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Meditation: Improve Your Luck


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To take advantage of meditation and its benefits it is important to make meditation your new daily habit, like brushing teeth. It will present challenges similar to those you experienced when embarking on a new physical exercise program. At first you notice your body is weak and can hardly cope with what is asked of it, but with time you’ll see it gets stronger, healthier. When you first start on meditation exercise you will notice disturbing restlessness in your body as you try to sit still. Restlessness in a body is a sign of neglected, untrained mind. With time you will learn to control your body better, you will be able to sit without moving a muscle for hours if you chose to. Your body will listen to you faithfully, you will learn to create and remove pain at will, make yourself happy, improve your luck, there is no limit to positive things you can do from there.

In the beginning sit straight and still on a chair with your eyes closed in a quiet place for 10 minutes twice a day, increase the time gradually. In the beginning you may have to use suggestions to quiet your body, keep repeating in your mind: I am relaxed and comfortable, I can sit without moving a muscle for hours, with time you will train your body to listen to your suggestions after the first time. As you notice your body slowly begin to relax and stop bothering you concentrate on an imaginary object, it could be anything you want, for example a book. Observe it closely in your mind, stare at it, keep it alive in your mind, this exercise will push all other thoughts and worries out of your head, but you will notice slowly they begin to creep right back, observe the thoughts like they were no longer yours without judgment and let them go as you continue to hold the book in your mind. When the thoughts relinquish you in stillness of mind you can put you attention and intention on anything you want, it will flourish and be anything you want it to be as long as it is good and positive.…

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Meditations with Sound: Relax and Enjoy Hearing with Three Simple Exercises

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Too much in modern life can be stressful. This article, the fourth in a series on meditating with the senses, explores ways to relax with sound. The following simple meditations use water, nature, music, and one’s own voice so that hearing becomes a joy.


Flowing Water Meditation

Running water can soothe a tired mind. The following meditation using flowing water offers the person meditating the opportunity to release his or her burdens and let the water carry them away.

  1. Sit beside a running stream outdoors, or turn on an indoor fountain situated beside a relaxing chair with ten to fifteen minutes to spare.
  2. Breathe deeply three times slowly and carefully.
  3. Now focus on the sound of the water. Is it loud or soft? How does it make you feel?
  4. Relax the body. Notice all the tension in the body. Breathe out, and visualize all the tension flowing out of the body and into the water.
  5. Breathe in deeply, and imagine the clean, coolness from the water entering your body.
  6. Repeat the process of breathing in clean water and breathing out tension for as long as desired, or until feel relaxed.
  7. When ready to finish, focus again on the sound of the water. Open the eyes, and continue with the day.


Relaxing Music Meditation

Music has the power to inspire, entertain, and relax. The following meditation offers an opportunity to rest with one’s favorite song or another relaxing piece of music.

  1. Select a favorite song or piece of relaxing music, such as a classical sonata or a slow ballad. If desired, choose nature sounds or other specifically relaxing music.
  2. Turn on the music and adjust the volume to be comfortable but not too loud. Darken the room, if desired, and wear a pair of headphones if in a loud area.
  3. Sit or lay in a comfortable position.
  4. Find the breath. Breathe in and out deeply.
  5. Try to coordinate the breath with the beat of the music if desired. For example, if a song is in three/four time, breathe in for three counts and then out for three counts.
  6. Imagine the self a part of the music. What is happening? Where has the music taken you?
  7. Repeat breathing with the music until the track has ended. When ready, open the eyes and get up slowly.


Mantra Meditation

The human voice has the power to connect people and the individual to himself or herself. The following meditation invites a person to talk to himself/herself using a meaningful phrase that promotes relaxation.

