M e d i t a t i o n
The classic form of Meditation involves sitting quietly and stilling the mind.
Thoughts are treated as passing phenomena, to be observed but not interacted with, and the mind is looked upon as a lake which can become still and clear, revealing depths which otherwise lie undiscovered and outside of awareness.
The breath is often used as a vehicle for stilling the mind and bringing inner peace.
Simply watching the breath as we calm ourselves away from the concerns of daily life, we engage with the wonderfull and mysterious process which brings us life and relates our inner aspect to the outer.
Other techniques may involve using mantras or contemplation, to bring about the required stillness neccesary to commence the process of connecting our awareness with a harmonious inner essence, which lies at the heart of our being.
Visualisation is the technique of using the imagination to bring benefit in life and connect us with aspects of reality for which we have little awareness.
We can use the mind to deliberately affect our sense of reality in order to find guidance, healing or internal well being.
By bringing internal mental images into our minds eye, and allying them as best we can with imagined sounds, smells, experiences etc, we can make believe to be in a reality which is enhanced compared to our daily life, much, for example, like imagining being on holiday in the sun whilst stuck at work in the middle of winter.
This can bring physiological and psycholgical benefits, as the mind relaxes and the body's systems respond to the perceived reality.
In concentraion meditation we use the mind, and its extraordinary relationship to how we live our lives, to bring about deliberate and focused change in our well being.
On the understanding that reality is in someway manufactured within imagination and the mental realm, we can engage in what may be called 'Reality Engineering', deliberately focusing on specific outcomes with dedication and positive emotions.
This may be as banal as income and material possesions, as helpful as relief from symptoms of disease, or of a more transcendent spiritual nature.
Consiousness here is not so much calmed, as activated towards a more responsible and determinate relation to life.