The Power of Meditation
Meditation is universal and accessible to all who seek it. Meditation is a state where only consciousness remains. If you remove all thoughts, objects and things from the mind and empty out everything, you experience pure consciousness. That pure state of consciousness is meditation.
The forms and practice of different meditation techniques are all stepping stones that allow the mind to relax, release the thoughts and chatter, and create a discipline. Through discipline you experience true meditation where everything disappears. What’s left is called meditation. The deep stillness and silence happens when you tap into pure consciousness and are one with your Soul and all that is. That is meditation.
What has now become mainstream are practices that lead you into this discipline. These are called meditations. However, keep in mind that the ultimate goal is to empty everything and experience what I call pure Soul bliss.
“The practice of daily meditation is a way to cleanse the debris from life that keeps us from connecting to our Soul and Divine. As we bathe to cleanse the body, we have to meditate daily to cleanse away the impurities and reflect the light within and allow our Soul to shine and illuminate the world.”
In today’s busy world, the sole reason for meditation is to teach our busy mind to become quiet and release our psyche from stress and anxiety. The practice of daily meditation is an approach that anybody can use with the intention of helping to cope with health problems, deal with stress, trauma and constant worry by means of deliberation, consideration, and contemplation.
Excerpt From: Eva Patel. “Soul Rx: Illuminating the Path of Ascension on Your Soul’s Journey.
Meditation is about awareness and being still and present with the breathe, it connects you with your own inner life force energy. With daily practice you allow yourself to have a deeper connection with your Soul, the Divine and true inner bliss.
Meditation is an ancient practice, dating back thousands of years with the earliest documented methods of meditation derived from Sanskrit and Vedanta philosophy that originated in India. It refers to the Upanishad (ancient Hindu texts) – which are the “Ultimate reality and the liberation of the Soul.”
Today in the busy hustle and bustle of life we all tend to get lost in the midst of “doing” that we forget to just “BE!.” We all long to have access to this feeling of liberation.
Meditation is one of the most important skills you can learn. it takes discipline and with daily practice, you will benefit on many levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, noticing yourself becoming calmer, happier, and more at peace within.
How Long to Practice – The amount of time you practice is entirely up to you, remember to always start your practice with the same technique by taking a deep breath in through the nostrils, and exhaling though the mouth, repeat 3 times. Then, breathe normally keeping your mind focused and your energy completely internalized, try to feel peace, love and joy within your self. Sit silently in stillness for at least 10 minutes enjoying the deeply relaxed state you are in. Do not set unrealistic goals for yourself. It is better to meditate 10-15 minutes and be very consistent with your practice, and then increase your time as you can. One longer meditation each week or several times a week can be very helpful. It also helps to meditate with other people, especially with those who have been meditating longer than you. You’ll find that group meditations will often help you to meditate longer than you normally would on your own. Meditating with spouses, family, friends, is beneficial and helps improve relationships.
Regularity – Set aside the same time each day for your meditation. Recommended times are dawn (just after awakening), or evening, just before bedtime. It’s also easier to meditate on an empty stomach (2-3 hours after meals).
Where to Meditate – If possible, set aside an area that is used only to meditate. Your area can be kept very simple-all you really need is a chair or small cushion to sit on. Make sure the room has airflow and is nor stuffy.
Light Incense – It purifies the air and has an extraordinary soothing effect on the mind. Incense during meditation is said to dissipate the negative energy.
Light Candle – As you close your eyes for meditation, gaze into the candle and feel it mirroring the light within you as you meditate.
Posture for Meditation – Your spine must be straight, and you must be able to relax completely. Whether you sit on a meditation bench, pillow or on a chair, legs crossed if sitting on the floor or feet on the ground if sitting on a chair, keep your back straight, chest raised, shoulder down and relaxed, head erect, chin straight, eyes gently closed, and hands resting palms upturned on your lap.
Eye Position – Focus your attention at the point between the eyebrows. This area, called “the third eye”, is a center of great spiritual energy. This area is also known as your intuitive center. Your eyes should be closed and held steady and looking slightly upwards, as if looking at a point about an arm’s length away and level with the top of your head.
Breathe – Let it flow naturally, make no effort to control the breath.
Pranayama – A simple awareness of the breath, using specific rhythms and techniques. These techniques rely on breathing through the nostrils. ‘Prana’ refers to the universal life force and ‘ayama’ means to regulate or lengthen.
Prana is the vital energy needed by our physical and subtle layers. The ancient yogic seers observed the power of the breath to increase one’s prana and developed special breathing techniques to increase life energy, maintain health and create a calm, clear state of mind that is conducive for meditation.
Begin your meditation by chanting Om or AH 3 times either out loud or inwardly to God and the Higher Masters, asking them to guide and help you. This is optional.
Then practice the breathing exercises to relax: Inhale a long deep breathe through the nose, tense the whole body, then release the breathe with a deep exhale breath out through the mouth and relax (do this 3 times).
Then begin basic Pranayama breathing: Through the nostrils inhale deeply 1,2,3,4,5,6 and exhale deeply 1,2,3,4,5,6 through the nostrils, repeat this 5 times. Choose a count that is comfortable for you.
Then relax and breathe normally, and become aware of your breath for the remainder of the meditation.
Thoughts – Let the thoughts float away, like puffs of clouds or balloons, being aware and present in the moment. We have one thought every 1.2 seconds, thats 75,000 thoughts a day. They will keep coming, so don’t try to stop them, they are not interruptions in your meditation but are a part of your meditation, so let them come and let them go. If you need assistance then use a mantra or simply drift back to your breath.
You should feel more relaxed now – Remember to hold the body still. You can mentally check it from time to time to see that no part becomes tense again. Be very silent, still and relaxed, yet aware. If your feel tension in a particular part of your body, breathe into that place and let go with the exhalation.
Meditate with joy – Meditation will help you to remember, on ever deepening levels, of who and what you truly are. Connecting you to your Soul and Divine Infinite Light.
In our essence we are JOY! Be in a state of joy and never force yourself to do more than you are able to…Meditation can be mastered by all with discipline and practice.