Why meditation?

By Madeleine Marentette

Practicing meditation is a prerequisite to self-discovery, peace of mind and optimum health. I made it my personal goal years ago to effectively integrate three types of meditation into my hectic life ~ every day. Believe it or not, I am here to tell you it is absolutely possible to practice meditation regardless of how busy your life is. If you have a demanding lifestyle like most people today, all the more reason you need to take up meditation. Luckily for me, I was highly motivated back in the early 80's due to a long-term health issue. Admittedly it took me a very long time, almost ten years, to realize that meditation is not something you squeeze in to your schedule like a conference call or a dentist appointment. Meditation is something you do while you are doing life, while you are on a conference call or lying in the dentist chair!

You have to know where you are at in order to know were you are going. Meditation opens up the All-Seeing-Eye, the eye being the most potent transmitter and perceiver of energy.

The above statement was my single greatest revelation ~ it changed my path and my future. I realized that meditation was simply a focused mind ~ a 'Eureka!' moment. The practice of observing life while living life is meditation. Seeing life wholly from this perspective is the point, creates the outcome of a steady mind, accountability, a calmer heart, less adverse reactions to people and situations out of your control. This reduces our stress level and literally saves us from ill-health and even pre-mature death. So now you may be asking, "what are the three types of meditation"? Here they are: Silent Meditation, Contemplative Meditation, Invocation Meditation. Each one represents a different type of brain function. Silence has a healing effect, contemplation of course is our creative and imaginative life, and invocation is what some might relate to as their prayer life. All of these play a significant role in the development of spiritual insight, the ultimate objective of our collective human race.

Every month I will be adding a meditation instruction to this page. My mission and hope is that you try it, like it and integrate it into your everyday, forever. I believe that the greatest of all human adventures is represented in the stories of the legendary quest for the Holy Grail ~ the cup to be discovered (uncovered) within the centre of our own Self. Where there is vision, will come spiritual insight. As I was reminded in one of my favorite books just today "Where there is no vision the people perish". Vision gives life, directs life, and realizes life.

I would like to invite you to join millions of others from around the world to a world meditation for even just a few minutes on the evenings of the full moon. Visit the Grail Springs World Meditation Project which describes a step-by-step invocation meditation, a simple yet very powerful image that will start you on your way. Enjoy the image. See you there.
We always think BIG at Grail Springs...Cheers!

By Madeleine Marentette

November 20, 2008

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