Meditation Has Been Proven to Reduce Stress and Increase Health

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This so-called meditation has been practiced for thousands of years with interesting results. It allows release of stress in all areas of life and has been known to accelerate health, wealth, and happiness. I know for a fact it has increased the positive being within myself to the extent of security and satisfaction.

I have allowed myself to clear my mind of all things except the thought of myself breathing, sitting on a beach and listening to that high-pitched ringing, or watching the shapes as my eyes are closed and the light flows through my awareness. If you are not sure how the light flows through your awareness then you will have to close your eyes and watch as the different shapes are formed, float through your sight, and see if you can move them at your will.

If you like variety; then choose one of these techniques and get accustomed to it and then try another. However, some people like to find the process that works for them and stay with it and that too is a wonderful thing.

I know that people use candles and incense for the fragrant aromas that allow them to escape the present frame of mind and release their vast imagination. This will aid you in the tiny vacation of which you are about to embark.

The whole purpose of meditation is to feel the peace that comes from within. You do not have to go from a fast pace to totally still in less than a second, but it should be relatively a short amount of time. You might only be able to meditate for two to five minutes to start. As you become comfortable with it you will want to increase the amount of time you spend in your relaxation state.

If you are a beginner at this meditation, then focus on your breathing and count your breaths. Count one for inhale, one for exhale, two for inhale, two for exhale, etc. This will cause you to concentrate more on the counting and induce the separation from any worries or thoughts of everyday life. Make an estimated guess at what number to go to, then if you reach it while totally concentrating on the breathing then you have accomplished a very meaningful task. If you do not reach your goal before allowing the mind to wander back into your other self of a different subject then when you catch yourself, your count will start over. Even if it means you possibly have to reduce the target number that you set. To help you feel an accomplishment; it is fundamental that you allow yourself to succeed by reaching a target number.

If today is not a good day for meditation, then at least sit in a quiet space for ten or twenty minutes, with a beverage of choice and be still. This will allow you to think about the events of the day in an objective way. The point of the relaxation is to change your direction to a more favorable, controlled awareness.

Betty Jo Williamson, is an inspired author of books and articles. She has learned many was to live positive and is teaching others to do the same. Her blog is at and she is having fun.

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10 Minutes A Day To A Happier, Healthier You

Location Is Everything: Find a location that is quiet, comfortable, and where you can be alone for at least ten minutes. I have peaceful little corner in my home with candles and incense. I find the space so inviting, I want to sit quietly in it. Sit down, relax and rest your hands on your lap. You don't need to worry about how to hold your hands, just do what feels most natural to you. You can sit on the floor cross-legged on a cushion, or use a chair. Don't even think about lotus position if you're new to it! The goal is to be as comfortable as possible with good posture. If you're using the cushion on the floor and your back becomes sore or your legs fall asleep try switching to a chair.

Relax & Breathe: Close your eyes OR leave them open and place your focus on the flame from a candle. There is no right or wrong way. This is about you relaxing and being at peace. Begin by taking slow, deep breaths inhaling with your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Relax into your breathing. Let each breathe flow naturally. The first few intakes of air are likely to be shallow, but as you allow more air to fill your lungs each time, your breaths will gradually become deeper. You will feel your body begin to relax and your breathing will start to flow naturally.

Just Be: Once you are in calm and relaxed state it is time to empty your mind. This is the part where many beginners become frustrated. Why? Because you're about you meet your "Monkey Brain". Not thinking about anything is much more difficult than one would imagine. When I began meditation this was the part that drove me crazy. It felt like the moment I tried to empty my brain, my brain went into overdrive! That's okay and it's normal. Each time you notice a thought let it pass (just like a floating cloud is what my teacher taught me) and go back to focusing on your breathing. I won't lie there many days, weeks and months I was in a cloud forest. Be patient with yourself as you may/will find yourself repeating these cycles of letting go many times. Don't be discourage, nothing worth having comes easy. As your meditation practice develops you will notice that the space between thoughts increases. If you're a very active Type A like me you can try going for a run, bike or to the gym before your meditation session to drains off some of that excess energy. When your ten minutes is up open your eyes and stand up slowly. Have a good stretch, shake out your legs and give yourself a high five! You completed your meditation!

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New Scientific Studies Find Numerous Health Benefits to Meditation

Mindfulness meditation techniques can be a powerful way for individuals to improve their brain power and promote bodily health. Centuries of experience has shown that these methods are among the most effective for living a healthy, fulfilled life. Now, scientific investigation is bearing out these benefits.

For example, a team of researchers from the Justus Liebig-University in Germany recently reported in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science that meditation techniques can have a range of health benefits because it brings a person's consciousness back into the present.

Throughout the course of a day, a large percentage of a person's thoughts deal with either the past or the future. There are relatively few instances in which an individual's thoughts are completely focused on the present. However, this is how stress, anxiety and negative emotions build and interfere with a person's happiness and well-being. Thoughts of 'what if' enter the mind, taking one out of the moment and into the future, something one cannot control and therefore the very thought itself produces anxiety, stress and negativity.

After reviewing the findings of previously published investigations into the health benefits of meditation, the researchers found that the practice primarily benefits brain health by making the mind more plastic. This means that it is more capable of adapting to new experiences and learning new information.

The researchers explained that meditation works in four ways: it regulates attention, creates a sense of body awareness, regulates emotion and changes a person's perception of their self. Achieving this state of mind can have numerous health benefits.

"The nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment, produces beneficial effects on well-being and ameliorates psychiatric and stress-related symptoms," the team wrote in their report.

"Mindfulness meditation has therefore increasingly been incorporated into psychotherapeutic interventions."

There are many meditation techniques that can benefit a person. The present study focused primarily on mindfulness meditation, in which a person seeks to become more aware of each thought in their head. This enables them to quiet the background noise and eliminate negative thoughts.

Other methods may include guided meditation, in which an instructor helps participants focus their attention on predetermined ideas, and chakra meditation, which involves concentrating on specific areas of the body.

All of these meditation techniques have been shown to have significant health benefits. This may come as no surprise to those who have been practicing meditation for years, but the new scientific findings may help to validate the benefits of the practice for skeptical individuals.

Dahn Yoga is a Korean style of yoga that combines tai chi, yoga and meditation. Dahn Yoga is based on the ancient wisdom of Ki energy training to maximize the brains function.

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Mantra Meditation For Manifesting The Good Life

Mantras for meditation are an ancient way of aligning yourself with your inner power and allowing the goodness from the universe into your life.

What is a Mantra?

A Mantra is a sound that you make when you meditate to aid with concentration. It makes it easier for you to connect with your inner power, and helps stop your mind wandering.

People have been using Mantras for meditation for many thousands of years. The mantra is used to focus the mind on the object of one's desires. The ah and the om meditation are my favourite.

The ah or ahh sound is believed to be the sound of God in any language. The ah sound can be made out of the various names of god. God becomes Gahd. Buddha becomes buddah, Allah already includes the ah sound and so on. If you are not religious do not worry, God is just a name, using the ah sound you are simply sending your desires out into the universe. It is a form of Cosmic ordering.

Think of it as an epiphany, remember a time when you have been struggling with something. Say you are late and you can't find your car keys, you search, your purse, pockets, turn out all the draws and suddenly there they are and you go ahhh and relax. It is the sound you make when you sink into a luxurious bath, or relax at the end of a long day.

It is a sound we have been making since the dawn of language, and I believe it is a sound full of power. Use it to focus on manifesting your desires; it is the first part of a powerful mantra meditation.

The second part of the mantra manifesting meditation is the ohm sound. This is the sound of gratitude. By repeating the ohm mantra you are informing the universe of your gratitude.

If you want to manifest something concentrate on being grateful for already having it and repeat the ohm sound whilst sending that gratitude through your third eye to the universe.

I have been using a Mantra Meditation for some time now. I believe it has helped me control pain and bring my desires into my life. My husband, on the other hand... He does not laugh at me, because he has seen how much it has helped me, but his view is that the help has come from the mantra meditation forcing me to breathe more deeply.

I don't actually worry how it works; it has helped me change my life.

For a basic mantra meditation follow these instructions:

Find a quiet place and get comfortable, I prefer sitting in a relaxed chair, but you can sit or lie down or sit cross-legged on the floor.

Know what you want to concentrate on i.e. increase in health, more money, finding a partner etc.

Close your eyes.

Breathe in deeply and relax.

As you exhale make the sound ahh, and whilst doing so imagine your goal achieved and send that thought via your third eye into the universe.

Repeat the process for a few minutes making the ahh sound on every exhale and concentrating on sending your goals to the universe.

That's the meditation finished, enjoy.

Caroline Clark has been using Mantra Meditations for many years for more information and Mantra Meditations including personalised Meditations visit:

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Meditation and City Living: How Meditation Can Relieve Stress

Stress is a word we commonly hear in today's society. It seems that almost everyone is stressed. You may have also heard about the benefits of meditation for stress reduction and long-term health. But what exactly is stress? What is meditation? How can meditation relieve stress?

Stress is anything that throws your body out of balance. The causes can vary greatly and can be anything from environmental toxins to famine to running from something that is chasing you to relationships, divorce, a demanding boss or even public speaking. The effects of stress are cumulative and if ignored, over time, can lead to health problems.

