Meditation Benefits: Meditate in a Minute

Meditation Benefits: Meditate in a Minute

Meditation Benefits: Meditate in a Minute

Because the only real moment is ‘Now’ and the only time we can truly be meditating is ‘Now’ then it makes sense that either we are meditating in this moment or we aren’t. Even if it took us nineteen minutes to arrive at the moment when we slipped into meditation, the transition was instant; we crossed the event horizon into the silence.

If then we can eliminate the first nineteen minutes and slip immediately into meditation, string a number of the silent minutes together (even if they are at different times during the day), then we can receive the same benefit that we gained in the longer session, at least that‘s the theory behind the idea of being able to meditate in a minute.

So, is there any real benefit to meditating for a minute? In his book, “One-Moment Meditation,” Martin Boroson makes a very compelling case for this very concept.

According to Boroson, all too often “we think that peacefulness takes a lot of time, or that it will come only in the future, we are focusing on becoming peaceful rather than being peaceful.” This goes to the heart of meditation, which is to get out of our heads where we are either focusing on the past or thinking about the future, instead of being in the ‘Now.’

The Spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti said, “It’s now or never,” and what he met was, beingonly happens in the present moment and not that this is your only chance. In fact that’s what meditating in a minute is all about, that you have a chance in every moment to “be here now” and become fully present.

J. Krishnamurti

J. Krishnamurti

In her article, Elena Brower faced explaining this concept to her mother and that resulted in her sharing her thoughts on this process with us. Here’s Elena to share her thoughts and her “lightning-fast meditation” to help balance our heads…

“Lightning-fast meditation to balance your head and your heart — an actual, factual balance. Right now, as you read, feel how much energy it’s taking to read and process these words in your brain.

Now bring an equal amount of attention down into your heart. Even though we read and compute first with our minds, play with this for a few seconds. Close your eyes and feel the resonance in your heart as equal to the resonance in your mind.

Why is this so difficult to do?

We all have a much easier time living in our minds than in our hearts. I watched a super smart woman today literally fight herself to stay present to her heart’s voice instead of her mind, and she couldn’t hold that space for more than one moment at a time. Our tendency as humans, simply, is to live in our minds..”.

“…Whenever the heart closes because of doubt, judgement, fear, dread or shame, the mind steps in to make sense of it, to deftly shift the conversation to something else. All of our energy ends up there in the brain, draining the rest of our body of energy needed for listening, praying, helping, giving or sharing — all absolute requirements for healing.

So it’s about the mind and heart together, on the same page. Let’s get down to the meditation.

One practice, one minute to even out the resonance [the velocity, the intensity] of both the heart and the mind.

Sense the moment when you’ve arrived at an even energy in the two spaces. That “balanced” feeling lasts only briefly, but with practice, that sensation can be prolonged, and will be healing for your whole being. And everyone close to you.

One minute now. Take a few healing breaths and smile, be still here for just one minute. As you finish reading this sentence, soften your eyes, and make your heart as big, as active, as alive, as open and as receptive as your brain.

Feel how much softer it is in your heart now?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Bring this evenly open, softer state to both mind and heart, no matter what the context, no matter how vexing or crazy it seems in front of you, and watch as the confusion abates, everything gets quieter, because you’re in your heart. Watch how you begin to feel more abundant. I dare you.” Read more…

That we can only find balance now, in the present moment, it also means that it doesn’t take time at all, that balance doesn’t happen over time; it happens in this moment. Meditation is always available to you and possible at any time.

As Martin Boroson point out, this approach can be thought of as going straight to the point and that if you are going to meditate and you can only do it now, you might as well get right to it. He also makes clear, and this is important, that this practice is not met to replace other forms of meditation. When you learn to meditate in a minute, mastering the moment, then you will have developed a skill that will greatly enhance all your meditative practices.

The Meditation Benefits May be Enough

There are numerous challenges that you encounter once you’ve decided to begin a regular meditation practice, and as it turns out the meditation benefits may be all the motivation and inspiration you’ll need to get past those challenges. ᅠᅠ

The benefits of meditation have gathered the attention of the scientific community long before Westerners started becoming adept at meditation and that trickle of scientific interest as grown to a flood in the last few years.

In this post the discussion surrounds this topic of motivation, meditation and benefits.

Meditation to most people is one of those things which sound nice, is interesting at first, but does not have enough pull to get one really excited. Using a particular meditation to help you relax for 10 minutes seems enough, there doesn’t seem to be any more to it. Some people try visualisations, or even give a Vipassana retreat a go, but on the whole, unless you are a diehard spiritual seeker who has had much pain and discontent in your life, meditation is one of those things that you look at, are curious about, but turn from getting too caught up in.

I think this is because the benefits of meditation have not been discussed enough – and when it is discussed it seems to be spoken of in terms of – freedom from illusion, or mind, liberation from the body or samsara, and as interesting as that is – it doesn’t really sell the idea, the terms are too abstract. Unless you are caught in a corner with nowhere else to go, unless you are withstanding some crisis, pain or disillusionment, you do not have what is necessary to persevere with it, til you can see why people indulge and recommend it.

