What is meditation and why do we do it? At a simple level meditation is going within through stilling the everyday thoughts that rush around in our busy minds. With a bit of effort we can however accomplish far more than just creating some sense of quietness in our heads. Science tells us that we are all made of molecules of energy and all of us are part of the Universal Energy Field. In meditation we can change our level of awareness or consciousness so that we truly FEEL at one with something infinitely greater and more beautiful than our everyday selves; we can actually experience the sense of oneness with all life, with the Universal Energy Field, with God. Ultimately, with practice, we can experience a state of infinite bliss.
Regularly tuning in to this state of expanded consciousness can enrich our lives with peace, wisdom, strength, understanding and the ability to love unconditionally at a far deeper level than we have ever experienced before. In addition by accessing the source of energy we can tune into it in such a way so as to receive and even act as a channel for conducting the flow of healing energy. We can then accomplish more in our day to day existence than we ever dreamed possible. We can also develop a much deeper spiritual approach to our life.
Developing the ability, through meditation, to access an infinite source of true peace, wisdom and love regularly and at will helps us to grow, to be better equipped to deal with life's problems. At the times of crisis in our lives we will find greater equanimity, and be better able to ride out the storm.
Regular meditation can lead to a clearer vision and hearing of spiritual truths, a greater awareness of the overall plan for our life in this particular incarnation. This knowledge will help us to flow with the plan rather than expending huge amounts of time and energy in fighting it or avoiding it. We can start the work of understanding what lessons our soul came into this incarnation to attempt to learn. Meditation can thus become an essential aid to spiritual development along the long journey home.
What about those of us who have tried to meditate, but still find it a struggle? Remember just how many different useful meditation techniques there are; certain techniques will work best for some people and other techniques will better suit other people. The key is experimentation and finding what works best for you as an individual. Remember too the power of a group: when a number of individuals have made the commitment to set aside time to come together with the sole intention of meditating together a great current of energy can be created which can be of infinite help to those who suffer from wandering thoughts when they sit on their own at home.
So if at first you don't succeed then do try again, for successful meditation is not just about having a mystical experience during the meditation itself, but also about the positive effect of meditation on our everyday life. Through meditation, you can create a better and happier life for yourself. Happy meditating!
How to Meditate workshop
Many of us are aware of the benefits of meditation: how meditation helps with stress, helps us make a deeper connection with spirit and helps our day to day life flow more smoothly. However often we do not find meditating easy. This afternoon you will first of all learn meditation techniques such as visualizing, focusing on the breath, affirmations and using music and chant to help bring peace to your busy mind. Under Pearl's experienced guidance you will learn that meditation is indeed accessible to everyone.
During the second part of the afternoon, Pearl will lead the group through a guided meditation so that you can experience the power of meditating in a group. As you get more practiced in meditation, you will learn to make the connection during your meditation with the source of infinite love, wisdom and peace, leading to greater harmony and serenity in your everyday life. All are welcome, including absolute beginners in meditation and those with some experience who wish to learn more. Confidence in meditation is an important asset to all those who work with any of the healing modalities including Reiki.
Pearl has been meditating for 20 years and regards it as an indispensable part of life, essential to all aspects of her work. The Bhagavad-Gita, an ancient Hindu text, and one of the world's earliest sources of Spiritual wisdom, tells us that, "Meditation shall dispel all unhappiness." A couple of thousand years later, in the Western world, many of us are still struggling to learn and practice the basics of meditation.
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Guided Group Meditations
For those with some experience in meditation, Pearl now offers short guided group meditations. Each meditation will include an initial guided relaxation, leading into a guided meditation, using visual images, music, awareness of the breath and affirmations. There will be some silent time and then you will be guided back and grounded.
" Everyone should learn to meditate. Pearl presented all the techniques you need to achieve a meditative state. The information was precise and easy to understand. Try it! You will like it! Great benefits to mind, body, and spirit!"
"Pearl's skillful meditation journey gives the individual time for personal reflection and one returns fully grounded. In this meditation I worked with rose quartz which added another aspect to the process. I learn something new each time."