Why Meditation is the Spiritual Gateway to Growth
By Jennifer Hudson.
Meditation is one of the greatest gateways to spiritual growth. It is the catalyst towards freedom and helps to cleanse the soul of the blocks that keep us bound. Though many people feel that they understand meditation, they often do not. For those wanting a spiritual awakening and an understanding that goes beyond their current paradigm, meditation must be studied and practiced.
How to Practice Meditation Wisely
Meditation seems to come more naturally for some more than others. Not everyone can sit down for their first session and experience true meditation. For many, it takes time and practice to find the right atmosphere, state of mind, and visualization to see true results. It helps to start out by meditating at two different intervals during the day. Morning and night are often good choices. Take about twenty minutes for each session. During this time it is important to focus on a chosen mantra, so that random thoughts do not interfere with the clearing of the mind.
Meditation has Many Benefits
Meditation helps to take us closer to our chosen higher power. When our selves are pushed back for this time, we allow ourselves to come into true and proper focus with that power. Our spirits are then open for communication to receive those messages that we often either intentionally or unintentionally overlook. Meditation also helps in the relationships in our lives. Once we are connected to the spiritual world around us, we are able to embrace the people in our lives in a much more profound way.
Along with the relationship benefits, there are also many health benefits of meditating. The health benefits include a calmer state of mind and improved function in both brain pattern and focus ability. Many people have also found that it helps them cope with pain and illness. Meditation can be used for a variety of issues in our lives from emotional to physical.
Why People Choose Meditation
Often, people turn to meditation when traditional modern medicine and ways of thinking do not help them with their situations. Meditation provides an enlightenment that transfers into every aspect of our lives. We become more aware of everything around us and every emotion. We are happier and more at peace. By changing our inside understanding, we are able to change our outside understanding. We become less concerned about self, but in reality, end up finding a higher self-fulfillment.
No matter where the journey begins, it must be taken a step at a time. Experiencing spiritual growth does not happen immediately, for most. It is a journey that is experienced through the awakening of the mind. It starts with the understanding that we are all a part of something much larger and by finding our place in this much larger space, we are able to find contentment and true happiness.
If one is looking to begin this journey, it will truly begin to change them from the core. It may take time to develop the best practice that brings true results, but once that niche has been found, change is boundless. Meditation is a vital part of any spiritual journey and must take place to find our true intended paths.
Do you a meditate? What works for you? Do you prefer self-directed meditation or guided meditations like the Re-Awakening or Intuition Principle Guided Meditations?
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Jennifer Hudson is a writer who enjoys writing on many different topics of interest that engage the reader in deeper thoughts. She is a contributor for Degreejungle.com and enjoys helping others find peace through her studies and writings on many helpful subjects.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. –Henry David Thoreau
There is nothing worse than living a life of unrealized potential.
As children we have dreams about what we will be when we grow up.
But then something happens when we become adults; our dreams shrink as our responsibilities grow.
And, before we know it we are busy “making a living” and we have forgotten all about our dreams.
At first, we coast along thinking, “Oh, this isn’t so bad. I have a steady paycheck and a new car.” But, after a few years something inside starts to stir, and we start to sense that something isn’t right – that something is missing in our lives.
We try not to pay attention to it. However, as the years pass the the feeling only gets stronger until we recognize that it is a call from our soul trying to tell us, “There must be more to life than this.”
Your soul is where the instructions for your life purpose are encoded and it communicates with you via your intuition.
If you are not living “on purpose” your soul will try to get your attention. When you are constantly “running and doing” you won’t hear the messages from your soul.
Constant “doing” drowns out the voice of your soul, quashing your dreams and leads to a life of “quiet desperation” and unfulfilled potential.
I don’t know about you but, this sounds awful.
So how do you get in touch with your soul?
You have to stop all that “doing” for a while and just “be.” After all, we are “human beings” not “human doings,” right?
Meditation is the doorway to the Soul
When you take time out to meditate you are “being” not doing. You become calm, focused and centered.
To be “centered” means to pull your scattered attention back from jumping between dwelling on the past or the future, to the calm “center” of your being. The calm center of your being-ness is where the “now” resides.
When you are calm and focused on the present moment you hear your intuition. And, it is by hearing your intuition that you will hear your soul speak to you, and that you will discover your passion and learn what your true purpose is in this life.
Meditation isn’t always easy
It’s not your fault if you find it hard to meditate.
We are not trained to look inward in our society. There is always something outside of us pulling our attention outward. We are glued to our computers, tethered to our tablets and smartphones and constantly bombarded with information. Not a moment of quiet time exists in our day unless….we make the decision to set aside some “quiet time” to untether from all the noise.
And, even then we may not be able to meditate because our mind will not stop racing.
Guided Meditation slows the racing mind
When we listen to a guided meditation we relax more easily and quickly. We are immediately less tense about meditating because, rather than stressing out about how we “cannot relax” or “stop thinking,” we focus on the voice of narrator. And, focusing intently takes into a deeper level of meditation.
Take a journey to your soul
What could be more important than discovering your purpose and realizing your potential?
Without a great passion you have no purpose so, to find it is to find the meaning for your life. When you are driven by a great passion you know, without a doubt, that your life has meaning.
When you are in touch with your soul you are connected to an inexhaustible source of wisdom, guidance and spiritual power. This source will fuel you with the passion to live your great purpose, so that you do not leave this earth with your “song still in you.”
How to connect to your soul to find your great passion and purpose
1. Create a routine for meditation and stick to it. Pick first thing in the morning or just before going to bed each night to meditate. Meditation doesn’t have to take hours. Just 15 minutes a day is really all you need.
2. Take some deep cleansing breaths to clear your mind and relax and then when you feel calm ask your Soul what your true purpose is. Listen closely. The first thought that comes to mind or the first feeling you get is the answer. Do not discount anything.
3. Use guided meditations designed to connect you to your soul and help you unearth your passion and purpose like, “The Intuition Principle Guided Meditations” to really hone in on the details. Listen closely to these meditations, “Identify Your Passion & Discover Your Purpose,” “Remembering Your Mission & Seeing Your Blueprint,” and “Meet the Authentic You That You Were Meant to Be,” to discover your great purpose in life.
4. Make notes of all the insights you received during meditation. The answers are always in the details no matter how small. Don’t walk away thinking you’ll remember – you won’t. Put the notes away for a few day then reread them with fresh eyes and new insights will flood your mind.
5. Don’t fear mistakes and false starts. Sometimes we have to try several things before we narrow things down and find our true path. It’s all part of the learning process. Be gentle but firm with yourself, don’t give up and you’ll get there.
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Do you feel uncertain about your future? Are you unsure of what your purpose is? What action can you take today to begin moving toward fulfilling your potential?
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