Best Meditation Methods

16 09 2008

Discovering the best meditation method for you is one of the highs you can experience in modern chosen mantra over and over, either out loud or in your life.

Too often, we are too stressed even to contemplate meditation, even though taking a few quiet minutes to meditate could be one of the best things we could do in our lives.

For the next week, experiment with a different meditation method each day and note down the effects. You’ll then have a much clearer idea of the best meditation method for you.

  1. Breathing meditation. This is one of the simplest meditation techniques and focusing on your breathing is quick and easy.
  2. Walking meditation. Take a leisurely walk. Breathe in the air. Notice the sounds and smells!
  3. High tech meditation. Put on your headphones and a binaural beats track. Sit back and let the technology do the rest.
  4. Mantra meditation. Repeat your
  5. Candle meditation. Light a candle somewhere safe, sit down and focus on the candle flame. Let all other thoughts drift out of your mind. Keep focussed on the flickering flame.
  6. Guided meditation. Put on your headphones and listen to a pre-recorded guided meditation talk you through the process of relaxing your body and clearing your mind.
  7. Mirror gazing. No, you’re not doing an impression of Narcissus! Simply gaze into your reflected image. Focus on the wall just behind your head. Let all other thoughts fall out of your mind.

Your feelings and daily journal will help you to quickly come to a conclusion as to which meditation method is best for you. You may even decide to “ring the changes” and indulge in several different meditations according to the day of the week and the time available in your schedule.

By Trevor John


Meditation – Principles of Zen Meditation

22 08 2008

What exactly is Zen meditation?

Zen meditation is not very different from any other form of meditation. However, some views describe the Zen form of meditation as a spiritual practice in the path to achieving self-awareness.

Its association with Buddhism is not by mere chance; Zen Buddhists are known as Meditation Buddhists. Zazen, the heart of the Zen meditation technique is defined as the study of one’s self. Buddhists believe that to study the Buddha Way means to study the self first

A Japanese Buddhist founded the San Francisco Zen Center. He was responsible for bringing and spreading the practice of Zen meditation in the Western countries. His constant practice has influenced others, especially the youth to follow him. This Japanese Buddhist shared his knowledge and beliefs with his followers and guided them on how they could improve their lives. Even though this Japanese Buddhist was from the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Japan he taught his followers the Zen meditation technique without laying too much emphasis on Buddhism as a religion. This probably helped in spreading Zen meditation in the west as it did not require one to necessarily follow a religion or subscribe to its teachings.

The Soto Zen meditation teachings declare that all of us are Buddha’s. Buddha means “an awakened one” and true human nature is synonymous to the Buddha nature. It further states that a Buddha is someone who sees things as they really are as opposed to what he or she wants to see. Thus Zen meditation was meant to be a process that would facilitate the awakening of the true nature of our being; a nature that is without the common frills and fancies that disfigure the human nature

Most people have turned to Zen meditation or other techniques of meditation to change their lives. Some want peace and happiness while others desperately want to seek out the answers to some of the questions that relate to the supernatural and spiritual world.

While the reasons to learn and practice meditation differs from person to person and the tendency to lean more towards personal gratification as the ultimate gift is in the human nature, Zen meditation in actuality is a self-expression of our true nature and should be practiced in that respect alone.

Zen meditation is a way of accepting and understanding that while life is full of disappointments and constant struggles, happiness and comfort are still there if we are willing to look for them.

For those of us who take this statement literally, entering a monastery would be the best way to find joy although Zen meditation does not require one to do so.

Zen meditation claims that if done with a strong conviction and unwavering commitment it will help people overcome their addiction to vices and help them recover, and improve the quality of their lives. It is only a matter of how bad you want that change in your life.

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Buddhist Meditation

21 08 2008

Meditation is the very core of Buddhist practice. Buddhist meditation is a form of mental concentration based on the liberation of the mind, giving importance to the cultivation of virtue and wisdom (enlightenment). The ultimate aim of Buddhist meditation is to attain the supreme bliss of enlightenment (nirvana). The central part of Buddhist meditation is a realization of the ultimate goal of life.

The core of Buddhist meditation is the practice of the eightfold noble path. The eightfold virtues are right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration. The proceedings of Buddhist meditation are based on “samatha”, which literally means ‘tranquility’, and “vipassana” (insight), meaning mindfulness.

Samatha (tranquility) meditation involves breathing and development of loving kindness. Samatha teaches how to progress your life through the four jhanas (knowledges), the four stages of tranquility. The aim of this meditation is to develop detachment, concentration, happiness and equanimity. It trains the mind to concentrate on a single object in order to produce states of tranquility. There are 40 different types of samatha meditations.

Vipassana (insight) meditation develops self understanding through comprehending feelings, mind and dhamma (the teaching or mental objects). It trains the mind to observe the various things that come in through the six senses. By practicing insight meditation, you can develop wisdom which eradicates all ignorance and frees you from suffering. It is widely considered as one of the purest and finest techniques that increases your capacity for a balanced and happy living.

Today, Buddhist meditation is widely accepted as a device to attain a variety of goals such as physical relaxation and spiritual blissfulness. It can also function as an adjunct therapy for pain reduction and stress management.

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