Monday, February 22, 2010


   Meditation can be defined as an intellectual exercise in silent contemplation. Basically most meditation methods are based upon the principles of cessation (meaning stop what you are doing and be still in this context)  and contemplation. Meditation is a mental
discipline, who's earliest known teachings came from Ancient India. The practitioner attempts to get beyond the reflexive, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation and awareness with the target of an empty state of mind called cessation. You may have heard it described also as samadhi, no more wandering thoughts, freedom from thought, peacefulness, emptiness, concentration, well you get the picture right? Meditation is a component of many belief systems, practiced both inside and outside of religious traditions, and has been practiced since antiquity. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual or psychophysical practices that may emphasize different goals-from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, increased creativity and intelligence, self-awareness, personal growth, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind, which results in better health from decreased stress levels..

   There are so many methods of meditation available and they rely on different principles to help access the desired state of focus. With a variety of ways to calm the incessant wandering thoughts of the mind, try not to get confused about it. If you've tried one or two methods in the past and they didn't work for you, just find one that does. Every one of us is different and will find the perfect avenue, to access the state of mind we are looking for.. Our main difficulty, is to find a method that is right for us and then to make the time to practice it correctly and regularly with consistency. Time, effort, practice, and patience = results, with the ultimate goal of Enlightenment or communion with the Higher Self.  Ultimately, resulting in a peronal transformation, carrying the ability to create a new or better life.....

   OK, so enough with the long explanations about what meditation is. I have found a list of 28 different methods of meditation so far.  Here's my list:

  • Japa Meditation                    Buddhist Meditation        
  • Centering Meditation           ChakraMeditation
  • Guided Meditation               Heart Meditation         
  • Meditation with Music         Tantric Meditation
  • Zen Meditation                    Pyramid Meditation          
  • Energy Meditation              Dance Meditation
  • Alpha Meditation                Meditation In Motion     
  • Christian Meditation          Catholic Meditation
  • White Light Meditation       Mindfulness Meditation
  • Standing Meditation           Walking Meditation
  • Color Meditation                Meditation & Hypnosis
  • Goal Directed Meditation  Merkaba Meditation
  • Sahaj Marg                         Auto Circadian Meditation
  • Bible Meditation                Children's Meditation

   Wow! Who knew? I'm pretty sure there are more that I haven't run across yet.

   So why does Enlightenment happen when a person meditates? Because it gets closer to the true root of the mind and its true abilities which, are normally covered over with thoughts and the distractions of life. Also, you are purifying your mind and your chi (energy), and it's your chi that's responsible for small super normal powers (more about that later).

   The point of all of this is that no one method or practice is the be all and end all of the perfect path to enlightenment and peace. Which ones are you drawn to? Try out one or two for at least 2 weeks at a time until you find what you like or what works for you.

    Also please, feel free to share your experiences and insights here in the comments forum......

Prosperity, Love, and Light to all.....
Aniell : }

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