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The Process of Meditation

The Process of Meditation

Turning the mirror inward is a metaphor for the process of meditation. Medically speaking meditation has proved particularly helpful in cases where the patient’s physical and mental states have become severely disjointed.

In my eyes, the primary advantage of meditation lies in the fact that it is an entirely natural process – it allows the mind to discover its own subtlest layers without force, just as they are discovered in moments of calm quietness in normal life.

To unveil the most delicate feeling level of the mind, a meditation technique has to be as effortless as possible; otherwise, one is just forcing the mind into a preconceived mold. (The opposite of a natural meditation would be one where intense concentration is used.)

The classic description of a natural state of meditation is provided in the poems of William Wordsworth:

…that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on –
Until the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul;
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

These experiences sound beautiful, but until thirty years ago, no one had understood that they are crucial for human development. It was widely thought in the East and in the West alike that yogis and swamis were hermits who wanted no part of the vanity of the world. The most magical thing about them – that they renounced the world in order to regain it anew – was entirely missed.

It has taken hundreds research studies into the physiology of meditation to reverse this mistake, and to dispel the Western belief that meditation is some vague mixture of mysticism, psychological illusion, and religious faith. In fact, it is quite the opposite: an objective, repeatable phenomenon that can be validated by scientific means.

Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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7:13AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

I've meditated on and off, but never quite managed to make it a habit. I start again this evening!

12:48PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

thanks

10:42AM PDT on May 24, 2010

gerat article! thank you!

11:39PM PDT on May 23, 2010

Here are some of the best questions & answers on meditation

http://www.artofliving.org/spirituality-human-values/meditation-microsite/faqs-on-meditation.html

10:09AM PDT on May 22, 2010

MEDITATION IS GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR ILLNESSES OR WORRIES OR ANYTHING REALLY.

3:39AM PDT on May 21, 2010

I feel better, more grounded when I meditate. I wish to do it more regularily.

1:17PM PDT on May 20, 2010

I recently watched a PBS doc about the Dhamma Brothers, where meditation was taken into a prison here in AL. The effect it had on the men involved was absolutely amazing. Most had denied their responsibility for crimes committed, but by the 3rd to 5th day, there was major break-through. Unfortunately, the nuts in my state decided this was a religion, and a bad one at that, and discontinued the program. I believe it may have started back up. I believe when you see the results they were seeing, it really wouldn't matter if it was a religion.
We all have to do deep soul-searching, and meditation is the way to go. No one likes to face the fact they make mistakes, but you can move beyond it when you meditate. I'm so much happier and more stable since I bit the bullet and faced my own self-created demons.

6:58AM PDT on May 19, 2010

thankyou

12:25AM PDT on May 19, 2010

Thanks for making it clearer that the meditation process is not forced. The preconceived idea of what mediation was suppose to be has been a stumbling block.

7:52PM PDT on May 18, 2010

Sonja T......try doing some breathing instead of meditating.....
the basic is inhaling to a comfortable count and exhaling to twice that count.......
if you can just do this at least once a day for 15 minutes.......don't worry about results.....
if you know about alternate nostril that would be the best with this same easy ratio.......no retention.....
if you see this post and want more info feel free to write to me....
no one should worry about the results of their meditation.....the ultimate result will be oneness with God and that could take several incarnations......
don't compare yourself or worry that you are not calmed down and blissed out by your meditation......this is wrong thinking to expect these results.....ultimately everything is one's imagination anyway.....until we are one with God......
get rid of all thinking and comparing and blah blah blah ....lol...

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