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By Stelios Stylianos

Meditation is a word used to identify a variety of different methods, to the point where we often find it difficult to determine what it exactly is.

There is definitely something common among the various teachings that refer to and teach meditation, but somehow, they differ perhaps in its forms. The fact is, however, that they are all spiritual exercises. One of the characteristics of the most well-known meditation teachings – whether visual or verbal – is what we call focusing on a center, as a point of equilibrium of our inner self.

I explain that when we say visual meditation, I mean a fixed point of attention in a photograph, a lit candle, a cross, a lotus, or the sun.

Verbal meditation begins with an invocation, for example the name of God, the ‘Lord mercy me’, or whatever else, that is being repeated. However, there is a difference that we must be aware of between meditation, prayer, mind control, and projection of positive thoughts.

Meditation has three basic stages:

RELAXATION of the body and the mind so that the mind is not dispersed into various irrelevant and disturbing thoughts.

CONCENTRATION on a limited focusing area so that the mind can begin to have the ability to move towards the focusing point it has chosen.

FINAL TRANSCENDENCE of the mind, the thoughts, and every identification to the body and personality, and the conflation into a state of hyper-cognitive unification with the Universal Spirit, God.

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The meditation exercise exists in every religion, philosophy and spiritual growth system. It is definitely the mind control training and its guidance towards more positive and spiritual thoughts, as well as its guidance towards concentration/focusing points.

In the orthodox religion, the repetitive phrase, “LORD JESUS CHRIST MERCY ME”, is also used as a meditative focus point in order for one to remain in constant contact with the Christian consciousness and to reach mentally to the final ecstatic unification with God. There are also other phrases of course, according to each religion, which I do not think it necessary to mention.

Meditation is, therefore, every activity that brings the mind to such a level of contact with the inner self, so as to create inner peace and silence. The whole process of meditation reaches its zenith, by overcoming the EGO and is completed in a state of pure awareness/epignosis.

With meditation, we achieve the relaxation of the body and mind and the renewal of our energy flow. We overcome emotional problems and cultivate a calmer and more positive attitude towards life.

We are liberated from dependencies and passions and develop the power of our will. We cultivate self-knowledge, and we can cure ourselves of diseases – mainly psychosomatic.

Also, meditation helps us to rest our body and is beneficial to the relaxation and refreshing of the heart. My goal is not to teach ways and methods of meditation, but to simply explain what it is about. However, I would like to give only a simple advice to those who are experimenting or practicing it.

The exercise of meditation exists in every religion, philosophy and spiritual growth system.

Breathing during meditation is very important. The number of breaths a person needs when meditating is about 16 per minute that gradually drop in the state of wakefulness to 7 breaths per minute, so be careful because our body needs oxygen.

They say all hours are suitable for meditation. But the stomach should be empty, so I would advise to practice it in the morning, or three hours after eating. Many speak of the body stance of meditation. Some fans of Indian philosophy recommend the lotus stand. I personally recommend the “Pharaoh’s stance” for all us Western people, since the lotus stance requires yoga and practice. The “Pharaoh’s stance” is when you are seated in a chair, and the body forms right angles. The body is straight, the back is resting on the chair, the legs are straight and rest on the ground in right angles and the arms are resting on the legs.

It is true that meditation is a natural process for one to reach inner silence and one should not try to meditate, but should release himself to meditation. During the process of meditation, one should be aware that all meditation experiences are different and he should not make comparisons, but accept any changes that spring from the inner world.

Another thing we need to know is that the success and value of meditation lies in the complete harmony between body, mind and soul. So through meditation we should let our inner silence become a source of creative life, we should identify with the nature of the soul by abandoning attachments, we should assume responsibility for the creation of our reality, and we should also accept the structure of the ego , releasing ourselves from any search for security, outside the soul … Source

 

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