A Zen Spirit, About Meditation
a Zen Spirit was previously called Be Well Gifts
Welcome if you have often wondered about meditation it is my goal to help you to understand and realize it’s benefits.. I also share guided meditation HERE
A quick introduction to those who are interested in discovering the benefits of meditation. I’m Katherine blogger at Katherines Corner and I have been meditating since I was a little girl. Under my Mothers tutelage, I became very comfortable with daily meditation. I have shared the practice of meditation with friends, family, our grandchildren and even strangers.
All are welcome here.
State of Grace
Please let me begin by stating, “Meditation is not a religion”. I have received a few emails asking me to share a bit more about the use of meditation in religious practices. As a Christian I find meditation is a wonderful and useful method for prayer and connecting to God. Using a mala to pray, for me, is similar to using a rosary. Meditation can be used in a variety of religions providing a spiritual connection to the Divine. There are a multitude of devotional prayers that can be practiced using meditation beads, over time I will share guided meditations for other religions. Finding your path to a state of grace* can be aided by prayer and meditation.
I am Not a “theologian” but I believe I can address the use of meditation for a few of the Eastern and Western religions. As I mentioned, Catholicism uses rosary beads focusing on six prayers and twenty Mysteries to meditate upon as you pray. I have made many rosary style meditation beads for my customers including adding a variety of Christian medallions and crosses instead of tassels.
Native American traditions use meditation in spiritual development to connect to a sacred environment. Buddhist and Hindu religions use meditation beads as a tool for counting a recited prayer, chant and mantra. I usually make these malas with bead counts of 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. Tibetan malas traditionally are made with 108 beads. The 108 bead mala counts the 108 worldly sins in the Buddhist doctrine. As previously shared; mantras can be recited for different purposes using meditation and meditation beads. Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism, uses meditation as a direct path to experiencing God. Quakers use meditation as a silent path to the presence of God as well.
I hope I have addressed some of the ways religion can use meditation to achieve a state of grace. I know that there are many other religions that use meditation to help achieve a state of grace and if you would like to share them in the comments section I would love to read what you share.
* State of Grace- a religious classification of humanity as a state of sanctification by God, the Divine, the Universe and being influenced by God or a higher power.
A Zen Spirit Categories
“Prayer and Meditation are the gateways, through which you arrive at
Meditation is NOT a replacement for seeing a health care provider and is not a religion.
Benefits of Meditation
Increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
Increases exercise tolerance.
Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
Decreases muscle tension
Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
Helps in post-operative healing.
Enhances the immune system.
Reduces emotional distress
Enhances energy, strength and vigor.
Reduces free radicals
Can lower cholesterol levels
Improves flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
Increase levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
Aids in relieving headaches & migraines
Conscious breathing helps to relieve the symptoms of asthma
Improved performance in athletic events
Produces beneficial changes in brain activity
Increases serotonin level, influences mood
Aids in the resolution of phobias & fears
Helps with focus & concentration
Improved learning ability and memory.
Aids in ending bad habits
Improved relations at home & at work
Increases cognitive learning capabilities
Increased ability to solve complex problems
Increases the capacity for intimate relationships
May reduce the need for anxiety and depression medications ( never stop these medications without your health care providers consent)
Aids in sleep difficulties
Increases listening skills and empathy
Provides peace of mind, happiness
Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
Increased acceptance of oneself
Changes attitude toward life
Creates a deeper relationship with God through meditative prayer
Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
Experience a sense of “Oneness”
Increases the synchronicity in your life
What Is A Mantra
What is a mantra and my thoughts on the use of mantras- (man•tra-ˈmantrə/ noun, a statement, or word repeated). The word mantra has two parts: Man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for the mind; and TRA, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is a valuable tool/instrument of the mind which allows us to enter a deeper state of meditation.
During meditation and often while using the meditation malas, a mantra is traditionally recited to oneself. Originally in the Hindu and Buddhist faith, a word or sound is repeated to aid in meditation concentration. It is my belief that the mantra has extended beyond the simple silent repetitive chant and emerged into prayer and words of gratitude.
Even a statement of relaxation and positive thinking repeated during the meditation process can bring us to a feeling of calm and a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. I often recite a prayer of gratitude to my Lord and Savior as I embrace the new day in gratitude.
For me, mantras are a very personal tool developed to bring your silent meditation full circle by achieving a positive start to the day. I practice meditation at varying times of the day and under a variety of circumstances. But, my Morning Prayer and meditation start my day with a lifted spirit.
Do you have a specific mantra that you use during meditation?
A Zen Spirit is about spiritual and emotional wellness. But, how do you define wellness? Is it simply good health, feeling well, or is it well-being? I believe as we evolve so does our definition of wellness.
Do you achieve wellness through nutrition? Yes. But, I also believe you achieve wellness by nourishing your soul. I have faith that most of us choose to live our best lives and that represents wellness to me.
The term wellness has changed over time, to encompass mind, body, and soul. With the original term focusing solely on the health of the mind and body. It now reaches beyond our physical self to enriching our lives through gratitude and positive actions. As you choose to enrich your lives through contentment, empathy, love, and kindness, you are also achieving wellness.
Is wellness a state of mind or a state of body? Both,
Can you have wellness if your body is ill? Yes, I am proof of that. I believe you find wellness through prayer, gratitude, love, diet, exercise, meditation, paying it forward, acts of kindness and selflessness. By living a life you are proud of you to will achieve “all inclusive” wellness.
How do you define wellness?