Meditation An Ancient Practice In The Modern World
Today humans are under a lot of pressure due to an accelerated type of life which causes stress. As a result, stress produces a hormone in our body called Cortisol. Increased levels of Cortisol damage the brain and body. Meditation has been found an ideal tool to reduce stress and, therefore, the level of Cortisol.
First you have to ask “what is meditation?” because if you know ‘what’ then you’ll know ‘how’. I found Michael Beckwith’s definition quite accurate:
“Meditation is paying “undistractable” attention (no distraction) to that which is REAL, to ultimately become aware of that which is not transitory but that which is forever.” -Michael Beckwith, “What is Meditation?”
According to Beckwith, meditation has three basic ingredients:
There is deep listening, which expands awareness. So start off with intention. When we set our intention is wake up call. We establish an intention to wake up.
You think and feel your intention, and then you let your attention wrap itself around that intention, until is very real. So, every time you sit, you have an intention to wake up. That’s what’s driving you, that’s what’s attracting and pulling you. So, we have here intention, and attention. And then you bring the attention to the breath.
Watch your breath. Now the breath is in present moment. You can’t breathe in the future and you can’t breathe in the past. You can only breathe in present moment. You are focusing in the present.
So with your attention on the breath, with your intention to wake up, you little-by-little-by-little come into present moment. The present is a portal to the now. The ‘now’ and the ‘present’ are not the same thing. The past, the present, and the future are ‘tenses’ in time. The ‘now’ is the eternal where love and peace, joy, goodness, intelligence, and benevolence are. They are eternal qualities.
Now, I invite you to have a real ‘truth session’ with yourself. Do some serious introspection.
Read it first and then do it. Don’t bother if you miss something at the beginning. It will come later as you do it again and again.
I want you to go inside; sit down somewhere and be quiet. Be very still. Tell yourself you’re becoming very, very quiet.
So you sit and you watch how you are breathing and focus only in that.
Have some soft, instrumental music if you prefer and find a comfortable position to sit in.
Close your eyes.
Concentrate in your breath and take a deep one. Very, very slow.
Gently exhale, counting down from 20.
Let yourself immerse into a relaxed state of mind.
To go deeper into this state of mind, start with a gentle relaxation of your body muscles.
Move your attention downward in your body, part by part, from the head, the neck, thorax, down to your feet and toes. Relax each section completely as you go.
Focus on your attention as a beam of light surrounding your entire body with a soft sphere or bubble of peace and loving energy.
Imagine the sphere expanding and connecting your being with the entire room, house, block, neighborhood, city, country, planet, solar system…
Feel the connection. Be one with the universe, connected with all forms of life.
Think about 3 or 5 things or events that you are grateful for. It could be something small, a cup of coffee, an old friend you met.
Express gratitude for these things. Recall with detail how they made you feel. Try to smell, touch, hear sounds, see the colors and shape, even taste it if you can.
Immerse in this gratitude. Feel the vibration in your entire body.
As you open your attention and gratitude for beautiful moments in life, you open the gate for greater moments to come.
Think about someone that had a conflict with you.
Picture the person in front of you.
Apologize for any misunderstanding or any wrong doing you brought or they brought in your life. Forgive and ask for forgiveness.
Sense the peace that forgiveness gives in your body. Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. Remember that we are all connected in the energy of life, know that any negative charge towards any person is a negative charge against yourself.
“Forgiveness is not just about the other. It’s for the beauty of your soul. It’s for your own capacity to fulfill your life.” – Jack Kornfield – Author
Bring Your Intention Now
See yourself having the perfect and peaceful day. Feel the joy and happiness. Make it as real and as vivid as possible.
See yourself interacting with other people that are happy to meet you.
Visualize yourself happy at the end of the day, and grateful for the magnificent and amazing day you had.
Accept the blessing
Ask to the Creator of the Universe for energy, support and blessings.
Feel this energy. Feel the support and the blessings like a protective light of energy covering you. Know that all the creation in on your side.
Ending the meditation
Bring yourself slowly out, feeling happy, counting from 1 to 5.
The more you practice meditation the easier it will be for you. As you do this in a daily basis. The entire process could last 5 to 10 minutes or more if you like.
Be prepare for magic events in your life
You will be able to hear with the ear that’s beyond in the ear. Which it’s a deep listening where you sit still as if someone is about to tell you the greatest secret in the world.
That what you hear, that what you think about, you will hear with consciousness which is hearing the inaudible; when you see with your consciousness you will see the invisible.
Now let’s have more tools. You haven’t seen nothing yet. See the next post.