The body responds to stress by increasing the production of hormones, increasing blood pressure and muscle tension among many other things. The only way to undo this is to relax. So how do we relax? One way is through meditation. It can reverse your stress response.

To relax, the mind needs to focus on something repetitive such as sound, breath or movement. There must be an attempt or conscious effort to let go of other thoughts. This is where meditation comes in. It is one very effective way to quiet the mind and take full conscious breaths. With repetition and a constant redirecting of the mind away from intrusive thoughts we can begin to relax and completely change our energy. Not only is breath awareness a meditative practice in itself but once focus is put on the breath, breathing begins to slow and the other involuntary functions also change. Blood pressure lowers, heart rate slows, and stress hormones are reduced. Breath is the only involuntary function of the body that we can control. One we learn to lengthen the breath and breathe consciously, the other functions follow.

While we cannot control a lot of things that happen in the world, we can affect, to a certain extent, how we respond to them. So much of our stress is created by the story we tell ourselves about what is happening. When practiced regularly, meditation can change the way we see things by giving us space from all the illusions and stories the mind creates. It gives us some distance. From that space we find clarity. Benefits can be felt immediately, but they are also cumulative. Meditation allows you to connect to something beyond the mind and many claim it to be the source of their healing and inspiration. The best part is it's free, and it can be done anywhere at any time.

Emily Schreter recently returned home to New York City after 8 months of travel abroad in South America and Europe. She is currently pursuing her passion for yoga and is enrolled in the 200 hour yoga teacher training at ISHTA yoga in NYC. In addition to yoga and travel, Emily enjoys writing, painting, walking, reading memoirs, live music, and food.

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Simple Ways to Practice Meditation

Many people are turning to meditation in order to cope with their hectic lifestyles. This just makes sense as obtaining peace at least in some part of our days is helpful in order to deal with the everyday anxieties. There are many ways to start but always focusing on the basics first will typically result in the best outcome. Just learning some of the basic meditation techniques can really help you to start your journey into being physically relaxed and more spiritually aware.

The first simple meditation technique is to sit comfortably in a chair. Ideally it would be helpful if this chair did not have arms or a headrest. If you can figure how much time you wish to spend meditating beforehand that would be great. But I would recommend not actually timing yourself. Your body will do this for you, and you will be surprised how accurate it can be. Just think consciously about how much time you want to spend before you begin and you will see that you will only take that much time meditating without any alarm.

When you have a mantra to repeat it is helpful if this comes from deep within you. Think about the thought and not the word associated with the thought. It must come from deep within your being in order to have the best effect. Let the mantra rise slowly as you breathe deeply in and out. If your body feels like sagging then let it do so. Do not fight yourself. Be relaxed. Let the thoughts come and go while you observe them. Do not beat yourself up if you do not do this perfectly each time. That will simply make you tense and be contrary to your main goal.

The second meditation technique is actually mediating while standing up. This technique is actually Chinese in origin and is based upon Chi Gong. There are numerous health benefits to this meditation technique and you will definitely feel much better and stronger after practicing it for several weeks.

To start stand up with your knees slightly bent. Do not put too much pressure on the knees but rather just be relaxed. Next make you're back flat as it were flat against a wall. Raise your arms as if you were holding a 12 inch ball with the elbows slightly bent. This is how you start this meditation technique.

The next step is to breathe slowly into your mouth and let the energy of your breath slowly sink down into your body. It is not uncommon that after a while you will feel heat in your hands and arms. This is the result of the pure Chi energy flowing through you. The trick with this technique is to imagine yourself as either a tree firmly planted or that you are underneath a waterfall and the energy of the water is flowing over you. You may feel the energy washing away every bit of stress. You can use whatever mental picture that would be the most helpful for you to get the most benefit.

With these two basic techniques you can start to really relax and obtain a better sense of self and awareness of your surroundings and thoughts. The point however is to practice at least some of these techniques on a daily basis so that you can become really proficient at them.

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Meditation Techniques And Tips For Beginners

There is no secret or trick to meditation. Anyone can meditate, it is easier than you may think. In fact you have most likely already been in a meditative state of mind before. Meditation is simply relaxing the mind. This allows our mind to be fully open to perceiving what is happening in the present moment. Often times there is a little voice in the back our mind constantly telling us things (either positive or negative) and our mind gets clouded by all this chatter. Meditation is the practice of quieting that voice and putting awareness back into the body's senses.

The most common response I hear from people that struggle with meditation is that they feel it is too challenging (or nearly impossible for them) to stop thoughts from racing through their mind. Well first of all, that is a good position to be in as you have may have a lot to gain from practicing meditation. But here is the solution. As thoughts come to your mind while meditating, identify what kind of thought each one is. For example if "what am I making for dinner?" pops into your head, then simply tell yourself "I'm hungry" and continue on. Or say a problem from work keeps coming to mind, acknowledge it as a worry that you can deal with later. Acknowledge the thought and let it go. When you identify and label each thought you have, you help diminish the thought's power to distract you.

Another struggle many people have is simply not falling asleep. Perhaps this is a sign that your body needs to be better rested before you can practice meditation. Although it shows that you are on the right track because your mind is able to relax easily.

Also, do not worry excessively about your body position to begin with. As long as you are comfortable and in a calm environment, you will be fine. Ideally it is good to have an erect upright spine such as when sitting cross legged.

Calm breathing is essential to meditation. Focusing your attention on breathing in and out slowly can be a very relaxing meditation in itself.

Many people like to use a technique of listening to music, or visualizing something in their mind while meditating. This allows the mind to go into trance states.

Concentrating on forgiving yourself or others may be a powerful focal point for meditation as well. Warning, this kind of meditation may tap into some deep seeded emotions that have been locked away inside you. It is normal to start spontaneously crying from an emotional release during a meditation like this.

I hope this helps you get started meditating. Once you get the hang of it, meditation will become much easier to practice. Getting into a routine of daily meditation is beneficial for maintaining good mental health.

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May Peace Be Held In Your Heart And Mind
~Joseph Welch

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Meditation Cushions and Practice Postures

To calm the activity of our thoughts it is important that we understand the benefits to the mind and body that an aligned posture brings. The body's role during our practice is to support our mind, freeing and positioning our body parts so we can maintain a single focal point. We begin with a posture that is stable, comfortable and pain-free. A quiet body permits a quiet mind.

There are two basic categories of postures, sitting and kneeling. It is imperative that you evaluate your posture prior to choosing both the positions and zafus best designed for your practice. Meditation cushions will be placed differently depending on your choice of position within the two basic categories. The preferred fill will also depend on your choice of posture. For information about posture, refer to my article entitled, Meditation Cushions and Posture.

Regardless of whether you decide to use seated or kneeling positions there are several ideal postural alignments. Your pelvis should be in a neutral position, not slumping forward or backward. Positioning yourself properly on your meditation cushions is important. Your spine should be erect with all its natural curves, neck and head should be in the center of your pelvic basin, and body weight needs to be distributed evenly between your sitting bones.

The seven point posture is a useful method to evaluate your alignment. Begin in front of a mirror. Your head should be tilted slightly forward by bending your neck; your gaze directed naturally toward the floor. Proper positioning of the head eliminates two types of distractions, agitation and sleepiness. If the head is positioned too high, it promotes excessive thinking; if too low it causes sleepiness. The tip of your tongue should touch the palate just behind your upper teeth reducing the amount of saliva. Your jaw should be relaxed and teeth slightly apart. Eyes may be either closed or slightly open gazing downward. An object such as a candle may be helpful for focusing. Keep your spine erect with all natural curves and let your arms hang loosely not pressed against your body. Forearms should rest on your thighs. Your right hand may sit atop the left with your palms positioned upward and fingers aligned.

The positioning of your legs will depend upon the type of posture you chose. There are numerous seated positions for which your legs and feet will be positioned differently. The most comfortable and balanced position will depend upon your muscle tone and posture. Crescent meditation cushions provide support to your thighs especially for those of us with tight hamstrings. Round meditation cushions or crescent meditation cushions will suit someone who has loose muscle tone. The fill of meditation cushions may be more significant so know whether a firm or flexible fill will provide the comfort you need. Meditation cushions filled with buckwheat hull easily mold to the body. Zafus filled with kapok are firm and maintain structure. The best shape and fill of meditation cushions for you depends upon your choice of practice position, which is the topic of my next article. Various hand and leg positions will be topics for future articles.

Susan Forte has more than 16 years of professional experience in the field of Human Services, which heightened an awareness for the need of strong stress management skills and the need managing ones daily mental health. Susan explored meditation through local ashrams and then Buddhist centers. The mission of Meditation Cushions For All is to provide information, so you may choose meditation cushions that will enhance your practice.

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Shaktipat Meditation: The 4 Essential Elements of a Successful Daily Meditation Practice

Shaktipat meditation will enliven your practice. Advancing through higher and higher levels quickly makes meditation come alive, keeps you interested and wanting to meditate more and more. Shaktipat meditation becomes joyful instead of being burdensome drudgery.

