take it religously then atleast take it as a medically.just try this for 40 days and you will find the change in your lifestyle.
    take any name of god and understand the meaning of name that you will meditate on ten with your breath concentrate on this world and meaning.the very first thing you will realised that while meditating on this two thing your brain will forget other thoughts that is worring you .JUST TRY IT AND YOU WILL FOUND PEACE AROUND YOU.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VSC7AB2NMNOJHMTW5NXXVXDOHY Robert Mcelvenny

    Will drinking hot green tea before, help with meditation? 

    • Susansuzukischool

      I  have no idea, but green tea relaxes me a lot and I drink it before bed and first thing in the morning.

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  • Varun goyal

    it is quit revealing but it does not displays the appropriate and correct method of   meditation. It is all about the divine experience of meditation.

  • Swampacow

    I have been meditating for about two months now and still have not reached a completely blank mind. I can get to focusing on a single thought but I can never seem to get passed it. Any tips?

  • Swampacow

    I have been meditating for about two months now and still have not reached a completely blank mind. I can get to focusing on a single thought but I can never seem to get passed it. Any tips?

    • your sister

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    • Awaremeditator1

      Youll never be able to reach a completely blank mind.  Our minds are always thinking.  You can reduce your thoughts. or choose the direction of your thoughts when your meditating, but not completely stop your minds activity. 

      The holy grail of meditation is to reach a state of consciousness referred to as
      “effortless concentration”.   Just continue to relax your mind and your body to a very high degree, concentrate on counting your breath and one day soon you hopefully will feel the incredible sensations associated with effortless concentration.

      Meditate with headphones and music.  It will accelerate your entrance into this state of consciousness. 

      • Another

        I have reached effortless concentration and it isn’t the holy grail, imo. but it was memorable.  If you have any buddhist monks in your area, try to meditate with them.  the vibrations are intense and helpful, especially as your own mind gets more joy and peace

    • Awaremeditator1

      Youll never be able to reach a completely blank mind.  Our minds are always thinking.  You can reduce your thoughts. or choose the direction of your thoughts when your meditating, but not completely stop your minds activity. 

      The holy grail of meditation is to reach a state of consciousness referred to as
      “effortless concentration”.   Just continue to relax your mind and your body to a very high degree, concentrate on counting your breath and one day soon you hopefully will feel the incredible sensations associated with effortless concentration.

      Meditate with headphones and music.  It will accelerate your entrance into this state of consciousness. 

    • Hk_5

      Chant this Maha mantra daily 108 times & Be Happy. 
      “HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
       KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
       HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
       RAMA RAMA HARE HARE”. 

      while chanting you close your eyes , utter this maha matra audible to your ears and focus your mind on krishna’s form. 

      thank you.

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  • Naveenchugh14

    meditation calms mind. io realised this after doing yes+

  • Fcj111

    I am a boxer and am interested to know if meditation will help me focuse and how I go about practicing this? What do I do please?

    Sit with my back up right in the morning but what do I think about?

    Is it thinking about performing great and being sharp and totally focused … If any negative thought, doubts come in to expel these?

    Is that how it would benefit me

    Look forwards to answers

    Cheers

    • Awaremeditator1

      This will be how it benefits you, if you believe that this is how it will benefit you.  It is definitely a good idea for you to first think about how much better you will be performing because of your meditation practice.

      See yourself more agile, more quick, with more energy, kicking ass to the person who is in front of you.  Believe that you will be more focused, more concentrated when you box, and eventually you will be.

      It wont happen immediately, but if you persevere in you meditation practice, constantly thinking about and believing that you are going to box better, that very well may manifest itself in a big way in your matches.

      A solid. habitual, dedicated meditation practice will definitely increase your powers of focus and concentration to a high degree.  But you need to enter into a state of “effortless concentration” for the powers to manifest in your life. 

