When you meditate, the frequency of your brain passes from Beta waves to Alpha waves. This means that the parasympathetic part of the brain takes charge of the nervous system. More nervous signals are then sent to the organs and glands, thus creating ideal conditions for healing. Some mystics refer to this state as “the sacred space”. This is the reason why your body and mind will not need much rest when practicing meditation. Sleeping too much will cause your mind to become drowsy.
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As mentioned before, it is advised that you do not eat for 4 hours before mediating or doing Yoga. The blood concentrates in the stomach, making you feel tired and sleepy.
Your eating habits also play an important role when meditating. When you focus your attention inwards, you feel and hear yourself better and you will realize that heavy meals will not help. And as always, eat moderately!
If you are planning to become a vegetarian and don’t know how or what to cook, there is a book titled Transition To Vegetarianism by Rudolph Ballentine, M.D. This transition should be slow as it is not good for the body to make drastic changes. To begin try avoiding red meats, heavy fats, and processed foods.
It is always best to eat fresh, wholesome, and easily digested foods such as; vegetables, seeds,greens, tofu, beans, sprouts, fruits, soy beans, and omega oils.
“If you can master the nine gates of your body – eyes, ears, mouth, nose, sex organ, and rectum – then all the secrets of nature will open to you”- Yogi Bhajan
Water is essential for us. Our bodies are composed of more than 70% water. Keeping your body hydrated will help you to eliminate toxins and you will also eat less.
Eating, sleeping, and having sex are the three urges we should pay close attention to because of the impact they have on our minds. Most teachings explain how sexual energy is one of the most potent energies and, when redirected to the higher Chakras, can lead to a more enlightened state of being. The semen is called “ojas” and wasting this fluid it is not advised. Semen is not only a sexual fluid, but it is also a lubricant for the brain and nervous system. According to Yogic theory, it takes eighty bites of food to produce a drop of blood and eighty drops of blood to produce a drop of semen.
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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe the path to follow (Dyana) in order to meditate. The path indicated must be followed as described, step by step. One step will guide you to the next. It is not possible to skip a step. For example, you cannot attain mediation without first achieving concentration.
First step: Yamas, things NOT TO DO, restrictions
Second step: Niyamas, things TO DO
Third step: Asanas, body positions
Fourth step: Pranayama, breath control
Fifth step: Pratyahara, sense control
Sixth step: Dharana, concentration
Seventh step: Dyana, meditation
Last step: Samadhi, bliss
Practice these steps in that specific order.
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To obtain the best results with meditation, one should perform Yoga positions (Asanas), to prepare the mind and body for meditation. These postures can be performed for as little as fifteen minutes, or more, depending on the person’s schedule and desire. A relaxation period of no more than 11 minutes should follow the Asanas.
The next step is Pranayama, or breath control. Beginners may find it somewhat tedious to be in a sitting position performing breath control exercises. However, this will soon pay off! The mind follows the breath, and the results are immediate.
“The result of meditation is that ability to turn the negative into positive – to support all your actions with your facets and manners.” Yogi Bhajan
Meditation Table of Contents
- General Overview
- Sitting Positions
- Yoga Positions
- Best Places to Meditate
- Best Time to Meditate
- How Eating, Sex and Sleep Affect Your Meditation
- Breath Control or Pranayama
- Basic Procedures for Alternate Nostril Breathing
- A Specific Program to Get You Started
- Time and Effects During Meditation
- How many days should I do this Meditation for?
- Tips for a Meditative Mental State
- Different Types of Meditation
- Frequent Questions and Answers