A strong Spiritual practice and a strong energy practice are best combined into one daily practice that grows until it consumes every waking and sleeping moment of your life. When you're able to remain in a state of Oneness with the energy fields and all living beings, every thought you have, every action you take, is exactly the right one. Shaktipat meditation can bring Oneness very quickly.

Listed below are the four major components of a successful practice.

Karma is what you bring with you to the practice. It's the sum of all the positive and negative energies you've accumulated.Empowerments come from your teachers (Shaktipat) and open your mind to successive levels of knowing.Spiritual connections to the Deities of your choice give you sources of power and inspiration.Daily practice keeps you growing.

Teachers can help with cleansing negative karma and energies. They can give you Shaktipat empowerments. You must choose your Spiritual path and the Deities you want to connect with. Above all you MUST do your daily practice.

There are five types of practice that work very well.

1. Meditation

In meditation you simply sit quietly observing. The Buddha used this method to reach Enlightenment.

2. Chanting

Chanting focuses your mind on a Deity or energy associated with the chant. You can chant a mantra, a prayer, a name or a sound. As you chant, you may find your mind slipping very easily into a meditative state. Practitioners from all traditions use chanting successfully.

3. Energy work

You use your mind to observe and control subtle energy. Taoists, Yogis and Tibetan Buddhists use this method. It's very fast, but it can be dangerous.

4. Prayer

You enter into communion with the Deity of your choice, talking and listening. Many Muslim, Christian and Jewish practitioners have achieved Sainthood using prayer.

5. Contemplation

You sit quietly focused in the glory of God, a Saint or an icon. This is a favorite of Christian monks and nuns.

Your practice can be a combination of any of these methods. Which is unimportant. Doing it daily is extremely important.

Many New Age practitioners discard religion altogether as being dead or not working. They're left with an energy practice but no guiding light or structure. They're often confused and go from one teacher or practice to another without making much real progress. They easily fall prey to aliens or spirits channeling information that may not be completely beneficial.

The major Spiritual paths have all stood the test of time and have proven beneficial to generations of practitioners. You can be a Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist or a combination of these. It's not important which path you choose. The Universal Truths are the same in all, with only minor differences in beliefs and techniques.

What is important is recognizing that the core of every religion is Spiritual energy work. All of today's religions originated out of the teachings of powerful energy practitioners. Most religious followers either lose or never find a living energy connection to the Divine. They become ensnared in ritual, dogma and empty practices.

A strong daily energy practice focused on the Deity of your choice will keep you centered on your Spiritual path and growing daily.

Remedia's core practice is built around Buddhism, but she's strongly connected to a guru. She loves to walk into any church, temple or mosque she comes across to renew her connection to the Divine.

Richard practices an eclectic mix of Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism and Raja Yoga. He prefers to avoid religious buildings altogether. He connects best to the Divine in Nature.

Both Remedia and Richard incorporate practices from all religions into their work.

Whatever Spiritual path you choose, practice every day without fail. In the beginning we recommend at least thirty minutes morning and evening for this. You may be surprised to find yourself becoming no longer interested in activities like watching TV, surfing the internet, playing electronic games, talking needlessly, etc. With dedicated daily work, your practice will grow until it consumes every moment of your life, waking and sleeping.

When you reach this stage, miracles happen daily in your life and in the lives of all you touch.

Richard Crown has spent more than thirty years in Asia. Living in diverse cultures has allowed him absorb their Spiritual practices in a first-hand, useful way. Shaktipat meditation is the fastest and best of all the many meditation techniques he has experienced. You can experience Shaktipat meditation with Richard & Remedia Crown at They are both realized meditation teachers who share their abilities with loving compassion.
You will also be able to download a free PDF of Richard's book Ascension In Love: Our Spiritual Journey, a true account of their own Shaktipat awakening presented in the form of easy to read conversations.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Meditation Skills

Meditation is a highly personalized activity. You may meditate first thing in the morning or in the middle of the afternoon. You may meditate laying down or sitting up. You may meditate for two minutes or two hours. You may only meditate when you want to connect with a spirit or you may meditate every single day. The following are suggestions to help make meditation as productive and easy for you as possible.


It goes without saying that you don't want to be distracted while meditating. Not only is it important to eliminate distractions it is also vital to eliminate the possibility of distractions. Don't just tell yourself that no one is going to call; take the step of actually turning your phone off. Don't meditate ten minutes before your partner is due to walk in the door; give yourself plenty of time when you know that no one will be coming home. When you don't eliminate the possibility of distractions your brain may be focused on waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for your partner to walk in the door. Let your brain be at ease knowing that there will be no distractions.


Don't settle for less when it comes to choosing where you are going to meditate. Make sure that every single part of your body is relaxed, at ease, and comfortable. Use your creativity to find the best location. It may be on the couch with your feet propped up, sitting on the floor with a pillow supporting you, you may find yourself plopped down on your favorite recliner or sitting outside on a lounge chair. Also pay attention to the temperature. Are you too warm? Too cold?


Why is it that you are meditating? Will you make judgments as to whether it was a successful meditation? What will you base those judgments on? You may be seeking insight on a question you have. For example, wanting to know if you should take a new job. Perhaps you want to connect with your Spirit Guide. Maybe you want mental clarity and improved concentration. Perhaps you've had a stressful day and just want to feel calmer and more relaxed. At the beginning of each meditation set a goal for yourself. It helps to structure your meditation a bit and make it more productive for you.


Not only is there more than one way to meditate there are dozens of ways. Some of the more popular techniques include:

Focus on your breathing: Take deep breaths in through your nose, hold for a count, then exhale through your mouth. For example: breathe in for a count of six, hold for a count of four, and exhale for a count of six.

Guided Meditation: There are hundreds, if not thousands, of guided meditation recordings. Guided mediation recordings come in a variety of subjects. Some help you to relax, others help you to connect to a spirit guide, some help you to receive insight from your Higher Self. See if guided meditation works for you.

Do an activity: Meditation doesn't have to involve sitting down and being still. You may find that your meditation is much more productive if you are engaged in an activity. Some people choose to meditate while gardening, others while exercising. Many people find it helpful to meditate while in nature. Perhaps while going for a walk or sitting on a bench in their garden.

Listen to a fountain: In recent years decorative water fountains have become popular. You can pick one up at Target or Wal-Mart for under $20. You may find the sound of the fountain to be very relaxing.


Meditation is an individualized exercise. Don't force yourself into believing that it must be done a certain way. It doesn't. Meditate in a way that works for you. Be creative and try out different techniques. Best of luck to you!

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Meditation - How Many Types of Meditation Should We Practice?

There are many different types of meditation practices. Most familiar, perhaps, are mantra meditation, mindfulness of breathing, metta bhavana (development of loving kindness), and the candle meditation. Recently I was asked by a student if I thought she should add a third meditation practice to the two forms of meditation she already practices. As a "good teacher", I responded to her question with a list of questions to consider before she made her decision. I hope these questions will be helpful to you as well, if you are considering adding other practices to your meditation repertoire.

There are different ideas regarding the benefit of adding another form of meditation to your meditation practice. In my own meditation process (from 1993 - 2000), it was recommended that I practice the metta bhavana and the mindfulness of breathing (which some believe can take us all the way to Enlightenment). I found the two forms created a lovely balance of developing loving kindness (the heart) and focused awareness (the mind). When I was ordained, in September 2000, I was introduced to two more forms of meditation - the six element practice and an Amitabha Buddha visualization practice. Those practices were taught during a seven week retreat and I had an opportunity to practice both forms in a context where I received instruction and support.

It's probably a good idea to consider the intention underlying one's desire to take on another meditation practice. Here are some questions to consider:

1. Am I bored/tired with my practice as it is? If so, why?

2. Which meditation practice do I practice most? If I just practice the mindfulness of breathing as a way to become more focused and mindful, should I practice the metta bhavana for a while so that I am developing loving kindness for myself and others? Is there a reason I practice one practice more than another? Am I having difficulty concentrating or feeling positive emotion for myself and or others? If there is resistance to one practice, understanding the resistance can be valuable.

3. What do I want to accomplish by taking on another meditation practice?

4. Do I know enough about the practice to do it without the support of a teacher and practice group?

After reading this list of questions, another student responded:

"Thank you for the list of questions to consider when thinking about trying another meditation practice. Your first question struck home with me in that sometimes after I have been doing a particular meditation for a while I have more difficulty staying focused. It just struck me that maybe instead of switching to another method, I need to just sit with the restlessness of my mind and see what happens. Not being able to stay still emerges once again."

It's a good idea to take stock of your meditation practice and consider whether to stay with what you are doing or try something different which does not necessarily mean adding something new.

Nancy is an ordained Buddhist Minister and a twenty-year veteran of teaching, consulting and coaching. Assisting people to live with skillfulness, compassion and mindfulness is the focus of her mindfulness coaching. For information on meditation and mindfulness, and her coaching, click here

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What 10 Days Of Silent Meditation Taught Me

Recently I had the privilege of attending a ten day silent meditation retreat at the Vipassana Meditation Center in Massachusetts. Although I have meditated on occasion, I had never done anything like this before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The process was grueling - physically and emotionally - yet the benefits are outstanding. Here are a few lessons I learned from silence.

