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Top 10 Meditation Retreats

Life has turned into a rat race; everyone is running after one thing or another. Now it’s time to run after peace – and the best way to attain peace is through a meditation retreat.

Far away from the hustle bustle of life, a meditation retreat is usually nestled amidst the splendor of nature. These retreats offer complete peace of mind and relaxation.

Mentioned below are top 10 meditation retreats we have found.

Meditation and Success

Meditation and Success – Kristina Gailiute interviews Brad Austen.

Q. I have read that despite its popularity, today very few people truly know what meditation is. Is it true and, in your opinion, why?

A. There are many forms and types of meditation, which can lead to some confusion. We are all unique and diverse beings, so we may resonate with one form of meditation over another. The best advice I can give is to try some different forms of meditation and see which one resonates with you. There is a wealth of information on the Internet about meditation and the different types. Some of these include mindfulness meditation, transcendental meditation, kundalini meditation, guided visualization and many others.

meditation during PregnancyMany pregnant women are using the ancient technique of Meditation to achieve a more peaceful state of being during their pregnancy.

These women are facing one of the most hormonal, physically, and mentally challenging times of their lives, and engaging in daily meditation can ease the burdens that carrying a new life can bring. 7 ways in which meditation can help pregnant women are listed below.

Meditation and Spiritual GrowthThe Explore Meditation website combines my personal stories of spiritual and personal growth, with simple ‘how to’ information; including free guided meditations you can listen to and download, meditation scripts, meditation packages you can instantly download to your computer or device, as well as a wealth of information about meditation and spiritual growth from my 2 regular contributors, (Brad Austen and Karen Ellyard), and articles from guest bloggers from around the globe.

This website has become one of the webs’ leading reference and experiential sources of knowledge and insight when it comes to meditation and spiritual growth.

The layout is clean and free from junky adverts, and there are many free products and resources to compliment the packages we have for sale. The content of this meditation blog is geared for both beginner and advanced meditators.

Please browse the topics below to find the information that jumps out at you first. I pride myself on straight forward information. There are no catches, gimmicks, or forced sales.

I invite you to … Explore Meditation.
Namaste, Nigel Coates

How to MeditateIn times long ago, students of meditation dedicated their lives to meditation in the pursuit of spiritual growth. They lived in monasteries and always had a teacher on hand teaching them how to meditate.

As times have changed, this is no longer common, and meditation practice must now integrate into a busy schedule.

What is MeditationTo explain Meditation we should start with the Definition. But even that is not as easy as it sounds.

Because Meditation has been around for thousands of years, and is interwoven throughout the different cultures and religions of the world, one definition to keep everyone happy is a task indeed!

But we have to make a start, so; Meditation is ‘A mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the reflexive ‘thinking’ mind – into a deeper state of relaxation.

The above statement is the desire – or process of Meditation.

The benefits have been ‘felt’ for thousands of years, but now science has evolved to ‘prove’ what is actually happening.

Deep MeditationVirtually everyone I speak with who is interested in meditation wants to enjoy deeper meditations… and they want to enjoy them consistently.

Understanding how to do this, though, is very rare.

When you understand and practice what you are going to learn in this article, you will experience consistent, deep, enjoyable meditations every time.

You will begin to feel more of the power from your meditation in your daily life.

A Walking MeditationRecently I’ve been enjoying walking in nature. I find that the light exercise and being surrounded by fresh air and greenery places me into a light meditative state.

Meditation doesn’t necessarily have to be about sitting, closing your eyes and achieving silence.

There are really no strict rules with visualization and meditation, it is after all about exploring your imagination and also having some fun.

The following is a guided meditation designed to enjoy while walking outside in nature.

Binaural BeatsThere are four Brain-Wave Patterns in which we can function. Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.

Briefly; You experience Beta brain-wave patterns in engaging activities like when you are driving or working. (Anxiety and Stress are experienced at the top end of this Beta range).

Alpha patterns occur when you are more relaxed and brain activity has slowed. (e.g. Watching television, reading a book).

Theta brain-waves are most commonly encountered in dreams, or at moments of deep insight. And the slowest state,

Delta, occurs in deep, deep sleep, or by the masters while in meditation.

Energetic Based MeditationsThis is the Fast-Track to Realization.

