Ancient ritual

 

6 Tips For Visiting Sacred Sites

1 of 6 Mindfulness & Meditation

 

Why: In the Buddhist tradition Vipassanā meditation means “insight into the true nature of reality”. The practice of mindfulness and meditation helps to root our awareness in the present moment, we separate ourselves from our current stresses and problems, relationship issues and other thoughts that play on our minds. By being present we can get a sense of freedom and peace, which is very liberating. This feeling can also lead to a sense of gratitude and serenity.

How: Taking control of our breathing from the autonomous nervous system is a good way to bring our busy mind under control. If needed, we can recite a mantra to stop the flow of everyday thoughts. A simple mantra would be, I am breathing in, I know I am breathing in, I am breathing out, I know I am breathing out. Take long deep breaths while repeating this mantra. With practice you can extend the length of your breath by breathing more deeply into the bottom of your lungs.

When: The best time to visit an ancient site is in the early morning or evening. Sunrise and sunset are the most powerful times of day because they are the times the electromagnetic field of the sun sweeps across the surface of the planet.

Where: Try to find an ancient site that still has its “sense of place”. Look out for reconstruction. Is the site close to its original condition? Is the site in use by local people? A good sign in Ireland and around the world can be ribbons tied into trees. These often mark powerful locations for meditation.

Health Benefits: “In the last ten years, significant research has shown mindfulness to address health issues such as lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus, including aid those suffering from ADHD; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, fostering well-being and less emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in areas in charge of decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.” http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=16

More information: For the latest ancient site tour news and blog updates please visit http://infinite-connections.co.uk/. Our next tour to Egypt is in March 2014.

To read the full article click the following link Ancient Origins.net

About the author: Gary Evans

 

The tours I help organize often have a self-development or spiritual theme, my role on tour is to share techniques developed to help guests obtain deep insights and find inner peace. I have spent many weeks on the road traveling with open-minded people from all over the world. The techniques I encourage others to use are a combination of ancient metaphysical wisdom and scientific understandings. These tips can also be incorporated into our daily or weekly lives when we need a moment of calm.

I have spent considerable time studying ancient wisdom traditions that have survived until the present day. We have very little information on the spiritual practices of the ancient Egyptians or the Druids in Europe. How can we get an idea of their mindset? Perhaps we can look elsewhere for clues? I feel very grateful that the world has one area that acts as a spiritual library for the whole planet: India and Tibet. By following the ancient spiritual practices from the east during my visits to sacred sites, a whole new world has opened before my eyes.