The Ultimate Guide to Meditation for Intuition and Wellbeing

Last updated September 13, 2017.

REALLY!? meditation for for intuition? There is no conventional schooling for developing intuition. However, meditation has many benefits and aiding intuition is one. I admit that I once viewed meditation as some mystical performance by Yogis and Monks. Today I’m reveling in it.

Through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced. – Bhagavad Gita
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For the past year, I’ve been practicing meditation daily. One reason why I meditate — meditation brings wisdom and insight, and I found it correlates with intuition development.

No doubt, I still have a long way to go in this journey.

Nonetheless, it has given me precious gifts that I think many people are searching for.

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Definition of meditation

According to Wikipedia, the meaning of meditation is “a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.”

The word meditation comes from the Latin root meditari, which means to concentrate.

Why meditate?

Whatever you focus your mind on you become ~ Earl Nightingale, American radio speaker and author

Does meditation help? What is the goal of meditation?

Just as the body physically needs sleep, so too does the mind (and soul) need meditation (or deep reflection and relaxation).

There are many reasons why people meditate. It ranges from meditation for headache relief or for migraines to meditation to manifest goals.

Many people use meditation for guidance in life. But, more and more people who meditate today, do so, to relax. NHIS statistics on meditation (2012) show that 8% or 18 million individuals in the USA use meditation as a complementary health approach.

Celebrities who meditate include Hugh Jackman and Katy Perry.

So, uses of meditation are wide and varied and reasonably accepted and popular.

Let’s look at what it does.

What meditation does

Meditation changes the brain in a remarkable way.

Research published in psychology and science journals tells us that this has to do with the vagus nerve.

Meditation and yoga, practiced daily, engages the vagus nerve.

This nerve sends messages from the body to the brain and is instrumental in regulating the body’s unconscious actions (as part of the parasympathetic nervous system).

The stimulation releases hormones, some of which affect emotions and well-being, e.g., serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), endorphins, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and melatonin in the brain.1

While serotonin enhances mood, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) yields a feeling of calm. Also, endorphins promote happiness, melatonin restful sleep, and DHEA fights aging.

Hence, meditation provides significant benefits from nature’s ‘feel good’ chemicals — one of the reasons we see more people meditating today.

For recovery, and health and well-being therapy, people seek the meditation ‘superpowers’.

The infographic at the end of this article sums up how powerful meditation can be and lists the supporting scientific studies as to why meditation works.

Body-mind-spirit results of meditation:

  • Reduced tension in muscles (body)
  • Reduced chronic pain (body)
  • Increased focus and concentration (mind)
  • Lessening of worry, stress, fear, and impulsiveness (mind)
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-acceptance (mind)
  • Increased optimism and awareness (mind/spirit)
  • Improved mood and emotional intelligence (mind)
  • Heightened creativity (spirit/purpose)
  • Greater sense of purpose and meaning to life (spirit/purpose)

Regular meditation practice can produce profound physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. But consider it beneficial as an intuition exercise.

It has great value in opening your channels for intuition.

Some call this spiritual intuition.

Learn how to meditate.

Meditation for intuition

Meditation helps in developing intuition. A strong intuition can guide us on the right decisions, e.g., in relationships, work, and life in general.

Meditation is a way to connect to your intuitive spirit or higher self, which is all knowing because according to Yogic law and quantum physics we are part of a greater whole. Read more in the Yoga section below.

On reflection:

*I am hearing my intuition more clearly every day.*

~ From Reflections in the Light

How meditation works to strengthen intuition:

Meditation allows you to enter a quiet place where wisdom and insight can permeate since the filter (noise) has been removed.

The more you practice quietening the ‘noise’, the more you will be in tune with seeking and receiving higher guidance or the #justknowing.

Ask, and you shall receive the answers.

It’s just that simple.

So consider meditation an essential activity among your intuition building exercises.

I’ve written elsewhere about knowing the difference between intuition and emotional reaction and how that affects our relationships and areas of our lives. It helps when we access a level of just knowing what’s right.

