Calming mental activity – deep relaxation
Who needs meditation?
- All those looking for deep relaxation;
- Anyone who wants to create inner peace;
- Anyone who wants to reduce the stress in his/her daily life;
- All those who want to create a balance in his/her being;
- All those who want to improve his/her mental efficiency;
- Anyone who wants to develop creativity;
- All those who want to deepen intuition;
- Anyone who wants to improve sleep;
- Anyone who wants to reduce anxiety;
- Anyone who wants to improve his/her psycho-immunity;
- All those who wish to expand their consciousness.
What is and what is not meditation?
Today, by the term meditation is considered many things, and this generally leads to confusion. Meditation is a form of “silentnes” and for every other technique should be other suitable names. There are various relaxation techniques, which many people call meditation, but in fact it is about relaxation techniques, the mental techniques, breathing techniques, or even exercises. Therefore, I decided to briefly explain the essential differences:
- Meditation – the process of calming mental activity. It is a form of “silentnes”, so some call it “silent meditation”. The most popular is the TM (transcendental meditation), then some other have developed some like IM (Integrated meditation – by A.P. Kezele in Croatia), Dr. Chopra Meditation (primordial sound meditation) and the like. Silent Meditation is a simple technique that creates a permanent sense of inner fulfillment, happiness and joy. The purpose of meditation is not mystical or astral experience during meditation, but its effects in everyday life. Even the mind calming is not main goal meditation, but a natural result of its correct practice. Through regular practice awareness expands and we begin to experience higher states of consciousness. This form of meditation requires daily practice – twice a day for 20 minutes. The technique is unique and involves the use of special sound or vibration (which is individual, and has no meaning), by which the transcendent source of thought and “enter” the state of being without thought, without feeling, without spirit activities. In the state of transcendence, our brain is in a deeply relaxed state and work in the delta brain waves (0-4 Hertz).
- Planetary Meditation – refers to the recitation of the root sounds (bija mantras in ancient Sanskrit), which is performed and repeated in a certain way. Each of these sounds corresponding to a particular planet, which is why this technique is associated with Jyotish. Vedic wisdom tells us that the world is made of sound, and that everything that exists can be expressed in a vibration. Modern science is also described as a “unique field” that is vibrating. These sounds are healing and their main function is to create a balance.
- Guided meditation – is a combination of creative visualization and suggestions. Subconscious react strongly to the picturesque messages combined with the suggestion, therefore, this method is useful for relaxation, release of phobia or achieve certain goals. However, this practice involves the active participation of the mind, and therefore it is not meditation, whatever the conventional term.
- Creative visualization– is a reverie usually with the help of gentle music. This method develops creativity, imagination, the ability to create, the ability to improve memory, etc. So, it’s not about meditation.
- Chanting – is a repetition of certain words or phrases. These repetitions are usually doing 108 or 1008 times, once to several times a day. Such repetition can sometimes result in some trance. Because this method requires the active participation of the mind, it is also not about meditation.
- Contemplation – is consciously thinking about something. Some question is asked and then the peace and quietnes, with eyes closed, we thinking about the answer. Because this method requires an active awareness, it is not meditation.
- Concentration– is focusing attention – in some part of the body, or the candle, or to a certain point, the universe, the chakras and the like. Because this method also requires an active awareness, it is not meditation.
- Autogenous training– is, in some way, a combination of concentration (focusing on the part of the body) and contemplation (some suggestions on which we think). So, we’re not talking about meditation.
- Hypnosis– is the state of narrowed consciousness susceptible to suggestions. The brain is in a relaxed state of hypnosis, ranging from alpha to theta brainwaves. In person who is under hypnosis happens only muscular changes, while metabolism stays at the same level. In meditation metabolism changes significantly. It is a completely different experience …
- Bioenergy & Healing – giving and / or channeling energy is definitely not meditation. In meditation there is no laying hands, healing, removing energy blockages, work with chakras, communication with spiritual beings, the use of symbols and the like. Meditation is a deep relaxation, which is a direct effect on the body revival “internal intelligence”, it eliminates the stress and accumulated fatigue, strengthens the immune system, and thus the body is revitalizes by its own and health becomes more stable (about it its been done numerous scientific studies, which are confirmed). While with healing is different – there are a variety of contacts with “cosmic energy.” The problem can be in it, that a person who is channeling cosmic energy to his/her client also gives part of his/her personal energy. In any case, meditation is not about healing or exchange energy.
- Prayer– is also not meditation. It is an active mind activity in which we give request or thanksgiving to God. If it also is a repetition of certain sentences or words that may sound like chanting and therefore act relaxing. Prayer can be done “from the heart of person to the heart of God,” but prayer can not be meditation.
- Breathing exercises– are part of yoga and called pranayama. They can be done before meditation, but they are not part of meditation. Pranayama helps equalizing blood circulation and nerve currents in different parts of the body. Diaphragm and abdominal muscles are controlled movements and alternate contraction / relaxation and that get good exercise. The heart, lungs, digestive organs such as the stomach, liver, lungs, kidneys, endocrine system and the nervous structures such as the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and sympathetic nerves, all get a mild massage and rejuvenating exercise through pranayama.
- Yoga– it has to do with meditation. It is an ancient science of natural living. The word yoga means union. It consists of 8 limbs (ashtanga):
- Yama – are certain rules of proper behavior. These include: Ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness), asteya (honesty), brahmacharya (nadozor of sensuality), apigraha (detachment).
- Niyama – the more personal principles associated with yama.
- Asana – the postures – this is what most people mean by yoga! Asanas describe the postures of the body and point out the connection of mind and body.
- Pranayama – breathing exercises, which may have different effects on certain body positions.
- Pratyahara– withdrawal of the senses. There senses are not related to the object observations, but the subject.
- Dharana – means focus (concentration).
- Dhyana – indicates the flow of the mind and thoughts (contemplation).
- Samadhi– a state of pure consciousness. This state we reach through a good quiet meditation. It is a state of being rather than acting.
What is the Transpersonal Meditation technique?
It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It’s the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.
Toward the end of his life, Abraham Maslow (the founder of humanistic psychology and transpersonal originator), on top of his hierarchy of needs pyramid, he puted the need for transcending and examined various techniques of transcending.
Transpersonal meditation is technique which leads to transcending.
What are the effects of Transpersonal Meditation?
Improvement of physical health:
- improvement of the main factors associated with heart disease;
- improvement of psychosomatic disorders and stress-related illnesses;
- faster recovery and greater resistance to stress;
- reduce excess body weight.
Improvement of mental health:
- reduce anxiety and depression;
- an increasement of inner peace and contentment;
- reduce need for tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and nonstatutory drug;
- increasement of emotional stability and maturity;
- reduce irritability;
- development of higher states of consciousness;
- development of intuition;
- development of creativity and inner harmony..