Meditation is a process in which you focus your attention on a single thought, image, idea, action or sound, whilst at the same time excluding all other thoughts. All of us at some time have experienced the meditative state. It happens when we daydream or are engrossed in something, or when we listen to the sound of rain or observe water passing over rocks in a stream. Any repetitive action or sound can also induce a meditative state, for example, the sound of a train, or carrying out repetitive job like shelling peas or pealing potatoes, I find that ironing clothes can have a similar effect on me.

The objective of meditation is to still the mind and by doing so gain a heightened sense of awareness. Colours may appear radiant, sounds crisper and more interesting. We also become much more aware of our physical body, the touch of clothing on our skin, and of our breathing as our chest rises and falls. Meditation is not restricted to Buddhist monks, hippies or psychics, but is now being learnt and practised by people from all walks of life. As well as source of personal insight, self-understanding and psychic development, meditation has also been proven to benefit conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

The relaxation gained through meditation increases self-confidence and feelings of connection to others. As our mental activity slows down so the brain switches to alpha rhythms, similar to the state we find ourselves in just before waking or falling asleep. Meditation and relaxation can also help with confronting difficult people or prior to stressful situations. For example, before attending a job interview. Or rather than responding with a burst of anger to some one, you can go inside yourself and find a sense of peace and calm. You do this by simply repeating your chosen mantra. You can also imagine a beam of loving pink light bathing the person concerned. This action transforms the energy from hate and malice to that of love, peace and respect.

Ideally meditation should be done twice a day for twenty minutes. But if you can’t find time during your busy schedule, then ten minutes a day will be sufficient. Through it’s regular practice you will be able to switch into a meditative state pretty quickly and also in relatively busy places. For example, whilst sitting on the train or bus or in a waiting room. The main benefit in terms of psychic work is to still the mind allowing ones senses to be come more receptive to the spiritual realms, spirit guides, guardian angels and people who have passed over.

Many spiritual traditions follow a particular posture where the spine is kept straight, this is found in the Hindu and Buddhist yoga’s, Christian kneeling prayer and Taoist standing meditation. The trick is not to make the experience an uncomfortable one, with a little practice the process will become easier. Lying down should be avoided because this is the normal sleep position and meditating in this position could easily lead you to falling asleep.

A mantra is a phrase or a sound, that is repeated rhythmically in order to help you focus and enter a meditative state. The most commonly used mantra is the sound Om or Aum which is said to be the sound of the Universe. Often a Sanskrit word or syllable is also used, in particular by those practising TM or Transcendental Meditation. However you can use any soft sounding neutral or meaningless word, this can be a dictionary word for example ‘peace’, or ‘love ‘ or one that you make up. It is best not to choose a word that evokes any strong emotional stimuli or sets you off on a train of associated thoughts. This why so many people much prefer to use the word Om or Aum.

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