So, if you are looking to develop intuition, then consider meditation.

How to meditate

There are many meditation strategies. All can work to help improve intuition.

Most important! Don’t be overly concerned with rules and guidelines, if it is going to deter you from your practice.

Thought for Today:

I meditate in whatever way feels most comfortable and natural. I am mentally at ease and fully connected to Spirit. I allow myself the freedom to quiet my mind and listen.

~ From 365 Angelic Messages to Soothe, Heal, and Open Your Heart.

Just allow yourself to relax. Do it at your own pace and accord.

A simple strategy: Stop. Breathe. Let go.

So simple, yet so hard.

The biggest problem is our monkey minds, our internal monologue.

Meditation seems to take effort practice partly because of this chattering monkey mind. Thoughts fly in and so do urges to go and ‘do’ something.

But there are ways of overcoming that if you stick with it.

A 5 step meditation how-to for newbies

Here are my practical steps for meditation:

  1. Have a clear intention – Yes I want to do this! Ditch the excuses
  2. Get into a comfy seated position in a quiet spot. Sit tall.
  3. Breathe in, roll shoulders up, breathe out, roll shoulders down. Ease your eyes closed
  4. Maintain simple breathing and focus on the breath. Acknowledge wandering thoughts and return to focus. Don’t wonder why how or where. Just be.
  5. Let your thoughts come and go. Don’t react. Let go feelings of failing. Just breathe.

Move slightly if you must. It takes time to sit at length without moving.

It is much easier to be guided. That was my experience when starting out.

And, it’s best to be guided by someone with years of experience or a master of meditation.

Expert ‘how to meditate’

When starting out, it’s best to find a meditation specialist to guide you in the art of meditation.

It’s best to learn the basics this way, so you are not forming and reinforcing habits that are unproductive.

The specialist I recommend is Giovanni Dienstmann, of Live and Dare, a registered meditation teacher with over 16 years, totaling more than 7,000 hours, of meditation. I have been reinforcing my own practice through Giovanni’s lead.

His Master Your Mind for beginners is an online course with simple step-by-step instructions that will help you form a strong practice. You don’t need to travel miles to attend training in person. The course provides 35 days of guidance with ongoing access. So you will always have it to use no matter when or where you are.

I highly recommend it, especially being at an exceptional price of just $59 (as at Sep 2017).

A weekend retreat learning meditation will cost you hundreds to even thousands of $$$. Master Your Mind costs $59 (as at Sep 1, 2017).  Grab it now before the cost escalates.

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How long to meditate?

How long? This will depend on you and what stage you are at with your practice.

There are some people who meditate for hours. A 24-hour meditation is not uncommon for Yogis and monks.

The best meditation for intuition is a daily one.

Start off with just a few minutes.

If you can watch Netflix or be on Facebook for five mins you can spend time on a 5-minute meditation a day.

Try aiming for a 15-minute meditation.

You might like to then work up to a 30-minute meditation routine each day.

The best time of day

Early morning meditation

There are reasons why early morning meditations are good habits.

It can be the best time is to sharpen your intuition because everything is in harmony as society’s ‘busyness’ has not yet filled your day. Intuitiveness happens when we are in tune with nature and the early morning is when nature is doing its stuff. The birds are chirping, and the sun is rising. Mediation is a good way to start the day. It’s a time when your mind is more ‘in the moment’, and not racing with things that needed doing.

Meditation before work

The same can be said here as written above for early morning meditation. The deadlines of the day have yet to clog your mind. Meditating before work can be a way of setting the scene for a productive and happy day ahead.

Meditation at work

Use meditation at work to refresh and recharge. Mindfulness is an ideal form here to bring clarity to tricky issues.

An idea to practice at your desk: Try Dzogchen, a form of meditation where you are aware of everything with eyes open without labeling thoughts, feelings, or sensations.

Meditation at night

A fine way to end the day and prepare for a good night’s sleep is to meditate.  Meditation before bed using breath to relax is your power to calm, restore, and center yourself after a full day and to prepare for a restful sleep.

