How To Meditate
What is meditation? Our bodies
are made up of the physical, mental and spiritual. It is the attuning
of the mental body and the physical body to its spiritual source.
It is the practice of quieting our physical bodies and our minds
and focusing our attention inward instead of upon the material world
around us. Prayer invites God to work through us. Meditation is
clearing aside all random thoughts so that we might become more
attuned to the Creator. Meditation is listening to the Creator within.
Your intent is extremely important when practicing meditation. Meditation
is a way to become connected with the “light,” to know
peace, to express divine love to not only ourselves, but with better
interactions with one another. Through meditation we can know and
understand we are all creators. We create our own realities.
Meditation allows us the ability
to interact and make contact with those that are with us to help
on our personal journey. You may acknowledge them by any name you
wish; Spirit Guides, Angels, Teachers, Creator, etc. We are all
a part of a greater energy. We are all here seeking our personal
spiritual paths. Keep in mind that in most cases it is the journey
we take that teaches us our lessons, not the destination.
To begin meditation, first get
into a comfortable position. It is best to sit in a chair keeping
your spine straight; your feet flat on the floor and keep your eyes
closed. Find a comfortable place for your hands. I prefer palms
up resting in my lap. Slowly take three deep breaths in counting
to six – hold for six and exhale out of your mouth to six.
With your mind, search your body for any tension or tight muscles.
You may massage the areas or visualize them relaxing.
When you feel relaxed, begin to focus your mind
on one single, peaceful thought. For example you can say “I
am peaceful” or “I will be still and feel relaxed”
or “God is love”. These thoughts are called affirmations.
Think about the words “I am peaceful”. After a few moments
of thinking the words, you should be able to move into the second
stage of meditation, which is feeling the words and their meaning.
In this second stage, try holding
the peaceful feeling in silence. Gently bring your focus back to
the words each time your mind begins to wander. Don’t be discouraged.
It will take time to teach yourself to be able to think about only
one thought. Spend anywhere from three to fifteen minutes trying
to hold the affirmation silently. Longer meditation periods will
become natural after you have practiced.
To end your meditations, consciously
send out good thoughts or prayers to other people or situations
in your life. Slowly move your hands, start to move around and open
your eyes. Begin to practice meditation daily, it will become easier
and you will begin to notice that the sense of peace inside of you
during mediation will begin to carry over into a greater portion
of your day.