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Happiness – Spirituality – Personal growth – What is the meaning of meditation?

Meditation is the most powerful tool for harmonizing vibrationally with the pure, positive, non-resistant energy of our Inner Being. Meditation is the means of accessing this power—the power that creates the world. It’s the way to get there. Meditation allows us to go inside instead of always being on the outside. Here, I’m going to give you a complete guide to meditating in the best possible way.

What are altered states of consciousness?

Let’s start by understanding altered states of consciousness. Brain waves are the sum of the synchronized synaptic activities of cortical neurons. They can be classified into alpha, beta, theta and delta waves according to their frequency and amplitude. These brain waves provide a better understanding of brain activity.

Delta waves, which are long and slow, occur when we are deeply asleep. Theta waves occur when we are drowsy. Alpha waves occur when we are more relaxed and perhaps meditating. And finally, beta waves, which may correspond to the state we are in at the moment. Beta is when we are busy with our daily activities.

What is the gamma wave?

Scientists are currently working on another brain state called gamma, which lies above the theta wave. These are faster, more compressed brain waves. Gamma waves are the brain waves that Tibetan monks intentionally create in their bodies on demand. In this way, they achieve astonishing feats of healing, consciousness, and intuition. They are able to regulate their bodily functions and body temperature. They can also act on their immune response and their anti-ageing hormone, all on demand, whenever they want.

Meditation is therefore a tool for accessing the alpha, delta, theta, and even gamma brain frequencies. Once meditation becomes part of our daily routine, it can have lifelong benefits for brain health.

Interestingly, after practicing meditation for long enough, alpha frequencies can become the dominant brain wave.

Why is meditation essential for managing fear and stress?

There’s another brain state that nobody talks about. This is the high-level beta brain wave. We experience this brain state when we are in a stressful or survival situation. The high beta state is a highly aroused state, generally associated with emotions such as anger and aggression, fear and anxiety, or pain and suffering. In this brainwave state, we tend to be overly focused. We also become overly obsessed and overly analytical about everything in our lives.

When people are stuck in this state, they generally need something external. We can therefore say that they seek to change their internal environment by means of something in their external environment. The solutions include drugs, alcohol, television, video games, social networks, etc. But all these solutions are like putting a band-aid on an open wound. Meditation, on the other hand, can erase the stress of the day and bring inner peace.

The benefits of meditation

Meditation, an age-old practice, was originally intended to reveal the profound mysteries of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Today, it is a popular tool for relaxation and stress reduction.

As a form of complementary medicine for the body and mind, meditation induces a profound state of tranquillity and mental serenity. By sharpening our concentration and clearing away the clutter of chaotic thoughts, meditation enables us to achieve greater physical and emotional well-being.

The benefits of meditation also extend beyond the practice itself. It brings a profound sense of calm, harmony, and balance, which promotes not only emotional well-being but also general health. Let’s use it as a sanctuary to relax and combat stress. To do this, we need to redirect our attention towards soothing elements. Meditation promotes the ability to remain centred and preserve inner peace.

What’s more, the benefits of meditation last beyond the session, guiding us through everyday life with greater calm. Meditation can also be a valuable tool for managing the symptoms of certain medical conditions.

When is the best time to meditate?

There are two times of the day that are most conducive to meditation. Just before going to bed at night and just after getting up in the morning. When we fall asleep, we naturally switch from the brain’s beta state to the slower alpha state. So when we close our eyes, we switch to the slower alpha state. But also when we’re half asleep and half awake. Then we go into the delta brainwave state of deep sleep. And when we wake up in the morning, we do the same thing in reverse. We go from the delta state to the alpha state. Then from the alpha state, and finally to the beta state, where we are fully awake and aware.

So if we meditate when we’re getting ready for sleep or waking up from sleep, it’s easier to switch to alpha or theta brainwaves. We are more likely to be in an altered state of consciousness. This is because this is the direction of consciousness we have just entered or are in the process of slipping into. We can say that the door to our Inner Being is open during these two periods.

Personally, I prefer to meditate in the morning, but both times are suitable, so choose the one that suits you best and stick to it. If we manage to meditate every day, it will become a good habit, and we’ll look forward to doing it every day.

Why choose the right place to meditate?

