I am trying to keep my posts short and easily digestible so this will be divided into two parts:
1. The Who, What, Where, When and Why of meditation and
2. The nitty gritty on exactly “How” to do it.
This was inspired by a dear friend of mine who asked if I would teach her how to mediate and by another friend the next day who casually mentioned she had never been taught how. I know much has been written on this topic, but I wanted to type up a simple (I hope) how-to guide and possibly dispel some of the myths, such as “meditation is hard” or that it must be done a certain way. The truth is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Like most things, it’s going to give you the best results when you listen to what feels good to your body and do it in a way that works best for you, not your guru or your therapist or even your partner or best friend. This is also when it feels easiest. If it feels like too much of a chore, we are less likely to want to stick to it. So we want to make this easy and peaceful and blissful. Ok, here we go….AHHHHHH…OHHHMMMM…
Who: You and your Higher Self: that deepest part of you, made up of non-physical energy that remains consciously connected to Source at all times
What: An exercise to turn off our minds as much as possible and align ourselves with Divine energy. Sometimes this will feel incredibly blissful, and other times I have found myself moved to tears as answers to my prayers or deep questions I have held about my life came through. It has been said that we ask through prayer and that meditation is how we listen.
Where: Your favorite spot in your house. You can meditate anywhere, really but I have a favorite spot where I feel the most relaxed and free of distractions. In yoga, we “take our cares to the mat” because our body has come to recognize the ritual, that getting on the mat means the same thing every time: release, renewal, restoration. In the same way, the repeated act of sitting or lying down in the same spot to meditate sends a signal to your body and helps your body understand and say, “Oh hey, I know what we’re about to do here!” With each time, it becomes easier to turn off your mind because your body recognizes that this is exactly what you come to this spot to do.
When: Again there is no “right” answer here except whatever feels best to you. First thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. As the last thing you do before you go to bed really helps to melt the cares away so you can sleep. For me, I like to wait until I have been up for a while and have had a shower. I try to meditate when I am clean, because it makes sense to me to clean my body and then “clean” my mind. Sometimes I do it before bed too. And anytime I feel angry or scattered or depressed it is my very first line of defense against these emotions.
Why: To achieve a state of inner peace. To bring greater clarity to our mind, create a sense of happiness no matter what life throws at us, and to strengthen the subtle senses like intuition which provide a light for our path whenever we need guidance.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Part II on just how easy it all is! I’ll cover ambiance, technique, avoiding distraction, etc. I’ll also outline the process I use as an example. My hope is that after reading, you will be inspired to give it a go. 🙂 You can pick and choose from my method what things you might like to try and think would be most helpful to you but most importantly remember there is no wrong way to do it!