  1. Select a special word or phrase, known as a mantra, that brings the self comfort and hope.
  2. Sit comfortably, with eyes closed, and five to ten minutes to spare.
  3. Focus on the mantra in the mind. Sound out each syllable or word carefully, as though each is precious. Do not think about the mantra’s literal meaning. Instead, feel the mantra on the tongue, and let it become a part of the self.
  4. Open the mouth, and speak the mantra softly aloud. Sound out each syllable and word carefully, so that it all comes out clearly. Take a deep breath, repeat the mantra again.
  5. Vary in tone, speed, and volume until find the way to say the mantra that is most pleasing. Repeat the mantra and breathing for several minutes.
  6. When ready to end, swallow the mantra back into the mouth. Let the mantra sit on the tongue. Repeat it again slowly and carefully in the mind, and then let it go. Open the eyes, and sit up carefully.

Noise doesn’t have keep being stressful with some simple exercises to relax the body and make hearing a pleasure again.…

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Researchers Find Meditation Can Change the Brain

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Researchers have found evidence that mindfulness meditation can cause brain changes. Here is a description of their findings and a guide to getting started.

Advocates have long claimed that mindfulness meditation can improve the regular practitioner’s mental state. Now there is evidence that it may change the brain.

The study

A study included in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging found changes in grey matter concentration in brain regions associated with learning and memory, regulating emotions, self-referential processing and perspective taking as a result of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR). Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital based their findings on brain images of 16 healthy adults. The images were taken before and after the group underwent an eight-week meditation program.

What is mindfulness meditation?

According to the New York Insight Meditation Center, mindful awareness, also known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation, is the practice of living in the present moment without judgment, which over time can help the meditator cultivate a more peaceful mind and change relationships with stresses. It is developed through walking and sitting mindfulness practices where the meditator focuses on breathing, sounds from outside or inside the body or sensations. The Center said the practice dates back 2,500 years to the time of the Buddha and is mainly practised in Southeast Asia. Americans brought it to the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

How to do it yourself

While the evidence is building up about the benefits of a daily mindfulness meditation practice, incorporating it into your daily life may seem daunting. But plenty of resources are available on the web to help the beginner get started, including guided meditation podcasts, books, CDs and written directions.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is known for pioneering the clinical application of mindfulness practice in medicine. He has authored several books on the subject, including “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” available for $9.05 on His guided meditations can be viewed on YouTube.

Also known in the mindfulness community are Sharon Salsberg and Joseph Goldstein, co-founders of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. Both spiritual teachers have authored audio and written books on the practice. Salzberg has podcasts available through her website.

Jack Kornfield, an American Buddist teacher whose website describes him as one of the founding directors of vipassana meditation in the west, also has audio, video and meditation instructions available. Find them on his site or

So explore these spiritual teachers, set up a calm environment, choose the best time of day for practice and get started living in the present moment, and maybe even changing the landscape of your brain.

Weeping Willow Tree Guided Meditation for Personal Strength

Weeping Willow Tree’s Strength and Flexibility Inspiration for Meditation – Amy Ivy

A weeping willow empowers personal strength and awareness in a nature-based guided meditation.

Weeping willow trees are common sights by lakes. Their pendulous branches float effortlessly in the wind, and their roots run deep seeking sustenance. For someone experiencing stress, grief, conflict, or other difficulties that prevent the self from enjoying life, imitating the willow’s flexibility and persistence may increase self-empowerment.

Preparing for the Weeping Willow Guided Meditation

Set aside ten to twenty minutes. Minimize distractions by turning off the cell phone and putting other obligations on hold. Take off your shoes, so that your feet are either bare on in socks. Drink some water to prevent dehydration. The meditation may be performed sitting or standing, depending upon what’s more comfortable for you.

How to Meditate for Strength with the Weeping Willow Tree

Close your eyes and settle comfortably into a position where your body won’t disturb you for the following meditation:

