There are times when I fall out of regular meditation practice, and it’s mainly because life takes me that way. Certain things occur in my day-to-day experience which cause distraction. It could be stress from a job to a family situation or a change that is taking more of my energy. What flows naturally when I reach a tipping point, is a need to sit and get grounded again through meditation. However, that process did not always flow naturally. I enrolled in group meditation classes many years ago, (learning from an experienced teacher), and have always enjoyed participating in events where a community meditation takes place. I’ve spent time with a few friends where we met once a month to do a healing meditation, and I’ve attended yoga classes that focus on deeper meditation. In recent years I took a course in Primordial Sound Meditation from a Chopra certified instructor. I believe that meditation is helping me by guiding me, through conscious awareness; where I discover things that come to the surface, realizations and synchronistic events, after several days of consistent meditation. I highly recommend learning something about meditation if you are thinking you might like to try it – after all, knowledge is empowering.
- Meditation Heals the Planet (tappingthewellwithin.com)
- Why Meditate? … a basic, then deeper perspective (meaningfulwesternlife.wordpress.com)
- Deepak Chopra Invites Worldwide Participation in the Chopra Center’s Free 21-Day Meditation Challenge™
Some time ago, I walked past a construction site in a cemetery, where they were building a new monument to house those family members, “resting in peace.” The overall square footage looked approximately the size of a small studio or maybe a nice kitchen, depending on the size of your house.
The church down the street has a sign outside, “Open for Prayer and Meditation;” the yoga studio around the corner challenges you to “reconstruct your body, mind and spirit;” the day spa across the street offers “pure bliss” for sixty minutes of relaxation.
Meditation spaces are more than just naming rooms. They involve transforming vibrations of a space dedicated to the purpose of creative activity such as music, dance, yoga, art, prayer or meditation. The space is a separate room or a simple space that allows you to quiet your mind and detach from external influences.
A meditation space may consist of objects from your travels, calming colours and soft seating, a water feature, plants, natural fibers, crystals, Tibetan singing/toning bowls, deep chimes and perhaps a native drum or two, (but, no particular religious influence is necessary). A sound system could be as simple as a few speakers, or a high-tech surround-sound of birds in nature.
“A building is no more a Temple unless you are aware of its environment,” (Tibetan monk). We can transform the energy of a space through, sound vibration, multiphonic chanting, dynamic movement, and an awareness of the elements of balance, truth, harmony and liberation from “ego syndrome.” Beautifying an environment, releasing negative energy, represents a progression to deeper levels and implications of spiritual experience.
In a quest for well-being, meditation spaces promote beautiful healing and inspire positive attitudes toward life. In certain parts of the world, (such as the Himalayas, Sedona, Machu Picchu, Lourdes), discoveries of energy vortexes cause a shift in one’s body and psyche, leaving one feeling uplifted and energized. Research shows that time spent at a destination spa, a retreat, or holiday, helps to deepen our awareness and takes us away from the mundane of regular life, yet when we return home, unless we know how to maintain it, that feeling slowly fades.
Meditation spaces are like a sanctuary for the soul; an expression of self, that nurtures body, mind and spirit . A dedicated space in your home can provide a very successful, enjoyable experience for maintaining good vibrations.
My art is a form of meditation. Sometimes what ends up on the page is not what I’d had in mind, but then I take another look and ask myself, “but where exactly did that come from?” And then I think about how this image just “‘poof ‘d” out of my head and that somehow my brain connected to my hand to create the lines and paint to form this thing – this painting… and then I think, “wow… cool… “
This past weekend in New York City the annual Dumbo Art Festival http://dumboartsfestival.com/ was held; from DJ spinning to art installations on the street, to artists creating murals before your eyes, the festival reflects New York’s creative community. I want to share a cool post from MindBodyGreen – Your Gateway to Wellness, by Jason Wachob; an interview with CAM, aka. Craig Anthony Miller, about music DJ ing typically associated with Yoga, art, meditation and what his creative influences are… Check it out at http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1427/Q-A-with-Artist-CAM-The-Yoga-Sessions-Series-Meditation-Ganesh.html