A Way to Meditate

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Perceptions

During our normal waking lives we interact with the world through our five senses. Information about the world is continuously pouring in through our senses and we are continuously creating perceptions based on this information.

Light reflected from people and objects around us enters our eyes and it is from the reflected light that we create our visual perception of the world. Sound enters our ears via the movement of air which transmits this energy and we create our aural perception. Smell, taste and touch are also perceptions we create in our brains based on the information that enters through the sense organs of nose,tongue and skin.

Perception is the meaning we attach to the information we receive through our senses and have nothing to do with reality. Because of how we are designed to interact with the world we can do nothing else other than make up the world we live in our brains.

A Very Convincing Illusion

We project the world we create in our heads outwards from us on to the canvas of what is really there and we call this reality. We are completely convinced that everything we see, hear, touch, taste and smell are separate from us and we all share this elaborate illusion.

Our belief in the reality of what we perceive is so strong that it seems very real, so real in fact that anyone suggesting otherwise, like me would most likely be viewed as insane.

Meditation To Still the Monkey Mind

There are, however, people who are intuitively aware that something isn't quite right about the common world view and down through the ages people have shown us a way to cut through the illusion and experience the truth. The process is called meditation.

Meditation seeks to still the mind so that the continuous activity of perception ceases long enough to create a gap through which the truth can be experienced.

How to Meditate

The first step to meditate is to find a place to sit comfortably where you know you won't be disturbed for the length of your meditation and use this place preferably at the same time every day. It is not a requirement that you sit cross legged on the floor in the Yoga posture called The Lotus. You could choose to sit on a chair but with back straight so you don't fall asleep.

The next step would be to visit each part of your body starting with the scalp and ending with the toes checking that all parts are relaxed. This is a mental exercise requiring no movement, eyes closed, palms resting in your lap and feet flat on the floor. Just going from one body part to another has the effect of pulling you out of your head and into your body where you begin to relax.

Once you have done that the next step is to focus on one perception. When I first started to meditate I visualised the flame of a candle and I would hold that image in my inner gaze while at the same time being aware of the gentle movement of the air gently stroking the inside of my nose as it entered and left my nose.

At first, I could only do this for periods of no more than two or three minutes but like learning how to ride a bicycle I persisted and I eventually found myself meditating comfortably for up to an hour at a time. I set aside time every morning and every evening to meditate and now meditation is something I do regularly during my waking day because my life has become a meditation.

There is no substitute for just doing it!

Rather than listening to people tell you what you can or cannot get from meditation I recommend that just do it and experience it the way a child would experience anything new without judgement and in a state of wonderment.

I used a visual image and a body sensation to meditate but there is no reason why you couldn't use a combination of any or all your senses to focus the mind in the way I described.

You could use the image of Jesus, or Buddha, or even your own father or mother instead of the flame of a candle. You could focus on the sensation of the rise and fall of the chest as you breathe in and out. You could choose a sound and focus on that. A famous sound to focus on is the sound “So Ham”. I would imagine the sound “So” as the air entered my nose and “Ham” as it left or vice versa. You could say the name of God or a name you associate with love or simply the words “I am”. The choice is endless and the choice is yours.

Focussed Mind

Meditation is focusing the mind to such an extent that its normal activity of maintaining the illusion is suspended while you are wide awake. When you do this regularly something happens and that something makes you realise that all is not what it seems.

Enjoy the journey.

Video

The 3 minute video below describes very beautifully the message I have attempted to convey with with this hub. I hope you to take the time to watch it.

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Wake Up through Meditation

Anthony De Mello Video

This video of Anthony De Mello speaking to a group of people explains in another way the illusion I describe in this hub . Meditation is a way of waking up from the illusion that prevents us from experiencing the truth and regaining our freedom.

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keshev 5 years ago from BHOPAL

good job


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you keshev.


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topquark 5 years ago from UK

Thank you for this. I was taking meditation classes for a while but am terrible at practising it. "There is no substitute for just doing it!" is so true - I'm going to try again to stick to it!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Topquark, I am glad that my hub has motivated you to meditate again. Please let me know how you get on and thank you for the comment.


Biologysuccess 5 years ago

Spirit Whisperer. A very enjoyable hub and I am delighted as I was hoping to make meditation a regular part of my day. Strange how timings coincide, huh?


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

There are no coincidences in the world I inhabit biologysuccess LOL. Making meditation a regular part of your daily life is a very good idea. You won't regret it.

Take care buddy! I can't wait to read your next hub.

BTW if you want to read some really hot Physics hubs then you should check out topquark above.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Meditation is a wonderful way to go deep within our insecurities and let go of them...eventually. I have had some positive feedback from it and can vouch for it myself :)

Voted up!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Ruchira. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a great Hub. I became interested in meditation when i saw the movie, ' What's love got to do with it ' Tina Turner's life- story. I printed the chant she used, used it for awhile, but i found a quiet time was better for me. Your tips on relaxing each part of the body is interesting, i've not tried that. I hope i will get back to meditating. Your Hub is a good reminder. Thank you.

