Meditation has been used for many purposes – from calming and healing physical, emotional, and mental stress to experiencing higher levels of consciousness and achieving self-realization. Many people think that to meditate, you must make your mind stop thinking, your emotions stop feeling, and your body still, that you must go blank. And you may have noticed that that’s a little difficult. Even when we sleep, it seems our minds keep on going.
Passive meditation works up to a certain point. You can sit for twenty minutes or for hours, and you might gain some relaxation of your mind, emotions and physical body. You may sense more calm and quiet inside simply by removing yourself from a lot of outer stimulation and demands.
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Another Dimension to Meditation
MSIA teaches another dimension to the meditative process, which changes it from a passive technique of emptying the mind to an active technique of directing the mind and emotions. We call these active meditations ‘spiritual exercises’, which suggests the activity of exercise combined with a spiritual focus and thrust. Doing spiritual exercises can help you transcend illusions and limitation and move into the awareness of Soul.
10 Lessons in Meditation and Spiritual Exercises
Experience a practical introduction to meditation and spiritual exercises in these 10 short lessons. The lessons are each approximately 1-3 minutes long and they contain reading, audio and video.
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