Special Report: What Will Meditation Do For Me?

A Brief Survey of the Applications of Meditation

Kellan Fluckiger

Special Report: What will meditation do for me? A brief survey of the applications of meditation This special report contains a small sampling of excerpted information from the five volumes in the Meditation The Amazing Journey Within series of books. This report will explore some of the ways that meditation is being used to enhance people s lives today in every area from education to healing to job advancement and finances. This special report does not give specific instruction in how to learn to meditate or how to become proficient in its practice. If the applications in this report appeal to you, then you should immediately download the full course and learn to apply the tremendous power of meditation to unlock the brilliance and power of your own mind in order to make these possibilities real in your own life. There are hundreds and perhaps thousands of ways that meditation can help us. The methods and ways that it can be used are as unique as you are. And it is certain that you are a unique and powerful individual.

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Remember that meditation is a tool. The first and most important thing about any tool is to understand what it is for and to use it correctly. Make sure that you understand how to meditate and achieve the complete state of relaxed awareness before you start using applications of this powerful tool. The critical first step is to learn to meditate in some structured fashion. These skills are taught in the five volumes of Meditation The Amazing Journey Within. Four separate types of meditation are taught in that course, with variations on each type for individual application. The next critical key is to meditate regularly for maximum effect in your life. The when, where and how of these skills is also taught in the five book series. In addition, the usual questions, general concerns, roadblocks, problems and other potential interferences are discussed in the series along with methods for removing each of these obstacles and achieving the benefits meditation can offer your life. An important starting point is to take time to regularly meditate just for the sheer relaxation of being fully
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present in that moment and without a secondary motive. Meditation can clear the mind so that you will remember the answers while you take the test. and study more effectively. For example. you will be using the tool and your own powerful mind at its best. of course. Using the correct tool at the right time and in the right amount assures us of the best chance for success. read the rules of the road. remember that there are. pass the written test and satisfy an examiner that you know how to operate the vehicle. Meditation can help your mind when you study. As a final reminder to help you get all you can from your meditation practice. That way you will be assured that when you use meditation to accomplish any goal that you have set for yourself. You must take driver s education. one would not get a driver license by thinking or meditating about a car. other tools that we can use to help us along with the tool of meditation. One would not meditate over a chemistry book with the book closed and then expect to pass the course 4|P a ge . It cannot substitute for the other steps. be more relaxed while you are demonstrating your driving ability and otherwise improve your effort.

without study. Meditation will help the study process, help you learn faster, improve your memory so you can recall what you studied, calm your anxiety about the test and help you therefore get a better grade. Likewise, meditation is not a substitute for a doctor or other medical treatment when needed, even though meditation will aid healing and help the body resist disease. Meditation is not a substitute for any professional help that may be required for depression, anxiety, addictions or other serious conditions. It can, and does help with stress relief, anxiety relief, addiction recovery and a host of other physical and mental illnesses and condition, but only when used with other appropriate resources when needed. This may be obvious to all the readers of the book, but I feel it is important to state the obvious so that meditation can be the most helpful and do the most benefit to those who practice it, while not asserting claims that are beyond the scope of what is intended. In the rest of this report I will give a few examples of ways that meditation can improve your life. These examples will be from my own personal experience, or

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from the experience of those that I have helped with this process. While I cannot cover all the possible uses, these examples will give you ideas as to the things that can be done, and also instructions about how to use this tool. In addition, there are numerous books and articles that have been published about meditation and its benefits; I will provide you with some references at the end that will be good for further reading if you want to see more about what meditation has done for others. Beyond these examples, in the five books in this series, I have given not only examples, but specific meditation scripts to address areas that meditation may help in your quest for a happy life. Please read those books as well and perhaps you will find help in the suggestions and examples in those books.

Meditation and Stress Relief One of the most frequently asked questions is can meditation help me with stress? The answer is a resounding yes. The next question is obviously, how can I use meditation to calm my anxiety or stress?
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The causes of stress are plentiful. Some causes are external, and some are internal. Some are imposed by the world we choose to live in and some are imposed by internal conflicts. Some causes are known and some are hidden - even from ourselves. Because the causes and situation are so varied, there is not a single one-size-fits-all answer about how to use meditation to relieve stress. We will explore some ideas, but the actual application to a particular situation depends on the facts of that circumstance. Not all stress is bad. The pressure of a deadline for a report can cause bursts of creativity and hard work that produce an excellent product. The stress of a competitive sporting event can cause world record performances and uplifting teamwork. The stress of a relationship can cause deep introspection that may result in a healthy cleaning out of our skeleton closet and a good reassessment of our lives. However, we live today in a world of rapid change, unexpected shifts and instant everything. If you are a parent with children, the number of activities is overwhelming. If you do not care for others, the number of things clamoring for your attention is almost
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We are literally inundated with things to do. or getting divorced. or getting married. like changing jobs or losing a loved one. and whatever else thrusts itself into your world. and things we must do. parent or sibling. Some are obvious. movies sports. first is to identify and remove the causes of excess stress in your life. the stress of relationships. the world political situation. games. Identifying stressors in our lives can be a complex affair. and then manage the stresses that you have. The second strategy is for when we wish to keep the things we are doing. work projects.uncountable. and things we should do. Add to that. employment worries. We can see the situation and we know why we are stressed. global warming. or trouble with a child. There are more and more ways to communicate. The second approach is to identify and understand the causes. and more and more clubs. 8|P a ge . etc than ever before. The first approach is for those times when we have stresses we don t need and don t want. There are two distinct approaches to the stress problem. the economy. but need a different system to cope.

in the restroom if needed. at night. Meditation as a tool can help in a number of these areas. First the obvious benefit of taking time to calm down. That in and of itself can give a new perspective and help you identify potential circumstances and issues you may want to modify. Many people find that just adopting the habit of taking time to meditate in the way described in chapter seven of volume one on a regular basis. Bad habits or faulty coping mechanisms can also contribute to massive stress without being so obvious. gives them the clarity and calm that they need to deal with the stresses that 9|P a ge . You will find a new perspective and refreshment to your soul that is far beyond the minutes that you spend. Get yourself a space to own and a time to get rid of everything else. During those times. Make time to meditate for 15 minutes per day. do nothing except focus in the manner taught in the course on one of concentration meditations given in chapter seven of volume one of the series. or personal attitudes that are destructive or damaging. Find time in the morning.There can certainly be more subtle causes such as longstanding feelings in a family situation. and refresh your life.

You can then begin to identify. to notice and name items that bring about a reaction in your body or mind. you may surprise yourself at which things are the biggest stressors. 10 | P a g e . then there are several approaches that you can take. and identify and name them. The calming and empowering effects of clearing the mind and the clutter are often sufficient. After you have spent a few sessions learning how to enter your relaxed alpha state. If you wish to go beyond just the calming effects of meditation and the relaxation that it provides. Learning to identify and name these items without leaving the relaxed alpha state is a skill you can quickly develop as you learn to treat each situation or feeling with detachment. using the awareness meditation taught in book four in this series. you can begin to take some time to explore the feelings that you have that feel stressful.they have in their situations. As you contemplate these things as the detached observer.

The bottom line is that for any stress related problem. It is also possible that a person might need help beyond their own resources. and what your desired outcomes are. but in the books in the series. You will then be in a position to rationally consider the items on the list and then use the visualization techniques taught in volume three of this series to set up your mind and body for different outcomes to the situations that you find stressful. 11 | P a g e . Third. It is not possible to describe all possible approaches here. First it can calm and relax you so you can think clearly. you can write them down after your meditation session. it will allow you to more easily identify things in your life that are stressful. meditation can help. you will need to decide what techniques you want to use.After you identify these things. Second. Depending on the causes and effects of the stresses in your life. While most of us journey through life without extensive professional help in this area. there are a number of examples and guided meditations to bring about successful outcomes to stress related situations. relative or counselor may be helpful if your situation warrants this action. relaxed and truthful conversation with a trusted friend.

but I would suggest that many feel otherwise: that they have indeed lost control of their lives. Please do yourself a wonderful favor and read through the instructions in books in books one through five of this series. It may be more 12 | P a g e . I believe that this is actually true. I am in control of my life. Gaining More Control of our Lives This may sound either presumptuous or ambitious depending on your point of view. and fourth. you will be able to decide what your approach should be. Presumptuous if you would look at me and say how dare you. These books will teach you about how to do several styles of meditation and with that information and a good self-assessment. meditation will help you stick with changes that you have made. Ambitious if you look at me and say. The first point of view suggests that we ve never lost control of our lives.you will be able to make decisions about changing things in your life more easily when you have the benefit of regular meditation time. it s true but it is way too big a pile and I ll never get on top of it.

and dragged to work by the clock and an unfeeling and unforgiving work regime. Then we are late to other responsibilities such as a school or neighborhood meetings.accurate to say that when we feel like we have lost control. somebody might need help with homework. or have to rush to a teacher conference or to get kids or ourselves to a sports commitment or piano lessons. We have to stay late to finish an assignment or project we didn t know was due tomorrow. we can t really tell. and then try to fine time to do the work we brought home with us so we can be prepared for the big day tomorrow. there are classes at the gym for working out. 13 | P a g e . or not. or a seminar for job advancement and the list goes on forever and ever. we are pulled out of bed by a rude alarm clock. or an evening sales meeting. And that is just today. perhaps we have surrendered control to something. Then after that. or our partner or child might need a minute of love and attention. We cram our faces with food that is good. In such a case.

