When mind, body and spirit are in harmony, then everything seems right with the world. Finding inner peace through spiritual meditation is not altogether an easy thing, if people do not make time for it. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that in an era filled with the promises of high technology and modern medicine, we are reaching back to the wisdom of traditional cultures and indigenous peoples to find beauty, to cure our ills and to ease our minds from restless anxiety. People seem to be now finding more time to reflect on the things that may make them happier in the long-term that they can bring forth within themselves.
Ancient philosophies focus on a holistic, interconnectedness approach which involves the practice of spiritual meditation, promoting long-term good health, rather than merely trying to correct health problems as they arise. Treating the whole person, rather than merely a specific problem, has been an evolving idea that is gaining popularity now in the West. Slowly the medical establishment is beginning to acknowledge the vital concept of balancing a healthy mind and spirit with a healthy body.
Awareness of the breath is one of the most basic and widely practiced forms of spiritual meditation, the two other major forms being repetition (aloud or silently) of a word or phrase, or visualization of an object or (in the religious context) a deity. Different people will find these different approaches of spiritual meditation more or less appropriate to their own needs. Many may need to try several before hitting on the form with which they feel most comfortable with ultimately.
Some instructors teach people a very simple form of spiritual meditation. People sometimes have fears or misconceptions about meditation, and believe that they may not have control of the situation. Another objection may be that meditation is some kind of odd religious practice, but although meditation does form a central part of some of the world religions, it is perfectly possible to practice it outside of any religious context.
The ability to discover and draw from inner resources of health, strength and tranquillity is essential to achieving an individual, balanced person. Yet in a culture dominated by unrealistic ideals of physical beauty and twenty-four hour positivism, it is important for people to tap into more sustainable practices of lasting energy, such as spiritual meditation. It has become increasingly difficult, and more important than ever, to discover within ourselves that which truly defines peace – clarity of mind, sense of purpose, physical well-being, and spiritual fulfillment.