Understanding Meditation

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Meditation is something that you do to help clear your mind and give yourself a sense of peace and calm. The traditional form of meditation is what most people think of when they first learn about how to meditate.

If you are new to meditation, you may feel nervous; however, meditation is nothing to be scared of. A lot of people may tell you it is dangerous and you will be opening yourself up to a lot of unwanted psychic energy – this is not true at all. Meditation is a way of dealing with your daily worries and anxieties, so you feel better about yourself. After your first meditation session you should feel calmer and more relaxed. It is also common to feel a wonderful sense of peace during your meditation; if you experience this calming sensation you will want to practice meditating on a regular basis.

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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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Living Mindfully

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How to live life; lovingly, mindfully and completely in the present, is something that people seem to find very difficult if not impossible do. We live in an age where everything is geared towards the future. Planning for the future, worrying about the future, and saving for the future. While it is sensible to make financial provisions for those rainy days. Living your life constantly looking over the horizon or worrying about what is around the corner, is detrimental for our mental health. So many of us spend our time thinking so much about tomorrow; that we do not enjoy or appreciate today!

What does living mindfully mean? Mindfulness is a practice taken largely from Buddhism but anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more aware of the present moment, rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. Mindfulness is about being aware of your thoughts, but rather then allowing them to carry you off forward or backward you observe them, you acknowledge them but you do not attach any emotion to them. You then let them go. Mindfulness is about being grounded in the present moment.

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