What is Meditation ?
It is the description of a state of concentrated attention on some object, either an object of thought alone or some outside object.
Or another way –
Meditation is a system that brings about both mental and physical calm and relaxation, by using techniques that cut down on the amount of internal mental “chatter” that we all have going on all the time.
Guided Meditations – the best kind !
Here we will be talking about Guided Meditations, which are almost certainly the most effective way how to meditate. In fact many people prefer to use this method all the time, as for virtually everyone it works the best.
So what are they exactly ?
Basically they are a form of meditation where someone else is giving the meditation instructions to you verbally, so that all you have to do is listen to the voice of the person and the effects of the meditation happen automatically.
Meditation will bring you:
The benefits of meditation are your birthright, whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Confucian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Taoist, follow some other religion, or none at all.
Meditate… Meditate… Meditate…
It is a universally known feature of Deep Sleep that there are no images in the mind. If there are images, that is the Waking or the Dreaming state, not the Deep Sleep state.
Yoga Nidra relates to conscious Deep Sleep.
(“Nidra” means “Deep Sleep” not “Dreaming”)
Dreaming and Not-Dreaming are NOT the same thing.
Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight. The descriptions in the article below can be difficult to understand. With patient and thorough reading, the understanding is well worth the effort, allowing you to see the profound depth of Yoga Nidra, which is far beyond just relaxation. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes it takes thousands of words to get the inner “aha” of the meaning. Most important of all, it is the persistent practice that brings the real joy of the practice of Yoga Nidra, as with all useful practices in life and Yoga.
Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma .
In Yoga Nidra practice the same mental relaxation happens with the distinction that you remain aware and ‘awake’ at the deepest level of intelligence where the resolve and reslolution that you set earlier are activated and nurtured.
In other words just as modern science has proven that at the deepest levels of the native intelligence of your bodymind complex, Awareness acts to restore and repair your body and rest your mind as deep sleep unfolds, in the same manner it is Awareness during your relaxation practice that activates and processes the resolve and resolution that you set prior to your session.
It’s a process called Self Realization or Enlightenment: Freeing yourself from the conditioned mind establishes the most profound experience of joy and inner freedom. Liberation of this kind is what we are all, consciously or not, longing for. It is this longing that drives us to do the things we do. Somewhere deep inside we all long for freedom, satisfaction and pure ecstasy. The only illusion/difficulty here is that most of us seek for it in all but the right place…