The benefits of having a meditation chair to meditate

The benefits of having a meditation chair to meditate – written by Pat.Muigai
Meditation as a practice dates back hundreds of years and has been part and parcel of the culture of many communities around the world for several centuries. Researchers have suggested that the hunting and gathering primitive societies may have probably been the ones that discovered it, mainly as they gazed at the fiery flames of the fire. Over time, different societies have progressively refined this habit and it has evolved into a structured activity that people engage in on a daily basis. Anyone that has taken part in the habit of meditation understands that there is a whole world of benefits to partake from this amazing exercise.
Some of the benefits that you can enjoy from meditation include achieving better sleeping patterns, acquiring a more positive outlook in life, and reducing the mental stress levels. Meditation also reduces your blood pressure, lowers your cholesterol levels and strengthens your immune system therefore it greatly contributes to the overall improvement of your health and general well-being. Meditation is beneficial for people who suffer from depression or anxiety, thus it will help in providing emotional stability as well as induce positive thinking.
The essence of meditation is to get your body into the most relaxed posture and position so that you can fully reap the benefits of the exercise. Remember, any discomfort on the body will prevent you from getting the very best out of the meditation exercise. The body and the mind have to experience that synchronized flow and harmony for meditation to be effective and productive.
Some people may want to explore the variety of furniture available to guarantee their comfort during meditation. Some may opt for the floor, others may consider a comfortable sofa or arm chair, while others may want to lie down on their beds. There may be a challenge however with some of these methods. When lying down on the bed, for instance, one may find that they drift off to sleep thus do not even get to meditate.
Having clarified that posture is vital for successful meditation, it would be prudent to go for meditation furniture that allows you to maintain the right posture throughout the exercise. You can take your time to try out several options available in the market, and then settle for one that you feel is the most comfortable. A meditation chair is one of the highly recommended options for meditation, both for the beginners and those who have been engaged in it for a while.
Benefits
There are numerous benefits of using a meditation chair.
Some of these benefits include;
• Most people who are new to meditation may experience a bit of frustration at the initial stages of the exercise, especially with regard to maintaining inner quietness and getting a mental focus. It may be a challenge trying to tame that roaming mind and avoid the short spurts of concentration; this state may further be aggravated by physical discomfort. Getting a good meditation chair will help to solve the problem of physical discomfort leaving you with an easier time to focus on the meditation at hand.
• Meditation chairs can be custom-made and handcrafted to meet the specific needs of the users. Any condition that the user may have that may prevent them from using the ordinary meditation chairs available in the market will be factored in during the construction of the chair. The user presently has the advantage of requesting for their meditation chairs to be tailor-made to suit their needs and the variety available includes tilt chairs that have ergonomic designs, inflatable meditation cushions, foldable meditation chairs and meditation benches among others.
• A meditation chair has been specially designed to provide the adequate alignment and support you require so as to maximize your meditation experience. The chair allows you to sit upright, in a comfortable position that will not put too much pressure on the back. This way, you will be at ease and free to concentrate on meditating and enjoying the benefits of the exercise.
• A meditation chair provides the kind of comfort that allows you to remain seated in one position for a long period of time. Since the chair keeps your body from cramping and getting into distress even with lengthy periods of stillness in one posture, you can extend the meditation without getting tired. As a result, you will be able to expand your consciousness as well as achieve a greater clarity of mind.
• It is possible to invest in a good quality, portable meditation chair. With such a chair, you will be able to enjoy seamless, uninterrupted meditation even when travelling and the experience enjoyed at home will be sustained even when you are away from home.
• With the wide variety available today in the market, it is possible, and even advisable to select a meditation chair that matches your comfort levels. After looking around for what is on offer, it will be best to choose a chair that can easily be adjusted depending on your comfort level, your height and your body weight. This will ensure that you maximize your experience at all times.
• For anyone having a problem with mobility or flexibility, a meditation chair will be one of the greatest options to work with. This is mainly because it will allow you to meditate in the proper form. It will also provide you with an alternative that is much more comfortable than being seated on the floor.
• As a plus for the user, an aesthetically made meditation chair will have multiple uses. Not only will it accentuate your meditation experience; it will also be a beautiful and functional addition to the furniture in your home.
With all these benefits outlined, you will definitely want to make a beeline to the closest store or begin shopping online for your meditation chair. Additionally, as you think of what would work best for you, it would be a good thing to consult your meditation teachers or other experts in this field. Their opinions about the meditation chair you are contemplating to invest in will guide you on the best choice to make on your purchase.