  1. Imagine a weeping willow tree beside a lake or stream. Notice how its roots run deep into the ground, how its trunk stands firm though the tree bends towards the water, and how its branches swing freely, not fighting but embracing the breeze.
  2. Sink your feet into the ground. Push the balls of your feet and wiggle your toes. Imagine yourself putting down roots deep, deep into the earth.
  3. Reflect on your roots, what grounds you in your life. Spend several moments reflecting on your loved ones, community, passions or whatever else connects you to life, like the willow’s roots ground it into the earth.
  4. Now straighten your back. Feel all the muscles align, and be as firm and tall as you can. Pull back your shoulders and let your arms fall to your sides. Let the trunk of your body be strong and firm.
  5. Reflect on your trunk, the activities, people, or abilities that help you stand strong in your life. If you’ve experienced a disconnect from people or passions that empower you, reflect on how you can literally find your spine again. For now, however, you are strong.
  6. Now imagine your arms as branches and your fingers as leaves. Move your arms and fingers around at your sides, above your head, and any other way that feels good.
  7. Your arms and fingers are reaching for your future. As you move and sway in the breeze, reflect on your dreams for your life. Do you move with your own life, being flexible to achieve your deepest desires, or do you break and splinter when life’s not going your way?
  8. Focus on positioning your body as the tree. You, also, have deep roots. You, also have a strong trunk, and your branches reach higher and higher to achieve your dreams.
  9. To complete the meditation, bring to mind again the image of the weeping willow beside the lake. When ready, open your eyes and return to the day.

Be careful not to get up too soon, as your body may not move as quickly as desired. Instead, spend several more minutes reflecting on the experience and any personal insights gained from it.

Variations of the Weeping Willow Guided Meditation for Self-Empowerment

For additional reflection, try the following variations and activities after meditating with the willow:

  • Try the meditation beside an actual weeping willow tree in your yard or in a nearby park for added inspiration.
  • Note any observations and ideas for self-improvement in a journal or share with a friend or loved one.
  • Divide the meditation into parts, focusing on the roots for grounding, the trunk for stability, or the branches for dreaming depending on your needs.
  • Try the meditation with a group and be a forest of trees flowing together in the breeze.

With a simple guided meditation exercise, the natural beauty and strength of a weeping willow tree can inspire and empower for relaxation and increased self-awareness.…

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What is Meditation?

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Meditation is a listening process that has been around us for thousand years, and is mentioned everywhere regardless of religions. Due to the fact that humans have two ears and only one mouth, we should listen twice as often as we speak. However, some people are always in the talk mode and enjoy talking, and many people can’t stand silence and even sleep with the television on all night. That’s why we increasing need meditation to help us.

Imagine if you would be listening to a full-integrated 78-person-Orchestra and watching as each instrument stops playing until just one single violin is left playing by itself, and we are listening carefully for that single note, all else is silent. The idea of being still and quiet does not appeal to many people who fill the air with noise. But at any one time there must be about fifty million people in the world who are meditating so we know that we are joining a large group and partaking of that energy.




The mystics tell us in their writings that we live in a “closed” system where nothing (energy) is ever lost. The “cosmic mind” that surrounds the planet earth contains every thought that ever was and this is why inventions occur in many places at the same time, as people tap into the cosmic mind from wherever they happen to be. They all get it at the same eureka moment.
Isaac Bentov’s book called “Stalking the wild pendulum” demonstrates how we can be two places at once, and that the pendulum is actually our heartbeat. Each time the pendulum swings to one end and stops to return back, the heart is stopping beating before it swings back. At that moment we can flip out and be in another place altogether, such as another city. This is how mystics appear in two places at the same time.


Stopping time and living longer. When the heart comes to rest, we do not age. This is why people who meditate appear younger than those who don’t. We are actually stopping time and living longer.

Alice Bailey, the author of some thirty gigantic books on esoteric subjects such as the “The Seven Rays” stated that we have a finite Number of breaths allotted to us, and to breathe deeply and live longer. Those of us who take short breaths will use up our allotment sooner, which ties in with smokers dying younger because of shorter breaths, makes sense.
When we meditate, we take deeper breaths and thus prolong our life. What we hear in our meditations. As we sit in the silence we receive ideas, thoughts, inspirations, messages that are answers to our questions that have been posed by our subconscious mind, which have been sitting there waiting to get out. In fact, if we pose a question and then listen for the answer, we will find that we do have all the answers if we take the time to listen. This brings up the point of the quickest way to get in the zone.
If we meditate in a symmetrical way, that is, at the same time and place each day, we build up an energy vortex in that spot so that when we get into that space, we are in the zone, and can connect much faster than having to energize a new place.