When I was young I found great pleasure in small things. Suddenly I realized that life was upside down. For me it went something like this. I was struggling and straining to find something I didn t have. To be short. The sound of a 14 | P a g e . and when and how we re going to finish what didn t get done before some approaching deadline.After that we are so tired we can t think straight. and wasn t sure how to describe. I wanted more and more external things to demonstrate to the world and affirm to me how important I was. and wake up tired and poorly prepared to do it all over again. I began to realize that I had lost something. I wanted more money and more stuff. and we plunge into bed with our feelings and our minds in high gear trying to remember all we forgot to do. and my life was living me instead of me living a life that I wanted. To be sure. What is happening? When I found myself in that situation. I wanted to be a more important person at work and in my social circles. If that is how it feels on very many days then perhaps we have most certainly lost control of something. it had a name. We toss and turn and get fitful sleep.

I loved to read and live vividly in the characters in the books and stories. As I grew up somewhere along the way I surrendered my sense of what was real and important. I gave full attention to money and career promotions and external values . and value was only determined by what someone else though that object was worth. I found myself achieving more and more and being less and less satisfied. I built a hay fort out of alfalfa bales and hid in it with my brother.pretty musical melody or the shapes of clouds in the sky. I played in the irrigation ditch with leaves to see which one raced the fastest. I because convinced that worth was measured in money. I called a screeching halt to everything. Consequently. My own experience was that the situation got emotionally to a point where I knew I needed and wanted to change.and achieved a great deal of all of that. I used the techniques that I have described in the books in the 15 | P a g e . I reconnected with all I had learned in my many years of study of meditation and the martial arts. I needed far more than just a way to get more done or a way to relax.

the processes of meditation and selfawareness brings abundant and powerful results to help you clarify. I have often heard from friends and colleagues similar expressions of feeling and concern. and to have a deep and spiritually rewarding life. What I can tell you is that for every situation. I have been part of many transformations that have brought people from a place where they felt they had lost what was really important in their lives. The details of each particular situation are confidential and not really important. to work from home.series and I have come to a life of tranquility and abundance. Fortunately. Relieving Pain 16 | P a g e . simplify and return you life to a state that feels like really living again. Sometimes this was a situation where there was just too much to do. I am blessed with the opportunity now to do what I love. I suspect that my experiences and the feeling I was having are not unique. and sometimes it was far more serious and things were really out of control.

I do not claim that meditation is the universal answer to pain or any other ailment. emotional pain can have definite causes. It is important to emphasize also that just as there are many causes of pain. In this application it is very important to remember that pain can have many causes. thus improving mental clarity and the over use of prescriptions for every illness. However. meditation can be very effective in managing the pain associated with the injury and in greatly speeding the healing process. the pain is related to the cause and the remedy is simple. The cause is visible. If the pain is of a physical nature. you will likely need a splint and a cast. There are obvious causes such as someone stepping on your foot. If you break your arm. meditation can lessen the need for pain medication in many cases.Relieving pain is a common application of meditation. Just as with physical pain. then there may be treatments needed associated with removing the cause and healing the problem. In addition to healing more quickly. both physical and emotional. With many other kinds of pain. there are many remedies. the linkages are not anywhere near so clear. If there is emotional injury that is 17 | P a g e .

Begin focused breathing and relaxation. One example of a possible meditation follows: Depending on where the pain is either sit comfortably or lay down. meditation can dramatically increase the effectiveness of the emotional therapy and healing processes. When you reach 1 continue breathing as comfortably as you can and focus on the breath. with each breath getting more relaxed. Just as with the broken bone. this appropriate treatment needs to be sought. Count backwards from 20 to 1. With each in breath say the number as you count backwards. or the mitigation of the wound. begin counting your breaths. Focus on letting each out breath melt your body into the chair or bed or couch. Regularly meditating has been shown in many medical and psychological case studies to be effective in self-healing. there may need to be professional treatment associated with the cause of the pain. and with each outbreath feel your body melting into the surface beneath you. When you are breathing very comfortably and focused on your breath. 18 | P a g e .causing pain. However. and in improving response to professional counseling. just as with the broken arm.

you notice that it is coming closer and closer to you.Then in your mind s eye. imagine a point of light. 19 | P a g e . some distance from your body. Soon the light engulfs you. It appears in about the same place as the first light. If blue is a poor choice of color for you. As you focus on the light. Soon it is far away again. it begins to move away from you. it is very close to you and very large. You notice it coming closer and closer and getting larger and larger. and you see it getting smaller and smaller. or vision screen or imagination. After this is completed then imagine a light of a different color. After a time enjoying the color and warmth of the light. depending on how you see things with your eyes closed. you feel its soft warmth a bit more as it draws ever nearer. Imagine it to be a clear soft blue in color. It is filling your whole vision. The light begins to grow and get closer. then choose a color that you associate with being pleasing and soft. You feel it in every part of your body. You see it in the distance and it is a soft color and fills the space around you with its glow. and the light then gets so small that it disappears from view. After a time. It is a pleasing feeling and a pleasing color.

If the pain is in your mind. Somehow. If the pain is in your feet. the light attaches itself to the pain and engulfs the pain. and it no longer engulfs you.There is something different about this light. you see the pain growing smaller and smaller within the light. As the light recedes. but it has taken the pain with it out of your body. then it attaches to the pain there. If the pain is in your heart then the light attaches to the pain in your heart. As the light surrounds you and engulfs your body. this light is associated with the pain that you feel. You see the pain in the light. 20 | P a g e . It is attached to the pain and the pain is attached to the light. You see the light outside your body now. The light gradually recedes and gets smaller and smaller and takes the pain with it. then the light attaches to the pain there. you feel it attaching to the pain in every area of your body. your heart or your stomach or leg or wherever the pain was. You notice the pain in the light and it is out of your head. and it is now outside your body. Then the light disengages from your body. you feel it attaching to the pain that you are feeling. Everywhere that there is pain in your body. As you feel it coming closer and closer to you.

Weight Loss and Getting in Shape Every day in every store the magazines scream at us about our bodies. As you visualize the light getting smaller and smaller and eventually disappearing.and on and on. and when we see the magazines and the TC shows we have 21 | P a g e . Allow the light to take the pain and own it. One of the keys to this experience is allowing the light to engulf the pain. something is coming and you re not ready . Get in shape. but it belongs in the light. you will be amazed that it is so immediately effective.Finally the light is so small that you can barely see it. tone and trim. this presents no problem. You can see the pain vanish away before your eyes. The pain is no longer yours. The holidays are coming. and finally it vanishes from vies. Your pain is gone. as I have. For some of us. lose weight. For others of us. Meditation. this presents a terrible conflict. summer is coming. If you use this method to remove pain. We are happy with who we are and how we look. your pain will be gone.

and our external appeal. they probably will help. I got it off and kept it off. I used the techniques in meditation and those in volume three regarding visualization to lose all 80 pounds. Specifically I went from a blood pressure of 220 over 180. I have been overweight at different stages of my life.some anxiety. I give these personal examples so that you will be assured that I know that these systems work. I used meditation to help myself get back in shape so I was healthier and felt far better. 22 | P a g e . If you follow the regime strictly. and I maintain this weight and physical status without difficulty. I personally have experience in using meditation to get to help my appearance in two ways. which is critical hospitalization level to a blood pressure of 110 over 70 with a resting pulse rate of 46. appearance. In another vein. We may find ourselves constantly worrying about weight. Specifically. This is where I am today. Meditation is very helpful in many regards in this area of endeavor. and basically sell you food in certain proportions. I was 80 pounds overweight and grossly out of shape. I also know that many weight loss programs focus principally on diet.

What I know for sure. Good health is always a blessing and a thing to be desired and worked for.I have read and studied various diet and physical exercise programs so that I am familiar with all the fad diets. Besides helping you achieve your personal fitness goals. what is 23 | P a g e . There is one more point to make with regard to this topic. if you follow the instructions. because it calms and centers the mind will also help you be able to see clearly with regard to your health goals. meditation will help you sort out of all the noise. It may or may not be important to follow the latest fitness trend in your particular situation. meditation will greatly aid your success. is that whether or not you use a particular food program. What is far more important is whether or not you change your underlying habits and attitudes so that the changes you make are permanent. You will find it far easier to meet your goals. I expect that most of them will work after a fashion. or a combination. There will more on this topic in volume three of the series on Meditation and Personal Achievement. an exercise regimen. Meditation. and the sensible diet programs. Meditation will help you both in body and mind towards that end. and you will not suffer the distress of constant hunger and fear of failing in your effort.

and specifically help you set realistic appearance goals and most of all be satisfied with them. it is more important to be content in your skin. There is a pleasure associated with the activity. It will help you cut through the clamor and noise of the fads. even though we know it is harmful. Research is clear that smoking kills us. and also one of the deadliest that we seem to love. than to strive to make your skin like someone else s. There are various parts to this particular addition. Yet we continue to smoke and although there is a decrease in the number of smokers annually. To me. there are millions who wish they could quit and who should quit for their own sake and the sake of those who love them. Meditation and Quitting Smoking Smoking is one of the hardest habits to break. so we do it. just like with any addiction.right for you with regards to your physical well being. There is no question that it is a deadly habit and shortens our life. There is a comfort that some people get from the oral activities associated with 24 | P a g e . Nicotine is addictive and provides a pleasurable feeling. Smoking is an addiction.

