In the attitude of silence the soul finds
the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves
itself into crystal clearness
--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
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Do you ever think that you would just like to be able to create
some peace and calm in your life, a space where you can get away from your
troubles for a few moments? Would you like to quit worrying and relax for
awhile? In a modern world, meditation is a method to create that space of
calm. It does not necessarily solve your problems, but it does take you to
a place inside where you can detach from them for awhile and get a different
In the ancient world, meditation was for monks and gurus and
spiritual leaders who spent most of their time in spiritual introspection.
The meditation techniques were well kept secrets known only to a few.
Meditation techniques are practiced by most of the religions of the world.
The monastic communities are still out there, and many meditation techniques
still take years to fully cultivate, but now these techniques are well known,
and anyone can meditate anywhere.
In today's world, these techniques are at your fingertips.
On the internet you can find thousands of guided meditations, meditation
classes, and types of meditation. You can meditate in your living room or
backyard, at work, or in a crowded airport, alone or in a group.. Wherever
you find yourself, you can meditate and find a few moments of peace and calm.
the conscious direction of your attention to alter your state
of consciousness. It is finding
the slow-down button for the brain, getting out of your ego, and bringing
yourself into the present moment.
There are many methods of meditation.
You can direct your attention to sound,
symbols, colors, breath, uplifting thoughts,
spiritual realms, a spiritual teacher, etc.
The reasons for meditation
are as varied as the methods. Most people meditate to find inner peace in
a fast paced world. Meditation takes us out of ourselves for a short
while, out of our thoughts, out of our egos. It provides a method for
spiritual growth and relaxation. It reconnects us to our higher selves or
inner spirit. Meditation also promotes healing, concentration,
insight, emotional balancing, development of intuition, unfolding of creativity,
and inner guidance.
A good place to start
learning meditation is the World Wide
Online Meditation Center. This site is well written, and has many
types of meditations with full directions for how to practice them. Start
out with their
Inner Light Meditation. It will explain a quick and easy way to start
Some Tips for Successful Meditation
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