Other energy boosters are devices such as crystals that are really batteries with their own energy added to our energy.



How to Read Tarot Cards: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Their Meanings  | Allure

New Age Meditation on Tarot Cards: A Guided Visualization Exercise

Pathworking the Tarot: Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice from the Cards  by Leeza Robertson

People do meditation for a vast array of reasons. One reason is to look deep into one’s self and reflect. A way to do this is with the use of Tarot cards. The following visualization meditation is good for gaining insight and problem solving.

Preparing to Meditate on a Tarot Card

Begin by selecting a Tarot card. If a deck of cards isn’t owned, a quick Internet search will produce a variety of sites that will have pictures and definitions of the cards. Simply find a card that appeals to you. Please keep in mind that the card will have one meaning straight up and another if reversed. Once a card has been selected and the meaning has been read, it will be time to start the meditation.

How to Begin a Tarot Card Meditation

Hold the chosen card and study it. Try to memorize as many details as you can. After two to three minutes, put the card down and get into a comfortable sitting position while keeping the back upright. With eyes closed, begin to take relaxing, deep breaths.

Next, envision the card in the mind’s eye. Try to recall as many details as possible. If attainable, envision yourself as being part of the card. Continue to do this for a couple of minutes until it feels like every part of the card has been experienced

Experiencing Insight Meditation

It’s now time to concentrate on the meaning of the card. What kind of meaning does this card have in your life? For example, let’s say the strength card came up. This card represents not only physical strength, but inner strength as well. If using this card, think of problems that have been overcome in the past due to courage.


Remember what it felt like to draw inner strength for courage. Is there any thing happening in life that would require drawing from this inner strength? While thinking about this, see if any ideas enter the mind. Often, answers to questions and problems will come while in a relaxed state of meditation.

No matter which card is chosen for a meditation, think about the meaning and the positive effects it has had in life, then reflect on the meaning when the card is reversed and what can be done to help improve life.

How to End a Meditation

When finished reflecting on the card, take a minute to clear the mind and just focus on the breathing. When ready, open the eyes, slowly get up, and resume the activities of the day. Feel free to do this meditation any time some insight is needed.

A Tarot card meditation not only allows for a visualization exercise, but provides an opportunity to gain deep insight. What makes this such an interesting meditation is that although the formula for the meditation is the same, the meditation will be different each time depending on which card is chosen.…

Meditation Techniques: Relax the Body to Free the Mind

Meditation is a good way to relieve stress, balance the spirit, and find peace of mind. Some studies even say that meditation has certain health benefits. Mastering meditation techniques certainly isn’t easy, but once learned meditation can always be repeated.

Sometimes, it may seem that even deep physicial relaxation doesn’t always free the mind. For most, relaxing the body isn’t the difficult part of meditation. It’s relaxing the mind that’s the hard part – and this is where certain meditation techniques come in. Understanding meditation may help with mastering relaxation techniques. To meditate is to quiet the conscious mind and let the subconscious lead. This sounds simple in theory, but meditating isn’t always easy.

If relaxing is a problem, try some relaxation techniques like deep and slow breathing. Counting breaths may help with relaxation, or even just counting backwards from one hundred. It’s a good idea to stretch the muscles for a few minutes, then sit or recline comfortably and just let the body go limp. Pre-stretching often makes this limp, relaxed feeling easier to get into. Sometimes, it seems hard to keep still, as the world is a very fast place. Stillness and quiet are the cornerstones of true meditation. Gentle music, or other noises that won’t be distracting, are perfectly okay. Meditation is about the individual’s own personal comfort.

Deep relaxation means letting the mind relax, too. When trying to meditate, don’t try to balance a checkbook or pen the grocery list mentally. Though it should be simple, the hardest meditation technique is learning how to just stop thinking. Just stop thinking. When serious about meditating, it’s best to relax in a comfortable and quiet location. Deep, relaxed breathing and the absence of conscious thought is the goal of meditation. Getting there is the hard part. If counting does not help, try to focus your mind on a single image. A candle flame, a tree, a flower blossom, even just a ball of light – hold this picture in your mind’s eye, and then change it. Add wind, change the color, but deviate the image only slightly. Focus on this until it’s very solidly in your mental vision and you can change the picture with ease, and then focus on nothing at all for a time.

