I discussed meditation in a blog a few weeks ago. It is such a life-changing yet misunderstood practice that I want to explore the subject further.
“Refuse to let go and you are a person drowning; the more you struggle, the faster you sink.” George Ohsawa
Meditation allows you to let go of the struggle with unwanted negative thoughts. Regular practice will not only allow you peace in the moment, but it will literally re-condition your mind to be less inclined to hold on to negativity. It is also the perfect preparation for doing positive affirmations.
When you have a problem, there is a temptation to focus on it and talk endlessly to others about it in the hope of finding a solution. This is the way many of us have become used to dealing with the issues in our lives. But this doesn’t work. Because of the powerful Law of Attraction, focusing on what you don’t want simply summons more of the same.
What does work is to turn you attention on to something else that makes you feel good. However, switching your attention from what feels like a problem to a good-feeling subject can be difficult. Meditation is a good tool to distract yourself into a better feeling. The process stops thought and allow your natural feeling of well-being to return. Solutions to problems will come to you, often in surprising ways.
There are so many different opinions on what is the best way to meditate: chant this mantra, focus on that symbol, hold a certain posture, sit in a chair, sit cross-legged, listen to music, sit in silence… With all these mixed ideas of which one is ‘the best’ it is clear to me that there is much confusion! You will be guided to the perfect meditation technique for you.
Meditation for me simply means silencing the chatter of the mind. I started off using repetitive, non-intrusive background music (you can get this kind of music from the New Age section in bookshops) and setting a timer for 20 minutes. In the beginning, I felt restless and a little bored. But I sat there until the time was up.
After many weeks of meditating every morning, I reached the place of what I call an Inner Bliss; a sort of nurturing void where I had stopped thinking for a few moments.
Meditation requires committed practice and it can be easy to just give up or ‘miss a day or two’. It has been said that it takes 30 days to form a new habit, so keep on going!
The more often you meditate, the easier it will be to return to that place of inner stillness and the easier your life will become.