Trans4mind Home Page
~ Making the Human Heart Visible ~

Inspiring Quotes of the Week + super bonuses!


Meditation Misconception

By Ashleigh Stewart

After discussing the subject with many people on many occasions, I have become confused as to why people in general seem to misunderstand the benefits of meditation. It seems to me that one of the greatest things we are trying to achieve when meditating is to "stop thinking." Why is this?

In reality, we actually do contain thoughts, feeling and memories within different levels of our minds. These levels can be accessed if we are able to quiet the conscious mind long enough to enable us to open the doorway, to receive the surfacing thoughts which are stored within the deeper levels of our subconscious and unconscious minds.

We can learn a lot about ourselves, and should be able to evaluate just how well we have understood, accepted and handled our past experiences. This can be done, by reviewing the memories that we store within the deeper levels of our being. When we reach the point of consciousness in meditation where such 'thoughts' seem to just 'swim' up and reach our awareness we definitely should take heed of them and consider their existence in our minds rather than trying to ignore or suppress them. They have come to light in our consciousness for a reason, and are obviously demanding our attention.

If we choose to persistently ignore these deep memories, it could result in harming us more, on whatever level, because it is a blockage from a past experience. This can prevent us from being effective in terms of how we approach or handle any future experiences of a similar nature. If we haven't yet dealt with the emotional baggage from our past, and keep suppressing memories, then we will never be able to embrace a new experience with the understanding, acceptance and clarity of the lesson we learned from past circumstances.

So, in short what I am trying to say here is that perhaps we would get more benefit out of our meditations if we paid attention to thoughts which might arise in our meditations by trying to understand why they are still lingering with us as a part of our own being. On doing so you will definitely have a far more productive meditation instead of becoming frustrated by the force of trying to resist and suppress them!!

For sure, some of us who have learned to become more disciplined and experienced with meditation, do like to achieve that state of oblivion, and to go 'flying off to lands unknown', so to speak! But even the most experienced of us had to begin in the same way. What I came to realize from my own experience was that I was never able to reach a deeper meditative state until I did accept, and deal with understanding the thoughts and memories I had stored away in the depths of my mind.

You cannot bypass these issues when it comes to involving yourself in such sensitive work. We are by human nature impatient and we seem to think that we know it all and that we can always take short cuts. This is all very well, and you are free do as you will, but I can assure you that you will not attain much growth in your meditation if you approach it with this attitude. If you want short cuts then you are looking in the wrong place! I will repeat it again because it is of the utmost importance - if you hope to achieve any growth from your meditations, in the beginning it is crucial to be patient and be willing to do the work that is required to be able to cut through the layers of 'stuff' you have allowed to build up in the different levels of your mind, after passing through your many experiences in life. This is necessary before you are able to achieve a true state of pure clarity and nothingness, or everything at the same time!!

Pressuring ourselves to annihilate all thoughts from our minds when meditating is really a contradiction in itself and will lead us nowhere. We should not be pushing or forcing ourselves to do anything when we meditate, this is not the idea, or principle, of the exercise. To get anywhere at all with meditation, it should be viewed in the beginning as an opportunity to embrace growth. To acknowledge these items we need to deal with, that we have suppressed deep down within ourselves, from past experiences. If for nothing else, to get some peaceful, still and quiet time for our selves.

Eventually, when you have understood and learned about the level of discipline that is required of us when we meditate, you will then be able to progress further by being able to reach different levels and states of consciousness. Another thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong here. There are of course different techniques which we can use in the beginning to get the hang of meditation, and what it is all about, and each one will have differing values to each of us as individuals. You just have to experiment and see which methods are preferable for you.

In reality we will all experience different things from our own individual meditations. Here are some examples of techniques I have used to learn about keeping focused and concentrated. The first was staring at a candle for ten minutes then closing my eyes and seeing the flame in my third eye. This will help you to find the center point of focus in the center of your forehead where the third eye is situated. This is a very easy and effective method for beginners. Other ways I used were different ways of visualization and concentrating on my breathing, but there are many other ways you can try for yourself.

Regardless of which way you choose, in the end, meditation is supposed to be a relaxing and comfortable experience, not stressful and frustrating. Any method or approach that works for you is right. You will achieve from your meditation exactly what you put into it, and the object of this is to eventually be able to reach states of peace, bliss, growth and enlightenment - not frustration! I wish you all a peaceful and enlightening meditation!

Ashleigh Stewart Ghabi is devoted to her work with The Free Spirit Centre where she writes on the subjects of healing and personal growth. All her articles are inspired from what she experiences in her own life. She is also devoted to working with Spiritual Healing energy. This is not only by 'hands on' energy channeling and absent healing; this healing gift is also reflected in her written and spoken work. Ashleigh is a natural medium and works primarily with Clairvoyance, Tasseomancy and Tarot readings.

More personal development articles at the Counterpoint Article Library

From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

comment

Looking for a better life?

Trans4mind Training is our series of online, interactive video workshops. We present the most effective methods of holistic personal development, combined with support from expert life coaches.
The human heart made visible.

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

  • Public Speaking Fear ~ Banish speaking anxiety and nerves with hypnosis.
  • Motivate Yourself to Exercise ~ Build a powerful exercise habit that you can't break.
  • Get Rid of Fear & Anxiety ~ Stop worry and apprehension wrecking your life.
  • Self Esteem ~ Break the negative trance of low self esteem and give yourself a chance in life.
  • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
  • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
  • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
  • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
  • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
  • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
  • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
  • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
  • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
  • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
  • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
  • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...
 
Get a free Hypnosis Download at Facebook

Welcome to the New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
I think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
Copyright © 1997-2016 Trans4mind Ltd
F
R
E
E

H
E
L
P