Meditation is a simple and effortless technique that I practice for about 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. With meditation I experience a state of restful alertness; this is the time that I connect with the "cosmic conscience."
When it's time for me to meditate I find a comfortable, quiet place to sit, close my eyes and allow myself to appreciate where I am at that moment. I take notice of my breathing and usually my mind becomes more relaxed. Then I begin to repeat my mantra in time with my breath. (A mantra is a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated to yourself.) With practice, my mantra flows through my mind like a stream flowing smoothly down an Alaskan hillside. If I become aware of other thoughts or if my mind is particularly active, I just acknowledge the thoughts and return to my mantra. Often I reach a point where I become unaware of the passage of time. I feel calm and tranquil. After about 20 minutes I end the meditation. I try not to pop up at the end of medication, rather I allow myself to become aware of my surroundings and slowly open my eyes.
I was given my mantra in 1971 during my time in Hawaii as a student at the University. I went to a lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM), became interested and received training. I've practiced this meditation procedure since then. I find that meditation helps me to relieve fatigue and stress. I look forward to the times of day that I am able to meditate and relax. Transcendental Meditation isn't a religion, it's purely a type of meditation technique; it doesn't depend on any kind of faith or belief.
Visit http://www.TM.org if you'd like more information about TM or for general information on meditation techniques visit the Spirituality, Yoga, Hinduism Pages' How to Meditate.
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