      I meditate for about two hours every day, sitting for between 3 to 5 sessions a day.  My ability to focus and concentrate have enabled me to create a website, that is going to convey deep understanding of meditation and how meditation engaged in properly can completely transform you life. 

      It should be fully functional in a couple of weeks, if you interested, the address is awaremeditator.com.

      I truly hope you have a trans-formative experience with meditation. 

    • Gemde001

      I’ve been a competing wrestler for a little over ten years now and I dabble in mixed martial arts. I’ve been meditating for almost as long as I’ve been competing and I find it helps a lot. There’s two ways I do it: one for when I have a competition coming up and one for when I’m just training or during the off-season.

      Leading up to a competition:

      -Sit in a position that is comfortable but make sure you have good posture; no slouching. If you have flexible legs you can sit in the lotus position but this can get uncomfortable after a while if you’re not used to it.
      -Make sure you’re in an area where you have as little distractions as possible: no noise, no extreme temperatures (this can be pretty distracting for people who are particularly sensitive to that kind of thing), and I find that dim or no lighting helps.

      -Close your eyes and clear your mind. Don’t think what about what you’re going to do later that day or what you did yesterday. Focus on the present as much as possible. It helps to breathe deeply and slowly, focusing intently on your breathing. After a while, you’ll feel relaxed and you’ll find you’re mind is slowing down (this is the only way I can describe it). I can’t give you a particular time frame because it’s depends on the individual and their experience with meditation.

      -Once your mind is clear, imagine a boxing match step for step. Start in the locker room and go scene for scene, imaging every aspect of your match from the time you walk into the ring until you leave it. I cannot stress how detail specific this needs to be. Imagine every movement you will make and every movement your opponent will make. There’s scientific research to support that this is an effective form of mental training for athletes. I’ve found that I can practice 100 different moves on my opponent weeks before the match even starts using this technique. Do this for as long as you can manage. Don’t get discouraged if it seems difficult at first. It gets easier with practice.

      During the off-season:

      -The procedure is the same minus the last step (where you envision the match). Focus on the present as much as possible. Focus on the information that each of your senses is relaying to your brain (except for taste and vision; you’re eyes are closed). Focus on everything you hear, feel, and smell. If a thought enters your mind, don’t fight it. Let it enter your mind. Personally, I believe the most important part of meditation isn’t having a clear mind; it’s the practice of actually clearing your mind. Again, it’ll be a little tricky at first but with practice you can do it instantaneously. It’s a pretty nifty ability to utilize right before you enter the ring.

      Meditating will improve your confidence and help you clear your mind of doubts. As a fighter, I’m sure you appreciate how important that is. When I first started, I couldn’t meditate longer than a few minutes at a time. Chances are that you won’t be able to do it for too long at first either and that’s ok. Just stick to it and you’ll get better.Now, I can do it for as long as I want and I can clear my mind at will. It’s important to note that,in this sense,meditation can be a form of neuromuscular training (google it).

      I hope this helped!

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  • Darrenlimms

    what about music?
    Should there be music or would it be a distraction

    • Awaremeditator1

      I believe that it is best to meditate with music.  Music distracts your mind and when you enter into a state of effortless concentration with music playing through headphones, some amazing things happen. 

      This may sound far fetched, but it is absolutely true.  When i enter into a state of effortless concentration with music, the energy in my brain synchronizes to the beat of the music.

      Depending on the song im listening to, my whole body feels like the chills are pulsating through my head, spine and even my arms and legs.

      It really is an amazing and extremely relaxing experience.  Some recommendations for music to meditate to would be OTT Skylon, The queen of all everything and OTTSkylon Shower of Sparks.

      These are two songs that I meditate to all of the time.  Im creating a website/blog on meditation.  It should be fully functional in a couple of weeks.

      The address is awaremeditator.com.

  • Drawingdowntherain

    Meditation is a Hindu based ritual designed to contact demonic spirits to guide them through their joutney of death and recarnation. Stay away from these demonic religions.

    • Awaremeditator1

      Is that what you really believe or are you just being sarcastic?

