Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why or Why Not Meditate?

Why or Why Not Meditate?

There are many reasons why we don’t meditate. Here are some of them: We think we don’t have enough time. We do not know “how.” We are afraid. We don’t understand the point. What for? It seems like a lot of trouble. It seems like something that is for other people, but not for us. We think we don’t need to. We don’t want to.

The truth is, a good and useful meditation can take only 5 to 10 minutes. “How” is not difficult. Everyone can do this. There is nothing to be afraid of. You are not connecting with anything “outside” yourself. You are not opening up to anything or anyone taking you over. You are connecting with your higher self. You are connecting to universal life force. You are connecting to inner wisdom. You are connecting to Source. You are going inside and learning how to empower yourself, so that you can make positive changes in your outside life.

There are many, many reasons why it is important to meditate. On the physical level, meditation has been scientifically shown to lower blood pressure and improve physical health and well being. On other levels, meditation has been shown to significantly reduce stress. Stress causes disease. If we can reduce or eliminate our stress, we will have less disease.Meditation contributes to an overall sense of well-being, therefore allowing us to be happier and more productive. Meditation does not require a great deal of effort and indeed can be done anywhere and any time. If you can close your eyes, breathe and visualize, you can meditate.

If you feel this is not for you, take a look at your life and the patterns of your life. If everything is peaceful, wonderful, and your life is exactly the way you want it, then perhaps you do not need to engage in meditation. Although, anyone whose can describe their life in this way, probably utilized the power of meditation to have it be so. And most probably continues to manifest from a meditative state of being. If you have no interest in meditating, ask yourself why? People change when the old patterns no longer serve them.

How Do We Meditate?

Meditation is not a new skill. It is ancient and we simply forgot how to do it, just as we forgot who we are with all the distractions of the world that we have created for ourselves.

Ideally, get in any comfortable position, close your eyes, and begin to take long, slow, deep breaths. The proper art of breathing is a whole subject unto itself, because it is another skill that we have forgotten how to do, however, for now, just breathe through your nose and exhale through your mouth. The key is focus, and in this case, one should focus on their breath.

Let all thoughts drift away as you focus on your breath entering and leaving your body. If thoughts come in, watch them come in and let them float out, along the path of the breath. Breathe in and out slowly, as you enjoy the gift of breath.

Soon, you will begin to feel a sense of deep peace and relaxation enter your body through your breath. Just let go. Relax into it.When you feel this letting go, you will want to create and visualize your sanctuary. It is from your sanctuary – this safe place – that you can truly connect with yourself and higher learning and begin to make positive changes that you bring with you into the physical realms. So, meditate?

Why not?

1 comment:

lori ann said...

Love your blog beautiful, sister!

Keep up the good work of Light.

Meditation is so important to grow spiritual and even keep our physical lives in order/balance in awareness.