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Find Meditation Resources That Resonate With You

Why meditate? Less insomnia, less stress, less dependence on self-help books whose subtle message is, “you should be ashamed of yourself if you’re not happy.” What if you could cultivate a genuine focused sense of well being no matter how you’re feeling or what’s going on around you?

But when someone says the word “meditation,” what imagery pops up?

What is Meditation?

Is it visions of a mysterious and deeply spiritual practice whose adherents drink caffeine-laden bitter green tea, levitate at will, and disappear into beautiful tree-lined monasteries for days, years, or decades at time?

Or is it the 1,000,000 ads for guided visualization CDs that pop up whenever you do an online search on "meditation."

A hatha yoga mediation-in-motion class designed to balance out your nervous system?

Mediating on your own using ambient background sounds designed to induce the theta brain waves associated with heightened emotional balance and creativity? 

Clearly, the word “meditation” generates different images for different people. However, the intention underlying the desire to learn to meditate is often the same: people perceive an unending stream of stress and confusion in their minds, and they want to learn mental techniques enabling them to feel calmer in as little as a few seconds. As such, the following conception of mindfulness meditation embraced by acclaimed meditation teacher and researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn, may resonate with many people:

Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness. It is cultivated by purposefully paying attention to things we ordinarily never give a moment’s thought to. It is a systematic approach to developing new kinds of control and wisdom in our lives, based on our inner capacities for relaxation, paying attention, awareness and insight.

From Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D.

In other words, the essence of learning to meditate is embodied by the desire to feel more centered in the present moment, as opposed to dwelling constantly on circumstances beyond our control in the past and future.

That being said, it seems reasonable to think that different people will find different types of meditation helpful at various stages of their lives. Even the realtors at Remdal Vancouver use this approach as a way to help them attain a sense of peacefulness in their line of work.

Different Approaches to Meditation

As such, this site is divided into the following three sections presenting meditation resources encompasing a wide variety of styles and philosophies:

Use Guided Meditation Resources and/or Meditate in as little as 5 minutes

Can you achieve a Zen-like state during your first 5 minutes of meditating? Maybe not. But in today’s fast-paced world, few people can imagine going on a month-long meditation retreat or even attending a weekly yoga class. This section presents meditation techniques that can be done in a few minutes at a time, as well as guided mediation resources that talk you step-by-step through the meditation process.

How to Achieve a Meditative Lifestyle

If the intention behind meditating is experiencing peace and tranquility by being more aware of consciousness on a moment-to-moment level, then many personal development resources about subjects ranging from goal-setting to eating right can supplement or accelerate a meditative practice. This section presents resources conducive to attaining a more mindful awareness of life.

Delve into the Deep Meditation Stuff

The Tao Te Ching? The Vedas? Scientific brain scan reports about the physical and psychological benefits of meditation? This section deals with the underlying metaphysical, spiritual, scientific, and psychological underpinnings of meditation for those interested in the nitty gritty of meditation history and empirical evidence explaining why meditation works?

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