    • Viki023_chat

      you people don’t know about hindu logic , meditation is a one scientific idea

    • Viki023_chat

      you people don’t know about hindu logic , meditation is a one scientific idea

  • Geist

    I would like to know an ideal thing to concentrate on, otherwise when I try, my mind goes blank and I can’t get the realization of self

    • Awaremeditator1

      The ideal thing to concentrate on is your breath and your breath count.  So as you breathe in, you count in your mind, 1.  As you breathe out, you count 1 in your mind.

      On the next in breath you count 2, outbreath count 2.  The next inbreath 3 and outbreath 3, all the way to 10. 

      if you lose count, which you probably will at first, just go back to 1 and start over.  This method forces your mind to concentrate on your breath, and over time your concentration will improve to a very high degree.

      But you have to make meditation a habit in your life.  It needs to be a sustained effort, or the ability to focus and concentrate to a high degree may not manifest in your life. 

      • samereasonyouare

        Actually you’re NOT supposed to concentrate on your breathing. You’re supposed to do the opposite. Let your body do all the breathing. Your breathing might FEEL shorter and lighter. If its uncomfotable you can snap out of it at anytime

        • RayNeirson

          Sources?

  • Reddevil47960

    wat if i have trouble keeping my eyes closed? does that mean i cant meditate?

    • http://awaremeditator.com/ Awaremeditator1

      No.  There is not absolute right or wrong way to meditate.  Just do what feels comfortable to you.  Try keeping your eyes half open, your vision a little blurred.

      It is ok to meditate with your eyes open as well.  Just try not to look at different objects in the room.  Keep your eyes steady in one direction and try not to think about what you are perceiving..

  • Coleb99

    Just be with the divine (GOD) or whatever your choose to call that which is larger than ourselves.  That is meditation in itself.  Sit and be quiet.  Quiet your mind.  If thoughts come up, realize them as passing and move on.  Bring yourself back to a central focus and try not to concentrate on them.  If you realize you are concentrating on them then bring yourself back to your original focus.  Be it a mantra or focus on the breath.  Just be quiet and see what happens. 

  • Nanasoadwa

    Please I want ask Can a Meditation will help me to Solved my Problems?

    • Ias_yad

      problem..meditation is not for problem solving..meditation can give you enough power, that you ll’ face problem with courage..

  • Nanasoadwa

    Please I want ask Can a Meditation will help me to Solved my Problems?

  • Nanasoadwa

    Please I want ask Can a Meditation will help me to Solved my Problems?

    • abod

      of course meditation will sure help u to focus on your problem, and get the right solution

      i tried it my self and it’s great inner peace :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/swapnil.bhatnagar Swapnil Bhatnagar

    I like this article. I was searching something useful as a beginner, and finding this was really helpful. Impressive. Thanks for this article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/swapnil.bhatnagar Swapnil Bhatnagar

    I like this article. I was searching something useful as a beginner, and finding this was really helpful. Impressive. Thanks for this article!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WB4MXUSKVEBOROOIT2QHFTP5M4 Lizzy Mois

    A great explanation for beginners. I am just starting out,
    so this information is very helpful.

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  • http://twitter.com/LifeorDepth Life/Depth

    Great explanation, thanks! :)

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  • Meenauttam63

    Meditations help to develop loving kindness and compassionate to oneself. It gives a wonderful feeling to me and improved my relationship with all. In working, everytime problem arises, i manage to stay call and in control of the situatin. Anxiety will not make me stress and panic
    Because I can see the picture clearly.

    • Sagar Mehta

      Could anyone explain me what is thoughtless mind?

  • Lennyzenatti

    Good explanation Tejvan, your right once you master this skill it is a great way to relax the mind and body. A great way to push your stress away. Lenny Zenatti

  • guest

    right on man. your positivity is healing this world. peace brother

  • Vincent

    Meditation is the process of reuniting with your soul isn’t it?

