Alpha mind power is essential where people live fast-paced lives in a stress-inducing world. Unfortunately, we rarely have time to harness the power of the mind to improve our lives. With too many bills to pay, too many noisy kids to put through school, and too many deadlines to meet, who has time to sit around and focus on the mind?

It isn't too difficult to take hold of a few moments in your busy schedule to set some time off for yourself. Take, for example, half an hour at daybreak, when the children are still asleep and you can enjoy the warm morning sunshine by yourself. It is during your private time that you can let your mind and body relax and allow room for meditation to take advantage of the powers of your subconscious.
Common knowledge already has it that meditation helps us get rid of stress as we put up with life's daily hassles. This technique, which allows the body to ease into a more peaceful state of mind, can occur in many ways. Closing your eyes and shutting out everything else, walking through the woods to simply admire its beauty, and yes, sitting cross-legged atop a high mountain - all these are forms of meditation you can perform. However it is done, meditation paves the way for a mind of clarity, serenity, and calmness.

It is also a means of using your alpha mind power to control your life. This particular brand of mind power is achieved only when your brain reaches the alpha state. Scientifically speaking, this is when the energy activity in your brain occurs on a scale of 7 to 14 cycles per second, slower than beta waves but faster than delta and theta waves. You are in your alpha state of mind when you find yourself halfway between normal consciousness and being asleep. You are very relaxed and will often find yourself daydreaming.

With a relaxed state of mind, you can more easily focus on visualizing the things you want to happen in your life. Alpha waves, as scientists believe, allow you to tap into your subconscious creativity and transfer it into your conscious mind. The brain, they say, is more receptive to new instructions and the mind is more open to new ideas during the alpha state of mind. It is, thus, through meditation that you are set free from your worries to see the outcomes that you would like to happen.

Whether the outcomes you desire are as simple as finding your keys or serve as the fulfillment of your life's long-term goals, using your alpha mind power intensely increases your chances to succeed. A popular method of reaching the alpha state is Jose Silva's Mind Control Method. This involves closing your eyes and slowly and silently counting backwards from 100 to zero. By the time you get to zero, your mind will enter a more relaxed state, the alpha state of mind, and you will ease into a higher level of consciousness where you have full control of your mind, instead of the other way around.

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There have been hundreds of books, articles and manuals written about various Meditation Techniques. All I'm doing here is sharing a few Meditation Techniques that are of the most basic and I feel anyone can do. Cultivating a way to get beyond what your mind is telling you and reaching the deeper more peaceful realms of your heart and soul is where true Magic comes from.

I want to address something here right away; from my experience many people have a negative or religious connotation to the word meditation and I totally understand that. I think that it's easier to think of it as LISTENING instead of meditation. Meditation is used in a variety of ways by many people and cultures for thousands of years. At its core, basic meditation is about LISTENING and being completely present in the now. That's all, I swear!

I can't stress to you enough the importance of taking the time daily specifically designated for you to LISTEN. In many ways that's what meditation is, listening. When I say listen I am talking about quieting the minds endless chatter for just a little while. It doesn't need to be a long time, 5-10 minutes a day consistently will yield amazing results.

As I said before, much has been written about Meditation Techniques or ways to hear and LISTEN to our intuition or our internal guidance system. I want to share with you 3 very basic ways that I have found have worked for me and my clients, especially if this is new to you, but first here are the guidelines that I recommend:

* Start off with 3-5 mins. At least 4 days a week

* Be kind to yourself and don't worry about results. Just be.

* Think of these as going on a vacation (The last one is!) from the craziness of your mind. Who doesn't want and need a vacation? It is best to do these sitting up either in a chair or cross legged. Do not lie down because you will be tempted to fall asleep.

1. Breathe- This is the most simple of all methods, but do not be confused; this can also be one of the most effective ways to quite your mind and begin to LISTEN to what is beyond your thoughts.This is how it goes: Close your eyes and first take 3 deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth. Then begin to notice thoughts coming and going in your mind, as you do consciously let them go and remember and focus on your breathe. Keep doing that over and over and over and over and over...

*If you find closing your eyes leads to sleep or it's too hard then you can focus on a candle flame and do the same process.

