MEDITATION
What is Meditation? The practice of using a single point of focus to quiet random mind chatter and fully experience awareness of ourselves in the present moment reducing our physical, mental and emotional stress and expanding our conscious awareness. Meditate your way to a sound mind and a sound body through various meditation articles available here at All Things Healing. Browse through our meditation articles online. Visit All Things Healing online today!

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by Ron Crouch

I divide the map into five overall sections, each with a series of stages. While the stages themselves are standard and can be found in the Visuddhimagga and Burmese meditation master Mahasi Sayadaw’s The Progress of Insight, the sections are my creation. I created the sections because they help to organize the path in a way that, I believe, makes the overall experience more understandable...

 

Editor's Note: In Part 1 of this series, Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch outlined the theory behind one of the principal maps of enlightenment found in Theravada Buddhism—the four-stage journey to arahatship. In this second installment, Ron begins providing some detailed descriptions of the states and stages commonly experienced by yogis as they travel this path.

 

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by Ron Crouch

When I first began meditating and read about things like the “path,” “way” and “journey,” I assumed that these terms were just metaphors that described a kind of personal growth that takes place on one’s spiritual quest. I had a vague notion that if I meditated I would gradually become a better person, and that it was this personal transformation that was referred to by the language of “paths” and “journeys...”

 

Editor's Note: Perspectives on enlightenment differ dramatically from tradition to tradition. In some, enlightenment is rarely, if ever, discussed at all. In others, it is seen as something only attainable by the ancients. What's so interesting about Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch is that he spells out states and stages explicitly. Is this controversial? Yes. Is it a perspective worth considering? Count me in the camp that says "absolutely!"

 

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by The Daily OM

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation...

 

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by John Naish

Multi-tasking has rapidly taken over our lives, to the point where we look woefully lax if we’re doing just one thing at a time.

 

We think nothing of texting while also watching television, surfing the internet and talking to our family.

 

Indeed, drug companies are busy developing products to enhance our mental efficiency so that we can do even more...

 

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by Carolanne Wright

A study at the University of Wisconsin confirms meditation can alter the structure of the brain, fostering a brighter outlook and increased empathy. Since positive thinking and emotions affect health, meditation can contribute to overall wellness...

 

 

 

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by Kay Goldstein

We may first begin noticing that we are not actually doing what we are thinking about and vice-versa: that we ARE thinking as opposed to just doing and feeling what we are engaged in at the moment. It is in this moment of awareness when we have many choices, though they essentially all boil down to two - continue our unconscious, random thought stream or pay attention and intentionally quiet or re-direct it...

 

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"The hope that someone or something will save you, that you will not have to make any changes in yourself, that you will not have to be responsible, is unrealistic. The belief that you can stay in patterns of lethargy and unconsciousness, then take something or have something given to you that will transform you without any effort on your part, is sheer folly. It won't happen."

~ The Hathors in the "Great Shift: Co-Creating a New World for 2012 and Beyond"

 

 

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by HealthandYoga's Meditation Expert Team

Mantra involves the rhythmic invocation of a sound. This provides a foundation for the aspirant so that his practice is just not "in the air". This anchor or foundation helps the mind to gradually disconnect with the external experiences provided through the 5 senses, which is the first step to successful meditation...

 

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by Osho

First you must understand what imagination is. It is condemned very much nowadays. The moment you hear the word "imagine' you will say this is useless, we want something real, not imaginary. But imagination is a reality, it is a capacity, it is a potentiality within you...

 

 

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by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Visualize that you are surrounded by all sentient beings, with your mother seated to your left and your father to your right. In front of you, visualize an enemy; someone who dislikes you or wishes you harm. Behind you, place your dearest friend; the person to whom you are most attached. To the side, visualize a stranger; someone for whom your feelings are neutral.

 

Editor’s Notes: A great line to ponder from this meditation...”An enemy is my greatest need, the source of all beings’ enlightenment, including my own.” Now, go read it all!

 


by Dr. C. George Boeree

Buddhism began by encouraging its practitioners to engage in smrti (sati) or mindfulness, that is, developing a full consciousness of all about you and within you -- whether seated in a special posture, or simply going about one’s life. This is the kind of meditation that Buddha himself engaged in under the bodhi tree, and is referred to in the seventh step of the eightfold path.


by Bodhipaksa

The other day I read about a family of six who were wiped out when a truck-driver plowed into their vehicle. He’d allegedly been driving and attempting to look at a laptop screen at the same time.

Not all multitasking is that catastrophic, but nevertheless attempting to juggle too many things in a short space of time is causing us stress, reducing our productivity, and making it harder to maintain focus when we need to.


Editor’s note: Human brains are simply not built for multi-tasking. Bodhipaksa, a Buddhist teacher and author, gives some scientific research to back this and several things you can do to simplify.

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MEDITATION
The Intention

by Penny McGahey

The intention with this article is to share where Sit in Stillness began and where it is going and to hopefully inspire others to get involved. [Sit in Stillness is a free, community group practice in silence, kindness, gratitude and open hearted presence. All over the world, anytime, anywhere.)

 

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