Meditation Benefits & Types – How to Meditate #1 with The Serenity Oracle

Hi serenity seekers! So I thought I’d
ask you guys what you wanted to see next Sal suggested taking us on a
meditation. I suspect the most of you are quite familiar meditation and may even
do it regularly but let’s quickly touching something important aspects of
meditation for those who might not be as familiar so you can get the best out of
this session and hopefully be inspired to try meditation more often. This is going to be a long videos so I’m going to make into segments are you so let’s start with the
obvious question: Why meditate? So many reasons! Here is a few: to experience in a
peace in this chaotic world, to increase self-awareness and self-love, to become
more grounded centered and calmer to mindfully experience the present moment, to
become more connected with his self, your surroundings and higher levels to have
realizations and inspiration to have more control over your moods and energy levels but they’re also medical benefits to
meditation that you might want to consider: to ease stress anxiety and
depression, to help with symptoms of health issues and chronic pain, to reduce high blood pressure, to increase brain activity,
attention span, sensory awareness and emotional processing, to aid insomnia and improve sleep quality, to reduce the body’s production of free radicals and
slow aging. So what are you aiming for mentally when you’re meditating?
I get this question a lot and it’s quite complicated to answer because it really depends on you in many ways, but here’s a couple of thoughts: so one aim is to have a
personal realization. I say personal because it’s your realization, no one
else’s, that has come about through your point of view processed by your mind. It is a perception
that may change as you grow. Another common reason is to experience means of stillness and
give up our brain a little bit of rest. Our mind chatter is constantly going off.
We’re always running through that to do list remembering what we have to do next,
solving problems, worrying about things stressing about things, replaying that
conversationwith that person and what maybe you should’ve done or said instead. It can be really
hard to switch off Meditation can be great for this, but a lot of
people say I tried so hard to get my brain to stop talking, and I just couldn’t. So it all sounds great right, experiencing complete calmness like a still pond but how do you get that inner voice to just be quiet for a little bit. I guess the easiest way to explain this is by
repeating story someone once told me. So a teacher said to his student “I want you to
meditate for the whole day and not think about a single thing.” So the student tried really hard, but no matter what he did or what he tried he could not get his inner voice to just shh for even a couple of seconds. And by the end of the day he went to his teacher and was like “Teacher I tried so hard but everything just kept running through my head and when I asked myself to stop thinking I was then thinking about stopping thinking and thinking
about how to and I guess I just, I just couldn’t.” So the teacher smiled and said “ok tomorrow I want you to spend the whole day thinking.” And the student thought I can surley do that because that’s exactly what I did today! So the next morning he got up and he thought and he thought and he tried and he was starting to run out of ideas and there’s only so many topics you can really think about it I’ve worried about it I think of and
I’ve gone through the to do list and thought of different ways to do it eventually he couldn’t think of other things to think of and he was really trying. So he went to his teacher and said “teacher, I don’t
understand I tried really hard, but I got to the point where I couldn’t think of
anything!” So this, this is quite a funny story and it really made me smile when I
heard it because it’s just so true and it’s a story to think about and
perhaps even do a meditation about it. So another reason that people meditate
is to gain a sense of awareness. Awareness of them self, their place in this universe, how they’re connecting with everything else, how they fit into this plane, and perhaps the planes above depending on their beliefs. Self-awareness can also be about
listening to your body, understanding what you actually need
compared to want you want, little things going on in your subconscious, and understanding why you do certain things. Perhaps looking at triggers for yourself. It’s a really interesting idea this sense of self and who we are but how you discover
yourself and how you translate is going to be very different for very single person. So now that you know why let’s talk about the how. There are two types of meditation which all other styles stem from: active meditation and passive meditation. Active Meditation is a reflective form of mental process. It is when the brain contemplates a “seed thought” to seek out further understanding on the subject. This can be done through the mental exploration of a chosen picture or phrase. New information can be extracted, or new knowledge developed, by examining the seed thought’s basic concept, recalling what we already know about the subject, noticing what opinion we have towards the subject, considering what the subject means to us personally, being aware of what mental images are being formed, contemplating the particular way the subject has been presented or phrased to the meditator, exploring deeper levels of meaning, and recognising what teachings can be pulled from the subject. Types of Active Meditation are: Guided meditations, Mantra meditations, Mandala or Sigil meditations, and Doorway meditations Passive Meditation is a receptive way of receiving enlightenment through the stilling the mind. It is when you clear away any distracting thoughts until the mind is still. Once this has
happened you can even continue to be still, or you can use it to allow images to rise to the surface about a chosen subject. Instead of trying to process the subject like you would in an active meditation. the mind is allowed to gently be influenced by the suggested topic. As each image appears it is noted and gently pushed aside to make room for new images. Passive Meditation is excellent for subjects where little information is available to research, allowing your subconscious mind to sift through its numerous files or if you ahve certain religious beliefs perhaps connect with higher realms, such as the World Memory or Akashic Records, to seek the missing information. So, types of Passive Meditations are: Mindfulness meditation, Deep breathing exercises, transcendental meditations. It can be also achieved through gentle movements such as yoga time
tai chi. Other types of meditation that can been considered are: Contemplation, allowing the mind to wander around a topic in a less structured, conscious format; Visualisation, a creative type of meditation where we exercise the mind’s eye by building stable mental images as forms and patterns; and Prayer, not always considered a type of meditation but worth mentioning due to its similarities. It builds words and intent in the mind to be projected as a call to help or in gratitude. So by now you might be thinking, gods I thought we were just going to do a gentle guided meditation and this woman won’t stop yammering on! Well, apart from the fact that meditation also increases patience, let’s talk about how to get started in part two.

Joseph Wolf


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