2. Let Go- This is very similar to Breathe, but instead of focusing on your breathe, you are focusing on the phrase "Let Go" and repeating it audibly or silently over and over and over and over. In many traditions this is called a Mantra. In my opinion, you can say "Hippopotamus" over and over for your mantra. It doesn't matter as long as what you are repeating takes you past your mind chatter and connects you with the subtle, ever-present energy that connects you with the Universe. But, seriously if you are new to meditation, try saying, "Let Go" as I do.

*Variations for 1 & 2 - As you breath in, imagine that you are breathing in the future, filled with possibilities and endless creation. Image all the Love, Peace and Perfection that the new will bring to you.As you breathe out let go of the past and what it was. Let it all go so that you can move forward. Let the past go. It's done and you do not need it anymore. Bless it and send it on it's way with every exhalation.

3. Visualize- The last technique I will share with you is meant to help you just slow down. It isn't exactly a listening form of meditation but helps you take your focus off thoughts that take you away from your spirit and instead replace them with more peaceful and freeing ones.The first thing you need to do is get very comfortable, because you are going on a mini vacation! * If you have some very soothing music that makes you feel very relaxed it can really help you "get"there. Take deep breathes as before and when you are ready; in your mind's eye take yourself to the most beautiful, relaxing and regenerating place you can imagine. That place could be the beach, forest, mountaintop, or anywhere that makes you feel FREE, ALIVE & PEACEFUL. You're going to go exploring in this perfect place just because you can and you are on vacation without a care in the world; Everything is absolutely perfect As you begin to explore your environment I want you to do your best to See every colour and detail of the place; Look at the sand, the flowers, the trees or the buildings etc; Feel the temperature in the air and on your body. Hear the sounds that come from the environment: the waves, cars, children playing, birds etc Now do something while you are there; run up a hill and sit and look at the view, swim with the dolphins in the water, Ski down the mountainside etc. As your doing all these things and noticing all these elements just keep reminding yourself how amazingly good you feel. In fact you can't remember anytime in your life when you felt this carefree, peaceful and relieved... ever. Breath that all in and then slowly come back to the present moment. Give lots of thanks for having this amazing mini vacation and take the images and feelings with you throughout your day.

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Meditation...physical nourishment for mind and body, spiritual nourishment for heart and soul. Christians, atheists, Buddhists and New Age believers may all practice meditation. Some sincere and concerned Christians who did not grow up with a tradition of meditation wonder whether it can be a healthy practice for them.

Yet it shouldn't surprise us that non-Christians can access the physical blessings of meditation. The enriching physical showers of meditation nourish those who love Him-and they also nourish those who don't even know He exists! After all..."He sends rain on the just, and on the unjust too"!

Whatever our beliefs may be, we all live in the world God created. Our lives are always better when we walk in the paths He has laid out for us. And meditation, with effects both spiritual and physical, is part of God's plan.

More and more, research has shown us the positive physical effects associated with meditation. We've seen how the healing showers released during meditation are good for mind and body. And there's nothing wrong with benefiting from that process. Physical blessings are a part of the natural world, here for us to enjoy, and to nourish and bless us.

But meditation is also a powerful way to open our hearts to intimate relatedness with God. When we engage in the physical processes associated with meditation, we begin to touch the edges of God's plan for our spiritual lives, coming in through the "back door" by way of our psychophysical experience.

Sometimes, people who are seeking meaning and spiritual experience in their lives reject God, but still enjoy the positive physical and emotional effects of meditation. After a while, they experience the growing openness of their heart, and begin to think of their meditation as spiritual. When that happens, they begin to direct their spiritual longing toward their own psychophysical interactions.

Sam Harris is an atheist who calls religious beliefs "ludicrous", and sees belief in a true God as the source of war, violence, persecution and social ills. Yet he practices Zen meditation and believes in the value of "mystical experience". He doesn't believe in God, yet he experiences (to use Pascal's imagery) the open space within him that only God can fill. He values entering that space, but when he gets there, he doesn't allow God to fill the space. He values the space, the longing, the waiting-to-be-filled. His meditation is ultimately an empty experience, one that satisfies some psychological and physical needs, but which never engages in contact and intimacy with the One who created those needs.