Cheers


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you always exploring, may people have turned their lives around as a result of them meditating. I am glad that you like the hub and it has got you thinking about it again.


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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

This is very interesting,SW.I have always been interested in meditation,but didn't know quite where to begin.Thank you for sharing this!

~Peace,my friend~


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

MysteriousOne, I am so happy that you found this helpful. It isn't as difficult as some imagine and sometimes our preconceptions are what get in our way of starting anything that takes us out of our comfort zone. Please let me know how you get on won't you?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

SW - thanks - I have never really understood this practice. I have heard of it a ton - but I had no idea how you should initiate the practice. For instance, if you were suposed to be focused on something or not. I imagined a state of nirvana or something. I did guess that you were supposed to achieve a state of like not thinking about anything at all - sounds easy but I bet it is not as easy as self hypnosis? I will try and find out! The spirits know I could use a mental break - and not a psychotic one!


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

I meditate regularly and would like to make a set time for it but haven't as yet. Great video with the flies.


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myi4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I have always wanted to get up a bit early everyday to meditate but I haven't got the determination. I do believe in meditation in bringing a calmer and clearer mind. One will not get frustrated easily and we get to analyse things much more efficiently throughout the day.

My father is almost like a qigong master. When we were young, we were forced to practise qigong. In fact, he still tries to instil the benefit of qigong. However, us siblings are just lazy. One of the qigong stances is sitting on a chair and start thinking about various parts of the body. After that, we free our mind by thinking of the various places we went before for the next half to an hour. When everything was done, I would feel quite refresh by that experience. I think this is quite similar to meditation.

For me, another good way of meditation would be staying at a temple alone for a couple of days.

Great hub!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

RealHousewife, thank you for reading this and I commend your willingness to always be open to try new things. It only takes a few minutes every day and if you stick at it you will get the hang of it and you will experience very "real" benefits. Please do let me know how you get on and if you have any further questions about the practice don't hesitate to ask.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Hello tebo and thank you for stopping by. Making meditation a regular practice is the important part and you are already doing that. After a while your life becomes a meditation.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you myi4u, I hadn't realised that you practised meditation. It is a pity that you don't make the time to do it as it would certainly help you to sleep and benefit you generally.I wonder if perhaps as an adult you are rebelling against something your father made you do as a child. If so that will pass and you will take it up again in later life perhaps as soon as your own children are ready to be forced by you LOL!

The practice of meditation will silence the chatter that goes on in the head and surely 3 or 4 minutes a day even sitting on the toilet isn't a lot to ask of yourself. Go on Tan you know you want to! LOL

BTW I was disappointed with Assessment Bureau but got to watch Limitless over the weekend and thought it was great. You will love Limitless. I also watched a great movie last night called Town with Ben Affleck and that was an action packed movie with a great story line. I recommend that too after your 3mins meditation!

Have a great day. And here is something to cheer you up because this is how I imagine you meditated with your Dad:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsH76g65VzE


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

If we don't see it , it doesn't exist. There are many peaceful and desirable lands to discover when one takes the time to meditate on them. Indeed, sometimes its hard to return; but the voyage always remains for another day. Great relaxation tips here Irish, thank you.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Alastar for stopping by and commenting. When people choose to travel to distant lands in their minds I would not call that meditation but more an exercise in fantasy. There are benefits to visualising beautiful scenes like that and some people call them guided meditations. I, however, am not advocating such an activity in this hub in fact I am describing how to clear your mind of all thought except the image, sound and or sensation you choose to focus upon. In the act of choosing to focus the mind in this way a state of peace can be achieved with the normal chatter of the mind being stilled. The object is a state of no thought. It takes time and practice to achieve the state and it has been a practice advocated by wise men down through the ages. I hope you give it a go Dixie and let me know how you get on.


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regina s 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Thank you so much for a very interesting and helpful article! I have been wanting to try meditation to help control my panic attacks but always thought it would be too hard. Your information has really inspired me and I am going to try it. I look forward to reading more from you!


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myi4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Xavier,

I will definitely try meditation again sometime. I am actually quite excited about watching the Adjustment Bureau as Matt Damon always has that good guy look. But after hearing what you have just said, I should not hold my hopes high then. I have also just read the sypnosis of Limitless on imdb and it does sound like a good one.

I have watched The Town by Ben Affleck a couple of months ago and it was quite good. Poor Jeremy Renner, always has to be the bad guy but he was good in playing his role.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you regina, and I am very happy to hear that you will now start meditating. I would also suggest you think about seeing a therapist to help you get to the bottom of your panic attacks. I am a profession Hypno-Psychotherapist and I specialise in treating anxiety, panic attacks and depression and would highly recommend you consider such a course of treatment. Just ensure that you see someone with the right credentials.


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

This was most most most helpful to someone like me who so struggles with meditation.

