“Meditation is emptying your mind completely of all belief, ideology, concept, thought. Only in an empty mind when there is no dust left on the mirror truth reflects.” ~Osho
The above quote is from “The Book of Wisdom” by Osho which I have yet to finish because it’s filled with so much wisdom that I have to pace myself. I take notes in the margins and everything. I highly recommend it. Many may find this “mindless” concept of meditation questionable. It has even become quite controversial but just like with any other information you take it as just that. It is information. Use it how you see fit. What is truth to one is not truth to the other.
Meditation is all in what you make it out to be. It does not always have to consist of you sitting “mindlessly” in lotus position while deep breathing. For example, this past weekend my meditation consisted of creating my vision board (finally). Most of the time I do sit in lotus position while deep breathing as I let the thoughts that enter my mind pass like clouds in the sky. My understanding is that it is okay to have thoughts while meditating. It is what the mind does. The key is not letting the thoughts control your feelings and/or distract you from your peace of mind. Also, have fun! Meditating should not be stressful. It defeats the purpose if it is.
I’ve meditated off and on in the past but my most successful experience with meditating began when I used the app Headspace. I did the free 10 minute daily sessions which helped me understand what I was doing, why, and how to begin. From there, I began meditating on my own and found that I was able to meditate for 10 minutes without a timer or other guidance. This intrigued me as I found that the mind truly is more powerful than we give it credit. It was nonstop from then on which led me to learn how to meditate in other ways besides sitting still. Though I do enjoy sitting still and find it very effective.
In the months that I have been practicing daily meditation for at least 15- 20 minutes (sometimes longer) here are a few lessons I’ve learned:
- There are many creative, effective ways to meditate. Do not just stick to one method
- You can meditate anywhere when you really get the hang of it
- Learning to let my thoughts come and go without reacting to them helped me resist feeling (letting thoughts control you)
- I was able to tune out the physical state (sounds, distractions, tension/pains in the body) by focusing on the breath and breathing causing me to relax
- It is okay to lose focus at times as thoughts take you off track but what’s important is that you bring your awareness back to the breath
I’ll be sharing some of my experiences with meditation. I think many of you will find it interesting how I learned to take life to a whole other level by learning how to connect with my spiritual self. I hope you find this helpful in establishing a meditation practice of your own. Remember, everyone is different with different needs and starting from different points in their journey. When you understand that, you’ll be able to reap the full benefits of meditation.
Love and Light,