Meditation Advice, Guidance and Tips
By Remez Sasson
Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts; distraction of mind is a sign of its weakness; by constant meditation it gains strength.
- Sri Ramana Maharshi
Meditation is more than a technique for relaxing the body, as some people might think. It is a method for gaining freedom from constantly nagging thoughts and worries, and for quieting the chatter of the mind.
In its higher levels, meditation leads to inner peace and happiness, and to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Meditation plays an important role in various religions and spiritual traditions, and has always been practiced everywhere, from ancient times until the present day. There have always been people, who had the desire to go within, beyond the mind, and to discover who and what they are, and attain a higher spiritual consciousness.
There are many forms, techniques and traditions, which are practiced and followed for various reasons and aims, for relaxation and health, for mental mastery and inner peace, and of course, for attaining spiritual awakening and enlightenment, and for discovering who you really are.
In order to obtain results meditation has to be practiced every day, at least once a day, twice a day is better. A beginner may start with only 10 minutes and gradually increase the time.
Essentially, there are two forms of meditation. One that requires focusing the mind on a certain activity, such as on the breathing process, or on a concrete object, mental image, a word, thought or a quality of character.
The other form, requires that you do not focus on anything in particular, but to empty the mind of thoughts, and merge into the inner silence within you, into your Real, Inner Self. This form can only be practiced after one is well trained with the first form.
Below, you will find several things you can do to improve your ability to meditate, reduce the inner resistance of the mind, and improve your chances of success. Read these suggestions attentively, and apply them to any technique that you choose to practice.
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