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Meditation ~ A Beginner's Guide

Updated on June 24, 2008

 

 

Awareness of your unconscious mind - A beginner's meditation

Can you be made aware of your unconscious mind? Deep mediation can open the door to the hidden recesses of your spirit. When you are in the midst of meditation and are able to clear all thought, you will be able to focus on your breathing and begin the practice of experiencing true inner peace and happiness. Imagining yourself being able to hear that inner voice that we all have will begin your new awareness of asking for help from within in order to make changes in your life.

Meditation dates back to ancient times. There are researchers that believe that in primitive times, hunters and gatherers might have discovered the altered state of consciousness during meditation when they watched the flames of their fires over an extended period of time. There are also "tantras" from Indian scriptures that cited meditation some 5,000 years ago.

Buddha, who is a meditative icon, made his presence sometime during 500 B.C. He became widely respected across the Asian continent for his teachings. The most popular meditation practices today are from the Buddhist and Hindu Religions.

When we first learn to meditate, it becomes a true test of our ability to be able to release our thoughts. Our thoughts, especially in today's chaotic world, can become intrusive. Our thoughts are really separate from our spiritual existence. It is then, when our minds are clear, that we can really begin the process of healing. We can find true awakening when we are able to separate the ego from our real spirit. The very basics of meditation is a natural human state, and is essential to our every day lives.

To begin a meditation, find a very quiet place that can be a refuge.

~ Sit in a very comfortable position with your back straight, your body as your anchor.

~ Let your hands rest on your knees.

~ Release all your tension by slowly concentrating on each part of your body, begin with appreciating your

toes and moving up to the top of your head.

~ Focus on your heart, listen to the rhythm.

~ Feel your body energy in the stillness.

~ Listen to that inner voice, allow it to consume you with peace.

~ Practice visualizing open fields, beautiful beaches or anywhere your mind takes you.

~ Immerse yourself in this higher awareness. Allow 10-15 minutes of this inner calmness.

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