Almost every religion, Yoga teacher, and lots of New Age hippie types use meditation in some form or other. Does this mean meditation is religious, or only for certain types of people? The short answer is no… Let me explain…
Certain types of people?
Doctors, executives, nurses, accountants, engineers, bank managers, factory workers, cleaners, reception staff, soldiers, cooks, chefs, porters, pilots, stewards, retail assistants, psychologists… people from every walk of life, every occupation, in every country – meditate.
So, is it a religion?
No. Although almost every religion uses some kind of meditation practice, meditation itself doesn’t need to have any religious connotation. Obviously, if you come across a meditation which DOES have religious connotations, it means this particular meditation is being used by a religion and therefore has been adapted to suit their beliefs.
When I teach the Meditation: Absolute Beginners Course, I explain:
“You will learn how to meditate, but there will be NO:
theory – except to enhance the practical “how to” of meditation
or uncomfortable sitting position”
You see, meditation is a practical application of specific methods that have definite psychological benefits. These benefits can – over time – become quite awesome. If the meditations are directed toward gaining spiritual insights then they can awaken a person to deeper understanding – hence the use of meditation in religions.
If the intentions for YOUR meditations are to relax deeply, gain peace, have clarity of mind, enjoy life more, and love yourself and your family more – then your meditations* can help you with this.
* Not all meditations will bring you these results. You should use meditations that can bring you the results you desire in ways that are the most uncomplicated and easily practised anywhere (and affordable).
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What Is Meditation?
Does EVERY meditation have to go DEEP in order to be classed as a meditation?
Is there a point when you never have to paddle in the shallow end again?
How do you progress in meditation?
Advanced, experienced meditators find some days they are unable to get to the deeper states they have experienced many times. This notion, of meditation practice leading to deeper states and then you never have to go back to battling a busy mind, is a myth (until you reach Tranquil Abiding).
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An expert in meditation is such, not because they never have a busy mind but because they have stopped struggling, have done their time in meditation, and never given up on the process. I tend to talk about meditation as a process because, as a process, you do not have to worry about the goal being achieved (this creates stress). Instead, your goal is to meditate (without expectations) and meditate some more – thereby giving your mind and body the chance to heal your stress – which leads to experiencing peaceful states (but not all the time).
I liken it to a game of snakes and ladders (see my future post on this), because although it may seem as if you are climbing the ladder of success with your meditation (for a little while) it is inevitable you shall land on a snake and feel like you are back to the beginning. Some days you are up then, for no apparent reason, your struggling to find the peace you expect. This is completely NORMAL.
On the days when your meditation sucks, it gives you a chance to practise patience, to be gentle with yourself and use mindful awareness while relaxing into the tension created by expectation.
My definition of meditation is: “A family of intentional activities that produce psychological changes“. The “family” is the 3 (or more) DNA strands that make up meditation. So, if you are intentionally using the 3 core DNA strands* of meditation – to try to relax, and focus on trying to observe your stresses and strains (expectations?) – then you are meditating, even though it doesn’t feel like it.
* The online course tells you all about those 3 DNA strands of meditation – enrollment is FREE today
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It is a brief course to help you define what meditation is so you can get the most from it.
Once you complete the course, you will:
- find it easy to assess your meditation practice,
- know where to make a correction, and
- know what to emphasise to get what you want from your meditation.
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Since meditation has many forms – from single-pointed-focus to visualisation to mantra – it follows there are also many ways to meditate. I think this definition of “doing nothing” is held by people who have never tried – and use it as an excuse to never try. My Meditation: Absolute Beginners Class takes people through many activities related to meditation and mindfulness. In fact, on the What Is Meditation course, I define meditation as:
A family of intentional activities that produce psychological changes.
I also go into what all that means, to give you a full understanding, but notice the definition states it is a number of intentional activities. You must actively participate in your meditation – or you could very well be “doing nothing“.
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Relaxation of the body and mind
This is typically a part of most meditations. It is OK to stop there – you have meditated. However, the relaxation part is usually the beginning of a meditation practice. When teaching, I give the students a simple relaxation meditation on the very first day. It gets people quickly and easily into meditation while giving them the first skill to practise.
Having said the FIRST practice is to relax, there are many practices within meditation to explore. You do NOT need to learn them all. If relaxation suits your needs right now then this may be as much as you need. Personally, I’d advise adding single-pointed-focus so you can gain deeper relaxation – stay tuned to find out why.
The quickest way to get beyond the myths is to join my easy but comprehensive courses. For instance, there is a course which takes you through the 3 DNA markers of meditation to further your understanding. If you already meditate, feel free to share it.
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The next post is on another myth of meditation – gosh, there are so many.
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