Here's how to do a secular meditation for holistic health practice and to increase your power of concentration. First, you choose a word that has a special meaning to you in a language you understand. That word, in any language could simply mean 'peace' or 'health.' Meditation is supposed to relax your brain/mind more than sleep. Meditation can be done before you start any work, study routines, hobbies, or travel by taking five-minute mini-meditation breaks to quiet your mind.
When you meditate, the first change in your body is to increase your power of concentration so that you spend your time living in the present moment while meditating. The reason to meditate is to offer your brain a relaxing change from past memories floating up, flashbacks, or reminders of what you have to do next, or to take a step away from any event in the day that disturbed you. When you focus your attention on meditating, you can accomplish that period you set aside for relaxation.
Also, when you focus your attention on an experience such as meditation, you can accomplish it more effectively by allowing the meditation experience to increase your awareness of what's going on around you after the meditation is done. But while you're meditating, you increase your awareness of what's going on inside of your body. The reason some people meditate is to enjoy something more fully when you pay attention to or focus on that action, for example, eating a specific meal or favorite food.
If you're on a special diet, meditation allows you to pay attention to what you're eating. A lot of people eat while reading, watching TV or listening to the radio instead of paying attention to what's being eaten or how much has been devoured such as how many servings or portions of a favorite food at one sitting. The goal is to pay attention to how food affects you. As you focus you can better figure out when you've had enough to eat.
Your mind quiets and relaxes when you meditate
The reason to meditate is to quiet your mind. But too many people use meditation time to allow thoughts to well up of events that instead of calming them, raise their blood pressure or anger level or feelings of fear. Keep telling yourself that the reason for meditation is to help your mind become quieter.
The result is supposed to be peace, joy, and nourishment of your mind as you live in the precise moment you meditate. Studies have shown meditation is supposed to provide deeper relaxation than when you sleep, which may be full of fearful or frustrating dreams, running, or other activities that don't provide the relaxation you want when you awake. Meditation is not sleep. It's about getting a clearer picture of yourself by paying attention and focusing on the moment as you meditate.
Focusing attention on your self-worth to get rid of lack of awareness
As you pay attention, you can improve the picture you have of yourself and your abilities and skills. Paying attention helps to get rid of any distorted pictures you may have of your self or your body image, for example. Secular meditation for holistic health is about focusing on attention to your self-worth. Meditation helps you get rid of your lack of awareness. Your reason to meditate is to increase feelings of well-being by living in the present moment as you meditate on self-awareness and well-being.
As you focus on living in the present moment, your brain can relax without going back to the past and pulling up memories or into the future of what you must do the next day to make sure you're taking care of yourself properly. Meditation is used to help clear up your lack of awareness about yourself. The method is to bring you into the present moment instead of dwelling on past events or future fears.
Living in the present moment during meditation
As you meditate you focus on how to live life more fully, saying to yourself each moment matters and is holistic in health. The present moment gives you the ability to live, to change, or to explore possibilities. You can look for patterns in the present and connect the dots after the meditation is done.
What those moments of meditation do for you is to allow you to feel what transcendence is like. You can transcend past choices or mistakes. Meditation gives you power, the power to heal any isolation you feel, any disconnectedness so that you can feel at one with the energy inside of you and around you.
Too many people feel isolated, especially during festive times. But living in the moment through meditation, perhaps followed by slow exercise that helps with balance can be helpful. You don't need a foreign language word to meditate on if it's unfamiliar to you. You can meditate on words such as, peace, health, or joy.
How meditation helps you connect to awareness and get rid of feelings of isolation
If health or joy has too many fearful connotations for you or brings up memories of isolation or lack and scarcity, just meditation on 'peace.' Religious people can use a word such as 'amen' or anyone can use the word, 'one.' But 'peace' seems to work universally in whatever language is your most comfortable to use for meditation.
Minds constantly run through a medley of thoughts during meditation instead of focusing on the present moment or their slow, regular breathing. But when you repeat a sound over and over such as 'peace' and 'one' or any word or two of your choosing, the one sound you use to repeat to yourself helps your mind quiet down during a half-hour meditation.