Meditation Posture

Common positions for meditation include sitting, supine, and standing.

Meditation laying down is also possible.

Even so, according to Giovanni Dienstmann of Live and Dare, good meditation posture needs to be:

  • stable — so that you feel safe and your mind can turn inward without distractions
  • straight — so that your body helps you to be more present, focused, and alert
  • comfortable — so you can sit for extended periods of time, in a relaxed manner, without needing to move and without it being painful.

Five main sitting positions for meditation:

  • Full Lotus (require a lot of flexibility, and tend to be uncomfortable)
  • Half Lotus (require a lot of flexibility, and tend to be uncomfortable)
  • Burmese (simple cross legged – the one I tend to use the most)
  • Seiza (sitting back on a stool – more gentle on the knees)
  • In a chair (most comfortable)
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Source: liveanddare.com

For other traditional meditation postures and the expanded detail of the above positions, I recommend Swami Satyananda’s excellent systematic yoga manual.

Hands

Meditation hand positions are known as mudras. While in meditation, hand gestures are symbolic gestures for the flow of energy.

There are many mudras (aka seels, gestures, or marks) – 10 are illustrated here.

The three most common meditation hand signs:

  • Gyan Mudra (index finger and thumb are touching)
  • Venus Hands (hands are clasped on lap)
  • Prayer Mudra (hands together in prayer still)

Eyes

Eye gazing meditation can involve looking at the floor with eyes in a half open position.

When you prefer an eyes-open meditation style (or not), the idea is to have a mental gaze up at the spiritual eye (the point midway between the eyes).

Location

You can do meditation anywhere, from meditation in bed to meditation on the beach.

I have a special place, where I tend to meditate each day, and it contains a journal and a couple of small effigies that have special meaning for me.

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Meditation Gear

Cushions

Cushions make sitting in meditation more comfortable.

The best choice will depend on your chosen posture (see above).

Inner cushion fillings include

  • Buckwheat hulls, which are a by-product of buckwheat grain, provide a cushion that will shape underneath you.
  • Kapok fiber is another natural material (from the Kapok tree). It provides a firmer seating.
  • Wool – a good insulator of ‘energy’ (prana) according to many Yogis. It doesn’t compress and is comfortable.
  • Beans
  • Cotton (the cheapest filling, but not the more enviro-friendly because of the water and chemical use in production)
  • Polypill / Polyester (artificial fiber)
  • Air (inflatable ones for travel)

For full lotus or half lotus

+ requires a thin cushion or Zabuton for comfort.

– Click here to order.

For Burmese posture

+ best to add a Zafu or a bolster or a Yoga Block.

Zafus come in three main shapes
ClassicCrescentWheel
Most commonSupport for hips and legsHigher and less wide support

For kneeling (Seiza)

For those who find it hard to sit cross-legged, this position is ideal.

Source: meditationbench.com

This position lifts the hips high and is more gentle on the knees.

+ a meditation stool or straddle a zafu (meditation pillow)

Japanese mat or Zabuton for underneath

To define your space and as a base for your cushion, a Japanese mat or Zabuton is recommended. Or, you can use a folded blanket.

Music for Meditation

Some people benefit from meditating to music; others are against music while meditating. Soft music is best for meditation. Theta and Alpha binaural beats music helps.

Delta meditation music is available.

Mantras

This is a set of studio-recorded mantras by Octavio & Guest…enjoy!

Meditation journal

A journal will help in developing your intuition. Record insight and thoughts following meditation and then refer back to build your trust and as a gauge to know whether you are increasing intuition.

Other props and accessories

  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Meditation scenes
  • Visual meditation videos
  • Prayer Beads
  • Crystals for meditation
  • Meditation with stones

Guided meditation techniques

Many use visualization of colors on a screen of the mind. These are usually chakra colors in meditation with guided techniques.

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Where to buy meditation gear

Here is a list of stores that I recommend.

US & Canada

Europe & UK

Australia & New Zealand

If you are a supplier of meditation or yoga gear and would like to be included in this list, contact me here.

