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How To Use Meditation For Spiritual Growth

Mediation has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It’s appeared in many different forms, across all kinds of traditions and cultures. That means that there are lots of different ways to incorporate the benefits of meditation into your life. A little discipline can help you feel more relaxed, reduce stress, and even help you concentrate and feel more peaceful. Meditation has long been a method used for spiritual growth, and it’s not really a surprise. This discipline can really help you with your self improvement and personal development. Let’s look at it in more depth.

Every one of us could benefit from a break. Our day to day activities are full of stress, anxiety, and pressure. That can really stunt our spiritual selves, and make it hard to experience joy, appreciate the other people in our lives, and be thankful for the world around us. Adding meditation into your regular routine can help you get insight into your problems, get rid of some of the pressure, and start to learn about how to improve your life. Whether you feel that meditation is a way to commune with God, tap into your higher consciousness, or just induce beneficial physical and mental changes, it can help you. Meditation is an excellent way to improve your self awareness and bring about some truly important realizations.

Most of us need to start by committing to regular daily meditation. Pick a time that you’ll be able to do this every day – ideally the same time every day. Choose a space where you won’t be disturbed. It should feel peaceful and comfortable. Some people create an altar, or use a scented candle, incense, or potpourri that they associate with relaxation and a higher plane of thought. Choose a comfortable place to sit, such as a chair, or a spot on the floor. Make sure that you don’t spend this time sleeping or thinking about your day to day problems, or you just won’t get the benefits.

Many people begin their meditation with a breathing exercise. Taking deep breaths from the abdomen and keeping them slow can help you clear your mind. Concentrate on your breathing, not on your environment or your problems. Let everything else fade into the background. Some people stick with a breath meditation for the entire time, while others choose to concentrate on religious teachings, mantras (phrases that help focus consciousness) or meditative objects like mandalas. The specific way you meditate will depend on your philosophy and what helps you the most. Try a few different options, but keep the point of the exercise in mind.

If you’re new to meditation as a practice, you might start with five to fifteen minutes per day. It might seem like nothing is happening at first, but you’ll eventually become more comfortable with it. Then, you’ll start to feel the calming spiritual and emotional benefits of this practice. You might want to expand your meditation to thirty minutes to an hour once or twice a day. Remember that you shouldn’t force results or be impatient, though – your meditation has to progress naturally if you’re really going to benefit from it. Even if you miss a day, continue your routine as though nothing has happened.

Remember, meditation is a process of growing and evolving spiritually and personally. Your technique and goals will all very, and you may need to experiment to find the method that’s right for you. However, almost anyone can benefit from adding meditation into their day. We’re all on a path of spiritual, mental, and emotional growth, and meditation is an excellent tool to help us get there. Whether you choose to work with a teacher, use meditation materials like tapes, books and recordings, or you just meditate all on your own, it can really help. Adding meditation into your daily life is a great way to help you get where you’d like to be.

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  • Abe B. January 3, 2010, 8:32 am

    After reading through your website, my desire to calm myself led me to try meditation on my own for about 15 minutes. I clasped my hands and focused on my hands after a few deep and forceful breaths. The focus on my hands led me to focus on the space around my hands which then led me to be aware of the silence as I heard a dog barking in the distance. I stayed with the awareness of the silence and the space surrounding me and felt it in me as well. Then I opened my eyes and still felt the peaceful feeling. I hope I can do this more often. Should I force myself even though I may not feel to sit and meditate like I just did? or should I just wait for the next time I desire this feeling again?

    • Kevin January 4, 2010, 4:18 am

      Meditation is not something to be forced. However, it is wise to try to set aside a regular time each day to meditate. If you can only do it for 5 minutes – great. 15 minutes is better if you can.

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