Benefits Of MeditationInternal Benefits of meditation
Meditation will bring mental balance when done regularly and correctly. It seems to balance brain chemistry. Calmness comes to the mind that is anxious and heavily burdened. Meditation is a time of escape from the attachments of the external world. A way to recognize that occuring thoughts can be observed and removed if undesired. Thoughts have a way of appearing and then becoming a chain of thoughts continually changing, when they are undesired they can be removed before they cause negativity in its many forms.
Some of the most negative mind patterns are related to fear and anger. Undesired thoughts create inner kaos within us. This effects us mentally, emotionally and physically. Meditation practice allows these thoughts to be turned of before they occur within us for too long. A more disciplined mind manifests and we are no longer a slave to its scattered directions. Learning that they can be shut off and applying this regularly is the art of practicing meditation in our daily lives. Each day is a step closer to complete control of our own minds. This requires continual effort and self study. After some time a blissful mind will reveal itself with a deep peace and tranquility.
Externally Benefits of meditation
All those around us benefit from the regular practice of meditation. It is invisible to the naked eye but a glowing aura develops and engulfs all those around us. In yoga meditation is performed to break down any perception of separation and remain in this awareness. It is like tuning in to HIGHER STATE OF AWARENESS. There are many ways laid out in these instructions. Find one that resonates with your beliefs. Patanjali an ancient sage in Yoga mentions many ways to attain the higher states os awareness and remaining in them.
Follow these guided meditation techniques to break down the perception of separation and enter a state of pure illumination. There are 3 pages of video and information on each of these stages. The next stages after the body and breath have been mastered involve emptying the mind and self illumination. The last stages involve expansion and becoming absorbed (A state known as Samadhi).
The Balance of Anamaya Kosha (The Anatomical Body)
Proper position is essential in meditation. There are many sacred ways to sit in meditation. It is here that we begin the true practice of Yoga. The position we choose is sacred and must remain stable so energy and the elements flow during long periods of meditation. It is easier to use a cushion to get a neutral spine. Have the top of the head above the tailbone and the shoulders above the hips. Have a slight anterior curve forward in the lower back and posterior in the shoulders. Have the chest slightly raised. Remove all tension from the muscles.
For a small period of time explore the body with your awareness. Look for areas of tension and remove them. You will find tension hiding all over the body. Always explore the body attentively with the conscious awareness removing blockages caused by hidden tension. Tension may hide in areas of the body for years before it is discovered. Follow these guided meditation techniques to break down the perception of separation and enter a state of pure illumination. There are 3 pages of video and information on each of these stages. The next stages after the body and breath have been mastered involve emptying the mind and self illumination. The last stages involve expansion and becoming absorbed (A state known as Samadhi). Guided Meditation (Breath)
Correct breathing is contemplated next. Panamaya Kosha (The Physiological Body). Breathing exercises and meditation can be done together in an integrated form or practiced separately. It is up to the practitioner how they practice these 2 limbs of Yoga. Mixing them can be very fruitful. A little pranayama (Yoga Breathing Exercises) can settle a wandering mind.
A soft breath is preferred during meditation. When breathing techniques are practiced the impressions left in the mind may arise during meditation. Unconscious breathing techniques may occur during meditation acting as an obstacle in reaching Samadhi (A higher state of consciousness where a complete merging or union is felt with the source of life). The use of Um (The sound of Om) is one of the most effective breathing techniques in relaxing the body, lengthening the breath and calming the mind. It has many health benefits and is even mentioned in the Yoga Sutras as a way to reach Samadhi. This is a good choice of breathing to do before or during meditation.
Rest and relax the breathing. Make the inhalations and exhalations soft and smooth. Take a little moment of softness and stillness between breaths after exhalation and after inhalation. No pressure should be felt in the body or mind during this time. When we breathe the air passes through the sinuses filtering the air. It also creates energy known as prana which soaks into the mind instantly during inhalation and then with the element of water as its transported with blood. You can use this energy to purify your consciousness and keep the mind bathed in illumination.
When pranayama is practiced regularly a stable rhythmic breath is found during meditation. If pranayama is not practiced throughout the day the breath may become instable and irregular during meditation and during epiphany. Therefore have a stable regular practice of breathing techniques to compliment your journey into meditation.
Pantanjalis Yoga Sutras
Begin a journey through Pantanjalis Yoga Sutras. This yoga guidance was described thousands of years ago by this ancient and mystical sage, revealing methods of practice in union and illumination.
B.K.S Iyengar, T.K.V Desikachar and Guru Yogi Ramesh
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