Meditation, Mindfulness and Spiritual Practices

Meditation has been used by all cultures and spiritual traditions since ancient times, and today it has attracted scientific interest, and in the last 30 years, a large number of serious and competent studies have been carried out.

MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS

Two terms that are used today to talk about the same thing, Meditation Techniques and spiritual practices that followed as a daily discipline and integrated into our daily lives produce a considerable improvement in the quality of life both psychically and physically. Science, the academic world, has studied in the last three decades various protocols of meditation and spiritual practices and has focused its attention on the wisdom coming from many contemplative and religious traditions of diverse cultures, mainly from Eastern religions. These practices, in any case, are as common in the Christian traditions as they are in eastern traditions.

In the study by Lutz, Dunne, and Davidson, “Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness: An Introduction,” The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, 2007: 499-552. These meditation techniques and spiritual practices have been classified and divided into three broad groups:

Concentration Techniques.
Aim: to quiet the mind.
Open Presence Techniques.
Aim: to maintain consciousness in the here/now by allowing a flow of non-judgmental thought.
Non Referential Loving Kindness/Compassion techniques or what has traditionally been called devotional practices.
Aim: To open the heart

This classification is reasonable, concrete, and makes it easy to classify the techniques in one of the three classes. On top of these techniques, we have contemplative methods or the practice of contemplation that we also teach in our courses. Meditation is a practice that we introduce into our daily routine, and that transforms our events allowing us to overcome with ease our everyday problems of life, and at the same time gives us a new perspective of things, which by its very nature, is the most obvious.

Meditation has been used by all cultures and spiritual traditions since ancient times, and today it has attracted scientific interest, and in the last 30 years, a large number of serious and competent studies have been carried out. The Spanish Meditation Society and IFSU are specialized in training meditation teachers who are fully qualified to transmit this ancient art that has recently been discovered by science.

Nowadays, in our modern and globalized society, meditation is appearing in the most unexpected places of our daily life. Secretaries who do it as part of their evening yoga class, teenagers who do it as part of their Karate class, truck drivers and their wives who do it in medical centers as part of the hypertension control programme or athletes who prepare themselves before a high competition match. All of them today use centering techniques derived from the ancient practice of meditation.

MEDITATION

Two terms that are used today to talk about the same thing, Meditation Techniques and spiritual practices that followed as a daily discipline and integrated into our daily lives produce a considerable improvement in the quality of life both psychically and physically. Science, the academic world, has studied in the last three decades various protocols of meditation and spiritual practices and has focused its attention on the wisdom coming from many contemplative and religious traditions of diverse cultures, mainly from Eastern religions. These practices, in any case, are as common in the Christian traditions as they are in eastern traditions.

In the study by Lutz, Dunne, and Davidson, “Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness: An Introduction,” The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, 2007: 499-552. These meditation techniques and spiritual practices have been classified and divided into three broad groups:

The classification is reasonable and concrete and makes it easy to classify the techniques in one of the three classes. On top of these techniques, we have contemplative methods or the practice of contemplation that we also teach in our courses. Meditation is a practice that we introduce into our daily routine, and that transforms our events allowing us to overcome with ease our everyday problems of life, and at the same time gives us a new perspective of things, which by its very nature, is the most obvious.

Concentration Techniques.
Aim: to quiet the mind.
Open Presence Techniques.
Aim: to maintain consciousness in the here/now by allowing a flow of non-judgmental thought.
Non Referential Loving Kindness/Compassion techniques or what has traditionally been called devotional practices.
Aim: To open the heart

Meditation has been used by all cultures and spiritual traditions since ancient times, and today it has attracted scientific interest, and in the last 30 years, a large number of serious and competent studies have been carried out. The Spanish Meditation Society and IFSU are specialized in training meditation teachers who are fully qualified to transmit this ancient art that has recently been discovered by science.

Nowadays, in our modern and globalized society, meditation is appearing in the most unexpected places of our daily life. Secretaries who do it as part of their evening yoga class, teenagers who do it as part of their Karate class, truck drivers and their wives who do it in medical centers as part of the hypertension control programme or athletes who prepare themselves before a high competition match. All of them today use centering techniques derived from the ancient practice of meditation.

Spiritual Practices

We combine the daily practice of meditation in which we do not make any effort, and we are only the observer; with the daily effort that we put to practice the three yogas in our daily chores, completing the process of personal integration, purification and inner cleansing. So we combine both formal practices in which you sit, lie, or act according to certain techniques, and the informal practices based on adapting certain spiritual practices in our day to day activity

What is meditation, Mindfulness...?

Meditation is a simple practice, pleasant and effortless to introduce in our daily life and as the scientific studies recently carried out by first level institutions show, it has proved to be an efficient method of mental health whose benefits go beyond what could be expected from similar practices such as relaxation.

We can define it straightforwardly. The state of meditation is an experience of infinite fullness and happiness, a high state of consciousness that can only be accessed in one way: by persevering in the practice of it.

Let us bear in mind that when we sit down to meditate, what we do is practice various techniques that help us balance our energy through pranayama and pratyahara techniques, which help us to calm and interiorize the mind to concentrate on the object of meditation (mantra, Tratak, breathing, etc.).

When the concentration is deep and prolonged, the meditative state appears naturally, a state that cannot be forced. We can only create the right conditions for it to happen.

 

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