At times, even the simple act of meditation can seem complicated.
First, thanks to the hundreds of different ways you can meditate, it can often feel more confusing than easy to choose the right way to start your meditation.
And second, even when you do know the right way to meditate, you may want to go into the state of meditation so quickly, that you end up putting too much stress on your mind to do so.
This happens because you don’t have the patience to wait for some time, say five or ten minutes, to first get fully absorbed into the state of meditation.
And it’s not entirely your fault when you do so.
You have been told so many do’s and don’ts of doing your meditation, and it has complicated the simple act of meditation for you. And that’s a huge barrier in itself.
So today, I want to show you a different approach to meditation that will help you overcome such barrier which blocks your growth in meditation, and you might also find it to be the right way for you to meditate from now.
As you read this post, I want you to forget about every meditation trick or tip you know of. I want you to forget about every rule and discipline of meditation, and just meditate along with me as you read this.
If there is only one thing you can take away from today’s post, then let it be this : Allow your meditation to happen naturally as often as you can.
When you let your meditation happen naturally, on its own, then it won’t seem that hard at all.
Now, let us see how we can do that, step-by-step.
The first thing to do, whenever you sit down to meditate, is to not force yourself into any state of meditation.
Whenever you find that you are forcing yourself into any specific state of meditation, sit down and relax.
Take a break if you need to. And come back when you feel you are ready to meditate.
Now, sit down any place you want, in any posture you want, and just try to take a few deep breaths for the next five minutes. Don’t even bother with your meditation practice during this time.
It has already started to happen automatically in the background.
The only thing you should do now is to make yourself as relaxed as possible, but without lying down anywhere. Because once you lie down, you are more likely to fall asleep and then you won’t get any meditation done at all.
When you relax, continue to take deep breaths and feel as if your body is relaxing. Feel as if your mind is relaxing.
Feel as if all your senses are relaxing, and every part of your body is relaxing – your eyes, your ears, your mouth, your nose, your hands, your legs, your stomach; Everything.
After you relax for a few minutes, you will start to feel peaceful from within.
Now, try to feel that peace inside you. Try to feel it as deep down within you as you can. Don’t judge it or analyze it in any way.
Simply feel it, and if you feel you are getting absorbed in this peaceful state then let yourself get absorbed in it. Don’t try to fight back.
Let it happen.
Once this peaceful state is confirmed, see if you can observe your own mind.
Just try to observe your mind neutrally, without any attachment to it.
Don’t try to learn anything or gain any insights from this practice. Simply witness this moment and observe what your mind is doing now.
Are any thoughts coming to it? Is it completely silent? When thoughts do come to your mind, are they relevant to you in any way? Or are they just the regular garbage of your mind that don’t matter to you at all?
Just observe such things. And when you observe them don’t get lost in the workings of your mind.
Don’t get carried away by any thought whether it’s related to something you desire or something you hate.
Simply let the thoughts come and go on their own without allowing them to bother you.
Whenever you find yourself moving away in the direction of your thoughts, just return back to your peaceful state or your breath. Keep returning to it every time you find yourself getting distracted by your thoughts.
When you are new to meditation, you will have to bring yourself back to your breath, or back to your peaceful state, several times within a minute.
That’s perfectly alright.
Don’t judge your own progress. And never compare your progress with anyone else’s.
Simply do your meditation as often as you can, and you will automatically make progress with each day.
And after some time, you, too, will start to see the benefits of your practice.
The first thing you will notice then is that you don’t get as much distracted as you did before. You will find yourself getting absorbed into the peaceful state of meditation in less and less time, until the time comes when you instantly go into this peaceful state the moment you decide to do so.
All this takes practice. I won’t deny that. So take your time and don’t have any feelings of guilt that you don’t work hard enough on your meditation.
Even when you miss your meditation for a day or a week, never ever make yourself feel like a victim. Just get back to your practice as soon as you can, and then let meditation take care of you.
Learn to trust your meditation process. Learn to allow it to work its magic on you.
Learn to make meditation come naturally to you.
And then you will see for yourself, how easy it becomes for you to meditate whenever you want to, and for as much time as you want to.
That’s all I have to say for today.
Thank you for your time. If you know anyone who can benefit from this post, then please share it with them.