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Meditation BenefitsA spirit-inspired guest post by Brad Austen.

Meditation is an old-age practice, existing for eons in many cultures. There are many different forms and sub-types of meditation.

One form, which has now become very popular in the west, is guided meditation. Guided meditation is great for beginners, or seekers wanting some guidance and direction during their meditation practice.

While more traditional forms of meditation tend to be about silencing or focusing the mind, guided meditation often keeps the listener’s mind active and alert.

Guided meditation recordings are also available to stream or download. They are very popular, so you don’t necessarily have to join a class or meditation circle.

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 internets 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.

Energy MeditationThis 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.

Meditation Frequently Asked QuestionsHere you will find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Meditation.
– What if you fall asleep?
– Can anything bad happen?
– Can it develop my psychic abilities?
And many more…

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.

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.

Traditional Mantra MeditationLet’s try something more Traditional … because Amazing things can happen on a personal level when practicing meditation in its simplest form.

No guide to walk you through the process… No music to keep you focused. This is how meditation was practiced in the early days. With focus on an object, mantra or breath… or no focus at all.

I do not believe any one form of meditation is superior to another. They are all beautiful in themselves. True, some people have a better experience with a specific method – but that choice is personal – not universal.  I do encourage the exploration of all forms, even if you have a favorite.

Imagine a child in a 40 flavors Ice-Cream shop trying to convince everyone that chocolate is better than the rest. When asked how many of the 40 flavors he had tried, he answered ‘one’.

Hearing Gods VoiceMeditation Method for Accessing the Quiet Place Within – by DavidPaul Doyle

A quiet mind is a peaceful mind. A peaceful mind is a mind that is joined in awareness with its Source.

There are many ways to quiet your mind to become aware of your Source — to become aware of the Presence of Love within you. Some of the methods we typically hear about include: doing what we love, listening to music, being in nature, being present with another or with an activity we are engaged in, and consciously breathing. All of these examples, and any other example that helps us to quiet our minds, have something in common — they are all demonstrations of relating with love.

When we relate to anything with love, we are joined in awareness with our Source, which is Love.

Using Tibetan BowlsThere is something special about the sound of Tibetan Bowls when in meditation.

For me, I can ‘feel’ their energy, and it is as though I too am transformed by the vibration into a lighter, higher and finer vibration. I am then free to travel to amazing places – without anchor to the physical world.

For those unfamiliar with Tibetan Bowls, I’ve included a few excerpts from Wikipedia, and a video of Tibetan Singing Bowls in action.