This post will give an overview of what it is like to be in the beginning stages of meditation, where you can learn to meditate and the type of path you follow to attain mastery. In addition I describe well known and least known benefits of meditation.
After looking around at the various offerings for meditation courses, that would suit beginners and those with some experience of meditation I stumbled upon Giovanni Dienstmann course and decided to sign up almost immediately.
I was awed by his writing and his obvious understanding of human nature. His writing is deep, generous and enlightening. This was a man I wanted to learn from, this was a man who I could trust with my time and confidence.
The initial five days were slow but deliberately so. We are advised to not be overly ambitious when learning to meditate. The first thing we are taught is how to build the habit of meditation into your life. And how to do it simply. The first few days we are taught to breathe meditate. Each day is accompanied by professional video and mp3 and pdf download. It highlights the goals for the day as well as how to do the exercises. It is accompanied by articles that you can read in your spare time and quotations that inspire. The contents of the meditation course is here
An Example Of Breathing Meditation
This is a very simple exercise envouraged and taught in the beginning stages of meditation. Breathe in deeply and hold for one second then breathe out slowly. Do this for twenty times. Count each breath as you breathe out only. I find this exercise invigorating. No doubt it is because we automatically increase our intake of oxygen as we perform this simple breathing meditation excercise.
I loved the process and attention to detail the course provided. On about the third day I felt as if I were an intimidated Cinderella attempting to step out of a darkened closet into the light. The darkened closet of course is my chattering mind and the light is the present moment. Why is that? I suppose it’s because my mind was and still is used to the chatter to a large extent. Unfortunately the chatter is also energy sapping and deprives you of the ability to think as clearly as you would otherwise. The chatter only serves to keep you chained to an ingrained way of thinking. I knew I wanted to experience more of what Giovanni Dienstmann was offering and what was that?
■☆ Benefits of meditation
■☆ An increased clarity of mind
■☆ Increased peace of mind
■☆ Release from anger and frustration
■☆ The ability to let go of emotional wounds and stress
In fact the benefits are limitless and unquantifiable. I will give you a sneak peak of some of the content a bit later on.
The well known benefits of meditation i have already spoken about in mindfulness and mefitation post, to summarise these include…..
But there are other less well known benefits of meditation
■☆ Meditation is an anti ageing tool!
■☆ Meditation increases overall happiness and contentment
■☆ Meditation enhances your immune system
■☆ Meditation assists in the recovery of addiction.
■☆ Meditation also reduces are self limiting beliefs! I will share a short story with a very inciteful moral.
Have you ever heard the story of The Elephant and the Rope
“Once there was a woman who was passing by some huge elephants,
who were only secured by a tiny rope.
She asked the trainer… Why are they tied to such a tiny rope, why
don’t they just break free?
The trainer smiled and explained that the elephants are trained by
being tied to this rope from an early age, back then they could not
break free from this rope, so they learned to stop trying.”
The moral of this story is…yes we may have failed before, but that does not mean we will always fail, Life is a learning experience, full of opportunities for growth. Without failure we could never grow as individuals.
Meditation helps us to eliminate the “pain of failure” not that it stops failure, but your mind and body no longer feels the emotional experience as deeply and harshly. Instead meditation smoothes out the emotional extremes as it were, your mind is more at peace and calm about the whole affair/situation regardless of “failure”. Meditation is the difference between being sucked under in difficult emotional times or remaining cool under pressure.
The chart below gives you a great insight into how you will build mastery of your mind through meditation. There is a simple exercise each day which takes minutes to complete. Because the exercises are do simple. You do feel a sense of accomplishment each day. The excercise very gradually become longer and new skills are incorporated slowly. These are always fun to do and feedback is encouraged.
A great meditation for the beginners course takes you by the hand and builds up a variety of different types of meditation practices. You then choose the practice which you are most in tune with. It does not take years to build your practice and see the benefits. The speed of your mind development depends on your willingness to commit to a few minutes per day following the really very simple instructions given.
You can see noticeable and fantastic changes within yourself within 8 weeks, and see small changes within a few days.
I have talked about mind hacks such as visualisation and positive affirmation in other posts which do have their place and serve us well. However the creme de la creme of mind development and mastery of the subconscious mind lies in your ability to learn the skills of meditation. This is like a fire insurance policy, if difficult times strike you will be in a better place to handle them. If difficult times do not strike you will have gained more clarity and the health benefits as described above. Give yourself the daily gift of presence and peace the way life should always be.