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Three Models In The Progress Of Meditation

I would like to postulate three models in the progress of insight meditation, ie, the progress of penetration into the three universal characteristics. The first model is the model of the microscope. The progress of insight would be like a microscope that is consistently increasing its power of magnification. When the microscope increases its magnification, you can see more detail into the nature of your slide. It is the same thing when you watch the nature of the three universal characteristics. As insight knowledge grows, reality becomes clearer and clearer. Of course, this does not happen all at once, it slowly increases. This model gives the idea that it does not come from thinking, but from pure, clear and concentrated awareness. There must be intention to see and to experience deeper. If one is just contented to experience what there is, then one may not go further. One has to push on. Photographs of trees, plants and nature occurring randomly within the context of each chapter...

Letter IV The Use of the Sacred Word in Meditation

The Dual Effect of the Sacred Word constructive and destructive Seven Great Breaths Meditation and the Word Some Practical Hints Pronunciation and Use in Individual Meditation 2. The Growth and Development of the Centers The Effect of Occult Meditation on the Centers Concluding Remarks

Why 8 Minute Meditation Changes That

Whenever people learn chat I'm a meditator or have written a meditation book, they invariably feel compelled to tell me one of two things I would love to learn to meditate. But I just can't, or I tried to meditate but stopped. WHY I CANT LEARN TO MEDITATE WHY I STARTED MEDITATION AND STOPPED I couldn't stop thinking. It took too long. Although these lists look long, the truth is that all these rationales for not meditating come down to two basic misbeliefs Meditation is obscure, confusing, and hard. Meditation takes too much time to learn and actually do. Let's see how the 8 Minute Meditation program addresses and eradicates both these issues. Meditation Is Too Nebulous, Confusing, and Hard With more than 4,500+ meditation books on the market, it's easy to see why meditation has an undeserved reputation for being a mysterious, arcane system reserved for a brilliant select few. But the truth is exactly the opposite Anyone can easily learn to practice meditation, no matter what those...

Meditation in Action

It's one thing to calm your mind and open your heart in the privacy of your room, but quite another to practice meditation throughout your day, with your boss (or your clients), your partner, your kids, and the person in the car in front of you. This part shows you how to extend the benefits of meditation to every area of your life, from sex to stress-reduction to spirituality. If you're primarily interested in healing your body or mind or performing more effectively at work or play, you'll find a chapter that shows you exactly what you need to know. And if you're fascinated by the wonders of spiritual unfolding, you'll find a chapter devoted to your interests as well.

Meditating by Taking Up All 4 Iriyapathas or Postures

Meditation can be done while walking, or standing, or sitting, or lying down, which are the four usual postures. It is clearly evident that meditation exercise can be made by adopting any one of the four postures as stated in the Metta Sutta in the following words Hence, although instructions have been given to take up a sitting posture cross-legged at the initial stage of meditation, all of the four iriyapathas or postures can be adopted as may be considered appropriate in developing metta bhavana, i.e., meditation to cultivate mindfulness on loving kindness. The essential point is to develop contemplation on loving-kindness on all occasions or rather continuously, leaving aside about four hours at the time of midnight or six hours time for sleep. When going to bed at about 9 or 10 p.m. while lying in bed before falling asleep, it should be so developed.

Alternate Way of Developing Concentration Based On Four Elements Meditation

In the beginning of this overview we also mentioned that the meditator can begin by developing the Four Elements Meditation. If a meditator begins to develop his concentration by using the Four Elements Meditation then his path of practise will be as follows Then when he is able to discern all of these characteristics throughout the whole body then he meditates simply observing the first six, hardness, roughness, heaviness, softness, smoothness, and lightness, as the Earth element, the next two, flowing and cohesion, as the Water element, the next two, heat and cold, as the Fire element, and the last two, supporting and pushing, as the Air Element. In this way he develops his discernment of the four elements so that in whatever posture he is in he observes his body to be simply the Four elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. As he continues to meditate and develop deeper concentration based on the four elements he finds that his body begins to emit light at first this light maybe...

The Psychophysiological Effects Of Meditation

The Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), emphasized the role that the cerebrum plays in physiology. At first glance, one might assume this to be merely a statement of fact, because that part of the brain is usually thought to involve little else other than thinking. Actually, it takes part in the production of many hormones, both directly and indirectly. Every aspect of a person is interrelated, and that is how and why thoughts and emotions can have such far-reaching effects. That is, however, also why meditation and calm-inducing thoughts can be so stabilizing and so healthy. One can safely assume, then, that most of

Tranquillity And Insight Meditation

Generally, there are two types of meditation tranquillity meditation and insight meditation. Whichever one you practise, the main factor in mental development is mindfulness. Tranquillity meditation is the concentration of the tranquil and peaceful mind. It involves the very controlled or mindful action of holding the mind to an object, and does not allow the mind to wander. The mind remains completely still, like a stilled candle, neither flickering nor fluttering. This is the nature of tranquillity meditation. When this happens, the mind becomes very peaceful and powerful, because it is a concentration of pure states of mind. Insight meditation is different. It does not just involve holding the mind still. It also involves penetrative observation. This kind of penetrative observation, without any thinking, without any conceptualisation, allows the mind to realise the true nature of things as they really are, things like the nature of our mind and body processes, the nature of the...

What Meditation Isand Isnt

Climbing the mountain of meditation Finding picnic spots and lesser peaks along the way Checking out the major meditation techniques The great thing about meditation is that it's actually quite simple. Just sit down, be quiet, turn your attention inward, and focus your mind. That's all there is to it, really (see the sidebar Meditation It's easier than you think). Then why, you may be wondering, do people write so many books and articles about meditation including detailed books like this one Why not just offer a few brief instructions and forget about all the verbiage In the same way, you can consider the practice of meditation to be a journey of sorts and the book you hold in your hands to be a travel guide. This chapter provides an overview of your trip, offers some alternative routes to your destination, explains the basic skills you need to know to get you there and points to some detours that may advertise the same benefits but that don't really deliver. Meditation It's easier...

Begin To Meditate Right

Meditation has never been simpler than the 8 Minute Meditation way.You won't find a single word in this book that requires a spiritual or Webster's dictionary, an instruction you can't understand, or a meditation technique you cannot do simply, easily, and the first time you attempt it like right now. things in a lot more depth. But for right now, I want you to get an idea of how simple and easy its going to be for you to learn to meditate. Remember, this is not a pop quiz. Grades will not be issued. As you'll soon learn, there's no wrong way to meditate. TASTE MEDITATION

The Two Pillars of Meditation

The first pillar of meditation is concentration. Concentration is the development of stability of mind, a gathering in and focusing of our normally scattered energy. The state of concentration that we develop in meditation practice is tranquil, at ease, relaxed, open, yielding, gentle, and soft. We let things be we don't try to hold on to experiences. This state is also alert - it's not about getting so tranquil that we just fall asleep. It's awake, present, and deeply connected with what's going on. This is the balance that we work with in developing concentration. The other main pillar of meditation is the quality of mindfulness. That means being aware of what is going on as it actually arises not being lost in our conclusions or judgments about it our fantasies of what it means our hopes our fears our aversion. Rather, mindfulness helps us to see nakedly and directly This is what is happening right now. Through mindfulness, we pay attention to our pleasant experiences, our painful...

Developing and Directing Awareness The Key to Meditation

If, as the old saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then the journey of meditation begins with the cultivation of awareness, or attention. In fact, awareness is the mental muscle that carries you along and sustains you on your journey, not only at the start but every step of the way. No matter which path or technique you choose, the secret of meditation Likewise, in meditation, you can use awareness in different ways. To begin with, you can increase your powers of awareness by developing concentration on a particular object. (For a brief list of meditation objects, see the section Different paths up the same mountain earlier in this chapter.)

Congratulations Youre A Meditator

Well, you did it Its easy, right Not some big deal or something you aren't capable of doing. Actually, meditation is just the opposite the most natural thing in the world. Of course you are. Just follow the 8 Minute Meditation program game plan. In 8 weeks, you can have a meditation practice that can last you a lifetime. I've already said that if you're reading these words, something has attracted you to meditation. You're about to find out what that is. MEDITATION 101 IN A SHORT amount of time, you're going to begin Week One of your 8 Minute Meditation program. But first, it's important that you get the lay of the land. Just like your home, your meditation practice should rest on as solid a foundation as possible.That's what Part I is about. It's going to Define and demystify what meditation really is Tell you what the 8 Minute Meditation program can and can't do for you Address and resolve some common misconceptions about meditation and resistances to meditation Answer beginning...