Buddhist mediation is being taught and practiced around the world, and it's especially popular with spiritual seekers here in the United States. Spreading warmth and enlightenment based ultimately on the simple experience of following your breath, there's no relationship or encounter with any actual external reality of God, and certainly no personal relationship with a Savior. There is only letting go of self and connection with an everything that is also nothing.

For those who grew up in a Christian culture, that connection to oneness-with-everything is sometimes thought of as a connection to God, but that is a lack of understanding of what Buddhism teaches. Buddhist "oneness" is a non-personal everything and nothing, with no form or content, no communion with another personality, and no demands. The only truth is that there is no Truth, and the only reality is that nothing is really real. Love and hate, war and peace, life and the final analysis, neither one matter, because nothing is real, including the "person" who is pondering the questions.

Practicing Buddhists spend many hours meditating, with an attitude of openness and even desiring spiritual experience. They develop a strong neural framework for spiritual experience, and a longing to let go of self and become part of something greater than they, but they do not open to relationship with the One who created the framework and fulfills that longing by entering into our hearts and recreating us in Him.

The simple physical practice of meditation does, in and of itself, cause positive effects. The nourishing biochemical showers encourage neuronal regeneration, enhance health, and calm the spirit. Those biochemical showers nourish our bodies and our brains, and there's a warm sweetness to many who meditate. For many who are seeking meaning, the physical and emotional effects of meditation have become the goal, and those changes become evidence of spiritual meaning.

New Age believers value the experience of meditation. "New Age" is a broad term with little well-defined content, but those who claim that name often do meditate, and they do so for spiritual reasons, in addition to a desire for the physical and emotional benefits.

New Age meditators seek spiritual meaning. They experience the internal stillness of meditation, and the spiritual openness that comes with stillness. They experience the biochemical soothing and healing God has given us. They have a positive emotional experience. And they see that it all happens within them.

Recognizing rightly that the spiritual realm does exist, the response goes something like this: "I experience the longing for God within me. When I meditate, I have a deep, warm emotional experience. That must mean God is within me. And if God is within me, then I must be God, or at least part of God."

New Age teachings encourage followers to awaken to their own perfection and answer their own prayers. Christian meditation techniques are taught along with Jewish mysticism, Indian chants and various paths to feminine enlightenment. And if the practice of meditation bores you, you can buy a biofeedback video game to put you in touch with the divine within you.

Buddhist and New Age meditators alike have confused the valuable psychophysical experience of meditation with the One on whom we were made to meditate. They've fallen in love with dancing in the rain. But they've forgotten the Rain Maker.

Yet no matter how many showers we dance in, no matter how many blessings are enjoyed, fallen human nature is still fallen. Paul reminds us that "our natural, earthly lives don't in themselves lead us by their very "nature" into the kingdom of God. Their very nature is to die so how could they "naturally" end up in the Life kingdom?"

None among us, on our own, become all we were created to be. We are finite and limited, and death comes to us all. All the natural meditation and personal growth in the world won't change that. We still need help from outside our created selves. We need relationship with the One who made us.

Try a FREE guided Christian meditation by Dr. Kukal at her website, Learn to meditate and experience the healing joy of Christian meditation.

Lectio Divina ('divine reading') is only slightly more involved than the technique of contemplative prayer. The physical mechanics are almost identical to other meditation techniques. The primary difference is that in the previous exercise you have a single word that is repeated (to the point that any thought of meaning is lost and attention is focused on the simple act of repetition), but in lectio divina the meditator has chosen a phrase from the bible to read repeatedly while considering closely the meaning of that text.

Historically, the Psalms have provided much material for this Christian technique, but really any book in the Bible will have plenty of useful verses. Taking a well known Psalm as an example, we can look at Ps. 23: "The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I lack. In green pastures You let me graze, to safe waters You lead me; You restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of Your name. Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for You are at my side; Your rod and staff give me courage."

Once the meditator has established a quiet space (as in contemplative prayer), he or she can quietly read through the chosen verse. Initially, the thoughts and impressions which arise as a result of mindfully going through the lines will be pretty generic, surface level material. That's fine. It's how our minds work.

But as the practitioner of this Christian meditation technique continues to read through and really begin to taste the meaning of the text, the message begins to morph from a general statement written to billions of people scattered over thousands of years into a message spoken just for the reader. The message becomes a message of love from God sent directly to His child.