1. Meditation is a way to release all that is buried in your subconscious and in your body. When you allow yourself to have time dedicated to quieting your mind and turning inward, an array of thoughts and feelings that were buried in your subconscious mind and trapped in the cells of your body arise. It's essential that these items arise to the surface because that is the only way to release them. Observe the thoughts and feelings that arise without judging them. Soon thereafter, they will pass away.

2. Silence allows you to hear the Divine. You may be in the habit of talking to the Divine a lot - maybe you pray or constantly ask your higher power for things. Meditation is your opportunity to listen to what the Divine has to say to you. Most of the time we are surrounded with noise. The constant hum of the outside world coupled with the incessant chatter in our minds leaves little room for us to hear our intuition or divine wisdom. By getting quiet, you can actually hear the Divine and better harness your intuition.

3. Everything is temporary. During meditation, there were times when I experienced states of bliss and there were times when I felt physical discomfort from maintaining a meditation posture for an extended period of time. Both the pleasure and the pain lingered for some time, but, ultimately passed. Sometimes, we try so hard to hold on to the pleasurable things and we try equally hard to avoid the uncomfortable things. You can maintain greater equilibrium if you can accept that everything is constantly changing. Relish the pleasant experiences because they will. Remain calm when the unpleasant experiences arise, knowing that it will not last. Everything is temporary. Change is a universal law of nature. The more you can embrace this truth, the easier your life becomes.

4. Eat mindfully. Until this retreat I had eaten my meals in a distracted way. I'd eat while having a conversation watching television driving, or while thinking about all my to dos. Eating was never the main event. But during this retreat I had the privilege of being fully present while I ate. I used all five senses to enjoy my food. I chewed deliberately and consciously. What I discovered was how much gratitude I had for all the people involved in ensuring that I had this meal- from the farmers who grew the vegetables to the truck drivers who transported my food, to the cooks who prepared my meal. Moreover I realized that I got full a lot faster when I paid attention to what I ate. I ate with pleasure and only for nourishment. When you eat mindfully you completely relish the entire experience and you will eat only to the extent that you feel nourished.

5. Your breath can heal. One of the unexpected benefits I received from meditation was a physical healing. I had a problem with my knee for approximately two years and developed a pinched nerve in my hip in recent weeks. Within two days of observing my breath, my physical ailments were gone. Moreover, the meditation process allowed for many past emotional hurts to arise to the surface and heal. Our breath has a great capacity to heal. We just need to take the time to observe it and pay attention to what our mind, body and spirit needs.

I hope you enjoyed these lessons from my ten day silent meditation retreat. I encourage all of you to try something like this at least once in your life. Despite how intimidating it may seem it is a great gift you can give yourself.

Ann Thomas is a motivational speaker, author, certified life coach and founder of Evolving Goddess, a company devoted to teaching women around the world how to connect with their divinity and love and accept themselves unconditionally so that they can be happy, feel at peace, and create a magnificent life. Ann shows women how to take 100% personal responsibility for their lives, actions, and emotions, which becomes the catalyst for their personal empowerment. Ann specializes in helping high-achieving women who are self-critical or feel unfulfilled and like a failure despite their apparent success achieve sustainable happiness through the Radical Self-Love system she created.

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3 Benefits of Mediation That COULD Change Your Life (They Definitely Did Mine!)

If you are looking for a few good reasons to start mediating, I've written THIS article with YOU in mind!

Why? Because in my experience, most people won't take action on trying something new until they are 100% sure that the benefits, or the results, are WELL worth the time, effort and energy it takes to make them happen.

When it comes to mediation, words simply do NOT do justice to the sorts of life changing experiences you can have. I have said this more than once.......but the simple truth is, learning to meditate has been the very BEST investment I've made in myself, my future and my day to day happiness, bar none......PERIOD.

But you may NOT yet be so sure, right?

Maybe you aren't 100% certain what you should expect, or how your life will change when you begin to meditate. If that sounds like you, I'm going to share 3 of the BIGGEST benefits I've personally experienced, with the hopes that you too will see the light. (no pun intended!)

The FIRST life changing benefit: Anger, envy and anxiety melted away

Do I ever still get anxious or angry? Absolutely. But now I have the tools, and the techniques to deal with them right away. (no more wallowing in states of mind that are counterproductive, disempowering and harmful to myself, and to those around me) Negative emotions like those above literally seem to melt away from mediation, and it's almost impossible to stay angry or anxious when you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. (because you see it for what it really is....and it just disappears!)

The SECOND life changing benefit: More HAPPINESS, beauty and bliss (and a philosophy of fearlessness as well!)

You really begin to see the beauty in everything around you. A flower. A stranger. Even witnessing an argument can reveal the true underlying nature of passion, and love of the people longer do I see hate, and jealously and fear when people passionately disagree! The truth is, meditation teaches you that there truly is nothing to fear. And that life unfolds in this miraculous and mysterious way that is to be embraced, warts and all. This has led to an incredible amount of empowerment, as living without fear is truly an experience that allows you to be, and feel alive, awake and AWARE.....often for the very first time in our lives.

The last big benefit? The gift of enhanced intuition, and awareness

Or, said more succinctly - the cultivation of psychic abilities. And while I'm not going to go into incredible depth in this article, being able to access non ordinary states of awareness, being able to sense, or even "see" things before they happen, is not only an incredibly transformative experience, it's also a whole lot of fun as well. I've had more "hard to explain" things happen in my life since starting to meditate, that to describe them all would make me sound like a new age nut! Suffice it to say, not only are they 100% true... many other meditators admit the same sort of stuff regularly happens to them as well. (and is often one of the biggest reasons many people begin, to boot!)

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The Benefits of Meditation in Our Modern Society

The benefits of meditation are countless; physically, mentally and emotionally, including the regain of self-worth and self-esteem.

Meditation is the art of stillness, awareness and the knowledge of the self. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of meditation and imagine it being practiced only by monks at the top of the Himalayan mountains, think again.

There are no requirements for getting the benefits of meditation, apart from silence and dedication. In its simplest form, equally effective as any other, meditation is a precious tool, completely free and accessible to all who wish to learn more about it. There are so many meditation benefits that it is a shame that most people don't know anything about it and can't really imagine what a difference it could make in their lives.

Modern society pushes us to our limits. We are always busy, trying to meet our obligations and responsibilities, worrying about money and family, working so hard to achieve that promised place in the sun. We are literally being attacked on a daily basis with problems and complications and, at the end of the day, you have no time to relax at all. You sleep in a hurry so you can start all over again in the morning. You are not enjoying yourself and life is passing you by, not to mention the damage that is being done to your physical and mental integrity.

This is all noise inside your mind; highly prejudicial noise. It's no wonder, really, that this is the century of mental breakdowns and diseases like anxiety, depression, chronic stress, phobias, etc.

Stop and Breathe. This is how meditation starts. It is the ability to take a break to recover by clearing your mind of all thoughts.

All you need to do, to start improving your life with the benefits of meditation is, first of all, to dedicate a few minutes of your day to it (even 10 minutes will do) and find a quiet place to be. Dim the lights and sit down comfortably. If your mind is racing, don't worry, it will soon calm down. Focus on one of the most basic functions of your body: breathing.

Breathe deeply. Feel the air going in and out of your lungs. Picture it while you do it. 5 minutes later you'll probably feel your body finally starting to relax, even though your thoughts are still working against you. That's OK, just allow them to flow, but don't let them grab your attention. With some practice, you'll be able to relax completely and control what comes to mind, breaking the loop of negativity. Visualize each part of your body relaxing. Stay there, in silence. Enjoy.

Benefits of Meditation - What are they?

Physical relaxation and all around well-being - when in stress, your body is on survival mode, pumped up and ready to fight. When it finally relaxes, it resumes its normal functions and starts working towards an optimal state - your heart rate will slow down, your blood flow will increase, it will eliminate muscle tension and boost your immune system, among many others.
Increased energy and strength - now that you can recover from the hard times, you'll find you have much more drive and power to do what you need.
Emotional stability - Your nervous system and brain will recover as well and the serotonin levels will rise, which will prevent and help improve the healing process of mental disorders, aggressiveness and destructive behavior.
Breaks negativity and the loop of destructive thoughts - when you are able to control your mind and/or analyze your thoughts without holding on to them, you will be free from that dark vicious cycle.
Gives a new perspective - In a calm and confident state, you'll realize your life and everything else in a different way, understanding what really matters for you and figuring out how to deal with your issues, without giving into feelings of despair and hopelessness.
Knowledge of yourself - spending time directed into your inner being will help you accept yourself as you are. You'll learn to love and respect yourself again. You'll reconnect with your dreams and your real purpose in life.

As you can see, the benefits of meditation are invaluable, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Win back your peace of mind and rediscover your essence by meditating.

Guy Brugada, a lover of self-help, self-improvement and spiritual material is dedicated to "pass on" his experience and thoughts to help anyone improving self-worth, well-being and happiness.

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Meditation Techniques: What Is The Best Meditation For You?

Despite what many will tell you, it is not necessary to study a bunch of different meditation techniques to find the one that suits you best. In fact, the best meditation for well over 90% of the population is the same. There are many variations of it, and the core of it is included (in some way) in virtually every meditation.

