I am often asked about meditation. How does it work? Why should I do it? What do I gain by meditating everyday? What is meditating? Meditation is any act where you can close the doors to this world and open the doors to your soul. You can be washing the dishes or sweeping the floor and be meditating. It is a state of mindlessness where you stop thinking, and you start receiving messages from your heart… from your soul.
The preferable posture for meditation would be in a sitting down position. Comfortable, but not too comfortable because you might fall asleep. It is important that the back stay erect so that the energy may flow from the top of your head straight down. The next step is to focus on your breathing. Focusing on your breathing allows you to let go of your thoughts. The hardest part of meditation is letting go of the thousands of thoughts that fill your mind. If you can, imagine each thought as a leaf and your mind a river. Allow each thought to flow away, as the river continues to run. Don’t resist the thoughts or entertain them, because they will only get stronger or lead to more thoughts. Take a deep breath and let them pass, until you have reached a state of emptiness and thoughtlessness. This may take several meditation sessions for you to accomplish, but be patient with yourself. For so many years you have allowed your mind to chatter endlessly without restraint or control, and now that you are trying to control it, it will be resistant. Let your soul take charge, bit by bit, with each meditation session.
Once you have accomplished the ability to turn your mind “off” during your mediation sessions, it is now time to commune with your Creator. Meditation is the tool given to us to carry an inner conversation with our Source. It becomes hard for the Universe to communicate with us when our minds are constantly thinking. We must learn how to “connect” with our soul through meditation, in order to receive the messages needed to overcome the obstacles in our life. Many times we receive amazing intuitions about where our life is headed or what we need to do to improve our life. Sometimes we receive insights into our problems that help us find solutions to them. Other times we experience a glimpse of an invention or an artistic creation that blows our imagination, and we begin to do what we can to manifest this glimpse. Where did all of these intuitions come from? They came when our mind was silent. They came when our soul was open and willing to receive them. Meditation creates a clear channel of communication between our souls and God, and this channel is what gives us life, peace, and love. It is the source of everything we need. Every single soul on this earth was born with the innate ability to meditate and receive all that the Universe intends for them. But how many use this powerful tool?
Many times we are so bogged down by the forces of this world that we forget to take time and commune with our Creator. Yes, prayer is great, but most of the time it is a state of mind that is asking of God. Meditation is a state of mind that is listening to God and asking what He wants from us instead of what we want from Him. One must be resilient and strong against the many distractions and temptations that pull us away from trying to meditate. Meditation is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven… a Heaven that can be experienced only in the present moment… a Heaven that is reachable, but takes discipline and determination to reach. Take time to develop an honest and sincere relationship with your Creator. Find ways to incorporate meditation into your daily life. Use the tool of meditation to conquer your anxieties and worries. Release yourself from the lies of this world and the burdens that you carry. Use meditation as the tool to find out who you are and where you come from, and if at first you don’t succeed… try, and try again. For there is nothing in this world that will give you the peace that your Creator will give you once you take the time to commune with Him.