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5. Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

The keys to peace of mind

Positive thinking and meditation are the keys to peace of mind. Meditation is the method used to calm and focus the mind. Regular practice promotes not only mental equanimity, but physical and spiritual well-being as well. Before we can meditate, though, we need to centre the mind through concentration techniques and positive thinking. A mind full of negative thoughts and feelings is hard to calm down. 

Union with the Supreme Self

By controlling the movements of the mind, we can eliminate negative thought patterns and reach the meditative super-conscious state (Samadhi). Samadhi is the blissful union with the Supreme Self and leads to direct, intuitive experience of the Infinite. It is a deep spiritual experience that cannot be put into words or even grasped by the mind. In Samadhi, the senses, the mind and the intellect cease to function. The consciousness expands, going beyond time, space and causality. One realises the divine presence pervading all life forms and experiences profound peace and joy and a feeling of oneness with the universe.

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