Meditation: A Beginner's Guide

Written by Christin Snyder

Meditation: A Beginner's Guide by Christin Snyder

*The material presented in this article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prevent any illness.

In my article “Self-Healing Basics” I briefly discussed meditation and it's important role in whole-being wellness. Meditation has an abundance of benefits, but can appear daunting to newcomers due torepparttar many misconceptions surrounding it. Through this series of articles I will explorerepparttar 122313 art of meditation in depth- addressing misconceptions, highlightingrepparttar 122314 benefits, answering frequently asked questions, and also sharing different techniques.

I believe very deeply inrepparttar 122315 power each person has to heal themselves. Meditation is one of several tools I teach to empower others on their quest for spiritual and personal growth. I have found that many who have comitted themselves to developingrepparttar 122316 practice have reported dramatic results. Many have shared with me an enhanced sense of purpose, reduced stress and anxiety levels, and other life altering changes. There are numerous types and styles of meditation, and with persistence and practice everyone can find one to benefit them.

Meditation Myths:

There are many misconceptions and generalizations in regards to meditation that unfortunately keep many people from trying it. Before going into all ofrepparttar 122317 benefits and techniques, I feel it is necessary to first address some of these issues. In doing so, I hope to provide a better understanding of just how simple and worthwhile meditation can be.

One common misunderstanding surrounding meditation isrepparttar 122318 belief that it is religious in nature. Although it is incorporated intorepparttar 122319 religious practice in many traditions, it is not in and of itself, religious in nature. Neither is it reserved to any one faith system. Many people from a variety of cultures and traditions successfully integrate meditation into their lives without conflict.

Another commonly held belief is that meditation requires a lot of time to achieve results, however, as I will demonstrate later on, it truly does not require hours of rigid daily practice to be effective. Most of us do have busy lives, and meditation is an act that can be effectively incorporated into any lifestyle. Is it a discipline? yes. It needs to be developed into a routine, much inrepparttar 122320 same way that walkingrepparttar 122321 dog or going torepparttar 122322 market are also established as routines. The benefits will be well worthrepparttar 122323 few minutes a day invested.

Cleansing & Balancing the Charkas

Written by Christin Snyder

Cleansing & Balancingrepparttar Charkas & Energy Field

By Christin Snyder

Cleansing and balancingrepparttar 122312 chakra system is important torepparttar 122313 overall health ofrepparttar 122314 individual. There are several different techniques that can be used to cleanse and balance each ofrepparttar 122315 charkas. The important thing is findingrepparttar 122316 one that is most comfortable. The exercise below is simple. It can be done in a few minutes. Practiced each day, it will leaverepparttar 122317 individual feeling more energetic and focused.

The technique that follows can be modified byrepparttar 122318 individual to suit his/her own needs. Start off by sitting in a chair or standing somewhere comfortable with your feet flat onrepparttar 122319 ground/floor. It is particularly important to sit or stand if you are new to meditation practices. Laying down cuesrepparttar 122320 body that it is time for sleep.

Once you are positioned, take a few deep but slow cleansing breaths. The idea isn't to gasp for air, nor is it to breathe unnaturally, but to getrepparttar 122321 blood deeply oxygenated. Breath is a natural healing mechanism, and many of us inrepparttar 122322 west will find that we breathe in a very shallow manner which starves our bodies and brain of oxygen. Breathe in at a slow steady pace and feelrepparttar 122323 oxygen enter your body, continuerepparttar 122324 slow steady inhale untilrepparttar 122325 breath has expandedrepparttar 122326 chest and abdomen just as a balloon fills with air.

Holdrepparttar 122327 breath for as long as it is comfortable, and then release and dorepparttar 122328 exhale atrepparttar 122329 same slow relaxed pace, blowing throughrepparttar 122330 lips as though you were blowing out a candle. Be sure to fully emptyrepparttar 122331 lungs before beginningrepparttar 122332 next inhalation.

After three of these breaths release tension and relax more deeply. Take a few comfortable normal paced breaths as you do this. Once you are comfortable and ready to continue, closerepparttar 122333 eyes and envision a golden white ball of light aboverepparttar 122334 head. This isrepparttar 122335 holy light, representingrepparttar 122336 connection between yourself andrepparttar 122337 Divine.

This ball of light sits a few feet aboverepparttar 122338 top ofrepparttar 122339 head and begins to expand and stream down. As you allowrepparttar 122340 light to flow (don't force or pull it etc) relax even deeper knowing you are safe and at peace. Be fully present with this light, and asrepparttar 122341 light descends down uponrepparttar 122342 crown of your head take another deep breath as we did earlier.

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