“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” -Old Zen Saying
Dictionary result for med·i·ta·tion
the action or practice of meditating.
"a life of meditation"
synonyms:contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, prayer, deliberation, study, rumination, cogitation, brooding, mulling over, reverie, brown study, concentration, speculation;
"cultivating the presence of God in meditation and prayer"
a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.
plural noun: meditations
"his later letters are intense meditations on man's exploitation of his fellows"
My personal definition of Meditation: Meditation-
1.Getting comfortable with the stillness inside of us.
2. Observation of experience without involvement or reaction.
WHY? Because it makes us better at doing "Life" ... It brings great Ease by doing literally NO THING.
The most valuable education we will ever receive is silence. Listen and silent have the same letters. Something to consider. For this reason, meditation can be hard for beginners, as when we are familiar with the hustle bustle of the reality we have created for ourselves, and we do not know any other way, it is difficult for us to return to silence with comfort and ease.
When we continually surround ourselves with other people, it becomes comfortable and familiar to have another’s energy field around us at all times. When we then sit in stillness with ourselves, at first, it may feel scratchy and distant, but the Ego, and the body will adapt to the practice, as it will any.
That is what it is designed to do.
The best way to begin a meditation routine is not to begin a “routine,” as this brings too much consideration for an activity that is beneficial and will naturally become a problem solving agent in your life. The best way to begin is to begin. (As with anything in life.) Even if every excuse in the world has replaced the actual practice, do it. Even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom to get 5 minutes of peace and quiet to sit on the edge of the bathtub, do it. Actually, in all reality, meditation is not something you do- it is a time for you to “not do," A time in the here and now for you to become the observer.
Find yourself a quiet place (or a place with a continual gentle sound such as a fan if you have trouble with straight silence,) and go there.If you can't find a quiet place, then stay where you are. This is about observation.
Sit or lay and just go into your breath. Learn to appreciate the silence, in its gift to embrace the observation.
At first, your mind (ego) will choose to entertain you with thoughts of everything that you should be doing in that moment, instead of the beautiful art of allowing that you have chosen.
Simply observe this behavior, and watch the thoughts pass like tiny bubbles emerging and floating away. They will slow the more you practice.
Becoming the observer is all you must “do."
Some say that it may not be a good time to meditate before going to sleep because you aren’t awake to experience the meditation. I began my practice as a single mother of two boys with no time to myself other than before bed, and as I was able to build upon my practice in the moments and incremental times before falling asleep, I discovered I was not only finding it easier to fall asleep, but I was finding it easier to navigate through my days.
Guided meditations on youtube are also a great choice if you are having trouble with pure silence. I often also do an energy clearing meditation where I lie in bed or on the massage table, and “imagine” or see the bright white light cleansing my energy field, entering through my crown chakra, and emanating throughout my entire body, pushing out every scrap of energy that is not pure and clean, and does not belong to my body.
There is also a Vipassana Meditation on Youtube to follow, to serve as just a basic template. We could become with ease in Vipassana so much that we could practice it in the middle of a daycare with little spider monkeys crawling all over our backs!
What is the point of pure silence, one might ask. The answer is everything true. The only way to allow yourself to get to know yourself is to totally and completely learn to eliminate anything in the way and you will be left with your true, powerful, beautiful, loving, vibrant self.
That can be very scary for many.
There is also a truth called "Premature cognitive commitment." (to get geeky)
This is essentially where the Psyche imprints trauma experiences into the energetic field (Cell memory) and we continue to act like whatever we were fearing is still a threat to us.
So this means we have 10 million computer screens open to the operating system. We can begin to release those that do not serve is. In the nothingness of meditation, these begin to fall away and the energy they were consuming then is refocused to the benevolent intention.
This is how Manifestation begins to feel simplified. Synchronistic signs begin to multiply.
This is how stress begins to fall away, and the body stops acting like it is in attack mode most of the time.
Some high achievers find that a certain amount of stress is needed to drive them to greater performance and completion of task. However, this is an incorrect assumption, as stress causes the fight or flight mode, which causes a release in harmful hormonal surges. This in turn causes ageing and dis-ease in the body, and in time becomes paralyzing.
Take the time to just be. To become the observer. The time will pass one way or another,
Let us be present.