The Relationship Between Mind And Meditation

The metaphor of the mirror, often referred to in Ch'an, is most suitable here in pointing out the most salient aspects of meditation as practiced in this tradition. The mirror-mind does not respond at all, and it is by this lack of agitation that all things are clearly known. This is how the mind is said to be when there is no clinging. The mind, to be like a mirror, must be passive, detached, uninterested and quiet. It is a time of rest, recuperation and of learning to be undefiled in the midst of what is normally defiling. When there is no perturbation in the mind, just as when there are no ripples on the surface of a lake, all things are mirrored clearly, leaving no trace. There are no intentions, and there is no action to be taken or not taken. There is no dependence upon anything that you do or do not do. Meditation just unfolds naturally as the mind grows tranquil.

How a Yogi can enumerate the benefits of Vipassana Meditation

Assuming a yogi can manage one noting every second (in fact, a lot of notings per second is possible for most yogis), he can manage sixty notings in a minute, 3,600 notings in an hour. All these notings of Vipassana Meditation are never wasted or lost in the mind process of the yogi. The strength of his Vipassana Meditation will cumulate till he reaches Nibbana. At the moment of noting the rise of the abdomen, there is no chance for lobha (greed) to surface lobha is longing for the other forms of mental consciousness. So, lobha ceases to exist. Attachment (upadana) caused by lobha will also cease to exist. Thus, all kamma incited by upadana are extinguished. And existence (bhava) cannot be formed. The dukkha (suffering) of old age, the dukkha of sickness, the dukkha of worry, and the dukkha of death all these samsara dukkha cease to exist. In an hour of meditation, the yogi has eliminated 3,600 existences. If the yogi sits down to meditate for an hour, even if his concentration is not...

Meditation As Selfregulation Therapy

American Holistic Medical Asspcoation, an organisation of physicians devoted to the medical care of the whole person, has put meditation and relaxation among one of the seven core curriculums that a conventional medical doctor must study before he or she can become a Fellow in Holistic Medicine. The seven core curriculums are Nutrituin, Physical Exercise, Self-Refulation, Spiritual Attunement, Acupuncture, Environmental Medicine and Neuromuscular Integration. In this scheme, meditation and relaxation is classified under Self- Refulation-------- a good term that describes meditation and relaxation fairly accurately i.e.a.

Awakening Vs Enlightenment See also Enlightenment

A clear distinction should be made between Awakening Great Awakening and Supreme Enlightenment. To experience a Great Awakening is to achieve (through Zen meditation, Buddha Recitation, etc.) a level of insight and understanding equal to that of the Buddhas (Master Yin Kuang). It is to see one's Nature, comprehend the True Nature of things, the Truth. Only after becoming a Buddha can one be said to have truly attained Supreme Enlightenment (Attained the Way). A metaphor appearing in the sutras is that of a glass of water containing sediments. As long as the glass is undisturbed, the sediments remain at the bottom and the water is clear. However, as soon as the glass is shaken, the water becomes turbid. Likewise, when a practitioner experiences a Great Awakening (Awakens to the Way), his afflictions (greed, anger and delusion) are temporarily suppressed but not yet eliminated. To achieve Supreme Enlightenment (i.e., to be rid of all afflictions, to discard all sediments) is the...

Making Meditation Your

Developing and directing your awareness may be the foundation of effective meditation but like any good foundation, it's only the beginning. The next step is to build your house brick by brick, meditation session by meditation session, discovering what works for you and what doesn't, until your practice is grounded and stable. Or, to harken back to the journey metaphor, awareness is the muscle that propels you up the mountain. But you need to choose your route, find your pace, and navigate the obstacles that get in your way. In other words, you need to fashion and maintain your own practice and troubleshoot the difficulties that arise.

Pracctical Meditation

Patricia Carrington Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in active practive, a lecturer at the Department of Psychology of Princeton University, co-authors with her psychiatrist husband Dr. Harmon C. Ephron in numerous scientific articles on new experimental studies of sleep and dreaming, and has been involved with meditation both personally as a regular meditator and professionally, using meditation with her patients and conducting research in this area. In her book FREEDOM IN MEDITATION published by Doubleday Anchor Books, Dr. Carrington introduced the important concepts of Practical Meditation & Clinically Standardized Meditation is called practical because of the limited, earthly and secular goal of the meditators involved. The limited goal is that of improved mental and physical health and the treatment of diseases, as compared to the unlimited goal of self-realization requires less devotion of time, effort & loyalty and therefore more palatable, more acceptable and within...

What is Meditation and What the Hell is Yoga for that Matter

Meditation means to tap into the core of Being. Sounds trippy. We can speculate on this all we wish, perhaps at the nearest coffee shop. It only makes sense, however, when speculation gives way to pure experience. The words tapping into the core of Being did not precede Being. Being came first. Meditation is the bridge to understanding this concept from the depths of Being - beyond intellectual concepts. We can liken our egos to the waves of the ocean. The waves are in constant motion and flux. The ocean beneath the waves, however, is deep and still. Meditation gradually allows us to experience ourselves as the ocean rather than just the waves. The experience of the oceanic mind has been described by yogis as absolute existence, absolute consciousness and absolute bliss. Some people describe meditation as a digestive process of the mind. We accumulate experiences. When we don't digest To present meditation in another way, one can say that it is perception of perception. When we are...

How Dukkha Vedana Suffering is dominant in the early stages of Vipassana Meditation

Also, a yogi realizes that the dukkha vedana is not permanent. The type (nature) of vedana changes. The place of occurrence of vedana also shifts. It is so impermanent - anicca. The yogi reflects, I come to practice Vipassana Meditation because I The yogi who reaches the Udayabbaya Nana can enjoy his meditation. The teacher need not worry, nor encourage the yogi, as he is walking on the right path now. In accordance with his paramita (perfections), he is bound to reach Nibbana. This nana is called the forerunner of Nibbana. Therefore all yogis should strive to reach this nana at the very least.

Other Journeys That Masquerade as Meditation

Now that you have an overview of the meditative journey, take a look at some paths that superficially resemble meditation but lead you in an altogether different direction. Of course, every activity can become a meditation if you do it with awareness or concentration. For example, you can wash the dishes or drive the car or talk on the phone meditatively. (For more on how to do this, see Chapter 15.) But certain activities become confused with meditation in the popular imagination, whereas they may have a totally different intent. Some people claim that reading the newspaper or watching their favorite sitcom qualifies as meditation well, who am I to judge Here are some ersatz meditations that certainly have their place in the repertory of leisure pursuits but don't generally offer the benefits of meditation I Thinking In the West, the term meditation has frequently been used to refer to a kind of focused reflection on a particular theme, as when you say, I'm going to meditate on this...

Distractions during sitting meditation

During sitting meditation, things do happen and there could be complications. Many distractions await us as we sit. One of them is pain. We try not to be bothered by little pains here and there. We keep on noting our rising and falling. At times, the pain can become very intense, particularly, if we are not used to sitting cross-legged on the floor for a long period or if an itch arises from a mosquito bite. If the pain is very strong, we abandon the main object of rising and falling. We switch to the pain or itch as the main object for the arousing of awareness. The principle is the same, make sure our mind is clear, alert, stable, and mindful, and then observe the pain. The mindfulness is now directed to the pain and is observing it. We watch and feel how the pain behaves the types of pain, how they come and go without being affected by it. If we watch the pain long enough, it may go away. Then we return to the rising and falling. If the pain does not go away and we cannot bear with...

Meditation And Dhyana

It is only when he finds out, firsthand, that there is, indeed, nothing that he does that is free of defilement and suffering and that there is a way out of it all, that he may become sufficiently well-motivated to gain that freedom. This is traditionally likened to the discovery that the pretty, colored rope that one has found and treasures is actually a very poisonous snake. When that is your experience, you may have such a profound understanding of Buddha-dharma that your life will turn around radically. You may realize beyond all doubt that, though the body may be strong and healthy, it still changes and grows old. You may realize deeply, by breaking off attachment to both body and mind, that birth, death, and defilement also no longer exist. In the Ch'an tradition, this is discovered through meditation. Discipline (sila), and wisdom (prajna) are closely related to meditation (dhyana). Proper discipline leads to dhyana, and dhyana gives rise to wisdom. It is by...

The Vision Of Clinical Meditation

She believes that in the future, meditation and relaxation will be used extensively will be used etensively along with conventional medical treatments for many of the stress-related disorders. Teaching patients before surgery, she believes that meditation and relaxation might be an excellent preparation for surgery, because a less stressed patient is know to be a better surgical risk. She also advocated the medical use of meditation as an analgesic or pain reducer. Meditating upon one's pain can be very effective in reducing its severity. She also cited a number of informal research reports suggesting that meditation can speed up the healing process. She mentioned a pilot study at the University of Pensylvania Hospital suggesting that gum infections may heal more rapidly in patients practising meditation. She brought to our attention the work of Dr. O. Carl Simonton, former Chief of radiation therapy at the Travis Air Force Base in California who had successfully used a form of...

Jhana and the Constituents of Enlightenment

The principles of meditative training expounded by the Buddha during his teaching career were organized by him into seven basic categories comprising altogether thirty-seven partly identical factors. These factors are known as the thirty-seven bodhipakkhiya dhamma, states pertaining to enlightenment or constituents of enlightenment. The seven categories among which they are distributed are the four foundations of mindfulness, the four right endeavors, the four bases of success, the five spiritual faculties, the five spiritual powers, the seven enlightenment factors, and the Noble Eightfold Path.1 The four jhanas enter either directly or implicitly into all these sets of training principles, and to appreciate their significance in the Buddhist discipline it will be of value to see how they do so. We will consider first the place of the jhanas in the Noble Eightfold Path, the most important and inclusive of the seven groups then we will go on to note briefly their relation to the other...

Roving Mind What Gets In The Way Of Meditation

This would be a good time to briefly introduce a character you're going to see a lot of in your meditation practice over the next 8 weeks your Roving Mind. Ironically, it will be your biggest hindrance to meditating as well as your path to success. Whether you're a first-time or seasoned meditator, chances are high about 100 that when you start to meditate, you will be subject to what appears to be an incessant and absolutely uncontrollable stream of thought. In the Zen meditation tradition, this is called watching the waterfall that perpetual Niagara gushing out of your mind. It's what my pal John Newton calls cognitive spam. Invariably, almost all beginning meditators believe that the process of meditation is somehow creating this cascade of thinking. But the fact is otherwise.Your personal Niagara Falls is and always has been there.You've just been too busy drowning under it to notice it Meditation practice affords you, perhaps for the first time in your life,an amazing opportunity...

Is Meditation Religious

Meditators come from all religious backgrounds and some have no religious beliefs at all. There is no need for religious beliefs. In fact, the Buddha said not to believe anything until it is directly experienced. This expression was mistaken by many to be a call to atheism. He only said this because people became too caught up in symbolic representations of reality. In other words, they forgot the reality behind such nonsense words as God, Soul, etc. because they were too caught up in words and ideas. Meditation is an experience that gradually transcends all symbolic belief. However, you may, while meditating, accidentally access the fundamental root of all religious belief systems and symbols. Meditation awakens our consciousness and soul perception (why did he just use those nonsense words again, Claudia ). Keep meditating. The knowing process is cumulative, always unfolding until you get it, decide that you know everything, then get it again, decide that you now finally know...

How to Survive the 21st Century with Meditation

Now for the good news As I mention earlier in this chapter, meditation offers a time-honored antidote to fragmentation, alienation, isolation, stress even stress-related illnesses and depression. Although it won't solve the external problems of your life, it does help you develop inner resilience, balance, and strength to roll with the punches and come up with creative solutions. To get a sense of how meditation works, imagine for a moment that your body and mind are a complex computer. Instead of being programmed to experience inner peace, harmony, equanimity, and joy, you've been programmed to respond to life's inevitable ups and downs with stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction. But you have the power to change your programming. By putting aside all other activities, sitting quietly, and attuning yourself to the present moment for 10 or 15 minutes each day, you're developing a whole new set of habitual responses and programming yourself to experience more positive emotions and...

The Attentive Art of Meditation

This is a short working definition of meditation. A longer one is also useful a family of techniques which have in common a conscious attempt to focus attention in a non-analytical way, and an attempt not to dwell on discursive, ruminating thought.2 Why does conscious belong in the definition For two reasons. First, because it reminds us that, at its beginnings, meditation is self-initiated. Before meditators finally relinquish intention, they consciously use it to guide awareness in very subtle ways. Second, the word conscious paves the way for understanding some distinctions that later on will become increasingly important. For when we come to states of absorption and insight-wisdom we will discover how certain functions become directed consciously that is, automatically and unintentionally. Candor insists that any working definition of meditation employ the word attempt. It bears reemphasis meditation is hard to understand, hard to arrive at, hard to...

The mindbody benefits of meditation

Although the earliest scientific studies of meditation date back to the 1930s and 1940s, research into the psychophysiological effects of meditation took off in the 1970s, fueled by a burgeoning interest in Transcendental Meditation (TM), Zen, and other Eastern meditation techniques. (For some of the most influential research studies, see Chapter 19.) Since then, more than 1,000 studies have been published in English. In the book The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation (first published in 1988 and revised and updated in 1997), Michael Murphy and coauthor Steven Donovan sifted through these studies and synthesized the data. Murphy, author of the best-seller Golf in the Kingdom, has pioneered the exploration of human potential since he co-founded Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, in 1962. (Esalen is generally acknowledged as the birthplace of the human potential movement.) Donovan, former president and CEO of Esalen, directed the Institute's Study of Exceptional...

How The 8 Minute Meditation Program Works

The 8 Minute Meditation program is designed to be user-friendly, easy, and effective. Here's all you need to do Familiarize yourself with the Meditation Operating Instructions. These are your ground rules, designed to keep you on track and maximize your meditation period. Meditate once a day for 8 minutes. Part II is divided into 8 sections, one for each week of the program. Each week has its own specially selected guided meditation technique. In addition, it contains check-in sections on your progress at this point of the program, discussion and tips for this week's meditation techniques follow up, and a section of frequently asked questions with accompanying answers. Move on after each week. At the end of each week, simply turn the page and move on to your next meditation week and technique.The techniques have been selected and organized to gradually allow you to deepen your practice. That's why it's good not to skip around or ahead. Upgrade your practice. At the end of 8 weeks, you...

How You Balance the Seven Factors of Enlightenment

If one is to achieve jhana using mindfulness-of-breathing, it is also important to balance the Seven Factors of Enlightenment. They are the Enlightenment Factors of 3. Effort (viriya) which is brings the enlightenment factors together, and balances them on the patibhaga-nimitta and especially reinforces itself, and the Factor of Investigation of Phenomena. A meditator must develop and balance all seven enlightenment factors. With insufficient effort, however, the mind will fall away from the object of meditation, which in this case is the patibhaga-nimitta. Then one should not develop tranquillity, concentration, and equanimity, but develop investigation of phenomena, effort, and joy. This way the mind is raised up again. This is how the five controlling faculties, and seven factors of enlightenment are balanced.

Some Gamma EEG and Heart Rate Changes during Meditation

Long-time Buddhist practitioners self-induce sustained electroencephalographic highamplitude gamma-based oscillations and phase-synchrony during meditation. It probably takes a long time for regular meditative training to cause a persistent major change in the EEG. This chapter addresses the latest research on gamma EEG activities during certain Tibetan styles of meditation. The next chapter describes the EEG changes in alpha and theta activities in Zen meditation. Please note the subjects in these studies were long-term Tibetan meditators. First we need to describe the different nature of the practice these eight mature Tibetan Buddhists had engaged in before they were studied.3 They had undergone prior training for some 15 to 40 years, and had spent an estimated ten to fifty thousand hours ( ) meditating. Their average age was 49. The controls were 10 naive student volunteers who averaged 21 years of age. They underwent 1 week of meditative training, an hour a day. Furthermore, it...

Meditation and Sleep Cycles

The relationships between meditation and sleep cycles are very important. For one thing, meditators take naps, as do people in general. In fact, as many as 61 percent of normal people nap more than once a week and for over an hour.21 People tend to take naps at either of two times when the body temperatures are higher, or between 2 and 4 P.M.22 Naps are physiologically restorative. For ex Naps have implications for meditation research that tend to be overlooked. Morning naps may contain elements of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These morning REM episodes can slip into each nap earlier than usual.21 Moreover, any studies purporting to show that meditators (who may also take catnaps) will improve in physiological categories such as those cited above must also have appropriate controls. These should include subjects whose nap habits are also observed longitudinally. Otherwise, one cannot exclude the possibility that whatever benefit may have occurred is attributable simply to repeated...

The Place Of Meditation In Medical Care

Going over all the scientific papers and books written by the medical doctors and Ph.D.s on meditatin, relaxation, biofeedback, stress management and related therapies, on can safely conclude that meditation and relaxation has a place in maintaining the physical and mental helth of selected patients. Meditation and relaxation does not work on specfic diseases. It works by enhancing the general health of the patient. When the general health is improved, conventional medications and surgery works better and heals the disease faster and more effectively. The quality of life of many chronically sick patients can be improved also.

Meditation Is A Health Adjunct

Readers are remained that meditation and relaxatin is only a health adjunct (or more correctly, a health necessity). It is not a therapy as yet. DO NOT TREAT YOURSELF. Your symptom is often only the tip of an iceberg. You should work closely with your privaate physician to unravel the mystery of the whole iceberg while treating the symptoms. For example, a couple of aspirin can stop the chest pain of a heart attack, but while the pain is

Relevant Changes in Other Styles of Meditation

Meditators who undergo a mindfulness training program can develop lateralized changes in their alpha EEG activity, as discussed in the next chapter. Long-term meditators in the TM program also show patterns of EEG activities that are more enduring and coherent.7 Twenty experienced meditators in the Sahaja Yoga tradition were studied during rest and meditation using a sixty-two-channel EEG.8 When assessed by conventional linear analysis, EEG power increased over the midline frontal and central regions in the theta-1 (4-6 cps), theta-2 (6-8 cps), and alpha-1 (8-10 cps) frequency bands. When other calculations were used for nonlinear complexity, the data suggested that these theta-2 and alpha-1 activities reflected less complex neuronal dynamics. In contrast, the faster beta-3 frequencies (22-30 cps) were associated with more complex neuronal dynamics. The authors suggested that when we focus attention internally, our irrelevant networks'' are being switched off.'' When positive blissful...

What Your 8 Minute Meditation Program Willand Wontdo

The 8 Minute Meditation Won't List The 8 Minute Meditation program won't Confuse you.The meditation techniques in 8 Minute Meditation are so simple a child can do them (and if you've got one, maybe should). Lecture you. You've chosen this program because you don't want to spend time on the history or philosophy of meditation. Delve into you and your past. Why go into discussions of mood disorders, brain chemistry, or childhood As we say in Hollywood, Let's cut to the chase, meaning, in this case, meditation, right now, in this very moment. Get into religion. Your 8 minute-a-day meditation program is nondenominational, nonsectarian, and nonpolitical. There are no hidden agendas, Buddhist or otherwise. Enlighten you. Enlightenment is a word indiscriminately bandied about by everyone from New Age gurus to soft-drink promoters. Your 8 Minute Meditation program is about meditation. Don't worry about enlightenment. Just relax and meditate. Ask to be your guru. Some teachers say that you...

Meditation and Tests of Performance

Many claims are made that meditation improves personal health, well-being, and performance. Even twenty-minute TM meditation periods are said to improve the condition of hospitalized psychiatric patients.26 Relatively short periods are also purported to show beneficial effects on health, perceptual ability, athletic performance, learning abilities, academic performance, anxiety, creativity, and substance As a generalization, Zen moves out toward a flexible interrelatedness and away from a rigid, in-turned frame of self-reference. From the many reports, suffice it here to extract one study which illustrates a way to investigate some of these issues. It is based on measurements of subtle differences in the ways humans perceive their visual environment.29 The subjects were forty unpaid normal volunteers, selected from those who attended a public introductory lecture on TM. The twenty men and twenty women were divided into two groups. One group meditated. Their control group did not....

Meditation Is No Subtitute For Conventional Medical Care

Readers should understand that meditation will never replace orthodox medical care. The best guru or master in meditation, if and when he becomes acutely ill, still needs expert medical attention. Meditation cannot cubstitute for medications & surgery in acute appendicitys, angina pectoris, cancers, pneumonia, diabetes etc an dpractically all the medical illneses. However, meditation can be a valuable and much needed adjunct when ordered by the physician for the appropriate situations.

The Sravaka Meditation On Notself

Although this is called the Sravaka stage because it represents the heart of the Sravaka vehicle, one should not assume that it is unimportant in the other vehicles of Buddhism. Milarepa, the great Vajrayana master, taught his disciple, the shepherd boy, the Sravaka meditation on not-self after the boy had shown signs of having great natural meditation ability. It is said that on being told to meditate on a small image of the Buddha he went straight into meditative absorbtion (samadhi) for a week without noticing the time. When he came out of samadhi it seemed to him he had only been meditating a few seconds. The meditator does not speculate about this 'self. He does not have theories about whether it does or does not exist. Instead he just trains himself to watch dispassionately how his mind clings to the idea of self and 'mine' and how all his sufferings arise from this attachment. At the same time he looks carefully for that self. He tries to isolate it from all his other...

Where Meditation Comes From

Tracing meditation to its Indian roots Exploring the renaissance of meditation in Judaism and Christianity Tracking meditation in North America from Thomas Jefferson to Deepak Chopra Exploring the future of meditation hen you think of meditation, do you envision an Asian monk or yogi in loincloth or robe, sitting cross-legged in deep concentration Well, meditation was definitely refined in the temples, caves, and monasteries of the East and Near East and fortunately for you and me, it has made its way West over the past 100 years or so. But meditation also appears, though less conspicuously and in slightly different form, in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Did you know, for example, that many of the biblical prophets meditated Or that Jesus engaged in some form of meditation when he retreated to the desert for 40 days Meditation dates back to our earliest ancestors, who gazed in wonder at the night sky, crouched in bushes for hours waiting for game, or sat in reverie beside communal...

Meditation Is Not Psychotherapy

On the other hand, readers are urged to dispell the popular misconception that meditation and relaxation is for the nervous nut, the emotionally unbalanced, in other words, somebody with psychological problems with or without affecting the physical body. Some readers might have the fears that if you have anything to do with meditation an drelaxation, your fiends will label you ---- this guy or gal must be sick in the head. Oh on Relaxation and meditation and meditatin can certainly help those with psychological and emotional problems, but that only constitutes a small percentage of those being helped. The majority who are helped are those

The EEG in Meditation

One might conclude either the process of meditation is unique to the meditator or that the essential information is not carried by the frequency component of the EEG. We know that people's EEGs differ, that an individual's EEGs vary, and that meditation is not one state but a series of dynamic physiological changes. So it comes as no surprise to find that many different EEG changes have been recorded during meditation, and that most studies are open to criticism.2-3 Griffith concluded, from data on yogic meditation, that it was all rather confusing, taken as a whole.4 One can make a few soft generalizations. At least from the standpoint of brain waves, the zazen that is performed in full concentration while sitting in a chair yields probably about the same EEG as that performed when the subject is sitting on a cushion in the usual half-cross-legged lotus position.5 Early during meditation, the EEG tends to show increased amounts, or amplitudes, of alpha activity. Next, theta activity...

Meditation Is Not Mindcontrol

Teaders should also recognise another common misconception that meditation, relaxation and biofeedback works by mind control meditation, relaxation and biofeedback is self- hypnosis, imagery therapy and meditation programs** that invorporate self-hypnosis and imagery as part of the activities. From his own personal experience and from muner ous interviews with meditation teachers and from numerous interviews with meditation teachers and students, THE CHIEF EDITOR FINDS LITTLE OR NO MIND CONTROL IN MEDITATION PROGRAMS----ON THE CONTRARY, IT'S MIND DE-CONTROL LET GO, TAKE IT EASY, AND LET IT FLOW NATURALLY ARE THE MOST CURCIAL INSTRCTIONS IN MEDITATION PRACTICE. The term homeostasis and balancing of the body mind continuum better describes the psychophysiological status during meditation and relaxation. Any attempt to or any belief in manipulation and control of the mind and body will result in failure to attain the meditative state, and might open up onself to exploitation by selfish...

The History of Meditation

The science of meditation flows from the beginning of human existence. This ageless, timeless science will help you have the mental clarity and emotional stability to do the right thing. World history tells us that the most ancient civilizations lived in and around the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The mantras used in authentic meditative traditions come from the original languages that existed before the Tower of Babel and the onset of confused tongues. Applying these ancient skills today will lead you to the same heights of knowledge, insight and compassion that the ancient seers attained in centuries long past. In keeping with the oral tradition of the Himalayan sages, we will focus on techniques that have direct application in your life. You will re-verify the validity of this science, by simply meditating. As our forefathers wrote over 200 years ago, and we hold these Truths to be self-evident This means that with proper instruction, the truth about you and your...

Minute Meditation Operating Instructions

These days, everything from bagels to SUVs comes with its own set of operating instructions.These are the instructions you usually don't read, and then do whatever the heck you want. Please don't follow this practice with your 8 Minute Meditation Operating Instructions.They are critical to your meditation practice and as germane to Day One as they will be to Week Eight and beyond. Read your operating instructions now. Bookmark this section so you can return whenever you need to. In time, they will naturally incorporate themselves into your meditation practice and operate under your personal radar. Each time you sit down to meditate, you're standing up for your innate right to peace of mind, self-worth, and happiness. So when you sit down to meditate, really sit down And stay there Don't get up for anything short of a 7.2 earthquake, tsunami, or true emergency. And no, having to pee doesn't qualify as an emergency. Remember, meditation the 8-minute way is this simple Nowhere to go....

Meditation And National Health Care Cost

Meditation and relaxation can produce wonderful benefits when used at the right time and in the right way. The national health care cost is so high nowadays if meditation and relaxation were utilized nationwide in a practical manner, with proper supervision and monitoring, then, by enhancing the general physical and mental health national health care cost in addition to improving the quility of life. DO YOU WANT TO BENEFIT FROM MEDITATION AND RELAXATION CONSULT YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN TODAY MEDITATION & RELAXATION Numerous medical doctors, Ph.D.S, meditation teachers and new age writers have contributed recently to our increasingly extensive knowledge about the side effects of meditation and relaxation. In her book FREEDOM IN MEDITATION, Dr. Patricia Carrington Ph.D. dealt extensively and thoroughly with such side effects. Dr. Carrington warns that when persons meditate several hours without a rest, powerful emotions and previously reprerssed thoughts may be released too quickly...