People also I think can get caught up in the surrounding philosophy and related fields, such as the psychic domain and this leads people into the future rather than working with what is happening now. Meditation next to future possibilities seems a little backward, colourless, or mundane. So it becomes easy to see why so many gravitate to clairvoyance and related fields the whole time dabbling only minimally with meditation…

…If one is able to persevere through all this, and actually continue to meditate and reach beyond the thought dance, they then may encounter an experience they cannot explain with their mind which scares them, they for a moment lose contact with the world around them everything they know and love, and something else penetrates, and perhaps penetrates too deeply, thus scaring them away. Or they encounter some repressed emotion from a previous time, this overwhelms them, overcomes them, and easily waylays their interest in the field.


There are then many obstacles to meditation which could easily derail even the best of intentions – and at the end of the day, it is normally only when people are backed into a corner of pain or disillusionment that they feel and know the necessity of remaining with this technique.

When you can look at your thoughts and not feel compelled into action as a result, when you can see your sadness and anger but not fall into them and let them invade and influence you, you have significantly altered your life path for the better, right up until your death bed. No one can take this from you, they can try, they can isolate, persecute, condemn or try and manipulate you, but the link between you and their words are broken, just as you can see the futility of your own thoughts, so too can you see more penetratingly into theirs. Thus leaving you free to consider their actions, behaviours, or coercions without needing to give in and follow them, refute or rebel against them, for you see so clearly the weightlessness of their intent.

This certainly makes meditation worth looking at again…

If you are struggling to develop a regular meditation practice because you are looking for the motivation, to get started or to stay engaged, then ask yourself what issues, physical, mental or spiritual are creating challenges in your life and chances are you will discover a meditation benefit that will help you with your motivation. ᅠClick here to visit the original source of this post

Benefits of Meditation in the Facebook Age

This post is for all the techno geeks out there who might not think that meditation would play any part in the cyber world. Well, guess again, because Ajit Jaokar, a respected mobile and web industry author, blogger, publisher and teacher, has just published a book and that begs to differ.

Benefits of Meditation in cyber world

Benefits of Meditation in Cyber World

The concept that he is proposing seems on the surface paradoxical, but paradox and meditation have gone hand in hand for millennia, which is the simultaneously disconnecting from the external world while connecting exponentially increasing number of inputs because of the growth of technology-based networks.ᅠ

Jaokar defines meditation as the sense of presence and focus required to achieve seemingly-impossible things. Landing a plane on the Hudson, for example.

According to Ajit one of the benefits of meditation is that it, “…becomes a technology that will cause an exponential uptake in human intelligence and evolution.” It seems that meditation just may turn out to be the best way to the coming hyper-technology.

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Top Research Psychiatrist Promotes Meditation Benefits

This post is, essentially, an interview with Norman Rosenthal, M.D. professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, who is best known for his study and treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Dr. Rosenthal as just published a book, “Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation,” which features case studies and interviews with meditators, including such celebrities as Paul McCartney, Russell Brand and many others.

At the end of the article there is a video presentation with Dr. Rosenthal and in it he starts off qualifying himself by saying, “…I’m not a TM insider” and noting that he came to the practice later in life. However, Dr. Rosenthal, quickly makes it known that he’s did his research and in the process discovered a large volume scientifically measurable data.

A world-renowned psychiatrist is speaking out about a powerful antidote, he believes, for many of our modern woes, a way to help overcome stress-related disorders while opening a new window to the potentialities of the human brain.

There have been a number of posts this week about Dr. Rosenthal speaking about Transcendental Meditation and his new book; this one by Jeanne Ball is by far the best. Dr.  Rosenthal is another scientific voice adding to the validity of the benefits of meditation.

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Is Learning how to Receive Support and Love a Meditation Benefit?

Becoming more self-aware is the number one benefit of meditation, because self-awareness creates the opportunity for self-acceptance. You need to know and accept who you are now, especially if you want to transform any aspect of your life. When we are more self-aware, it also means we have the opportunity to become less self-critical and allowing ourselves to open to receiving.

For me a guided meditation or centering technique is like a poetic journey that my mind agrees to take By simply choosing to

Because the Universe operates through a constant exchange of energy and information, with giving and receiving being the different aspects of the flow, creating homeostasis or balance is the key to peace and happiness. And the act of being able to graciously receive is as necessary as giving, especially when receiving life’s most precious gifts like love, appreciation, laughter, wisdom, support or joy.

Self-awareness creates discernment, allowing to dig deeper and distinguishing the root causes of feeling and emotions, which are often different than what they appeared to us to be on the surface.

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Meditation it’s not What You Think

The first time I heard this phrase, it was in a talk given by Jon Kabat – Zinn, Ph.D. where he mention that he had a tee shirt with the ‘it’s not what you think’ saying printed on it.