What you want to accomplish is a feeling or sense of peace and well-being. So you can choose a word that allows your mind to focus on peace and well-being. The feelings are inside you if you look for the sense of peace and well-being inside yourself. All you need to do is quiet your mind and focus, and your body supposedly also quiets down to experience that feeling of peace, at least during the meditation experience.
For further information on how meditation relaxes the body more than sleep, check out the site, Meditation FAQ. You also can look at the book, Meditation Made Easy, Harper One (2001). The book also shows you how to integrate "mini meditations" into spare moments of the day, from savoring morning beverages to taking advantage of the five minutes before a meeting.
New comet discovered, which is something about which to meditate, talk, or think
The brightest comet to arrive late in 2013 is coming with a tail so bright it may outshine the moon at night which makes for a bright tale -- or poem -- to sing about the first comet event of 2013. It's a newly discovered comet that NASA reports may be brighter than Earth's moon.
It won't bother the Earth, but the comet and its long tail may weave a tale of its own as it outshines the moon while passing close to the sun. The question is will the sun melt it's ice or will it speed by on its usual orbit? The comet if it doesn't melt will hang around the sun between November 2013 and January 2014. And you probably can see it from Earth without a telescope on November 28, 2013.
Comet will brush past the sun as its icy tail gets vaporized by the heat
Just discovered by scientists, the new comet will brush right past the sun late next year (in 2013) and can be seen by the naked eye due to its brightness. The new comet already has been named Ison. It's going to possibly be the brightest comet to be seen for many generations. The question is whether the comet will be swallowed up by the sun's heat when it arrives close to the Earth's sun (star) on November 28, 2013, which is close the next Thanksgiving.
The comet also is known as Comet 2012 S-1 ISON because it was discovered in September 2012 by Vitali Nevski of Belarus and Artyom Novichonok of Russia. The comet does not pose any risk to Earth. You may be able to watch its brightness as it goes on its way in its usual orbit. You can observe it when it comes closest to the sun on November 28, 2013 at a distance of 1.8 million km from the center point of the sun, reports NASA. It's distance in astronomical terms is called its perihelion, meaning it's closest approach to the sun.
The astronomers in Eastern Europe who discovered the new comet are amateurs, according to news reports. They named ISON after the International Scientific Optical Network that made the discovery. You can watch the comet from Earth between November 2013 and January 2014, according to the publication, the the Space Reporter.
How big is the comet?
Scientists say the comet is about two miles in length making. You should be happy it's not an asteroid headed for Earth. But it is one of the largest comets ever seen and reported within our the solar system. NASA reports that ISON will most likely speed within 1.2 million miles from the center of the sun in late November 2013, according to Reuters news service. Ironically, it was a Yahoo mailing list that first carried the news of the two Russian amateur astronomers discovering the new comet. For further information, check out more facts on the comet at Discovery News.
The comet is full of ice, but when it speeds close to the sun, the ice covering the comet will vaporize from the sun's heat. Check out more information on how the ice will vaporize on the comet at the Reuters site. But as the ice melts and turns to gas, you'll have an amazing tale to tell or show if you photograph it, since the comet's tail is a tale in itself that probably will be visible at night to the naked eye.
How long will the comet's tail be? It may streak along the sky for miles. Interestingly, the Curiosity Rover on Mars will take a few pictures of the comet and it's tail streaking across space from another angle as it sails by the sun, hopefully before it fizzles out from the sun's heat, if it comes that close.
Where did the comet originate?
The new comet actually is very old. It came from the Oort Cloud, scientists surmise since ice-crusted rocks may often get pushed out of their orbit either by gravity or by hitting another object such as an asteroid. For further information, check out the December 30, 2012 Global Post article by Alexander Besant, "Comet with tail heading toward the sun may outshine the moon." and the article, "Comet Nearing Earth May Be Brightest in Generations."