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Meditation and Contemplation


Meditation and contemplation is an excellent topic to share with you,  and I am excited to have our first guest blogger on contribute it!  I have known Jan Wininger for 4 years now, and she has become a close and valued friend (along with her husband Dave).   Jan is blessed with an impenetrable zeal for life, and she has the power to bless people with her positive attitude and enthusiasm.  I recently learned, she is one of the few that is able to reach  a truly deep state of meditation, and so I am so pleased she is sharing her thoughts here with us…..  

We incur many kinds of stress from  many sources.  Naturally we try to lessen our stress.  Some people do this by exercise, others may prefer listening to music, or being absorbed in a hobby, any kind of distraction.   However successful those venues may be, they are only temporary.  They don’t really solve the problem  and  may not decrease the stress in a meaningful  manner.  It is a natural reaction that we seek  a way to  induce  peace and  calm within ourselves.  A balancing of the negative and positive energies.
“Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass ” -Feltham
“Meditation is the life of the soul; action is the soul of meditation; honor is the reward of action: so meditate , that  thou mayst do.”- Quarles

Meditation is both calming  and rewarding. Contemplation is rewarding also.  These must not be confused.

To contemplate a thought or concept is to focus on its meaning.  Contemplating is easier than meditating. To meditate, one must empty one’s mind. Contemplation is focusing on a thought. As you focus, different levels of meaning will emerge. You will begin to  mentally associate the idea with the main thought, you will lead yourself to deeper insights and understanding. It is perfectly fine to think while contemplating.  The key is maintaining your  focus.

We are all on a spiritual path, however, we are all moving at different  speeds.

Contemplation and meditation  are not easy. They require self/honesty and removing our defences. We are conditioned  and taught to be analytical, yet this is counter productive when contemplating and meditating. Contemplation and meditation are about being  free to explore. Contemplation will lead you  to a clearer understanding  of your spiritual nature.  When you  focus on one thought, eg kindness – you open yourself up to associations connected with it.   kindness –  perhaps your mother, a friend, an act.  It may elicit a feeling. It can be  quite rewarding when you  focus on the spiritual act of  the word kindness.  With  more experience of contemplation, you  will gain and develop a sense of inner peace.   This can become a part of your daily routine!

More balance = less stress.

We contemplate everyday without knowing it!  How do we contemplate?  Begin by finding a quiet place to relax alone.  Take your time.  Focus on a thought and then think about on its responses and then let  the responses multiply.  Contemplating may evoke memories, insights. Try to contemplate only one  thing at a time. If you don’t succeed the first time, repeat the same thought again at another time until you develop more insights. As you practice, your mind will stray but there still is a connection to the original thought. Contemplating should be pleasurable for you. Its purpose is to become liberated, and not hung up on the process.

Quoting B.Weiss, meditation is still the means for going as deeply into the spiritual realm as is humanly possible. Here you are not bound by a single concept or confined by concentration. Rather, you are saying  to your mind, body and soul,”You are free to go wherever you want in your search for spiritual progression. You are not constrained by time or place but can travel to the past or to the future,to lands unknown or known, to places as small as the human heart or as vast as the universe.” Meditation opens the mind to influences on our bodies and souls. These influences  could come from past, present or future lives. We can use meditation to resolve personal conflicts so that we can heal.  The  main purpose of meditation is to achieve inner peace and balance through spirituality.

 How to begin?

 Begin with short periods of time and gradually increase this period.  Close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply, and locate any areas of the body that  are tense. Send your body a message to relax.  Try to blank your mind and let random thoughts just disappear.  Mentally empty a glass. Watch all the thoughts pour out of this glass until it is empty.  When the glass is empty, seize this exact moment to enjoy the peace by surrendering to it.  The mind is very powerful and by giving it free will, it can give us great joy.  Mindfulness is awareness of those thoughts, emotions,feelings, perceptions that are occupying us now. The act of meditating will open the door to inner peace and health. By carrying us from everyday awareness into the mindfulness of the present moment – only this moment, and thus into the spiritual values that elevate our souls, meditation frees us to go anywhere.  The unaware becomes aware. We gain insights.Meditation can help us tap into healing powers within us.  Mind over matter so to speak.  Doctors are now  discovering this. Eastern society has known about this for centuries.  Emotions affect the immune system!
Studies in England have shown that doctors have found that meditation , diet and exercise can reverse  coronary artery disease.  Diet and exercise alone won’t do it.  The power of prayer on healing  has also been documented.  Meditation could also bring you  to an awareness of your spiritual essence and to a state of well-being.
Contemplation  and meditation are  techniques that can reduce stress, bring awareness, joy, and inner peace, and ultimately lead to better health of both  mind and body.


Tony Sibbald

Jan…thanks so much for sharing…heard great feedback already

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