Let’s Talk About Meditation.
It’s gotten a bad rap. Really. It’s not chanting, you don’t have to have a meditation room or shrine, you don’t have to burn incense, and you are not “kooky” by meditating. It’s not something that only hippies do or people who pursue astral projections. Although many different cultures claim this can be accomplished through meditation, there has been no scientific proof to corroborate. The point of meditation is simply to enjoy life as it is each and every moment!
Contrary to popular belief, we have absolutely no control over anything in the future or the past. Any event that has occurred had an opportunity of being and acting and choosing in the NOW. It’s gone. Never to have a “do-over.” Same goes for the future. It has yet to occur and when it does, guess what? You will have the power to choose in the NOW. Of course this provides the favor to seriously choose well, thereby exerting the most possible influence on our life. YES, we can have the greatest amount of influence if we live in the NOW.
Eckhart Tolle says,
“The moment your attention turns to “the Now,” you feel a presence, a stillness, a peace. No longer depending on future for fulfillment and satisfaction. So very not attached to results. Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of Being. You find the life underneath your life situation.”
When I first read this, I gave serious thought to the phrase, “you find the life underneath your life situation.” It hit me hard. Because every moment is truly our “life situation,” but it certainly is not us. Sure we can let it define us. It will say whether we are a success or failure, happy or sad—but based on outward appearances! It’s not an indicator of our true essence. Because even the best or worst life scenario doesn’t always reflect a person’s true self. You know the rich jerk or the poor saint and also vice versa.
Meditation offers the benefits of life balance in all aspects of your life. Noted in The 7 Benefits of meditation from Happify.com, they include: sleep sounder, ease pain, ability to focus, reduce anxiety, less moody, and a better sex life. Also, The Art of Living will introduce how meditation adds value to your life.
The true beauty of life is when we are in touch with our true self, which is revealed when living in the NOW. We know on a basic level that we are truly magnificent! We are spirits of joy and peace and happiness, and if we radiant all these things, then whatever we desire will become true! Our inner and outer lives will align and be whole. This is living authentically.
Meditation is as simple as mind-body awareness and can be as long or as short as you like. Just make it a routine. Do it first thing in the morning before you hop out of bed or the last thing at night before you fall asleep. Do it whenever you feel like a “time out” during the day. Make it a habit that you look forward to because you realize that whenever you are aware, you are living in “the Now.” Here, energy from your brain and body can both be utilized to manifest your desires.
Dan Harris suggests simple steps to beginning meditation. Start with 5–10 minutes.
- Sit with your back straight and eyes closed.
- Focus on your breath coming in and out of your body. Pick a spot that is most prominent such as your nose, chest, or belly and focus you full attention on the air moving in and out at that location.
- In the beginning your mind will wander and you will cease to meditate. So start again.
Any amount helps. And be patient—allow your mind to unwind and welcome the “space in between your thoughts” as taught by Eckhart Tolle. It will be quiet and may almost seem deafening.
If you’ve tried and failed, the positive note is you’ve explored one of the best tools for decluttering your mind. And you can do this anywhere! So, let’s take 5 and start, fail, and repeat! There is nothing to lose and only tranquility to gain, even if only for moments as you practice this helpful new habit. And when you do it enough, just like a habit, you will feel an absence when you don’t make time for it. When you do make time for it, you will feel a sense of peace and centeredness. Try!
Please return for our next blog as we go further in depth for more tips to help us ease this habit into our daily living and as to the life impact of simple meditation. Until then …
Keep it simple,