The elements of meditation
Meditation is an ancient technique which is used for physical and mental relaxation as well as for personal and spiritual growth. THE ELEMENTS OF MEDITATION explains the what, why, when, and how of meditation, its benefits, and answers many of the questions which arise for those approaching meditation for the first time.
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Beginning the Journey
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abdomen able allow answer arise attention awareness become begin Blue Cliff Record body Buddha Buddhist calm centimetres centre Chapter Christian meditational circle clarity colours concentration conscious creative cushion Dervish develop distractions dreams emotions emptiness energy Eugen Herrigel example exercise experience experiencing Extra-sensory Perception eyes feel focused gaining insight haiku hand happens inner Jesus prayer journey of meditation kinhin knows I breathe koan label legs look lotus lotus position mandala mantra matter means meditation position meditation practice meditation session meditation teachers minutes nature Notice once one's ourselves out-breath path patience perhaps physical point of focus posture problem psychological Psychosynthesis reality realization relaxed retreat Sanskrit sensations sense shi-ne simply sitting someone sound spiritual stages symbolizes T. S. Eliot things thoughts traditions tranquillity and insight travelling unconscious mind usually vipassana visualization watching the breath words zazen