Its about a mindset that happens during life and is established through the practice of yoga. Be it bending and twisting asana postures or sitting in meditation. The aim of Yoga is union, union of mind body senses and Self. When the mind transcends the finest impulse of thought in meditation and experience of unbounded awareness establishes itself. Complete unity of all aspects of our mind, body, perception and being, Samadhi is established. This goal of yoga can easily be lived if we use the immense power of our mind. The mind leads the body. We all know from our daily experience of settling to sleep, if the mind is filled with thoughts and active, then the body doesn’t settle down and you cant get to sleep.
Learning how to use the mind to effect the body is the art of meditation, like pulling one leg of a table the whole thing moves. Transcending and experiencing unity brings the whole of life into balance. Regular experience of this integrated state of mind and body cultures calmness(TM practitioners undertook lie detection testing scored 100% calmness-as compared to the controls 23%-(Physiology and behavior 54:591-595. 1985)and focus (40% improvement in 90 days compared to controls (Perceptual and Motor Skills39: 1031-1034. 1974) and resilience to stress, this is the purpose of meditation. Sometimes called higher states of consciousness, I like to call it ‘more integrated states of consciousness’. More of your brain is online, processing the experience brought to the senses, comprehending the meaning and using forethought to design a response. Spontaneous right action without the effort of mindful conscious intellect driven contemplation and analysis of the situation. Freedom to think, decide and act in one liquid millisecond, a skill that leads to greater achievement in the field of activity, thanks to the brain integration experienced in meditation and retained after meditation back in life.
How do you develop a regular daily practice of meditation? After all one or two visits a week to the studio for meditation, (usually 10-15 minutes of horizontal contemplation or guided relaxation), is not enough to counteract the barrage of overshadowing thoughts and unprocessed experiences going through your brain everyday. What is needed is regular daily independent meditation or several short periods of meditation, experiencing brain integration each day.
You will only continue to practice if you see an immediate benefit– every time you practice, its that cost benefit relationship. To get a benefit that’s noticeable from meditation, every-time you practice it will need to change your nervous system measurably, therefore look for published research on the technique before you invest your precious time and energy into any particular style of meditation.
Different techniques have different benefits, see my post on this topic, here is the link.
Firstly you will need a teacher. Meditation cannot be learned on YouTube, a free eBook, app or DVD. Give these a go then find a teacher.
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Yoga asana or postures, traditionally prepare the body for meditation, some breathing exercises slipped into the sequence even better. Asana(postures), pranayama(breathing) meditation, then action. This sequence will culture a permanent state of yoga, or brain integration that you will live spontaneously, no mood making, no trying to be mindful of your thoughts, natural authenticity of which you will be proud because with regular meditation you will be noticing the changes in your mind, body, behavior, every area of life.
Full disclosure-I teach meditation, for 20 years, full time and I only teach Transcendental Meditation because it works for everybody, every-time they practice. My students continue independently to meditate for decades reaping the benefits in all areas of life 🙂 Come along to a free introductory Talk and get all your meditation questions answered.
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