In that frame of mind, the meditator can begin to allow the words of the message to fade from awareness. However, instead of an absence, a simple sitting and resting with God can be experienced. When speaking of meditative experience we are often stuck using metaphorical language to describe it; in this case, the feeling engendered by lectio divina is not unlike the felt experience had by the small child who has been running around, laughing and playing (maybe even getting into a bit of trouble). Finally acknowledging his exhaustion and coming to his mother or father, he climbs into their lap, and simply rests in that secure embrace. In this case, we are the child and God is our loving parent who wraps His love around us.

Through both Christian meditation techniques of contemplative prayer and lectio divina, the expectation is that, over time, this repeated exposure to spending restful time in communion with our Father will produce wholesome changes in our spirit: unruly passions like anger and greed will wither, while healthy impulses toward compassion and a desire to fulfill God's will in our lives grow. I address the usefulness of that assumption in other writings, but it is clear that either or both of these practices can make a powerful impact on the spiritual life of the Christian willing to explore them.

For more information on Christian meditation check out Christopher Boozell's website You can even sign up for a free mini-course on meditation!

Although meditation has been practiced for ages, it has only recently become popular in the Western world as more people become aware of the benefits, not only in achieving a more peaceful and less stressful life but also in maintaining a healthy physical body. It has become part of my daily routine just like exercising and eating healthy, and I have experience the benefits of it over the years. So when someone ask me what my secret is to living a joyful and healthy life, I always mention meditation as one of the ingredients.

A few weeks ago one of my cousins came to visit and asked me the same question. She works 60 hours a week for a big company in New York and lives in a highrise condominium. Although she makes a very good living, she told me she wasn't happy. She was a nervous wreck; her life was hectic and stressful and she was having some of the most common health issues associated with her lifestyle like high blood pressure and cholesterol, and borderline obesity.

My cousin was actually jealous to see me live a very peaceful and joyful life in a small town in the South while maintaining a healthy body which is also in great shape. She also admired the aura of self confidence that I always presented. She admitted that even her doctor had told her to learn how to relax. So I said to her, "that's your answer." I also went on to tell her about the benefits of meditation and that she should incorporate the ancient practice into her daily routine.

There are various meditation techniques from the very basic to elaborate ones involving different postures, visualization, guided imagery, and mantra. However, they all serve a common purpose which is to focus your awareness to the present moment, freeing your mind of all concerns.

Besides being used by holistic healers, some meditation techniques also help people ease anxiety and depression, and are nowadays employed by physicians in large hospitals to aid in the healing process of their patients. Meditation also benefits students and athletes in improving their performance.

You don't have to belong to a certain religion to benefit from meditation. Nor do you have to sit barefoot in a lotus or half lotus position (although that's what I do) as not everyone is capable of doing that. All you need to do is be in a quiet place free from distractions for about 15 minutes during the day where you can relax and free your mind. So you can be in your office and still experience the benefits of meditation. There is also walking meditation that helps you relax your body and mind while you walk slowly and concentrate on your breath and the movements of your feet.

While many people go to great lengths to try to find their life's purpose, mine is really simple: to be happy and have fun each and every day. Meditation is one of the great tools that help me do so. By enjoying my own life I also help others enjoy theirs. Even though I don't make nearly as much money as my cousin, I can say (without boasting) that I enjoy my life more.

The good news is, the last time I talked to her, she told me she had joined a meditation class and started to reap some of the benefits. She was calmer and happier, and her blood pressure had improved. So if you're in a situation similar to hers, you may want to give meditation a try and watch it work magic in your life.

Tanya Robbins is a staff writer at where you can read great articles like Wall Decorating Ideas.

The use of baths as a means of relaxation has been used since the olden days. The word 'spa' is colloquial in nature and it refers to an establishment that deals in the improvement of health. It is also refers to a resort that has a mineral spring or a whirlpool bath in it. The whole concept is of wellness through bathing.

The simple bath is a very effective means of stress removal as well as rejuvenation. The choice of water may be hot or cold. There are various therapeutic benefits to a good bath and research has shown that a good bath can actually help in healing various ailments.

