- Improved posture
- Improved breathing
- Improved focus and concentration
- Change in brain wave state, Beta to Delta (Slows down)
- Shift from sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) to parasympathetic (Rest and digest)
- Helps the immune system
- Greater understanding of self
- Sleep pasterns improved
- Less disruptive negative emotions
- An inner sense of calm
- More tolerant and understanding
- More open and relaxed
- Greater ability to control ones mind and thus actions
- Develop intuition and knowing
“Meditation is to be in a relaxed state of total awareness”
My meditation journey began in 1992 after travelling and living abroad for nearly 2 years. I found I was unable to settle back into my old life in the UK after all the experiences I had whilst travelling. I had witnessed the Buddhist monks, Yogis and spiritual men on my travels meditating which fascinated me, so I decided to try meditation. This was integrated with my martial arts training and became a part of my life journey; nearly 30 years on and facing many of life’s ups and downs, as we all have to, I am still meditating and always aiming for the path of least resistance, so my transition through life is in flow state and as smooth as possible through not attaching myself to my thoughts or emotions.
Describing meditation and defining it is difficult as it will be a different experience for all, each one of us will have a different experience during a meditation session that will be personal to them and in that moment in time, but all leading to the same state of being. However my brief description and experience is below.
Meditation is an adventure into the unknown, a place of just being, observing, being aware of ourselves, our thoughts, feelings and emotions, just witnessing them and not judging. Through this meditation process, over time we train ourselves to be able to sit in between our thoughts, create space and find that place of stillness. The thoughts will come and go, but with training they become just thoughts with no emotional attachment to them and do not disturb our inner peace. This helps us deal with our day to day lives as we are able to detach ourselves from the negative emotions that can arise through our interactions with the world.
We have approximately 50,000 thoughts per day, that is 2000 thoughts per hour, many come from our past experiences stored in our subconscious and others can be from our our current situation or our fears for the future. Meditation is training the mind, quieting down the chattering monkey, giving ourselves space to switch off and come away from our constant thinking, to then go inwards and meet with peace.
When we go inwards we connect to our true selves, we become more intuitive and knowing, we live from moment to moment and act accordingly rather than thought to thought which comes from our subconscious and repeated patterns. We, through meditation become more conscious, more awake and gain the ability to act on this rather than repeat our past emotional subconscious programming.
On a superficial level meditation is a wonderful way to switch off and relax, but on a much deeper level meditation is life changing, it takes you on a journey within that connects you to your real self and all that is.
My own meditations are influenced from Zen Buddhism, Taoism and Advaita Vedanta through the direct path.
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