  • gift2018

    Can anybody add on a note that meditation is not just a practice to bring inner peace.

  • http://www.cityspectacle.com/ Japh

    i have a big problem focusing and sleeping because of too much worrying. i will try to follow what you said… thanks

  • Denisedilmore

    In this fast paced society, it’s so important to take some time to sit and relax in silence. It really is VERY beneficial for your mood and attitude to yourself and others.

  • Maxi

    What is the funda of chakra of our body???

  • Abdoo53400

    what about gingers they dont have souls o_O

  • DeWayne Dawknis

    Perfect, works for me!

  • aslam siddiqui

    the best tips are given here. i am really great thank ful

  • Vivekanand123

    meditation is very very good for mind

  • Jenny

    This my first time,I’ll try it and updated you.Thanks

  • Piyush Bafna

    Meditation is explained very nicely and now I am going to start meditation.

  • HowToDoMeditation

    Thanks, Tejvan. The more people practice meditation the better they get. Our Connect with Spirit How to Do Meditation Method, tested on thousands, is very effective. I would love to know what you or any others think. It is also available on iTunes.

  • Nelson chacko

    thanks …. it is really helpfull

  • Gemde001

    I’ve traditionally found it helpful to meditate outside as the sun is setting, preferably surrounded by as much greenery as possible. Can someone explain to me why it is suggested that one meditates early in the morning? Is it because at this time the world is naturally still?

  • Gemde001

    I’ve traditionally found it helpful to meditate outside as the sun is setting, preferably surrounded by as much greenery as possible. Can someone explain to me why it is suggested that one meditates early in the morning? Is it because at this time the world is naturally still?

    • Cojonas

      It has something to do with the different “stages” of your mind.. It is said that when you wake up in the morning you are still in “beta” stage in your mind. The same stage you have when dreaming and so on.

  • nihal sharma

    can we see the future by meditating…….?

    • Alexisdms2

      I do not think so.
      Maybe ask on Yahoo answers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000401444105 Fábio Henrique Pupo

      Maybe not, but we can prepare ourselves to the future through peaceful means as meditation.

  • Nihal sharma

    i think that we can see the future by meditating

    • supercool

      but it needs a lot of concentration and energy.

    • Vikas Gupta

      and this type of knowledge should not be shared with anyone

  • Nihal sharma

    i think that we can see the future by meditating

  • Valdada

    very useful and suitable information for me, i even printed it out! thank u!

  • Ruben

    Thank you very much, i really appriciate this

  • Snnagul

    very very good

  • Crisg316

    i am a very angry person, often snapping at the most minuscule of issues. it has gotten to a point where my default emotion is rage. not anger, but full on rage.

    can meditation help reduce this, or even better, eliminate my angry disposition entirely?

    i have tried other things; medication, drugs, exercise, counting to ten, deep breaths….these are all temporary fixes and my anger always resurfaces. i need help, i cant live a slave to my anger anymore.

    • Isabella

      It can help with relaxation,  which may make you more calm the rest of the day.  Give it a try.

    • Lyndi

      Yes meditation can help you. However, it is not a quick fix and you will need patience and discipline to keep practising. After five years of practice I am about 70% more able to accept and transform my anger and other negative emotions. I find that loving kindness practice is also extremely useful for helping me be kind to a) myself when anger arises and b) to the others I am angry with. You can google loving kindness mp3 and find many available. I am a meditation teacher with audio for free online, which you can find here:

      iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/dk/podcast/already-calm/id541115968
      Podomatic: http://alreadycalm.podomatic.com/
      and Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lyndwah/sets/meditation

      If you feel that having a meditation coach is appropriate, then feel free to email me here: thealreadycalmpodcast@gmail.com.

      I’d love to help you with your anger, and in the meantime I will practice for you. Very best of luck in finding a method that helps you to be less angry and more happy. It is fantastic that you can see that in yourself and very brave to face it.

      Love Lyndi x

  • charles darwin

    its great ..  thank you for the knowledge ..

