The training of the mind

Meditation is a form of spiritual concentration carried out by deep relaxation, the removal of all thoughts and external stimuli from the consciousness of the subject. The purpose is to draw knowledge or experiences directly, without the use of our sensory organs. In general, it is considered a means of mental relaxation and well-being.

In the practice of meditation we withdraw from our busy lives. We step outside of our thoughts to find a quiet place within ourselves. Meditation can consist of still and conscious concentration – focusing, meditating with attention to sounds, images, breath, candlelight, and more. Usually meditation is done from a seated position cross-legged, with closed eyes and a straight spine.

In meditation, as in yoga, we recognize that our evolution is as much about us as it is about those around us. So personal experience is only part of the practice. Whoever meditates participates spiritually in the evolution of all aspects of the self and therefore of the whole. Meditation is a deeply mystical process because we become aware of the fact that we are more than our ordinary everyday selves. Something that lives within him, observes him and directs him. The meditator enters a state of heightened alertness, focused attention and inner silence, which can be experienced at any moment of our daily life, through the control of breathing, which must be slow and steady.

Meditation slows the rate of breathing, slows the heart rate and lowers the blood pressure. It can increase the ability to relax, reducing anxiety attacks and allowing individuals to reach a deeper level of relaxation. It also strengthens the immune system, increases self-confidence and serotonin production, reduces pre-menstrual syndrome, helps with various types of allergies and physical ailments such as arthritis. As in gymnastics, so in meditation you need one step at a time, practicing, to gradually bring the desired result.