Meditation and Sleep Cycles Continued

Some meditators fall into deeper levels of sleep, especially when they are sleep-deprived, tired, or bored. In one study, a third of the EEG samples showed the characteristic stages of sleep 1, 2, and 3.18 These meditators slept overtly and in brief microsleep episodes. One other study followed the EEG in subjects who had practiced the Jacobson form of progressive relaxation for six years. They spent 52 percent of their time in stage 1 (transitional) sleep and in stage 2 (light) sleep. In contrast, trainees who were still novices in the Jacobson method spent only 23 percent of their time in sleep, and TM meditators (with three years of experience) spent 29 of their time in sleep.19 In Fenwick's laboratory, almost all meditators showed the slow, rolling eye movements diagnostic of drowsiness. Many also had gross jerkings. These jerks were comparable with those seen in transitional periods when other persons are descending into sleep. These findings led the authors to suggest an...

Early Buddhism The roots of mindfulness meditation

The historical Buddha was a Hindu prince who, according to the traditional account, renounced his luxurious life to find answers to the mystery of suffering, old age, and death. After practicing asceticism and yoga for many years, he decided that rejecting the world and mortifying the flesh would not lead to the understanding he sought. Instead, he sat down under a tree and began looking deeply into his own mind. After seven days and nights of intensive meditation, he woke up to the nature of existence hence the name Buddha, or the awakened one. Meditation lies at the heart of the historical Buddha's approach. The practice of meditation he taught, known as mindfulness, involves wakeful attention to our experience from moment to moment.

Christian meditation Practicing contemplative prayer

The Christian equivalent of meditation, known as contemplative prayer, dates back to Jesus himself, who fasted and prayed in the desert for 40 days and nights. In contemplation, says Father Thomas Keating, whose centering prayer has helped revitalize interest in Christian meditation, you open your awareness and your heart to God, the ultimate mystery, who dwells in the depths of your being, beyond the reach of the mind. (See the Centering prayer sidebar for more about the practice taught by Father Keating.) After the time of Jesus, the first great Christian meditators were the desert fathers of Egypt and Palestine in the third and fourth centuries, who lived largely in solitude and cultivated awareness of the Divine presence through constant repetition of a sacred phrase. Their direct descendants, the monks, nuns, and mystics of medieval Europe, developed the contemplative practice of repeating and ruminating over a scriptural passage (not to be confused with thinking about or...

Meditation in Judaism Drawing closer to

According to Rami Shapiro, rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Miami, Florida, and author of Wisdom of the Jewish Sages, mystical interpreters of the Bible have found evidence of meditation dating back to Abraham, the founder of Judaism. The Old Testament prophets apparently entered into altered states of consciousness through fasting and ascetic practices, and mystics in the first few centuries A.D. meditated on a vision of the prophet Ezekiel. But the first formal Jewish meditation, says Shapiro, centered on the Hebrew alphabet, which was considered the divine language through which God created the world. If you could see into the alphabet, explains Shapiro, you could see into the source of creation and thereby become one with the creator Himself. Like practitioners in all the God-centered religions, Jewish meditators have traditionally used sacred phrases or verses from scripture as mantras to bring them closer to God. As one great Hasidic master used to say of the phrase r'bono shel olam...

The 8 Minute Meditation Official Pledge

I hereby agree with myself that, even if I am traveling, an vacation, under a million family obligations, or have any other good excuse not to, I will nevertheless meditate for exactly 8 minutes a day, every day, for the next 8 weeks. Escape Clause If, for some reason, my day is so crazy that I honestly cannot find the time and miss a day, I will continue my meditation program immediately the next day. Note This escape clause is valid for two uses only Congratulations You're signed up and ready to go. Just turn the page. It's time for Week One of 8 Minute Meditation.Time to quiet your mind and change your life. THE 8 WEEK MEDITATION PROGRAM LET'S GET DOWN AND MEDITATE Time to gee down to the real reason you're here. Time to put down the map and discover the territory of meditation. You've successfully completed Part I.You've read the Meditation Operating Instructions. You know how to correctly sit on your chair.You know how to create your quiet meditation environment. Hey you already...

Future Schools Of Meditation

We take up today another of the series of letters on occult meditation, that dealing with Future Schools of Meditation. In this letter I shall attempt somewhat to show how the training and development indicated in the other letters will be applied and I shall deal somewhat with prophecy, pointing out what will some day be possible and present, and not what is as yet in any way approachable. Always it is necessary to have high ideals, and ever the human mind leaps forward to some appointed goal. If I here outline what may seem a visionary impossibility it is but that I seek to hold up such an ideal, and to give to the race an objective well worth their highest endeavor.

The Americanization of Meditation

If you harken back to the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s to find the first seeds of meditation on American soil, you may be surprised to discover that the roots go far deeper. Some of the earliest settlers transplanted Eastern ideas when they fled to the colonies, seeking freedom for their particular brand of Christianity. And many of the framers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution men like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin belonged to secret fraternities informed by the mystical teachings of Sufism and Judaism.

Meditation Is a Natural State

Just as you do not have to work to see the color blue or hear the sound of traffic going by, you do not need to try to force yourself to accomplish anything special in order to meditate. Encouraging meditative awareness is a little like encouraging sleep. You can do things to facilitate sleep waiting to go to bed until you feel sleepy turning off bright lights and putting yourself in a comfortable, safe, and quiet place avoiding caffeine or stimulating activities before you go to bed and so on. But you cannot force sleep. You cannot make sleep happen. Going to sleep is not something accomplished with willpower and flexed muscles and knitted brow. In fact, the art of falling asleep is the art of getting out of your own way enough to allow sleep to occur. As everyone who has been up in the middle of the night knows, the more you worry about how tired you will be the next day, the more you think that you've got to get to sleep right now, the more sleep eludes you....

Meditation On Insight Into The True Reality

The text covers various aspects of the meditation on insight ranging from its definition, categories, nature, role, and purpose to the doctrinal concepts of The insight meditation consists of three aspects dynamic analysis, contemplative absorption, and the postabsorptive views of the illusory reality. Insight meditation basically means analytical investigation that provides the key to understanding the true nature of reality. Tf is is why the Tibetan tradition calls it the superior seeing. The early phase of the insight meditation consists of the intellectual investigation of what constitutes the true or false reality. The insight as dynamic analysis cannot be meaningful without a stable inner tranquility. The reestablishing of tranquility before an insightful analysis will pacify not merely any residual disquiet but will effectively guard the concentrated investigation against any distractions. Besides, an analysis conducted without the essential calmness and clarity will activate...

Meditation reaches Main Street 1960 to the present

In the 1960s, a unique cluster of events set the stage for the mainstreaming of meditation. Many Baby Boomers, who were now reaching young adulthood, began experimenting with altered states of consciousness by using so-called mind-expanding drugs like marijuana and LSD. At the same time, the war in Vietnam prompted a national backlash among a sizable segment of the population and helped forge a counterculture opposed in many ways to the status quo. Popular music fueled the fires of discontent and touted the benefits of tuning in, turning on, and dropping out words that in another time, place, and context might have referred to renouncing the world in favor of From the standpoint of meditation, perhaps the landmark event of this era was the conversion of the Beatles to the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM), which prompted thousands of their young fans to begin meditating, too. (Over the years, the TM movement has taught millions of Westerners how to meditate and has pioneered...

Native American meditation

When I describe the Americanization of meditation, I'm revealing my cultural bias. Clearly, Native Americans have been meditating here for tens of thousands of years. In addition to shamans, who play a special role in the life of the tribe (see the sidebar Shamans The first great meditators), Native American boys and girls often mark the transition from childhood to adulthood by spending three or four days meditating alone in a sacred spot. By fasting, praying, focusing their minds, and opening their senses, they solicit dreams or visions that bring them special wisdom or power and help them contact their guardian spirits. As adults, Native Americans may also meditate alone in nature when they need spiritual sustenance or answers to important life questions. In addition, the practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness has always been an essential ingredient of traditional Native American life.

The Future of Meditation

Now that meditation has become so popular in the West, you may wonder how its influence will expand and evolve over the decades to come. Needless to say, no one really knows, but I'd be happy to offer some informed speculation, based on recent developments and cutting-edge research. Some of the latest scientific studies use state-of-the-art technology to prove that regular meditation makes you happier, more empathic, and more resistant to disease (see Chapter 19). Coupled with earlier studies indicating a host of other health benefits, this growing body of research could lead to the mainstreaming of meditation in a number of important ways.