Get paid to meditate

http://www.healthyplace.com/self-help/self-help-stuff-that-works/getting-paid-to-meditate/

by Adam Khan:

IN MOST DISCIPLINES of meditation, the first thing a student learns is how to concentrate. The Master gives the students techniques. In some cases, students may be instructed to count their breath. In other cases, they are given a word to repeat over and over. Sometimes they hold a visual image in the mind’s eye or focus all their thoughts on a candle’s flame.

There are hundreds of different techniques, but they all have one aim in mind: to teach students to hold their attention on one thing and prevent their attention from wandering away to other, more interesting things.

But this is America. The meditation practice of sitting still for long periods of time may have been perfectly appropriate for an unmarried, childless Brahmin priest who was a member of a caste that was supported by the government, but you and I have to make our own living. We don’t have such an enormous privilege of time and guaranteed income. We need to be up and doing. And there’s a lot to be done.

The ability to concentrate is the core ability, the essential skill. Control your attention and you control your mind. But the discipline to control your attention doesn’t have to be done sitting still. It can be done with anything – including your job.

Your job can become a “spiritua” discipline. The practice is simply to keep your attention on your work. And unless it’s a challenging part of your job that compels your attention, your mind will tend to wander, just as it does in meditation. You’ll get distracted. You may get sidetracked with a daydream or playing a computer game or talking on the phone. In some studies, researchers found that while people were at work, fully 25 percent of the time they weren’t actually working.

The practice of meditation is to bring the mind back to the task every time it wanders. Over and over and over again. This is meditation.

 

 

Retreat centers across Unted States

Retreat centers across Unted States

You can practice acceptance at any time. Right now as you are reading this, what is your mind’s attitude? Do you feel you need to get somewhere to be at peace? If so, become aware of the now. Use your 5 senses. Feel you body in the chair. Hear the sounds around you. Feel your stomach rise and fall with each breath.

You don’t need to be anywhere to practice acceptance but going to a retreat center is a powerful way to force yourself into acceptance. The following retreat centers offer silent retreats. Your day will consist primarily of sitting meditation and walking meditation. Without distractions or entertainment, you will encounter the full force of your mind’s thoughts of resistance and needing to get somewhere. Then you will have the chance to accept and enter the present moment. It will be the most difficult thing you have ever done but also the most powerful.

A Mini Guide To Modern Meditation and Letting Go

Meditation has always meandered the line between physical and spiritual. While detachment can be a nice idea, it usually only lasts until the rent is due. While enlightenment is a beautiful thought, it can get lost in the 24/7 shuffle that is modern life.

It’s a balancing act that puts you in an odd predicament. So what do you do?

As funny as it sounds, the first step is to realize that it has always been this way. There has always been a struggle between the need for food and housing, and the desire for spiritual enlightenment. In fact, 2,500 years ago, those seeking enlightenment still had to worry about food and water and a place to sleep—only then, the lack of food and clean water was a much more immediate concern than it is for most today.

The difference lies not in the approach, but in the world around us; a world that has changed drastically in the 2,500 years in which meditation has evolved. No longer are our concerns limited to the sight line of a village, but they’ve expanded to the global village we now live in.

It’s why meditation, like all things, has evolved to become modern.

Just as people are growing and evolving, so too is the science behind the magic. In fact, so too is the magic itself.

Today meditation has gained the respect of the scientific community that it has long deserved, and on a much different scale than ever before.