Learning to focus your mind through the concentration meditation can help you keep your focus on your goal of better health and whatever else you feel will be your reward for quitting. meditation can calm your mind and body to help you deal with desires and cravings. This is not the majority as evidenced by the fact that there are still so many who feel that they want to quit and can t. Some people quit without any help from outside themselves. Whatever path you choose to use to help you quit. with medication. Quitting any multi-part habit like this needs to address many of the parts to be successful. Some find the activity itself to be a stress reliever because they have something to do when they are nervous. meditation will be a great aid. 25 | P a g e . and with various programs that all focus on the nicotine addiction and the other parts to the habit. The visualization skills in volume three can help you make the new habits real enough to pull you forward.smoking. Quitting smoking can be accomplished cold turkey. Specifically.

and a better ability to see 26 | P a g e . Meditation can be a powerful tool in three important ways. meditation creates a greater level of equanimity and a reduction of anger and stress levels in the brain. stifling. don t feel like they make enough money. frightening and basically a drag. This happens because meditation stimulates and causes new axons and dendrites in that portion of the brain where the feelings of calmness arise. make some money and associate with other folks in our jobs. They don t like what they do. Work can also be boring. and feel they are trapped because they don t know where to go and how to make an improvement.Meditation and Improving your Career We all need to find our niche in the world of work. by itself can cause a better attitude about life. unsatisfying. It brings calmness. Far too many people feel like this about their work situation. and more good feeling in general. stressful. I believe that work is a good thing and it can give us a sense of accomplishment. This reduction in negative emotion. First of all. It also reduces secretions of the amygdala and other parts of the brain where anger and distress come from. We get an opportunity to contribute to something.

What are your desires? Then you can combine the powerful tool of visualization and cause the manifestation of the things you want in your life. we are far better able to answer that question. Meditation will help you think clearly. Anything. You will understand opportunities and see potential where you saw nothing before. Third. meditation allows calm and ration connection with our inner feelings. Perhaps you feel you need a different job. When we regularly meditate. What is it that we really want. 27 | P a g e . You will then be able to see what opportunities there are. just not this. This is because meditation stimulates the creative part of the brain. is not a real answer to this question and will lead to no change. just more anger about the situation. Meditation is the key to making bringing these wonderful and powerful processes into action. meditation is a power tool to actually bring to pass the new situation you want. you will always see things that you did not see before. more time.life and our situations like they really are. a different career. We are less prone to exaggerate and be overly negative. more money. When we regularly meditate. Second. and realistically assess your situation with your strengths and challenges.

They either have lower self-esteem than they should.In volume three of this series. You really can have the job you want. I had concerns with low self-esteem through childhood. You just have to believe in yourself. or perhaps little or none at all. and others will treat you accordingly. Meditation and Self-Esteem Many people in my acquaintance have a self-esteem barrier. If you don t think anything of yourself. This is one of the most significant barriers to getting what you want out of life. we will explore in detail how to combine meditation with visualization and how to attract any career changes that you want into your life. which is about the power of meditation in personal achievement. and during my young adult years. I had to work hard to remove this barrier and get a true picture of myself and my worth as a human soul. you clearly send out that message. and all the money you want in your life. 28 | P a g e . This particular problem is one that I am very familiar with.

There is a long list of ills that come from low selfesteem. lead to more limbic brain activity and this leads to lower ability to concentrate. meditation is a wonderful tool to help with this situation. Second. Negative emotions associated with your selfimage. They can range from physical maladies to depression. First the simple act of meditation is inherently beneficial to the body and mind. Fortunately. as you regularly meditate you allow yourself a space to detach from negative self images and negative feedback that you have perceived about yourself. as measured in laboratory tests. It stimulates the frontal brain system and reduces stress. it can be a heavy rock to carry. but I can tell you that for those who do. Regular meditation will help with the issue of self esteem in three ways. anxiety and anger in the brain.You may not struggle with this particular issue. Sometimes this negative feedback is 29 | P a g e . Social functioning can also be impaired as well as ability to form lasting and meaningful relationships. low motivation and low ability to read and comprehend. lower ability to feel compassion and a reduced level of empathy. and to study and learn effectively.

Changing your life and getting past these problems is not trivial and often requires significant help. Healing and Wellness. Third. Meditation with Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors Addiction and compulsive behaviors are a severe problem for a growing number of people in our modern world.imagined and meditation will help you sort this out. and rediscover the true brilliance that resides in your wonderful and precious self. the awareness meditation will allow you the tools and time to disconnect from the situation and feeling and let it pass from you without the negative impact. The treatments for these illnesses cover a wide range. The Power of Meditation in Personal Achievement. The Power of Meditation in Health. using the techniques taught in volume two of the series. you will be able to break the chains of negative thinking. Even when the negative feedback is real. and volume three. restore your rightful healthy image. This small section is not about the various 30 | P a g e .

whether the treatment is a self. Remember a very important concept. Taking time to meditate each day will improve the effectiveness. or medical and psychiatric treatment for a severe disorder. meditation can help is all of those cases. whatever the problem may be. Often. a better life balance with more family time for a workaholic. When you meditate you stop to listen to your true self. a friend who you talk to who may help you decide not to go gamble when the urge strikes. Remember. a 12 step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous for a substance problem. However. speed and permanence of the treatment. There have been volumes written on those subjects.treatments for these problems. 31 | P a g e . thoughts and feelings that come from through meditation will give you a clearer perspective and more personal power. The inner being that is full of creativity and power.imposed better budget to manage compulsive spending. meditation is sometimes described as getting to know yourself a bit better.

Whatever thought you may be thinking. As some time passes. feelings and desires have a shelf-life. feeling or desire changes. If you choose not to act on a particular thought. often just a few minutes. This precious time gives you the opportunity to decide if you wish the thought. you will find that thoughts. If you are patient. feeling or desire to become part of you. or emotion you may be feeling. the urgency of the anger. Meditation also provides you the opportunity in your fully relaxed and clear state to see yourself as completely free from the chains of whatever has held you bound. It is not you. It is only a thought. feeling or desire for a time. or desire you may have. the need for the desired object. that precious time to think. Meditation provides you with that time. or to leave it on the shelf and let it pass you by. the feeling about someone or something will change. feeling or desire. You can choose whether or not to take it into yourself and make it a part of you. 32 | P a g e . you will find that the nature of the thought. feel and choose.

no matter what the illness or accident may be. the purpose of this short section is to affirm that meditation should be an important part a recovery program. Meditation with Healing and Recovery Healing and recovery from illness or accident is a vast topic. Again. Meditation improves heart rate and circulation. All of these conditions are helpful in promoting more rapid healing.Always keep the image fresh in your mind of the healthy. I cannot even begin to cover the depth and breadth of all of the aspects of healing and recovery from all the possible ills that we have as a species. wonderful you and bask in the warm and refreshing feeling that comes with knowing that you are able to be whatever you can imagine. Although there are instances of spontaneous healing. it lowers blood pressure and calms the heart and soul. It increases breathing efficiency. it would be unwise to not consult with and take 33 | P a g e . I am not saying that meditating all alone will heal an illness.

This will certainly allow you as a patient to play a more active and substantial role in your recovery from an intellectual point of view. it will reduce anxiety and fear in your mind.the advice of appropriate professionals regarding your health. First it will give you bodily improvements associated with improved respiration and circulation and functioning of many internal systems. In addition. The third benefit of meditation is spiritual. There have been many documented cases of people who do not improve with treatment simply because 34 | P a g e . What I am saying is that regular meditation that is sustained over time will help you heal from any illness or accident by doing at least three things. Our attitude and spirit have a dramatic impact on our abili9ty to heal ourselves. those who meditate generally show increases in reading and comprehension skills. cognitive abilities and abstract reasoning. Second. I am not in this instance speaking of supernatural or otherworldly things here. There is ample evidence that regular operation in the alpha range has an overall calming effect and allows a person to be more receptive to physical treatments.

I call this the spiritual dimension to meditation. see yourself as happy. we will talk about using visualization along with the tool of meditation to achieve great things in your life. They have lost the will to heal and in some cases even to live. you see yourself as happy. Bask 35 | P a g e . In the book on meditation and personal achievement in this series. An improvement in this area will increase our desire to recover and our ability to improve our recovery prospects and speed simply by our strong desire for it to be so. and is very connected also to how fast we are able to heal ourselves. The essential point is that in every meditation session. When you are fully relaxed. This process of manifesting thing in your life is very real. well and fully recovered from whatever your particular issue is. recovered and well. The techniques for visualization taught in that book may also be an aid to health healing and wellness.they do not wish to recover. Regular meditation can and does help with our outlook on life and our ability to understand and relate to the world around us.

The population is aging somewhat due to the baby boomer generation passing through the demographic. and social support systems are struggling with many 36 | P a g e . more job and career changes and more and more uncertainty stemming from the economy. a housing downturn. That is just the economy. The information age is changing all aspects of employment as more people do service and information related work and less do manufacturing and other hands on jobs. a serious recession. Meditation for Managing Anxiety The world we live in is more and more filled with stress and anxiety. massive job loss in the United States and greater and lesser degrees of economic turmoil around the world.in the warm glow of the feeling that comes with this wonderful state. Work is more and more demanding with longer hours. Recent times have produced a troubled economy.

parents. Climate change is affecting world food production and weather patterns. In addition.unable to care for their own health and the health needs of their children or aging parents. and friends. enjoy life and feel good about ourselves and our daily walk! The good news is that meditation is the ideal tool to deal with stressful situations. social unrest and government instability worldwide provide additional impetus for a massive sea of change which can feel destabilizing in every area of our lives. siblings. This small list doesn t even begin to capture the real feel of the world we live in. the list may seem too short to capture the stress that is all around us. children. On top of all these things. every person has relationship ups and downs with spouses. In fact. This can and often leads to massive anxiety about our ability to cope and get through life day to day. Regular meditation allows the meditator to sort out what is really 37 | P a g e . who wants to just get by? We all want to thrive. None of this list will seem strange to anyone who reads this and has a good bit of stress in their life.

it would not be uncommon to have ideas or thoughts that may contribute to solutions to certain aspects of your situations.important. after identifying areas that you want to change. Regularly taking time to meditate can also help you identify what things are causing heightened anxiety and perhaps give you the needed perspective to make some adjustments. it will produce answers and solutions to your challenges. you clearly see. However. it will still be up to you make any necessary changes in your life that reflect your decisions. The subconscious mind is always at work. 38 | P a g e . it is important also to understand that stress is not solved by meditation alone. and when you regularly exercise it in the alpha zone. Meditation helps you deal with the stressors in your life. However. after you have reached your state of relaxation. During meditation. able and capable to handle all of life s challenges. and experience in every way a calm and relaxed you. Be sure that in each meditation session. feel. and take a balanced view of what should be done when.

