Meditation is something I have just taken to recently. I have felt the pull to do it for some time and the pull had become quite strong, too strong in fact to ignore any longer. Wherever I go, it is there, calling me to make a start. I am unsure what it is that has been holding me back? Time probably. I have always been drawn to anything Buddha. I have often wondered what it is that attracts me so. I love what Buddha represents; calm, balance and peace but I wonder if I haven’t been drawn to the meditation pose of Buddha.
Everything I have read so far about other people’s experiences has involved meditation. I started doing things that were a lead in to meditation such as mindful breathing, putting myself in the moment and restorative yoga but I felt it wasn’t enough and meditation was the next step.
I always felt life was a constant struggle but that was because I was stubbornly trying to go it alone. These days I am open to the world around me and I take notice of the flow. When I am able to join that flow, life is extraordinarily amazing. This is where the importance of meditation comes in. For me, meditation helps me stop and take stock of what is happening around me. It gives me the space I need to relax and be without condition.
When I tried meditating in the beginning, I did so after reading amazing experiences others had had during meditation. This is where I misunderstood the process. I was waiting for something to happen. I’m sure this was my ego, for the more I meditate, the more I realise that in this time I am putting all else aside, including the things I identify myself as.
It seems as though nothing is happening, however when I am finished, I feel a lot more centred and less reactive. Some times are better than others. There are still times where I just can’t get my head to shut up but I persist, knowing it is at these times, it is more important than ever to meditate. Sometimes my thinking during times of meditation is brilliantly inspired and I go with it rather than trying to push that inspiration aside because I am trying to ‘meditate’.
There are many different ways to meditate. I have apps that lead you through it with music. I have meditated by focussing my energy on my body and being fully aware of what is happening within my body. I always end this meditation with a gratitude prayer for all the wonderful things I am able to do because of my body and that my body does for me. There are books that talk you through the different types. One of those books is called ‘Getting in the Gap’ by Dr Wayne Dyer. Sitting in nature is a great one, just losing yourself on the beach or over looking a valley. The place is not important; it is more about how you feel in that place. If you feel peaceful, then it is probably a good space for you to meditate.
I usually start by making myself comfortable, closing my eyes and relaxing into the moment. Then I concentrate on my breathing until this is nice and slow, smooth and natural. It is usually at this point I start to lose myself. Sometimes I see mandalas, other times I will see light, other times I will see waves of energy and sometimes I see nothing at all. I find the longer I stick it out, the better I feel afterward but I don’t let this stop me from a 10-minute quickie if I am time poor.
I am moving away from worrying about the perfect spot or having a decent amount of time to meditate. I just do it wherever and whenever the opportunity arises. I think it depends on the type of person you are. Sometimes when you put rules on things, you quickly find reasons why you can’t do it. For others it is better to set aside the same time of day, each day and commit. Break free from what you perceive is right and wrong and go with what feels right for you.
The benefits are hard to ignore. Meditation is proven to have healing effects on the physical, mental and emotional self and I know how important getting this balance has helped me in my life. We have made our lives so fast paced that being still is an amazing opportunity for the body to reset, recuperate and return to source. Returning to source for me sees me back into the flow of all that is.
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