Two keys to meditation

For the best results of meditation and intuition:

#1 Accept that there are levels of meditation

I once thought meditation was some mystical act. This was my meditation block.

It stopped me from benefiting from the world of meditation.

So don’t expect to go to the deepest highest level straight off.

My 4-P equation applies: Patience + Persistence + Positivity = Pays off.

#2 Practice daily

One of the principles of meditation for realizing results is to practice daily.

the most important thing is meditating everyday – Jon Kabat-Zian

My practice had been ‘hit and miss’ for years.

A friend prompted my first experience. It was a session at a folk festival with Tibetan Monks.

I attended another session with Tibetan Monks when they visited my local town.

Months went by until the next sessions a weekend retreat, guided by Thai Buddhist monks.

And then months later, I took part in a weekend Yoga retreat.

Years later, I practiced creative visualization which involved meditation in a 4-day Alpha Mind Power course.

My meditation was hit and miss, I admit. Hence, I didn’t ‘get’ the actual benefits of meditation.

Years passed with ‘doing’, achieving, and ‘succeeding’ using my logical critical-thinking brain.

At one time a therapist suggested I practice meditation to help with how I was feeling.

I did. But only for a couple of days, and not successfully. I convinced myself that: “Nah, meditation is boring”. “I just don’t have the time”, I remember thinking.

As Jon Kabat-Zinn once said: “A lot of people think meditation doesn’t amount to anything as if you’re being idle”. That was me. I saw it as a weekend retreat only.

I didn’t understand that to reap the benefits of meditation my practice needed to be daily.

Many kinds of meditation

The reason the practice of meditation causes so much debate is because meditation accesses a field of limitless wisdom that everyone has their unique connection to…There’s not one practice or experience that’s best for everyone. ~ Rod Galbraith, co-founder of InYoga

It is best to find the one meditation type that resonates with you. Below are overviews. Some include step-by-step details.

Breathwork meditation

+ known for countering stress and anxiety.

The Breathwork style has a particular breathing pattern to a curated music playlist and is promoted as a healing meditation.

The breath is used to center awareness. Counting is optional in breathing meditations.

Required/Challenge: 30-35 min time allocation

Candle  meditation

+ known for improved concentration skills.

Some people find staring at a candle a way to focus.

Required: Open Eye. Darkened room.

Challenge: stillness, especially with eyes.

Chakra meditation

+ known for recharging energy. Chakras are used to center awareness.

Required/Challenge: Best guided by an expert.

Cosmic meditation

+ known for enhancing awareness of your connection to the universe — or, spiritual awakening. It inspires a bigger picture outlook. The breath is used to center awareness. Visualization involves imagining a light around the body.

Required/Challenge: Visualizing techniques

Healing guided meditation

+ known for healing suffering of body, mind, and heart. You might seek this for pain relief.

Required/Challenge: Guided

Loving-kindness mediation

+ can help with forgiveness of people or situations that have troubled you. You use a mantra relating to freedom from fear and suffering in relation to people in your life.

Known also as Metta meditation, it is a Buddhist tradition. It is a method of developing compassion.

The focus is on the solar plexus (your chest area, your ‘heart center’). The breath inhaled and exhaled is combined with traditional phrases.

Required/Challenge: coordinating the phrases with the breathing.

Mahamantra Meditation

+ a Krishna meditation with mantras. It is known for making your mind firm or rooted so that you stop seeking attention from others and you are filled with energy.

Required/Challenge: Chanting the primordial sound

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious and aware of each moment ~ Rod Galbraith, InYoga co-owner

+ a simple but very powerful practice. It is used with children (see Meditation for Children).

+ known as a natural treatment for emotional issues.

It helps you to stop reacting to disturbing thoughts.

The breath is used to center awareness. Mindfulness can be practiced anytime, anywhere.

Required/Challenge: finding a quiet, uninterrupted time/space

Standing Nature Meditation

I’ve talked about the magic ways of connecting with nature.

