meditation-practice

Each individual who decides to meditate does so for their own reasons and with their own set of hopes and expectations of what continued practice might bring.

The health benefits of meditation are well researched and documented; for example, it’s widely known that meditation can lower the heart rate, slow the aging process, relax the body and mind into ideal and optimum states for self-healing and well-being, and if practiced regularly can, over time, help to bring the body, mind and emotions into a better state of balance. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what meditation can contribute to our mental, emotional and spiritual growth and evolution, and the impact these changes can have on our lives.

There are many forms of meditation; first of all there are the more widely known traditional, forms: TM, Buddhist meditations on mindfulness, breath and stillness; meditations on God’s Love or transcendental chanting on the beauty of Krishna; contemplative walking meditations, meditation on mudras and mantras, trance-inducing dance meditations and deep devotional prayer.

As well as these more devotional forms, there are a vast number of more pro-active and directive practices such as visualization, guided imagery: for manifesting, for healing – both personal and planetary – for connecting with the higher self, or Guides, or The Angelic Realm, or Divine presence, or The Higher Self or for developing psychic and intuitive awareness, for chakra clearing and energetic cleansing, and on and on.. The list is almost as infinite as the practice itself!

With a consistent repetition, each of the above methods, can lead to significant spiritual, emotional and intuitive growth. All of these methods lead us more or less to the same place, a place in which we recognize that by going within, we are able to connect with our Divinity and gain access to the vast range of wisdom and understanding that resides beyond the reach of our everyday consciousness.

Meditation has been a tried and tested route to self-realization probably since the beginning of our existence as individually incarnating beings. It has been the route through which great sages and masters have transcended the physical realm and ascended into greater connectedness. Along the way, they also gained invaluable personal insights about themselves and the nature of their own purpose. So even if you have no desire whatsoever to experience complete self-realization in this lifetime, meditation is still a path to greater self-awareness. Deciding not to meditate is a bit like saying, “I don’t think I’ll bother to get to know who I really am.

I’ll just rely on everyone else’s ideas about me to help me figure myself out.” And then we wonder why we end up in mindless jobs, or in relationships with thoughtless people; when actually, they’re just reflecting back to us the mindlessness and the thoughtlessness with which we approach our own lives and the careless thinking that we ourselves have put out into the Universe about ourselves. They are just reminding us that we haven’t invested in ourselves, the time, the stillness and the mindfulness it takes for us to develop richness and texture in our lives and relationships rather than just taking what we get!

the-power-of-mind

Mostly, our minds are out of control; running amok in our lives and on the planet, and we willingly accept that we’re just supposed to run along behind them waiting to see what happens?! No! We have to learn how to work with our minds, not so much to tame them as to reassure and sooth them into letting go of their grip on us. Think of your conscious mind as a small child let loose on its first day in a new playground. If left to completely run wild, it might eventually come bounding back towards you with a lot of bumps and scratches and probably a few weird things in a jar. Which is probably OK for a child, but not for a machine as complex and incredible as the human mind. Is that all you really want from yours? Our minds have been left with free reign (or free will) for a very, very long time in our evolution and we are only just beginning to understand the power of this awesome machine and its role as a creative instrument for change in our lives.

When we work with our minds intelligently, responsibly and holistically in tandem with our hearts, we can create things of great beauty. The mind likes to think that it’s in control, of us and our lives, and it needs to be reminded that it is, in fact, just a small part of a greater system. One that includes pure spirit, heart, individual soul consciousness, cellular memory, the unconscious mind and every other part of the human being where intelligence is found, which is everywhere inside and everywhere outside of us as well. It needs to be guided to quiet places occasionally so that we can hear the rest of our consciousness speak and ultimately allow ourselves to be held and to be led by a higher power and a greater truth.

Your mind has two components: your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Each has unique capabilities and weaknesses.

Your conscious mind is the part of your mind you are aware of during waking hours. You use your conscious mind for cognitive thinking and logical reasoning. It is the faculty that processes information, the part of your mind where you evaluate problems and regulate voluntary activity.

subconscious-mind-power

Your conscious mind is the entity with which you make decisions. It selects what car to buy, what job to take, what friends to keep, what magazine to read and what dinner to order from the menu. With your conscious mind, you conduct rational thinking and weigh pros and cons to evaluate choices. In short, your conscious mind is responsible for all thinking of which you are consciously aware.

Your subconscious mind is quite different. Normally, you are unaware of your subconscious mind. This part of your mind lies hidden beneath conscious thinking. Although you may be unaware of its functioning, your subconscious mind is always repeat, always—busy at work. It never rests. Even when your body and conscious mind are sleeping, your subconscious mind continues to work, day and night, keeping you alive, performing vital tasks far beneath the surface of conscious thinking.

Your subconscious mind is responsible for maintaining involuntary functions in your body. Breathing, cell metabolism, blood circulation and maintenance of vital fluids are a few of the duties carried out constantly, with pinpoint precision, by your subconscious mind.

It knows the exact combinations of chemicals and hormones used to create your hair, eyes, ears, nails, teeth, nerve cells—even your brain.

Your subconscious mind can calculate the exact percentage of trace minerals needed in your bloodstream.

the power of subconscious mind to be richIt maintains your heartbeat at the perfect rate for your level of activity. It instantly computes how these proportions must change if you suddenly start jogging around the block.

The abilities of your subconscious mind cross into the domain of the unknown. It perceives by intuition, sensing many events of which you are consciously unaware. Your subconscious mind knows far more than your conscious mind. All human secrets are accessible to your subconscious mind.

Your conscious mind and your subconscious mind play very different roles in your life. Listed below are a few qualities associated with these two components of mind.

Conscious mind Subconscious mind voluntary behavior involuntary body functions intelligence feelings and emotions decision making psychic abilities logical reasoning ability to restructure reality the five senses link with infinite intelligence Working together, these two areas of mind serve you well. Each of them has its limitations, and, interestingly, their limitations compliment one another. What the conscious mind can do, the subconscious mind cannot, and what the subconscious mind can do, the conscious mind cannot.

Your conscious mind is a master of logic and reasoning.

It has tremendous ability to process information and arrive at logical conclusions. But your conscious mind does not have direct power over your environment. It has no ability to influence the world around you. That is the domain of your subconscious mind.

Your subconscious mind possesses the awesome power to shape reality according to your images. But even with this power, it is thoroughly lacking in reasoning ability. It is unable to analyze or evaluate information.

Your subconscious mind, as powerful as it is, is utterly incapable of rational decision making.

Using the mind…

In recent years, psychologists have uncovered much about how the subconscious mind works. They have discovered that when thoughts are reinforced and penetrate to subconscious regions of the mind, impressions are made directly in the brain cells. As the subconscious mind monitors the thinking process, it takes the resultant images and implants them directly in the “fabric” of the cerebrum. This process is similar to what an artist does when he or she transfers an image from the world of imagination to the world of canvas.

Once an image is implanted, your subconscious mind begins the task of materializing that image in the external world. It is well qualified to do this; creating reality is its forte.

But remember, your subconscious mind is not the rational part of your mind, and although it can do many things, logical reasoning is not one of them. Your subconscious mind is incapable of evaluating the images it receives. It accepts whatever you give it without passing judgment. Your subconscious mind is receptive like soil, accepting any seed, good or bad, and growing what is planted. You can plant harmful, negative “seeds” in your subconscious mind as surely as you can plant positive, beneficial ones. This principle is a key to understanding the progression of events that occur in your life.

“As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” – quote from  Galatians 6:7

If you plant a seed for a rose bush, does a geranium sprout and grow from that seed? Of course not. Only a rose bush can grow from a rose seed.