  • Srishti

    Through meditation we can increase our energy and aura and and make impossible things possible with the help of subconscious mind. With the help of meditation we can train our minds.

  • Xyz

    Thanks for the knowledge buddy! :) :)

  • RJ

    I  like the way this is explained.

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  • ZOD

    well done chump more nerd rage sstm shok

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  • Briasonrocks

    m really njoyn meditatn n me really hapy in ma day 2 dy lyf workkk

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  • lostgirlfound

    I would definley like to start meditating, i would like som einner peace.

  • Tillicks

    Hi my name is jack I’ve always wanted to meditate I found your steps really easy wich is good and i found that the steps were realy understandable even tho I’m nine

  • Harry Ah402

    nice way to explain thanks a lot

  • santosh

    It gave me some confidence that I can meditate myself. I am a beginner of meditation and your suggestions are worth practicing.

  • santosh

    It gave me some confidence that I can meditate myself. I am a beginner of meditation and your suggestions are worth practicing.

  • Deepan M

    Awesome blog..

    Hope this’ll help me to grow more in life with good
    habits

    Thanks,
    Deepan M

  • Nielson Ryan

    leave negative comments and thoughts for other pages, no one here wants to read those things. sorry but thats what i think

  • http://www.marshillbaptisttn.org/ Ronald Heron

    The idea of controlling the mind is potentially where we can be undone. May I suggest it is simply necessary to watch the thoughts as they pass through the mind. More on site http://www.marshillbaptisttn.org 

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  • RISH

    hey,guys I’m RISH.

    I wanna start meditation ,what to do ?
    Secondly,What are the effects really & why one must do it ?

    Please,reply………….& if possible explain what the cosmic energy is……?

  • RISH

    hey,guys I’m RISH.

    I wanna start meditation ,what to do ?
    Secondly,What are the effects really & why one must do it ?

    Please,reply………….& if possible explain what the cosmic energy is……?

  • Jason Xiao

    Whether you are reading a suspence novel or a classic, reading is great mental exercise. I happen to find many classics to be crap. On the other hand I love reading books like The Count of Monte Crisco although it is another suspense novel not much different than reading a suspense novel. For that matter Dumas never wrote those as novels initially. The chapters were weakly episodes printed in a magazine. Alexander Dumas was the original soap opera writer along with the likes of Charles Dickens. My personal favorite writer is Pat Conroy. He to is a suspense writer but I think you will find many other genres in his novels as well. Ironically he would argue that the best way to go is with the classics, but I still believe whether you are reading a suspense novel, classic or a comic book, reading is reading.
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  • Vickybaval1

    u should rely experience ART OF LIVING sudarshan kriya..it can give u experience which not even 20 yr of regular meditation can …….it takes only 30 min to do the kriya ………

  • Pradeep Pevi

    I am a beginner in meditation and i think its a very useful explanation of how/what meditation is.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monique-Wiltz/100000200671761 Monique Wiltz

    meditate sheditate im a fan of negatate it energizes the mind instead of calms

  • http://twitter.com/JamesMontinola1 James Montinola

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  • http://twitter.com/JamesMontinola1 James Montinola

    Thanks

  • Loverofme

    Dear Eduardas K,

    Perhaps you ca supply us with less superficial explanation of what meditation is??

    I am not a total beginner but I am totally lost!!  Please help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shubham.kaura.5 Shubham Kaura

    it is for beginners but when beginners will clear their first level of meditating they will ultimately know what they had to do next. and ofcourse meditation is just the art of silencing the mind. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/shubham.kaura.5 Shubham Kaura

    it is for beginners but when beginners will clear their first level of meditation they will ultimately know what to do next ,as meditation is just art of silencing the mind.

  • Mahit

    Super… A nice and useful 1… Thanks alot

  • Photocat808

    After reading a bunch of these comments, I just don’t get how people make such a huge deal about meditation.

    Just sit and relax.

