Meditation is popular today, but many people are confused about what it truly means to meditate. Meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. It is a state of deep, profound peace that occurs when the mind is silent and calm ─ yet completely alert. It is an inner transition that takes us to a higher state of awareness which enables us to fulfill our true potential. The problem is that many people have trouble reaching this state of being ─ or confuse it with concentration or pondering.
What Meditation Is Not:
To reach a real state of meditation, you must reach a state of thoughtless awareness ─ which is done by raising the kundalini. The kundalini is a primal energy or Shakti (creative energy of the universe) located at the base of your spine. When you awaken or release the dormant energy of the kundalini, it flows freely up through the 7 chakras and leads to an expanded state of consciousness.
In order for the kundalini to ascend, you use introspection and the hands, but never mental effort such as thinking “I must stop thinking.”
Concentration is the effort of fixing your attention on a particular image, thought or object. This is visualization, which is a type of concentration, but not meditation.
Exercises such as breathing and posture are not meditation. Their practice in meditation might actually be distracting and unbalancing.
Loss of Control:
Hearing sounds or voices, seeing colors or images, or experiencing involuntary movements have nothing to do with meditation. These are actually symptoms of loss of awareness which is the opposite of finding a higher awareness as with meditation.
What Is Meditation?
A Thoughtless State Of Awareness:
As previously mentioned, meditation is a state of awareness where your mind is at peace ─ it’s a state of calmness and silence ─ but of deep awareness.
A Higher Level Of Awareness:
Once you accomplish a state of peace, an inner transformation takes you to a higher level of awareness. This state of higher awareness is what allows you to find your true human potential.
Focus On The Present Moment:
True meditation allows you to focus on the present moment. It is not a time to dwell on the past or try to see the future.
Meditation Is Effortless:
Meditation is a state of being that does not require any thoughts or focuses. It is a state of thoughtless awareness in which stresses in the mind are neutralized ─ but your mind is still alert and aware.
Why Should You Meditate?
Meditation is seen as one of the most effective ways to reduce stress.
Gain Inner Peace:
Meditation helps to clean out the mind and get rid of the negativity and negative thoughts.
Meditation helps to give you clarity on your true inner self. It allows you to become more conscious of what you think, of the way you think, what you feel and what you want. It’s a connection to your inner intuition.
Helps You To Be Grounded:
While meditating, you become observant to the things and people in your environment. You become detached. Therefore, you stop being ruled by your ego and learn to become aligned with your higher self. With this detachment, you become grounded ─ calmer and level-headed ─ and see the world clearer.
Increases Your Consciousness:
As you become grounded, you begin to live in the present and are more connected to your surroundings ─ the world around you ─ the people around you. You become conscious of the interconnection of everything. This is when you start to vibrate at a higher level of energy.
Leads To A Spiritual Connection:
You are in a heightened state of consciousness which naturally leads to an increased spiritual attunement and your 6th sense. You become connected with your intuition which is what gives you the most valuable insight ─ over your logical mind and ego.
In conclusion, meditation offers you a more fulfilled life. You gain mastery over yourself. Your mind becomes rejuvenated and positive. Therefore, as you become grounded and observant, your state of consciousness increases which allows you to be connected to the world and get more out of everyday life.
Robin, and The Zen Team!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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