The moment you feel at peace, with yourself, your surrounding and the people around you, is the moment of deep meditation but do we really believe it is that easy? No! Because somehow we’ve forgotten the simple things have become accustomed to complicating our lives. Meditation focuses most on achieving stillness and peace of mind. But when we start practicing meditation, we get consumed in perfecting its technique. This can allow ourselves to forget the true essence of the practise. Let’s take a step back and reflect on why do we really meditate? To overcome stress and anxiety, gain compassion, passion, wisdom, inner strength and inner peace.
Now, let’s make it simple again?
Planning to do nothing
Meditation is no different than planning for a regular task from you routine so it has to tie in to a time, place and purpose. Ideally, mornings are the preferred time of the day for practising meditation because our minds are at their calmest. Chose a time you are can realistically commit to on a regular basis. Choosing a place for meditation is about creating a virtual experience that is sacred, so select a quiet place where you will not be disturbed during your practice. Also, try to be as consistent in this place as you can be to help train the mind and bring a sense of calmness. Now, without allowing our mind to question the purpose of doing nothing, awaken a sense of curiosity to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature.
Challenges while doing nothing
Did you ever think, it could be so hard to sit down and do nothing at all. For those of you who have tried to meditate, know that the greatest obstacle between us and this spiritual awareness is our mind. While you are supposed to focus on your practice, your mind keeps wandering off to places. During meditation, you want your mind to relax after a long day at work but instead you get stressed and anxious about why you’re unable to relax. This happens because the mind is caught up in its own world. It won’t be able to silence the noise to focus on the breaths, chants or any chosen subject. Listening to music, exercising or a light brisk walk can help calm the mind, bringing it out of this restless state. What we really need, is to identify at least one external mean that helps take our mind off our worries in times of high stress and anxiety.
Sustaining your practice:
– Dedicate a time every day for silence, as a gift to your soul
– Practice with a group or friend
– Pause from the busyness of life. Allow yourself to establish a contact with your body and breath creating awareness
– If you miss your practice for a day, a week, a month, simply begin again.
– Always remember the inspiration that set you on this journey of spiritual awakening
These are simple ways one may want to remember. To take your meditation to a deeper level of achieving spiritual awakening and freedom.
“You are traveling a path that has led to clarity, peace and deep realisation for many people over thousands of years. May their awakening support and inspire you. And may the sincerity of your practice heal and free your spirit. ~ Tara Brach ~”
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