To Purify One’s Mind & Reduce Stress-Try Meditation
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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It is rather timely for me to receive the local Buddhist Temple’s announcement of meditation class (on December 16, 2015, from 7:30-9:00 pm, at Guang Ming Temple at 6555 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, FL. Please call in advance for registration at 407-281-8482), above, especially after having posted Let’s Have The Patience and Compassion To Evolve.
Did you know that mediation may help to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (aka qi, ki, or prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness?
A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.
Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training. Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.”
In the East, around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, different forms of meditation developed in Confucian, and Taoist China and Hindu, Jain and Buddhist India. In the West, by 20 BCE Philo of Alexandria had written on some form of “spiritual exercises” involving attention (prosoche) and concentration and by the 3rd century Plotinus had developed meditative techniques.
As earth’s population increases from 7 to 9 billion, it would be advisable for all human beings to be equipped with the skill of meditation, not only to relieve stress of life, but also to evolve to become more patient-loving-compassionate human beings.
~Let’s Help One Another~
Gathered, written, photographed, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker