What is meditation... and why should I be doing it?

Posted by Grand Master Rev Dr Issam Kadamani - 29th September 2016

For thousands of years, ancient cultures have meditated as a means to obtain spiritual enlightenment.

Today, in the East the practice of meditation is pursued by those seeking spiritual enlightenment and awakening. In the West meditation is undertaken for widely different reasons, ranging from relaxation and stress management, to healing of dis-ease and to increase creativity and become more self aware.

The essence of meditation is stillness.

Through stilling the mind one can reach an inner level of peace and calm and with regular practice the meditation student can reach a deeper awareness, leading to awakening.

Often people have felt unable to meditate due to the frustration of their mind. In Buddhist teachings the mind is often called the 'monkey mind', because of its tendency to jump from thought to thought, without the ability to settle.

The mind has also been called a 'tiger', because of the struggle one undergoes to control their thoughts and the battle with the mind to tame it.

Don't worry about counting your breath.

Don't worry about stopping your thinking.

Just get comfortable, with a straight spine, focus on your breathing, on the air coming and out of your lungs and become aware of the thoughts, without engagement.

Try and do this at the same time each day, and trust that this regular meditation practice will help to train your mind to reach a level of calm and inner peace.

Daily meditation can make us more productive.

By allowing the background chatter in our mind (the monkey mind) that causes stress, anxiety, worry and confusion to calm down.

A calm mind opens the window to more clarity, greater creativity, less anxiety, better decision making, reduced blood pressure, improved immune system, improved sleep, better pain management, decreased levels of depression and so on.

Many of these benefits have been proven by scientific studies, with the field of neuroplasticity now understanding the importance of meditation.

Just as any new activity takes time to master so does meditation. The reason people who have tried meditation feel they are unsuccessful is because meditation practice should start with a focused brea thing exercise to calm the mind to a an alpha brainwave level. For most people after approximately 10 minutes of deep and focused breathing the heart rate goes down, and the mind is better able to focus and find clarity and tranquility. Sitting on a chair with a straight back is often the best way to focus.

With meditation one size does not fit all.

There are various methods to help a newcomer learn to meditate such as mantras, open eye meditation, guided visualization etc. A beginner should try a range of techniques to see which one works best for them.

For the best success, meditation should be for a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Because we live busy lives it's best to plan the time of day to meditate. Any time of the day is suitable that will fit into each persons daily schedule and that can be achievable.

You can find out about our weekly meditation & metaphysics class held in Northcote here.


Dr Issam's focus is to empower you so that you can live your life to the fullest, with unconditional love and joy.

Dr Issam Kadamani MSCD M. IMM (Aust) M. NMI (Aust) Alumni USA, Reiki & Sekhem Master, Ajna Grand Master is the Principal at The International College of Meditation & Healing.

For the last 35 years Dr Issam has taught around the world, and is now based in Melbourne teaching meditation & metaphysics, delivering workshops, seminars & healing courses, and providing transformational healing, counselling and much sought after life & business coaching and spiritual mentoring to people who are looking to learn a happier way of living.