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Meditation online lesson 2

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These are the slides for lesson 2 of the Introduction to Meditation course by Rocks n Rituals

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Meditation online lesson 2

  1. 1. Lesson 2
  2. 2.  Have you practiced focusing on your breath?  How difficult do you find it?  Consider the concept that we are all connected and the is our life force – does that help you focus more?  What has your practice taught you so far?
  3. 3.  A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation  A mantra is sound, and sound reverberates in everything in the universe  Here are some natural mantras: -  The sound of your breath  Water gurgling in a stream  The leaves rustling in the trees  Sound has enormous power and vibration
  4. 4.  Meditation allows you to become mindful and notice your inner thoughts.  What are you telling yourself everyday?  Thoughts are your mantra – be aware of what you are repeating to yourself.  Remove negative thought patterns and replace them with positive affirmations.  Would you speak to others the way you speak to yourself?  Notice your thought patterns this week.
  5. 5.  According to ancient Indian (Asian) belief in the beginning there was sound. This sound reverberated as Om - and from that sound everything came into existence.  Sound is a vibration of the air around us. We interpret, via the medium of our hearing equipment, and our brains, the vibration of the air as “sound”. Scientists are beginning to recognize, just as the Ancient Sages did, that a vibration exists in the universe, which reverberates ceaselessly throughout the cosmos.
  6. 6.  OM is pronounced A-U-M. Consider 3 states of consciousness:  • the waking state  • the dream state  • the deep sleep state  The first of the three states of consciousness is the waking state.  The dream state of consciousness lies between the waking and the deep sleep states; it is represented by the letter "U" which lies between the "A" and "M“.  The last state of consciousness is the deep sleep state and is represented by "M”.  Whenever OM is recited in succession, there is an inevitable period of silence between two successive OMs. This silence represents the "fourth state" known as "turiya", which is the state of perfect bliss when the individual self recognizes its identity with the divine.
  7. 7.  Inhale a deep breath to the count of four, and slowly exhale to the count of six. Repeat five times.  Assume normal breathing  Close your eyelids and focus your eyes upwards towards the third eye. This is the point between eyelashes directly above the bridge of the nose.  Let your hands rest easily on your lap, palms turned upwards as a sign of receptivity.  Make sure your spine is upright, and also have the bottom of your feet resting on the floor, thereby keeping you grounded.  Your mantra is the word "OM". Mentally repeat this word over and over, without moving your lips or tongue.
  8. 8.  Repetition – Your Mantra will not work if you don’t repeat it.  Belief - You have to really believe what you’re saying, or have the feeling of belief in what you’re saying, for it to really work.
  9. 9. Thank you for completing Lesson 2. Debi Barr is a Reiki Master Teacher who specialises Reiki Training, Life Coaching, Crystal Healing & Meditation. Visit www.rocksnrituals.co.uk for more information about Debi and the services she provides.

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