Meditation

Meditation is a word that comes from Asian countries, in Western countries we will know it as “hypnosis” and it is the same approach to train the mind as the fitness is to train the body. There are many ways to meditate and it is a natural state we go through every day. So what is meditation?

 

You know the moment when you are falling asleep at night but not yet totally asleep, feeling like in between, or in the morning just before you wake up and you are like in between again. This is deep meditation.
You are walking in the street or driving on the road you know very well and you lost in your mind. Maybe you stop at the traffic light or cross the street but your mind is gone like “autopilot”. When you realize that you arrived or don’t remember the few minutes that passed. This is again very deep meditation.
You read a book at night before sleeping, when a word or expression triggers your mind to go away and think about something else but your eyes are still reading. You wake up few pages later not really knowing what you just read. It is again deep meditation.

 

As you can see, those moments are not controlled but it gives you an idea of the feeling of meditations.

 

First, it is a feeling of peace and relaxation so from this point of view, whatever makes you feel this way can be a tool of meditation. Watching nature or some art, doing some painting or cooking will help you to enter meditation state. Every time you have the feeling that you get lost into something, it is a meditation. Spending an afternoon repairing your car or bike can be meditation as long as it does not stress you.


When we talk about meditation, we all have that image of The Buddha sitting crossed legs, eyes half closed, without thoughts and feeling in total peace for hours. But when you try if you ever did, you realize that it is extremely difficult to arrive at this state of mind for even few minutes. Your “monkey brain” is jumping from one thought to another without ever ending and by miracle that you cannot explain, your body starts to be itchy from place to place which becomes quickly unbearable.

 

Maybe this meditation is your ultimate goal but on a daily basis, it is not what meditation we will do.

Let me say this in another word for men to understand, Let say men’s ultimate goal is to drive a race car on a race track super-fast, but on daily basis, it is not this type of car we will use to go to work or supermarket.
Let me say this in another word for women to understand, let say women’s ultimate goal is to wear a Louis Vuitton’s bag, but on daily basis, it is not this type of bag we will wear to the supermarket or take the dog out.

There is many, many different type of meditations but most of them will have the goal to bring you peace and harmony. Concentrative meditation is about to focus on a single point. This will include concentrating on the breath, staring at something like a candle flame or a picture, repeating a mantra or a single word like “Alleluia” or “Om”, counting beads on a the Mala or Rosary. Since you already experience it, it is very difficult to stop thinking so focusing the mind on something will be much easier for beginners. You will find yourself able to focus for few seconds or minutes then you can increase the time to longer Meditation.   

 

Our mind is usually wandering without control, so the concept of this meditation is to get back some control on our thoughts. Every time your mind starts to wander away, you just become aware of it and bring your focus back. Little by little with practice you will find yourself able to focus for longer period. This exercise is very efficient on our ability to focus and concentrate. By the time you finish to meditate you realize that you were free of stress and anxiety during this time. 

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

 

Meditation will have some short term and long term effect on the body and mind. Relaxation will be an immediate effect of any meditation with a general good feeling throughout the body. But more than that, meditation will affect you like:

 

Lower heart rate

Slower respiratory rate

Lower blood pressure

Less perspiration

Improved blood circulation

Less anxiety

Deeper relaxation

Lower blood cortisol levels

More feelings of well-being

Less stress

There is many, many different types of meditations but most of them will have the goal to bring you peace and harmony. Concentrative meditation is about to focus on a single point. This will include concentrating on the breath, staring at something like a candle flame or a picture, repeating a mantra or a single word like “Alleluia” or “Om”, counting beads on a Mala or Rosary. Since you already experience it, it is very difficult to stop thinking so focusing the mind on something will be much easier for beginners. You will find yourself able to focus for a few seconds or minutes then you can increase the time to longer Meditation.   

 

Our mind is usually wandering without control, so the concept of this meditation is to get back some control over our thoughts. Every time your mind starts to wander away, you just become aware of it and bring your focus back. Little by little with practice, you will find yourself able to focus for a longer period. This exercise is very efficient on our ability to focus and concentrate. By the time you finish to meditate you realize that you were free of stress and anxiety during this time. 

SIMPLE MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS

Candle Meditation
This meditation is very efficient to relax and enter meditation. You will need to be in the dark with a candle in front of you.

 

- Step 1: relaxation
Find a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathing, how your chest rises and falls. Take a few deep breathes to allow your breathing to settle and relax.

 

- Step 2: Look at the candle
Open your eyes and focus your attention on the lighted candle. Look at the flame and the light it produces. Try not to blink the eyes and look for few minutes at this candle.

 

- Step 3: Close your eye
Close your eye and try to see the picture of this candle in your inner vision with your eyes closed. Continue to focus on this picture and enjoy this moment of peace and calm

- Step 4: Notice your experience
come back to yourself and notice your experience, were you able to focus on the candle for a while, how difficult was it? Were you able to see the light with your eyes then closed? How did it felt?

Feel your own energy
This exercise is very simple but yet potent way to feel the subtle energy inside and around the body. It is also used to bring healing, balancing and energizing the body with the color therapy.

 

- Step 1: relaxation
Find a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathing, how your chest rise and falls. Take a few deep breathes to allow your breathing to settle and relax.

 

- Step 2: The energy in your hands
Rub the palm of your hands together for few seconds like you feel cold and you want to warm them. Then hold your hands in praying position but without touching each other like few centimeter or inches apart. Start to focus your attention on your hands and feel the energy running from your hands.

 

- Step 3: Flowing red energy
With this energy flowing between your hands, imagine that you bring some red energy flowing from the top of your head into your heart and down your arms and out from your hands. Try to notice a difference from before.

 

- Step 4: Flowing blue energy
With this energy flowing between your hands, imagine that you bring some blue energy flowing from the top of your head into your heart and down your arms and out from your hands. Try to notice a difference from the red energy before.

 

- Step 5: Notice your experience
come back to yourself and notice your experience, how did it felt from the first moment you put your hands together then when adding the red energy and then the blue one.
If you didn’t feel anything it is fine too, you can start again later or spend more time into the relaxation.

Eye contact meditation
This meditation can be very powerful and unexpected things can happen, so be prepared.
You will need to find a partner for this one or find a mirror which can be even more powerful.

 

- Step 1: relaxation
Find a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathing, how your chest rises and falls. Take a few deep breathes to allow your breathing to settle and relax.

 

- Step 2: connection
Try to connect with your partner by opening your heart to them. You can visualize a beam of love linking your two hearts. Once you have done that, you can breathe in harmony with your partner.

 

- Step 3: eye contact
You can open your eye slowly and start to stare are your partner, (I know it is not polite to stare but this is an exercise and a lot of fun is coming). Try to look at one eye or between the eyes of your partner. Remember that the less you blink the eye, the better it will work.

 

- Step 4: Enjoy this moment
You will see, this is a very interesting meditation. Many things can happen as nothing can happen too. If you are not open or not doing from your own free will, it will not help to work.
But maybe you will be able to have an extraordinary experience with your partner. Remember that the less you expect, the more it will happen.