There are a lot of images around meditation
which have nothing directly to do with it. As a state of being, meditation
has existed since beginning of humankind and even before, as animals often
are naturally in this state although not consciously.
What meditation is can be seen in very different
ways. Meditation is not a technique or method to reach a determined goal,
although it is often used for it. That one becomes more relaxed, emotionally
and mentally balanced, can be seen as a side effect, but is not the goal
for one's meditation.
Everybody can meditate and can have great
benefit from it, it doesn't matter which lifestyle one has adapted or in
which situation or condition one is at this moment. And for sure meditation
does not depend on one's beliefs or concepts, philosophical, religious
or materialistic. Many people connect meditation with religion or spirituality
and therefor reject it and so inhibit and waste a precious and creative
An example: We all know that 'walking' is
beneficial for one's health and walking every day for a certain time will
keep one in good shape and healthy, not only physically but also emotionally
and mentally. Also we know that 'walking' is used as a spiritual
discipline in some religions: Christians do walking as a ritual and Buddhist
monks have a long tradition in 'spiritual walking'. So nobody because of
this has the idea that walking is connected with religion or is a spiritual
practice and therefor must be rejected because it doesn't fit into one's
different life style. Why this is done with meditation? Indeed, there is
no need to reject, only there is the reason coming out of a erroneous concept
about it. As we can observe even animals are practicing meditation in their
way and for sure they are not connecting any concept with it.
As humans we can do it being aware of it
and so having the full benefit, which goes much further than just one's
Of course it might be that some people want
to start with meditation because they are feeling nervous and desperate
or are sick and want to do something against it, so this might work. Indeed
meditation furthers each 'healing process' significantly and probably is
the most important basic step. If we come during our path to the moment
when struggling through life seems just a 'turning around ourselves', then
after questioning one's position and reflecting about it, we might come
to a meditative state, where one's intention to do something for a specific
reason, mostly because we want to reach a certain goal, is fading away...
maybe letting us fall into desperation - and coming out of this one might
come into a state of trust where one can be open to receive new impulses...
Often this happens after something tragic breaks into our, - until then
undisturbed lifestyle -, when our cart house of security has collapsed,
leaving us without orientation. Often this happens because of a serious
Although situations in which one is suffering
will be felt as a negative state, it can be a new beginning, an opening
to fields of awareness and silence, which will give a new sense and a new
world view and also a new, until then unknown security, - coming
out of insights which include a view of much wider aspects. The deep longing
to connect with 'something' which goes beyond the daily survival, will
finally guide one to the state of 'meditation'. But not necessarily one
has to go through suffering because of tragic happenings in one's life,
to come to the need to meditate, this urge might come suddenly from inside,
because one feels that one just turns around oneself with all those needs
and wishes, - or even after all wishes are completed -, there is still
I am here to help you to enter into meditation
in an easy way. Meditation by itself is 'a state of being' and I
repeat: It is not necessarily connected with a philosophy, religion or
any kind of concept. It can be done totally independently and can be practiced
in a natural way like eating, walking or sleeping.
You don't need to pay to be initiated into
meditation and you don't need to join a group or a meditation retreat,
although a retreat might further a start. If you have the urge to meditate
then it is possible that you come to a meditative state just by sitting
down... But then often falling into an old pattern of doing, which might
not be possible to avoid, because one is not aware of it. So you can ask
for some help. In this writing I will give you advice how to meditate,
so you can just start with it. There is no ritual necessary just plain
information and a clear advice. This of course, like all what is offered
from me and FalconBlanco, is totally for free. If there is any problem
showing up, the best is you read my advice again and then the FAQ and
then meditate again. If it still doesn't seem to work, then you can write
me and I will answer as soon as possible. There is also a 'hotline'
available and you can phone me and ask for advice. If I'm not there you
can leave your telephone number at the answering machine and I will call
you back (land line only).
Meditation is available to every body and
every where, one only needs to do it. Also information about meditation
and how to do it should be available for every body. I am convinced that
this would help essentially in every ones growing and healing process and
make a new security possible which doesn't come from the outside with all
the constantly changing conditions, but from inside by connecting with
one's source: Oneself... You can listen to
some more thoughts about the subject watching the video:
(http://falconblanco.org/videos/meditation.wmv) If you have no access to
the Internet, then I can send you a DVD with videos and text. For blind
people there is a CD with spoken text containing all my writings about
If you ask me what gives me the 'credentials'
to initiate into meditation and talk about it, then I can tell you that
I have been meditating for more than fifty years. I have learned from many
teachers, to find out as a consequence, that meditation must not be connected
to any belief whatever and not to any kind of concepts, - not even in teaching
it! It can be used as a beneficial tool for everybody who wants to develop
their capabilities and who is intelligent enough to use what is available
and offered - and this I can ensure you doesn't need much, just the interest
and openness to do something for oneself...
is the benefit coming out of meditation?
