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A to Z of Meditation

Posted in on 8-23-13

 

A to Z of meditation

 

Meditation is a practice that restores our health, energy and overall sense of wellness. It has been shown to improve our emotional connections with those around us and it has also been shown to stimulate the frontal cortex of the brain- the area most associated with our happiness and productivity.

Here is a look at the elements of meditation from A-Z, including health benefits, important themes, and powerful words you can use as mantras:

Acceptance
Allow all thoughts and emotions to come and go without judging them.

Breathing
Deep breaths calm the body and slow your heart rate, helping you relax.

Compassion
Universal kindness and love are the main goals of many meditation traditions.

Divinity
Meditation teaches us that we are part of something greater than ourselves.

Enlightenment
Meditation helps us move closer to wisdom and total understanding.

Fearlessness
Meditation helps us better understand the role of fear and uncertainty in our lives.

Goodness
Focus on the positives in your life! Find your energy and live well.

Health
In addition to meditation, you have to eat right, exercise and sleep well.

Inspiration
Find inspiration in your life, and seek ways to become an inspiration for others.

Joy
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” (Dalai Lama)

Kindness
“Loving Kindness” meditation is a standard practice of wishing well for all beings.

Love
Meditate on love often: love for strangers, love for family, and love for self.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a way of connecting to the present through total awareness of your surroundings.

Namaste
This traditional greeting means “The divine in me honors the divine in you.”

Oneness
Meditation illustrates that we all come from the same roots… we are all one.

Peace
“Peace in oneself, peace in the world.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Quiet
Through silence we understand the world and our place within it.

Rejuvenate
Meditation is proven to restore mental health and physical energy!

Stillness
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” (Zen saying)

Tranquility
Inner balance, established through meditation, enables you to live with focus and purpose outside of your practice.

Understanding
Meditation shows us that our ways of thinking are not set in stone. The mind is elastic, and we can learn to bend our thoughts.

Virtues
Virtues as meditation mantras: Courage; Compassion; Forgiveness; Benevolence; Patience.

Wholeness
Meditation is about the entire being, not just the mind.

EX-istence
Meditation teaches us to stay here, in the present moment. Our breath anchors us to this place and nowhere else.

Yin Yang
Meditation embodies the concept of duality and harmony in our universe.

Zen
Zen does not exist in a garden or a beach- it exists within us.

Of course, meditation is by no means limited to our list of ideas. Explore for yourself, and find the methods that make you feel the best when you practice!

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