If some challenges are particularly pressing, then start by experiencing a relaxed and calm feeling after having solved or adjusted smaller ones. There will be another session to tackle the big, heavy ones.

Meditation and a Healthy Self Image A well-grounded self-image and a healthy respect for yourself are essential ingredients to a happy life. We are not born with poor self-esteem. All of us come into the world eager to be here, eager to learn and full of boundless ability to experiment, grow, make mistakes, learn from the feedback and grow some more. We often learn poor self images from our surroundings, from feedback in our lives and a host of other inputs. Perhaps we had a rough childhood, or perhaps, as was my case, we had it quite rough in school and among peers. Perhaps we were not as smart, attractive (whatever that means,) capable, as someone else, or some

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imaginary standard - and we interpreted that to mean we were somehow less important and less worthwhile. The real truth is that we are infinitely capable, extremely intelligent, and capable of genius inspiration and high powered performance in any area of our lives that we choose. If we can learn poor self-esteem, we can learn something different. In the book on personal achievement, we will talk about specific areas of life improvement that can be manifested through meditation and visualization but the fundamental principle is that you are a brilliant, capable, intelligent, valuable, attractive human being with a great spirit and soul. Regularly going to the alpha state in meditation will quiet all the chatter and garbage input from the outside that you might feel carries a different message. Take time to meditate regularly and listen to your inner peace. Sense and feel your own unity and participation in the world around you. As you meditate, you can shed the superfluous input, and take time to correctly understand the input that is meaningful. Perhaps there are things that you want to change in your life.
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That does not mean that you are not good or worthwhile or great. It simply means that there is something you want to change. When we can t yet walk, we see those who walk, and we desire that skill. We work until it is developed. Our self-worth does not change when we can walk, but our ability to move certainly has improved. So it is with changes that we might choose to make now. We may get new skills, a new job, and more knowledge about a particular topic. That may increase our earning potential, but it will not make us intrinsically worth more as a person. That value comes from our choices about who we are in character. So carry a positive image about your greatness. Meditate regularly to allow yourself daily quiet time to calm your mind chatter and re-center your efforts for that day. Know that you are a great person and that you can have and be anything you choose. During every meditation session, enjoy and empower the image of the healthy, empowered and wonderful person that you are.

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If you choose to make meditation a regular part of your life. that will contribute so powerfully to your happiness. increase your enjoyment of life and give you mental and emotional ability and power that you do 42 | P a g e . Think of it! That simple investment can pay big dividends in physical health. practiced by a few. or followed a different drummer. How silly such concepts seem now. With the mounting evidence and wonderful research that shows just how much meditation can do for us. even as little as 15 30 minutes per day.Meditation and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Meditation is a great part of a healthy lifestyle. It will improve your physical health. Not so many years ago. we would be perhaps a bilt silly not to try to incorporate something so easy and yet so powerful into our lives. and spiritual centeredness. There is no single thing that takes so little time. you are truly making a wise investment which will pay you dividends your entire life. well-being and success. emotional clarity and health. mental power and intelligence. meditation was thought of as a mostly eastern tradition. who were a bit weird.

You have bills to pay for life and raise kids or care for family members or animals. credit cards. If you have prepared well in your education. children.not have now. Meditation in Work and Money Matters Nearly all of us have to work. medical expenses and on and on. generally your 43 | P a g e . I actually feel that work is a blessing and I love what I do. and it is not like that for millions of people who may read this volume at some time in their lives. You have to pay rent. Even though that is true now. it has not always been like that for me. or mortgage payments. You have to eat and generally you also enjoy some type of recreation. It may be the most important investment you ever make. perhaps you have a higher paying job that easily pays for the basics. cars. You go to work at some type of occupation so you can fill all those obligations and perhaps have some money left over to do the things that you really want. You need money for utilities. Most people view work as something they have to do to earn a living. and that you can t yet imagine. college funds. However. phone.

doesn t really get you where you want to be. There is water cooler gossip and perhaps favoritism and unfair treatment and you end up wondering why you don t get the promotions and how come it all seems so unfair and you aren t really happy no matter which party you get invited to or which car you drive. frustration and emptiness. but of course. Many end up in jobs they don t like. or advance. Sometimes there are office games and politics. you spend extra money on clothes you think will make you feel better. 44 | P a g e . backstabbing and storytelling. Quite often this lifestyle leads to feelings of boredom.wants expand faster than your income and you still find yourself struggling. or no longer enjoy and have no real feeling of contribution to something larger or worthwhile. You always find yourself looking for a raise to get a bit more money to be able to buy that next thing that will make you feel better or to pay the credit card debt because you already bought it. or you buy a more expensive car than you can comfortably pay for. You may feel mostly devoid of accomplishment. or spend money for some other thing that feels good for a minute. Sometimes in your need to be noticed.

and even though the one person is the teacher or the boss. Fortunately. First of all. We often take our cues about who we are and what we feel about ourselves from external stimuli. Grades in school or corrections on papers at work are not judgments about your character. it is still only a 45 | P a g e . Actually it has nothing to do with who we are. I said in the beginning of the course that meditation is a way to get to know yourself better or to find your inner voice. and their opinion is final. regular meditation will help you find your true self. They are generally only the opinion of one person. We end up believing all this nonsense somehow defines us and gives us a value score as a human being. you are in the majority. a regular meditation habit will help you in this situation in a several ways. We start with grades in school and class rankings and then learn pecking orders both socially and educationally. They are feedback mechanisms about one particular subject or semester or project. We then internalize this into a picture of who we are and what we re worth. I will list the ways that mediation will be useful and then spend a little time discussing how you might use this wonderful tool to help.If any of this sounds familiar.

Choice #2 you get angry. fix the mistakes. close you mind.it is not the end of the world. If the grades are less than you wanted or the number of red correction marks seems to make the paper bleed . You look it over to see what there is to learn and you then have a choice to make. I must pause a moment to recognize that some meanspirited people occasionally take such an opportunity to make cutting snide inappropriate remarks that try to reflect far more than simple corrections to the paper or project. the choice is not difficult. Choice #1 . If you regularly meditate and are well acquainted with your inner voice and your own worth and value. Never pass up the chance to learn. So the first benefit is that meditation helps you deal with the troubling event. If that is the case you may safely ignore that portion of the comment. or you study more so it is better next time. with the corrections. for it simply has no basis in reality.comment on the paper or project and not on your character or inner worth. You will learn what there is to learn. 46 | P a g e .you do it again if you can. perhaps having new and better ideas to add and move on to the next project. fail to learn what there is to learn and do it again anyway because you have to.

but you can make your own situation much more pleasant by changing the situation. You feel that they have singled you out for additional criticism and are perhaps harder on you than is necessary or fair. You can regularly notice things that are good and positive and give good feedback to them in those situations. If a person is choosing to try to get a rise out of you. If they have low self-esteem you can decide to help with that. but if you use visualization meditation and regularly see that person in a positive light in your meditation or visualize positive and productive interactions. manager or teacher. Most people act harshly or unfairly towards others for one of two reasons. Let s assume for a moment. They have low self-esteem themselves or they want to get a rise out of you. You are obviously not responsible for another s self-esteem. regular meditation will give you the equanimity and peace of soul to simply not rise to the bait and let the situation pass. This may sound like a tremendous task when someone is unfair or unkind. you will find that it is not difficult to do at all. If you regularly meditate on positive 47 | P a g e .The second way that meditation can help you is in dealing with the difficult person. that you are having trouble with your supervisor.

or another job entirely. Meditation provides you with that time. If you follow the principles and use the techniques contained in the visualization section above. That could be a promotion in your current job. You may even change you career path and decide to do something else with your life altogether. there is no limit to the benefits the combination of meditation and effective visualization can bring to your life. The third way meditation can help you is by giving you power to change your situation entirely. 48 | P a g e . that precious time to think. or those you develop or discover on your own. While you may need a bit of time. Visualization provides you with a tool to harness your limitless internal power and imagination. These benefits can be in any area of your choice including money. you can completely bring a different work situation in your life. you will find yourself able to ignore the bait and let the situation pass without incident. Staying where you are is a choice. Taken together.outcomes to interactions with that person. Let me explain. job satisfaction. regularly meditating and visualizing a different situation will attract that situation into your life. feel and choose.

stress. This can be attributed to many sources: too many activities. Meditation in Personal Fitness. learning. mind. heart and spirit is a choice that we make. 49 | P a g e . We only have one heart. busy lifestyles. is that the general fitness level of the population is decreasing. the better they will serve us and the happier we will be. the longer they will last. The truth is actually much simpler. one mind and one spirit. too much TV. Personal fitness of body. We only have one life. Sports and Recreation One of the sad facts of our stressful lives. and one body.relationships. personal development. poor choices in recreational activities and many other potential culprits. The better we take care of them. at least in the majority of the western world. expressing your true worth and voice and in having a real and lasting feeling of making a worthwhile contribution to your own soul and the world around you.

