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The subject of meditation has been in discussion as one of the most important aspects of the spiritual path since the beginning of time. As a form of discipline and mind training, sometimes this can be misleading, as meditation is actually a state of mind, which is the fruit of the initial discipline and mind training. In the raja-yoga tradition meditation is the seventh limb of an eight-limbed path, which means that only after much preparation is meditation reached. Although there is never a clear line as to where one section ends and another begins, what is clear is that without the necessary preparation a state of meditation cannot be reached.

What exactly is the state of meditation? Meditation is a state only reached after certain criteria have reached a critical point. Meditation comes after concentration; it is continuous concentration on the object of concentration without disruption.

Concentration is the focus of attention towards a single point, the uninterrupted flow of ones focus is meditation. Continuous meditation then leads one to become one with the object of meditation, this is then called samadhi.

The problem initially with people learning the art of meditation is that no one knows what methods and techniques to choose. There are literally hundreds of meditation techniques. Once you have chosen a particular type of meditation you must stick to it for some time, as results are not always immediate, they are however cumulative by nature.

To accomplish something, we need a clear understanding of what our goal is, and how we are going to get there. The only difference with meditation is that the state of mind, known as meditation, already exists within us and doesn't need to be created. Our efforts in discipline and mind training are merely to create the right environment and atmosphere so that we become aware of the state of meditation.

Meditation is completely natural; it is not something that only the masters achieve or the great mystics. We can attain those states with dedication, patience and perseverance in our practices. All that is required is that we choose a place where we will not be disturbed, a place that is quiet, free of noises and pests. We need to sit comfortably without pain for an extended period of time and most importantly without moving. Our attitudes must be ready for the meditation; there must be no distraction. We must have already chosen a technique to which we will stick too for an extended period of at least a month. And this is if we practice everyday morning and night. Only with determination, patience and perseverance will we ever succeed in the art of meditation.

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has many Benefits. Initially the practices lead us to a state of relaxation, which means a lower oxygen consumption and respiratory rate. There is also an increase in blood flow due to the relaxed state of the physical body and a decrease in heart rate. It helps with lowering sensitivity to allergies and enhances the immune system. The production of serotonin increases, which influences our emotional disposition. After some practice we gain increased abilities in concentration without tension, which also leads to better memory recall. Your ability to focus your mind at will aids in anything where you would need your full attention. You also may discover that you can accomplish more things in a shorter time due to the efficiency of your mind. Mental and emotional control is a definite benefit of meditation helping you maintain a calm out look.

The more you meditate the deeper you will eventually go and you may uncover fears and unfulfilled desires which may be subconsciously directing your life. You can then change these or disregard them completely. You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself as you venture through your inner world.

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Purpose of Meditation

Meditation is as a way of life and not a technique. The purpose of meditation is to ultimately lead one to the highest state of asamprajnata Samadhi. This however happens in three steps:
Calm the conscious mind.
Dissolving of unconscious imagery.
Go beyond the conscious and unconscious mind to the highest state, Samadhi.
Allowing energy to flow through us without attachment or aversion. Through practicing meditation and going deeper we begin to realize for ourselves through direct experience that we are one with spirit, consciousness or which ever name you prefer to use.
 
The simple fact remains; you will not achieve success in meditation if you do not practice. My advice is:
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Slow Down, Relax and Remain Calm, it will soon diminish on its own in Silence

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Now... Take a moment.
Stop what you are doing.
Be still and let go of movement.
Let go.
Allow yourself to become aware with what is here, right now, in this moment.
What ever it is, allow everything to be as it is in this moment.
There cannot be freedom until you allow what is here already to just be here with you.
Notice your shoulders, are they relaxed?
How about your abdomen (stomach), is it relaxed?
How about your pelvic floor?
Relax and let go for this moment.
Have you noticed your breath?
Deepening and slowing down as you relax.

Are you patient enough to sit and wait for true expression to arise!


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