Just as I finished writing that title I had to smile to myself, as what I wrote is and was an oxymoron. The truth is, meditation is an action in the NOW and like Bhagwan said, true meditation is our nature, because it is our nature to connect to Spirit and to become aware of being in the NOW. Meditation gives us the experience of the now. Yet this delicious experience has the quality of offering us peace, clarity, compassion, silence and unity.
Because of these attributes we may begin to find our lives become less ‘full on’. We can see our lives more clearly and make better decisions, we become calm and thus more stable and less depressed. We may find an inner gentleness and ultimately (and hopefully) we begin to connect to our true beloved nature and fall in love with LOVE and in turn ourselves.
However true meditation is actually not about the end point and certainly not about gaining something.Â Yet what could be gained in the action of meditation is a connection to who you actually BE (and yes I meant to write BE). Certainly, we can also learn about who WE ARE but who we BE, is our KNOWING that we are connected unquestionably to Spirit.
Obviously, as a result there could be a good reason or purpose to our meditation. You see, meditation is simply the act of being present. I say that meditation is an opportunity for Spirit to commune with us instead of us constantly talking and demanding from Spirit. It is as simple and natural as breath and also as powerful and valuable as breath. Spirit will speak to us in ways that can move mountains. It is said that if we make one step towards Spirit, Spirit makes 100 steps towards us. This is a non-religious experience but it is deeply congruent and visceral.
Meditation is not a fad, it is a deep connection to divine thought, which is more powerful than many realise. It is done first in intention – the intention, of meditation. It is in the movement towards relaxing and the act of living in the now, that we gain a strength from our introspection. Meditation is an added benefit but not the reason why we do it.
It is like an athlete who only does the training for the end goal and not for the joy of the now. He may soon become burnt out, depressed and lose sight of why he embarked on this journey – simply because he is no longer present.
A simple mantra, like Om to help us detach from the constant mind chatter, can be a useful tool for meditation but we can also use the breath to deepen us and discover a calm within us. Some of us like to listen to binaural tones, which can assist us to move deeply into the quieted mind. A wonderful teacher and Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, reminds us of the power of nownesss in his mindfulness meditation training, in other words he expresses that in all things we can be in meditation. TM is a well-known technique of meditation, which suggests 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. Many people, including me, have found this a great starting point.
Some believe we must have an optimum set-up to meditate, which includes silence and sitting in a particular place but if we look at the Tibetan monks they meditate in a noisy open space with their eyes slightly open, they do this so they can train themselves to connect to silence in all situations. It is from that vantage point that they find the gentle at-oneness within them.
There are those who may choose to have tools such as crystals to connect to the vibrations of the earth and to deepen into silence. These tools can help us create a harmonized space for our silent work. Crystals used in your meditation area is a beautiful ritual to adopt, especially if you find yourself drawn to wearing or collecting them.
My meditation practice has shifted a lot over the years. I went from being rigid and regimented to floating in mindfulness and bliss in my daily and regular connection to Spirit THROUGH meditation.
I find nature calls me into the mindfulness practice and it is from this space that I walk in the open hearted now and see through my eyes without expectation, living in the present moment and expanding into the deepening of the silent voice of Spirit. Â I am.
By Sanna Purinton