Walking meditation is very effective. 50 | P a g e . Then start over again at four steps. remember that the purpose is to clear the mind. Counting steps is effective as well. and will increase our enjoyment of and performance in sports and recreation. Meditation by itself has physical fitness benefits. lowers blood pressure. If time pressures are a concern.Meditation is a tool that will enhance the care and feeding of every part of our personal fitness regime. Then count to six steps and increase the number of your count until you reach ten. and achieve a state of relaxed alertness where the mind is free from distractions and you are fully present in the time that you are meditating. reduces toxic chemicals in the body and enhances hormone balance in the body. then start over again at one and count to five steps. When combined with a simple exercise program. even as simple as a regular walk. and your gait or walking pace can be the object of concentration. For example: count steps to four. Again. then you can combine these items and do a walking meditation. the benefits are magnified tremendously. It increases circulation efficiency.

Personal fitness of mind. You should allow yourself to gain the benefits of adding meditation to whatever physical health regime that you use. you must do the same with all the other areas of your whole self. 51 | P a g e .You can use objects in nature for the concentration subject if you live in a suitable place where there are trees. but meditation can help you enjoy and sustain a healthful regime. just as we pointed out in several places in the books in this series. If you have not yet decided to begin some type of process to assure or restore your own physical health. meditation will not tone your muscles. Only activity and use does that. then meditation is a good place to start. By using the processes of visualization and then moving mind pictures into reality. heart and spirit is also a choice and all of these parts of out self are critical to attend to if you want to have a balanced healthy life in every respect. Just as you would establish a program or habit of some physical activity to assure you body gets the exercise and activity it needs. However. parks or any small natural areas nearby. you can and will improve your physical condition and health.

empathy. There are new neural pathways formed from meditation that are permanent and persist after the meditation session is over. Any area of interest whether related to your profession or just an area of interest will be a good place to start. memory. Personal fitness of your heart and spirit are personal matters that are at the same time both private and public. They may feel totally personal but they have a direct bearing on our successes as individuals in the 52 | P a g e . but the important part is to decide that your mind is worth exercising. Research is showing that just the simple act of meditation increases neural activity in ways that are not duplicated by any other process. Meditation can help increase the effectiveness and enjoyment you get out of reading or studying any area of interest. We will talk about that in book four in more detail. abstract reasoning.Personal fitness of mind is enhanced by regular reading and study. patience and understanding and a number of other important cognitive and emotional brain functions. This research shows that those who meditate show more brain activity and stronger connections in the areas of cognition.

A recurring theme in all of the applications of meditation in this book and every book is 53 | P a g e . Meditation in Behavior and Personal Habits Habits can be tremendous friends and they can be terrible masters.professional world and personal relationship arenas. Being alone with yourself is a wonderful gift that you give yourself to shut out the noise of the world around you and touch your true self and the greater forces around us. For now I will just emphasize that these are critical areas of development and no personal fitness process is complete without exploring and knowing internally what principles are real and true both in your own passions and motivations and in the larger context of universal spiritual truths. Taking time to meditate every day is the fastest way to get to know yourself and what you hold to be true and valuable. In volume five of this series we will explore the role meditation has in finding your own spirituality. It is our choice. Habits can help us rise up or drag us down.

Habits may be good or bad or harmless. business ethics. We call these rituals habits. 54 | P a g e . bad habits are those that get in the way of our personal development or damage the efforts of others and neutral habits may not matter either way. reason a decision. They become a ritual or natural reaction to a given circumstance. to make a decision or series of decisions designed to further a larger purpose and to carry out a set of decisions or plans is perhaps the greatest power and gift that we have as human beings. Our natures are such that when we repeat certain patterns of thoughts. Good habits are those that help us to get to our positive or upward reaching objectives.the theme of choice. they become familiar or natural to us. intrinsic truths that are part of the human condition or simply the obvious outcome of the habit. feelings and actions over and over again in a similar way or under similar circumstances. We are all given the opportunity to choose what we do. to look at a longer term objective. The capacity to think things over. The standard by which they are judged may be social norms.

e. If we routinely take a high risk jay-walk across a busy intersection to get to work.A very short list of some bad habits and risks might include: a. If we overeat regularly. d. If we routinely let our blood pressure skyrocket and say impulsive things when someone disagrees with us. c. If we routinely tell stories we have heard of others and perhaps embellish a little or speculate in harmful ways we lose our own self-respect and have a poor reputation among our peers. and the nerves and sanity of drivers who may react to our impulsive dash. If we routinely interrupt others in social or business settings we damage relationships. are considered rude and deprive ourselves of valuable learning opportunities. b. we jeopardize our safety. we jeopardize our health and risk shortening our 55 | P a g e . we put hormones in our blood that shorten our lives and damage our organs as well as make our relationships difficult. use harmful substances or have a poor diet. drink too much.

and don t choose excellence as our lifestyle when we know we can do better. limiting our experiences and curtailing our benefit to the world around us.lives. If. g. We then find ourselves both envious of and complaining about those who seem to move on past us. self- 56 | P a g e . we make a conscious choice to take responsibility to become friends with ourselves and find our own unique talents and internal voice. If we routinely take ethical shortcuts in our business or personal dealings. f. If we regularly do not give our best effort at work or at home. we lose our internal self-respect. the wilderness of would-havebeen s and wish-it-was s. and the trust of others and no amount of self story-telling will change the fact that we know what we have done and the level of our own trustworthiness. We then blame the world for being unfair and the cycle starts again. we tend to assume that every else is just as complacent and we get lost in the swamp of stagnation. on the other hand. we learn to accept mediocrity. then we are moving down the road of self-development.

By using the processes outlined in the visualization section. Any personal habit we want to establish can be established. There is simply no limit to what the body/mind/spirit combination can do. we can begin today and establish any new habit that we choose and start the journey to change habits that we find problematic to our overall happiness. Any personal habit that we want to change can be changed.mastery and meaningful contribution to our own development and the lives and development of others. setting the structure to get there becomes a present reality and making progress a regular enjoyment. Meditation is a powerful aid to accomplishing what we want in life. The only limits we have are those we set ourselves and agree to. helps us see things as they really are and assists in prioritizing of efforts and time. When we see clearly and know which direction we really want to go. 57 | P a g e . It helps us clarify what we really want.

process. This intellectual ability is often referred to as the Intelligence Quotient or IQ. If you choose to establish and maintain a regular meditation practice you will find that it will improve your level of cognition. This application section seals with another essential skill that we need in ever increasing quantity to be effective in our current information knowledge based work world. Classes in management curricula have been established and tests and workshops have been developed to help develop this type of skill. analyze and react to information is a very important function of the brain. In recent years several books have been written about emotional intelligence and the important role that it plays in our interpersonal relationships and success.Meditation in Social/Emotional IQ and Relationships Our ability to gather. More details on meditation and the learning and creative process are contained in book four of this series. I have grouped social and emotional IQ together because the comments are about 58 | P a g e . your ability to learn and remember and your overall ability to analyze and use information.

This doesn t mean that life around us slows down. we create the ability to process inputs differently and more effectively. One reaction to emotional differences is to be defensive and assume negative motivations for the differences. different reactions to stressful situations than you do and other significant emotional/social personality and character traits that make interactions with them unique. Emotional intelligence involves learning to work with people in different emotional contexts. This creates time because we are able to process important cues and leave aside secondary items for later. in both work and personal settings. You can assume someone is not listening to you because they are taking time to process your statements and do not react immediately to your idea. but when we meditate. They may have different communication styles than you do. Meditation involves slowing down our mind chatter and the pace at which we experience life.the same for both skills even though they are different skill sets. 59 | P a g e . Learning to understand this difference is critical to successful emotional and social interaction.

research has shown that you will be far more sensitive and cognizant of body language cues and subtle vocal and facial signals that are clues to unspoken and perhaps even not fully understood reactions in your colleagues. In addition to that. overly concerned with appearances and other significant but less important detail.The purpose of this course is not to teach all the skills and ideas for learning to understand and be fluent in emotional intelligence or social IQ skills. You will be better prepared in work situations and better able to remember facts and other particulars that you need. You are better friends with yourself. This skill is obviously helpful in both business and personal settings. Simply put. What is important here is that if you decide that you need to add those skills to your skill set that meditation can help you in two ways. your stress level is lower and you are more confident and able. meditation improves your other-centered awareness. 60 | P a g e . you are far more in touch with your own self and are comfortable in your skin and circumstance. when you regularly meditate. You are less likely to be nervous. First of all. clients and competitors.

if you are calm and centered because you regularly meditate.These two major differences will be helpful whether you are working for a good meeting to land a client. trying to smooth out s misunderstanding with a co-worker or working to improve your visibility and opportunities for advancement. you will be far less susceptible to emotional outbursts or manipulation techniques that someone may be trying to use in a particular interaction. 61 | P a g e . Everyone wants to feel loved. Meditation in Enjoying Life to the Fullest Everyone wants to enjoy life. If you are able to control your own emotional temperature because you regularly meditate. Everyone wants to feel connected to the whole of life around them. Everyone wants to feel needed. you are far more able to focus on the issues at hand with your significant other or child or sibling. In the areas of personal relationships and family relationships. Everyone wants to feel they are worthwhile.

center our lives and get clear in our minds what is important to us. we are feeling 62 | P a g e . It is a tool to clear out the clutter and let our inner voice speak often enough so we can hear it and become familiar with its sound and sayings. we are doing what we are doing. Meditation is also a process and not only an event. we are where we are. Meditation is a tool.Where do these feelings come from? Where do we get the assurance that we are enjoying life. At any given moment. there are some important and consistent themes that are appropriate to note in the context of a discussion about meditation. It is a tool to help us have less stress. While each meditation session is an event. or worthwhile. it is the process of regular meditation that lets us learn to hear our inner voice and understand what it says and get to be better friends with ourselves. and I could not hope to give a complete answer to such far-reaching questions in a short summary. Meditation is also about learning to live each moment to the fullest. or any of those feelings? Is the measure internal or external? Is it both? How do we recognize it? While the answer to those questions is different for each individual.

we are missing both the experiences of life and the opportunity to understand the fabric of which our lives are made. We only have the present moment. just anxiously waiting for that which is coming. and hearing what we are seeing and hearing. Meditation can help us place each difficult thing in context and become less overwhelmed. We seem to be only passing through the now. If a moment is glorious. We can only act in the future. If that past is 63 | P a g e . Participate in it! One of the casualties of modern life is that we sometimes live each moment in anticipation of the next thing that is coming. it is a sad situation.what we are feeling and we are seeing. meditation can help us understand that the moment is not forever. and the pain is a feeling but it is not our essence. If we are constantly somewhere else mentally as our life unfolds. If a moment is difficult and painful. If we live this way. meditation can help us understand and experience it to the fullest with all its attendant sensations and realities. What is past is passed.