    Relax your body.

    Relax your mind.

    It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.

  • Emmahoward29

    Why do people meditate an how do they meditate

  • Cheese

    cheese

  • Lavanya Prasad111

    its an wonderful message

  • Bindita

    thanks …

  • Stefan Pinto

    Typo:
    Is Meditation Religious?The great thing about meditation is that our philosophy/religious belief is not [importanct](Important). Meditation is about consciousness. The beliefs of the mind become trivial. We dive deep into the heart of the matter to gain access to our soul – our inner reality. Therefore, mediation can (and is ) practiced by people of different religions or no religion.

  • Kirthu (^-^)

    Thx for the knowledge above!
    It’s going to be something very useful and beneficial! =)

  • UMESHNATH7

    I FOUND  GHOST INSDIDE ME WHEN I MEDTATE..

  • Gag2011

    I am tring to meditate from now on, twice a day, for 5 minutes each time.  I am having an insomnia problem. I really do hope, it will help.   

  • Yashovardhan Raju

    i enjoy very much.. while doing meditation

  • Mikie101112

    I never read this and meditated once the day before I even found this page and I did it around 3:30AM and I feel like it’s more effective being sleepy helped a bit. I have no idea. Just saying 3:00AM thing is correct compared to almost about any other time of the day. Just tried it this morning too at 9:00AM and it wasn’t as good and 20min before I posted this. Thanks for the extra information though. :p

  • emma

    I love meditating, doing it for just 15 minutes twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening has helped me no end. I recommend it to everyone. 

  • Guest1

    what heck it is all a lie guys do not fall on it
     

  • Alainaragon30

    thank you!

  • PeacePewdiepie

    sounds great! perfect!

  • ram vijaydev g

    it is beautiful discription about meditation.
    i like it

  • Jefhd041

    When I was a kid I was a very angry person that had trouble with tourettes syndrome.  It seemed like there was little I could do to control things in my life, and I didn’t really know where to turn.  I started meditating a bunch using videos by rodney yee, and my whole life changed.  After changing my breathing and concentration I was more relaxed, i rewired my thought patterns(n-transmitters), and came to see everything in a whole new light.  This gave me huge confidence and I have been successful at almost everything I  have tried since then.  Tourettes literally vanished and people began seeing me as a very different person.  Meditation is one of the best things  a person can do for themselves, and actually when there’s meditation, there’s really no need for medicine

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  • Buddycat64

    Im one of the people who think that all this spiritual meditation crap is fake. So i tried meditation for a half hour and it really works. I was surprised!

    • PewDiePie BiggestFan

      haha…. i thought the same thing last year and yet i was SO wrong! i just thought about trying it to calm myself and to use spiritual spells. EG:
      luck spells. pyro and hydrokinesis 

  • Keshavshrestha818

    i,ts all are bullset,  mindmake for god . not a like you- people ok.  i know every think but time is time no body changed ok just like this wave make money big money . all people like setting for life ok . not  this bullset  playing for people ok……… .thats why life is very hard metal ok. 

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  • Itsilya

    when you meditate should your eyes be closed or open? Also does tea have anything to do with meditation? Will it be helpfull drinking tea?

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  • Guest

    thank you

  • pubbi

    thank you

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  • Rynyellow

    keep in mind that many different mantras are used to help energy flow through and awaken different chakras. you can search them up to see which is which :)

  • Har_bhudha

    It is true that any one who sleep less that 6 hours daily the meditation can help to reduced the strace and disadvantages of lack of sleep.

  • Karma

    I have meditated twice and let me tell you it has scared me to the point I can’t meditate anymore. what should I do about this?

  • guy

    why does my penis get so big when doing this?

