“Meditation teaches us to focus and to pay clear attention to our experiences and responses as they arise, and to observe them without judging them.” – Sharon Salzberg
We cannot talk about raising your consciousness without talking about meditation. As the quote says, it enables us to focus and pay clear attention to our experiences and our responses without judging them. We do it to renew, reinvigorate, and re-examine our path and our inner peace.
In this month’s posts we will piggyback onto last month’s posts about raising consciousness by digging deeper into the tools that you need to raise your consciousness. Top on the list is to consistently practice meditation. Not only does meditation help you to clear your thoughts and to focus, it has other health benefits including:
- Reduced Stress
- Improved Focus
- Increased Energy
- Internal Peace
If you master these techniques you can reverse your insomnia and even feel happier every day. Sounds too good to be true, I know, too simple to really believe. That’s part of the problem; it’s not as simple as it looks or sounds. Getting into a deep meditative state takes practice and several attempts to get right.
For beginners, the first try at meditation is a little awkward. You may even feel silly, especially if you use a mantra to meditate. That is part of the emotion that you have to let go of to really allow yourself to release yourself and fall deep into a meditative state. It is the giving up of control that troubles us and keeps us from benefiting from its powers.
So let’s refresh your memory about how to get into a meditative state. You can read more of this in being in the mind part 1. This time, let’s take a deeper look at three different meditation techniques: visualization, eyes open, and mantra meditation.
Getting into a Meditative State
The beginning remains the same:
- Get to a place where you have complete quiet and isolation and there are no distractions.
- Sit comfortably in unrestrictive clothing.
- Quiet your internal and external distractions.
- Relax every inch of your body and breathe.
For mantra meditation choose a word to focus on by directing your inner thoughts toward something you want to achieve or attain. That could be wisdom, direction, inspiration, motivation, whatever you want to achieve. Focus on that with one word and repeat it. Continue to relax while you repeat your mantra until your words become automatic.
When you are falling away, let the words fall away and just sit and listen and relax. Now try eyes open meditation (see image above from curejoy.com):
- Sit in a comfortable position in front of one candle flame that is at eye level.
- Begin steps 1 through 4 again while staring at the flame on the candle.
- Breathe and relax until you fall away into a meditative state.
Finally, let’s try visualization meditation. Again, steps 1 through 4 remain the same, then:
- Begin to visualize the thing you want to attain.
- If you see yourself thinner in the future, picture it.
- If you see yourself living in a better house, picture that.
- Imagine a completely fictitious world if you’d like.
- Breathe again and let your mind drift through your peaceful world.
What it Does
Did one method work better for you than the other? You may have to try them each several times before your really begin to get into a deep meditative state. Practice meditation daily as part of your everyday life to reap the benefits. Give yourself permission to relax and let go; to sink into your eternal being.
Spiritual growth comes from a practice of meditation because meditation brings a growing sense of egolessness. – Anonymous