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Meditation: You Don’t Need to be a Buddhist Monk to Enjoy its Benefits

By Robert Bencivenga


There’s no need to be a Buddhist Monk sitting in a cave or on top of a mountain to enjoy the benefits of quieting your mind, connecting to your higher self, and becoming more peaceful and fulfilled. You also don’t need to meditate for hours on end, or for a certain number of years, before you can enjoy the benefits of meditation.

The “states” that meditation brings forth already exist within each of us, and it’s just a matter of “peeling back the onion” to reach them. In our busy lives, filled with up to 60,000 thoughts per day, we seem to have forgotten who we really are. It’s just a matter of getting quieter to reconnect with our inner being.

Tools to help you meditate

If you’ve read this far, then most likely you’re ready to give meditation a try. Or at least you’re prepared to do a bit more investigation into meditation techniques and its benefits. 

Learn how your brainwaves affect your mental health, emotional state, and level of consciousness — and how to use them to your advantage.

EOC Institute’s EquiSync program is designed to guide your brainwaves into the deepest, most advanced states of meditation. Their proprietary process of creating their recordings produces great results.

I Awake Technologies’ founders John and Pam Dupuy use state-of-the-art technology to deliver their recordings. They’re committed to helping people live fuller, happier lives through training their brains. The Dupuy’s are extremely specific as to how their recordings are produced. Sign up to receive six free tracks called iAwake Explore. 

The Ram Dass website provides you with an entire library of meditations, as well as articles, lectures, podcast episodes, films, teachings, and videos. Under the category “Teachings,” click on the “Official Ram Dass Starter Kit.” It’s great, and section five is all about sacred mantras, which are very effective yet not talked about much in the West.

Centerpointe describes its Holosync program as “instant meditation.” They use brainwave technology to produce states of focus, alertness, deep meditation, and reduce stress. The program has the power to transform the way you think, feel, and act, by creating new neural pathways in the brain.

If you’re looking for well-thought-out and quality recordings, try visiting Brain Sync. This is an informative website taking you step by step through what could be confusing. Founder Kelly Howell certainly knows what she’s doing, and does it with pride and conscientiousness. You can sign up to get five and 10 minute meditations sent to your email.  

The founder of Ziva, Emily Fletcher says: “We meditate to get good at life, not to get good at meditation.” I couldn’t agree more. Fletcher has done a great job in making meditation simple and approachable, yet extremely effective. Take the free three-day Ziva Challenge to get started. 

Evolving Wisdom offers a 12-week online meditation course that covers way more than just meditation. It’s truly a great introduction to meditation, however, and can help you connect to the higher self already within you. By joining their email list, you will receive sample meditations.

The Adyashanti website focuses on helping you connect to your “higher awareness,” evolving your consciousness, and “waking up” spiritually. They host great meditation retreats and seminars in peaceful, natural settings. 

The founder, Adyashanti, is a well-versed, down-to-earth teacher who believes in keeping things simple. He maintains that awakened consciousness is already in all of us — it’s not some grandiose thing that might eventually befall us. The website offers free lectures and meditations, as well as a very comprehensive yet succinct guide entitled “The Way of Liberation.”

Light and Sound Meditation Systems (“Mind Machines”)

Using light and sound pulses (audio-visual entrainment) at specified frequencies, these systems stimulate one’s mental activity, leading the user's mind from normal waking consciousness to a variety of desirable states of consciousness, each with its own benefits. 

MindPlace has been around since the beginning of the meditation technology revolution. They’ve really been ahead of the curve since 1988. MindPlace provides tools for the inner explorer to create a more enlightened, empowered, and enjoyable life.

BrainTap, through the use of light and sound, is a powerfully effective tool designed to help you achieve balanced brainwave states that enhance production of all the necessary neurotransmitters needed for optimal function of body and mind. 

BrainTap helps you to reach meditative states without years of practice, leading to mental clarity, deeper intuition, and relaxation. A 15-day free trial is available.

Everything for Spiritual Growth and Personal Transformation

Take your pick: books, audios, videos, online lessons, lectures… The above sites are quite extensive, including a plethora of information relating to self-awareness, personal transformation, mastering your mind, transforming your thinking, evolving your consciousness, rewiring your brain, and programming your subconscious. 

I could never do them justice by trying to summarize them here. The depth of the variety of topics, and the credentials of the experts presenting them, is nothing short of mind-blowing.

These resources are a true blessing to anyone sincerely wanting to be all they can be in this lifetime, and live their best life of their own choosing.

Please take some quiet time to peruse the offerings of each website. For quite a while now, I’ve been involved with the study of ancient eastern spiritual philosophies, transformational psychology, and brain science. 

I’ve tried to give you the benefit of my expertise by recommending what I feel is a treasure trove of information for your own transformation. 

Please enjoy them as much as I have!             

If you would like to delve even deeper, please explore Sounds True, Gaia, Mind Valley and Evolving Wisdom.

Disclaimer: If you click on these links, AAM might earn a small commission, but in no way has that influenced the resources I've recommended.

To learn more, download my Free Ebook “3 Steps to Feel Great Right Now Regardless of Your Circumstances.” Get started mastering your mind and transforming your thinking.

Robert Bencivenga

About the author

I’ll be your guide on this journey.

I want to make sure you don’t wake up one day feeling your life has passed you by, and you haven’t lived your best life to its fullest!

I’ve studied ancient eastern spiritual philosophies, transformational psychology, and brain science for over 40 years. 

I developed simple practices that you can use anytime and anywhere, to help you create the life you deserve.

I share practical tools and insights, so you can live a life of your own choosing, regardless of your circumstances....

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