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Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Meditation describes a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness. It usually involves turning the attention inward to the mind itself. Meditation is often recognized as a component of Eastern religions, where it has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It has also become mainstream in Western culture. It encompasses any of a wide variety of spiritual practices which emphasize mental activity or quiescence.

Meditation can be used for personal development, or to focus the mind on God (or an aspect of God). Many practice meditation in order to achieve peace, while others practice certain physical yogas in order to become healthier.

Meditation is a form of acknowledging your connection with the spirit of universal love, and it allows a sense of peace and love to flood your being. The tranquility that follow stays with you, reducing stress and promoting a state of awareness throughout the day. ~ Ruth Ross 

When snow drifts quietly down on a winter evening, the hush of nature brings a great sense of peace.
Each of us has known times like this.

Many of these times did not depend on conditions like snow, or soft music. 

When we are able to keep a quiet center within ourselves, we are truly in tune with the spirit.

Peace of the heart comes from a Power greater than ourselves, and from the faith that all of us, and all that happens to us, are part of a great plan. 

Just as the snow falls softly, without fear, without regard for whether it will land on a tree bough or in the street, we, too, can live our lives with peaceful acceptance of whatever comes along, knowing it comes to us naturally and from God.

Peace and relaxation flow through me with every breath that I take.

As we become more familiar with meditation, the easier it is to trust what we think, feel and remember. And teh more our trust deepens and we let things happen just as they are, the more we begin to develop acceptance.

Trust and acceptance are the beginning of choice.

As meditation deepens, compulsions, cravings and fits of emotion begin to lose their power to dictate our behaviour. We see clearly that choices are possible; we can say yes or we can say no. It is profoundly liberating. ~ Eknath Easwaran

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