What is Meditation?
One-pointed concentration, directed attention, awareness
What are the some of the benefits of meditation?
1. Direct Experience of your Primal Identity
Connect with a dimension within yourself that is beyond words but has been described as "The Christ within," "Buddha Nature," "the True Self," "Atman" and "the indwelling God." When you are in touch with this dimension within yourself, your actions and relationships reflect the oneness with all life. A strong sense of compassion arises spontaneously.
2. Direct Experience of Ultimate Reality
As you get to know your true nature, you begin to understand reality. How does reality work? How does my mind influence my experience of life? Through meditation, information and concepts turn into realization.
“Believe nothing until you experience it yourself.” – Rig Veda
3. Health and Happiness
Current research has proven that meditation:
• Reduces stress and the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
• Decreases blood pressure and hypertension
• Lowers cholesterol levels
• Improves immune function
• Moves oxygen more efficiently by the body
• Decreases insomnia
• Alleviates post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Enhances concentration and memory
• Helps create harmonious relationships
• Improves creativity and problem solving skills
• Induces compassion
• Reduces sensitivity to pain
• Increases production of the anti-aging hormone, DHEA
• Triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Each of these naturally occurring brain chemicals has been linked to relaxation, focus, pleasure, calm, contentment and reduction in fear and anxiety. Through meditation, all of these neurotransmitters release simultaneously. No single drug can do this.
4. Be More Effective
Research reveals that we are 40% less effective when multi-tasking.
5. Shift Your Reality
Physicists today agree with the ancient yogis in saying that your reality depends on where you place your attention. If you refine your attention, you change your experience of life.
"What your mind dwells on, you experience" - The Bhagavad Gita