And how nature has added health benefits.

These are reasons why you might like try meditation in nature.

  • Find somewhere to stand with ease and in comfort and safety
  • Take off shoes
  • Stand barefoot
  • Touch the Earth (grass, sand, soil).
  • Wiggle your toes
  • Imagine the energy of the earth beneath
  • Breathe deeply and imagine drawing that energy up into your body
  • Close eyes
  • Relax taking rhythmic breaths
  • Listen to the sounds of the birds or nature
  • Note your thoughts and feelings
  • Be revived by the spirit of nature

Required: Open space Challenge: Passerby distractions

Transcendental meditation

+ involves out of body experiences. Refer also to the Maharishi Effect.

It’s a form of Hindu meditation with a goal of transcending or rising above all that is impermanent.

The pose is seated, and focus is with a mantra while actively changing the breath to alter your mental state.

It typically involves 15-20 min a day with a mantra.

Required/Challenge: Only taught by certified teachers through a standard course of instruction.

Visualization meditation

This practice is used most often for attracting success and change.

You use mental images during meditation (a meditation screen).

I start with progressing through each color of the seven chakras. With meditation starting this way, I find I can enter into a state of relaxation.

Required/Challenge: Seeing images on the screen of the mind

Vipassana meditation

+ known as Goenka meditation because of a known teacher

+ is known for enlightenment or insight.

Vipassana means to see things as they truly exist and is a Buddhist form of meditation. The focus is on the breath. It includes contemplation and introspection and awareness of bodily sensations.

Required/Challenge: code of discipline

Other meditation

Other forms include Jyoti meditation, Reflective, Vajrayana (which is a tantra style used to attain Buddhahood),  and Satanama meditation, plus numerous others.

Any of these can be used for intuition development.

Moving meditations

Deliberating on movement can help with the monkey mind.

Examples of meditation while moving include Qigong, Yoga, and Tai Chi.

Also an exercise for intuition, yoga is a traditional form of meditation with movement.

Moving meditations can also help to increase intuition.

Qigong

This is a Taoist approach based on the breath circulating energy through the body to an altered consciousness.
Try this  7-minute workout:

Yoga

+ Rather than just a set of poses or an exercise regime, as is mostly portrayed with its use in western society Yoga is meditative.

+ Hatha Yoga combines asana, mudra, pranayama, and meditative awareness. Another is Iyengar. I have practiced and gained great benefit from both.

+ Iyengar, in particular, I found gratifying after learning through a certified trainer.

+ The Yoga style of meditation has three progressive stages: Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. More details are listed in the meditation stages section below.

In the theory of Yoga, we are all innately connected to the one life force, the universe, and this universal power guides us.

This belief corresponds to that of quantum physics in that everything is interconnected. We are all part of the wholeness underlying the grand cosmos.

Walking meditation

This meditation style is known for relaxation, incorporating exercise. Awareness is centered on the movement of legs and feet or arms and lungs.

It is open eyed but can be done with eyes closed (see below).

Walking Meditation with eyes closed.

  • Walk slowly with your eyes closed
  • Focus inward
  • Move in a rhythmic pace
  • Notice any meanderings of your mind
  • Pay attention to where it goes
  • Deflect any ego-based thoughts by chanting

Required: open space without obstructions

Challenge: outside distractions

Writing as meditation

+ This activity is known for providing insight.

Try these five steps:

  1. Relax first for 5-15 min. May be do some inhales and slow exhales.
  2. Set a timer and write freely for 10 mins without judgment, editing, or thinking about what you are writing even
  3. After 10 min, take a couple of deep breaths then read aloud what you just wrote
  4. Go through and underline any phrases or bits that stand out for whatever reason
  5. Use these bits as prompts for future writings

Just like art and meditation, writing allows us the space to connect with our true selves. It’s also an important tool in developing our intuition.

This is the reason why journaling is so popular.

Running as a meditation as well as crafts and hobbies

+ Meditation while running is on the same basis as meditating while walking.