Today there has been a steady increase in the ailments related to stress and the pressures of a fast paced life. This has become a problem and to tackle this various methods have been used. Bathing is one such technique wherein it has evolved from just a hygiene thing to an indulgence that uses various add-ons. Taking a bath has undergone a paradigm shift to a complete healing process. Bath oils, salts, herbs and cosmetics are used now to enhance the bath experience and sooth frayed nerves. The revolution has gone to such extents using milk or even champagne as a substitute.

A spa is where one goes to rejuvenate, relax and get all the stress out of the system. Previously it used to be only for the rich and the powerful, but now things have changed a lot. The spa treatment has become economical and hence available to the middle class also. There are different types of spas that deal in various treatments. A few examples are the health spa, the medical and the rehab spa. These specialize in various aspects of the spa treatment and we can go to the one that suits us the most. Even though we need to spend money on a spa visit, the personal care and the type of treatment that we will get is well worth it all.

The art of meditation has taken a back seat over the years to the bath. Though they co-existed previously. Meditation got entangled with religion and hence was frowned upon. In the recent years that has changed and meditation has found its rightful place in the hierarchy of stress busting tools. Meditation is very effective in uncluttering the mind, bringing back focus and helping in concentrating. Meditation has to be included in the regular cycle of life. It helps greatly to relax and get the mind free and detoxified.

There are various techniques for meditation but the most famous ones are as follows.

1) Watching ones own breath-this dwells on the need to bring the mind to concentrate on one thing, thus relaxing it and helping to focus better. This technique helps in lowering blood pressure and pulse rate.
2) Clearing your thoughts-this requires a little more skill and practice and it involves making the thought process clear and clutter free. It has a soothing effect on the mind.

Group meditation is largely recommended as the energies are united leading to a faster healing process.

Jenny Slater is an expert on Bath and Spa Relaxation Products. She writes on these, and other bath and spa related topics at Bath Pillows, an up-and-coming website on all the benefits that can be had taking some time out of your day to relax at the spa.

If you don't meditate, I recommend you start the practice. Many very successful people meditate before making very important business decisions. People who meditate will do so before making important life decisions to get clarity in their answers for they know their responses come from their Higher Self. 

If you never meditated before, or you think it's something hard to do, follow my recommendation. Start with two to three minutes a day and expand it to five. Just be in the silence - no radio playing. You don't need a special meditation room. You don't need special tapes playing, special music. You don't need a meditation chair or pillow. Just go some place and get comfortable.

People tell you never lie down when you're meditating, that your spine has to be erect and straight, and your shoulders and your head and your whole body have to line up. You know what? I've been meditating lying down for years and I get very, very clear messages and solutions when I meditate.

And you know you might fall asleep when you're meditating. When that happens what does that mean? Well, it can mean one of two things: one, your Little Voice has gotten to you and taken you out--so you miss any messages that come from your Higher Self. Or, it might just mean you're tired. Or, it might be a way for you to go some place else to find your answers.

So, if you want to lie down when you take that time to go into the silence within, it's okay. Don't let anybody tell you how to meditate or for how long, or how often. But do make it a practice in your everyday existence because you'll notice not only will you get answers, you'll feel better. It will give you a surge of energy. It will revitalize you. And you won't need to feel better because you took some kind of drug or a caffeine beverage or food. You'll just feel better.

What you focus on expands and manifests in your life. Discover how your brain and mind influence your choice of focus completely out of your awareness--and what to do about it.

Mind Tools for Meditation and Personal Development.

New breakthrough discoveries by Neuroscience and Quantum Physics have given birth to a whole new technology of tools to enhance and expand our Human Potential. The most powerful mind and meditation tools ever created are now available-and most people have never even heard of this new technology that can unlock the limitless potential of the most powerful force in the universe; ‘our mind’, especially our sub-conscious mind.

Our subconscious mind is responsible for at least 70% of the results in our lives. Our mental programs stored in our sub-conscious mind are made up of our values and beliefs that work like filters, which in turn define our attitude and behavior towards the events in our life, or how we interpret ‘reality’.

Since most self-improvement techniques, like books and seminars, focus mainly on the conscious mind level, we tend to forget most of the information we acquire very quickly. While we may experience some results, the changes we expected do not last very long. So it is not uncommon to feel frustrated and quit our search for excellence and peak mental performance.

