31 May 2013

Meditations and Metaphysics

Last Monday night saw the commencement of the Monday Night Meditations, a weekly event that  I will be running until 5 August 2013, and despite the temperature dropping to single digits, it was a great night.

The regular practice of meditation offers so us probably more benefits that what we actually realise, and some of these benefits include improving focus and sense of control, the reduction of stress and anxiety, a greater control of automatic nervous system and even a greater ability of self-realisation.  Naturally there are also numerous spiritual benefits to regular meditation practices such as the bridging of our "inner" and "outer" selves, raising the vibration of our subtle bodies, and not to mention the opening the doorway to the higher consciousness and spiritual enlightenment.

Incorporated with and interwoven through each week will be teachings of the realms of metaphysics, a term beleived to have been first coined by Greek philosopher, Aristotle, that consists of a combination of two words: meta meaning “over and beyond”, and physics (a science dealing with the natural laws and process, and states and properties of matter and energy). Therefore, metaphysics means “over and beyond physics”.

In many dictionaries, metaphysics is described as “ … a branch of philosophy that deals with First Cause and the Nature of Being”. Today it is associated with areas such as psychic abilities, astral travelling, parapsychology, dream analysis, astrology, reincarnation, and the like.

Metaphysics is also often regarded as a “Spiritual Philosophy of life” as it explores and attempts to provide insight into the relationship of man, the mind and the Universe by attempting to answer, or at least provide insight, into the age-old questions: “Who am I? What am I? Where have I been? Where am I going?”  This questioning further attempts to provide insight into:

• What is the truth behind the First Principle of Life?
• Where do we all come from?
• What is the meaning or purpose of life?
• What does it mean to be in a state of “being”?

In our fast paced modern lives, it is often the connection we have with our Self (our inner true being) that is sacrificed as our focus is encouraged to revolve around the physical plane and the here and now.  Whilst this is not unimportant, it is not uncommon for an inner yearning to be felt - often however, we may not realise what this yearning is about, how it is caused and what we can do to fulfil it. 

Often this yearning stems from our neglected inner Self, our Soul, and one way that it can be satisfied is through undertaking regular meditation as well as investigating the realms of metaphyiscs.

The Monday Night Meditations can be attended casually - although for maximum benefit, naturally attendance over the whole 10 weeks is recommended.  Focuisng on the "awakening of the consciousness and becoming aware", each week focuses around a different metaphysical theme.  The next theme is "Exploring Consciousness on the Path of Enlightenment" where inspiration is drawn from numerous spiritual practices.

More about these weekly meditation evenings can be found here.

“If by giving up small pleasures, great happiness is to be found,
the wise should give up small pleasures, seeing the prospect of great happiness.”

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