Our existence is composed of two worlds, the internal and the external. The external world encompasses our careers, our material possessions, and other people. The internal world includes our spirit, intuition, and guiding light (all terms equivalent to the Higher Self), as well as the laws of the universe. The bridge aligning the two worlds is the breath.
By sitting in stillness and focusing on the breath, one calms the mind and unites with the Higher Self. The simple act of acknowledging thoughts, without judging them, and gently refocusing on the breath has immense power. Performed throughout a sitting of meditation, it conveys a large lesson in life. It instills within a person the willingness to not judge when we veer off our path and to gently come back to our journey. For those who are perfectionists, it softens the odyssey of life. For those who lack organization, it sharpens the focus, intention and purpose for the day and ultimately, life.
When a person is able to attain a few minutes, or even a few seconds of stillness within the mind, that stillness is the ‘space within.’ It comprises the internal world. In this world, our purpose, love, compassion, peace, creativity, light and courage reside. By continuously tapping into – and hence strengthening the connection to – the serenity of the internal world, one develops deep roots of pure self-concept, amidst the chaos of life. The deep wisdom of the laws of the universe also resides within the internal world, allowing one to better understand the inherent meanings behind attraction, giving, intention, cause and effect, and gratitude, to name just a few.
Meditation is a discipline: one needs to maintain the practice each day. Some days, it is easier to tap into the stillness; other days it will take longer. However, when a person adds up those few seconds or few minutes of stillness over a period of weeks, months and years, they will recognize profound changes. The relationship of the ‘space within’ and the internal world will have a clearer, deeper and more intense connection.
The breath, guided by the discipline of meditation, is one of the most important tools in life. Ultimately, there is no experience more inspiring, powerful and beautiful than a journey into one’s own soul.
*Excerpts from Mindfulness Expo Website
Meditation Tip #1: There is no such thing as a bad meditation. The world of the formless functions differently than the world of form. With our meditation practice, all we have to do is maintain the discipline each day. The way to attain results is to show up each day and try to release thoughts/focus on our breath. Peace, clarity, and all other benefits of meditation, will naturally unfold on their own.
Meditation Tip #2: Consistency is key. To reap the benefits of meditation, we have to maintain a daily practice. Sitting when we feel like it may produce temporary peace and clarity. But for lasting benefits of meditation, a daily practice must be kept. Even if some days we meditate for a few minutes, to maintain the consistency, that is okay.
Meditation Tip #3: Your mind will think during meditation. Some sittings it will run rampant with thoughts. This is normal. That is what the mind is designed to do… It is designed to think. The average human being has 50,000-80,000 thoughts per day. Through a meditation practice, you’ll learn the art of moving past the thoughts, into the quiet part of yourself where your truth, purpose, peace and joy reside.
Meditation Tip #4: Let’s say you set the timer for ten minutes, to meditate for that long. And during those ten minutes, you attain one second of no thought. That one second is your meditation for the day. When you add up these seconds day after day, week after week, and month after month, is when you’ll notice profound changes in your life.
Meditation Tip #5: The more we expect results from our meditation practice, the less we will attain results. With meditation, it is not about doing. It is simply about being. Less equals more.
*Excerpts from Mindfulness Expo Website