Spiritual meditation is the surest way to make direct contact with the Source of everything. It doesn’t matter what you want to call the Source – it is your personal, and intimate point of contact. And it is BLISS!
When you meditate spiritually, all the confinements of human existence are shed in an instant. It is difficult to feel anything but gratitude and wonder. Letting go of that which tethers your emotions becomes instantaneous. And you are at that moment completely and fully reminded of your own divine nature.
So, how do we do this?!
Without rushing. That’s definitely the first thing. Find a place where you can meditate without being disturbed.
Nature sounds are great to have around you because nature is part of the oneness. But try to find a place away from traffic, and from mechanical noises if you can.
Then, find a comfortable position.
Choose a position
Because you’ll be relaxing so deeply, and traveling to realms deep inside yourself, it’s easy to fall asleep when you meditate like this.
You want to sit in a relaxed position, but not so relaxed that you’ll drift into dreamland without noticing.
If you know the positions – a Sukhasana, Padmasana, or Vajrasana are always good. Alternatively, simply sit on a chair and keep your back straight, or you can even stand up straight and keep your back leaning against a wall.
Now, close your eyes lightly.
It’s important to let go of expectations before you start.
Simply let the experience flow from the start
It is in our nature to plan everything to the finest detail. Before we undertake anything, we create a mental roadmap, complete with milestones and rest stops, and once we get going, we follow this mental roadmap to its conclusion.
When you meditate in this way, that simply doesn’t work.
Loosen up. You’re not going to be doing anything. You’re going to be little more than a passive spectator! There is no desired outcome, and nothing but the gentle energetic flow of life is important.
Gently focus and acknowledge your thoughts
We are generally information hungry. We’re bombarded by news, events, noise, information, entertainment, and more all the time. Your mind is ALWAYS busy. It’s assimilating, comprehending, and filing new data every single moment of every single day.
Getting it to submit to silence and calm could be a challenge.
One way to do this is to not react to the thoughts your mind conjures up. Acknowledge them, but don’t react. Let them simply flow through you without letting them touch your emotional world.
Let them float in on the one side of your mind, acknowledge that they’re there without attaching to them or making any kind of value judgment about them, and then let them flow out the other side.
It’s almost as if your mind becomes a room with two doors. The thoughts come in the one door, float across the room, and exit through the other door.
Speak a gentle prayer
Once you have the wild horse that used to be your mind calmed to this new reality of being quiet, and not expecting anything from your emotional world, choose a short prayer.
This prayer needn’t have anything to do with religion. In fact, it’s probably better if it doesn’t, because religious prayers often come with value judgments.
Just a few words, or a few sentences – something that is really close to your heart or bubbles up from really deep inside you.
Continue to stay relaxed. Acknowledge the thoughts as they come in and go out.
Now, focus on your breathing. Feel the air come in through your nostrils. And then stay aware of it while it flows out. Keep your breathing even and steady, and keep your attention on the tip of your nose.
When you inhale, with your attention on the tip of your nose and the air flowing into you, repeat your prayer or word or sentence.
When you exhale, with your attention not leaving the tip of your nose and the air flowing out, repeat your prayer or word or sentence again.
Gently become aware of your body. Feel how your body is simply one with your surroundings. Feel the air on your skin. Notice everything, from your toes to the crown of your head, one little bit at a time.
Gently focus on the tip of your nose again. Feel the breath flowing into you, say your prayer or word or sentence, and then notice the air flowing out again.
When you come out of your meditation, while you’re still so wonderfully relaxed, reflect on what you experienced. Let your mind run to your physical experiences, your emotional experiences, and your spiritual experiences.
Remember, there’s no right or wrong, there just is.
Material that can help you on your journey
I’d like to recommend a few tools that can help you with your meditation journey. Learning how to meditate on your own can be daunting and time-consuming. If you have some guidance, it makes the whole journey easier, and you can get to the core of the practice so much sooner.
Besides, with a little bit of help at hand, you’re less likely to give up!
We all think breathing is the most natural thing in the world, right? Come on, we do it without even thinking about it.
Well, breathing and meditation go hand-in-hand. Relaxing properly so you can access and journey into the meditative state, depends most of all on your ability to control your breathing.
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art is a book by James Nestor. It’s a fun read that will introduce you to breathing in a way you didn’t think possible!
It’s not focused on meditation, but simply because it has so many wonderful things to say about breath and breathing, it will serve as a great departure point for your journey.
This is something of a buzzword now. Mindfulness is the simple act of focusing, of being intensely aware of your senses and feelings at the moment.
It is a practice that has been medically proven to reduce stress, enhance resilience and improve general well-being. Of all the things that could and should be recommended around the start of your meditation journey, this is probably the most important.
Meditation is, by its nature, mindfulness. It is allowing without judging.
Practicing Mindfulness is a book by Matthew Sockolov. It is a wonderful guide that explains and teaches the practice of mindfulness in the clearest way imaginable. It is replete with exercises that make the whole process fun.
If you do yourself any favors today, get your hands on a copy. You’ll reap the benefits for years to come!
As we said, starting out on a meditation journey without a teacher or some kind of guide can be difficult.
If you don’t have a meditation teacher (many of us don’t) then good guided meditations are the best options. But they have to be good!
Spiritual Awakening is an audible audiobook by Serenity Marcus that will do EXACTLY that for you. These audio and guided meditations will teach you what you need to know.
The audio also has guided meditations, which make it so much easier for a beginner to enter the meditative state.
Topics this audio covers include:
Awakening of the Chakras: A guided meditation to awaken all 7 of your chakras.
Awakening of your third eye: This has everything to do with spirituality, and the guided meditation here is fantastic!
Awakening the Kundalini: This is a meditation around spiritual, physical, and psychic abilities.
Meditation to nourish your soul
A lot of the time we just want to meditate to replenish the deepest parts of us. In fact, I’d venture to say that is true most of the time.
Getting into a meditative state when we’re tired or stressed is sometimes difficult.
To this end, Neale Lundgren (Ph.D.) wrote a book called Meditations for the Soul. It should be on your nightstand! This book is a wonderful guide through the soul and how to meditate to rejuvenate and reenergize that most inner part of you.
Everything is possible!
If you’re still wondering if spiritual meditation is a journey you should embark on, here is what it will do for you – GUARANTEED!
- It will release and calm your emotions and thoughts
- Spiritual meditation will relax your body’s nervous system and assist your body to release stress
- This kind of meditation will help you with issues related to your past. It helps you to let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore.
- It will put you in touch with who you really are
- Spiritual meditation will empower you to reach your higher consciousness
Once you reap the above benefits, you really will realize that anything and everything is possible. Life is an adventure, and you can choose to do it differently any time you wish!
What happens when you do things differently?
Acknowledging our soul is not always easy in western society. We have so many preconceived notions imprinted on us, that the simplicity of living in deeply personal contact with divinity escapes us.
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