The best meditation for you to begin right now is Relaxation!

It is important to note that most people think they are pretty good at relaxing. Real relaxation, however, is achieved when you can relax more deeply sitting up than most people can when they are laying down going to sleep.

Why would you want to become a genius at relaxation?

Relaxation can not only help you experience the long-term benefits of meditation, it is also the fastest way to experience the health benefits of meditation.

Relaxation helps you to eliminate stress, which vastly improves physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, fatigue, allergies, sleep problems, substance abuse, and chronic pain. Imagine how much you could improve your health with just a little relaxation!

In addition, relaxation helps you to find deeper focus, which is very useful in work or business, relationships, hobbies, and anything new you decide to learn for the rest of your life.

So how can you use relaxation as your meditation?

There are countless ways, but the easiest I have found involves just watching the breath:

Find a comfortable, upright position.Tell yourself "I am now going to deeply relax"If you notice any sensations of tension in your body, acknowledge them, and let them go.Start to pour your awareness into your breathing. Allow your breathing to become nice, deep, gentle, and slow.Notice how wonderfully relaxing this feels!Continue to gently slow down your breath as long as it allows you to further deepen your relaxation.When you feel you are more relaxed than you have ever been before, just continue to breathe gently, and enjoy itOnce you are finished, remind yourself "Every time I practice this, I can quickly find an even deeper place of relaxation within myself."Be sure to smile as you finish practice, and carry that relaxed smile with you into the rest of the day.

So what do you do next?

Bring this into your daily life.

Start small and build from there. I encourage you toward a minimum of 5 minutes a day, but you can start with just 1 minute.

Do it right now!

Take a minute to follow the steps and watch your breath. After you have done it a few times, you will feel more comfortable with the process. Once you feel comfortable with it, you can play around with the relaxation meditation technique in with your eyes open or closed, in a variety of different environments, around different people, etc.

As you find yourself playing with relaxation more and more, you will look back and see that it has become a natural part of your life, and that it now seems weird not to do it.


Benjamin Langley has been studying meditation, self-hypnosis, energy work, and other healing methods for over 15 years. He has taken the time to study, practice, and integrate these methods, and he has written over 400 articles on these subjects, as well as numerous podcasts and videos that can be found on his site and others.

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How to Maintain Consistency and Be Successful

It does not take a genius to figure out the fact that consistency is the key to be successful. In life, whether you want to lose weight, climb up the corporate ladder, stay in love etc, everything needs consistency! A person starts his day with best intentions - "I will work out for an hour at least" or "I will put in my 100% in work today" or "will definitely take out few hours in the evening to play with the kids". Intentions are good at the start of the day but as the day progresses, intention and motivation levels dwindle - either you are too tired or one of the kids falls sick, you dog needs your attention etc and your actual plans go for a toss. You feel bogged down and consistency is lost! Well, try to follow these simple tips and see the change in your behavioral patterns:

• Tell yourself that you are always motivated: continuously telling yourself something and reminding your brains of particular things is a healthy and good habit. Keep telling yourself that you are motivated to go to the gym and work out. Look forward to it the whole day. Automatically your mind and body will start responding! Being consistence does not mean you have to be perfect. Some days you will lapse. Important thing is to get back in the grind with pure intentions

• Build momentum one step at a time - do not over load yourself. If you are aiming for a particular position in office and you have identified five action plans, do not follow them all at once. Your mind will be over whelmed and you will feel undue stress! Take baby steps - slowly but surely towards your goals. Achieve small steps confidently and successfully one at a time to reach final destination

• Have a contingency - life is unpredictable and hence you should normally have a plan B - something you can fall back on. You cannot anticipate and for see all problems and hurdles you are going to face. If you decided to hit the gym in the evening but you are delayed at work. Plan B should be to get up in the morning and compensate for last evening!

It is easy to lose ground, lose hope and lose all motivation. But if you have to achieve goals and are ambitious in life, consistency is the key to success! Do not give up!

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Meditation? Why Bother?

Strangely enough, meditation is a bit of a hot topic button in reserved society. It's either frowned upon as some kind of evil occult practice to commune with evil spirits or false powers - which I'm not sure I understand at all how anyone draws that conclusion, but fine, whatever floats your boat - or it's written off as New Age baloney that parapsychological nuts try to stuff down people's throats every chance they get. While concepts as simple as meditation have been abused in the sense of throwing around words to sell ridiculously expensive kits and guide books on the matter, it's certainly not something to steer clear of. It's actually quite the opposite!

So before you contemplate whether or not mediation is for you, what is meditation? Meditation, defined simply, is the practice of reaching complete and total relaxation. The purpose of meditation, whether it's to astral project, to cleanse the chakras, or to just relax the mind to better reflect on a worldly problem is entirely up to the user. But all meditation means is to reach the state of complete relaxation to reach that usually benign purpose. It is certainly not an evil practice, and it is certainly not just a fancy word occultists throw around to sound pretentious.

So is meditation for you, you wonder?

I myself would go as far as to say that meditation is for anyone who wants a true escape from worldly stressors by substantial means. The simple fact is people rely far too much on worldly stimulation to escape worldly stimulation; they escape the world through the world, whether it's television, video games, or wallowing away hours on social networking sites. We've reached a state of affairs where we believe technology is the break we need from modern living, or better yet, unhealthy habits such as overeating, drugs or alcohol.

What meditation offers is a true escape. It offers the mind a chance to truly focus, as meditation requires the self discipline of tuning out worldly disturbances. It offers the mind a chance to focus on the positivity needed to reach true relaxation, as only positivity brings the mind and body the inner peace to reach a state truly free of tension. It offers the mind the chance to clear itself of the clutter that our modern world insists on shoving into it, whether it's loud music, obnoxious advertising that feeds on public insecurity, or all the depressing stories that sell on the news. With the world we live in, meditation might be something we need just to keep it together!

And if even you don't buy into 'New Age occultist nonsense', there's certainly no arguing with objective science. Neuroscientists have indeed studied the brainwave activity of people who actively meditate, and through electroencephalograms (EEGs) they've discovered that their meditations actually shifted as well as slowed electrical activity in the brain. The people partaking in these studies were shown to be overall calmer, more collected than people who don't actively partake in meditation. They had reduced stress levels, anxiety, and were less prone to fear-based reactions in every day situations. They also had a more pragmatic grasp on emotional situations, and had better skills for management of anxiety.

While some researchers will argue that conclusive evidence has yet to be drawn about meditation's benefits, more and more medical professionals are found condoning and recommending meditation for their patients. And why wouldn't they? It's certainly less expensive than antidepressants and relaxers, and it reaps all the same benefits (although of course, intricacies of such a matter should be discussed with your health care provider).

Not only does meditation offer amazing benefits such as true peace of mind, needed positivity to better emotional health, and the chance to clear it of clutter, it's also an entirely subjective practice. What this means is that generally there's no right or wrong way to go about it. Many people incorporate meditation into a way that fits their lifestyle, whether they meditate in the lotus position in a sand garden, or they simply sit up straight on the leather sofa in their living room with soft, relaxing music playing.

Either way, meditation can be done in a few simple steps:

Slow down and focus on your breathing. This is a fairly basic step in most practices of meditation. It begins with simply tuning out worldly disturbances, by closing your eyes and concentrating on your breathing. Nothing exists outside of your body beyond your breath. Focus on the rhythm of your breath, the slowness of it, how heavily you breathe.

Visualization. Helpful visualization aids you greatly in meditation; picture yourself breathing out a light or an aura of your least favorite color, while you breathe to draw in a pure, white healing light that fills you with warmth, love, and compassion. You are breathing out the negativity, the fear, the tension, and you are breathing in love, warmth, and understanding.

Or perhaps you can visualize your body standing upright like a great tree. Picture the end of your spine furrowing deep into the earth, like the roots of a tree, and urge distractions, negativity, pain, tension and fear down into these roots where they'll fade into the earth. All the while, picture a white healing light pouring over the top of your skin, and as the tree takes in sunlight, take in and absorb this light and allow it to fill you with comfort, warmth, and love.

Or you can perhaps visualize a healing light pouring down on top of you, around you, curling like an ocean wave to wash away the fear, anxiety and tension that you will toward the top of your skin. Whatever visual you use, which is completely up to you, be sure that it brings you only positivity. You are drawing on only positivity to reach this state, use whatever means you need to do it.

Repeat an affirmation. An affirmation is somewhat like either a mission statement, or perhaps it's a conviction that will help you reach resolution. Either way, an affirmation is vital in meditation, but it can be quite simple given your situation. For example, if helping to heal yourself, or to make yourself happier, or to feel loved is your intent, simply word it positively in an affirmation. "I am healthy", "I am happy", "I am worthy of being loved", whichever you use, make sure that it's positive. Try to avoid words or comparative phrases, such as 'not', 'no', 'never', 'better than', 'less than', 'more than'. These words and phrases carry negative connotations, and it helps to keep things much simpler if you just focus on positivity.

Focus on positivity. Whether it's a positively reinforcing visual or whether it's reflecting on your blessings, stay positive. Picture yourself walking through a nice calm forest on a breezy spring day, or just reflect on the good things in your life whether it's your family, your friends, your health, or even the fact that you're alive. Either way, staying focused on positivity to clear out the negative energies of fear and anger are what will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.

