THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION IN MONGOLIAMONGOLIA HAS A LONG TIME TRADITION OF BUDDHISM AND ITS RITUALS
EXPERIENCING THE COUNTRY WITH ITS RELIGION
In Buddhist Mongolia, the practice of meditation was always linked to traditions and has been until this day an undiscovered mystery. Even at the time that Buddhism started to be well accepted in the Mongolian Society, meditation was not yet practiced by many people and remained, therefore, a mystery to most. There are many legends and tales of the past depicting the stories of great meditation practitioners, but who never became a major leader to the general population.
WHY GML CHOSE MEDITATION PRACTICES ON THE TOURS?
In its offer, on most of the tours provided by GML, short guided meditation sessions are part of the adventures. This practice dates back to the time of the Hunnu Empire and was unveiled and became an official practice from the 17th century, Mongolia being at that time one of the first Mahayana Buddhist countries in the world. The Buddhism practiced in Mongolia took time to become the form we know today, and it's very own identity is very different from the Buddhism seen in other countries. Because of its special link with the history of the country, it came to be very respected and appreciated by the Mongolian people and is since that time part of the National traditions and the Culture of the country. Why the Mongolian form is very special and unique in this world? Because it has been mixed with other Mongolian ancient practices and cultures such as Shamanism and Nomadism to name a few, to adopt a very different final form. This made the Mongols adapt to Buddhism officially and brought a new period of prosperity. Buddhism is now the #1 Religion of the State today, with about 50% of the Population being declared Buddhist practitioners. Also, during all major Buddhist celebrations, Mongolia is officially allowing National holiday periods. Meditation is part of Buddhism, and it is a personal choice given to the people to meditate or not. It is not a forced practice. During our adventures, we take the same approach by supporting those who voluntarily want to try a guided meditation, in the untouched nature and mountains. This is a very important part of our concept, and to help improve the lives of our participants, staying connected to Nature, to enjoy and have a great experience of the country while traveling together. We focus our meditation on Nature’s elements which are the Fire meditation, the Water meditation and following the 7 Chakras. We also help to support other practices of meditation if the participants would like, and we pay great attention to educating our highly skillful tour leaders, and the other people of our staff on location in order to coach and instruct our travelers from around the world. We will discover those ancient meditation practices when people use to go to caves, sand dunes, water shores (lakes), and mountains to feel and appreciate this part of Mother Nature that is still untouched today. The Buddhist meditation that we teach and practice on a daily basis is definitely compatible with Nature and the physical act of traveling. It is very beneficial for anyone’s mind and body enhancement.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION?
Meditation practitioners develop this skill to be easily flexible and have the great ability to combine their mind and body into one entity. The meditation itself helps anyone to be aware of their own situation and contribute to adapt to the changes in life very easily. It contributes to develop anyone’s self inner power and clear the thoughts, making the decision an easier task.
Through Meditation, the mind will always be brought into a state of self-awareness, for a clear vision of the reality, and the practitioners develop a sense of sensitivity. We then become more positive, respectful to others and our situation since we can see and project ourselves into another point of view, another angle. Many people have a tendency to lose the connection between the body and mind, thus becoming less sensitive. It also can create itself some more trouble, as the mind can also harm the body physically, even indirectly through thoughts and actions that are not necessary. We can call it stress, depression, and other forms. Meditation tends to correct those to bring balance and has a long-lasting positive effect. Therefore, when heading out to a different journey, the mind can be easily changed and exploring new sensations and we encourage our travelers to seat even for short meditation periods in many locations crossed in the countryside, in order to get that sense of peace. Far from the stress of our homes, jobs, Gobi Mountain Lake introduces the concept of meditation and the real connection to Nature so that everyone will enjoy, develop and become a better version of themselves. If you travel to a Buddhist country such as Mongolia, its gonna be useful and interesting to initiate yourself into this world. Sure you will be surprised, and have great fun with us!