You are unique and wonderful. It stands to reason then meditation will help significantly with reading and comprehension. only future acts can mitigate that fact.unpleasant. Only you can find and unlock it. Determine today to use all your skills with the wonderful tool of meditation to be your best self and bring to your life all the wonderful things you should have. Determine today that you will live each moment as your heart and spirit teach you that you should. returning to school or must read 64 | P a g e . This section is particularly important to those who are in school. Meditation with Reading and Comprehension Meditation calms your mind and your body. You have unlimited potential. only future acts can maintain the joy. It also increases the neural activity and strengthens neural connections in the frontal lobes which are the part of the brain that controls learning and understanding. Meditation helps in three ways in these important areas. If the past is pleasant.

Anything that is on your mind.large quantities of material for their work or to keep up in their professions. So make this your reading time and make it useful and powerful. relax before you read. Remember you have decided to take this time to read and you can t do anything else at the same time. First of all. take a two minute mini meditation break and relax your body quickly in a mini body scan. If you want to increase your reading effectiveness and also your reading enjoyment. 65 | P a g e . Meditation calms your mind and body as mentioned above. and then close your eyes and breathe fully focused meditation breaths where you think of nothing but your breath for one minute. Repeatedly give yourself a relaxation instruction and let the tension and cares drain away from your body. This turns the volume down or removes the mental chatter that is often distracting and often causes you to think what was that I just read after reading for five minutes and realizing that you don t remember a thing. Before you start to read. simply agree with yourself to put on a shelf and return to it later. do the following.

Second. Give the remaining emotion a name. have a specific target or goal. If it is leisure reading. or you need to finish a chapter that you have been putting off in a book from your class that you are taking. or I will read three work related articles in my ongoing education effort. even if the interruption is complicated. treat it like the mindfulness exercise. reading things that you perceive to be difficult. upsetting. lengthy or unpleasant. I am assuming that you have already some idea of what you want to read. boring. make sure you won t be interrupted for the minutes you have set aside. detach from it. In any case. If you are interrupted. then I assume you have picked the book. or technical can be a chore without the right preparation. So decide how much you will read or how many pages or articles and then fully relax and give yourself to the effort. It can be very simple like I will read intensively for ten minutes. If possible. and let it float off the stage of your mind and give yourself back to the task at hand. 66 | P a g e . Perhaps you have a stack on your desk of work stuff you just never get to. when you return to your reading.

I will not attempt to teach speed reading in this small section but I will encourage you to immediately get one of those books. and some students that I have had who have taken speed reading courses comment on how similar the feelings are with speed reading concentration techniques to the beginnings of meditation in the concentration style. and use it. and you do not need an expensive course to teach you the ability. by all means do so. All of these courses have several things in common. You can learn it from a simple book and you can apply it without an instructor. They all teach skills that use some of the meditation techniques that we have taught. I have taken several and by combining meditation with the techniques I have learned I can read several thousand words a minute with complete comprehension. Reading is a critical skill and 67 | P a g e . but do not let the lack of a course or time or money get in your way. If you have the ability and time to take a course.The third way meditation helps your reading is by using meditation to completely change the way you read. and actually work. There are a number of speed-reading courses that are excellent. They work.

Your mind is fully capable of sorting out the details that it captures and putting them in the right order.the faster and better you read. Think about looking at a beautiful landscape scene. the more fun life is and the more you can get ahead. What I will do is give you some ideas about how this process works. You are driving through some mountains and you see a sign scenic view. if that is your objective. The rapid reading courses simply train you mind to look at entire pages at once and capture all the important details in a group. Your eye and your mind take in the entire vista at once and you can see and remember amazing detail in that fashion. Your eye and your mind work the same when reading. You decide to stop and look at the beautiful vista. When you look at the landscape you don t later in your mind see the lake up in the sky and the clouds below your 68 | P a g e . In this few paragraphs and in the next section on learning I will explain some principles that will work for you and work particularly well if you use meditation when you apply them. You do not look at the scene from left to right and top to bottom a little at a time.

Many of us never learn to use our mind and wonderful visual capture technology in our eyes and brains to do things faster. far too slow. You are able to reconstruct the picture as it should be. We are stuck forever in the way we first learn to read. We have agreed to write left to right (except those languages that are right to left. It is far. You can do the same with the written material on the page. ideas and information 100 times that fast. 69 | P a g e . but you do not have to read them that way. You can see and assimilate words. You will find that you can increase your reading speed 10 times without too much practice. When we are children we learn to read in this linear way and often use our fingers to point to words to help our attention.) and top to bottom so that the words are organized. The rapid reading techniques are a way to overcome our indoctrination that we must read in such a clumsy linear fashion. and if you use meditation and effort you will be able to increase your reading speed 100 times.feet.

if we keep ourselves active and learning. but if we regularly keep our bodies in use and activity. perhaps gain a bit of weight and out bones. we atrophy. get out of shape. If we never exercise. However. we will generally stay much healthier for a much longer time.Meditation with Learning Meditation and learning has much in common with the previous section on reading. recreation and entertainment. It also provides a much deeper and more pervasive potential use and benefit from the practice of meditation. On the other hand. If we quit learning when we get out of school. Our minds are the same. we get duller and duller and our intellect gets weaker.with our choices of leisure.and not stretch our intellect . but our bodies and minds were designed to stay healthy only as long as they stay active. muscles and tendons so not perform so well. Continuous learning is the natural condition of the human mind. Ageing takes its own toll. learning encompasses a much broader set of skills than reading. we retain an edge and are 70 | P a g e . It is easy to see that in the physical realm. We may elect to ignore that fact .

We take in huge amounts of data and sensory input from all sides. roll over. and we are careful. start new habits. make noise. eat. They are even more amazing. smile and dozens of very difficult cognitive and motor activities. pick up the pace and get back in shape and get our heath back. Our minds are the same. This is good news if we haven t been learning for awhile. We process and learn very quickly how to hold our heads up. We can get back into the habit and get the benefits of learning in a very short time. we can usually change some things. Meditation is an ideal aid for both creating the new habits and for enhancing the learning process and experience. 71 | P a g e . get attention. We start our learning from the instant we are born. If we have gotten ourselves out of shape. Research shows that within two weeks of beginning to meditate. The body/mind mechanism is amazing.able to keep up with the rapid increase in information in our changing world. new neural pathways begin to form and new and more powerful connections are made in the brain.

Be all that as it may. We even have jokes about it. Not just the effort into learning. but into HOW we learn. You have all experienced trying to do something when you are in a hurry. We just quit practicing it and some of it is institutionalized out of our habits. This help with the learning of so much in such a short time. It helps us clear out the clutter. either mentally or physically. When we are in high beta state. At and office where I consulted I saw a sign the cooperation of the office machinery is inversely proportional to the need of the person using it. 72 | P a g e .Young children have a much higher incidence of alpha waves in their natural day to day activities. It always takes longer and is more difficult. The main difference is the effort that we put into it. The first way that meditation helps in the learning processes is the same as for reading. it is difficult to learn new things and very difficult to remember them. or returning to our learning high gear state. focus the mind and calm down the body. It is not inevitable that we lose this capability. the purpose here is to understand that we have a choice about remaining in a learning slowdown state.

Depending on what it is. everything that we try to do just seems to flow more smoothly. So with regular meditation. Our own body and mind respond to the beta state with increased inefficiency. particularly if it involves a physical activity. Sometimes you may be unsure of your ability to learn something. When we are relaxed and in a good space. you might want to combine the visualization skills from book #3 with an awareness meditation when learning a new skill. You may feel you can t do something or that you lack the background or motor skills or some other critical aspect. The machinery doesn t know or care how we feel.I have heard this expressed in many different ways in professional and casual settings. less concentration and overall worse performance. 73 | P a g e . A second important way that meditation will help you in learning is in the area of confidence. more mistakes. That way you can visualize yourself actually doing the activity with a high level of accuracy and skill. you will be far more able to learn and remember whatever it is you are trying to master.

some time ago I needed to learn how to use some complex software programs which involved learning HTML and several standalone applications. With a self-structured meditation approach I was able to do it in a few days with only the software. This is obviously only a small and recent example that I share to illustrate the point. that focus and organization is critical. confident attitude when you start a subject or project. 74 | P a g e . then that organization is done in the lesson planning of the instructor. Nothing gets things going better than a clear headed calmly focused.Meditation is a great way to build or reassert your confidence and know that you are a genius and capable of anything you want to do. Meditation can also help you organize and prioritize your learning process. The principles are applicable in anything from complex technical material to new approaches to tracking and managing productions targets at the office. If you are trying to learn something new for yourself. For example. and the self-help manuals and produce first rate professional results. If you are taking a class on a new subject.

