“True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer…"
What is Meditation?
According to Wikipedia, meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on an object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
The Marriam-Webster dictionary defines it as, to engage in contemplation or reflection or to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.
There are many ways of meditation and no one way is more correct than the other. A common way is to focus your attention to one single point of reference, for example, focusing on a point on your body, your breath, a word or a phrase known as mantra. By doing so, it lessens then tendency to be distracted and promotes awareness of the present moment, though it can take some effort to keep focused, especially for a beginner. Nevertheless, research demonstrates that it has many benefits for mind and body.
It’s impossible for you to make our thoughts disappear, and often, the more you try to suppress them, the louder they become. But practicing meditation can help clear away the mind’s chatter. Studies show that meditating even for periods as short as 10 minutes increases the brain's alpha waves (associated with relaxation) and decreases anxiety and depression.
Meditation acts on areas of the brain that modulate the autonomic nervous system, which governs such functions as digestion and blood pressure—functions heavily affected by chronic stress. Many people find meditation an effective stress-reliever. Through its physiological effects, meditation has been found to effectively counter heart disease, chronic pain, and other conditions.
Specific types of meditation are associated with different documented effects. Mindfulness meditation, for instance, has been shown to decrease distraction and rumination, and it can make negative automatic thoughts seem less frequent and easier to let go of. Likewise, loving-kindness meditation may limit the frequency of repetitive thoughts.
Have you walked into a space and felt uncomfortable? Did you interact with someone and sensed the not-so-good vibes? Welcome to the world of energy! Every space holds energies, positive and negative, and yes, humans are beings with energies as well.
Just as we regularly clear out rubbish in our physical spaces, we too, should do the same for the energetic rubbish. When you clear out stagnant, unwanted &/or negative energies, the space will become lighter, brighter, more pleasant and a happier place. Hence, it will create a positive effect on the living things in that space, i.e people, animals and plants.
Empower yourself and take ownership of your personal, living and working spaces by learning the proper ways of cleansing and energizing yourself and your spaces. This is a fun, experiential and learning workshop with lots of examples and hands-on practicals.
Introduction to Meditation
Types of Meditation
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation – The Physical
Meditation – The Mental
Meditation – The Practical
Fine-tuning your meditation practice