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Meditation

Meditation is a mental discipline by which the practitioner attempts to get beyond the reflexive “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness.  I have tried to incorporate meditation into my daily life on quite a few occasions.  I manage to practice it for a while, but always seem to fall out of practice.  I know that I must be heading towards practicing once again because I have decided to write about it.  I am determined to make meditation a daily practice!

Meditation is an intensely personal and spiritual experience.  The desired purpose of each meditation technique is to channel our awareness into a more positive direction by totally transforming one’s state of mind.  To meditate is to turn inwards, to concentrate on the inner self.  The entire process of meditation usually entails the three stages of concentration, meditation, and enlightenment.  Many people have increasingly turned towards various meditative techniques in order to cope with the increasing stress of modern day lifestyles.  Unable to locate stability in the outside world, people have directed their gaze inwards to attain peace of mind.  The state of relaxation and the altered state of consciousness induced by meditation are especially effective in psychotherapy.  More than anything else, though, it is being used as a personal growth device for achieving a more positive attitude towards life. 

 Meditation is not necessarily a religious practice, but because of its spiritual element it forms an integral part of most religions.  The basic objective of most meditation styles remain the same and are performed in a state of inner and outer stillness.   Meditation for Beginners – Videos | How to Meditate is a great website for learning more about the practice of meditation and finding your inner peace. 

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January 18, 2010 - Posted by | Mind-body awareness

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