Through meditation, having practiced it
for some time, one comes to a state of being where one relates and responds
in a different way to whatever shows up in one's life, outside and inside.
By being more relaxed and not building up
tension in daily life one is able to observe in a more objective way: not
just out of ones limited conditions responding from there, but in a more
wholesome way and being able to understand better oneself because one gets
to know oneself and also others viewpoints and so one is more effective
in every thing one is doing or trying to reach.
One gains a new attitude and a new focus
which then changes one's responses. Then one's habits will change. One
will become more aware and so more critical about what one takes in and
one can decide if this is favorable or damaging one's system or intention.
One will live healthier on all levels of one's existence. One will not
need to demonstrate anything anymore, not needing to provoke or manipulate
others to get what one wants, so being less dependent on others and the
surrounding... - Self-expression will gain a new dimension. There are much
more benefits, you will find out yourself when having done meditation regularly
for some time...
to do it
If you have the urge
to meditate then it is possible that you come to a meditative state just
by sitting down... But then often falling into an old pattern of doing,
which might not be possible to avoid, because one is not aware of it. So
you can ask for some help. In this writing I will give you advice how to
meditate, so you can just start with it. There is no ritual necessary just
plain information and a clear advice. These of course, like all what is
offered from FalconBlanco and me is totally for free.
One can meditate anywhere
at any time under any conditions. To start with one might choose favourable
conditions. These are: Finding a quiet place where one can be without being
disturbed by too much noise or other influences. One shouldn't be under
the effect of alcohol or any kind of drugs, one shouldn't be too tired
or exhausted. Then if one sits comfortably, if possible with a straight
back, then one can begin. Twenty minutes at each meditation is enough,
one can do it twice a day: in the morning and in the evening. But at least
once a day and this every day. Every day!! Maybe you will
need to force yourself a little bit the first few days, but then after
three weeks it will be an established habit and you will do it, not wanting
to miss it anymore.
OK, now you sit down and
close your eyes. You are comfortable? Yes. OK. Now: You don't need to do
anything, nothing at all!! You just sit there and -
you are aware of it... What this means that you are aware of your body
sitting there. You might be aware of the silence or some noise in the far
background. But you don't do anything! You are just aware of what is there.
You don't focus or concentrate on it, you are just aware of it, - nothing
else. Then what might happen is that you suddenly are aware that you got
lost in some thoughts, what means that you went into thoughts about something,
it doesn't matter what this is. That is all right and part
of the meditation. What means that you don't want to avoid thoughts or
any feelings, you don't suppress what comes up. Just let it happen, without
judging it or giving any special importance to it. Just let it happen...
and observe it. So there is a little tip which will help so that you don't
go constantly from one thought into another: The moment when you
are aware that you are thinking, then you just switch to being
aware of your breathing. The same: You don't focus or concentrate
on your breathing, you are just aware of it. Without wanting to do anything
about it, just observe it! This might go on for a while and then again
you find yourself lost in some thoughts. That's all right! So then you
go back to observing your breathing. And so on and on... Then it might
be happen that there are moments when there are no thoughts and no awareness
of yourself or your surrounding and it seems you were falling into a sleep.
This too is all right, don't worry about it, if you were really falling
into a sleep, then you will wake up soon, probably you were just relaxed
and needed it... Just be aware of yourself and the state of being you are
now. Maybe you are indeed more relaxed or whatever... So you get up and
go to your daily work...
Remember: If there is any
problem showing up, the best is you read my advice again and then the FAQ
and then meditate again. If it still doesn’t seem to work, then you can
write an email to me and I will answer as soon as possible. If you are
having difficulties and feel uncomfortable and in turn want to stop meditating,
just ask for help. If you don't find an answer in the meditation FAQ,
then you can email
me or use my 'hot line'
or join my yahoo
group where you can ask questions about your meditation practise or
your comments or have an exchange with other like minded people.
If now you are convinced
and you are meditating and you are experiencing the benefits of meditation,
then it might be that you want to participate in our initiative to let
others get to know about meditation. You can write me how many of this
booklet you want, to give them to your friends and we will send them to
This booklet will
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