Meditation in the Modern Age

sacred vowHaving taken a much deserved break over the summer, I am getting rather excited that Monday Night Meditations will be resuming again on Monday, 5 February 2018.  This is rather perfect timing as for most of us, the glow of the summer holidays is ending and as the children head back to school, “normality” kicks in as we realise that we have a whole year ahead of us.

The benefits of partaking in regular meditation practice is widely known, yet many of us still seem to struggle in finding the time to undergo the practice on a regular basis in our modern age.  It is as if the more “labour saving” devices we have, the less “free” time we have.  Or it is simply the fact that taking time out for us seems to be an unimportant, dare I say it, almost selfish, luxury?

Undertaking the practice of meditation should not be viewed as such due to the numerous benefits to our bodies and overall health.  When we meditate, our physiology undergoes a change in that every cell in our bodies are filled with more and more energy (prana, chi, etc).  A result of this are increased in feelings of joy, peace, and even enthusiasm.

meditationThrough the practice of meditation, it has been proven that blood pressure is lower, as well as levels of blood lactate, which in itself reduces anxiety attacks.  Tension related pain such as headaches, ulcers and insomnia also decreases through the practice of meditation.  Increases in serotonin production that occurs through meditation improves mood and behaviour, and the immune system also improves.

As we develop the ability to clear our conscious minds from endless chatter, not to mention enabling the brainwave patterns to be brought to alpha state (which promotes healing), meditation can also assist in stabilising our emotional reactions, gain clarity and a better peace of mind that in turn enables us to see beyond what seems to be insurmountable problems for clearer solutions.

Meditation can also bring about personal transformation.  As you learn more about yourself, you will naturally start discovering more about yourself – this in itself can create a “challenge” if we find ourselves looking backwards towards the past as opposed to forwards towards the unexplored future.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMonday Night Meditations focus on guiding participants through an initial grounding relaxation before moving into opening and balancing the seven major chakras (body’s energy centres) through a process known as “chakra dhyana”, where the beeja or seed mantras of each chakra are intoned.  This process enables you to align yourself with the cosmos and divine energies.

This is followed by the chanting of a chosen mantra (sacred prayer) as it is through sonic vibrations that we are able to connect with and seek guidance from the chosen aspect of the Divine, or Bodhisattva (enlightened being), for that month.  At the conclusion of the meditation, participants are invited to undergo a sacred symbolism card reading that would be pertinent for them at that specific time.

 

Source: Benefits of Meditation

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