+ As Chandresh Bhardwaj, founder of the Break The Norms meditation program explains, “When you are deeply involved in any activity, you become meditative.”

+ This holds true for other activities, for example, gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing, drawing, or something as mindless as ironing.

They all give off the effect of calming the chaos in our minds. They are known for providing stress relief and incidentally, are opportunities for channeling intuition.

What to expect?

I admit that I once viewed meditation as some mystical performance by Yogis and Monks.

I couldn’t sit still like that, and the experience I expected just didn’t happen for me.

Knowing what to expect does help. Here’s one account.

The early stages in the cycle of meditating:

Resting > Relaxing > Releasing tension > Letting go of the stress in the body

You will be processing emotions and thought and letting go.

Your mind will be wanting to make lists, sort through details, and rehearse conversations. Funny that!

You will get urges to go and attend to things. Don’t.

It’s absolutely normal to experience these fluctuations of the mind.

In the meditative state:

  1. You remember you are meditating
  2. You use your chosen technique to draw yourself back
  3. You continue this cycle until you’ve meditated for the time set aside

Will you feel tired after meditation?

You should feel refreshed. Never have I felt tired after meditating.

The progressive stages of meditation

Stages of meditation according to Yoga philosophy:

Dharana1st
  • Training the mind to move beyond distraction
  • Object / technique chosen for focus
Dhyana2nd
  • Thoughts stop fluctuating
  • Awareness begins to flow
  • Intellect falls away
  •  Pure presence arises
Samadhi3rd
  • Highest state of perception and mental clarity
  •  Personal sense of ‘I’ is obliterated
  • Pulsing awareness of ocean of infinite energy

Meditation while driving

Can you really practice driving meditation?

Yes and No.

I don’t recommend focusing on anything but the road ahead and your driving needs including your surrounds while driving.

Playing relaxation or meditative type music while driving can be dangerous where it reduces your alertness.

The concept concerning meditating while driving is more about in the now or rather about practical, mindful driving.

Author, Solan McClean, has written about Learning to Drive into the Now. See it here.

Meditation tricks

There are really no tricks.

I realize the best way to get benefits of meditation is through daily practice.

Another tip is to have a trigger that automates your to do your practice.

For example, cleaning your teeth might be the memory peg for this.

Meditation with babies or toddlers

Here are three information sources:

Meditation for children

You can empower your child’s potential.

You give every kid happiness when you give them meditation ~ Russell Simmons, American music producer and entrepreneur

Did you know: Mindfulness is being added to school curricula in places.3

By learning mindfulness:

  • Children develop empathy and caring for others
  • They receive life skills for stress management and ways of resilience and creativity
  • It also helps with their decision making and to reach their full potential.

There is music tailored for this:

The following is a sample of how you can teach your child mindfulness.

Step one:

  1. Sit in a quiet spot
  2. Tell your child to close their eyes and take a big breath into their tummy and then a big breath out. Repeat this 3 times
  3. Say: “Notice how your mind is. Is it busy with lots of thoughts or is it quiet?” “Is your mind saying positive things or negative things?”
  4. Let them know that what they feel or think is perfectly normal. Explain that the mind wanders around from thought to thought and ideas to ideas.

Step two (stilling the mind):

  1. Say: “Imagine all your thoughts being placed in a balloon and this balloon drifting away out the window until it is no more, in your mind your space is completely empty of balloons.”
  2. Continue this for a few moments, treating each thought that comes in as being carried away from your space in a balloon.

Step three (seeding the positive thoughts)

  1. Say: “Think of a word for how you would like to feel or be for the day and repeat that word 3 times.”
  2. Where there is some worry, get them to think of a positive outcome or a word for that.

Meditation and aging

There is scientific evidence to suggest that meditation improves longevity.

Reducing stress and increasing positive states of mind and hormonal factors appear necessary in maintaining our telomeres, the bits that protect the ends of our chromosomes from deterioration.

