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  • Hey Adam,

    Taking time to meditate on a regular basis is a great way to keep a balanced lifestyle. It can be as simple as closing your eyes, breathing deeply and focusing your attention on your breath. Feel the rise and fall of your chest, even try to feel the air moving in and out. Focusing like this will relax the body and mind and bring your attention back to the present moment.

    Yoga Journal has a great section on meditation, from simple practices to more in depth discussion.
    Here is the link http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/meditation

    Kundalini yoga is more of a traditional style of yoga that encompasses the mental, physical and spiritual.

    Best wishes with your practice,
    ~Jenna
    lululemon Online Community
    http://www.lululemon.com

  • WHY MEDITATION IS USEFUL IN REHABILITATION FROM DRUG ADDICTION

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    The first contemplation is the easiest. Meditation lets us naturally experience a condition of deep peace. A person with problems always has a restless mind. Meditation provides us with a natural, medicine free, experience of calmness. Morning and evening meditation allows us to relax our restless mind at least twice a day. This natural tranquillity makes us gain distance from our problems, which shift to become duties. With a quiet mind, we have a higher capacity to cope with our emotions, being more and more able to face our duties. The quality of the experiencing our own life is influenced by and dependent on our identification mechanism. Our identification depends on our experiences. We tend to identify ourselves in relation to our experiences. Each experience has three aspects:
    1. consciousness (witness, level of Being)
    2. sensorial perception
    3. object of perception.
    The main aspect of a human being is his consciousness. If we have problems, we loose ourselves in totally exterior things, being bewildered by the complexity of our perceptions. Identifying ourselves with pure appearance, we loose the consciousness of being and end up living estranged from ourselves. The world is seen as hostile and life becomes a struggle. Daily meditation is not an intellectual exercise, yet the experience of calmness and silence of our proper consciousness. Thus, the identification mechanism is being normalised, the level of consciousness resurfaces again to the front. Meditation naturally induces us into a evolution from having to being. This gives us a completely new way to experiment ourselves, gradually increasing our self-confidence. The internal address has been located. We learn through the fact, that love and joy are being anchored in our proper internal space. Nobody can ever remove this internal address. Every time we find ourselves in difficulties, we have a method, a starting point to rebalance our life. Meditation can also simply be defined as mental hygiene. Daily meditation helps us to break free even from the most radicated dependences. Throughout the years, we will observe small but significant improvements in all aspects of our personality. These improvements allow us to live our life with more balance and pleasure. Until today, meditation is part of the religious practice of all cultures. Given that in present times, humanity is less interested in religion, one should recognize that meditation, independently from any kind of religion or ideology, is of great use to our mental hygiene and development of consciousness. A lot of books could be written about this issue, but the above shall be sufficient for the present introduction.
    Vincenzo Kavod Altepost

    Allow your mind to turn within
    again and again
    to experience its own inner silence.
    When you do, divine light blazes forth,
    which you perceive as the light
    of your own heart.
    Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

  • Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies. Metitation involves concentration of mind away from stress producing areas, sitting in a comfortable position, closing the eyes and clearing the, mind from all disturbing thoughts. Premarily, it involves silently repeating a in a single syllable or mantra over and over again. Meditative techniques are the product of diverse culture and people around the world. It has been rooted in the traditions of the world’s great religions.
    More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure. Improve exercise perfomance in people angina, help people with asthama breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life. Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance on a person’S physical, emotional, and mental stress. It is simple but can benefit everybody

  • The best meditation for a beginner is breathing meditation. Generally, the purpose of breathing meditation is to calm the mind and develop inner peace.

    First sit in a comfortable posture, keeping your back straight. With your eyes partially closed, turn your attention to your breathing. We breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and we try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is our object of meditation. Try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else.

    At first, you mind will be very busy, and you might even feel that the meditation is making your mind busier; but in reality we are just becoming more aware of how busy our mind actually is. There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but we should resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath. If we discover that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, we should immediately return it to the breath. We should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath.

  • Kundalini yoga must be done with a guru and not be forced upon yourself. Look for a teacher if you are interested, there are plenty in the western world today

  • Meditation is good for you. There are plenty of ressources over the internet for you to get a good base. You definitly should visit Wikipedia.

    Kundalini yoga is something that you should stay away from… it is not for everybody and certainly not for beginners in yoga.

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