The reason this quote is popular among meditators is because it says it all and it’s said, every pun intended. As the Shapiro point out, in this piece, meditation is not about ‘thinking’ it’s about letting go of thinking, not ‘trying’ or ‘doing,’ but ‘being.’

Many “try” to meditate but their minds are so busy they get frustrated and quickly believe they are no good at it. Others turn into diehard advocates of a particular method or technique and become like a salesperson trying to sell a product.

One of the points addressed by the authors, which is often overlooked, in the rush to ‘learn’ to meditate, is that meditation is a natural process, one that just happens.

All the techniques, styles and types of meditation are simply methods help us quiet our “monkey minds.”  Whether you are drawn to TM, Primordial Sound, Vipassana or any other of the many meditation techniques, the best one is the one that works for you.

 

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Is meditation Safe?

Because there are so many benefits from meditating and because you’re almost never hear anything negative about meditation, does that mean that there are no possible negative consequences?

For the hard core, Newtonian oriented science types, the greatest consequence of meditating too much would be that you might feel a little spaced out.  But as the author, Stacey Nemour, points out others many have a different perception. According to Katie Weatherup, author of Practical Shamanism, “multiple hours a day of meditation can increase any tendency to dissociate, especially in trauma survivors because meditation is in itself an exercise of separating our minds from our physical reality!”ᅠ

There are countless benefits that come from meditation. Scientific studies show meditation activates the part of the brain that helps one make better decisions. Other benefits are anti-aging, healing, enhanced abilities and feeling balanced,

So is it simply a matter of a belief system that determines whether or not meditation poses any dangers? This question goes to the heart of the debate between materialist and spiritualist. Is there one central reality or do we each create our own?

What are your thoughts? What would happen if your shifted your perspective from the one you’re holding so close?

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Do you need a Guru to Benefit from Meditation?

The word guru conjures up all kinds of visions, mysterious mystics or silent mountain top monks, but the definition is generally accepted as teacher or classically as, “one who teaches spiritual liberation form his or her own direct experience of realization.”

Ram Dass and Maharaj-ji

Ram Dass and Maharaj-ji

The question is do you need one?  Actually, there are various reasons you may want a teacher. The most basic is, the reason you would want a teacher for anything, to help you avoid mistake and to speed up your learning time.

However, there are other questions that arise when deciding to look for a teacher. How do you choose the right kind of teacher? How do you find a teacher? What level of teacher are they, instructor, mentor, pandit or master?

What do you look for in a teacher, or as importantly, what to look out for in a teacher? These are all questions that will serve you well if you spend some time investigating them before you move forward, or to at least, keeping the questions in mind as you develop a relationship with a new teacher.ᅠ

They rely on him for calming meditation techniques – essential to counteract stress and muscle tightness during long weeks of intense training. He has now launched sessions open to individual clients, including rhythmic stretching, breathing exercises
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Ultimately, you will need to trust your own intuition, your inner guidance when choosing a teacher. Remember the old Vedic saying, “When the student is ready the teacher will come.” I will leave you with thoughts of Ram Dass on this subject, “Be open to all teachers and all teachings, and listen with your heart.

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Meditation can Help your Clear your Mental Attic

Think of meditation as a way to do some mental spring cleaning, sweeping out that constant chatter that’s always cluttering things up in your head. Most of the time we are living in our heads, either in the past or on the future, in fact, if we are in the ‘now’ than we aren’t in or heads at all, we’re simply present.

Meditation is the practice of getting out of our heads and slipping into the gap between our thoughts, you know, silence, or into the present moment, and that would be mindfulness. Either way, the self-talk stops, at least for a time and with it goes the worries, anxieties and general mind drama and in slips peace.

Use the same place to do this every time. You just might find that the urge to sit and stew gets weaker over time. Consider taking an actual course or program to learn meditation and mindfulness techniques. Practice what you learn,  
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The benefit of meditation is that the more you practice it the more it becomes a part of your everyday life, which means more peace and less worry and happier, healthier life. And I would say that’s a spring cleaning worth doing.

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Traditional meets Alternative in seeing Meditation as a Benefit

Slowly but surely, traditional western medicine is embracing, what used to be called ‘alternative’ practices. Now many of the so called ‘alternative’ practices have redefined as complementary, a better definition, for at least some of these practices.

One of the reasons is because of the new ‘hard science’ that’s now arising around these practices. There are a multitude of new studies extolling the benefits of meditation, yoga, deep breathing and other relaxation therapy’s.

The benefits of meditation alone have been linked to a reduction in the side effects of cancer treatment, a decrease in depression for MS patients and, along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help elevate the symptoms of clinical depression and meditation has been shown to boost cellular health.ᅠ

Check out this primer for do-it-yourself meditation from the Mayo Clinic, or find a class near you. Yoga: Of the many potential benefits of yoga, certain forms have been associated with improving recovery from breast cancer, lessening anxiety and

Of course not all ‘alternative’ practices have proven beneficial effects, but for those with the research behind them, I believe that complementary and traditional western medicine have begun to, at least, ‘shake hands.’

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