Today anybody of any persuasion can learn how to meditate. Anybody can reach out and adapt meditation to fit their needs. Even if they’re not doing it perfectly, they can gain from the practice.

That means that everyone can raise the greater human consciousness on a global scale. You can, too, if you’re just willing to do four simple things…

1. Take a breath.

Do not worry if you’re doing it right or not, just take a long, slow, deep breath. Allow yourself to feel the calm flowing into you, expanding you, surrounding you.

Your parasympathetic nervous system will take this as a sign to relax. Your mind will see it as an opportunity to quiet your brain. Simply allow yourself to slow down for five minutes and breathe. That is the start to any meditation practice.

2. Give yourself permission to stop.

That’s right, before you can stop you have to give yourself permission to stop. Simple, but not easy. Just keep at it, whenever a distraction comes up, acknowledge it and let it go. This way you can become aware of the world around you. Give thanks and appreciate what you hear, smell, taste and feel, before you continue on with your day.

3. Let it go.

I say this all the time and to everyone. Whatever you are loading onto your back, whatever you are dragging from room to room, whatever you are carrying with you, just set it down and let it go. Emotions, fears, comments others have said, LET IT GO. That is just your 40,000 year-old brain doing what it does. It’s time for you to take over and LET IT GO.

4. Fill it with love.

Whatever you let go, don’t leave the space that is left behind empty. Remember to fill it up with something or your brain will fill it up all on its own. Love is always a good place to start. It may sound pedantic, but every time you start to put someone down, every little comment you make to yourself, every spiteful thought that comes to mind is a seed you plant. Stop yourself from those thoughts and plant a little seed of love. They add up quickly and grow even quicker.

That’s it.

Four simple steps to creating your own path to your own enlightenment; one that will happen right here, right now. Not in the next lifetime. Not by shooting energy from the top of your head.

It will happen in a car, in a bus, at the beach, on the street. It will happen in your everyday life. I know. It has happened in mine; and that is Modern Meditation.

A Mini Guide To Modern Meditation & Letting Go

By JEFF CANNON

The Power of Meditation

A normal person uses only five per cent of his/her potential power, while some extraordinarily successful people use around 10 per cent of it. The rest of everyone’s potential goes waste.
The mind’s potential energy is often wasted in unnecessary thinking, worrying, doubting, anxiety, fear etc. Meditation helps in conserving this energy.

Thoughts have power if they are focused, without doubts and negativity. But unfocused thoughts dissipate energy and weaken thought-power, while meditation helps strengthen it. To take an example, mere steam produced from boiling water cannot move anything, but the same steam when channelled can run even a rail engine with its many bogies.

Meditation is a state wherein the mind is calm, pure, positive, caring, lo­v­ing, com­pas­sio­na­te and frie­ndly. Th­is state acts as a bri­dge between one’s in­ner self and the external world whi­ch is, in fact, a ref­lection of the in­ner self. The pu­rer the inner self is, the better the external world be­comes. Meditation purifies the inner self. Everyone must strive to achieve this state of me­di­ta­tion as early in life as possible.

The question is how to meditate: what is the best techni­que, time and place for medi­ta­ti­o­n?

Indian spiritual guru Ramana Maharshi said, “The best way to meditate is through meditation itself.” But along with regular meditation, one should have a positive approach to life, accept things as they are, avoid negative reactions and try to be happy and spread happiness around.

Any technique that suits one’s na­tu­re is fine for me­ditation. One can try to meditate in breath, by chanting a mantra, by focu­sing on an object, on any God, or even on an empty space. One can also meditate on one’s body, the five senses, on the lotus in the heart or on the shat (six) chakras as per kundalini yoga.

The best time to meditate is early morning (before sunrise) and late night (just before sl­eep). But one can also meditate at a time that suits you. Try to meditate for short spells (say for five or 10 minutes), at least two to three times a day. One can choose any place to meditate which is free of disturbance and where one feels comfortable because the ultimate goal of meditation is self-realisation and enlightenment.

by Power of MeditationRameshji Jain

How to teach mindfulness.

