“The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.” ~ Andre Maurois
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It originally was meant to help deepen the comprehension of the sacred and mystical forces of life.
Today, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine, meditation produces a deep state of relaxation with the goal of obtaining a tranquil mind.
During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the choppiness of jumbled thoughts crowding your mind which causes stress. This can help your physical and emotional well-being in the long-run if practiced.
In practicing the right form of meditation that fits you, it is possible that all the knowledge of the universe that is stored within us can be revealed. Inside of us we have atoms, molecules and cells that become our physical living self and each living moment, moulded in our genes and DNA.
We can tap into and process our cellular memory and DNA automatically and unconsciously with our brain. Many believe that it is possible and that there may be a way to “access” this universal knowledge through a lost system which perhaps ancient civilizations had developed and applied to answer the fundamental questions: Where do we come from? “Who are we?”
Through the use of meditating, we can further soul development. It is the knowing and accessing other worlds and universes, finding a way to have compassion, forgive everything, and finally to walk the path of balance, health, fulfilment, helping others, and embracing our differences without judgment.
Ways to meditate can include:
Guided meditation. In guided imagery or visualization, this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing.
Mantra meditation. Silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts.
Mindfulness meditation. This is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. In mindfulness meditation, you broaden your conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions, but let them pass without judgment.
Qi gong. Part of traditional Chinese medicine and is a combination of meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance.
Tai chi. Gentle Chinese martial arts. You perform self-paced series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner while practicing deep breathing.
Transcendental meditation. Silently repeat a personally assigned mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase, in a specific way. This form of meditation allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort.
Yoga. You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.
MEDITATION AND OUT-OF-THE-BODY EXPERIENCE
By meditation, we do not mean sitting cross-legged like Buddha, eyes closed and focusing on our forehead. Meditation is possible anywhere and at any time. Just be in the present. Concentrate only on what you are doing at the moment. What had happened or what will happen are both irrelevant. By concentration you will be able to control your mind and to distinguish between various thought-waves received or sent out by it.
Breathing is the key to concentration. This is the channel through which you receive thought-waves. The purpose behind meditation is to tune in your mind to a particular thought-wave. It is just like tuning your TV or Radio set first to receive clear signals and then to send out signals. You cannot be said to be in full control of your destiny nor can you enjoy your present life fully till you achieve this.
If you can visualize that you are alive by breathing which is your lifeline, you may be able to understand that there is somebody who is holding this line. That, all the living beings are inter-connected with this line on the one hand and, also connected on the other hand with that Entity which is holding this lifeline. Thus all the living beings are not only inter-connected with each other through this line but also with the Entity who may be called God or whatever name you deem fit to give it. So although your control signals are being received through this line, you are also in a position to send out signals through this line. Your mind is a two-way channel and through meditation you can activate this.
An interesting point to be mentioned here is that you always breathe unconsciously and effortlessly. The test of successful meditation is when you start breathing consciously and become aware of your breathing also. Another important point is that, if you observe closely, you will find that you’re breathing changes with your emotional state meaning thereby that you can change your emotional state by changing the rhythm of your breathing. This occurs when you are awake or asleep. Your breathing changes the moment you get exited due to any external reason e.g. fear, joy, argument or some unpleasant news or sight during your waking hours. This also happens during sleeping hours when you suddenly wake up from deep sleep due to some dream or some other disturbance or when you are in a highly charged emotional state and suddenly stop doing whatever you were doing to discharge that state.
It is at that time that you experience heavy breathing and feel you are breathing very fast. This is not due to the fact that you are actually breathing fast and that you are aware of your breathing but because suddenly you are, instead of receiving signals, unconsciously start sending back signals asking for help from your controller. This can be achieved by changing your emotional state through changing the rhythm of your breathing. And it is here the intervention of mediation is required. This is what you have to strive for, to achieve through meditation, to breathe consciously so that you can ask for help from your controller consciously.
Try not to check, mould, distract or control your thought-waves, just observe them. The control will come automatically once you stop allowing your mind to, weave a story or indulge in an imaginary discussion with another person and thus absorb you in it completely. If you continue watching or keeping track of your thoughts and not get lost in them, a stage will come when there are no thoughts and suddenly a feeling of weightlessness will overtake you.