Those who laugh off meditation as another "New Age" gimmick could
not be more wrong. It has been used since the beginning of time to achieve
a higher state of consciousness which allows the individual to experience
feelings of peace, tranquility and heightened awareness. It is an altered
state of being.
The scientific community has finally recognized the power of meditative
states in healing and recovery. There are now many documented cases where
critically ill people have defied the odds by recovering from injury and
disease where there was little hope by the concentrated use of various
meditative techniques. Medical testing has shown a measurable and definite
change in body chemistry and metabolism during meditation. Scientists are
now calling this the Fourth State of Consciousness, and very real evidence
of its existence and effectiveness is measured in a fifth brain wave signature
which appears on EEG readouts of brain activity coming from the Alpha and
Theta regions of the brain.
Too complicated? That's O.K. Suffice it to say that meditation is
a serious technique which can improve your life in many ways. The benefits
you can gain are certainly worth giving meditation a fair chance. Your
skill will increase with practice, and you should practice as often as
the thought pops into your mind. As I have said before, and will say again
and again and again — THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO MEDITATE. There
are many approaches, many schools of meditation, many techniques which
are available from all cultures around the world. We will explore many
of them here. If you relax, stop worrying about it, stop trying so hard,
and just allow yourself to go with what comes naturally to you, you will
have found your own methods. Once you find something that is comfortable,
natural and un-forced, stay with it. Practice it at every opportunity.
You're on your way.
Jump over to the exercise section, and let's explore some ways of
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