Jon Rasmussen is a world-renowned shaman, advisor, and author of the book Dreaming Your World Into Being. He brings the gifts of ancient shamanism to the modern world. For more information visit his website at http://www.dreamingintobeing.com .
The seven meditation techniques presented here are very powerful, easy, and practical for the modern lifestyle in that they require little time, no special preparation and can be practiced anywhere at anytime with tremendous results. The common misconception that the goal of meditation is to turn off your thoughts completely, often leads to frustration then giving up altogether. The reasons for and benefits of meditating are many, and I would encourage any of them as a mainstay in an integral approach to mind/body/spirit wellbeing. Often, the most common goals of meditation are to obtain the state of mind and body awareness that you want, the greatest of which may be called "Witness" consciousness. Usually this means to be centered, calm, relaxed, focused, and in the moment of now; and also to be aware of what is happening with our bodies, our feelings, and our thoughts, even in the most adverse circumstances of life. Also, the deep breathing practices alone have tremendous health benefits. The most powerful meditation is to align your thoughts and feelings with your desired experience, and you know your are doing that when you are feeling good. Hopefully, one or more of these techniques will be enjoyable enough for you to pratice on a regular basis until it becomes an innate part of your being. And, like playing a musical instrument, at some point you no longer need to practice, you just play.
See Jon's CD "Shamanic Journeys to Empower Your Life". The combination of the Practical Meditations and Shamanic Journeys CDs can completely transform your life, giving you greater experiences of health, relationships, work, and resources.