  • Deep Breath – vitta pochu :-)

    To all Sweet/Boody Rascals…..lol ……Best yoga in Life follows here:

    Eat well, sleep well, Do your duty, enjoy your life………..No one can change anything what is going to happen………..No yoga master is going to live more than 120 years………………No one can stop sudden sorrows of our life……….Why do you wnat to know the future………(Mediating give pleasure?? may be for few, but some say they are distracted and depressed more becos of its side effects)……..Dont involve in bad things…………..You know what is good/bad………Just for your pleasure and ego dont hurt others by any chance, even by words……….Stupids will talk about karmas……. If really there is something called karma (which hits you back in this birth, then i will call god’s design itself is wrong). …..So ultimate aim is to live happily. Staying cool, thinking wisely, eat healthy, doing exercise, keeping environment clean, be disciplined, help others……….this itself will give you Peaceful life. …… My question is What have meditated people achieved their best so far ???……..People who do meditation are they away from diseases and pain ??? …………I will leave it to you’ll to “think” (I know there is someone who wants to sledge my comment :-) go ahead buddy now its your turn)

  • madster942

    should you meditate regularly cause i heard if you meditate regularly it’ll get easier faster is that true

  • Siglen

    I know this is a old post, but am hoping to get some answers anyway.

    1: can I use “money” as a mantra? I know it’s a superficial word, but it seems to be one of the things that calms me the most.

    2: Can I meditate in the same room as I play guitar, play play station, study and basicly all of my hobbies? I’ts the room I feel most relaxed in.
    Hope someone will answer me. :)

  • Siglen

    Ohh and for how long is it “normal” to meditate?

  • Jesse愛☯☾

    I think I’ve been meditating without even realizing it, I’ve consciously threw my thoughts away before but I didn’t know exactly what I was doing or if it even had a name until I’ve seen this

  • charles dominic frost

    i truly believe that anybody can meditate with these steps……..it really helped me

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  • qzqew

    I can be in a silent state of mind in like 10 min after starting the meditation. Deep meditation is kinda easy to reach for me (for a newbie who doesn’t do it much). My problem is. Is it possible to have an OBE while in deep meditation? Cause, I think, that’s what I’m mostly afraid of. Thx

  • Gita123

    Brahmakumaris teach meditation…that relaxes the mind…nurtures a healthy balance between inner and outer worlds…

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  • www.codedcontainer.com

    I was meditation awhile back and I learned two things about myself, more like areas of improvement. It happened when I cleared my mind and these ideals kept creeping in. I learned that I need to persevere and not give up on something I am learning and the ideal of self-discipline, not allowing my passions to take control of me. Is this something that normally happens to you when you mediate?

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  • Olivia

    Thank you for the meditation information it was very useful. You have given me a good starting point, hope i will get the whole process quickly with practise.

  • http://MelanieJadeRummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

    When I start the day with meditation, I feel more peaceful, inspired, and able to deal with any situation. I have free morning meditation available for download on my website at http://melaniejaderummel.com/morning-meditation/.

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  • SHPendulum

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  • deltafour1212

    Am I doing this right?
    Am I doing Meditation, Shamnic Journeying, Creative visualization!?
    Here’s what I do.
    I clear my mind so I have no thoughts
    Then I visualize a place to go into the underworld.
    Without thinking, I get vivid pictures in my head of these wonderful sureal places.
    Example: I see huge vast forest and I am traveling super fast on the back of a either large dragon, hawk or owl. riding over a vast ocean in the moonlight seeing the light of the moon on the waves feeling the warm breeze blow on my face and in the distance I see lights from a far away island in the middle of the ocean that i am flying to.
    Landing in a small town buildings that look like somethig out of Italy an see people etc
    Then when I am coming out of it i see everything in reverse going backwards to where I started from.
    Almost like rewinding a VHS tape while watching the picture.
    Then I snap out of it.
    While I am in this state I try not to let my imagination take over so my own thoughts won’t interfere with what I am experiencing. I am just letting it happen
    I mean there are times when I have a thought I should be going left
    I dont ,I keep going straight or to the right even though I thought of going left
    See I dont know if this is meditation or something else or just day dreaming?
    Any thoughts?

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