Dec 13 2007
From my point of view,
Meditation can be done anytime and anywhere. There are no required either any special places or special forms of sits or exercises, you can meditate at any point of your live, even during your morning jogging, if you like so (note, that the state of enlightenment is a state of constant meditation means the constant awareness).
For many of us, meditation is associated with a sage sitting and meditating in lotus pose. For a while I tried to do so too, but one day I clicked in that I do meditate spontaneously during the yoga exercises, which seemed to be very simple for me indeed, as opposed to sitting still. Thus, a combination of exercises and meditation is a good choice for those who find it difficult to sit still.
It is much easier and pleasant to meditate in direct contact with nature. Meditation in the open air, in contact with soil, grass, trees and sky is a great method of relaxation, calming down and harmonization. Energy of plants and the Earth additionally strengthens your own energy the same as it strengthens the contact with the world and God as well.
Meditation does NOT mean not to think. In the colloquial sense of the word, so often we understand a meditation like this. However, according to it what I have experienced myself, I go ahead and say that meditation is rather not getting involved into those streams of thoughts that still flow through our mind, for it should be noted that they are flowing all the time. Especially as we begin the art of meditation – then we can observe a lot of them. The problem that often arises at this stage, is awareness of the colloquial understanding of meditation and reproach ourselves that we cannot switch off these streams of thoughts. I assure you that it is not the point, and certainly it’s not about fighting with these thoughts either. The point is a quiet look at these streams of thoughts, allowing them to flow freely without emotional involvement in any of them. Over some time the number of these thoughts decreases and the mind actually fills itself with peace and calmness of not-thinking.
During initial trials of meditation, it is important to
● learn to notice / register the passing thoughts, but without going into them with emotions. They should be allowed to freely pass through our mind without stopping them to let them drift away. With time, the longer and more regular practice is the less number of thoughts linger in your mind, which in each subsequent meditation becomes more muted. This in turn affects the development of your peace of mind in everyday life situations, where day after day you get more and more practice in no emotional reactions for every little detail of your life.
● learn just to be / lasts and enjoy this state, the moment of existence of oneself, God, world, universe …
● learn to not stress and sermonize oneself, when by case we follow one thought, and we engage with it – sometimes it happens to everyone, especially at your first attempts of meditations.
● learn to detach from thought, in which imperceptibly you engaged to. Calmed and relaxed realize: Oh, I went into the subject, and now I want to be free of it and voluntary willingly walk away from the thought and emotions associated with it and allow myself to go back to meditation.
● learn to re-entry into free being here and now, even after brief but strong commitment to an idea.
● learn to feel the harmony and unity during practice of meditation. You can also focus on any topic that interests you and which you want to understand / fathom, or to strengthen / improve or heal.
● learn to not put pressure on you, in any matter. Meditation is a moment of eternal harmony, unity, joy, fulfillment, love … there is no room for pressure, stress and pushing yourself. If you find yourself going that way, think that you go away from it, here and now, and then focus yourself and all of your thoughts again, in the direction of contact with God.
I know that many beginners can be very upset by the fact that they fail to meditate. I myself felt similar frustrations during my first meditations. I even forced myself to sit still and meditate. Unfortunately, usually was falling asleep, simply because I get bored. Only after a while I discovered I can do wonderful meditation during yoga.
So first take a look around and think what gives you a feel of relaxation and harmony. Whether this is painting, exercising, wood-carving and crafting or anything else, I do guarantee that you will find it as easiest way to meditate, exactly during your favorite classes.
Always remember that each of us goes in different pace and all you can do is just listen to your inner voice and follow it with your own pace, without pressure, stress and frustration. You will move through first lessons of meditation faster and more gently keeping the state of relaxation and full acceptance and consequently you will not even notice how and when that happened so you could enjoy a wonderful and deep meditation.
Someone might say … well, but when you can say that the process of meditation has started and actually what meditation means itself?
It is difficult to describe in a word, huge variety of feelings and spiritual experiences, which may occur during the act of meditation. However, just this one word ‘meditation’ refers to this incredible and describable experience. The problem is that since we have a single term to describe one event, we the people expect that every time and in every case it will look exactly the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the case of meditation, it is not possible to clearly describe how this process should start and run. As many people as many different experiences of meditation. And each of them is different and the most wonderful and yet unique and most true.
And when begins the act of meditation?
Well, then when is a sincere desire and an open heart … there is already begun the act of meditation … then, when the heart is ready and willing to listen, there is beginning the wonder of meditation. Then, when you listen to the voice of your heart and when you listen what God has for you to communicate. God himself speaks to us non-stop, but we hear Him only when we want to. Everything depends on your free will, desire, and an open heart. The rest of the whole process is an individual matter between you and God. So as how many people so many different ways and manners to converse with God and receive his teachings. Sometimes, you just look at the sky, smile to yourself, to God in you and around you and feel the real, all-encompassing divine gratitude in your heart.
Meditation itself needn’t last long. Especially at the beginning, when the keeping of attention and constant awareness of unity can be troublesome. Then this might be just a few moments or several minutes. But do not force yourself to an artificial extension. Let your mind adjust itself at such a pace as it needs. Do not force yourself to long sessions of meditation, just because it’s appropriate … because others do so … etc … This behavior rather won’t help you, in fact it might only disturb us making in your subconscious desire to escape from this experience. So, remember, nothing by force. It’s much better to let yourself to work on your own openness and readiness, because when we achieve these, the meditation arrives safely, quietly and naturally.
How can we then identify the most appropriate moment to meditate?
Meditate, whenever you feel ‘this’ amazing impulse in your heart. Meditate, whenever you feel an irresistible desire and willingness. Meditate, whenever you feel ‘the fire’ and ‘hunger’ of meditation in your heart, soul and body. This is the best and most appropriate moment for a wonderful meditation. Then it flows effortlessly, and the results of that meditation go far beyond your imagination and expectations. Remember that these impulses can appear with varying frequency, but over time, they will begin to appear more frequently, even every day. You will surprise yourself how everything has developed rapidly.
And most importantly …
Trust during meditation.
Trust in God.
Trust in yourself.
Just do trust.