Meditation really began to gain traction in Western culture during the 1960s. The 60s was a decade of exploration, experimentation and expansion of the mind. When the biggest celebrities of the era The Beatles advocated meditation it quickly became the latest craze. While most crazes die out quickly meditation is most definitely here to stay. A 2007 survey produced by the U.S. government found that over 9% of the population had meditated in the last twelve months. That’s over twenty million people in America alone who mediate in the Western world.
The challenging part in mindfulness zen meditation baltimore is to not get caught up in the thoughts. Allow the thoughts to come and go without getting involved with them.
What’s more, when people come together with a common intent (say, to meditate), then the collective intent has a force far greater than the intent of any individual. This can help us both sink into deep meditative states and learn new techniques far more quickly than we would alone.
And it is this bliss that draws you into this moment more and more and leads you to self realization. The bliss begins to reveal itself in every part of your life. Walking will be bliss, driving will be bliss, working will be bliss, doing yoga will be bliss. Any action in which you are mindful will be experienced as bliss.
Unnecessary data means unpleasant memories, unwanted thoughts and emotions. You need to wipe out those data so that mind has more space for productive and creative thoughts. Mind becomes more intelligent. When the crystallization of the mind happens it will be easy for you to change yourself. Changing yourself means changing your attitude and the belief systems.
Of course, you do value meditation. But it is not good enough for this to be a vague kind of ‘Oh yes, I know meditation is good for me and I should do more.’ That is unlikely to get you focused when your day grows tricky.
We learned: the importance of breathing, a mantra, and the number of times a day and how many minutes to meditate. I recall talk of meditation being simple but not easy and warning that falling asleep during meditation although not “bad” was a sign of “not getting enough sleep at night” (duh…we were college students in the era of disco, heaven forbid!!) It was stressed that a straight spine was key to success and a cushy comfortable chair, the enemy. Basically it was encouraged to sit in a quiet space wherever you could find it but remember to keep the spine straight.
So take some moment at the beginning of your meditation and reflect on your intent, the very reason why you are sitting down and going within. Focus on it and let yourself connect to feeling it. Let this feeling of spiritual desire carry you all the way in.