Why Meditate?

What is Meditation?
There are 2 basic types of meditation practice:

1) Meditation: This practice is about clearing the mind, relaxing the body and restoring peace and harmony to your being through stillness and silence.
To meditate is to turn inwards, to concentrate on the inner self.

2) Visualisation: Guided Visualisations are meditations which have a spoken narrative, the theme of which generally contains positive imagery and suggestions.
You are guided to visualise or feel the content of the meditation.

The main difference between meditation and visualisation is that meditation is about clearing the mind of thoughts and fears where as visualisations are about regulating or constructing the content of conscious thought in a positive manner.

Why Meditate?
There are many positive benefits associated with the regular practice of mediation or visualisation techniques - even for short periods of time.
Some of these include:
Physical benefits: Physiological changes such as decrease in hormones and other biochemical compounds in the blood indicative of stress; the release of endorphins; lower heart rate and blood pressure; relaxes the body and eases muscle tension.
Spiritual benefits: Felling more connected to all life; feeling closer to 'God' or 'Spirit'; enhance creativity; self-exploration; heightened intuition and psychic development.
Emotional benefits: Self-esteem; patience; emotional stability; tolerance; an increased ability to love; stress-relief and relaxation; inner peace; decreased anxiety.
Factors such as these can help contribute to feelings of increased wellbeing, health and feelings of happiness.

How do I Meditate?
You might find meditation difficult at first. Don't expect to master it immediately and don't worry if you find it "boring" or fall asleep - these are all normal occurrences during meditation, especially for beginners.
Using guided meditation audio CDs can help lead you to discover you own inner focus, and help you avoid distractions during meditation.
There are many ways to meditate.
It can be easy as finding a quiet place to sit or lie still and direct your awareness to your breathing.
The CDs in the Meditation Room series offer simple meditation techniques for you to use - no previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

Where and When Should I Meditate?
You can meditate anywhere that you will not be disturbed - switch off phones, televisions and the radio.
Some people like to meditate outside in nature, or in holy places. If you meditate indoors, the room should be neat and clean, being neither too hot or too cold.
You might like to create a special meditation sanctuary indoors, using incense, cushions and spiritual statues.
Quiet times first thing in the morning or last thing at night are probably the best times to meditate, so you can fully focus and ensure that you will not be disturbed.
But most importantly - do what feels right for you!

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