Ive read a few posts on meditation and have been reading a little of Tolles work which incorporates meditation.
I would like to know how you describe meditation.what do you think it is,what does it consist of and how do you do it.
Also what do you believe have been the benefits ,if any, to you.
To my knowledge, there a number of different types of meditation and the difference between them is the intent of the meditator.
I think, generally, what most people understand by meditation is a ceasing of thought. By attempting to stop thought, this stops all resistant thought as well and allows you to re-experience your natural "state of being".
Abraham describe the effect of resistant thought as being similar to a cork being held underwater. When you meditate with the intention of stopping all thought (which includes the resistant thoughts), the cork immediately bobs back to the surface of the water.
I've previously posted Abraham's description of meditation and how to do it effectively. It is extremely clear and well worth reading... Abraham On Meditation
An interesting point regarding meditation is that because meditation stops all thought (including good-feeling thoughts), it is actually a less effective process than appreciation, which simply focuses you onto positive thoughts exclusively.
So, appreciation as a way to re-align is actually a more efficient and effective process than meditation. I think that often surprises people when they hear it for the first time.
I've explained this last idea in a bit more detail here: What are great ways to raise my vibrational frequency?
Here is an Abraham quote that has helped me in the past when I was wondering what the balance should be between meditating and appreciating etc:
So Abraham's view (and mine also, based on my own experiences) is that meditation is much less important than appreciation.
Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence. ~~From Krishnamurti on meditation. Krishnamurti on Meditation link.
I find this passage very helpful on explaining meditation.
answered 11 Apr '11, 20:30
According to this study, "focused attention" meditation done simply by attending to the breath and letting go of distracting thoughts and emotions, can be more effective than even morphine in reducing pain.
answered 11 Apr '11, 22:20
Meditation consists of three things. It is the using the body's energy through your brow chakra (third eye on the forehead).
for me meditation is to master the body the mind and the hearth(because though and emotion are link together in the turmoil of the mind)(dhyana) once that is done you can leave the body and go to god!meaning being enlighten!(samadhi nirvana)
hope this video helped you to understand what kind of things one see when he is enlighten!
Just a thought about meditation ... apart from what has already been said here is a quote that i enjoy
"I would like to give you two things: Roots into this earth and wings to find heaven.Meditation is the earth, it is simply being here now. This very moment you can spread your roots deep, do it! Once the roots are there, your wings will automatically reach into the highest possible sky. Compassion is the sky, meditation is the earth, and when meditation and compassion meet, a Buddha is born." - Osho
Mindfulness Meditation is one of the most popular forms of meditation. It's purpose is to bring us into relationship with all the contents of mind - thoughts, memories, emotions - without becoming caught-up in the contents, without becoming reactive, without creating suffering.
"Meditation is a journey towards spiritual and psychological freedom and this freedom becomes the source of skillful outward action of body, speech and mind." - THE PATH OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, by Dr Peter Strong.
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