Meditation in Western Esoteric Practise
"Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” - Buddha
The word meditate stems from the Latin root meditatum, or to ponder. Meditation is generally an internal, personal practice without any external involvement, except perhaps prayer beads to count prayers; though many practitioners of meditation may rely on external objects such as candle flames, icons or inspirational images as points on which to focus their attention as an aid to the process. Meditation often involves invoking or cultivating a feeling or internal state, such as compassion, or attending to a specific focal point. The term can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.
Some of the earliest written records of meditation date to 1500BC in Hindu Scriptures. Around 500-600BC Taoists in China and Buddhists in India began to develop meditative practices.
In over 1,000 published research studies, various methods of meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, and other bodily processes. Meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a U.S. government entity within America's National Institutes of Health which advocate various forms of Alternative Medicine, "Meditation may be practised for many reasons, such as to increase calmness and physical relaxation, to improve psychological balance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and well-being."
Here at Atlantean Heart we believe that meditation and prayer are a key part of our personal development as Reiki and Seichem Practitioners. To facilitate an easy non-dogmatic approach to meditation and prayer we have begun to provide information about various esoteric practices and are going to be making available artisan made Esoteric Rosaries.