Easy Meditation Exercise

Meditation Dog

Yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices are disciplines that positively affect our conscience by moving our attention from the fragmented world around us to the unifying perception of inner peace. In doing so, we are able to reconnect to the ever changing reality from a deeper, more centered and healthier perspective.

The advantages of this human endeavors are enormous and position our experience on this earth as constant creators and inventors, rather than just passive actors driven merely by instinct.
We are a species in perpetual search of overcoming the limitations of material life be it through religion, medicine, science, art, adventure or love.

For millennia, practitioners of inner growth have tried to explain the map of our elusive inner world and the techniques to navigate it, but infinite disputes have aroused often causing disagreement, fragmentation, schism, and in the worst cases war.

Early science ignored the role of this secret garden hidden inside of us by describing human experience in mechanicistic ways that led modern society to great dissatisfaction and alienation from spiritual wisdom. It was unable to measure human conscience and so it denied it.

Today, thanks to neuroscience, we can easily  relate our inner states to the data from an EEG and finally start to agree that we all experience them regardless of religion or culture (check Brain Entrainment - Part 1 for more information).

Let's try a simple exercise to become aware of the difference between a "normal" and a spiritual state of conscience. Sit comfortably and close your eyes.

"Normal" or Beta state: Notice your body and how it feels where it is relaxed or tense, pleasing or painful. Notice your thoughts and emotions. Notice your breathing: is it short, constricted or fluid and deep?

(Notice that if you do this long enough, you may spontaneously switch to a more spiritual or Alpha state).

Spiritual or Alpha state: Direct your closed eyes to focus in the space between the eyebrows, notice how you have to roll them up a bit. Now mentally visualize the room you are in with its shapes, colors and light. Then continue imagining the adjacent rooms, one by one with their content and eventually the whole building. You can either represent them in rich detail or expand even further to the outside streets, city, geography, Earth, Solar system and so on.

 As long as you do this exercise in a contemplative way, giving time to your mind to "see", you will notice a calmer and more centered state and sense of peace.

Drop a line in the comments and let me know how it goes!

© Daniele Spadavecchia 2013