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December 18, 2012 / Dale Melchin

Working on Your Spiritual Life IV Meditation


Last time, we talked about reading as being the first component of a successful spiritual life.  In this post we will talk about meditation.  Before we jump into that though, some preliminaries.
Meditation is not rumination, although they are similar.  Rumination has a negative slant that is often associated with worry.  Worry is a habit we wish to be rid of and replace that with faith in our growth.

Meditation is not thinking, at least in terms of problem solving.  Problem solving is a function of the left brain.  Meditation is a function of the cardiovascular system and the right brain that integrates both sides of the brain.

Meditation is the act of sitting still, doing nothing and creating a state of pure stillness.

Meditation is also thematic, now this is where I seem to contradict what I said previously, but really I’m not.  This type of meditation takes a particular theme and fills them mind with it.  Such as patience, or kindness, or love, or other virtues. You want to achieve a level of stillness before you engage in thematic meditation, but this type of meditation is for cultivating virtue.

Meditation is also used for directing energy.  This is where you would guide your energy through your body to raise awareness of tightness, stress or general injury.

As long as you stick with the thematic meditation, breathing or energy meditation at a basic level, you won’t need a guide necessarily and you’ll become very adept at the basics.  A couple of books on the matter would suffice.  I would strongly recommend finding a guide to work with if you are going to advance and go beyond basics.

All of these forms of meditation help you get in touch with your authentic self and cultivate virtue.

Do not try to advance without the help of a guide.
In short, meditation will become a core practice if you choose to and it is absolutely essential to enduring growth in spirituality.  It will save you time and effort in the transformation process rather than trying to use or left brain to do everything.

What would having a stillness practice make possible for you!?


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