I noticed that a lot of people have this question. How does one meditate? Since my new 30 day trial is all about meditation, I figure I can provide some valuable input on that question. However, more important than how to meditate, is why you should meditate in the first place.
Why Choose to Meditate?
Meditation is like training yourself to see the world in a new way. When you meditate, your mind relaxes and you stop identifying with your thoughts. You reach a higher level of awareness. I will often notice things I never did before after meditation. It’s a way of escaping your conditioned mind and connecting with your true self. I also notice drastically increased sensitivity to beauty. It’s like I can see some sort of hidden essence in things that I couldn’t see before.
The best thing about meditation is that it doesn’t require anything external to work. It’s completely internal, and thus anyone can do it. The heightened state of awareness is already available inside all of us. I find that when I meditate I am completely enthralled with even the most mundane of things. It’s like being a child again. This tells me that any time I’m bored or agitated, it isn’t the external world that’s causing a problem. It’s my internal state of awareness.
With a practice like meditation available to us, there isn’t an excuse to be bored or antsy. Anytime you feel that anxious urge to just do something, just meditate. You conquer that feeling by going through it, rather than looking for ways to go around it. Meditation is a practice that allows you to deepen your state of mind, which deepens your interactions with everything around you.
Expanding Your Consciousness
Reality is a lot like the visible light spectrum. You have reds, yellows, and blues, but you also have every imaginable combination thereof, each with a unique hue and place on the spectrum. Consciousness is the thing that allows you to perceive that reality, and those colors. The quality of your consciousness will determine the vividness and brilliance of everything you come into contact with.
Most people tend to walk around at an extremely subdued level of consciousness. Simple colorblindness wouldn’t describe it. It’s more akin to being like a dog and only seeing in black and white. Few people achieve the mental clarity to really see the colors around them, let alone to notice the prismatic glory of each and every hue as it passes before them. I’m definitely guilty of this one.
Luckily, I found meditation. I was able to have some pretty significant expansions of consciousness, and though they only lasted a short time, it was amazing. Check out my article about The Power of Now if you want to read some of my stories. Meditation is one of the best tools for expanding your consciousness.
What the Heck Does Color Have to do With Meditation?
It’s hard to explain a jump in awareness to someone who has never experienced it before. The best I can do is give examples, and hope you’ll be impressed enough to try it for yourself.
Your level of consciousness is a lot like a TV. Most people live through a tiny, black-and-white 1920′s television version of reality. Sure, it works, but it’s pretty bleak and abysmal. Stuff is happening around you, but you’re not really that concerned about it. You’ll pay attention if you’re bored, but you’ll still be bored. Life is uninspiring, although you’ll endure it because you have to.
Some of us have started meditating – or maybe we were born lucky – and have made the switch to color, though it’s still a small screen, and sometimes the antenna messes up. Things are looking up though, that’s for sure. There’s more channels than before, and the addition of color is a pretty nice thing. What will people come up with next? Well, through meditation and living through sound principles, you get the..
1080p, 60″ plasma HDTV mode of consciousness. This is the bad boy that I’m interested in. I want to hear a pen drop in a classroom and have the resultant clink, clink leave me in awe. I want to see a single drop of rain and be reminded of the glory and ineffable awesomeness inherent in all life. Now, that is living. Ya dig?
That’s what meditation does. It enhances your reality a billion-fold. That’s why I chose it for my 30 day trial. I actually started it on Monday, the 25th, and I’ve already had some great experiences. I’ve been journaling and I recommend you do each time too. It can be hard to remember what that peak of awareness is like when you come down, so let your words be an anchor to remind you to come back to that state often.
Also, don’t worry about it if you’re new to meditation, it’s really simple. I’m going to show you how right now.
How Do I Meditate?
You can meditate for all sorts of things. You can meditate on death, you can meditate to find your best self, and you can even meditate to better channel your thoughts to change reality. However, those things aren’t really meditation. They use meditate to clear the mind, then they go do something else. Here I’m just going to focus on meditation itself.
Meditation is nothing other than the simple act of being, a.k.a. existing. I’m talking about that easy, flowing feeling you had when you were a kid. The kind of mindset that doesn’t worry about anything because you’re completely focused and complete in the present moment. The goal of meditation is to find that mental state again. By the way, most folks call this mindfulness meditation, just so you know the vernacular.
Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you how to meditate.
1. Find a good spot. It should be a place free from interruptions and too much noise.
2. Get comfortable! You don’t have to sit in the full lotus position or anything fancy. Remember sitting criss cross applesauce in kindergarten? That works great. Some people close their eyes, others leave them slightly open. I find the latter approach works better for me.
3. Focus on your breathing. Take long, deep breaths through your nose. Notice every sensation. Hear and feel yourself breathe.
4. Avoid following and identifying with thoughts.Thoughts can be very persuasive. They want us to follow them wherever they go. The key to meditating properly is to recognize your thoughts, but don’t follow them. That means you simply watch them. You witness their coming, and their passing. During meditation, you exist somewhere out of that thought stream. It’s like you’re able to look down upon it from the outside and observe. This helps me a lot when I keep getting distracted by thought patterns. Imagine yourself on the outside looking in.
Meditation is simple!
That’s all there is to it. It’s exactly what I’m going to be doing on my 30 day trial. I chose to meditate each day for 15 minutes. I simply find a comfortable place to sit, and focus on my breathing while witnessing – but not identifying with – my thoughts. It puts me at peace right away. After an especially good session of meditation I’ll often open my eyes and go “Wow.” The shift in awareness is huge. Everything looks beautiful when you’re in the right state of mind. For this reason I recommend you hang out around nature when you meditate. Believe me, it’s powerful.
That’s it for now. I hope I’ve sufficiently answered the question, “how do you meditate?” By the way, for those who already meditate, I’d like to ask you the same thing: how do you meditate? Leave me a comment below.
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