The most important consideration when choosing a place to meditate is to find a place where we will not be distracted. This is because we need to be disconnected from the external physical world. Let’s choose a quiet place where we can be alone and not be interrupted. A place where other people or animals won’t disturb us. A place we can return to every day. a place we can use as a regular place of sacred meditation.

On the other hand, I don’t recommend meditating in bed because we associate bed with sleep. For the same reason, I don’t recommend lying down or using a recliner to meditate. Let’s choose a chair to sit on, or let’s create a place on the floor where we can sit for an hour. Place ourselves away from drafts and in a room where the temperature is pleasant.

If you prefer to meditate on music, choose soft instrumental pieces that are relaxing and conducive to trance. But preferably pieces without words. In fact, a little music works well to cover background noise if we are not in a totally silent environment. Above all, don’t play music that evokes associative memories of a past event. This could distract us in one way or another. We should also turn off our computers and telephones if they are in the room. Finally, we should try to avoid the smell of coffee or cooking.

What should we look out for before meditating?

The aim of our preparation is to eliminate as many external stimuli as possible. So we can even use earplugs to reinforce the effect of sensory deprivation. We wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. And we take off our watch or any other piece of jewellery that might distract us. Similarly, if we wear glasses, we take them off too. We may drink a little water before we sit down. I never do, but you might want to have a glass handy in case you need it.

Whether we’re sitting in a chair or on the floor with our legs crossed, let’s stand up straight. And keep our spines straight. Our bodies need to be relaxed, but our minds need to be focused. We must not relax to the point of falling asleep. If our head starts to nod during meditation, it’s a sign that we’re moving into a slower brainwave state. So don’t worry too much about it. With a little practice, our bodies will get used to it and won’t want to nod off again.

How do you go from a beta brainwave to an alpha state?

A little further down in this publication, you’ll find a guided meditation that I’ve put together after a few years of daily practice.

This is where it all really begins! At the start of the meditation, close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Follow my guided meditation.

We should soon move from a beta brainwave state to an alpha state. This state, more restful but still concentrated, activates our frontal lobe, which, as we breathe. It reduces the volume of the brain circuits that process time and space.

Although we can’t easily move into a slower brainwave state at first, practice will enable us to slow our brainwaves down even more. Then, with practice, we can slow our brainwaves even further. Delta is the brainwave state in which the body is asleep. But the mind is awake, and it’s there that we can more easily modify our body’s automatic programs. The aim of mediation is to harmonize our body with our mind and our Inner Being.

What is a good length of time for self-discovery?

Our meditation usually lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. Personally, I spend two hours every morning. But if possible, we should allow ourselves plenty of time to calm our minds before we start. If we have to finish at a certain time because of work, let’s set an alarm to ring 10 minutes before the end of the session. This will give us the chance to finish the session without having to stop suddenly. Don’t let time distract you.

Remember that, just as we are moving away from sensory input, we are also moving away from awareness of time. So if we’re constantly worrying about what time it is, we’ll be completely defeating our purpose. So, if we need a few extra minutes in the morning to be able to meditate, let’s consider waking up earlier.

I want to warn you about a widespread stumbling block for people starting to practice meditation. Every time we start to change something in our lives, our body, as consciousness, signals to our brain that it needs to take back control. Then we’ll start hearing negative voices in our heads. This voice will tell us that we’d better start tomorrow. It’s our unconscious talking to us.

Why does the body create resistance during our meditation?

So we’ll start to feel pain in our bodies. This is the body trying to get rid of us to return to the mind. We may have unconsciously conditioned it to be impatient, frustrated, unhappy, a victim, or pessimistic. These are just a few examples. So this is how the body unconsciously wants to behave. As soon as we respond to this voice as if what it says were true, our consciousness reverts to the automated program. We then start to have the same thoughts and perform the same actions. In the same way, we experience the same emotions while continuing to hope that something will change in our lives.

If we use feelings and emotions as a barometer for change, we will always get discouraged. It is by freeing the body from the chains of these emotions that we are then able to relax in the present moment. To get there and teach our body a new way of being, we need to sit it down and let it know who’s in charge.

Our mind is a noisy place, full of incessant chatter. One thought leads to another and another. We try to concentrate on the present moment, but our attention wanders off into the distance. This phenomenon is known as ‘ mind monkey’, a state of inner restlessness and distraction. We may have a restless mind from time to time; we all do.

