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Five Meaningful Methods of Meditation. In my last article, A Layman’s Guide to Mindful Meditation, we discussed the “why” of meditation.

Five Meaningful Methods of Meditation

In this article we will discuss the “how.” There’s a myriad of methods for meditation. Some are easy and some are difficult. Meditation Archive. Metta Bhavana Meditation. The development of loving-kindness.

Metta Bhavana Meditation

Introduction. This is a Buddhist meditation practise, illustrating the importance placed on the development of compassion in Mahayana Buddhism. ('Metta' means 'lovingkindness' and 'bhavana' means 'cultivation'). When we practise this meditation, we start with ourselves. That is, we aim to feel more appreciative of ourselves first of all: more integrated and less prone to internal conflicts, before we attempt to develop positive feelings toward anyone else. The Meditation. Choose a Posture you feel comfortable with. If there is stress or tightness in any part of your body then just let that stress or tightness 'fall away'. When you're ready concentrate on the breath. If your mind wanders off in any direction, gently bring yourself back to an awareness of each breath you take.

Now shift your attention to the body as a whole, focussing on any emotions that you may be experiencing within yourself just now. Ask yourself what motivates this person. Home Page. Beginning to see. How to Meditate: What you didn't know about Empty Mind Techniques and your bliss. Sow a thought and you reap an act; Sow an act and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

Empty mind meditation is one of the most popular and yet misunderstood types of meditation. I love it because it trains you to still (or control, depending on what you want) your thoughts and emotions. Why should this matter? Your very destiny begins in your thoughts. Your very happiness begins in your emotions – combined with your thoughts, they take you up to heaven or down to hell. Empty mind meditation is also a neutral form – it is free of all the different teachings and belief systems, so everyone can practice it without getting sucked into something they might not want to. I’ve been asked a few times about my favourite meditations, so I’ll describe it here, with a few personal variations. If you’re an experienced meditator, you can skip the next few sections and get straight to the goods. 1 of 5. How to Access Superconsciousness. Meditation Timer. Meditation Instructions in the Thai Theravada Tradition. Spirit Vaults : Meditation.

Inspiration and Encouragement for Mindful Living. Hi Gorgeous Soul!

Inspiration and Encouragement for Mindful Living

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to the email newsletter to receive exclusive updates that uplift and inspire. Thanks for visiting! It’s incredible to me how mindfulness has changed my life. When we understand on a very real level that everything we focus on we are bringing into our lives, we begin to see that there are fewer and fewer things that really deserve that kind of power. This is incredibly liberating and powerfully creative. As a result of the laser-like focus of mindfulness, I’ve learned the following life-altering things: 1. 2. It’s also a joy now to hear about new things that others are doing, and to be excited for them. 3. In asking myself, over and over, in so many beautifully present moments, “What do I love now? Should I feel guilty that I’m not: training for a marathon, writing the next great novel, learning Chinese and travelling constantly?

4. "Music To Inspire Positive Thinking" by sonicaid. Eight weeks to a better brain. Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

Eight weeks to a better brain

In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.

Subscribe to the Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails with the latest Harvard news. Méditation video. Meryl Davids Landau: 6 Tips For When Meditation Gets Rocky. Here's what happened when I went to meditate the other day: The phone rang as I was about to start.

Meryl Davids Landau: 6 Tips For When Meditation Gets Rocky

I figured I hadn't even closed my eyes yet, so I answered. After finally extricating myself from the call, I had to search high and low for my lighter to get my candle glowing. Then I sat down and momentarily entered the stillness, only to be jarred by a honking car outside. Roughly five minutes in, I realized I had to go to the bathroom in the worst way. Alas, this was not an uncommon session -- and it was an occasion when I actually got around to putting butt to cushion, which I freely admit isn't every day. But most people -- myself among them -- find meditating a challenge. Iso-Tones - Miscellaneous.

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Iso-Tones - Miscellaneous

This section includes sessions designed to help with sleep, alertness, mental performance, pain relief and much more. To download tones right-click and choose "Save Link As", otherwise they will open in QuickTime within your browser by default. This is a problem with QuickTime overriding browser settings and not with the website or your browser. 14 Hz - The name is a perfect explanation, a 10-minute tone designed to bring your brain to 14 Hz, a state in which the brain is awake and alert.

This type of tone was requested by several users after experiencing drowsiness after certain tones that end in lower frequency ranges. Acne Treatment - This session uses frequencies for oxygenation of cells, improved circulation, healing and balance with the aim of promoting clear, healthy skin. 36 minutes long. Female Health - This 35-minute session is designed to support healthy menstruation and alleviate symptoms of PMS. Meditation and "Drugs" It's a not-so-dirty little secret that most of today's leading meditation teachers were interested in drugs.

Meditation and "Drugs"

By "drugs," of course, I don't mean alcohol or Oxycontin, but rather that subset of chemicals which our society has deemed unfit for human consumption, including cannabis, psilocybin, MDMA, and others. Many of today's leading Buddhist teachers, for example, credit their first taste of altered mind states not to samadhi but to LSD or mushrooms, and almost every spiritual teacher I know (and I know a bunch) smoked pot. Some still do. 100 Benefits of Meditation. Did you know that people who meditate for a short time each day are much happier than people who don't? Meditators are much healthier with greatly extended life spans, too.

As a matter of fact, their health is so much better that a number of insurance companies have reduced premiums for people who meditate. Did you know that experienced meditators have developed many latent abilities that they never knew they had, abilities that exist within every person? Sun Yoga Practices for Spiritual Development. When we hear the word "yoga," we imagine a yogi twisting his body into a pretzel or performing special breathing exercises.

Sun Yoga Practices for Spiritual Development

This is hatha yoga or physical yoga. "Yoga" means union. The goal of every type of yoga is union with God, the Solar Presence. Hatha yoga tries to reach this union through the body, karma yoga through service, kriya yoga through light and colors.