Everybody can meditate as it is a natural state of being – like sleep, like relaxation – everyone has it in them to experience this.
The major obstacle is that our focus has been removed from certain aspects of ourselves in order to deal with a more core survival issue, which is essential in a very complex world, such as it is in the western world. It is not that the complex world is a bad thing it simply means that our attention forgets how to relax at times, how to meditate, as our mind and emotions get full of so many other things.
So the goal of meditation in the beginning would be to unlearn that which prevents the natural state of being from being a real experience.
Meditation is not like some people may think sitting down and stilling the mind – it is a state of consciousness and awareness that allows for creativity and action but in a different way than rushing around from one place to another.
It has been shown through various researchers at universities that meditation actually helps one to improve creative abilities, emotional intelligence and even improves IQ. The reason for this is that meditation allows the natural flow to all other aspects of yourself to be much more in tune with what makes you alive. It is just like when you sleep, you wake up refreshed and clear. It is just like when you relax, you are able to let go of the stresses that seem so intense in that moment. Meditation helps the flow of life energy so that you feel a joy and a clarity that is part of the creative process of meditation.
This is never achieved simply by sitting down, it is a much more complex process. Our idea of meditation being sitting quietly in a corner for 20 minutes is quite misleading.
About Tony Samara:
Tony Samara, author of ‘Shaman’s Wisdom,’ ‘From the Heart,’ ‘Different Yet the Same,’ and ‘Deeper than Words’ was born in England, grew up in Egypt and also in Norway where he discovered the “Zen Buddhist philosophy”. This discovery eventually led him to the “Mount Baldy Zen Center in California, USA” where he learned the spiritual teachings of “Kyozan Joshu Sasaki.” He had curiosity to explore further the essence of spirituality and thus went to live and learn with shamanic communities around the globe including a period of time spent with some highly influential shamans in the Amazon River region and the Andes Mountains. Now people from all over the world visit Tony Samara to take spiritual guidance and experience being in his presence. http://www.tonysamara.org/
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