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December 28, 2017

Chakra Meditation

CHAKRA MEDITATION

Chakra meditation works with the Chakras. The Chakras are visualized as a spiral energy vortex.

There are many Chakras all over the body, but the most known are seven (if we count the solar plexus there will be eight).

Each Chakra is associated with a color and different characteristics. The meditation is guided, and it is done by focusing the mind in these energy vortex and their qualities.

December 28, 2017

Dzoghen Meditation

DZOGHEN MEDITATION

Dzogchen meditation, pronounced Zog-chen, is known as the natural path in Tibetan Buddhism. This type of meditation is practiced by the Dalai Lama.

Dzogchen meditation doesn”€™t use any special breath, mantra, or levels of concentration. It”€™s considered to be the most natural type of meditation.

Often you practice with your eyes open. This meditation works with the fact that all you need, all you are looking for is already inside of you.

The three basics of Dzogchen meditation are “€œjust sitting”€ “€œjust breathing”€ “€œjust being”€.

December 28, 2017

Sufi Meditation

SUFI MEDITATION

Sufism is the path of the heart.
Sufi’s believe that by pure devotion comes the subjugation of the lower self (ego). Through this love for God becomes the union of the lover with the beloved.

Different Sufi paths use different meditation techniques. The Naqshbandi order uses the energy of love to go beyond the mind. The first step is to focus on the feeling of love in order to activate the heart chakra. For this purpose you can think of God. A friend or relative may be easy to start with. Sufi’s believe that the feeling of love will overcome the thinking process leading the person to an empty mind state.

The meditations are in silence. Through meditation they are able to cultivate silence, listening, attentiveness, and emptiness.

December 28, 2017

Mantra Meditation

MANTRA MEDITATION

Chanting of sacred sounds has always been a delightful way to focus the mind. This type of meditation is very powerful and effective because of the vibratory effects of their sounds.

Sound is produced when the vibration strikes the eardrum and is carried to the brain. This explains that sound is vibration. Specific vibrations can stimulate the endocrine system, specifically the pituitary gland (master gland), and pineal gland located in the head.

Chanting a mantra keeps the mind busy while you breathe in a specific pattern. It’s like singing a song, your breath pattern becomes the same as the singer”€™s breath pattern.

Mantras are made of “€œcurrent sounds”€. Current sounds are specific sounds that when triggered produce a frequency. There are 84 meridian points in the palate, and when stimulated with the “€œcurrent sounds”€ produce a specific frequency. This frequency passes from the hypothalamus to the pituitary gland. Next the release of hormones takes place, and a change in mood, emotions, happens.

Through a PET scan, the device used to observe, and study the brain, it was possible to study the changes in the brain while chanting the mantra SA TA NA MA. After chanting the mantra there was a strong shift in brain activity to the right frontal and parietal regions. This shift indicates an improvement in mood alertness. Sound currents also stimulate the vagus nerve (this nerve affects the neck, jaw, heart, lungs, intestinal track, and back muscles), the nadis, and the chakras.

December 28, 2017

Kabbalah Meditation

KABBALAH MEDITATION

Kabbalah meditation is being taught by Jewish spiritual leaders around the globe. These teachers believe that meditation will bring one closer to God. One of these techniques is visualizing God”€™s name.

There are several different meditations. Beginners can start with what is called Shema meditation. Shema means to hear in Hebrew. The meditation is done by inhaling exhaling and making the sound “€œsh”€. Then inhaling exhaling and making the sound “€œmm”€ as you fall deeper into the meditative state of mind.

December 28, 2017

Vipassana or Insight Meditation

VIPASSANA MEDITATION or INSIGHT MEDITATION

Vipassana meditation means one is able to see things as they really are. This practice stems from India. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was used as a remedy for any illness. The technique is based on self observation, and by observing the variants of the mind, a person can take control over their own mind. The chain of actions and reactions becomes conscious, and negativity and suffering disappear. Of course this does not happen over night; practice is required. There are courses held totally free of charge in many cities to help you with meditation. Check your local newspaper for details. This is possible because most support comes from donations.

 

The courses are divided into different steps:

  • The first step is about “€œthe conduct”€. The aspirant should not engage in any of the following activities; murder,theft, sexual activity, lies, and intoxication. The goal is to bring calmness to the mind so it can be prepare dto self observation.
  • The second step is about keeping the focus on the breath, the activity that happens in the nostrils. The goal is to master the mind by keeping the focus on the present moment.
  • The third step is about observing the sensations in the body and not reacting to them. The goal is to understand the sensations in the body, develop equanimity, and learning not to react to them.
  • Finally the four step is about emanating love and good will to all. The goal is to develop purity and love.
December 28, 2017

Transcendental Meditation

TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

Transcendental meditation became famous in the 60’s and 70’s due to the fact that The Beatles started to meditate under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Today the organization has become enormous and there are over 1200 transcendental meditation centers in 108 countries. It is estimated that about five million people practice this technique today.

This technique is about repeating a holy mantra. It is recommended to do this twice a day in the morning and evening for twenty minutes each. This is not a religious organization, although they do acknowledge that the repetition of mantra brings you closer to the deities.

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