I said it before and will again, I am so glad you are here


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you kimberlyslyrics.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you Spirit but thats not exactually what I meant; and its my fault for not phrasing it better. Little Nirvanas do take time.:D


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Now you have me intrigued Dixie. Are we talking moonshine here? LOL


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

This is a well written article. I meditate, but not regularly enough. Usually at night, when the house is quiet.

The video was perfect. It is such a vivid reminder of the little distractions that pull us away, and how to perceive them differently. Thanks for posting.

Namaste.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Deborah I appreciate the visit and the insightful comment.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

You got it Irish! Plum 'shine rocks!...LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I love the feeling I get from meditation. It is indescribable. However, it has been awhile since I have actually meditated. I think I need to start adding that into my daily schedule. I know it will make me feel much better.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Yes, barbergirl28 I agree with you and thank you for visiting.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well I suppose we all find different ways to meditate or get through each day; for example - my morning meditation (or is it medication -lol) is my 2 blood pressure pills, a cup of coffee, Schubert playing, and the daybreak over the lake .....and yes I always find there is a great deal to meditate over with your valued hubspace - each subject in which you write has something to offer in terms of enlightenment and endearment - so as a writer you are also serving as a 'meditation' for us - your grateful hub audience.

lake erie time 7:54am


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you epigramman for your very kind and thoughtful words. To be described as a meditation is first for me and your support is always greatly appreciated. Your hubs do likewise for me as they do for many others here in HubPages so keep them coming.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Every time I see "The Isle of Man" by your avatar I see muscly men going swimming on a beach ... LOL!

Okay, now I am going to scroll back-up and read the article like I was "supposed" to. I will be back.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I enjoyed the article. I think it is very entertaining (the videos and all). Mr. Love is always funny and his attire too. Not that mine is any better ... just sayin'.

In terms of meditating, I think chants/mantras do me good. I like chants. Here is one of my favorites and thank you for the great article, cheers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDjYdpOmV1s&feature...


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

What would you say the difference between dreaming and meditating is?


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you for visiting Mr Wolfman Jack and your comments always make me smile and also make me think. Firstly, the Isle of Man is the Irish Sea which is a very cold sea. I often go jumping into the sea from the harbour wall but I wear a wetsuit. There are few people I know who swim on the beach as I would imagine that would look pretty silly but many do swim in the sea but they don't spend too long in it because of the cold.

Anthony DeMello or Mr love as you call him was a Catholic Jesuit Priest and when I first came across him it was through bis book "Awareness". That book was very influential during the early years of my spirit quest.

He died many years ago and the Catholic Church banned all of his books and tapes for a time because they considered him to be more of a Buddhist than a Catholic Priest. It is funny that they did this to such a good man but protected paedophile priests.

Chants and mantras are another way to meditate and Native American Indians and the Aborigines used this method. I love listening to the music you post and I will certainly listen to this after my breakfast.

When you meditate you are aware but the brain is vibrating as if you are asleep. I have practised for many years and would encourage people to meditate regularly in order to strengthen their ability to hear the voice of the Great Spirit.

Have a great day and keep the hunting knife in your belt LOL!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Greetings Mr. Spirit Whisperer. Sorry about the Isle of Man thing ... it's John Stewart's fault lol.

Regarding Mr. Love - I really like that name and I think it fully fits him. I found another video last night though, I thought he was interesting: the choice of words and so on ... I'm big on words ... All the very best!!

http://www.youtube.com/user/StoryWaters?v=1br-hDJl...


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I forgot to mention that I think Chanting can help in many other ways, not only just to meditate. For example, when the back-pack is extra-heavy and the mountain gets really steep ... I use a chant I made-up myself and I just fly-up the trails (as my friends would put it lol).

Chants are magical!

Cheers!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Please don't apologise I was not offended and just wanted to let you know how cold it is here for most of the year. So the idea of people swanning about beaches is so far from what actually happens.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Who cares about the cold Mr. Spirit Whisperer. Please do watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=madoDvtKEes


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Wow, can you do this Wolfman Jack? I will now set about looking for my own inner thermostat. Did he do Mt Everest?

Thank you for this amazing video.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

lol I refrain from running in my boxers on ice ... I have mountaineering equipment (cheating). This documentary was made many years ago Mr. Spirit Whisperer - I have no clue what he has been doing since.'

Anything is possible though, as long as there is a will for it!! I truly believe in that!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

May i thank Mr. Happy for the video? I put it in my favorites to view daily.

Cheers


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topquark 5 years ago from UK

After my yoga class today I sat down and did some meditation. I feel so calm as a result! Glad to doing it again.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you topquark for getting back to me. It is feedback like this that makes it all worthwhile.

btw have you seen the new Spirit Whisperer website?

http://spirit-whisperer.webnode.com/


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

You are most welcome Mrs. Always Exploring. It was all my pleasure.


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topquark 5 years ago from UK

I hadn't seen that - thanks for sharing the link. What a useful website! All those resources collected in one place.


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smfay 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

In Meditation, illusions cease to exist, the mind becomes part of the whole. Enjoyed reading your hub. Best Regards

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