No matter what way you choose to follow these steps, and no matter what method you choose in order to meditate - there are plenty of Yogic, Tai Chi and transcendental methods with which to practice - just remember that meditation is not a competition. It requires practice, but one can hone it at their own pace, and you certainly don't need to worry or become discouraged if you're not entirely at peace or entirely focused within your first few tries. The key is to stay positive, and keep practicing!

With the benefits in mind, as well as the path opened, I hope that at the very least I've helped someone discover a way to escape the every day ruckus of modern life. Or at least, I've helped them decide before they fall back on unhealthier methods.

In a world that needs more positive influence, after all, what could be wrong with seeking time to create more positivity for yourself? What could be wrong with attempting to better yourself? And how could a method that helps one attain inner peace, better their emotional being be perceived as evil or nonsense? Perhaps the matter can be better answered if only one meditates on it.

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What Is Meditation And The Benefits Of It?

What is meditation and awareness?

First of all I want to tell you what the meditation is not.

I heard many people saying the meditation is a voodoo thing or some yoga thing. Let's face that most of us do not believe the meditation can change our life.

Few years ago people thought the meditation is the secret behind the secret societies.

If you asked someone what the meditation is probably you get answers such as I do not know or I am not capable of doing meditation.

The meditation can bring awareness of our inner circle. The meditation brings us the awareness of our secret manifestation center - the subconscious mind.

So, what is meditation and how it works?

Five years ago I have been to a manifestation and meditation course. During the third day I have learned how the meditation works.

First of all the meditation is not some theoretical thing. It is practice. The manifestation course leader ask us to imagine what we feel when we think of our achievement in life?

He asked us to close the eyes and imagine being the achievements.

What do we feel?

Are we satisfied? Do we feel anger? Do we feel guilty?

And then ask us to be the feelings we have. He asked us to be with the feelings and observe us?

What are our sensations?

Doing this meditation I realized the barrier which stays between me and the manifestation.

How can I generate and manifest anything I ant if I am blaming my self for the small achievements I had?

How can I be successful if I do not acknowledge my self?

If you do not like your self you can not pretend to universe to like you, because this is what you send to the universe. And it is responding to your thoughts and feelings.

What is meditation and the benefits of it?

The meditation clarifies the mind. It clarifies the way you create thoughts and feelings.

The secret behind the meditation is the self knowing. The meditation can help you to connect with your subconscious mind. You are aware of any creation of your mind. You are aware and present to the universal laws.

Once you know the secret of meditation you know how to apply the law of attraction in order to know how to manifest anything you want.

The meditation is the connection with the spiritual being within you.

So, what is meditation?

It is the walking through the universe with the spiritual mind.

The super manifestor course is giving you the tools you need to be aware and present at your subconscious and makes the meditation to work for you.

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Powerful Benefits of Living in the Moment Exposed

Ever been "In the Zone?" Maybe during sport competition? Or maybe you were caught up in playing a video game you really enjoyed? Didn't time seem to fly by? What felt like five minutes was actually a few hours. We've all been there.

At those specific moments, you are living in the now; completely in the present moment. Within this state of mind we become the most powerful we can be. Where we transcend from normal human thinking to become the titans we were all meant to be. Let's talk about a few benefits to being in this state of mind.

The first and most obvious benefit is the clarity of thought that you get when you stay in the moment. Time seems to slow down and you can break apart ideas and strategies more effortlessly. When you stay in the present, you intuition speaks to you more clearly and you become more prone to react without hesitation. Ideas flow more easily to you; almost as if your mind gets fed information by some divine force.

Being in the moment gives you a feeling of euphoria. You feel less stressed because your mind can't dwell on anything negative. Most, if not all negativity reside in the past or the future. Being in the now will keep you out of those areas. Keep in mind that the past and future don't exist outside your mind anyway. The only thing that you can consider real is what is happening right at this very moment.

Try this exercise to see what I'm talking about. Breathe in deeply through your nose then exhale out all that air. Do this over and over for 2 minutes. Keep all your attention on it. If you do this you'll see that you can't possibly worry about anything within the span of those two minutes, because your mind stays consciously present.

Intuition is one of the main driving forces of creative thinking. By keeping your mind in the present moment you start relying almost fully on your intuition.

You also increase personal magnetism when you live in the moment. You become better at socializing; you seem funnier, and more confident. This happens because; you get connected to a part of your consciousness that tunes in the source energy that links us all.

Because of the lack of stress, your health becomes better as well. Stress causes your body to retain fat, make your heart overwork, and basically reeks havoc on your system. By being present you are at peace, and your body will be too.

As you can see, being in the moment has many benefits. It's a no-brainer that you would want to spend the majority of your life in this state of being. You can find many ways to do this; conscious breathing, meditating, exercise, and yoga are just a few things you could do. Just shoot for being in the moment at least 15 minutes every day and you can see a huge impact on your life.


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How You Can Relieve Your Stress With Meditation

The word meditation simply is defined as being a continuing contemplative thought. If you have stress in your life, know that you are not alone, as everyone has some form of stress, even children. Many times, your stress might be work-related,or have to do with your relationship with others. If you make some time to meditate, you will have relief from the stress you are feeling.

It might sound absurd to suggest to a busy person like yourself, to make time for meditation, but is it really? Consider the fact that meditation will calm your tensions and this will give you a better mindset with which to manage stress and stressful situations, so it's really just a question of priorities and decisions. If you can decide that meditation is important to helping you to relieve stress then you can find some time, even is only a few minutes just to quiet your thoughts. It's a great start and you can always build on that in the future. The important thing is to decide, prioritize and then start.

There are many breathing exercises you can do to help yourself with meditation. Take a few minutes with your breathing so that you can get your thoughts together when meditating. Afterall, if you are hyperventilating or even just breathing short quick breaths instead of long deep breaths, it's might not be most conducive to getting the great benefits meditation can give you.

One really nice thing about your meditation time is that in those moments, whatever your stress is about, it cannot harm you at that meditative time. In those few sacred minutes, you are safe and free from all disturbances. It's important to learn how to have peace of mind, which is a huge accomplishment in life, and meditation can do that for you so that you can access stress relief at any time Finding peace of mind is one of the greatest values you could ever find in life because once you have found it, no one can take it from you. It's so precious that it cannot be purchased anywhere for any price. It's truly the all-time greatest gift you could ever give yourself and meditation is the road that will get you to your destination.

Every time you meditate, remember to clean out all negative ideas about yourself and other people, places and things. Once you practice concentrating on the peace of mind meditation gives you, you will see new ways to improve your life. Meditation is a valuable tool that has stood not only the test of time, but has done so for centuries. The more you practice this valuable tool, the more peace you will gain and there will come a time that you wonder how you could have ever done without it!

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An Overview of Buddhist Meditation Techniques

Meditation requires time and practice. Imagine having total control over your mind instead of your mind controlling you. Buddhist meditation techniques help one develop and discipline their minds and if you practice these techniques regularly, you will soon find a gradual positive change in your mind, making it free of any fear and be an owner of a healthier body, stronger mind and enlightened soul.

Following Buddhist meditation techniques doesn't mean that you have to take and year off and go to some far off mountains to practice them. You can incorporate these methods where ever you are in your daily life. It is up to you to take a decision and make place for these Buddhist meditation techniques in your life. With time, you will free your mind of all those meaningful thoughts and meditate successfully.

Benefits of Buddhist meditation techniques

If you follow these meditation techniques, you will develop higher concentration and mind and generate good emotions like love, kindness and tolerance for others. You will find yourself getting calmer and relaxed and have a general sense of well being. Getting a physically and psychologically healthy life will bring a harmony in your body, mind and soul.

When you practice Buddhist meditation techniques, you will see a profound effect on your mind, body and soul with regular disciplined practice. Once you reach a state of not having the need to connect to or have physical objects, you have surely come a long way on this journey. This is one of the primary goals of this meditation. You should retire your mind from the worldly desires even if for a couple of minutes a day. You will sense immense peace with no connection to this physical world or when your mind is devoid of any worries. The feeling of calm and relaxation can only be felt and not explained. When you feel detached from the world, you are left with a clearer mind that is able to focus, concentrate and work better.


Buddhist meditation techniques teach you Vipassana, which is watching your breath with awareness. Just watch your breath as it comes and goes. This is perhaps the easiest and simplest of techniques for meditation. Breathing is the most of essential life process of our body and needs no conscious effort. Vipassana teaches you to be just aware of your breath and as it goes in and out of your body. Don't try to control it but just flow with it.

Buddha practiced these techniques all his life with the aim of detaching the mind from the world and getting rid of its cravings for materialistic things. Buddhist meditation techniques are followed widely all over the world.Although this extremely easy meditation can be practiced anytime, anywhere, initially it is strongly recommended to set aside a separate time and place for it daily.

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7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Meditation

A lot of people find mastering meditation to be a big challenge. The key to meditation is consistent practice, practice, practice, which takes time. In the meantime here are some tips to help you with wherever you are at.

