The Beauty Of Meditation

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It is believed, that the first known use of meditation took place at least 15,000 years ago with hunter-gatherers. Cave paintings have been found showing people lying on the ground in meditation. These people are believed to be shamans who would use meditation to achieve a trance like state; And while in this state, they would consult the spirits for help when they hunted animals for food. The earliest recorded writings about meditation occurred in India about 5,000 years ago. They appear in the Vedas, (Books of Knowledge,) which are sacred Indian scriptures.

During the 6th century BC, Hindu Prince Siddharta Gautama was happy and wealthy. Although he was happy, he learned that not everyone else was satisfied with life. One day he sat down under a tree, folded his legs and began to look deep into his mind. After seven days of meditation, he awoke with new found knowledge. He became known as Buddha. Buddha had learned how to quiet his inner thoughts and develop a strong form of concentration. Buddhism began to spread and the religion and practices of meditation eventually made its way to China and Tibet. Since this time, particularly since the 1960′s and 70′s, the practice of meditation has made its way to the west. Where this beautiful peaceful practice has gained great popularity and respect.

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Positive Affirmations

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You may be wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to using positive affirmations – surely they’re just words, right? Actually, there’s a lot more to it than you may think. Before I get into a more in-depth discussion about positive affirmations and how they can change your life, I want to explain why we should use them.

You may not realise this, but ever since you were a small child, your subconscious mind has been picking up information from those around you and storing those snippets as limiting beliefs. These beliefs are more powerful if they’ve been reinforced by authority figures, such as teachers or parents. An example of this would be when, as a child, you were constantly told by your parents that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ or perhaps your teacher told you that you were clumsy and wouldn’t amount to anything. If this kept happening, then you would start to believe those things. Even though you may have forgotten them, now you are an adult, they are still there inside your subconscious and are having negative effects on your life.

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