Meditation, Touching the Divine Within Through Meditation by Linda Pendleton

Prayer  and meditation are important because they not only put you in touch  with the Divine but with yourself. It becomes a beautiful opportunity  for spiritual enrichment. When you receive guidance during prayer or  meditation, it comes to your uncluttered and still mind with clearness.

Within  your quiet and peaceful moments you open your connection with the world  of spirit, allowing you to receive messages of love and divine  inspiration, in addition to conversing with God or the Divine Source,  your angels, spirit guides, and loved ones.

Meditation relieves  stress, and puts you in touch with your higher self. It also allows for  intellectual communication at a cellular level. Within the slightly  altered state, much like the daydream state, the life force energy flows  much freer throughout the body, and with the free energy flow, the  chakras come into balance, into alignment. It is a time of cleansing and  healing of the body, mind, and soul.

A meditation is a  disciplined focus which encourages the mind to travel a specific path of  thought toward a desired result. One may wish to meditate upon the  nature of the divine and one’s own relationship to it, or may wish to  merely create a state of total relaxation which would be conducive to  some desired physical or mental result.

Transcendental Meditation  (TM), a discipline for heightened awareness, which originated more than  five thousand years ago with the ancient Vedas of India, has been  practiced in Western society since its introduction to the United States  by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1959. It is widely accepted by Western  cultures today for its ability to reduce stress and promote physical and  mental health. During its heyday, many U.S. corporate managers promoted  the program among their executives and employees as a way to reducing  stress and increasing productivity and creativity in the workplace.  Although the more stylized approach of Transcendental Meditation has  been left behind by many, meditation has found a place in the awareness  of millions of Westerners who seek primarily to have an occasional  “refresher” from the stress of everyday life and some sense of  connection with the infinite.

As it is most commonly practiced  today, meditation is usually associated with the processes of  visualization and/or a tranquil dialogue with the body wisdom. Rather  than chanting of mantras, one may prefer to visualize a tranquil setting  and a “journey” to that location while clearing the mind of random  clutter and simply attempting to focus on some desired goal or effect.  Many use this opportunity to contact their spiritual teachers or angels  for guidance. Some use this quiet time for prayer, or for exploring  their innermost thoughts and recording them in a diary or journal while  still others, focus on an expansion of their creativity.

In the most sublime sense, this is a dialogue with the body/mind wisdom and therein lies the most productive use of such time.

A  simple technique for personal problems is to simply and firmly state  the nature of the problem and request a solution while in a meditative  state. We are all much wiser than many of us may think we are, and the  body knows things that our minds often do not. To engage in an inner  dialogue will often reveal the answers we seek.

We all have  spirit guides who work closely with us. Meditation is the opportune time  for you to communicate, through visual or auditory efforts. Within the  slightly altered state of meditation, you hear messages with somewhat  more clarity. Do you recall times when you were caught up in negativity  and could have used some spiritual insight to move you more swiftly into  the positive? Have you been given spiritual answers from time to time?  Within the dream state, do you often feel you leave the body and have a  communion, an opportunity for nurturing and uplifting of the soul?

Effective  meditation can help us to become more balanced and centered in our full  expression of life’s wondrous gifts, more resilient, more understanding  and accepting of other points of view, more compassionate and  sympathetic, more intuitive and creative, more responsive to the  universal flow of life in which we are immersed. 

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“Golden the age when men will do, rather than say their prayers.”
~James Martin Peebles, (1822-1922)  

 “When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lau Tzu, (c.604-c.521 BC)