The 5 main benefits of meditation for seniors:

  1. Stimulated memory storage hubs, which help with memory
  2. Deep breathing exercises help digestive system through improving circulation
  3. Feel-good chemicals released with meditation help with depression
  4. Sharpness and clarity of mind
  5. Reduced stress which has long-term health advantages

Read more at How meditation helps with senior health.

Funny meditation quotes

Yoga police: “You have the right to remain silent!”

Don’t just do something — Sit there!

When asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied “I wish no gifts, only presence”

The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1.

Bertrand Russell: “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

One of the biggest, most sad, and least funny Yoga jokes of all:
Yoga is a physical fitness program.

In the pursuit of happiness, the hard part is knowing when you’ve caught up.

Two men meet on the street.
One asks the other: “Hi, how are you?”
The other one replies: “I’m fine, thanks.”
“And how’s your son? Is he still unemployed?”
“Yes, he is. But he is meditating now.”
“Meditating? What’s that?”
“I don’t know. But it’s better than sitting around and doing nothing!”

“To earn the trust of your meditation, you have to visit it every day. It’s like having a puppy.” ~ Chelsea Richer, media producer

Meditation vs hypnosis

The following is from Live and Dare:

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Christianity and meditation

Do Christians meditate?

Yes. There are thousands, if not millions of Christians who meditate.

Also, the Christian practice of contemplation is a form of meditation.

As told by several scholars, the term ‘meditation’ in use today corresponds to the term ‘contemplation’ in Christianity — reference (p. 161).

In a Christian focus, meditation or contemplation is about increasing the personal relationship with God, who is seen as the almighty power.

There are numerous similarities between Eastern and Western religions, and meditation is one.

Other FAQs

Is meditation bad? Are there dangers of meditation?

The truth about meditation is there are thousands of different ways to do it. Some people resonate with certain styles more so than others, and thus one form will work better for them than another.

I have never had negative experiences as a result of meditation.

Neither have I heard of any negative experiences from meditation affecting people that I know.

Nevertheless, it is good to be informed of what has been reported:

  • Rare cases where some people feel like they are watching themselves and have feelings of ennui and emptiness, disconnection and even fear
  • Changes in the sense of self, affecting social relationships
  • Mindfulness in calming and focusing might be disempowering or keeping you passive, contained, and compliant, when you need to be angry, distressed, and determined.

See more detail on these.

You will also find skeptic sites on meditation pretty as much as you find them for anything. Just be aware of the spreading of wrongful and exaggerated rumors from ill-informed presenters.

Can you ever do too much meditation?

Yogis and monks meditate for hours on end.

This is not for everyone.

Buddha, himself, meditated continuously for seven days under the Bodhi tree.

This was phenomenal.

As a beginner, you should start at a small duration and build it up over the weeks.

Start with 4 mins and increase it 1 min a week. You are more likely to develop a strong practice this way.

Meditating for 15-30 min a day is probably a good place to be for the average person.

Self Wilding and Meditation

Self Wilding is about freeing the Self from the template imprinted as ‘normal’. It’s living intuitively. Meditation connects Self to a life force energy that abounds naturally but is mostly drowned in an ever more structured and materialistic world. It is one way to strengthen your intuition.

So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates. ~ Allan Lokos

Note: There are various ways to meditate. Some may appeal to you more than others. You can even create your own version to suit you. The most important part, in my opinion, is reaching that deep relaxation – the Alpha state of consciousness.

This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can’t say this is a Hindu breath or a Christian breath or a Muslim breath. – Charles Johnson

I’m addicted to meditation. So are others. There is a long list of athletes who meditate.

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References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3190564/
  2. http://www.coolaustralia.org/activity/nature-mindfulness-15-minute-activities-primary/

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I’m Mary-Anne J. I blog about ‘wellness through wildness’. I believe that connecting with the wild is the simplest and most in-tune way to achieve and maintain wellness. It’s not only the wild outside that counts but the wild within that needs acknowledging. That’s where this mindset begins. Wildness is not only about being outdoors with the birds, plants, and animals, it’s about you being free to be who you need to be for your health and wholeness.

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