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Meditation by Joy S. Gilbert
When I teach Meditation it usually requires a commitment of 7 days, in which I share information about how the process of Meditation effects the mind, the body and the soul/essence of a human being. I hope this information can help those who feel they need it now and have not, or cannot find a credible teacher. So, when you begin to Meditate there are a few things that need to be understood. For the more powerful benefits:
1.) It is important to not Meditate on a full stomach. Otherwise your body will want to digest your food and will not easily relax into the transcendent. Essentially, there is a conflict between the natural process of the body’s need to digest food and to release stress during Meditation. So it is good not to eat for about 2 to 3 hours prior to Meditation. I personally find it best to Meditate after I have washed my face, showered and brushed my teeth in the morning, to make certain I am awake. It is always good to Meditate just before grabbing a bite to eat and/or leaving for work, school or whatever activities your life is involved.
Then, I find that it is most beneficial to do a second Meditation in the late afternoon or before dinner. If I cannot get that Meditation into my schedule then I Meditate in the later afternoon around 3 PM or 4 PM, which really helps reduce all the stress we experience in our work and fulfilling life needs.
2.) It is important that you sit in a comfortable position with your lower back supported and with your upper back, neck and head, able to move at will. The upper back, neck and head should not be supported during Meditation. This allows for the stress and toxic energy within the body to be released more easily, as it is often held in areas of the spine, shoulders and neck.
3.) You should Meditate in a serene place, if you can and possibly a place that you create only for the practice of Meditation each day. Many people create an area in a room of their home where they place objects and pictures that have a great deal of spiritual or soulful significance to them and this helps to create a good energy around their Meditation.
4.) Make certain that you have a clock or watch nearby that you can see clearly.
5.) Also, you should make certain that you allow 20 to 25 minutes to Meditate in the morning and if you are able, in the evening before dinner. Thereby, creating the best use of your time and the Meditation practice itself.
THE PROCESS OF MEDITATION:
After sitting comfortably as described above you will close your eyes and gently introduce the mantra or sound. Then, begin to repeat the Mantra to yourself, inside your mind, not out loud.
Within this process you will begin to be aware that there are outside noises. These are not an issue and we do not focus on those noises. Rather, we just continue with the mantra and our Meditation. Then, you will find that there are moments when you become involved in thoughts about this or that. It is in these moments that you become aware that you are no longer thinking the mantra and you gently draw your mind back to the mantra and you begin again to repeat the sound/mantra.
You continue this process for the 15 or 20 minutes and when you feel it is time, than simply and gently open one eye, to check your watch or clock. If you have more time and your time is not up, than simply close your eyes and begin the mantra again. When your time is met, simply stop saying the mantra. If you feel like it for a few moments, lay down where you are sitting. Do not get up to go lay down because that defeats the purpose! Your body at this point is still in between a transcendental state and the waking state of consciousness. You want to transition back to the waking state before you begin to move around.
It is important to take about 2 minutes between the Meditation state and the waking state of consciousness. People who do not take that time often find they get headaches. If you come out of Meditation too fast, take a few moments to close your eyes and come out of Meditation slowly. This is very important because you are literally in another state of consciousness.
When you are in a state of Meditation you are in the Transcendental state of consciousness, even if you are not aware of it. So please recognize and respect the process that your body needs to go through, to move from one state of consciousness to another. You need to take a few minutes to transition between the Transcendental Consciousness of Meditation and Waking Consciousness.
After you come out of Meditation you will generally feel more energy and more vitality in your body and mind… Most people feel a sense of calm, peace and joy, taking them over during this process. This Meditation relaxes and releases stress naturally from the body and mind. If you are so moved, please take the time to look at some of the research on Transcendental Meditation Summary of Research On the Transcendental Meditation Program It is astounding that now, after all these years of scientific study looking into the effects of Meditation on Tibetan Lamas, Hindus, lay people, Rishis, Roshis and people practicing Transcendental Meditation, we have volumns of research materials. If even 50% of the benefits claimed during the practice of Meditation or a portion of these claims presented in the research, are true, Meditation can be a valuable tool for anyone interested in developing more awareness, greater clarity, deeper understanding of life and a deeper connection to our life experience.
For people who have not learned techniques of Meditation from a trained teacher, or have not been Initiated into a particular practice, I suggest they use the mantra or sound “S I N G” and it should be literally sung, drawing out each sound like, S——I—–N——–G. When used properly, it can be very effective. If you feel that you want to look for you own mantra on line that is also an option. It is best, when starting Meditation for the first time to use a “Seed Mantra”. Another option would be to find a teacher of TM or someone else you may feel has the knowledge to teach you how to Meditate properly to gain the best possible benefits.
Yoga is a powerful tool for the body and mind, but it is not a substitute for the powerful benefits of Meditation. So do not be fooled into thinking that if you are doing Yoga you do not need to Meditate. Each of the tools I suggest on the Support page have a particular benefit. One will never take the place of the other despite what some Yoga Teachers may believe. Using these techniques can be very beneficial to your physical, mental and emotional well-being, not to mention the development of consciousness.