As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality. – Adi Shankara
Meditation essentially means one-pointed focus. It is the cultivation of the ability to be fully present with the object of your choice, to be able to give your 100% attention to something. This object of choice can be a thought, a mantra, a visual aid like a mandala or the breath. However, any act you perform with undivided attention and focus is meditative. Setting aside time for meditation is not only therapeutic, but the pathway to peace and greater wisdom. Meditation practice can be static or dynamic. In static meditation, one assumes a seated or supine position for the practice. Dynamic meditation is meditation in motion, where the movement or the breath becomes the point of focus. A fixed asana routine can be regarded as a dynamic meditation.
There are many kinds of meditation. Some examples of the techniques involved in meditation are - reflection, mindfulness, concentration and chanting. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Meditation requires discipline and dedication. It is also important to honour the state of mind of is in, and choose a meditation that is best suited.
At the center, various different meditation techniques are taught, to suit your particular needs. Examples of the different meditations taught at the center are:
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