Friday, 3 February 2017

Starting a meditation practice - it doesn't work for me!!

Please don't be disappointed if after a week or two you are not feeling the benefits you hoped for.  One of the benefits of meditation is that we learn to be patient!!!

Think of it this way - each time you meditate you create a groove into your subconscious. Over time this groove gets deeper until one day, you reach your subconscious.  Once you reach your subconscious things start to change.  You gain clarity of thought, new perspectives and insights.  Meditation (whatever method you use) anchors you to the present and studies show that this slows down your brain waves.  This allows you to react to your thoughts in a more considered way - your intuition becomes stronger and your problem solving abilities are enhanced.  Ultimately you come to know peace.  Scientific studies have also shown that meditation actually increases the grey matter in the prefrontal context enhancing cognitive function. 

Here is what Lord Alfred Tennyson has to say about meditation-
''. . a kind of waking trance — this for lack of a better word — I have frequently had, quite up from boyhood, when I have been all alone. . . . All at once, as it were out of the intensity of the consciousness of individuality, the individuality itself seemed to dissolve and fade away into boundless being, and this not a confused state but the clearest, the surest of the surest . . . utterly beyond words — where death was an almost laughable impossibility, the loss of personality (if so it were) seeming no extinction, but the only true life. . . .
I am ashamed of my feeble description. Have I not said the state is utterly beyond words? . . .
There is no delusion in the matter! It is no nebulous ecstasy, but a state of transcendent wonder, associated with absolute clearness of mind''.

Worth persevering then!

Please also see  'Starting a meditation practice-are you sitting comfortably', 'Starting a meditation practice - Staying awake' and 'Starting a meditation practice - Calming your mind'  


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