What causes a monkey mind?

The constant influx of information tends to intensify the monkey mind. So, with advertisements, negative news, fear, and messages on social networks vying for your attention, it isn’t easy to concentrate on any one thing for more than a few minutes. This leads to a lack of productivity, difficulty in making decisions, and an inability to find serenity. Fortunately, there are many useful activities and techniques for calming our minds.

Meditation requires discipline.

So we need to master the will to stay focused while meditating. Let’s think of our body as the animal that we, as consciousness, are training. Every time we become aware that our attention has wandered, we bring it back to us. This is how we recondition our bodies to a new mind. We master ourselves by returning to the present moment, and we master our past.

Let’s say we wake up in the morning and have a list of people to call and a list of errands to run. Similarly, we have 35 text messages to answer and all those emails to reply to. If the first thing we do every morning is to think about all the things we have to do, our body is already in the future. When we sit down to meditate, our mind will naturally move in that direction. And if we allow it to, our brain and body will be in that same predictable future. This is because we are anticipating an outcome based on our past experience of yesterday.

So, the moment we start to notice that our mind wants to go in that direction, we pull in the reins. Then we calm our body and bring it back to the present moment. Then, in the next moment, if we start thinking about all the things we still have to do, we bring our minds back to the present moment again. And this is likely to continue to happen. We may even feel emotions of frustration, impatience, worry, and so on. Let’s remember that the emotion we are experiencing is simply part of the past.

Understand our power.

It is possible and easy to calm the monkey mind once we understand what we can control and what we cannot. This beautiful life is full of ups and downs. That’s why we face uncertainty, rapid change, and 180-degree turns on a daily basis. Dealing with all this can be stressful, even frightening, and that’s normal!

So we need to distinguish between what we can control and what we can’t. We cannot expect to control large-scale events such as wars and natural disasters. We cannot control the behaviour of others. What you can control is your agitated and anxious mind. When our internal dialogue takes over our minds, we have the power to pull ourselves together.

So all we have to do is notice when the mental body wants to go into the past. Let’s calm them down and come back to the present. Just as our mind tries to distract us, our body can do the same. The body may want to make us nauseous, create pain, or cause an itch in the middle of our back. But if this happens, remember that it’s just the body trying to be the mind.

Patience and length of time do more than strength or rage. Jean de La Fontaine.

By mastering the mind, we become bigger than our body. So the aim is to master the mind during our meditation every time. In this way, when we return to our lives, we will be more present, more aware, and less unconscious. Sooner or later, the mind surrenders to us and follows our orders without letting anything else distract us. Our body will also acquiesce to our mind during our meditation without getting hijacked by any stray thoughts.

And when the mind and body become one, when they work together, there is simply no better feeling. We’re in a new state of mind. It’s incredibly stimulating.

Why breathe before meditation?

For those of us who are used to living everything from our heads up, breathing invites us to lower our centre of gravity. We calm our thoughts for a while and turn our attention to our bodies. In this way, we can feel the texture of our breath and its rise and fall. And the physical sensations of movement that accompany it. This allows us to synchronize body and mind, bringing us more into a mode of perception of the present moment. When we feel the breath, we feel the very essence of life. It’s good for us, even if we’re going through a difficult time. As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “If you breathe, more things go right than wrong”.

The calm and spaciousness of mindful breathing allow us to go into recovery mode, taking a step back from the frenetic pace of activity or worry that characterizes the lives of many of us.

Guided meditation.

This is exactly how I go from beta to alpha.

I close my eyes and check that I’m happy to be here to meditate.

I take pleasure in the fact that I’m going to feel good.

And I ask my mind and body to harmonize with the pure energy vibration of my Inner Being.

So let’s start by breathing.

I breathe in from the perineum, contracting its muscles.

And I feel this energy rising in my abdominal muscles.

Chest – neck – face – all the way to the top of my head – I hold my breath.

I hold my breath for 30 seconds.

And I breathe out through my mouth, enjoying the relief it gives me.

I let this relaxation spread to my shoulders – my fingers – and my toes.

And I feel very happy.

I repeat this breath five times.

Now I feel that my head and neck have no limits.

I feel the infinite space around my head and neck.

