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"Focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation:"
Well that's the Oxford dictionary definition!
For many of you, the definition of meditation above will ring alarm bells - focus, chanting, religion, spiritual, and for good reason. Well, you can rest easy.
The practice of Vedic Meditation does not involve focusing on anything, nor do you need to concentrate, or contemplate anything. And there is no chanting. There is no religious content or connection - you won't find a religion that has this technique as part of its theology. You will however find people of many different religions who do practise this technique - it seems no amount of prayer reduces stress nor blood pressure.
I talked above about what Vedic Meditation does not involve, now lets look at what is does involve, spiritual purpose, relaxation, reduced stress, better sleep and as a result your overall fitness and health improve.
There is a saying "Our spiritual existence affects our physical existence, and vice versa". Through deep relaxation we are able to release stresses that bind our spirit which in turn stifles our growth as an individual. If you don't find a way to release accumulated stress you will notice a growing negative effect in your personal relationships and your attitude to work and life in general - the glass is always half full, IF you can find the glass at all!
On a day to day level the regular practice of Vedic Meditation ensures a deep level of rest that elevates stress and tension. The tightness in the neck and shoulders goes away, as do many other stress related pinch points such as the lower back. And nearly everyone who learns Vedic Meditation comment that their sleep improves, and for many they didn't realise that they were sleeping poorly before hand.
"What do you want to gain by sitting with your eyes closed for periods of the day?"
I am asking you these questions for a couple of reasons, firstly because life can be pretty hectic these days, so can you afford to be sitting around doing nothing? On the other hand, can you afford not to?
The second reason is to try and help you to understand that there is a level of commitment required, some say sacrifice, but thats a bit harsh, its only twenty minutes twice a day and the benefits out weigh the time by far.
The third reason is to get you thinking about why you want to learn how to meditate - what you do want to achieve? What is it about 'YOU' today that you want to change?
Understanding why you want to learn to meditate will help you choose the right technique to achieve your goals. A search of the internet or phone book can be very bewildering, there are thousands of techniques available - as I type this there are 4,740,000 (thats 4 million, seven thousand and forty thousand) results in Google on the search term "Learn how to meditate".
Hello my name is Warwick Jones, I teach Vedic Meditation, an authentic mantra meditation technique, independently of any organization.
I have been involved in teaching meditation for over 20 years and am very happy to talk with you about meditation, its benefits and how it might help to fulfil your dreams and aspirations.
If you would like to learn how to mediate without involvement in any particular group or organisation, and without the need to subscribe to any religious or philosophical points of view, give me a call, 09 419 5380
For some it’s a spiritual journey, for the majority it is for practical reasons such as: more energy, clarity of mind, motivation, better health, happiness, fulfilment and satisfaction in life, love and themselves.
There is a widespread myth concerning meditation that it involves stopping the mind or emptying the mind of all thought. This may well be true of other forms of meditation, however this is not true when it comes to Vedic Meditation.
Vedic Mediation is a simple, natural process which progressively improves the balance of the physical nervous system through regularly alternating profound restfulness with normal daily activity.
I invite you to look around my website and then call me, 09 419 5380 (be prepared to leave a message, I can’t answer the phone when I am teaching) to either ask more questions or to arrange a one-on-one Introductory Talk.
ONE: The first step in learning how to meditate is to attend an “Introduction” session.
TWO: Step two is Personal Instruction, 4 two hour sessions on consecutive days
THREE: And finally, Personal experience – Putting it all into Practice.