Meditation Without the Doubt and Uncertainty
I see more and more people feeling drawn to meditation but there seems to be a lot of confusion and uncertainty around this topic. I often hear people say things like “My mind goes too fast. I can’t stop thinking about things”, “I try but I just don’t know if I’m doing it right” or “Yea, I’ve done it a few times but it doesn’t work for me”. For those who can relate to this, I’d like to offer a few clarifying pointers that will assist you in developing an effective, progressive practice with confidence and certainty.
Taming The Monkey Mind
Perhaps the most common “issue” that EVERYONE faces when meditating is their own frantic mind. In the early stages, thoughts jump from one thing to the next, down all manner of strange tangents, to the point where you feel like you’ve just wasted time day dreaming. Not only are these relentless thoughts normal, they’re necessary! Most people have this idea that meditation is all about having no thoughts so, when their eyes close and minds wander, they feel like they’re failing to do it properly. However, this could not be further from the truth.
Over the course of a lifetime, void of daily meditation time, countless unprocessed thoughts accumulate and linger in the recesses of the mind. Like dust swept under the carpet, they’re out of sight and out of conscious mind, but they continue to pollute the subconscious. So when someone decides to sit down and meditate, after decades of neglect, the higher self seizes the opportunity to spring clean as much dust and debris as possible! Seemingly random and spontaneous unprocessed thoughts are brought to the conscious awareness to be burned away in the divine fire of meditation. Let them come and let them go, knowing that your higher self (The aspect of you that already exists in all higher dimensions simultaneously) is driving this process for your benefit.
The more time spent in meditation, the faster and deeper this purification of mind will happen. Gradually, you’ll catch up on the backlog of unprocessed thoughts and pave the way for progressively more peaceful and powerful meditation time. As more and more mind-junk is transmuted, your perception and experience will transform for the better, in ways you cannot even imagine.
Know that this is normal. Know that this is working in your favour. Know that this is a significant and important part of meditation. Know that you are NOT doing it wrong!… and that leads me to my next point.
You Can’t Do It Wrong
I recall once asking Master Yang “What do you do when you meditate?” To which he replied (in his stereotypical mystical Chinese master accent) “Ahhahaaa Zac, the best technique is nothing.”
Meditation is something we humans are designed to do very naturally. There are many different techniques and trinkets that can help but, really, the one and only actual requirement is intent. If all you ever learn to do is close your eyes and intend to meditate, you WILL do so effectively. However, your practice may not conform to your preconceived expectations of what it should be.
You will not have an out of body experience or mystical visions in your first 15 minute meditation… But that doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong, it just means you have room to grow. The only thing you can do wrong is think you’re doing it wrong, so don’t over think things. Forget what you think you should experience and drop those doubtful thoughts “Am I doing it right? Is it working?” Your practice and experience will constantly change as you continue, step by step, upon the endless journey of involution and evolution. All you must do is put in the sincere effort and intent.
A Simple But Effective Technique
If a specific technique will give you more confidence, here it is.
Choose a dark or dimly lit and quiet space where you will not be distracted. Your body position does not have to be anything specific but having your spine straight/neutral is beneficial. Having a designated place or chair is also beneficial in the early stages, as regularity will program your body and mind to anticipate that you are going in to meditation mode when you sit there. Meditating while laying in bed is not recommended.
Once you’re comfortable, close your eyes and turn your attention inward. Slow your breathing rate but increase the depth of each breath, drawing all the way down in to the belly, rather than in to the chest. Try to remain focused on your breath and know that you are breathing in much more than air… You are also drawing in vital energy straight from the unified field!
As with anything in life, unless you apply yourself with disciplined consistency, you won’t make much progress. No one got good at anything by practicing once a week for 15 minutes. If you want to advance and reap the limitless rewards of meditation, it must become a part of your daily routine.
To get an effective practice up and running, commit to meditating for 15 minutes every morning and night. Once you’ve successfully adopted this as a daily routine, start to increase the duration of each session. Aim for 20 or 30 minutes twice daily. As you progress further and start noticing some of the early benefits, you’ll develop a natural desire to spend even more time in meditation. A great goal to set your sights on is 60+ minutes twice daily. While this may seem like a large amount of time, when you get to that stage, you will also realize that meditation is among the most worthy investments of time. It will not be a burden or chore, it will be your blissful priority.
If you feel like you’ve already come this far, extend your discipline outside of your dedicated meditation times. Strive to maintain a meditative state during all of your daily activities, day and night!
Expand Your Mental Understanding
By increasing your mental understanding of the profound implications and deepest potentials of what can be attained through meditation, your motivation to pursue this path will be greatly enhanced. Reading more of the blog posts on this site is a good place to start.
Much love and encouragement,