And now I am one with the space around my head and neck.

I merge with the space around my head and neck.

I feel my head and neck dissolve into the infinite space around me.

Now I am aware of my shoulders – arms – chest – abdominals, and whole back.

I feel the internal energy field of this upper part of my body.

Now I feel that this upper part of my body has no limits.

I feel the infinite space around this upper part of my body.

And now, I am one with the space around this upper part of my body.

I merge with the space around this upper part of my body.

I feel that this upper part of my body is dissolving into the infinite space around me.

And I finish my meditation with the lower part of my body.

And now I am aware of my hips – thighs – legs – and feet.

I feel the internal energy field of this lower part of my body.

Now I feel that this lower part of my body has no limits.

I feel the infinite space around this lower part of my body.

And now I am one with the space around this lower part of my body.

I merge with the space around this lower part of my body.

Once I feel relaxed, I become aware of my head and neck.

I feel the internal energy field of my head and neck.

I finally feel that this lower part of my body is dissolving into the infinite space around me.

Now I feel that my whole energetic body has dissolved into the space around me.

I no longer have an inner or outer body.

Now is the time to feel that I am without body, without person, without thing, without place, and without time.

I am pure consciousness, like a newborn baby!

I am now at the gateway to the realm of infinite possibilities.

What happens when we are at the level of the alpha wave and even theta, depending on our ability to relax?

When a person is really there and feels comfortable without a name, without a body, without a face, without a diet, without a profession, without a culture, without a past—just as pure consciousness—then they can tune into different frequencies. She can focus her attention on what she wants to do POSITIVELY with her life. This could be an opportunity, a new career, abundance, or health.

When we connect to this higher frequency with our consciousness and become more of that frequency and less of us, we begin to create from the quantum field rather than from matter. We begin to put the Law of Attraction to work to conspire in our favour. We must remember that it is not matter that emits the field. But it is the field that creates matter. Change the field, and you change!

In this sacred space, our mind becomes a blank canvas, ready to absorb the colours of our desires. During meditation, we benefit from the full attention of our Inner Being and the law of attraction. Our Inner Being is deeply connected to our vibrational reality. It’s as if we had a direct line to God. So, in this space, our intentions become reality. As we meditate, let us express our desires with conviction and emotion. Let’s feel the words resonate within us as if they were already true. The Law of Attraction, which makes no distinction between reality and imagination, takes our thoughts as orders to shape our destiny.

Now let’s start feeling overexcited.

Once we had established a certain routine in our practice, our inner world would seem much more real to us than our outer world. We would not have a complete sensory experience without using our senses. As we experience this new life in meditation, an explosion of joy and light will enter our bodies. And we will feel deep, visceral relief. We will feel that we are something or someone greater, much greater than our physical body. In this state of intense joy, we’ll feel such pleasure and gratitude that we’ll burst out laughing.

From that moment on, we will feel that we can live the life we want. From that moment on, we will develop so much confidence, joy, love, and gratitude. As our meditations become easier and easier, we begin to go much further. As we move out of our past, we’ll feel this new energy opening our hearts more and more.

Instead of seeing our meditations as something we have to do every day, we’ll start to look forward to them. It has become our way of life; getting the job done has become a habit. Our energy and vitality have returned. We’ll stop taking antidepressants. Our thought patterns will be completely changed, and our feelings will be transformed. We will feel in a new frame of mind, and our actions will be radically changed. Our health and our lives will be dramatically improved from now on.

My promise to you

If you are prepared to tap into the incredible power of the alignment of your Inner Being, mind, and body that mediates life change, this is what you will experience. You will be a healthy person, full of vitality, happy, stable, and with a very sharp and clear mind. Furthermore, you will never think of sickness because you will know how to be in the present moment. You have knowledge of your power. What’s more, you’ll be creating what you want, not what you don’t want. On a spiritual level, you will experience a great expansion.

During your meditations, you will have many mystical experiences. Your life will be full of creation, love, and joy. What’s more, you’ll be financially independent and earn enough money to live a rich life. You’ll travel the world if you so desire. What’s more, you’ll visit some magnificent places and meet some very inspiring people. If you haven’t already, you’ll meet the ideal partner, who will be very loving and joyful, as well as new friends and relationships that will be very satisfying for you.