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Meditation, an incredible tool!

March 14, 2011

I was first introduced to meditation about 8 years ago, when I took a seminar from The Silva Method* At the time, I didn't really know it as "meditation" but rather as a technique to relax me and reduce the endless flow of thoughts in my mind. The seminar was a BIG eye opener for me; it literally changed my mind, because I suddenly realized that my thoughts had an immense power and that I was boycotting my own efforts without even knowing it!!!

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Here is the best definition of meditation that I have found, and I am happy to quote the experts on this:

"For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts, emotional upsets, and daily anxieties – into the peace and clarity of present-moment awareness. The variety of meditation techniques, traditions, and technologies is nearly infinite, but the essence of meditation is singular: the progressive quieting of the mind to cultivate mindfulness, health, happiness, and higher states of consciousness.

People are initially drawn to meditation for many different reasons. Some begin meditating because of a doctor’s recommendation, seeking the health benefits of lowered blood pressure, stress reduction, and restful sleep. Others come to meditation seeking relief from the relentless swirl of thoughts that constantly flood their mind. Still others come to meditation to find greater self-understanding, to increase their intuitive powers, or to improve their ability to connect with source . . . with your deeper self.

It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual." (Quoted from D. The Chopra Center)

One important thing to realize about meditation is that "consistency is more important than intensity", in other words, there is no perfect way to meditate and it may take you a while to get the hold of it, but as long as you are consistent and persevere, you will see the benefits in your life, even at the very early stages.

Meditating is not hard!, you just have to commit to it and devote it the time you can every day, without pushing too hard, you have to be realistic and gentle on yourself on this. It can be 10 minutes, 15 minutes or 1 hour; it doesn't matter, whatever you can give in your own unique situation at this time. The key is to make it a part of your daily routine.

You also need to be realistic about the outcome, meditation is not a fast one-way street to Nirvana, instead, it is an incredible tool that will definitely improve your life if you are consistent with it. The goal is NOT to become magically "Enlightened", but rather to find more peace and harmony in your life and the world around you, to find more clarity in your thoughts and therefore your actions, and more.

If you have never done it and wish to give it a try, or if you have done it on and off but to no avail, or even if you are a seasoned meditator I greatly encourage you to try the The 21-day Meditation Challenge offered by The Chopra Center, it is completely free.

Honeslty, you have nothing to loose and a lot to win, just give it a try...

Have a Wonderful Week!!!

*For more info about The Silva Method, you can visit their website: http://www.silvamethod.org/

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