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 MEDITATION

 

Meditation is one of the most important tools or practices that can be successfully used as a wellness starter or enhancer and as a spiritual connector. Many of us see mediation as just a simple practice of sitting in a lotus position and simply try to “stop of thoughts” or “turn of our minds” however this is so far removed from any truth about meditation. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of things, let me first say that our conception as to what meditation is and the practice of meditation is actually a “misconception.”

 

Misconception about meditation

 

Before I started on my spiritual journey, I too used to believe that meditation was nothing more than sitting in a lotus position and try to turn off my never-ending river of negative thoughts, which I was never able to successfully accomplish because my thoughts would never comply or cooperate. Not until I learn the true essence of what meditation is, how to practice meditation and what are the benefits of meditation, was I able to relax the mind, body, and spirit and truly embodied the practice and benefits of a meditation session.

Now, as to the popular belief that meditation can only be done sitting in a lotus position and listening to calming sounds played by a Steinway piano and being monk-like, that’s just another misconception that we developed along the way. Meditation can be done effectively in any sitting, standing, or lying position. You can sit on a chair or the ground. You stand or you can lay in bed or anywhere as a matter of fact. As long as you are relaxed and grounded, meditation can successfully happen in any of these positions. The more seasoned you become in your meditation practices, the less you will need to listen to music to relax, eventually, you will get to a point where you can meditate without the help of the Steinway piano or any sounds to that matter.

Now let us talk about turning off the mind or thoughts ( because this is something I hear all the times)

“I can’t meditate because I can’t get my mind to stop” or “I can’t meditate because I can’t seem to turn off my thoughts”

Meditation is not about stopping or turning off the mind or thoughts, meditation is the simple act of allowing the body to relax while allowing your thoughts to flow freely without any interruption, judgment or evaluation.

Meditation is connecting or reconnecting to the spirit and disconnecting from the physical body. So when you are mediating do not worry about turning off your mind or stopping your thoughts, just relax and enjoy the moment.

Nonetheless, the more you meditate is the easier it is to relax your body and calm your mind. When I just started practicing meditation I used to take almost FIFIFTEEN  minutes to relax into the meditation, however, the more I practice the less time it took me to relax both the body and the mind.

It was a MUST in my initial practices to listen to music while I meditate but now I can meditate without the use of any form of relaxing music and I can fall into deep meditation in just a few minutes. This all comes down to practice and how often you meditate.

Types of meditations

There are many different types of meditation or ways to meditate. overtime we have come up with our own version/s of meditation, however,they all have similar benefits. The way you choose to meditate and whatever type of meditation you choose to practice is OK. as long as the above-mentioned is been achieved in your meditation practices. Some people choose their practicing style base on what they want to achieve, some may want o work on breathing so the practice Pranyanna, some may want to work on focus or concentration so they practice Zazen, other might want to release some build up negative energy and attract good positive energy so they settle for kundalini, like I said it doesn’t matter what type of meditation you choose the practice is centered around the same method and the results are usually the same. Some people even opt for guided meditation, again base on what they are seeking to achieve from their practice.

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The importance of meditation

The deeper I get in my (spiritual work) the more I realize the importance of meditation, not only to my spirituality but to my well-being as well.

Meditation is a catalyst for my spiritual work. This practice of meditation was what I first used to awaken my internal energy (chakra) along with yoga. The practice of yoga is extremely helpful to growth in both areas, but I will leave the details of yoga for my next blog.

When you meditate you are actually making a direct connection with the source (GOD, UNIVERSE) through the connection of one’s spirit. Let me break that down, when you meditate you should disconnect from the physical body, world, etc. and connect/reconnect to your spiritual body, your higher self which is non-physical.

During this process, you then make a connection with the source! Because you can only connect with the source through the spirit.

In the scriptures, it tells you that- but his delight is in the law is, and the law is that he meditates day and night. So, the divine law is that we should meditate day and night to be delighted, to be fulfilled, to connect to the spirit and source. It further stated that he shall be still like a tree that is planted by the rivers of still water, which brings forth its fruits in its season. So when you meditate you are strengthing your spiritual connection with GOD, source and the universe.

At this moment, right now, I am on a seven day fast, which I started a day ago. I choose to fast to grow in my spiritual work, while on this fasting, I am meditating, reading my bible and praying, so in everything, I do meditation is always an option. It is one of the first things I do when I wake up and one of the last things I do before bed. By the way, I am documenting my fasting experience so I will write a blog and post video of that.

Many of us hear of or even try to meditate but we do not know how deep this practice is.

There are so many great things that can be gained spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally (wellness) there are all (fundamentals of wellness link) so when we meditate we are actually taking care of our well-being.

Conclusion!

Meditate is important to all aspects of our lives, just as water is vital to our survival and the survival of all living things, mediation in all its glory is just as vital. Ten minutes a day practicing meditation can make a huge difference in your life. So out of your 365 days, you are using 3650 mins which is less than 3 days out of your 365days for the year. So, a practice that can be down only for 3days out of the year can bring you so much benefit to your health, wellness, spirituality and so much more benefits. Why are we not meditating again? I would suggest you start meditating right now! If you have trouble concentrating try a practice for concentration or use calming/relaxing music, I find that this helps a lot because it gives you something else to focus on you can also focus on your breathing and each time you drift off into thoughts just slowly bring it back to your focus. If you try meditating before and you still having trouble relaxing, Book a session with me and I am more happy to help you figure out what is holding you back and set you on a path where you can successfully practice your mediation and reap all the benefits that I have been reaping and so many others across our universe.

Thank you all so much for reading, please with others so we can spread the word about how beneficial and wonderful meditation is.