Hey guys, what’s going on? As always, my name is Clark. It has been a while since I wrote about meditation, so today let us discuss: what is meditation and how to practice it. I will share some simple methods to meditate (to be honest you do not need rocket-science level intellect to understand how to meditate), after I go through a general discussion regarding meditation below.
Although I have written on the subject of meditation multiple times before today, I think it is good to look at it from a different perspective each time.
What is meditation?
Meditation is said to be a practice of going all the way to the source of pure consciousness. And that every time you manage to reach that place, the power that you tap into is of a higher level and stays with you longer after you come out of meditation.
In terms of physical and mental benefits, meditation is said to help us reduce stress, age slower, strengthen our immune system, improve our concentration, among many others. But when I think of meditation, I think of the spiritual and emotional benefits it provides.
It is said that meditation enables one to release resistance (to improved circumstances), because we are no longer thinking about a problem that is plaguing us, or thinking about how to get something we’ve wanted for some time. This brings (sometimes) immediate calm and optimism. The more you meditate, the easier it becomes for you to connect to, using the words above, the source of pure consciousness.
In that place you will feel pure unadulterated peace, love, and joy, without effort. Do you notice that even when you put in a conscious effort to feel good, usually you would fail to do that? Your mind would keep fighting your intention? And the mind usually wins? Well, that’s because it is very difficult to fight against your conditioning. The little voice inside you that says making money is hard, all the good ones are taken, it’s very difficult in this economy to make LARGE amounts of money, etc.
That’s why you should meditate when you don’t feel good, even if that is the time when you would not feel like meditating at all. Although it doesn’t make sense, I find that when I am tired or frustrated the more my mind wants to engage in some activity and the less I feel like meditating. Also, try meditating first thing in the morning for the boost it provides to the rest of your day. And then just observe how much better your day seems to progress. Because when you release resistance what you have asked for (your desires) materialize.
And that would be the end of this section. Sorry that it is not very long, but I believe the key points have already been delivered above. There is a previous article I wrote which I recommend you now read. It will help you avoid the pitfalls of meditation.
Now, on we go to the next section…
How to practice it
I have written about some simple ways to meditate. One of the simplest methods has got to be breath meditation. What you do with this method is 1) pick a private place and time, 2) spend some moments to relax your body and mind, and maintain this relaxation throughout your meditation, and 3) gently put your focus and attention on your breath. Follow the sensation of your breath as it enters and exits your nostrils. When your mind wanders off to something else, once you realize this gently bring your attention back to your breath. When your mind wanders off to something else again, you gently bring your attention back to your breath again.
When you meditate, you take your mind off whatever it is that is bothering you. Just doing this is good enough to lead you closer to the solution that you seek, because when you are focused on a problem it seems to get bigger and bigger until it seems insurmountable.
And that’s it. Here are some other simple ways to meditate but to be honest breath meditation is already such a powerful technique. If you have enjoyed this, please share. Please come back often to this website, and feel free to subscribe to my emails! And finally just leave any questions or comments that you may have below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks a lot!