If you are the type of person that regularly tries self-help techniques, you may have tried positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are repeated on a conscious level, and have the potential to help us re-program our thinking, but most people do not find a quick fix, and often times they just make people feel silly! The problem isn't that these things can't work. It's just that they require an immense amount of effort and repetition to penetrate the conscious mind and reprogram years of negative programming that already exists in your unconscious. The problem with all these methods is they don't directly address the true source of your behaviors or core beliefs.

Many people have not even become aware of a new technology that is available that is helping people achieve amazing results. It is a technology that can bypass the conscious mind and address the unconscious directly, in effect, opening a window into your inner mind so you can implant positive programming. Through repetition and real life experiences that begin to mirror this new internal reality, it becomes self-reinforcing and self-perpetuating. Once locked in, your mind-script is modified permanently. The unconscious then acts in accordance with its new programming and brings about changes in your everyday experiences to match this new reality. These programs utilize Brain Supercharger technology to directly modify your brain state and insert the new, healthy programming right into your consciousness.

One of the newest technologies available today that is having a positive impact on millions of people’s lives is called Brain Wave Entrainment.

What Is Brain Wave Entrainment?

BWE - is a well known scientific process that of inducing specific brainwaves to a desired controlled frequency (such as beta, alpha, theta, delta).

One of the most effective forms of Brain Wave Entrainment uses binaural tones that recreate the desired beat frequency. The theory is that if this frequency is used as a stimulus to the brain for a period of time, then the brain's own frequency will adjust accordingly causing the pneuronet of the brain to restructure itself to a higher level of consciousness by balancing its left and right hemispheres, thus producing the positive lasting changes that we seek.

Why would you want to do this? BWE can help you relax or stimulate your nervous system, and therefore will produce a sense of well-being, reducing depression and anxiety, improving overall health, and stimulate positive thinking. According to Bill Harris founder of The Centerpointe Institute and the creator of The Holosync Solution: “this technology will safely and effortlessly take you to states of profoundly deep (and extremely pleasurable) meditation, stimulate the creation of new neural pathways between the right and left hemispheres of your brain, balancing your brain and leading you to a high-performance state scientists also call Whole Brain Functioning. You can dramatically improve your learning ability, memory, intuition, creativity, and your ability to focus, concentrate and think more clearly… Create true quantum leaps in your personal self awareness… Significantly lower your stress levels and lower your levels of harmful brain chemicals related to stress like cortisol…Create remarkable improvements in your mental and emotional health—even in areas that have stubbornly resisted change with other approaches…increase your production of vital (and very pleasurable) brain chemicals (serotonin) related to your longevity, well-being, and quality of life”.

Another well known company is The Transparent Corporation which is the premier developer of brain stimulation and training products geared towards solving human problems and increasing human potential. Their products are used by therapists, businesses, M.D.'s, teachers, academic researchers and thousands of regular, every day people in over 40 countries.

These and many others BWE products can be purchased for personal use. I have put together a web site called which is a 'Mind Tools Online Resource Guide' that gives more information on the top and latest “Mind Tools” available on the market today from very well respected leading companies.

I hope you find it helpful.

Peter Jimenez.


Benefits of Meditation:

Research has revealed that a regular meditation practice can improve psychological and physiological well-being. As one meditates, the brainwave pattern is brought into an alpha state, a level of consciousness that encourages the rejuvenation and healing of the mind and body.

Physiological Benefits of Meditation

* decreases stress resulting in lower levels of cortisol and lactate

* decreases muscle tension and headaches (as with PMS)

* promotes a more restful state (lowers heart rate, lowers body's core temperature, decreases high blood pressure, and decreases metabolic rate)

* decreases cholesterol levels

* improves respiratory function and decreases respiratory rate

* enhances immune system

* increases the production of serotonin-low levels of serotonin are connected with insomnia, depression, obesity, and headaches

* reduces level of free radicals

* promotes pain management especially for women during childbirth

Psychological Benefits of Meditation

* decreases stress

* decreases depression and irritability

* decreases anxiety

* promotes greater creativity

* improves memory and learning ability

* improves ability to focus and concentrate

* leads to increased self-actualization, self-confidence and self-acceptance

* leads to increased emotional stability

* promotes increased levels happiness and contentment in life

* discovery of personal and spiritual growth

Create A Meditation Space

Meditation can be done virtually anywhere, but creating a proper environment will make your meditation practice more fulfilling. Create an environment that is appealing and motivates you to practice regularly. If possible, devote a room or part of a room to meditation. If you don’t have an entire room, section off some space in a quiet, low traffic part of your home. Consider personalized icons, artwork or colors that inspire or soothe you during your meditation.

