Misconceptions of Yoga & Meditation
DRAGON TAO BLOGS are articles and exploratory writings delving into ancient Eastern systems and techniques that are unique to mind, body and soul practices such as Chinese Qigong, Thai Fon Jeung, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Yoga, and Meditation. With articles being both educational and instructional the reader will gain insight into these systems and themselves through personal practice.
Western and religious conditioning have persecuted other cultures and their traditions and have thus given ancient traditions negative stigmata and false labeling. Concerning the questioning of Yoga and meditation and wether it there is a gateway for evil to enter the mind or demons to take over the body are but an illusion. Meditation and prayer are very similar but in all truth prayer is speaking to God and meditation is silencing the thoughts so that one can listen or have a deeper insight delivered through intuition.
Meditation is currently practiced by millions worldwide and regardless of social, religious, financial or other status, the positive effects it has on overall health, stress and immunity are scientifically proven with amazing clarity. When one empties the mind and clears the thoughts they are not opening a gateway for demons to enter nor is there any portal for evil to move through. The fast-paced western world is finally realizing that these ancient traditions such as meditation, yoga, qigong, and tai chi are highly successful ways to calm the mind, body, and soul.
Meditation is used by athletes, musicians, executives and countless other occupations with the same focus and emphasis on perfecting mental visualization and seeing performances as the wish to be. Kung Fu and movie star, Jet Li, has spoken many times about meditating 14 hours a day before his first world championships in which he was outstanding and victorious. Bruce Lee was a big proponent of meditation.
With many styles and ways to meditate one can create their own protocol. Seated or lying stillness meditation is a great way to completely calm the mind and relieve the stresses of life. Movements meditations such as Chinese Qigong and Tai Chi are wonderful ways to align the breath, intentions, and movements in a flowing and graceful expression of self. One doesn't have to clear the mind completely but rather can focus on one thing, affirmation, prayer...anything that may override the 10,000 meaningless thoughts.
One of the goals of meditation as referred to by Buddhists, Yogis, Taoists and even many Christians is that it is not a religious requirement or protocol of religion but rather a beneficial element of peaceful and healthy living. Quality and longevity of life are found through keeping the mind free of stressful constraints and confines. Everyone has their ways of dealing with stress but meditation had been medically and scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, increase the immune system and aid in stress management.
So only self-experience brings understanding and one should research meditation before judging and labeling. It has changed my life dramatically for the better. I now have the ability to control my emotions, focus my energy and concentration while having the ability to handle stress in safer ways with higher productivity. All good things happen in time and indeed meditation does not come easy at first but one learns about themselves quickly by viewing thoughts and patterns objectively and being a witness to emotions and unconscious conditioning.
Thank you for your time to read The Dragon Tao Chronicles.
- Brian Seraiah Wood