Seriousness in walking meditation and other daily activities

The main thing that I would like to point out concerning walking meditation is that it should be taken seriously. If you really do walking meditation seriously, you could go into samadhi or concentration easily in each of your walking and sitting meditation session. The same goes for all other activities. When I was in Burma, I trapped myself, in a way, to do eating meditation properly because I had complained to the Sayadaw that people at the monastery ate so fast. There were so many monks and we, being the youngest and smallest in build, were at the tail end of the whole procession. By the time we reached the hall for meals, the senior monks were already leaving. Due to my complaint, I was given a special table in front of everybody to eat. I had no choice but to eat very mindfully. But, it was a good lesson as usually after a meal, I would feel very sleepy and slothful, and wanted to sleep. Because I had been really mindful while eating, the sitting meditation session after the...

Getting the Most frdm Your Meditation

B Recognize what you can control, and practice letting go of those things you can't. Ending the futile struggle against inevitable change releases our energy for more effective and realistic activities. Simplify your life. Ask yourself the question, What do I truly need in order to be happy The practice of meditation is very helpful in learning to see what is really essential to our happiness, and what is simply a web of illusion spun by the force of desire.

Practice Meditation as Self Love

So meditation is an exercise in self-love, not by trying to force anything, but by accepting whatever is happening just as it is, by being willing to experience our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, just as they are. When we do this, we create a harmony within that has a way of being reflected back to us in the outer world as well. When we do not struggle with ourselves inside, we see this reflected back to us as lack of struggle on the outside.

Easy Lotus Meditation Posture

They say that eventually you must be like them, in a state of meditation 24 hours a day, whilst washing the dishes and doing your normal daily life. So why do they say that you must practise getting into a state of meditation in this silly sitting position Why not meditate in the bath Why not meditate whilst lying in bed Why do we have to put ourselves through this uncomfortable trial

Q Im Not Meditating Correctly Am I

Every beginning meditator believes he or she is meditating wrong. Not true. As I've already said, no matter how you meditate, you Ye always doing it correctly. Here's what may be happening to make you believe you're not You sit down to meditate and, of course, your mind begins to wander.You believe that you must be doing something wrong or this wouldn't be happening. Perhaps a part of your body, your right foot for example, suddenly feels uncomfortable. Or you realize that you need to use the restroom. So now you've got your mind straying, your foot aching, and your bladder about to burst And you think Meditation is supposed to make me peaceful.And its not This can't be right Next time you wonder if you're meditating correctly, stop and answer this question Did I, for 8 minutes, try my best to do today's meditation technique (Notice that this is about trying, not being perfect.) Of course you did Congratulations You just meditated right. Keep it up.

Q What Can I Do If I Feel Scary Thoughts and Feelings When I Meditate

Feelings of fear and disorientation are common in meditation, whether you are a beginner or master. By the way, so are feelings of bliss, peace, and love. But let's look at the uncomfortable ones and why they might be arising. The practice of meditation can free your body and mind in a whole new way, propelling thoughts, feelings, and emotions up from deep within to the surface of awareness, just as bubbles rise from the bottom of a glass of club soda. Some of these thoughts and memories can be unsettling and frightening, especially ones we never knew we had or might have unknowingly suppressed. chem exactly how you deal with everything in meditation. Allow them to arise, do their thing, and then float off. Go back and review the Catch and Release Operating Instruction. Also remember that in meditation, we handle mind, emotional, and body states this way This is a good rule of thumb, not just for meditation, but for life.

Dark Zen Meditation Part

Q What is the meditation of being mindfulness of in-and-out breathing Q Yes, of course. But isn't that what the Buddha is telling us to doing this particular form of meditation I mean aren't we supposed to be aware of our breathing A When I meditate, I first recollect the antecedent source of my breathing. In this state, when breathing is going on, I maintain a recollection which is prior to the totality of breathing which is most imperceptible. A First, assume the proper meditation posture that you have been taught. Next, just breathe in and out for a few seconds. Fine. Now, do this. Q May I ask you where you learned this type of meditation Q Do you teach this kind of meditation Q Is this meditation of yours like zazen A Not at all. Zazen is like waiting for a bus. My meditation is like flying. I should say, however, that all forms of meditation are directed towards overcoming our fixation with the body and all its problems. Why would anyone meditate thinking, I want to experience...

How to Live in Harmony with Your Meditation

Now that you know what motivates you to meditate, you may benefit from a few guidelines for enhancing and deepening your practice. In particular, meditators over the centuries have discovered that how you act, what you think about, and which qualities you cultivate can have an immediate impact on the depth and stability of your meditation. Every spiritual tradition emphasizes right conduct of some kind and not necessarily on the basis of rigid notions of right and wrong. When your actions don't jibe with your reasons for meditating for example, when you're meditating to reduce stress but your actions intensify conflict your everyday life may be working at cross-purposes with the time you spend on your cushion. (The Hebrew word for sin originally meant off the mark ) The more you meditate, the more sensitive you become to how some activities support or even enhance your meditation and others disturb or discourage it. Of course, there is a never-ending feedback loop between formal...

Balancing The Seven Factors Of Enlightenment

It is also important to balance the seven factors of enlightenment in order to achieve jhana using mindfulness of breathing. 1. The enlightenment factor of mindfulness (sati) is the mindful- 2. The enlightenment factor of investigation of dhamma (dhammavicaya) is the penetrative understanding of the patibhaga nimitta. 3. The enlightenment factor of effort (viriya) is the effort to bring the enlightenment factors together and balance them on the patibhaga nimitta, especially the effort to develop the enlightenment factors of investigation of dhamma and the enlightenment factor of effort. 4. The enlightenment factor ofjoy (piti) is the gladness of the mind 5. The enlightenment factor of calm (passadhi) is the calmness of 6. The enlightenment factor of concentration (samadhi) is the 7. The enlightenment factor of equanimity (upekkha) is the even A meditator must develop these seven enlightenment factors and balance them. If effort is reduced then the mind of the meditator will fall away...

When Not To Recommend A Patient For Meditation And Relaxation

Patients falling under the following categories should not be or cannot be recommended for meditation and relaxation - (1) Patients with present or past psychiatric illness should not be recommended for meditation and relaxation, except when ordered and supercised by a psychiatrist. (2) Patients who are emotionally disturbed, having an unstable personality, a weak ego, schizoid personality, anti-social behavior, religious craze or practically anyone requiring psychological evaluation and psychotherapy (supportive or analytical) should not ne recommended for meditation and relaxation, except when ordered and supervised by a psychiatrist. (3) Patients below the age of legal responsibility or above the legal age, but judged by the doctor to be psychologically too immature to understand the techniques or to handle the side effects of meditation and relaxation, should not be recommended under the supervision of a team consisting of the parents or legal guardian, medical social worker and...

Move Mindfully During Meditation

Some meditation teachers strictly forbid movement during meditation. While there is a lot to be gained from cultivating stillness, we feel that if you prohibit yourself from moving, you may get caught up in a struggle between your desire to move and your intention not to. This is a frustrating way to spend your meditation time, and actually prevents the stillness you are seeking. So go ahead and move if you need to. When you move, however, do so mindfully. Resist the temptation to move as a kind of reflex. Slow the process down a little, so it is less automatic. Be aware of what is making you want to move, be aware of your decision to move, and be fully aware of each movement. Then notice the result How do you feel after moving in that way For example, if you are sitting in a position and suddenly become aware that your back is hurting, you might respond something like this (putting a nonverbal experience into words) Hmm, pain in my back. Let me just take a minute to breathe in and...

Q Should I Be Trying Harder To Meditate

Alan Watts, the well-known meditation teacher, wrote that it was impossible to meditate. What he meant by that statement was this You can't try to meditate and be meditating at the same time. In other words, meditation is something you need to allow to happen on its own. Meditation is like this.You are immersed in a sea of your own thoughts, body sensations, and feelings, struggling against them. Until the moment when you remember to just allow allow allow them. And when you do, when you surrender into what is, you find yourself floating effortlessly in serenity.

Doctorpatient Relatinship In Meditation

The doctor-patient relationship related to the use of meditation and relaxation is no different from the usual doctor-patient relationship. A doctor always fully discloses the reasoning behind the use of a certain drug, procedure or surgery, the expected benefits and the possible side effects. The doctor does not guarantee cure of disease or relief of symptoms except that he will do everything possible according to the currently prevailing medical standard. The doctor arranges followup visits to monitor the progress of th epatient. Likewise, in the use of meditation and relaxation, a doctor fully discloses the reasoning behind the use of meditation, and he followup the patient for the patient for progress in the use of meditation. Futhermore, he explains to the patient that meditation and relaxation is not a form of

Getting the Most from Your Meditation

L Recognize sleepiness as something we experience in parts of every day. We practice meditation in order to wake up. By bringing awareness to the state of torpor, you can gain glimpses into those parts of your world you may be excluding from the totality of your awareness. & If possible, read the lessons on the five hindrances in Seeking the Heart of Wisdom The Path of Insight Meditation and The Experience of Insight A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation (see resource list, page 224).

