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									Meditation Made Easy
Author: Lorin Roche

Meditation, says Lorin Roche, has been held captive by gurus and overly restrictive spiritual traditions for
centuries. It should be one of life's great pleasures - to be savoured like ice cream or a cold beer on a hot
summer day. You don't have to sit in an awkward position or empty your mind or relinquish desire to
meditate, claims Roche. Here he offers startlingly simple techniques to wake up the senses and relax the
body and mind. With this amazingly clear and reassuring guide, anyone can learn to meditate.

Meditation is a naturally occurring rest state; it is resting in yourself while remaining awake and alert.
Meditation is innate, and your body already knows how to do it. The human body has an instinctive ability
to shift into profound rest states in order to heat, energize, integrate, tune itself up, and assimilate
learning. It is almost a sure bet that you have already experienced this many times in your life.Meditation
is paradoxical in that you are resting more deeply than you do in sleep, yet you are wide awake inside. It
is very similar to taking a nap, but you don't fall asleep-you fall awake. You can induce this state by
attentively doing anything simple and repetitive. We breathe all the time, and breathing is rhythmic, so
you could pay attention to your breathing. There are so many ways in.Meditation promotes a heightened
awareness of the details of everyday life. Even a few minutes of meditation will help you move through the
world with more relaxation and alertness.Meditation is giving attention a chance to explore its full range,
both inward and outward. It is a conversation between your inner and your outer life. This sounds simple,
and it is. But there is no end to the delights of attention; there is always more to learn, more to explore,
more to awaken to.Where Did Meditation Come From?Meditation was probably discovered independently
by hunters, singers, dancers, drummers, lovers, and hermits, each in their own way. People tend to
encounter meditative states whenever they throw themselves with total intensity into life's callings. The
knowledge of how to intentionally cultivate meditative states is a kind of craft knowledge-those handy tips
people pass on to each other. Meditation does not come from India or Tibet-those are just places where
the knowledge rested for a while, and the hermits in those places wrote it all down. Bless them.Human
beings have been using tools for hundreds of thousands of years, according to the archaeologists. I
consider it very likely that they have been using sophisticated mental tools for tens of thousands of
years.Hunters, for example, sometimes have to make themselves still for hours. They have to merge with
the forest and not even think, test they scare the prey away. Then they leap into action with total
precision at a moment's notice-that's Zen in a nutshell. Hunters teach each other these skills, through
verbal instruction and example.Singers and dancers often enter meditative states through their passionate
expression. Singers work with breath awareness in ways far more sophisticated than yoga. Lovers are
often in a state of heightened appreciation that borders on meditation. Hermits are the ones we have
heard the most from, because they kept the best notes. That is why we always think of yogis and
bearded guys in the Himalayas when we think of meditation. But their way is only one small subset of the
many different gateways into meditation.Meditation comes from the human heart and is a way of warming
your hands and your life at the fire always pulsing there in your core. It comes from the depths of your
instinctive wisdom. Human beings are always wondering and inquiring, and meditation is a natural
emergence of that adventure.On the other hand, cats obviously meditate. That's what it looks like to me,
anyway. So it may be a genetically encoded, instinctive talent in mammals. Cats don't need to be taught
to meditate, but human beings need a little coaching.Why Do People Meditate?People meditate for
innumerable reasons, and all of them are valid.
Author Bio
Lorin Roche
Lorin Roche, Ph.D., has been a meditation trainer for three decades. Since 1975 he has developed and
taught innovative meditation techniques that are specially tailored to North American lifestyles. He lives in
Marina del Rey, California.

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