Spiritual Meditation – What Is It And What Are Its Benefits?

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Do you want to make a significant physical, mental, and emotional transformation in your body? Try spiritual meditation. It will help you calm down, concentrate on yourself, and become conscious of yourself. Unplugging from the world’s hectic energy and listening to what your body is saying takes extra work. Make the extra effort to meditate spiritually and witness the magic that occurs.

In this article, we have explained what spiritual meditation is and how to do it. Keep reading to know more!

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Before that, let’s first learn about spiritual meditation.

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Zazen meditation in Zen Buddhism, Jewish Kabbalistic practices, and Sufi Dhikr, or remembrance of God, are some examples of spiritual meditation.

What Is Spiritual Meditation?

Spiritual meditation is an experience that takes you to the depths of who you are. You, as your real self, are stripped of all the perceptions you had about yourself until that point in your life. In the process, you experience joy and peace. A feeling of love and light warms up your being.

Spiritual meditation makes you realize the eternal truth and let go of all that has happened and will happen. The present is where you want to be and find solace. The need to practice spiritual meditation comes from an innate longing to see and think beyond the chaotic world surrounding you. This will help you in attaining mindfulness, harmony, serenity, tranquility, and self-awareness through introspection and contemplation.

Grace Being, a blogger, tried meditation and wrote her experience in a blog post. She says, “I was quite skeptical about it. I felt stupid closing my eyes for 10 minutes, listening to myself in my head saying that I cannot do it. At the end of the session, I did feel extremely relieved, so I started reading what science says about the benefits of meditation. Being the atheist that I was back then, I needed scientific facts of how and why meditation is beneficial (i)”.

Now, let’s learn how to do it.

The Spiritual Meditation Technique

  1. Choose A Comfortable Position
  2. Experience The Process
  3. Acknowledge The Thoughts
  4. Utter A Prayer
  5. Reflect On Yourself

1. Choose A Comfortable Position

Comfortable seated posture for spiritual meditation
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Before you begin the practice, the most important aspect is to find a place and position that you will be comfortable in. This involves staying away from the noises of the city as much as possible and surrounding yourself with greenery and the gentle chirping of birds. Spiritual meditation can quickly put you to sleep. To avoid that, you must be extra cautious of the position you wish to meditate in. Choose a position that you are comfortable in, but not something that is way too relaxing and will make you easily drift into sleep. Sit in the Vajrasana, Padmasana, or the Sukhasana. Or you can even sit on a chair with your back straight, or stand up with your back leaning on the wall. Whatever works. Then, close your eyes lightly.

2. Experience The Process

Experiencing the process of spiritual meditation
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When you have a task to accomplish, what do you usually do? You plan, have the procedure in your head, and follow the pattern consciously. That is how we are used to doing tasks. We plan and execute them in a controlled manner. However, this is not the ideal way to deal with meditation. Here, you will have to let it go. Loosen up and let it take its course in a natural and organic manner. You should be a passive spectator, allowing the process to happen on its own. Do not bother about getting it right or be concerned about the outcome. Let it flow in its natural course.

3. Acknowledge The Thoughts

Acknowledging the thoughts during spiritual meditation
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We live in a world that runs on information. You are always fed with new data in the form of live updates, breaking news, and social media. As a result, your mind is always abuzz with new content and your brain’s reaction to it. It is a never-ending game as long as you are awake, and even during sleep, it is quite a task to calm your whirring mind.

You invariably react to every thought and end up being affected by it. Even while you sit to meditate, thoughts will bombard you. But, the challenge lies in not responding to them and allowing them to control you. Let the ideas seep in like they usually do, but control the urge to react to them. Let them waft away, enabling you to get back to your meditation.

4. Utter A Prayer

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Now, keep your body loose and relaxed. Breathe naturally and slowly. Observe your breath as it goes in and out. Thoughts interrupt your process, but you know what to do with them. Get back to your body and breathe after every thought interruption. Then, at each exhalation, think of the prayer you chose. Utter it in your head every time you breathe out. Use the prayer as a means to bring back your attention to observing your breath.

Now, keep your body loose and relaxed. Breathe naturally and slowly. Observe your breath as it goes in and out. Thoughts interrupt your process, but you know what to do with them. Get back to your body and breathing after every thought interruption. Then, at each exhalation, think of the prayer you chose. Utter it in your head every time you breathe out. Use the prayer as a means to bring back your attention to observing your breath.