Q Meditation Is Incredibly Boring Nothings Happening

Actually, a lot is happening when you meditate, but in a different way than you may be used to. There's a great NewYorker cartoon by Gahan Wilson in which a meditation student sits across from his master, who is irritated with the question the student has just asked What happens next The master roars,Nothing happens next But this nothing is really a big something. When you drop your expectation of what meditation is and how it is supposed to change you when you let go of everything and just sit quietly and peaceably for 8 minutes you create the environment for movement to occur. And your life starts to change. So, if only for the 8 minutes a day you meditate,allow all notions and expectations about what you think is supposed to happen to drop away. In time, you will see that the nothing happens next might just be the biggest something that ever happened to you

Pain Associated with Meditation

Meditators suffer many aching leg and back pains when they sit for long periods during retreats. Does this discomfort during zazen stimulate responses from these same small peripheral sensory fibers Could this lead to the subsequent release of relevant neuromessengers This plausible working hypothesis awaits a formal study. Meanwhile, it is very important to appreciate that certain time relationships are involved. The analgesic effects of acupuncture are delayed. Only after 20 to 30 minutes does the subjective pain relief occur. Long retreats teach meditators important things about themselves. They learn what their pain threshold is. They discover their tolerance for suffering. They experience, firsthand, the way they respond to leg muscle compression, numbness, and varieties of prominent muscle aching. They learn, like other animals, to adapt. Meditators may also be surprised to find that such pains sometimes melt away, say after the first 3 or 4 days of a retreat (Z 353)....

Legal Aspects Of Meditation

There is nothing illegal or unethical for licensed physician to refer a patient for meditation and relaxation. In a letter to H. Reid Shaw Esq., legal counsel for the Chief Editor, dated Sept.3, 1980. the State Education Department of New York State said, Relaxation training, youga or meditation therapy are terms which are not defined in New York State statute or regulations. A physician may, of course, refer a patient to unlicensed personsl for purposes which are not restricted by any licensing stature. Referrals to a clergyman would be one example. Since Providing instructions in meditation and relaxation is not delivery of medical care i.e. diagnosis and treatment of pathological states is not the purpose of meditation and remeditation and relaxation teacher is qite legal. Such referral is as legal as referring a patient to practise swimming every morning for half an hour in a Y.M.C.A. swimming pol. If the physician explains to the patient according to the section in this chapter...

Factors in Developing Deep Concentration

The ability of bringing up the meditation object of concentration to the point of access concentration just before absorption involves the building up of the mental factors of concentration skilfully so that it becomes powerful enough to fall into absorption. Some important factors in development of deep concentration are given here Mindfulness being the main controlling faculty of the mind is of course indispensable. It brings the mind to the point of concentration skilfully. Besides it guards against defilements and extraneous thoughts. Then it causes us to take the appropriate action to remedy it. It also keeps the mind flexible, workable, soft, and so on. Therefore there must be plenty of mindfulness at various depths. It however will have to be that suited to the tranquillity form of concentration and not insight form. Comparatively in tranquillity meditation, the concentration faculty is much stronger than the energy faculty and so its unique balance has to be maintained. It has...

Q Should My Eyes Be Open or Closed When I Meditate

It varies according to the meditation teacher, technique, and tradition. One meditation technique called Yogic Skygazing has you keep your eyes as wide open as possible.The Vipassana and Insight Meditation traditions have you close your eyes. Zen practitioners half-close their eyes and gaze down. In the 8 Minute Meditation program, you keep your eyes Remember the Stanley Kubrick film title, Eyes Wide Shut This is a good reminder that, in meditation, even though your physical eyes are shut, your minds eye remains wide open and alert. Here are two pointers on how to do this After Week Four of the meditation program, you're welcome to experiment with Zen eye position Either way, remember that closing your eyes in meditation isn't about losing awareness but gaining it.

The Two Modes of Meditation

There are two modes of meditation Calm (Samatha) and Insight (Vipassana). Calming or serenity meditations use techniques of 'fixing' on a single object, excluding all other objects, to produce calm and one-pointedness. Examples are techniques using visualisation, following the respiration, mantras and contemplation. The second meditation mode is made up of practices that develop awareness. That is, paying close attention to the predominant object in your physical and mental experience with moment-to-moment awareness. This meditative attention will lead to insight knowledge. The ability to successfully manage yourself in meditation depends on whether you can make appropriate adjustments or 'fine tuning' during a practice session. This ability is based on understanding these two modes of meditation for example, if you become strained or tense during insight meditation, switching to the serenity meditation mode will calm and relax the mind or if you became stuck in a becalmed mind-state...

Thinking and feeling with a meditators mind

In case you're worrying that meditation may stop you from thinking and feeling, here are a few helpful distinctions I picked up from one of my teachers, Jean Klein, author of Who Am I and The Ease of Being. Jean likes to distinguish between ordinary thought and creative thought functional thought and psychological memory and emotivity and emotion. (Although he teaches a direct approach to spiritual truth through self-inquiry rather than meditation, I've taken the liberty of applying his insights because I believe they're also relevant to the practice of meditation.) When your mind keeps churning out an endless series of thoughts linked together like boxcars on a train, with no spaces between them, you're trapped by your own claustrophobic thinking process and don't have any room for fresh, original thinking or problem solving. But when your mind is completely open and unfurnished, as Jean likes to say a state of mind you can cultivate in meditation you have plenty of inner space for...

Meditation and the Delayed Promotion of Sleep

For over a decade, I have been consistently aware of another effect of meditation its delayed sleep-promoting effects following one session of weekly formal, eyes-open meditation in the zendo (from 7 00 to 7 25 p.m., and from 7 30 to 7 55 p.m., with kinhin intervening). Later that night, after retiring at the usual time (10 0010 30 p.m.), I sleep more soundly and awaken at the usual hour (6 30 a.m.) with a greater sense of mental clarity than on any of the other 6 days of the week. As described in chapter 19, TM meditators who meditated twice a day on a regular basis appeared to change the way this hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis released certain hormones.5 These TM practitioners did not show the usual diurnal rhythm for ACTH and beta endorphin. Regular meditation seemed to be enhancing their hypothalamic sensitivity to cortisol. Possibly an enhanced GABA activity in the hypothalamus was causing an unusual suppression of the meditators' normal, expected morning rise in...

The Base of Nothingness

The third immaterial jhana, also called the base of nothingness, has as its object the absence of the consciousness which had boundless space as its object, and which was itself the object of the base of boundless-consciousness. To develop the base of nothingness, you should reflect on the disadvantages of the base of boundless-consciousness it has the base of boundless-space as its near enemy and is not as peaceful as the base of nothingness. With no desire now for the base of boundless-consciousness, you should also reflect on the more peaceful nature of the base of nothingness. and then that of the base of boundless-consciousness (vinnanancayatana-jhana-citta). Two consciousnesses cannot arise in one mind-moment. When the consciousness of the base of boundless-space was present, the other consciousness could not present too, and vice versa. So, you must take the absence of the consciousness of the base of boundless-space as object, and note it as 'nothingness, nothingness' or...

Meditation In Tai

In Tai Wan, Republic of China, there is no known government effort, involved in promoting such studies, but numerous adepts and initiates have taken it on their own to observe and report the application of meditation in health maintenance and the treatment of diseases. Many books have been published in Chinese and.widely circulated a few centers are known, but there are innumerable small classes and private tuition settings engaged in the healing of diseases with meditation practice. Professor Nan, a late middle age Chinese Professor in Buddhist and Tao philosophy is one of the best known adept in Tai Wan, unceasingly teaching numerous students who are now in Tai Wan, Hong Kong and many in the United States. According to a reliable source, Professor Nan can transmit the Life - Force (Chi Energy) to help students advance in their practice or to heal certain diseases. Ah article by one of his best students will appear in Volume II, describing the student's own experience in meditation...

Coming Out of Meditation

Before your meditation session is over, you should, in a manner of speaking, put it aside and exhale, using your mouth while visualizing the air leaving your psychic centers. Then gently rotate your shoulders, arms, hands, head and neck next wiggle your toes to relax them. Having done this, rub your body with your hands, and then rub your palms together and put them over your eyes, cupping them for a while. Finally when you feel that you have cooled down sufficiently, you can leave your seat. To come out of meditation abruptly, even though everything may have been stabilized while you were sitting, can cause headaches and all sorts of illness.

Charlie Wuvanich Meditation

We would like to acknowledge here our deep and sincere gratitude to the many yogis who have come from many parts of the world to practise under Sayadaw U Pandita and given valuable suggestions, to Leon Prolius (posthumously), for his dedication to this noble deed, to Chris MacLachlan for his persistent labour and to Chayanont (Charlie) Wuvanich of Thailand for his valuable support. Also to yogis in Malaysia, particularly those from Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre, Santisukharama and Buddhist Wisdom Centre for their kind assistance and support in many ways, making this publication possible. 26 Tranquillity Meditation 187 27 Insight Meditation 196 30 Enlightenment factors And Their 35 Loving-Kindness Meditation 313

Group 1 Three Basic Meditations

Mantra Meditation This is the most common form of meditation throughout the world. Before you begin, select a word or syllable that you like. Perhaps there's a word that has special meaning for you. Or you may use nonsense syllables, the sound of which you find pleasant. Benson recommended using the word one. Many meditators prefer the universal mantra, OM. D. Remember that meditation is to be practiced with awareness. You may find that the repetition of a mantra, especially when repeated silently, can easily become mechanical. When this happens, you may have the sense that an inner voice is repeating your mantra while you are actually lost in thought or rapidly approaching sleep. Try to stay aware of each repetition of each syllable. Sitting Meditation The simplest way to begin meditation is by focusing on your breath. Breath-Counting Meditation An alternative form of sitting meditation is the use of counting with the rhythm of the breath. Following the gentle ins and outs of the...

