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Inner Wisdom through Meditation

Text by: April Ruffner

We are all on a journey to gain wisdom during this life. The road to finding out who we are and the true nature of our beings is perhaps our greatest feat. During my journey through life, I have found meditation to be an essential component on the path to self-realization and a direct connection to my higher self. Meditation is a personal journey that starts from within, which can lead to enlightened thoughts and ideas applicable to one's life experience. It helps us achieve a higher place of consciousness thus connecting us with our spirits.

In order to begin meditation, we must first understand that the body is comprised of seven main chakras, or energy stations inside the body that are associated with our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical relationships. There are two important chakras that are activated during meditation: the crown chakra and the brow chakra. Meditation is processed in the brow chakra known as the "third eye," which is located between the eyes in the center of the forehead. It is associated with the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin and is responsible for the sleep/wake cycle. The brow chakra is supposed to be the body's key to inner wisdom and intuition.

The other chakra important during meditation is the crown chakra. It is located directly over the head above the crown. This chakra connects us to the divine. It is where enlightenment takes place and a higher sense of self is present.

The two most common forms of meditation are: guided and classic. Guided meditations take you to a place of peace and relaxation (usually a place of nature), while classic meditations are typically require you to be in Buddha pose with legs crossed and hands in a prayer position or rested on the legs. The goal of both types of meditation is to reach a state of peace while remaining detached to your emotions or thoughts. As explained by Walter Lubeck in his article, Reiki and Meditation,

[i]n Zen, this state of mind is related to a picture of a pond, untouched by the wind, so the water is absolutely calm and therefore able to mirror the sky. Only the completely peaceful mind can act as a mirror for the divine. When you meditate with one of the classical techniques, you have chosen to encounter the divine.

Meditation is really about calming the fluctuations of the mind and connecting to the stillness within.

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Meditation is simple and only takes a few minutes a day. In his book, The Book of Secrets, Deepak Chopra describes a simple breathing meditation and recommends following this meditation 10 to 20 minutes a day:

Sit quietly with your eyes closed in a room with the lights low and no distractions from the telephone or knocks at the door. Shut your eyes for a few minutes; then become aware of your breathing. Let your attention follow your breath as it gently, naturally draws inward. Do the same as the breath flows outward. Don't make any attempt to breathe with a certain rhythm and don't attempt to make your breath deep or shallow.

Meditation has been a part of my life for some time now, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago, I had a very amazing experience while meditating during a trip with my sister to a spiritual retreat located in the desert where we were to fast and cleanse our systems. It was here that I had an awakening as I sat and meditated in the middle of the desert. The only way I can describe it is a feeling as if my body existed outside my physical body. There was no separation between my mind, body, and spirit — all were in harmony in that moment. I was able to feel the stillness and peace that has existed for thousands of years. I was one with my surroundings and one with creation. It was here I connected myself to the divine.

That interconnectedness with my surroundings has helped me understand the experience of an astronaut named Ed Sullivan. He went to space, in 1971, as part of the Apollo 13 mission. Two days before, he had a profound experience as relayed by Lynne McTaggart in her book The Field:

It was then, while staring out the window, that Ed experienced the strangest feeling he would ever have: a feeling of connectedness, as if all the planets and all the people of all time were attached by some invisible web... There seemed to be an enormous force field here, connecting all people, their intentions and thoughts, and every animate and inanimate form of matter for all time. Anything he did or thought would influence the rest of the cosmos, and every occurrence in the cosmos would have a similar effect on him.

Just as we are externally connected by an invisible web, we must internally connect to ourselves, to our own true natures. Through meditation, we can reach a state of wholeness or oneness. Through deep meditation, we can eventually reach nirvana, which literally means "blow out" of the chakras. This state can be achieved when one succeeds in fulfilling their spiritual journey and learning the lessons that were meant for them to learn.

Many people experience an overall increase in mental, emotional, and physical health because of meditation's ability to heal such a wide variety of issues. Meditation is also a natural antidote to stress, proven to decrease heart rate and lower blood pressure. Well-known cardiologist and founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical Center, Herbert Benson, M.D., said, "The heart of meditation is focus, keeping a still mind, and allowing the power of the moment to take place." Meditation is a gift of wisdom you give to yourself!

Try Deepak Chopra's simple meditation every day for the next month and experience how it can benefit you in your own life...