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What is Meditation?

With the demands and hectic pace of everyday life, many people feel stressed and overworked. Often it feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress levels increase and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated and it can even affect our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! 

Meditation is a form of conscious relaxation which actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation as explained below can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. 

When your body is relaxed & free of tension, it is able to heal itself more efficiently. Some of the benefits associated with regular practice of meditation include:

  • Improves your physical, mental, emotional & spiritual health

  • Greater tranquillity, improved sleep & reduced insomnia

  • Enables you to enjoy deep rejuvenating rest.

  • Reduced high blood pressure & better pain management.

  •  Increased energy & helps you create real & constant happiness in your life.

  •  Increased self-confidence, concentration, improved patience & emotional stability.

  •  Support for major life changes such as divorce, menopause, loss of a loved one.

  • Dramatically enhances intuitive ability & awakens your sixth sense.

  • Improves your creativity, intelligence & mental functioning.

  •  Significantly improves your overall sense of well being & inner peace.

  • By developing a daily meditation routine, you can create an inner space and clarity that will enable you to control your mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually you will develop mental equilibrium and a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that switches between the extremes of excitement and despondency. Plant the seed of meditation and reap the fruit of peace of mind.

    How to meditate: A Simple Breathing Meditation

    The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make your mind clearer. This can be accomplished by practising a simple breathing meditation. 

    1. Choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. You can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. If you want to sit in a chair, that is fine as the most important thing is to keep your back straight to prevent your mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy. 

    2. Place your hands palm upwards resting on your thighs.

    3. Gently close your eyes and turn your attention to your breathing. 

    4. Breathe in through your nostrils, without attempting to control your breath and become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. Hold the breath for 3 seconds and then gently breathe out through your mouth making a sound, again becoming aware of the sensation of the outward breath. 

    5. At first, your mind will be very busy and you might even feel that the meditation is making your mind busier; but in reality you are just becoming more aware of how busy your mind actually is. But try to remain focused and concentrate on your inward and outward breath. 

    6. As your mind continues to chatter as it will do when you first start to meditate, just allow the thoughts to run through your mind, just observe it, try not to add to it and then refocus your attention back towards the inward and outward breath. Keep repeating this process until your mind settles on the breath. 

    7. Continue this daily exercise for at least ten minutes to start with and slowly increase the time as you feel comfortable each day. 

    By practising the above daily meditation, when your mind becomes still, gradually you will experience a sense of inner peace, happiness and relaxation. These feelings of well-being will help you to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. So much of the stress and tension that people normally experience comes from the mind, and many of the problems experienced, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. 

    This technique is powerful and by focusing you will start to discover the complete benefits of meditation listed in the section before. The peace and joy felt by those who meditate enters the World for all of us as positive energy and from this the World is a better place. Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity. Love, Peace & Harmony from Blessence


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