Using your mind to circulate subtle energy through yourself can bring you to enlightenment in this lifetime.

Raja Yoga and Vajrayana Buddhism both use this method.

First you receive an initiation from a teacher that tunes your energy system to a particular energy frequency. You immediately become able to do the same meditation as your teacher!

Then you do the practices that your teacher gives you. Doing your practice anchors the precious gift from your teacher in you, and it also enables you to keep deep meditation states permanently. Your entire energy system opens, clears and grows very fast.

Meditation BenefitsThe benefits of meditation are many and varied. Everyone who has meditated throughout history has ‘felt’ these benefits, but this page aims to convey these meditation benefits to you.

Meditation can be defined as; the act of moving beyond conscious thought into a greater state of relaxation.

It sounds cliché, but it’s true; Meditation helps the Body, Mind and Spirit.

Independent of belief or religion, or even the method used to enter a meditative state; the benefits of Meditation to the mind and body are universal.

Pain Management MeditationChildbirth is a notoriously painful process, and there are many methods for managing that pain and the attendant anxiety that many women feel during labor and delivery. Some choose pain medications, while others choose natural methods such as breathing techniques, massage, and warm baths.

Meditation during labor and delivery is also particularly beneficial for managing pain and for encouraging an easier birthing process overall. Though the chaotic image of a typical delivery room may not seem compatible with the tranquility and focus of most meditation practices, meditation during childbirth actually has many benefits.

Best MeditationIf you are interested in the best meditation for beginners, then you probably want to know ‘How to Meditate’.

But I first need to tell you that there are many different ways to meditate.

But don’t worry, it’s all very simple and will be clear by the end of this page.

I will give brief explanations about the different meditation techniques, with free meditations you can try, and links to more specific information.

7 ChakrasSahaja Yoga was invented by H.H. Nirmala Devi in 1970. It is a form of ‘Self-Realization’ yoga based on the seven energy centers of our body, called Chakras.

Through meditation, the flow of cosmic energy in our body continuously increases, providing energy to these energy centers.

Let’s look at each of the Chakras and their natural qualities:

Calming MeditationThe fast pace of life has made people increasingly susceptible to stress – as a result of the continuous pulls and pressures of a hectic lifestyle.

Chasing money and materialistic possessions has an adverse impact on the mental well-being of a person. To add to the existing stress, technology and gadgets have made information available at all times at all places thus adding to stress instead of being a facilitator.

To reduce this stress and tensions, one should start doing meditation. It relaxes the body, mind and spirit.

So, let’s start from the basics.

Meditation ChakraScientists tell us that everything is made up of energy. Ancient cultures have known this for thousands of years.

To speak briefly of the Chinese; their well-developed and proven healing systems are based around even and unencumbered flow of energy. They have detailed maps of Meridians, which are energy pathways around the body.

This energy has intense focal points called Chakras. There are 7 main chakras on the body.

Types of MeditationMeditation has evolved throughout history, with respect to location, religion and philosophy. It is widely recognized that there are many different ways to Meditate, even though many techniques have similar goals.

It reminds me of the saying, ‘There are many paths to God.’ I believe it is wrong to say that one Meditation Technique / path is better than another, because you are judging a person’s journey, and you don’t know from where they have come.

Their path is perfect for them, as yours is for you.

As such, I will not say that any of the meditation techniques listed below is better than the others. I encourage you to explore the doors that open before you to learn through experience, so you can decide for yourself.

This page gives an overview of the different forms of meditation that exist, with links to more specific information.

Meditation PracticeDo you think the caterpillar knows what it will become as it retreats from the world into its cocoon?

Or it is a grand gesture of faith – and it simply trusts that everything will be OK in time?

The reason that I ask is that I have metaphorically been in a cocoon over the last several months and I am wondering what is to come.

Shaktipat Blessing‘Empty Mind’ is the primary goal of most meditation programs.

Once you are able to hold the state of no thought, it becomes possible to focus your mind indefinitely on one point.

You become able to enter higher meditations easily and remain in them.

Buddhists call empty mind meditation Vipassana, or Anapanasati. They devote themselves to years, sometimes an entire lifetime, of dedicated practice to achieve the state where thoughts disappear completely or no longer arise.