I am a professional musician and a painter in acrylics and I enjoy both these forms of artistic expression. There is considerable research that shows the benefits that music provides the brain. Because they are a part of my life I am very familiar with the benefits that mediation provides in bringing artistic expression to life in these mediums. retention and longterm application of new knowledge. abstract thinking and emotional competence that accompanies the study of music. 75 | P a g e . ideas and technology and in remembering and correctly applying what you have learned.If you choose to adopt a learning approach to life. Music activates neural pathways in the brain that are unique and activated by no other activity. Meditation with Art and Music Art and music are two of the many creative arts that we enjoy as humans. you will find meditation a great help in both understanding new concepts. Current research is clear that a regular regime of meditation improves learning. There is a significant improvement in cognitive processing.

you will likely see them in a different way and observe details and connections that were invisible to you in the beta state. The saying a picture is worth a thousand words is a true statement and accurately reflects the power of art in moving us to emotion or action.Nearly everyone enjoys listening to music of one type or another. 76 | P a g e . Music is a universal language that can express emotion on a level not achievable with words alone. Meditation can be useful in two ways in the areas of art and music. It also can stir up deep emotions of anger or resentment. First of all. Art is also a powerful medium of expression which deeply moves the soul. The power of music is well understood by those who create and distribute this medium. Music can elevate our moods or comfort us when we feel badly. it can be an aid to the enjoyment of art or music. If you choose to enter the alpha state before listening to music or enjoying some art. If you study art works of sculpture or painting or other media while in a contemplative or meditate state. it will impact you more deeply and reach further into your subconscious and emotional mind.

You will find creative bursts that come to you in alpha state both in the form of lyrical ideas and musical motifs. they will likely have a more powerful impact on your feelings when you are in alpha state than when you are in a beta state. If you adopt a practice of regularly meditating before you compose music or write songs you will find that your creative access is increased and the ideas flow more quickly and completely. I would therefore recommend that you are selective about the music or art that you experience while meditating so that you have the outcomes that you intend.You should exercise some degree of caution in this area. then meditation is a fantastic way to access ideas and expressions that will not be readily accessible or available to you in any other way. If you are an artist or musician or are aspiring to be one . I would 77 | P a g e . Second.and create or want to create your own art or music. If you choose to listen to music or view art that contains negative images or emotions while you are meditating. This is particularly true when you already have some idea of what you want to the music to be about and then you meditate on the ideas or themes.

If you meditate about your artwork. They report improved idea flow. whether it is painting. They regularly make it a practice to work while in alpha state and report that there creative output is enhanced when they do this. Research into brainwave activity show alpha waves strongly present during creative periods or sessions of nearly all subjects tested. I am acquainted with many artists who meditate often enough to be able to maintain a relaxed alertness or alpha state while doing normal activities. in this section I would like 78 | P a g e . sculpture or other expression medium you will find similar bursts of ideas and creativity. Meditation and Creative Energy While the previous section dealt with two particular forms of artistic expression.recommend keeping pan and paper hands when you meditate in this way so you are sure to capture the ideas that flow from this process. improved expression. higher ability to get it right the first time and similar heightened performance and manifestation attributes.

to discuss the relationship of meditation to creative energy in general. The notion of creative energy can be defined a number of ways. work. demands on our time. social awareness and emotional processing as well that is associated with meditation. We may 79 | P a g e . bills. The brain functions differently in the creative process than it does in the logical processing mode. desires and feelings that are far more difficult to define and express in neat little ways. We all live in the real world of clocks. Advanced research shows an addition increase in empathy. logical boundaries that define so much of our existence. we all feel and yearn for greater expression in emotion. All brainwave research shows that the creative portion of the brain works better and more productively when you are in the meditative or alpha state. but here I am using it to denote that effort that we all make to express our humanness in some way that is other than the concrete. the sort of linear and physical constraints that we know so well. relationships. We may want to express our feelings for someone in a unique and different way. We may be struggling for a great idea for a new product presentation. At the same time.

First of all it can help you get in touch with what you are feeling. This is a little difficult to articulate but if you are honest with yourself and think deeply you already know what I am saying. the emotions of your heart and the contents of your mind to move in and out of consciousness without engaging in debate or dialogue. such as sounds and 80 | P a g e . This means that while meditating . In the awareness meditation style. clearer or more powerfully or tenderly than we know how. It can help you in two ways.you sit gently relaxed and comfortable and are aware of your body and its parts and sensations. Meditation is a wonderful way to help with this kind of feeling. your own feelings and experiences that may come in from outside. We might be struggling to find the inner voice that says what we are and why we are here but we can t hear it well enough ourselves.want to write something powerful for personal or professional reasons and don t know how. We have all felt the need to reach somehow deeper into our minds and feelings and express something in some medium better. We might feel the need to stimulate our minds with new learning but don t know how to start. you allow the feelings of your body. stronger.

but when you are finished meditating you mote them again. You will find that as you regularly meditate you brilliant and powerful mind will help you find the things that you are seeking and will provide you with ample creative and beneficial ways to express your ideas and feeling. you will find that during the meditation that you have ideas and sensations that sometimes flow easily in your mind and sometimes flash in with sudden brilliance. During the meditation. 81 | P a g e . Second. This is because your mind is in alpha state which is different than the more analytical and sometimes more hectic beta state. if you know what you are feeling are trying to do but have been struggling to find the creative expressions that I talked about earlier. You will be able to put form and words around the vague feelings that you have. on paper for use later in your creative needs. your own emotions and feelings and your thoughts that may be of any nature. you note these just as you do all the other sensations. You will find that you can understand your own feelings better and indifferent ways when you meditate.externally inputs.

I would like to talk about memory as one of the specific processes of our brains that can be improved with attention to it. Some research suggests that this gradual erosion of processing power starts at about age 30 unless we take steps to strengthen our neural muscles. your alpha and theta mind states while meditating and your delta mind state while sleeping will often present you with ideas and solutions in the morning. there are specific things that we can do to improve the performance of our brains. Meditation and Memory As our bodies age. if you meditate mindfully before sleeping at night. dendrites fail and brain functions erode over time. In this section.In addition. Neurons wear out. As funny as that may sound. and then think about the area or concern in question. our brains also show signs of wear and tear. 82 | P a g e .

Meditation can play a significant role in the development of our ability to remember things both in the long and short term. Several studies have shown increases in mental capacity. In addition. improvement in memory and an increase in empathy and social awareness from the practice of meditation. but they work. This exercise will increase the neural activity and cause new dendrites to grow which will in turn improve our mental capacity and functioning. Some ways are obvious and some may surprise you. 83 | P a g e . Stimulating and intellectual debate and dialogue increase our neural functioning. There are some specific ways that we can exercise our brains. If you are interested in the other activities that increase your brain capacity please refer to the suggested reading list in volume one of this series. regular and wide ranging reading stimulates new and enhanced neural activity. There are several books and courses that have been developed that give tips and techniques to improve memory skills. Our focus here is on meditation and so we will explore how that will help your brain functioning and specifically improve your memory.

This means that if you mediate while exploring memory enhancement tools and learning these methods they will penetrate deeper in your consciousness and be more effective at helping you improve your recall and use of memory. The second way that meditation will help is by increasing the effectiveness of any of the methods that you may choose to use to enhance your memory skills. 84 | P a g e . faster and more completely.Visual and auditory association methods. mnemonic lists and triggers and physical and experiential connections are among the tools that you can learn to improve your memory. First. This is because it improves neural functions exercises the neural pathways in your brain and creates new dendrites and renews the chemicals associated with memory functions. Meditation has been proven to help you learn new skills better. Meditation plays a role in two ways. if you regularly meditate that fact alone will increase your memory capability for both short term and long term memory.

There are different religious texts for different religious groups. First of all. There are uplifting and meaningful things that have been written through the ages by many different writers. For example: Love one another. Whatever texts or works you consider sacred or inspiring are candidates for meditation.Meditation on Scriptures or other Sacred Texts This practice is a powerful aid to finding your own spirituality. Since the goal of this section is to find your own spirituality. great teachers and spiritual guides have given the most profound truths and guidance in simple. easy to articulate language. I use three factors to see if a text is something that I would meditate on. but religious texts are not the only things that are worthy of serious contemplation and meditation. or Do unto others as you would that they do unto you. 85 | P a g e . I ask myself is the text or message uplifting? Do I feel better when I read it or does it make me feel somehow nobler and more worthwhile and more open to others needs and feelings? The second I ask myself is is the message simple? Throughout history.

if you meditate on a phrase or idea and the outcome leaves you flat and unmotivated or unenlightened. This is not to say that you should not meditate on complicated or difficult topics. personal improvement and spirituality are very sensitive to your moods and experiences. Obviously.I have found that meditation is far more successful and meaningful on the spiritual side when contemplating the multiple layers and meanings of simple and profound thoughts rather than trying to unravel complicated threads whose direction is unclear. On the other hand. kinder. or heavily distracted. then what you have chosen is likely something worth devoting some time to. Third. more evenhanded. does the idea or passage suggest or motivate some good action or behavior? Does it make you want to be better. If you are distraught. then simple yet profound ideas will be a more productive place to start your search. you may wish to reevaluate your choice of focus. more tolerant or think or behave in a way that is closer to your ideal? If the answer to these three questions is yes. then it may not be possible to reach the plane of feeling 86 | P a g e . but if the goal is finding your own spirituality.

with spiritual feelings and This does not mean that you should not try anyway. This unfolding may be either gentle or powerful or both. the meaning and power of some writing may unfold in my mind as I meditate. the normal benefits of meditation.normally associated experiences. I find that meditation on spiritual writings is helpful in two ways. First. but it is always very rewarding to have some new thought or insight into some special words or ideas after meditation. The night is darkest just before dawn. those of clearing out the clutter and calming the storms of my mind are always a welcome respite from the pace of daily life. 87 | P a g e . by practicing the gentle concentration style of meditation. Second. Only you can decide what you feel good about and whether or not a particular piece of writing is good for your soul. and sustained or repeated effort may pay off handsomely in insight and increased understanding and spiritual awareness.

