Meditation: A Guide To Self Discovery

Why We Meditate

  • Meditation gives us access to more of our human potential.
  • Meditation brings us closer to ourselves, to reality, our capacity for love, zest and enthusiasm.
  • Meditation brings us in tune with the knowledge that we are part of the Universe and can never be separated from it.
  • Meditation enhances our ability to see and function in reality more effectively.
  • Meditation is a part of a process. Goals are developed as our perceptions are clarified and broadened.

How a Meditation Feels

  • As a beginner, it is a shock to realize how our minds wander. It takes practice.
  • The goal is to understand our fullest "human hood".
  • Expect a long, slow, generally imperceptible process of change in the direction we wish.
  • Experiences of insight or enlightenment do occur, and they mark the beginning of a journey.
  • After the insight comes the work of changing our perceptions, feelings and behaviour to gradually align them with understanding.

Psychological Effects

  • It enables us to transcend our everyday way of perceiving and relating to the world with more clarity.
  • A new way of conceptualizing and relating to reality begins to emerge.
  • This acceptance is intellectual and emotional.
  • It becomes a training device to enable us to do this in other contexts.
  • This work strengthens the personality organization like coming home to long lost parts of ourselves.
  • It leads to an increased serenity and capacity to love.

Physiological Effects

  • Meditation produces a state of deep relaxation coupled with a wakeful and highly alert mental state.
  • There is a lower metabolic rate and decreases in heart and respiration rates.
  • This state is the opposite of anxiety or anger.
  • There is a lowered blood lactate level that is related to anxiety and tension.
  • There are changes in the pattern of brain waves.
  • This is an increase in slow alpha waves. These differ from hypnosis and sleep.

Basic Types of Meditation

  • Contemplation is a technique that requires fixed attention. The aim is to be totally involved from head to toes in the intense nonverbal activity. It is to hold the senses and imagination in check and keep the mind concentrating on one thing.
  • Breath counting is being fully aware with the whole being of breath exhalations.
  • The Bubble is a meditation on the stream of consciousness. In this meditation, confusing connections will clear.
  • Deep meditation is used to address deep-seated concerns in life and can incorporate the strategies previously outlined.

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