Dr. Swati launched her free App 2meditate in July 2015. To download this App, search 2meditate in your App store or click on the following while on your mobile device.
In 2meditate, you can join in a guided global ongoing meditation, for 2 minutes or 20 minutes, anytime and from any where. On the screen, find out who else is meditating with you at the same time and listening to the same meditation. You can choose to meditate by yourself by selecting from a list of meditations. You can also invite your own friends and form a group, schedule a meditation, and meditate together. Give feedback and chat with each other.
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Mindfulness Meditation is currently the most researched psychological tool! Several researchers in various universities (e.g. UCLA, University of Wisconsin) are investigating how meditation can help to reduce stress, reduce health problems related to stress, increase concentration, and increase the sense of well-being.
The most basic type of mindfulness meditation is to pay attention to your own breathing. It sounds simple, but it requires training to keep bringing your wondering mind back to the breath in a non-judgmental way. There are several other types of mindfulness meditations. They all involve being mindful in a special way: moment-by-moment and non-judgmental.
Although the origin of mindfulness meditation philosophy comes from Buddha’s teachings from 2500 years ago, the meditation and its basic tenets are very secular. In its simplest form, it can serve as training in “paying attention to the present moment”, and in its more advanced form it can be a tool for changing the undesirable effects of difficult thoughts and feelings.
This is why it is a psychological tool! My meditation teachings are specifically geared towards making you see the different ways in which you could deal with the difficult issues in your life. Although this tool can be used for spiritual experiences as well, a deeper psychological self-awareness and self-control makes the spiritual experience more solid.
FAQ on Meditation:
Q1: Is meditation about emptying the mind? I find it almost impossible to do it.
Mindfulness meditation is NOT about training yourself to empty your mind. It involves paying attention to the one thing you choose to pay attention to, a special type of attention: moment-by-moment and non-judgmental. The most basic type of mindfulness meditation is to pay attention to your own breathing in a non-judgmental way. There are several other types of mindfulness meditations.
Q2: Can I learn to meditate on my own by listening to a CD or reading a book.
Although it is possible to learn the act of meditating by reading books or listening to CDs, learning to meditate under a teacher’s guidance will offer a deeper understanding of the why and how of meditating. A teacher can help the student to get over common obstacles to meditating. I strongly encourage you to meditate under the guidance of a live teacher. Once you learn to meditate, the other important factor in keeping a regular practice of meditation is to join a group (called Sangha in Pali language). The group energy not only allows you to sit with the present moment longer, but it also allows you to experience the meditative experience in a deeper way.
Q3: How are Mindfulness Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation (TM) meditation different?
In TM meditation, the meditator receives a “mantra” from the teacher, which is used as a focal point in the meditation. TM was originated by Maharshi Mahesh yogi, was subsequently researched and used as a stress reduction tool as well as a spiritual tool, and gained its popularity during the sixties. Mindfulness meditation was brought to the medical settings in the US in the seventies by Westerners who went to India/Thailand to learn Buddhist style of meditation. The foundation of the mindfulness meditation style is to be mindful of the present moment, here and now, which is different from focusing on a mantra. I find mindfulness meditation effective, not only for stress reduction, but also for psychological awareness, and for transitioning into desired behavioral patterns. Mindfulness meditation is a secular style of meditation and is researched for stress reduction, increased concentration, reduced symptoms of ADHD, reduced depression, increased empathy, and evenness of mind. Both meditations have a large following, and rightfully so. The style of meditation chosen by the meditator would depend on what fits better with the meditator’s personal preference and the reason to meditate.