Some would argue that everything is relative and subject to societal norms and current values. Laws like the behavior of matter and the operation of gravity are not subject to interpretation and opinion. How would that translate into a meditation? 88 | P a g e . or how to make it a part of your life is a very worthwhile application of meditation in the area of finding your own spirituality. Suppose that you feel that kindness is an attribute that you equate with spirituality or an attribute that you want to develop more fully in your daily walk of life. When we examine the physical world around us we see and experience physical laws that do not change. Sometimes we would like to believe that moral imperatives are different. An example might be helpful.Meditation on a Spiritual Attribute There are universal truths and principles. If we survey cultures across the world and if we are truthful in our own hearts we know that there are universal principles that are constant. This is not actually the case. Meditation on the meaning of a worthy attribute and thinking about how to acquire it.

This may be circumstances life. Such a meditation might give you insight into what you want in yourself as a person.Some suggestions of a possible approach follow. or that you believe might come up in your you choose to describe it. However dialogue with times that have already passed. This might consist of reviewing in a gentle way situations or circumstances where you find that this idea of trait might be applicable. What does it mean to be kind? Under what circumstances do I apply these definitions? Who should I be kind to? What about people who are unkind to me? What about strangers? Is there something wrong with indifference? There are dozens of other questions that you might ask yourself in a quest of understanding the meaning of that simple word and the implications for you in your daily life. if you meditate on the definition of kindness you might confront some of the following questions. First of all. The second possible application would be to meditate on ways that you want to apply this attribute in your own life. having a your inner self in a calm and relaxed 89 | P a g e .

or if there is any point to the seemingly endless struggle that might be engulfing you at that time. Meditation for Personal Spiritual Renewal Life is sometimes a difficult journey. Sometimes you might wonder why me? 90 | P a g e . You might feel abandoned or unfairly treated in the scheme of things. Sometimes they are thrust upon us by circumstance and sometimes they are the willful acts of others. you might view such times as a challenge to your faith or your view of God or the unseen world.meditation is a good way to begin to integrate spiritual attributes into your life that you wish to cultivate. Sometimes they are the consequences of our own choices. We all have things that happen that are hard. If you are spiritually inclined. No matter who you are and no matter what your circumstance. there will be times of doubt. of discouragement and times that you wonder if it is all worthwhile.

we still have to deal with the struggles of the present.It is often of times of greatest struggle and difficulty that meditation can play the largest role. I am personally very spiritually inclined. It may also offer some hope and courage to gracefully move through the present. life is not a day trip. even if the future looks somehow a bit better. but a long voyage. Meditation on life. and on God can help you with courage and strength to get through today. we cannot see past the short terms hills that are blocking our view. I will offer three suggestions that may be beneficial in such circumstances to make order out of chaos or to give you a different perspective. Regular meditation on a spiritual theme or one of the themes in volume one suggested for concentration meditation will be helpful in getting a larger perspective that can help put things into context. and keep focused on the further horizon that looks more promising. First. Second. and I believe I have received great strength from heavenly sources to 91 | P a g e . its purposes. no matter what we see in the distance. Sometimes when things are difficult. The daily things press in and sometimes are too heavy to carry.

Sometimes it is an act of carelessness by a friend or loved one. or worse yet even all meaning for us at the present. but personally. I have found great comfort in taking time to meditate and re-learning what is really important in life. direction. focus. Meditation in those hours has given me a connection to my spirituality that has strengthened my resolve and purpose and given me a hope in God for a way through that pressing storm. I know of a certainty that there is more to our lives than meets the daily eye. Each person must decide for themselves what to do in these situations. Meditation and Forgiveness Everyone has felt that they have been wronged. 92 | P a g e . It may seem that no matter where we turn. or a mistake by someone we don t even know. Third there are those times when life has simply lost purpose. or even appears to hold any promise. Sometimes it is an intentional and harmful wound inflicted by a stranger. Sometimes it is an indiscreet act.aid me in my difficult days and years. nothing looks better.

someone may need to get out of an abusive situation. Wariness after having been harmed in some way is normal and healthy. Forgiveness is tied to many aspects of spirituality. but prolonged bitterness and cancerous anger will eat away at your soul and eventually damage you more than the initial acts themselves. If we are harmed. We likely did not choose to be harmed. Carrying hurt and anger around with us for the acts of others is a harmful thing. For us to 93 | P a g e . After we are safe from the danger. It does not matter whether or not a person seeks forgiveness or is sorry for the act or acts that they committed or things they failed to do. we should remove ourselves from the harmful situation and seek refuge elsewhere.Sometimes. perhaps worst of all. it is a calculated and malevolent blow by one we trust or love. we can also choose to end the harmful effects of the situation by removing the power of the person or persons that harmed us. and many religious systems teach that forgiveness is an important part of our growth and development as human beings. A child may run from a bully. a person may leave an argument.

Such feelings reduce our potential. Depending on the circumstance and the wrong. This does not mean that there should not be consequences or that bad acts should go without punishment. Only we can decide whether and when we will completely wash out the poison of past thorns be removed from our wounds so that they can truly heal. the smaller and more stagnant our souls become. Meditation is a powerful tool to help with this healing process.continue to carry the burden of their failure is to extend the consequence of the error. anger. 94 | P a g e . stunt our growth and get in the way of our own beauty. All of those things are good and sometimes essential. or a good friend might be a needed support. bitterness. It means that regardless of how that all plays out. forgiveness in our hearts of whoever and whatever may have happened is a way for us to erase the power of the misdeed or misfortune over our hearts. hunger for revenge or any similar feelings. counseling or other professional help might be helpful. The longer and more powerfully we carry resentment. But the biggest key is the content of our own hearts.

we still need a compass more than ever. I am not speaking of an instrument that sits in your hand and points to the magnetic north of the earth. the starts overhead and a compass were essential for not getting lost finding your way faithfully to a destination. and sophisticated GPS systems tell us where we are within a few feet. whether it is God.Meditation on spiritual feelings. I speak rather of an instrument that sits in your heart and points to the true north of an honorable life. your own goodness and your relationship with the larger universe. Meditation and Finding Your Compass In the time of explorers on land and sailing ships on the seas. While we have now mapped much of the earth so there is little danger of getting lost for most of us. texts. or simply the grand design around us will truly be a tool that can heal your heart of difficult wounds as you learn to forgive past wrongs and move on to your own unique beauty and the good you can do for others in your sphere of influence. 95 | P a g e .

particularly in the realm of spirituality and personal values is a great aid to sorting out the noise of the outside and setting your own course with your own compass. It doesn t matter how many laws we pass or how much enforcement that we have. We cannot legislate or enforce goodness or truth. I do not write this section to describe any particular code of ethics or to promote any particular system. and what we know to be true and real. If you cannot hear the true north beacon in your heart. and try to fix it later when it won t be so messy or so visible.Every person must decide for themselves where they stand and what they believe in. It may seem also that everyone is a bit loose and fast with the truth because it is easier or more convenient to stretch it. I have observed however. Meditation. It may also seem that it is best to fudge a bit now. that it is easy today to excuse a little cheating and a bit of dishonesty because it seems that no one really sees it. Each of us must decide for ourselves what we know to be important. 96 | P a g e . then it will be really difficult to tell if you are ever off course or headed in the wrong direction.

Meditation is a powerful and wonderful way to keep yourself grounded in what you believe is important and real. Ideas like fairness. honesty. if you sacrifice integrity. truth. even in the turbulent times we now live in. If we spend quiet time with ourselves on a regular basis. friendship. and get to know ourselves through this wonderful and revealing process. we have the opportunity to use meditation to help us in this way. has universal and unchanging ideals that are much the same. Every society and culture in our world. fairness. it won t matter what you ultimately accomplish. As you struggle to establish yourself in the world around you. In the current times of turmoil. kindness. trust and similar powerful anchors. we will be able to hear the beacon sounding in our hearts. It will feel hollow. honor. It can keep you in touch with those things that are really important in your life and in the lives of those who know and care for you.Fortunately. integrity and trust are the foundation stone of civilization itself. the need to have things and be important and powerful can seem to 97 | P a g e .

Instead I have covered different types of applications so that you can see the 98 | P a g e . Everyone has their own needs. because what you don t need won t satisfy you. The number of ways that meditation can help our lives will be as numerous as the number of people that there are. you can never have enough of what you don t need. I have not tried to cover even a tiny part of the full number of potential applications. But when the lights go out and the people go home. we are still left alone with ourselves. and everyone is unique in their desires to improve their own lives and circumstances.overshadow everything else. There are hundreds of applications that we could discuss in this report. An acquaintance of mine once said. We have only presented a brief survey to give you an inkling of the variety and breadth of the potential applications. Meditation and finding your own spirituality is a great way to keep track of what we all really need.

99 | P a g e . If the applications described in this report have awakened you to a sense of your own infinite and unlimited possibility. and I will give specific examples and suggestions about how you can use each style to benefit the areas in your life that are best suited to that style. In the five books in this series.different areas that meditation can help you improve your life. then by all means. immediately download the full course: Meditation The Amazing Journey Within and start on your own amazing journey. I will cover the different styles of meditation in depth.

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