Meditation is as old as African spirituality itself. Almost every religion on the planet uses meditation as a tool for spiritual fortification and communion with the infinite.
Some forms of meditation focus on the body, while others help the initiate draw closer to the Most High. The one thing that all forms of meditation have in common is that they address the worst part of the human condition: the mind.
One of the most difficult concepts for new initiates to overstand is that you are not your thoughts. You are the consciousness that observes those thoughts. You are the thinker, not the thought.
The mind in its natural state is a wild animal. The thoughts that your mind produce can blind you to nature and reality. If you want to truly gain Consciousness, lose your mind.
Clouded by past experiences and preconceived notions, the mind can cause depression, confusion, and can lead to physical illness.
Meditation can help you tame the wild animal that is your mind. Once tamed, it can then be used to manifest results, or transcended to help you reconnect with your infinite self.
While it can be difficult to describe meditation, here is how we define the practice in the Conscious Community:
The definition of meditation is a spiritual discipline that uses the power of attention to transcend the physical realm.
Why Meditation Is Crucial To African Spirituality
Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex—brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before. – Psychology Today
Meditation can be an important tool for addressing the problems we face in Black communities around the world. The psychological benefits of meditation have been proven by modern science.
In addition to these positive mental benefits, meditation has also been proven to provide the following benefits:
- Meditation lowers the levels of stress hormones in the blood stream, leading to decreased anxiety.
- Daily meditation practice has a positive impact on intelligence. Specifically, meditators are more creative, have better memory, focus, and concentration, and are better at solving complex problems.
- Meditators have better blood flow and slower heart rates, leading to lower blood pressure
- Therapists regularly prescribe meditation for emotional stability, self-acceptance, and self-actualization.
Many people in our community suffer from high blood pressure, attention deficit disorder, migraines, and other illnesses that meditation has been shown to treat.
The 5 Forms of Afrocentric Meditation
The physical and mental benefits are secondary to the spiritual power that meditation brings to the initiate.
In the Black Conscious Community, there are 5 forms of meditation that we use to develop African spirituality. The 5 forms are
- and transcending.
You can practice all 5 forms of meditation on a daily basis, or choose one form to meet your current needs.
For example, if you suffer from depression, then practice meditation for spiritual healing. If you are struggling with the nature of reality, meditation for contemplation can help you gain clarity. And if you are new to meditation, then practice meditation for spiritual awakening.
Here is a closer look at all 5 forms of meditation.
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