Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.
There are different kinds of meditations, and depending on the result in your life that you are seeking, you would choose that type of meditation. The purpose of learning how to meditate is to get your mind into a state of relaxation, or what may be referred to as the Gap.
Wayne Dyer says “The gap is an exquisite place! It’s a Place where miracles occur. The gap is owned by everyone on this planet. It’s yours to enter at will. What awaits you in the gap is the experience of activating the higher human dimensions of insight, intuition, creativity, and peak performance; as well as coming to know relaxation, enchantment, bliss and the peace of making conscious contact with God”. Wayne Dyer, Getting in the Gap, Hay House
The Gap is the space between your thoughts. When you quiet your mind you often slip into this space without consciously being aware of it. It is the place of stillness, where time stops. Wayne Dyer says that it is in this space that all manifestation and creations originates.
The purpose of all styles of Meditation is to assist you to enter the gap, purposefully. The Style depends on you and what you prefer or the time that you can dedicate to regular meditation or contemplation.
There may have been times when you have just marveled at a sunset, or stood in awe at the beauty of this world, this to is a form of meditation, Its a focusing of attention on a certain thing, word, concept or even something greater than yourself.
Being grateful is also a form of relaxation and meditation, when was the last time, you took some timeout just to enjoy life and the things around you? When we are grateful for the things in our lives and contemplate how good they are, we can also have moments of entering into the gap. Then there are of course the more common forms of meditation such mantra meditations, controlled breathing meditations, and many more.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Mindfulness Meditation is a westernised version of Vipassana, this form of meditation teaches that you do not need to control your thoughts, you just switch from being the thinker of the thoughts to the observer of the thoughts that enter your mind. In essence you take a third party approach to your thoughts.
Mindfulness is to be present, or aware of each moment. Mindfulness when used in everyday life as a technique reduces stress and enables the person to attain inner peace as the person is focusing on the present moment and not events of the past in which have occurred or worrying about the future. By entering a place where you are focused on the present moment you are able to have a new perspective of life, as the present moment is truly what we have total control of.
Just sit comfortably, close your eyes and silently give thanks for all the things in your life you are grateful for.
You can give thanks for the chair that you may be sitting in, that you can walk, talk, see and everything else that you are grateful for. Just focus your attention for all that you are grateful for.
Another breathing exercise which is very calming and can be carried out at any time is:
1. Breathe in to the count of Four (4)
2. Breathe out to the count of four
3. Pause to the count of four
An easy and calming exercise for beg
Take a deep breath in, count 1 in your mind
Breath out count 2
Pause and breathe in again continuing the count till 50.
Deep breathing provides more oxygen to the blood while at the same time switching on the parasympathic part of your nervous system. This exercise will also increase your lung capacity.
Inhale Deeply while pushing out your abdomen.
Exhale from your chest first and as you continue to exhale, feel your rib cage relax and your abdomen go down.
During meditation your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep. – Mike Love
Meditation in a group environment can greatly increase the meditation experience for an individual, this is due to the group environment making it easier to relax due to changes in the brain function that enhances the individuals ability to relax.
You Can Meditate Today has several group guided meditation sessions where you can participate. These are run by our qualified Meditation Master Practitioner Facilitators, who have successfully completed the requirements to become meditation trainers.
These groups are open for participants to come and join. If you have no experience with meditation and would like to join, be sure to arrive 15min prior to the commencement of the guided meditation session.