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  • Laurie Teixeira and Jari de Jesus

Meditation: Practice Connecting To Your Spirit



Spiritual meditation is practiced in a wide variety of faiths and civilizations around the world. Some use it to calm their nerves and focus their thoughts. Others use it to gain mental clarity or to feel a stronger spiritual connection to a power more significant than themselves.


Meditation is used in many different spiritual traditions to communicate with the divine. Spiritual meditation comes in various forms and is practiced as part of hundreds, if not millions, of diverse religious and spiritual traditions.


As reported by researchers, one of the goals of spiritual meditation is to strengthen one's faith in and relationship with a higher power. In contrast to more secular meditation, spiritual meditation aims at more than just mental calm. What makes this activity spiritual is the participant's motivation to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.


Benefits of Meditation

  • Inner stillness and peace

  • A more balanced sense of being

  • A profound and genuine awareness of one's own spiritual identity

  • Decreased levels of potentially damaging stress

  • An increase in creativity

  • Less reactivity

  • Enhanced feelings of confidence, trust, and acceptance of one's worth.

  • The clarity in your life purpose

  • Complementary treatment/help with depression, anxiety, stress, pain, and substance use disorders

  • Eases sleep

Practicing Meditation


Although there is no single correct method for spiritual meditation, the guides provided here should help you get started. Turn off your phone and any potential distractions, and give yourself permission to be there for as long as needed by ensuring you won't be disturbed.

  • Make sure your wrists and ankles aren't crossed, and you're not resting on anything with your back.

  • Second, tune in to the cadence of your breathing. Pay attention to how it sounds. Sense the shifts as your body moves with each breath. Relax your breathing and let it go at a natural rate. (At least 4 seconds in slow, 4 seconds out slow). Let your mind wander; it's perfectly normal. Just acknowledge your ego's input and tell it can take a rest now.

  • Third, picture a beacon of light within you. Think of its vivid hues. Imagine its temperature. This light is your guide as you seek higher authority or greater power.

  • When ready, you can start tracking this light as it travels from your body toward the sky. Trace its path as it ascends towards the atmosphere via the clouds.

  • Let yourself feel at ease and at one with the cosmos by venturing outside and looking around. It would help if you stayed as long as you like, keeping an open mind.

  • Once ready, you should descend your light back into your physical form. You can reconnect with your immediate surroundings by moving your fingers and toes.

  • Lastly, slowly open your eyes and move softly as you emerge from your meditation.

Some meditations are more active, like Tai Chi, which promotes serenity through gentle movements. Only some people can do silent meditations easily, so stop trying. It may be beneficial to try a more active form of meditation through movement that can be just as beneficial. Just keep experimenting and practicing until you find one or a combination that fits you.


Conclusion


It's up to you to figure out what is most conducive to your own practice of meditation. Our bodies are naturally more open to communication at various points throughout the day. Absolutely, do what makes sense to you.


Meditation on a spiritual level is very personal. Many different cultures and traditions around the world incorporate it into their daily lives, and there is some evidence that it has positive health effects.


Though it won't grant you any special abilities, spiritual meditation can be a way to feel more a part of something greater than yourself, and that can feel very special.



 

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