Mudrashram Institute of Spiritual Studies
by George Boyd © 2004
Meditation varies in the depth of immersion for your attention.
When this depth of immersion does not extend beyond the Conscious mind, the focus is on improving everyday performance and controlling stress in daily life, it is called practical meditation.
When meditation moves through the Subconscious mind, plumbs the depths of the Metaconscious mind, and unites with the Self, it is called centering meditation. This type of meditation emphasizes giving you control over your entire personality, yielding personal empowerment and increasing mastery over your faculties.
When meditation extends into the Supeconscious mind, reaching up to union with the ensouling entity and the spirit, it is called transcendence meditation. This type of meditation specializes on communion with the Superconscious mind, the Soul, the spirit, and with the Divine. It seeks to promote transformation of your spiritual evolutionary potentials. In this process of inner change, you undergo initiation and ultimately ascend to Mastery and Liberation.
But not everyone is interested in gaining the deep psychological insight and empowerment of centering meditation, or in doing the profound work of inner communion and transformation of transcendence meditation. Some people just want to know how to relax, how to cope with day-to-day stresses, how to be more organized and successful.
This section of our Reading Room features writing by George A. Boyd on practical meditation, meditation you can use in everday life to make you deal with the issues you confront when you're not in bliss consciousness or visiting the higher worlds.
Among the topics practical meditation covers include:
Learning study skills to optimize your ability to acquire knowledge
Setting goals for your life and doing life planning
Getting in touch with your present time experience so you can enjoy and appreciate your life
Finding and keeping a job so you are not worried about financial concerns
Developing independent living skills so you can be less dependent on others and more self-reliant
Coping with stress and designing a personalized stress reduction program
Finding your inner sense of truth and guidance in the midst of daily living
Improving mental concentration and the ability to control your attention
Calming the emotions so you can experience greater serenity