Some meditate just to relax, and lying quietly without thought is a wonderful way to achieve this goal. For more serious meditating, certain techniques may be used to achieve different goals. Some may use meditation as a way to deal with problems, and some to find spiritual guides. Whatever meditation is used for, mastering the basic techniques of total mind and body relaxation is the starting point.…

The Importance of Concentration in Meditation Practice

Why do we find it difficult to concentrate during meditation and what can we do to improve our ability to focus?

Concentration is said to be the key to meditation. Whether we are meditating on a candle, a mantra, a verse or our breathing, the most important aspect is to focus our mind on the object of our meditation.

Why is concentration so important?

In all walks of life, concentration is a great strength. Students who are able to concentrate on their studies without being distracted by the TV or by other members of their family are more like to succeed in their exams than those who can’t do this. Likewise, those who achieve success in the business world will often speak of devotedly applying themselves to their goal and not allowing other distractions to get in their way. This may be a very worldly form of concentration, but the principle is the same – concentration is the key to success. During meditation, concentration is needed in order for us to be able to bring the mind to rest; it is this rest that brings about the peace which so many of us long for in today’s society. Swami Paramananda, author of Concentration and Meditation (Eighth Edition, Vedanta Centre Publishers 1996) states it unequivocally:

“Meditation is inseparable from concentration. When the mind has gained its full strength through singleness, it naturally becomes meditative”.

Why is it hard to concentrate?

Although we talk about modern life being busier than ever, a restless, agitated mind has been a human problem for a very long time. In the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Geeta, (Faber & Faber 1982) estimated to be written 5,000 years ago, Arjuna presses the Lord Sri Krishna for advice on how to rest his “fickle and turbulent, obstinate and strong” mind. Krishna acknowledges his difficulty:

“Doubtless, O Mighty One! The mind is fickle and exceedingly difficulty to restrain, but O son of Kunti! with practice and renunciation it can be done”.

Our minds are very active – they’re used to making plans, forming opinions, commenting on what’s going on and generally chattering away. It’s not surprising, therefore, that when we sit down to meditate we find that it’s not so easy to stop all this chatter and attend to our intended focus. We’ve been allowing our minds to wander without any form of control for years – or decades – and unless we’re very fortunate, they’re not going to just fall calm and quiet just because we sit quietly and sound a mantra.

What do we do when we find it difficult to concentrate?

The ability to concentrate is an innate faculty, not only of humans, but of every living creature. Take a look at a cat who stops still for a couple of seconds before pouncing on a mouse. It’s true that our minds can be very scattered, but we’ll usually find that there are certain activities that we do attend to with a good degree of attention – reading a book, playing a musical instrument – even watching a football match requires concentration! There are steps we can take, however, if we wish to strengthen our ability to focus during meditation:

  • The most important point is not to criticize yourself when you notice your mind has abandoned its intended focus and wandered off. This criticism is just another activity and another distraction! Just leave the intruding thought alone and return your attention to the meditation. The mind can go off like this several times during a meditation session, but don’t get disheartened – just keep re-focusing the mind and this will gradually train it to attend more fully.
  • Notice how you conduct everyday activities. If you tend to be “scatty” or disorganized by nature, try to get into the habit of seeing a job or an activity through to its completion. Whether it’s washing the dishes, filing paperwork or tidying out the garage, leave things in an ordered state. This may seem to have little relevance to a spiritual practice like meditation, but it does help strengthen the mind and resolve.
  • Try to keep the habit regular and the circumstances propitious. Have a special place for meditation and stick to it; try to meditate every day for the required time – usually 20 or 30 minutes (sometimes twice a day). Unplug the telephone and ask your family not to disturb you – this is your spiritual development and all the family will benefit from it.