*Turn off phones, ringers, and any other items that can potentially distract you.

*If possible, have a source of fresh air.

*Have a source of warmth. Have a blanket or shawl to keep warm.

*Try to meditate in natural light - a source of natural light is perfect, though not too much direct sun. Dim artificial sources of light, if possible.

*Keep it clean. The mind is more able to be steady and relaxed when your meditation area is free of clutter. Stow your props (mats, blankets, cushions etc.) in a cupboard or a basket.

*Meditation should be done on a rug, carpet, or blanket. Avoid sitting directly on a cold floor.

*You can light candles and use a diffuser with a blend of essential oils to create a more relaxing mood.

Taking time to establish a meditation space will help you become more dedicated to your practice and will make your meditation experience more fulfilling.

How to Start Meditating

Preparing for a meditation is essential as this will enable you to receive all the health benefits from the practice. You can meditate anytime, but the most favorable times of day are at dawn and at dusk, when the atmosphere is charged with spiritual energy. More important, choose a time when your mind is free of everyday concerns. Consider meditating around the same time each day and in the same place.

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing as this will allow the freest movement of the body. Also, create a meditation space that is free of distractions, mentally soothing, and will help still the mind. As most meditations are performed sitting, assume a comfortable upright position with your back, neck and head in a straight line. Modify your sitting posture with a cushion or meditation bench, if needed. If you have difficulty sitting due to back or knee discomfort, try meditating with legs straight or seated in a chair. Most important, avoid any feelings of strain, discomfort, or excess fatigue.

If you have any previous or current health issues (i.e. heart or circulatory conditions, respiratory conditions, muscle or joint problems, pregnancy), we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified physician prior to meditating as some the positions and breathing techniques may have contraindications.

Allow meditation to bring mental clarity and awareness. Practice without judgment. Enjoy the stillness that grows with a regular meditation practice.

Michelle Trantina is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. She is the co-founder of My Yoga Online and My Yoga Music. She can also be seen in the national Yoga television series Namaste on HDTV and CityTV. To learn more about Michelle Trantina and My Yoga Online, visit and

Meditation is good for your heart. This is the message recently (in the year of 2006) conveyed by the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study reported that transcendental meditation (TM), a relaxation technique, reduced the risk factors of coronary heart disease in a 4-month clinical trial. Significantly reduced insulin resistance and lower blood pressure were found for patients who meditated. These patients also had more stable functioning of the autonomic nervous system that controls heart and other involuntary muscles.

There is closed relationship between stress, meditation, and heart health. It is evident that severe emotional and physical stress raises adrenalin levels or sympathetic drive, which in turn can lead to higher blood pressure or in worst case, may even transiently impair the ability of the heart to contract well. Stress can also cause the body to become less responsive to insulin, which is a hormone that controls the amount of sugar in the body. If you are already pre-diabetic or have metabolic syndrome, risk factors for heart disease, this condition will worsen. Meditation or any activity that can reduce stress levels is useful to improve blood pressure or metabolic syndrome.

What affect your brain is connected to what your heart functions. Emotional distress affects part of the brain function, which affects the sympathetic drive and so, the heart. The happier your brain is, the better your heart functions.

What is meditation? This is simply the practice of closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing as you go into a state of deep rest. It is a technique that can benefit not only your mind but also your body. It can actually reduce your risk of collapsing from heart problems by modulating your body's response to stress. In short, meditation is a practice that involves calming your mind and body.

TM is an effortless technique practiced for about 15 to 20 minutes twice daily. It allows a person to attain deep rest for the body and mind. A suitable time to meditate is when the person is not feeling tired, hungry, or irritated. He or she should feel comfortable and be in a positive frame of mind.

Drugs cannot effectively reduce stress levels and should not be considered as the primary approach. A happy, spiritual or emotional heart is basically good medicine. This is an advice from a friend of mine who is also a consultant cardiologist. So, perhaps you may wish to consider meditation as one of the alternatives to help you reduce your stress level.

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