The process of meditation
Whatever path or technique that we use for meditation, there are certain aspects that are common to all of them, paying more to less attention to some according to the approach to follow. We can speak, therefore, of a universal process that involves the following points, though not necessarily in this order. Writes Luis Luna.
Meditation is not only concentrate the thought; This would be is a very partial view of meditation. The concentration is, however, an essential step to achieve meditation only to improve this ability already worth and learn to meditate.
Surely, the consciousness is the internal faculty that develops more meditating. All practice of meditation is a continuous training to deploy the ability to mind or consciousness.
An important aspect in meditation is to develop a healthy relationship with oneself and with others. This relationship must be based no doubt on the acceptance, which in fact is a step towards love. On the other hand, it is important to understand that the complexity of the process of meditation will require us large doses of acceptance.
Discernment is a quality of the higher mind that has to be trained to meet the ultimate objective of meditation: the encounter with the most central aspect of the human being. Discernment or Viveka helps us to distinguish between the different aspects that as human beings we make up from the grossest to the more subtle.
Contrary to what you might think, calm or quiet it is not so much a consequence of meditation, but a prerequisite. For this reason, the knowledge and practice of all the tools that help us go from stress to calm is essential in meditation and its teaching. Most of the time when we begin to meditate had trying to generate the necessary balance for that purpose; Fortunately, yoga offers innumerable techniques to do so.
To get into meditation, we must open our minds and begin to understand the human being not only in materials, but also energy terms. We are both energy and matter and working with techniques that mobilize and balance energy greatly facilitates us the way in meditation.
It is said that meditation is the art of living in the present. Learn to be in and to living in the present is the best way to recover the energy that we have dispersed in past and future.
At the end meditation leads to the Center, oneself, to that which we are to a more spiritual level. Nowadays there are techniques and methods that shed the meditation of this spiritual component to make it more "saleable". From our point of view this is a mistake, since something we need as Western society is to retrieve a healthy connection with our spiritual nature. At the end, and after the mystical or spiritual experience is not so complicated if we leave behind prejudices and give keys suitable for this purpose.
Attitudes of being:
From the connection with the deepest feelings of the human being, where leads us to meditation, arises the deployment of attitudes of being. Attitudes that we can, once again, train if we know the right resources. That we go awakening these attitudes, progress in meditation takes on another dimension.
Back to life:
The practice of meditation is not separate from our daily life and we must make every effort to do so. As we go forward in our experience with meditation, we will be experiencing changes in the perception of reality that will lead to a new relationship with what is happening and also with others. Understanding how meditation leads to new modes of perception is key to integrate meditation into our life.
Luis Luna, Ganesha. Teacher of Yoga and meditation. Director of Chrysalis Center. Coordinator of the chrysalis of the Integral training in meditation and Yoga teachers training.