MEDITATION, CONTEMPLATION & OBSERVATION: The quiet sound of inevitability Here is my personal view of Meditation, Contemplation and Observation practices. Priests, Monks, Nuns, Disciples, devotees, spiritual seekers and spiritual masters all over the world, REGARDLESS of their religion or spiritual tradition, ALL practice now or have practiced at some point one form or another of meditation, contemplation or observation on their quest to connect to God or an Accomplished Master such as Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, etc., or even to connect to angels, saints and all kinds of deities in order to receive guidance, revelation, inspiration and blessings of all sorts. That’s right. The Pope and The Dalai Lama both practice Meditation, Contemplation and observation. It doesn’t matter if you live in the Vatican or you are a Shaman in the Jungle, you practice some form of meditation, contemplation and observation. It doesn’t matter if you preach the word of Jesus in a Mega Church or if you honor the Rain Spirit in an Indian Reservation, you practice some form of Meditation, Contemplation and observation. It is believed that one cannot develop or improve one’s ability to receive such guidance, revelation, inspiration or blessing without the practice of meditation/contemplation/observation. It is this practice that prepares us and elevates our disposition to reach for it and attain it. It is this practice that makes us more available to all that. Even a simple prayer without a minimum depth of meditation, contemplation or observation of the object of our prayer, has a considerable probability of becoming a vain, selfish or superficial attempt at avoiding feeling fear, shame, guilt or responsibility. Just an attempt at being saved without doing our part to be saved from our suffering. Here’s a simple practice that anyone, regardless of your religious affiliation or spiritual belief can benefit from. I learned this meditation from Enlightened Spiritual Master, Maha Vajra: Find a quiet moment and place during your day. Close your eyes and pay attention inside. Breathe into your abdomen and relax your body the best you can. Pretend you are about to begin a prayer to God, whatever you believe God is for you. Maybe you are putting your hands together in prayer, maybe you like to kneel or simply bow your head in respect and humility. All of that is OK. You are entering a state of reverence. You are already directing your attention to God. Your whole being is putting attention on God. You are about to pray. But instead of actually beginning your prayer, you remain in silence and you maintain this attitude of reverence and paying attention to God without saying a word. Simply continue to remain in a state of reverence and paying attention to God in silence. You are connecting to God. You are in communion with God. Just you and God. You are dwelling in God. You are with God. God is with you. Amen. Keep meditating, keep praying and keep working on yourself, consciously. --Maha Raja
The cultivation of mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, but most religions include some type of prayer or meditation technique that helps shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life. Professor emeritus Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviors. Mindfulness improves well-being. Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others. Mindfulness improves physical health. If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, , improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. improves mental health. In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.