What is Spiritual Meditation?
At its core, spiritual meditation is the mindful practice of connection to something that is greater, vaster, and deeper than the individual self. It may seem paradoxical, but the path to that connection passes through honest self-reflection. While there are many meditation techniques that look to increase spiritual awareness, they all require an attitude of integrity and authenticity when looking at ourselves and how we view the world. Different religions practice meditation in different ways. Mindful practice isn’t limited to any particular faith or religion – anyone can follow a guided spiritual meditation. The blessings of spiritual meditation have a ripple effect: as our awareness and spiritual confidence increase, so do our desire and ability to be of benefit to others.
For as long as we humans have been embarking on spiritual journeys, we’ve relied on the guidance of spiritual teachers. The hallmarks of a genuine spiritual teacher are wisdom, kindness, spiritual power, and humility. Self-styled gurus who toot their own “spiritual enlightenment” horns tend to be misguided and easily lead others astray, whether their intentions are good or not.
The journey to spiritual awareness through meditation takes time. Progress is definitely not achieved overnight; promises of a quick fix are implausible at best. It takes plenty of discipline and practice to achieve spiritual realization, but the long-term benefits are incomparable. For those whose spiritual lives are important to them, there is no more worthy effort.
Can I get spiritual power through meditation?
Some people mistakenly believe that the point of practicing spiritual meditation is to achieve “superpowers” such as telepathy, the ability to heal oneself and others, knowledge of past lives, visions of the future, levitation, and so on. There’s bound to be a snake-oil guru out there who will promise them almost anything they can imagine, as long as they sign on the dotted line.
The allure of fantastical spiritual powers can overshadow the simple beauty of spiritual meditation practice. Spiritual awareness starts with being honest and kind, and with our commitment to becoming the best human being we can be. A strong desire for magic and miracles makes it very difficult to recognize and appreciate the marvel of being alive and everything that goes into making this possible. What could be more miraculous and magical than the air we breathe, the sunshine we enjoy, simple acts of kindness and compassion, interconnections, and everyday blessings of all kinds? Gentle appreciation of the present moment and an attitude of benevolence towards all living beings are the real fruits of spiritual awakening.
What is Spiritual Meditation? Techniques for Beginners
For those who have never tried spiritual meditation in the past, it may be difficult to grasp just how many benefits can come with this exercise. Meditation has been around for thousands of years and has been valued for this long simply because it works—it can truly change your body, your mind, your soul and your entire life if you are open to it. However, one of the main reasons that people fail to get started with spiritual meditation is simply that they don’t know how to start doing it.
You’re probably wondering what spiritual meditation is… Spiritual meditation allows you to discover the depths of who you are.
If you are interested in experiencing some of the great benefits of meditation but aren’t sure where to begin, then these tips can help you get started and help you understand not only some of the benefits that you will start seeing with regular meditation, but understand how to get started with this practice and how to make it part of your regular routine so you can truly start to see how it can change you.
Understanding the Benefits of Spiritual Meditation
Before you get started with your practice, it is important to really understand what the benefits of meditation are, or in short, why you are doing this practice each and every day. The more you understand the why of meditation the easier it will be to stay focused and dedicated to the art-form and to really work at making it a component of your regular routine.
Meditating should be part of your daily ritual just like brushing your teeth. You brush your teeth daily, or even multiple time per day, because just brushing your teeth once wouldn’t really do anything for you. The same mindset should apply to meditation. You need to do it regularly in order to get the results.
So, what type of results can you expect? Well the reason that meditation is so popular and the reason it has been so popular for so long is because it can truly touch virtually every component of your life. Some of the proven benefits include:
- Reduces stress
- Helps with focus and concentration
- Promotes better sleep
- Improves circulation
- Increases self-awareness
- Promotes happiness
- Helps with anxiety
- Regulates mood
- Slows down aging
- Boosts immune health
- Helps with memory
- Promotes better decision-making stills
- Increases emotional strength
These are just a few of the may scientific benefits behind meditation that can change your life for the better. So, now that you know why you should be meditating, it is time to learn how to get started.
Easy spiritual meditation for beginners and seasoned mediators
I’m often asked “What is a good spiritual meditation for beginners?” and “What types of meditation do you do?” So I’d like to share with you the methods I’ve used and taught others that are not only easy, but most effective in assisting us to slow down, focus within, and become aware of our own inner, alive Presence, the source of all true healing.
I think you’ll find something helpful here, whether you’re just beginning meditation or have been meditating for years.