The above steps will enhance your ability to concentrate and subsequently help your meditation.…

Metta Meditation: 5 Benefits and Tips for Beginners

Metta Meditation – Insight Meditation: Learn How to Meditate for Loving Kindness and Compassion

Metta Meditation: 5 Benefits and Tips for Beginners

Metta meditation is one of the most popular vipassana techniques. This insight meditation is for bringing peace and tranquility into one’s own heart and sending loving kindness, along with compassion to others.

How to Begin a Metta Meditation

While sitting comfortably with a straight posture, begin to take slow, deep breaths while keeping the eyes closed. Once feeling relaxed, focus the mind on feelings about health, well being, and happiness. Take these feelings and turn them into a positive feeling of loving kindness or friendliness. With an open heart, begin thinking kindly of yourself.

Now, in the mind say, “May I be happy,” while envisioning being happy. Remember, in order to truly love others, one must first love themselves. Continue to bask in this positive, loving environment for as long as desired until ready to end the meditation.

Sending Loving Kindness to Others

Once comfortable with sending loving kindness to yourself, it’s time to start sending it out to others. Metta can be sent to friends, teachers, or relatives, along with neutral people and even enemies. When getting ready to send loving kindness, first envision the group of people it’s being sent to in the mind’s eye, then begin to send them metta.

When choosing neutral people, pick a group of people in which no emotions are attached. In order to build skill in sending metta, it’s best not to send to enemies until skilled at sending to familiar people and neutral people. When sending loving kindness, a couple of ideas of what to mentally say are, “May these people be happy,” or “May these people live with peace and joy.”


Metta and Universal Connectedness

One might first wonder why should a person should send loving kindness to their enemies. Try to envision everyone being a part of a universal connectedness or a collective unconscious, as Carl Jung referred to it. In other words, in sending kindness to an enemy, it’s also sending kindness to yourself. The more kindness a person feels, the more compassion they can feel towards others.

The vipassana technique known as metta meditation is a form of insight meditation that allows a person to further open their heart to not only accept loving kindness, but, to send it to others as well. When practiced over time, true love and compassion are achieved which projects positive energy to the collective unconscious that is said to be shared by all people.…

Psychic Meditation for Telekinesis Training – Learn to be Psychic

While meditation is still fairly new to the Western world, it has long been practiced in the Eastern world. One discovery made is that meditation can help develop psychic powers. One of those powers is telekinesis which is the ability to move an object with the mind.

A very popular form of telekinesis has been spoon bending, popularized by Jack Houck. However, for now, let’s start with something more simple.

How to Be Psychic

When working on psychic development, practice is very important. In one way or another, psychic abilities involve the mind. In order to keep the mind clear, use meditation as a tool. Meditation can also play a key role when trying to learn telekinesis.

Psychic Meditation

When learning how to do telekinesis, start with trying to move a lightweight object. For this experiment, use a small pencil. Place a piece of paper on the table. Put a small pencil on the piece of paper. Trace the pencil on the paper in order to track its movement.

It’s best to already know basic meditation in order to use meditation for telekinesis development. Otherwise, the following meditation may not be successful. If you have never meditated before, learn some of the basics in the articles Sitting Meditation and Breathing Meditation.

Telekinesis Training

Begin by staring at the pencil. Make sure you burn the image into your mind. Now, sitting with good posture, allow your eyes to close and start taking relaxing, deep, slow long breaths. Clear your mind of all thoughts. Once you feel relaxed and focused, envision the pencil in your mind.

Using your mind only, try to roll the pencil. Visualize the pencil physically moving. Imagine part of your energy being transferred to the pencil in order to help it move. When you think you were able to psychically see the pencil move, end the meditation, open your eyes and see if you were successful.

Don’t be disappointed if nothing happened. Meditation skills and psychic development both take time and practice. An alternative to this experiment is to use a feather. Caution needs to be taken that you are far enough away from the feather that your breathing doesn’t cause it to move.

Many forms of psychic skills can be learned with the aid of meditation. Psychic meditation is a great way to try to learn telekinesis. Long practiced in the Eastern world, meditation can help develop other psychic abilities as well.…