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Medi'cation'

Meditation

Why Meditate?

A regular practice has positive effects on our spirit, mind, and body. Meditation sharpens the intellect, enlightens the mind, and promotes mind-body healing. Meditation allows us to create a more deliberate life. It transforms us from the inside out, changing our character by making us aware of our thoughts, words, and deeds. Little by little, our subconscious motives and mechanics become clear. The changes we create in ourselves changes the patterns of our lives. As we create stillness in our mind and body, we open up to the understanding that we are co-creators in the flow of life.

For the Spirit - Meditation is a way of connecting to the source of our being and aligning ourselves with the peace of that source.

 

For the Mind - Our brain is programmed to think and thoughts arise of their own accord. Our mind is an ocean of awareness through which thought passes. These passing thoughts are not who we really are, but sometimes we latch on to them and they influence our behavior. Meditation allows us to see that we are not our thoughts. It quiets the brain's automatic thinking process and helps us develop mindfulness. With the gradual quieting of the brain, we learn to bypass surface turbulence and open up to what lies beneath.

 

For the Body - The body and the brain are just one thing. Yet, we treat them as if they are separate. Anything started in the body is experienced by the brain and vice versa. For example, when the body ingests alcohol, the brain experiences the effects. Meditation increases the awareness that the two are in reality one. The frantic pace of life has caused us to lose contact with our body. We are over stimulated; our body and brain in constant motion. This leaves us feeling out of control, restless, and unhappy. Because we disregard the body it becomes easy for us to abuse it and so, we often fail to hear the subtle messages the body sends telling us that we have had enough. The only time the body gets our attention is when it has become weakened, or sick in some capacity.

 

Meditation reduces the amount of sensory stimulation. It reconnects us to our body thereby allowing us to hear those subtle messages.

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