Singular focus. Complete concentration. Inner reflection. Dreamlike state. Clarity of thought. Heightened sense of self. Purity of the mind.
All of these phrases and many more describe the state of meditation. For thousands of years, yoga provided the path to a meditative state. Kelowna meditation yoga is achieved when all outside distractions are eliminated or drastically minimized so one can concentrate. Many techniques are used to reach a meditative state which include, but are not limited to, a repetitive mantra, focusing on a single object, using mental images or simply focusing on each breath you take.
A repetitive mantra is a single word, phrase or sound repeated over and over. Focusing on a single object or gazing is staring at a candle’s flame, a flower, a special picture or anything that brings about a restful peace. Mental images are similar in they allow for a restful state, but unless practiced can be more subject to distraction than gazing at a real object than an imagined one. Focus on breathing, while assisting to achieve a meditative state, focuses just on each breath you take and may prevent a deeper form of meditation.
When practiced each of these techniques will derive a form of meditation, and you with your instructor will discover what works best for you. For example, the focus on breathing will lead to the discovery of things that surround you in a heightened sensory state, such as the aromas recognized as you breathe. It also helps you attune to your heartbeat, areas of physical discomfort and have been found to slow your heartbeat and lower blood pressure.
In all its forms and the many ways to achieve the meditative state, the primary goal is to find what is colloquially known as one’s “happy place.” If you can’t get to the beach and watch the sunset, imagine it while arriving at your meditative state. If a loved one is your happy place, then imagine them and the good times shared. No matter how you get there, meditation works.
You and your instructor will find your path to meditation. You will be able to find singular focus, complete concentration, inner reflection and all the rest. Most importantly the curative results of meditation will relieve stress, headaches, indigestion, muscle tightness and help solve life’s day to day hassles through clarity of thought and the heightened sense of self.