All teachers want their students to be calm, focused, alert, aware and creative, which is essentially what mindfulness is all about, so it’s no wonder the term has become a bit of a buzzword, even in mainstream education.

The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce mindfulness to young people at school (and at home) and to help them develop some essential life skills.

The most delicious way to start has to be Mindfulness and the art of chocolate eating. Taking just three minutes, this is a practical and instantly likeable introduction to bringing mindfulness to the classroom. If you must, swap chocolate for strawberries or ripe slices of mango.

This is just one of a fantastic set of resources from Mind Space on Guardian Teacher Network – and all are without an aura, guru or chakra in sight. The non-denominational and non-religious presentation of meditation and mindfulness has been specifically developed to be useable by all types of schools, beyond the RE classroom.

Try this mindfulness relaxation exercise script, which has been designed to guide students to a heightened level of mindfulness while relaxing the body and mind in just 15 minutes. Find also the audio recording of this meditation.

If you’ve got less time to spare, find five minutes to a calmer classroom, which has some fantastic tips and is one of the most popular resources on the Guardian Teacher Network.

Primary school-aged children can be introduced to meditation with this metaphorical educational story. Encourage younger students to close their eyes, relax gently and imagine they are one of the children in the story.

The exam season is pretty much over, but this one is a keeper: Tips for dealing with exam stress has been designed to help students reduce stress through practising mindfulness and meditation around exam time.

Teachers can find out more about Mind Space’s meditation in schools project and seminars, and if you would like a speaker to come to your school to introduce mindfulness and the practice and technique of meditation to staff and students, get in touch.

RE teacher Andrew Jones, who recently blogged for the Guardian Teacher Network about his experiences with meditation at Goffs school, has created this useful slideshow on meditation for beginners – the slides list what to do and give basic directions. The lesson was created for a scheme of work on Buddhism, but it can act as a standalone lesson, too. Andrew has highly recommended the audio and CD resources created by Clear Vision, a UK Buddhist charity specialising in Buddhism and meditation in schools. Thanks to Clear Vision for sharing some of its stilling exercises for young people on the Guardian Teacher Network, meditation one and meditation two.

Meditation teacher Jon Shore has been teaching mindfulness since 1978 and has shared a soothing 15-minute audio file of soft meditation music and ocean waves – ideal for using as background music during a mindfulness meditation in class and Personal transformation using mindfulness and meditation, which includes meditations that can be used in a classroom setting.

Thanks to 100 hours for sharing this fascinating exploration of the wider context of mindfulness. Mindfulness and the vision for a 21st-century transformational curriculum introduces 100 hours’ vision of how young people around the world can be supported to become wise and compassionate leaders and, ultimately, to transform society. The resource describes what mindfulness is and its benefits, and includes a two-minute guided exercise, top principles and tips. Teachers are invited to get in touch and find out more about how they can get involved.

We have some really creative resources shared by Ross Young at The Dharma primary school, the UK’s only primary school to offer an education based on Buddhist values, which puts mindfulness at the centre of its practice so has lots of expertise to share. Find The Duct-Tape maze – a mindfulness activity that helps children learn how to manage distractions, to notice and persevere as well as to plan and reason. StickArt is another great calming idea. Students sit in a circle and take it in turns to place pipe-cleaners onto the floor in a particular shape without talking. A pattern or a picture is created and the focus is on developing mindful mind skills.

This pebble guided meditation is perfect for young children and in planting wishes children place wishes they would like to see grow in the world and work hard to help make their wishes grow.

The children at The Dharma school have created this poster of mindfulness skills because, in the words of a group of students: “Some of them are annoyingly long, tricky words!” The Kung Fu Panda Peach tree clip has been recommended to help children understand the concept of being present. Also find mind in a jar, a mindfulness activity in which children make and use a snow globe to show how their minds are working – and then give it a good shake!

And finally, for those who would like to podcast about their mindfulness experiences, but aren’t quite sure where to start, How to podcast with your class is a really easy guide including software suggestions.

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