Practice Walking Meditation

Many Zen teachers consider this an essential meditation practice. Learning to meditate while walking is also a good bridge to sitting meditation for active people. In most Zen centers, walking meditation is interspersed between periods of sitting. This is in part to stretch the legs, wake up, and promote circulation. But it is more than that. Walking meditation connects sitting meditation with the rest of your life. The basic instruction for walking meditation is to become deeply aware of the act of walking. If you are in a private setting, you can walk very slowly. As you take the first step, breathe in and say the word in to yourself. Then you take another step, saying the word out to yourself. The words are not there to be mechanical, but to encourage you to focus on your breath and on the sensations of walking. The words give your active mind something to do with itself besides run in the well-worn channels of your worries, fears, and regrets. Let them gently pull you into the...

Guided Meditation Eating

Record the following guided meditation, have a friend record it, or trade off reading it out loud with your friend. Procure some raisins, nuts, or some other small food items. Bring them to your meditation space and have them within reach as you prepare to sit. Tike the food you've brought into your meditation space and put it on some surface in front of you. Sit comfortably. Now, to begin with, simply look at the food. Look at it, see it so it becomes a meditation of seeing. So right in this meditation on eating, we begin to see the difference between our concepts of things and the direct experience of them. When we're on retreat, this meditation 011 eating can be done for the entire meal. In the busyness of our daily lives, we might not have sufficient time to do that, but we can still reconnect with the depth of this practice even if we take only a few minutes of every meal. You could perhaps either have a single piece of fruit mindfully, or one part of the meal mindfully. Or you...

Q My Meditation Session Was Bad Whats Wrong

You'll never hear anyone complain when they've had a good meditation session. But if it's a bad one, oh boy, watch out Right away, you figure something must be terribly wrong Here's a typical mind scenario Okay, I'm meditating Folbwing instructions perfectly I'm supposed to be serene, happy, and blissful .And I definitely am not I'll never get the hang of it This is a bad meditation If this sounds familiar, relax. Not only is this not a bad meditation session, it's a perfect one. Why Because it shows you that the problem isn't with your meditation, but with your judging mind, which in this case has decided that this meditation period is bad. As you know from the Meditation Operating Instructions, the only criterion as to whether a meditation period was good or bad is this A good meditation is the one you did. A bad meditation is the one you skipped. Keep that in mind. And keep meditating. It's all good.

Meditation 101 Relaxing Your Body and Calming Your Mind

Rnf you're looking for simple, concise meditation instructions, you've come to the right chapter. You can muse forever about meditation's benefits or the nature of the mind, but there's nothing quite like attempting to practice to show you how stubborn and wild the mind can actually be. Instead, the practice of meditation involves gently returning your mind again and again to a simple focus of attention. In this chapter, you have an opportunity to find out how to meditate on your breath one of the most popular forms of meditation throughout the world's spiritual traditions. You also discover mindfulness techniques for training your puppy, balancing relaxation and alertness, and extending your meditation to include the full range of sensory experiences (that is, hearing, seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting). Paradoxically, the mundane, repetitive, seemingly inconsequential activity of attending to your breath can eventually lead to all the glamorous benefits meditation promises to...

Q How Do I Know This Meditation Technique Is Right for Me

There are hundreds of meditation techniques to choose from. Once you complete the 8 week meditation program, you'll be in a much better position to seek out and choose techniques that resonate perfectly with you. But for just this time, allow me to choose for you. It's important that you follow the program the way it's presented and give each meditation technique a full seven-day trial period. This will hopefully discourage the growth of the widespread affliction I call Contentment Shopping something that results in anything but contentment. Your desire to switch to another meditation technique is just another version of the Hershey bars and the BMW.You believe that if you can get a different meditation technique, your meditation problems will be over, and you'll be happy. On the other hand, if you commit to staying with the meditation technique, even for one week, it could be a meaningful step towards freeing So stick with this week's meditation technique until it's time for change....

Meditation Amd Cancer

According to The China Tribune (210 Canal Street,New York, M.Y. 10013), the Agence France-presse reported from Hong Kong on 7-25-1980 that a Peking medical specialist highly recommends Chi Kung(Chinese Meditation) for cancer patients to improve their health. The China News Agency was quoted to have said that Doctor Kar, the assistant surgical director of Peking Cancer Institute,has three hundred lung cancer patients currently receiving Chi Kung therapy in Meditat-, ion Rooms in various public gardens in Peking. A head nurse of the main teaching hospital of Peking Medical College, Mrs. Sheung who has breast. cancer, is now practising Chi Kung and feels much better from it. Besides the cancer patients, there are three thousand persons regularly practising Chi Kung in thirty-three Meditation Rooms in Peking. These Meditation Rooms are run by the Pelting Chi Kung Research Institute. & MEDITATION Ming Pao Weekly of 651 King's Road, 8th fl. Hong Kong is the most popular pictorial weekly...

As We Progress In Meditation

As we progress in meditation, the objects become finer and finer as well as deeper and deeper. Therefore, you must be able to hold them and note them. If the mind is not present in that moment, then you will not be able to gain the insight to reach final liberation. and pass away. The mind becomes very equanimous with deep concentration and deep understanding of the nature of impermanence and so forth. If we are to have any idea of what developed vipassana meditation is, then it would be this. The state of the vipassana consciousness is where the five mental controlling faculties are highly developed in a balanced manner. When this happens, the energy faculty is such that when you sit, you can do so for hours without any difficulty. The energy and the mindfulness faculties are fully developed. The mind by itself is able to observe everything in minute detail. The concentration is present to hold the mindfulness in a concentrated state. At the same time, the concentration allows the...

Q How Will I Know If Meditation Is Working

The way meditation works is different from the way other things work. What seems to be happening and what is really happening when you meditate are two different things. Let's say you've just sat down to meditate. At this point you feel, well, like you're just sitting there, like a bump on a log. Next thing you know, you're experiencing a nonstop stream of thoughts, feelings, and body sensations some of which might have to do with meditation, like how you're doing it wrong or that it's a waste of time. But that's not true A powerful process is at work here,flying below your radar. I've already discussed how meditation builds Mindfulness Muscle and how every 8 minute meditation period you complete contributes to building that muscle.This is going on whenever you meditate whether you are aware of it or not. Knowing this frees you. You don't need to keep monitoring yourself for results. All you have to do is simply follow the 8 Minute Meditation program. It's working, whether you know it...

Q I Fell Asleep While I Was Meditating Is That Okay

Every meditator, at some point, falls asleep on the job.You go into a relaxed state and bye, bye.There's nothing wrong with falling asleep, and you need never chastise and berate yourself for doing so. On the other hand, your snooze doesn't count as your meditation period.The best thing to do when you wake up is you guessed it set your timer for 8 minutes and begin again to meditate. Here are a few simple things that can help you stay awake and alert when you meditate Splash a little cool water on your face before you sit down to meditate. Never meditate right after a heavy meal, a triple espresso, or a glass of champagne. Don't make meditation time nap time. You've already defeated your own purpose.

Preparing for Meditation Posture Stretching and Sitting Still

The benefits and challenges of sitting still Some time-honored tricks for sitting up straight Meditating like a mountain or tree Cross-legged sitting, kneeling, and sitting in a chair Six great stretches to prepare you for sitting erhaps you know a few meditation techniques, but you haven't really begun to practice them because you can't sit still for more than a few minutes, let alone 5, 10, or even 15. Yes, the simple act of sitting still is guaranteed to flush out every ounce of restlessness you never knew you had. And, yes, meditation works best when you can keep your body relatively motionless and your back relatively straight. So what to do In this chapter, you explore the topography of meditation and find out what sitting still has to teach you. You discover some great techniques for straightening your spine without hurting your back. And you have an opportunity to practice some dynamite yoga poses for lengthening and relaxing the muscles most involved in sitting so you can...

Group 5 Letting Go of Thoughts

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Preconditions For Enlightenment

Every person can reach enlightenment, but those with the potential or the luminous body on a higher level can reach it in an easier way. The very work on the realization of this goal can be divided in three parts One can reach the enlightenment when all the three virtues harmonize. Various enlightened people receive those in various shapes, but the essence is the same.

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