Friday, May 13, 2005

Meditation

Meditation ~ Meditation is a mental discipline that induces a state of total relaxation and inner harmony [and an altered state of consciousness]. Various techniques all involve focusing the mind on an object or activity. In Eastern societies it is used as a means of spiritual enlightenment. In Western societies it tends to be used as a means of dealing with stress...Meditation is a state of heightened mental awareness. Meditation is ... in the worlds major religions including Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. Meditation was mainly introduced to the West through Indian Yoga practices which were brought to England in the 19th century...Meditation involves withdrawing from external reality and achieving deep relaxation. [21]

MANTRA MEDITATION : A word or a phrase that is continually repeated. It may be repeated aloud or in silence. It may be a positive statement or relate to personal beliefs. [Note: Wilkinson's 'Prayer of Jabez' falls in this category, although it is once daily]

ROSARIES : Rosary beads may be used in the meditation process to count repetitions.

TIBETAN PRAYER WHEEL : Each rotation of this cylinder will stand for one recitation of a mantra.

OM : A sacred mantra widely used in meditation, particularly with yoga [Note: Om signifies the Hindu pagan trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.]

BREATH AWARENESS : Focus your attention on your breathing. You think of a peaceful word with each outward breath. [22] [Note: Bill Bright and many others endorse spiritual breathing]

by: Traci Morin

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