Posts Tagged ‘Meditation’

In Touch with the Guru

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

We all have times when we are happy to make decisions and feel very confident about ourselves and about our lives.  At other times we suffer from indecision or concern about the path we are taking in our lives or careers and would like to be able to refer to someone we highly regard, who will offer some wisdom in response to our queries or problems.

For many reasons, this is not always easy to do. One of the most common reasons is that we wish to be assured of utter confidentiality and impartiality. Another may be that we do not want anyone else to perceive our seeming inability to cope, or to appear weak. So somehow we seem to manage to find a way around most of the material problems that beset us.

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Classical Yoga Meditation

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Meditation is not new. It has always been an integral part of religious and spiritual observances throughout the world’s history but with the decline in formal religions and the increasing need for a way to inject spiritual principles back into our materialistic lifestyles, it is achieving great popularity.

The classical techniques used in yoga are reliable in helping us become familiar with higher spheres of consciousness that we may not have previously have been aware of. The concepts behind yoga philosophy are universal and teach us in ways that can be applied by everyone.

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Preparing for Meditation – A Simple Formula (1)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Our Purpose

Firstly, we must wish to improve our state of mind and consciousness and to rise above current problems and stress so that we can anticipate a pleasant and refreshing experience.

Need for Privacy and Stillness

Best following physical exercise, we need to sit still and conserve our energy. Eyes are closed to avoid distractions.

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Preparing for Meditation – A Simple Formula (2)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Our purpose – Attunement to the Divine Light

Prepare the body and regulate breathing

Close your eyes

Contemplate the heavenly luminaries in our sky –

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Meditate to Feel Peace

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Meditation is becoming a more popular practice as both individuals and professionals gain in confidence and in practical clinical experience regarding its value in health, psychological balance, and in general healing.

Peace is a natural state of consciousness when we are not concerned with some activity, or emotional problem, or with any labyrinthine exercise of mind.

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Perfumes and Sadhana

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Aromatherapy and the science of perfumery can be used for assisting personal sadhana and personality control.

For instance …

Aries  temperament with strong sense of personal ego balances the development of his nature through deliberate expansion of the attitude of surrendering, of letting go – difficult for the personal ego but aide by using the following perfumes with pranayama

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Yoga Builds Health

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Yoga offers an integral system aimed at total health and well-being – physical, mental and  spiritual.

Yoga practices range from health practices advised in Hatha Yoga through psychological readjustments and culture within Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, to techniques to aid spiritual states of consciousness in meditation through Raja Yoga. Each student selects for himself the self-disciplines that are required for his own growth and refinement.

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Dhyana – How to Meditate

Friday, October 9th, 2009

In order to practise meditation we must satisfy the requirement of stillness of the body, an erect spine and closed eyes. These are important disciplines that allow energy and senses to become focussed upon our meditation. There are simple modifications if you are not able to assume the classical cross legged positions.

Dhyana or Meditation itself has four stages. These are relaxation of the mind, concentration of thought, elevation of the soul, and expansion of the spirit. These ideally culminate in varying degrees of peaceful or heightened experiences of consciousness.

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Pratyahara – Sensory Development and Control

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Pratyahara – the word means restraint, withdrawal or detachment. It is the fifth place in stages towards our spiritual objective.

Regarding Yoga practice it refers to the ability to withdraw consciousness from the dictatorship of the senses at will. The classical definition is that Pratyahara is ‘a restraint from acceptance of the food of the senses.’

Detachment applies to the aspirant’s attitude to worldly and material things, in order that he may attach himself completely, in the spiritual sense, to God.  It in no way should be interpreted as an indifference to things of the earth.

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Experiences in Meditation

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The Meditation experience is unique to each one – variable enough to be exciting time after time. It offers a familiar path of retreat providing refreshment you seek for your mind and soul.

In whatever guise, meditation brings us realization of some kind when we find or suddenly ‘see’ or understand  a simple solution to a previous complexity or even gain a new perception of old ideas. We can also discover something entirely new from our passive state of mind.

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