5. Reflect On Yourself

Reflecting on yourself during spiritual mediation
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Turn your attention to your body and your awareness and presence in the space. Become conscious of your surroundings. Observe how your body feels. Be attentive to your thoughts and breath. Relax completely and stay calm. Open your eyes slowly and sit in the same position for some time. Let the effects of meditation sink in. Feel it, and enjoy the lightness your body feels. Think about the entire process and how you went about it. Notice how you have become less agitated than before the meditation. Accept that your reaction to the process was natural.

Finally, come out of the meditation zone, stretch a bit, and go about your day.

Spiritual Meditation Benefits

  • Spiritual meditation releases and settles our thoughts and emotions.
  • It relaxes your nervous system and helps your body unwind from stress.
  • It helps you to let go of the past and sink into peace.
  • Spiritual meditation helps you realize who you really are.
  • It empowers you and helps you reach your higher consciousness.
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You can perform spiritual meditation in holy places as they are serene. But, of course, a hilltop or a beach works too. Just ensure that the area is quiet and free from pollution.

These are some of the benefits of practicing spiritual meditation. But does this method help with sleep problems? Scroll down to the next section to know more.

Spiritual Meditation For Sleep

The spiritual meditation process helps you relax and improve your sleep quality. A study published in ResearchGate found that meditation may help reduce your stress and regulate blood flow to the brain which may help promote better sleep (1), (2).

You can create a state of calmness before bedtime by dimming the lights and chanting gentle mantras. In addition, if you are spiritually inclined, take this time to connect with the divine, surrendering all your worries to the higher power and releasing any tension you might be holding.

Note: Practice spiritual meditation for about five minutes initially, and gradually increase the duration as per your convenience. When people dive deeper into devotion, faith, mysticism, and even asceticism while practicing spiritual meditation they can achieve enlightenment and transcendence with grace.

Spiritual meditation is the way to go if you want to dive deeper into your inner self and enjoy true peace and joy. It helps you stay connected with the present, freeing you from the thoughts of the past and future. You can practice this meditation in the position of your choice or that you are comfortable with. If random thoughts are distracting you, you can also choose to recite a prayer or repeat a mantra to regain focus. This type of meditation helps you manage your emotions better, relax the nervous system, and relieve stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is self-realization?

When you realize that you are more than the body you reside in and a part of a pure, faithful, and unlimited consciousness, it is called self-realization.

What is the difference between yoga and spiritual meditation?

Yoga is the physical aspect of practicing asanas that help your body prepare for meditation. Whereas, meditation elevates you spiritually, helping you to connect to the higher consciousness.

Is spiritual meditation a science?

Spiritual meditation can be considered a subjective science. It is an ancient organized structure backed by reasoning and observation. Only the practitioner knows the actual effects and process of meditation, and no device can measure that.

What is the difference between spirituality and religion?

The main difference between spirituality and religion is that spirituality is an inward reflection of self and an attempt to merge with the higher consciousness whereas religion is an external practice through ceremonies, rituals, and festivals.

Do I need a Guru to teach me spiritual meditation?

It helps if you find a Guru who can guide you along the right way and make your path to higher consciousness easier. Otherwise, when you evolve in spirituality, by practicing some specific spiritual disciplines for a course of time, you become the light unto yourself – in other words, your own Guru.
Spiritual meditation is a powerful process that is relatively easy to practice. All you need is some time every day to sit and slow down and experience the profound results. It’ll make your life more meaningful, and that’s what you really need. So, buck up and begin.

How do I activate my spiritual power?

Practicing meditation along with praying, journaling, and engaging in physical activities like yoga and dance can help you activate your spiritual power.

Key Takeaways

  • Spiritual meditation can be useful to get in touch with your spiritual side and closer to your inner self
  • To perform this meditation, you need a silent place, free from any distractions.
  • Taking deep and controlled breaths and counting them are essential parts of this meditation.
  • During meditation, focus on positive thoughts including gratitude, compassion, and love.
  • Dedicate 15 minutes every day to practicing this meditation every day to achieve inner peace.

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Sri Yogi Anand
Sri Yogi AnandE-RYT 500, YACEP
Sri Yogi Anand has 24 years of experience in the practical and philosophical aspects of yoga and spirituality. He has been teaching yoga and spirituality through his institution, Adwait Yoga School. He integrates scientific and medical approaches with yoga therapy to help in cases of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and disorders and orthopedic and lifestyle disorders.

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