The Use of Mindfulness Meditation
Variety of religious and spiritual movements, such as Yoga, New Age and the New Thought movement use mindfulness meditation for spiritual growth and development.
Meditation is today a focus of increasing scientific research and over 1,000 research studies are published linking meditation to a variety of health benefits, Stress reduction, improvement of academic performance, sustained attention, increasing the one’s self control, and love.
From the point of view of psychology, meditation can induce altered states of consciousness.
Meditation and various Religions
Meditation is more-or-less defined as a mental exercise of concentration and contemplation, by either focusing on a single thought (e.g. meditation repeating a mantra), or by following an intuitive imaginative flow that involves relaxing the body, and calming the river of thoughts, with an aim to enter deeper levels of consciousness.
For Christians meditation is a type of contemplative practice often known as prayer, induced by inspirational readings, and practiced with a form of visualization. In both Eastern traditions and the Christian tradition the goal of contemplative practices is a closer intimacy with God, Christ, Buddha, Shiva consciousness, or a Guru.
The Mystical Christians would completely agree with the Yoga gurus of our present and past about the benefits of meditation. St. Teresa of Avila, a Christian Saint living during the 16th Century wrote about 4 stages towards God and her inspiring words of contemplation very much resemble the description of a Yogi that talks about meditation. She names the four stages to God as:
1. Contemplation and concentration
2. Prayer of quiet or SILENCE
3. Devotion of UNION or "ecstatic state of blissful peace"
4. Devotion of ECSTASY, where "the body Consciousness disappears".
Meditation as a Spiritual not Religious Tool
We are lucky to be living at times when all the ancient scripts are readily available for us to read, compare, and thoroughly research. All the different cultures across the Globe work with this ancient spiritual practice and its application within the day-to-day life.
Whether we read the Yogic text Patanjali (150-200BC) Yoga Sutras, or the Chinese ancient texts like: The Secret of the Golden Flower (around 600AC) we come across various examinations of meditation as the spiritual tool, researching its relationship with Health, Balance, Mind and Soul. The Hindus, or Buddhists Priests and Yogi practitioners, explore this amazing laboratory of various mystical applications of meditation within their lives and the mystical Christians or Sufi practitioners (Islam) are no exception to this rule.
Using our souls intent, we approach meditation either mentally or through our hearts, and we learn about the whole range of benefits that this practice offers; physical or emotional relaxation, improved concentration, increased love, At the end of the spiritual journey we find the promise of Enlightenment, and the promise of an eternal Happiness.
Detaching the tool from the religious connotations is always a difficult process and it risks "charlatans" invading the space of Gugus, Philosophers, Sages, Priests, and Spiritual Researchers promising an "instant happiness", a "curse" or a "pink pill" that cure all the diseases and brings immense wealth without any "Proper Rightful Effort", without a rigorous self-development training that truly works with Virtues, Creativity, Changing Habits, etc.
Spiritual / Self Development Tools and Power of Mind
Within my work as a Trainer I have done an extensive research within the area of self development, and the major theme of my 9 (nine) Alchemy of Love Training Books is within mindfulness and improving the power of mind through the various self development and creativity techniques.
“Mindfulness increases the awareness of the Nature of the Mind. If we learn to Control our Mind and Listen to our Souls we can consciously choose to be Joyful instead of sad, Peaceful and Loving, Alert and Relaxed.” Nuit (Mindful Being towards Mindful Living Course)
“Mindfulness is awareness of everything that is happening in the moment of ‘Now’. Mindfulness is a self development technique that will change the focus of our mind towards happiness.” Nuit (Conscious Creativity, Mindfulness Meditations)
In a NET TV Interview I explain in more details how Yoga links to Mindfulness and Self Development.
To read more about Mindfulness within the context of Spiritual not Religious Growth and Development please check the Publishers website article: What is Spirituality
The Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Books are published by Artof4Elements