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  • Era
    Most spiritual traditions teach meditation in one form or another, but you don t have to belong to any particular faith in order to reap the benefits of
    Message 1 of 39 , Oct 2, 2004
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      Most spiritual traditions teach
      meditation in one form or another,
      but you don't have to belong to any
      particular faith in order to reap
      the benefits of regular meditation,
      or the creative and emotional release
      of visualisation.

      Typically, meditation involves sitting
      still in a quiet atmosphere, stilling
      the mind, and focusing on an object
      of meditation - perhaps a candle, a
      mantra or simply one's own breath.

      The first time you try to meditate,
      you will be astonished at how difficult
      is actually is to still the mind and
      stop your thoughts chattering away.
      There are hundreds of exercises you
      can use to practise this, but my
      favourite is what I call the Everyday
      Object test. Pick an everyday object
      - a cup, a pillow, a pair of scissors,
      whatever. Sitting comfortably, still
      and quiet, focus on the object. Hold
      the image of it still in your mind.
      Recognise the detail of it, the fabric
      the metal, the texture, the pattern.

      You will find your thoughts continually
      wandering away from the object - bring
      them back and focus again on the object
      With practice, it becomes easier, and
      is an excellent exercise to master
      before attempting meditation proper.

      A mantra is a word or phrase used as
      an object of meditation. By constantly
      repeating a mantra, either out loud
      or to themselves, practitioners
      distract themselves from their restless
      thoughts and enter a meditative state
      of awareness. Traditionally, a
      spiritual teacher gives a student a
      mantra tailored to his or he specific
      needs, but in reality any word or
      phrase which holds spiritual significance
      for the practitioner can be used as a
      mantra.

      Some religious paths use the names of
      God as a mantra. Muslims repeat Allah
      or one of the other "Ninety nine most
      beautiful names of God", and Christian
      and Jewish mystics also used names or
      name paths of God in their work.

      "OM", pronounced A-U-M is a Hindu
      mantra used by millions worldwide. In
      Hinduism, this is regarded as the
      primal sound of the universe, and
      therefore repeating it connects you
      to the underlying life vibration.

      Koans are profound riddles, used as a
      form of meditation by some schools
      of Zen. More information on Zen koans
      can be found on our Zen page.

      Visualisation is a form of meditation
      which uses the power of the imagination
      to encourage particular states of
      spiritual being, or to heal, or grow.

      Visualisation is a way of communicating
      with your unconscious mind. Visualisation
      can range from the extremely complicated
      Buddhist Tantric traditions to the straightforward imagining of a calm
      ocean or other beautiful environment.

      For more information, visit our
      Meditation and Guided Visualisation
      section in the new age shop.

      from:

      <http://www.elysian.co.uk/meditation.htm>

      yoy are metioned there Bob :)

      meditation on the wings of OM: the
      primal sound of creation

      <http://santmat-meditation.net/santmat/shabd-1.html>

      metta, Era
    • medit8ionsociety
      Meditation is not a matter of life or death. It s much more important than that. Kir Li Molari
      Message 39 of 39 , Nov 6, 2004
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        "Meditation is not a matter of life or death. It's much more important
        than that."
        Kir Li Molari
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