The Practice of Meditation
by Jackie Woods
Meditating can take you beyond the everyday. It can clear your mind, calm your emotions and relax your body. In addition to all those perks, it will give your spirit a chance to soar.
With a billing like that, why is it so hard to find time to sit quietly and push all the worldly cares out of the way? The answer is that most people put doing, thinking, and/or feeling as a higher priority than “Being.” Your Being is the part of you that has a higher vibration than what life in general demands, and most people see no need to go beyond the expectations of life.
To rise above the normal vibrations that surround you, means you move from using your mind just for solving a piece of the problem, to a true understanding of the whole picture. It means you will be able to celebrate emotionally ‘who you are’, instead of feeling bombarded by life’s situations. Rising to the vibration of your Being takes the ‘have to’ out of doing and turns actions into expressions of your heart. Meditation helps you get to that exalted place of living.
Meditation can bring the real you into your world. It may sound silly to say that it isn’t really ‘you’ living your life, but it may be true. If you see the real you as an essence that can penetrate the mind, body and feelings but exists separately from them, then you are ready to meditate. Your exalted self already exists, but it must be invited to enter into the lower vibrations of your everyday life.
You may be asking, “Will bringing the real me into my everyday life lower its vibration?” The answer to that is a resounding NO! It works the other way around. Bringing the essence of your Being into your life raises the vibration of all your expressions. In fact, meditation should at some point go beyond the act of mediating to become a way of life.
So how does one start the practice of meditating? First and foremost, make a time for it in your schedule. It must become as much a regular part of your daily activities as eating or sleeping. The time needs to be while you are fresh and not worn out. It needs to be constant, and it needs to take place in the same location—hopefully one that is quiet. Now of course, there are really no hard and fast rules, but all of these suggestions have proven supportive to many people.
Once you have a time and a place to meditate, you will need to learn how to quiet your mind, calm your emotions and relax your body. Again, there are no definite ways to do this but let me suggest a few things that have worked for others. Imagining yourself in a beautiful, serene setting can be helpful. Telling your thoughts and feelings to leave you alone for fifteen minutes reinforces in your unconscious mind what this time is about. Repeating a sacred mantra as a chant gives some people the needed focus, while others just sit quietly and all their voices get quiet (those are the lucky ones).
I have a recording out on Meditation Support that might be helpful, and there are books that support you in this endeavor. But none of these published works will help without practice. Be patient with yourself and keep your goal of bringing your “Being” into your life all day, every day.