CloudMeditation offers on-line and in-person common sense education, training, motivation, and coaching for anyone wishing to establish a sound sustainable meditative & contemplative spiritual practice.

 

Spirituality is innate in human beings, regardless of religious belief or affiliation, or not. Most meditative & contemplative techniques and methods associated with contemporary religious traditions predate those traditions. Therefore, CloudMeditation takes a varietal approach, drawing from many traditions and their ancient origins to custom tailor a spiritual practice to the needs and demands of one's own life.

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Do I have to be religious to begin a spiritual practice?


Spirituality is innate in humans. This essential human element is A-religious. A religious belief or non-belief is irrelevant to pursuing a meditative/contemplative spiritual practice. Most techniques or methods associated with contemporary religions predate those religions considerably. One 4,000-year-old meditation manual outlines 112 techniques, many of which can be related to religious systems past and present and some with aboriginal spiritual practices worldwide.




How can I find the time to meditate in my busy schedule?


Teachers commonly recommend times, places, lengths, and methods of practice. The practitioner's ultimate aim is to integrate stillness and active practice methods seamlessly into a complete and continuous meditation. One develops a flexible approach that adapts to one's individual life and circumstances.




How do I know if I’m meditating the right way?


The cryptic answer is you'll know it when you feel it. The caution is not to expect some overwhelming ecstatic or blissful emotional experience. Those experiences are invariably false, short-lived, and can be psychologically hindering or even damaging. Although a spiritual practice is ultimately a solo endeavor, it is good to have a reliable spiritual mentor or coach to help you stay on track. The benefits of training are subtle; grounding, focus, more serenity of mind, less buffeted by the world and one's own emotions, and more.




How should I position myself to meditate?


There is no set way to meditate. Particular postures (crosslegged on a cushion), eyes open, eyes closed, specific silent or vocal chants or intonations, selected hand positions have more to do with the individual religious traditions within which they've developed. Mostly, the specifics are not essential to creating a deep and solid practice. One can pursue spiritual practice in a temple or on a bus while sitting or walking, standing or lying down. CloudMeditation emphasizes adaptability to the individual.





Yoga at Home

"A friend once inquired if Gandhi’s aim in settling in the village and serving the villagers as best he could were purely humanitarian. Gandhi replied . . . 'I am here to serve no one else but myself, to find my own self-realization through the service of these village folk.'"

--- Robert Aitken ---

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