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Rev Suzanne Champlin

Spiritual Teacher & Counselor

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Divine Healer

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Rev Dr Michael Milner, PhD

Spiritual Teacher & Counselor

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MEDITATION

 

 

For consistent spiritual growth we need to have a daily meditation practice. It is important to make time each day to let go of everything, and simply rest in the silence that is always present when we open to the space between our breaths, between our thoughts. There are many wonderful forms of meditation. Find one that works for you, that you are comfortable with, and stick with it. The rewards are amazing. Here are a few examples:

 

“Breathe Awareness”: A great place to begin is by spending 10 or 20 minutes every day in breath awareness. Sit up straight, close your eyes, relax, breathe naturally through your nose, let your breath slow down & deepen, breathe from your lower abdomen. Just feel the breath flow in & flow out. Whenever your mind wanders to a thought, a sound, a feeling, an image, or anything else, gently release whatever has captured your attention, and return to feeling the breath flowing in and flowing out. You may begin to notice the clear silent open empty space between each breath. Rest in that and keep returning to it.

 

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE: “Meditation in the Presence”,  ultra-simple, super-effective! Close your eyes, connect with the Divine Presence and let go. Relax, float …dissolve. Whatever arises in your awareness (thoughts, emotions, sounds, sensations, images, visions, energy… any “thing”) accept it, gently release it, return to the Presence and let go. For more detailed instructions, go to: http://floweringheart.org/InThePresence.htm

 

Mantra Meditation: Mantras are Sanskrit words that when repeated inwardly or outwardly transport you into a meditative state. They are best learned from a qualified teacher, but you could try a simple one, the breath mantra: “So Ham”. Close your eyes. Enter breath awareness. As you inhale inwardly & silently say “So…” As you exhale silently say “Ham…” (Pronounced “hom” the “o” like in Tom, or pronounced “hum” the “u” like in thumb). Every time your mind wanders return to your breath and to the mantra.

 

Chakra Meditation: http://floweringheart.org/ChakraDhyana.htm

 

“Awakening Meditation” (as taught by our friend William Cooper) is a process in which you do nothing but be aware of whatever is happening in and around you right now. Just close your eyes and relax. There is nothing you have to do. Just allow. Let everything do its own thing. Easy! You are automatically aware of thoughts, emotions, sounds, sensations, etc. Just relax. There is no need to get involved with them or try to do anything at all. Just let them do the work as they unwind, release and melt out of your system. You simply rest and relax as the witnessing awareness, experiencing whatever arises. You can read more about this at: http://floweringheart.org/AwakeningMeditation.htm

 

“Centering Prayer” is a perfect form of meditation (contemplative prayer) for Christian Mystics and for all those who prefer to focus their awareness in meditation on the divine within. In addition to Christians, people from many paths and traditions, including Buddhists, Hindus and others practice Centering Prayer. For instructions, go to http://floweringheart.org/CenteringPrayer.htm

 

Taoist Meditation, AKA "Microcosmic Orbit": Sit in a half or full lotus with the right leg on top. Or you could sit on a chair, your back straight, not leaning against the back of the chair, the soles of both feet flat on the floor. Palms turned up, right hand on top of the left, resting gently against the lower abdomen at the top of the pubic bone, thumbs touching tip to tip. The tongue is curled, folded back on itself, so the tip of the tongue is touching the center of the hard palate on the roof of the mouth. The head is tilted slightly forward. Eyes are closed, directed down toward the tip of the nose. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel the energy flow from the base of the spine (or the perineum) up your back to the top of your head. As you exhale feel it flow down the front of your body to the lower belly (Dan Tien or "Sea of Elixir") forming a complete circle, like the snake swallowing its tail. Continue for at least 10 minutes. 20 minutes or longer is better. This form of meditation is best learned directly from an adept instructor. For more about Taoist Meditation visit: http://floweringheart.org/TaoistArts.htm 

 

 

 

The important thing is to find a meditation practice you are comfortable with and to stick with it every day.

 

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