1. Correct Posture

Keep your back straight. It should not be jammed upright or slouching. Imagine a string attached to the top of your head pulling your whole spine upwards. Psychology follows physiology so a straight spine sends a signal to your system, which says you are ready and alert. So a straight back will help you breathe better as your chest will be more expanded, which in turn will help your mind focus better and stay with your meditation. Energy will also flow better up your spine and through your energy centres (Chakras).

2. Focus on Breath to Stop Thoughts Wandering

The most common issue for most people when trying to meditate is that the mind won't keep quiet. Of course our mind is designed to think! We get one idea, then another, then another and we feel like we have a non-stop flow of thoughts. Even when we need relaxation, peace and quiet it keeps going.

But this only happens when we keep listening to it. Just make a decision that meditation will help you much more than all the thinking and take your attention to your breath. Every time your attention wanders just gently bring it back to your breath.

3. Set Your Intention for the Meditation

A good way to prevent the constant flow of thoughts is to set an intention. E.g deeper meditation, focus, calm, joy etc. Feel the intention connect you to a deeper place within yourself. When your mind starts up during your meditation however long it is 10-60 minutes, just gently remind it of your intention. You will find it much easier to stay focused!

4. Perform a Ritual

We are often programmed to do something automatically e.g brush our teeth, get dressed. In the same way you can 'program' yourself to get into a meditation by preforming a ritual. Rituals are like a 'warm up' for your mind and body getting you ready to meditate.

The idea is to always use a particular action or set of actions:

e.g Light a candle and incense sticks.

Sit in a particular part of your home in a particular chair

Have a statue in a corner of your home with essential oils in an oil burner

Sit up in bed first thing in the morning and drink a glass of water

Sit up in bed last thing at night and drink a glass of water

Follow any of the above with immediate meditation.

When you do this regularly, your mind and body links the two things together - the ritual and meditation. So whenever you perform the ritual your mind goes into meditation much faster. The more you repeat the process of ritual and meditation the easier it is to get into a meditative state.

5. Stop Beating Yourself Up

The best way to guarantee you can't meditate is to get angry with yourself for having thoughts. As stated before our mind is designed to think. A famous Tibetan saying is: "Trying to meditate without thoughts is like trying to have meat without bones."

Getting angry or into a panic will only prevent you from getting the calm you are looking for from meditation. Some useful methods:

- imagine your thoughts as being like clouds. Just let them float across the sky of your mind without trying to grab hold of them.

- put your thoughts in a big suitcase, and put the suitcase outside the room. You can pick it up later if you want!

-imagine your thoughts as being like horses galloping away. Just let them gallop out of your mind!

The more you can just accept what is going on and tune back into your meditation, the sooner you will reach the state you are aiming for.

6. Focus On a Particular Point

When your mind is getting very busy, focus on a particular point:

- the point underneath your nose, just before your top lip

- the point between your brows

- turn your eyes above eyeline level

Giving your mind something to focus on keeps it busy so it stops thinking so much.

7. Enjoy the Feeling

When you get feelings that are pleasant just relax into them. Often we get tempted to analyse what is going on. Instead just relax and enjoy what is happening. It will stop you being pulled into thoughts that drag you out of your meditation.


There is no one absolutely right way to meditate. The key is to be flexible. The above techniques have helped many people improve their meditation. Give them a try and see how they work for you!

Live the life you want!

Author: Christie Pinto, Life and Wellness Coach
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How to Overcome Common Obstacles During Your Meditation Practice

Is your meditation practice turning into an obstacle course? Are you wondering whether you should even be having any thoughts at all? Are you feeling more stress now that you've started meditating? It's very likely that your original reason for seeking a meditation practice was to reduce stress, not to increase it!

As a meditation instructor I've had students comment on the many obstacles they've encountered, the stressful feeling of not knowing if they're doing it right or even wondering if they'll gain any of the benefits at all. Well, that sounds pretty stressful to me. In order to experience the benefits of a meditation practice you must be willing to work through some obstacles and having an idea of what those obstacles are, can make a big difference in your approach to find solutions.

Following are some common obstacles you may encounter and some solutions that could work for you (obstacle: solution).

Obstacle: I don't have enough time!

Solution: Make meditation a daily practice. Placing your meditation practice on your daily to-do list must be a priority. Don't meditate just when you feel like it or when time allows. Meditation is a discipline that takes practice and when the benefits start showing up, they'll reinforce your practice.

Obstacle: My mantra is too long/too short!

Solution: Remember that your mantra is just a vehicle for transport, don't analyze it or wonder if it's working. It's like a taxi that takes you to the airport, then leaves. Your mantra is a faint idea that will disappear once it serves its purpose.

Obstacle: I'm having too many thoughts!

Solution: Accept that your thoughts are part of the meditation process. The nature of your mind is to think, so that means that you'll have many, many thoughts. Your thoughts will come and go, don't analyze them, just observe them and let them go.

Obstacle: I want results now!

Solution: Let go of any expectations you may have regarding your meditation results. If you're expecting to change overnight because you've been meditating for a week, it's not going to happen. Meditation is a process like baking; you gather, you mix, and then you bake. Your goodies will turn up, so just keep at it.

Obstacle: I'm too tense!

Solution: Relax and practice effortlessly. Be gentle with yourself because meditation is a time for non-doing. If you stress over your meditation practice, you defeat the whole purpose of meditation. Meditation should never be forced. If you force yourself, you will struggle.

You may think these solutions are easier said than done, however, the results you get will be determined by your willingness to reap the benefits of meditation such as stress-reduction, finding peace with yourself (and others), and most of all, living a healthier life.

It's your meditation time, so don't allow it to turn into a stress-related obstacle course. Wonder no more whether you should be having thoughts or not; just look forward to enjoying the benefits of stress-reduction and your original reason for wanting to learn a meditation practice. Remember that your commitment is to yourself and no one else.

Krystalina Soash is a published author, meditation instructor, and translator. She has two published works, "Your Positive Potential: Action Steps for Self-Empowerment" and "Writing Tips for Student Projects and New Freelance Writers."

You may visit Krystalina at

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But I'm Too Hyper To Meditate!

Are you one of those antsy-type of people who are often and incessantly bouncing a foot, tapping a pen, biting your nails, or otherwise fidgeting? Do you find that sitting still for extensive period of times is a test?

It might just be that sitting still to meditate is not the right type of meditation for you. If you would wish to learn how to meditate, then walking meditation might possibly just be a more useful choice for you.

If you have never heard of walking meditation before - don't worry. It is not as strange as it sounds. It is easy to learn and very effective tool for combating stress, especially when it is used on a regular basis.

Walking meditation comes in a slew of original forms. However, an easy one for you to get started with is to just solely concentrate on your foot hitting the solid ground with each step -- saying, "Left, right, left, right" with the relevant step.

The purpose of walking meditation is to allow you to hone in your thoughts as you pay attention to your feet hitting the pavement or walking up a flight of stairs; rather than just allowing your thoughts to run wild.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started with walking meditation.

1) While you are walking, you should shift your attention to your feet.

2) Be sure to walk at an average pace, or even thinking about walking at a slower pace in order to allow you to have increased focus on your steps.

3) Pay attention to the sensation that you feel as you take each step. Do you notice pressure, tingling, prickling?

4) As you take each step on your left foot, silently declare to yourself "left." Do the same for your right foot until you're in a steady tempo of "left, right; left, right."

5) If you see yourself getting distracted and all of a sudden realize that you are getting your lefts and rights mixed up then you have lost focus. Just begin over again from step # 1 and you'll soon enough be back on track.

Set aside a bit of time each day to do your walking meditation; you can absolutely make this a useful part of your day. Try it when you walk to and from the train station, while taking your dog for a walk in the morning, or going up a flight of stairs in your home.

Make a plan for yourself to discern just how many ways you are able to fit walking meditation into your life each and every day! What a great way to keep moving in a productive way that can also help you to focus and relieve a little bit of stress!

Kaylee Murphy is a psychotherapist who helps people manage and reduce stress in order to have more joy, freedom and better health. To get her free ebook so you can learn easy and clever stress reduction techniques visit her website today =====>

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Sparkling Breath Meditation

Find a comfortable posture to maintain for 10 to 20 minutes. If you are lying down, lie in Savasana (shah-VAH-sa-nah) - heels together, toes apart, legs relaxed**, spine long, shoulder blades tucked under, back of the neck long, chin slightly tucked, squeeze arms to your sides but stretch them down as far as you can, palms face up. (If you are seated in a chair, feet are flat on the floor, back is straight, neck neutral, chin level with the floor, hands rest on legs either palms up or down. Please refer to the end of the article for additional suggestions on what you may need to be comfortable.)

Establish an easy, rhythmic breathing pattern; breathing out and in for equal lengths of time (count slowly to 4 each way). Breathing soft and steady, easily and deeply, a pattern smooth and strong emerges.

Your eyes close gently. Behind your eyelids is darkness - total and complete. You are enveloped and surrounded, comforted and soothed by the absolute absence of light. Breathe it in, become with it as one. Darkness/blackness - you breathe it in, you breathe it out.

Gradually you become aware of a glowing light hovering over your face. It glows warmly growing and expanding. It sparkles brightly with golden and silver pin pricks of light almost seeming to dance and roll in place hovering over you. This light is pleasantly warm - just the right temperature.

As you lay gazing at the glowing and sparkling energy, think about all the 'things' that lurk inside you that you no longer have need of. Consider any negative emotions such as hatred or bitterness, anger or envy, fear or resentment. Let them bubble up in you. Let them really roil around. Also consider sadness, stress, disappointments, disease that might manifest or that has manifested, any pain or hurt you feel physical, emotional or spiritual. Let it all come to the surface of your consciousness. Let it pulse and throb in your body.

Take a moment to fully realize all of these sensations.

Now, as you exhale, visualize these emotions being pulled from every cell in your body starting with the farthest reaches from your lungs - the top of you head, the tips of your fingers and the tips of your toes - see these 'things' streaming out of you as your breath - black and sooty; smoky and thick.

Next, gazing with your mind's eye at the warmly glowing and gently pulsing, sparkling silver and golden energy hovering lovingly above your face, breathe in this healing concoction of energy, oxygen, vitamins, minerals, positivity, healing, relaxation, happiness and light. Draw it deeply into your lungs and throughout your body it flows into every cell from the top of your head, down the arms to the tips of the fingers, through the torso and down the legs to the tips of the toes. This energy fills you completely infusing every single cell right through to the smallest, deepest one.

As you breathe out, this loving energy takes with it any negative energy lurking within you. It pulls out the sooty, thick, smoky undesirables. Whoosh, they stream out as you let them go.

Breathing in, the sparkling energy floods your body to maximum capacity.

Breathing out, the undesirables depart.

With each and every inhale your body is healed, invigorated and renewed.

With each and every exhale your system is unburdened, purged and refreshed.

Breathing in, you sparkle and heal and glow.

Breathing out, you release and let go.

Breathe in, sparkling energy.

Breathe out, let go.

Breathe in, heal and rejoice.

Breathe out, let go.

What You Will Need:

- 20 minutes, undisturbed - schedule it in your planner
- A 'place' that is comfortable and (what you consider to be) safe and private, maybe there is a lock on the door, soft lights, soft instrumental music or just silence for optimal concentration
- Warm socks or a blanket to keep you cozy, non restrictive, non bunching clothing
- Patience/kindness/forgiveness/love

Please email/contact me ( if you have any questions regarding this meditation. Please visit my website for more information on yoga and meditation.

Thank you. May you find peace and fulfillment.

**alternatively the knees can be bent, feet flat on the floor and wider than hip distance, lean knees together so that legs can relax and stay in position

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Buddhist Are the Inventors of the Meditation Techniques

It seems to be very near the truth, if we say that Buddhist were the inventors of the meditation. The Buddhist meditation techniques are the best and worldwide recommended for the stress relief. In fact, meditation is a top priority element of the Buddhism. You will find dozens of meditation techniques based on Buddhist phenomena. The holy script of the Buddhist reveals complete details of meditation techniques. Lord Buddha adopted these meditation techniques for peace of mind during his life.

Practice is an essential part of the meditation and important than theoretical knowledge of its techniques. There are two basic techniques which are commonly used in these days due to their best productivity.
Tranquility or peace is the first method in the Buddhist meditation techniques. The main purpose of this technique is concentration of mind. The learner can choose any subjects from the 40 topics. It includes ten stages of concentration lessons, like discs of different colors, candle flame or other lights, water, etc. It also includes a variety of bodily decay such as rotting corpse. Breath control is usually the next technique including deep breathing exercises. This mindfulness breathing technique is fundamental and compulsory meditation exercise for every student. There are many benefits of this exercise. It helps to calm the mind by removing the inner chatter. The student feels much confident and pays accurate attention. With the help of this technique, students gain control over many mental hindrances of their life, such as sensual desire, doubt and sloth, anxiety, and ill-will. The next stage is the final stage where the student feels actual happiness.

Insight is the next method in the Buddhist meditation techniques. In this technique, the students learn to see the things as their actual existence. The students get rid of aversions in this technique to reduce the effects in rational judgment. They learn to accept the truth, even if it is not according to their taste. This is the initial stage in this technique and called as bare awareness. The students also needed three existence marks, which are essential in the phenomena. These three marks are suffering, not-self, and impermanence. The breath meditation exercise is also a part of this technique which helps them gain the enlightenment.

However, many people use both Buddhist meditation techniques at the same time in their practical life.

Next stage is the developing of kindness and loving. This technique directly changes the emotional habits of the students and helps them become more positive in their emotions. The students become more patient, kind to others as well as to themselves, and keen to understand others. This technique also teaches them to forgive others on their mistakes.

Mantra meditation is adopted by the every student of the Buddhist meditation techniques. In this technique, the followers use a simple phrase of their choice and repeat it at even-pace whether loud or internally. It helps them to calm their mind against any damage and pain due to any mischief. Most of the people think that this technique is only consist of spiritual phrases, but it is not true, you can select any poem as mantra to calm your mind during anxiety.

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Shaktipat Meditation and the 12 Levels of Spiritual Growth

Shaktipat meditation uses Divine, living energy to carry teachings from the mind of the teacher into the mind of the student. It's the fastest path to realization, and it forms the most highly evolved teacher/student relationships on our planet.

Shaktipat is a type of subtle energy -that is particles of energy too small for modern science to observe or detect. However science can observe the effects of subtle energy. The experiments of Clive Backster, the inventor of lie detector machine, demonstrate the effects of thoughts and subtle energy on plants.

It's essential that the Shaktipat meditation teacher is not only fully realized, but is also completely clean and clear. It's simply not possible for any teacher to give anyone a state of meditation that they don't already have themselves, and realization, or enlightenment, is the goal of Shaktipat teaching. As the Shaktipat energy flows through the teacher, it picks up the teacher's essence. If the teacher is polluted with cravings or suppressed emotions, these detrimental energies will be passed on to the student along with the beneficial teaching. If the teacher full of love, peace and bliss, that is what the student will experience.

Realization is defined here as having experienced all of the twelve levels of consciousness listed below. These twelve levels are taken from the writings of the great Yogi Vivekananda and rewritten here to render them more understandable to present day readers. The complete writings of Vivekananda are available on the internet.

Shaktipat Meditation can leap frog students through these levels, allowing them to go directly to the higher levels such as god realization, oneness and emptiness. This is accomplished by the teacher putting his own state of meditation directly into the student. It is then the student's responsibility to meditate dedicatedly in that state until it becomes anchored in him. If the student fails to do his meditation work, the great gift his teacher has given him will be lost quickly, leaving behind only a beautiful memory.

These twelve levels are usually experienced by most practitioners. It's common to be growing in several levels at once. Levels may be experienced in a different order than listed here. Some practitioners never consciously experience some levels. Some traditions focus completely on God while others ignore God and go into Oneness. There are many differences in opinion about the higher levels of Samadhi. The levels are presented here as a general guide.

1. Understanding the purpose of our existence. We are Spiritual beings enjoying an earthly experience, not human beings searching for a Spiritual experience. You attain this level when you consciously begin your Spiritual work.

2. Seeing the suffering of others. When you begin seeing past your own selfishness to the needs of others, you begin wanting to help them.

3. Removing the suffering of others. Consciously working to heal and teach others gives you the fastest growth.

4. Finding passion, peace and love. When we work selflessly for others we become very passionate about our practice and work. We also discover peace in ourselves and universal Love, love with a capital L.

5. Conversion of negative energies to positive. Anger, fear, sadness, negative thoughts and entities striking your aura are transformed to Love by the Love emanating from you.

6. Opening the Third Eye. Your psychic abilities awaken.

7. Bliss. You experience limitless joy. You become able find happiness in all circumstances because bliss wells up from your internal being and is not dependent on external circumstances.

8. The Source. You experience your direct connection to the Supreme Being, also called Allah, Jehova and God the Father.

9. Becoming The Source. You become an inexhaustible source of energy exactly like God.

10. Oneness. You experience that our entire universe is one conscious, living, intelligent organism with no division or separation. Everything is one very alive energy field.

11.Nothingness. Your complete being, all your experiences and creations dissolve completely into blackness. All egoic mind structures disappear. You become able to experience reality and create real structures.

12. Nirvana or nether being or non being. There is much debate about this state and if anything lies beyond it. It can only be experienced. It cannot be explained in understandable terms.

Completing these twelve levels can be compared to graduating from a Western university with a Bachelor's degree that prepares the student for post graduate work. Attaining realization allows people to experience reality and to begin learning how to work in it.

This process of learning how to working in reality goes on for the remainder of the person's life as they go deeper and deeper into meditation. Once again, Shaktipat meditation teaching from a person ahead on the path can speed learning greatly.

Richard Crown has spent more than thirty years in Asia. Living in diverse cultures has allowed him absorb their Spiritual practices in a first-hand, useful way. Shaktipat meditation is the fastest and best of all the many meditation techniques he has experienced. You can experience Shaktipat meditation with Richard & Remedia Crown at They are both realized meditation teachers who share their abilities with loving compassion.
You will also be able to download a free PDF of Richard's book Ascension In Love: Our Spiritual Journey, a true account of their own Shaktipat awakening presented in the form of easy to read conversations.

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