We have answered many of the most common questions asked about Meditation. If you have any questions not outlined below, please contact us and inquire. Thank you!
Meditation is a process of quieting the mind, relaxing the body; integrating mind and heart, enabling you to live your life in the moment, more fully, more deeply, more calmly.
Have you ever been seated in front of a fire and watched the every-changing flames leaping and dancing? You have meditated. Have you ever walked along the water’s edge, completely immersed in the beauty and tranquility of nature around you? You have meditated. Have you ever immersed yourself in a cool body of water, floating on your back, watching the clouds morphing in and out of shapes? You have meditated. Meditation is a state of mind – a state of body – and a state of spirit. Meditation is a gift – allowing your true self to re-create, re-ground, re-connect to Mother Earth, Gaia, your Higher Power, God-Consciousness, the Divine. Meditation blends with the body’s innate wisdom, creating a climate of rest, rejuvenation, and healing.
Your willingness to do so is the special something. Willingness and the decision to begin. As you start, you may find it easier to meditate in a quiet space – either in your home or in nature –sit quietly, listening to the sounds around you, listening to your body – watching your breathing – simply observing. You may wish to wear comfy clothes, and sit in a comfortable chair, or on a yoga mat. This is all you really need to begin. Everything else will come in time.
If you want to join a group of like-minded meditators, simply, Google “meditation” in your area of the world. Many local places offering meditation will pop up in your search. Check them out – attend a meditation. Another way to check out meditation is YouTube it. There are many amazing short meditations to help you get started. Once you have completed your first meditation experience, you may be ready for more. Check out others, find the group that’s the right fit for you. Ask a friend, or ask us about our Meditation groups.
It seems we live in an ‘instant gratification’ society, so it’s not uncommon for people to expect they will receive immediate and obvious benefits. This certainly can occur; however, Meditation’s benefits are often perceived subtly, over time. For example, one of our regular Meditators struggled with her sleep patterns for many years. It took some time before she figured out what meditation tool worked best for her, and to understand how to enhance her sleep patterns. Another Meditator found that Meditation helped her take the steps needed, to feel less anxious about things that had previously upset her; becoming better able to calmly handle these situations. Meditation’s benefits are individual, cumulative, and gently powerful. You are the best judge of whether or not something is working for you – you’ll recognize when meditation is working for you.
Like most everything else in life, meditation is definitely specific to you as an individual. You may be able to meditate for hours on end right at the beginning. For others, it may take you a while for this to happen. It is important to understand that Meditation, even for short periods of time, has amazing benefits. I remember reading that 15 minutes of mediation was likened to the benefits of three hours of sleep. If you have only 15 minutes to meditate, your innate body wisdom understands the time frame, and meditation’s benefits will begin to work for you. No matter how much, or how little time you have, simply practice, commit, and enjoy the benefits of meditating.
We believe that personal preference is the indicator here. People are drawn to meditation types and techniques that speak to them and their present needs. Metta Meditation for example, is about Loving Kindness; Body and Breath Awareness pinpointing specific areas of the body that need healing. Other meditation types include: Transcendental, Ho’oponopono, Silent, Chanting, Zen, Tao, Open Awareness, Mantra, Yoga, Gong Vibration, Qi-Gong, Guided, and so many more. Try several different types – you’ll learn more about what is best for you; and feel free to contact us with questions.
My whole belief around meditation, is that it enhances our journey to wellness. If that is true, then falling asleep during a meditation is part of the restorative journey. Meditating at bedtime, seems a natural progression toward sleep, so if you are having trouble staying away, you may choose to begin your practice at this time. I believe our society, in general, is sleep deprived, so it is not uncommon during a meditation for people to fall asleep. With continued meditative practice, you will learn to ‘stay fully aware’ while moving deeply into meditative relaxation, fully awake. Practice is the key.
We always begin from where we are. The fact that you have meditated before, means you are familiar with the process, the practice, and the outcomes. The important part of this question, is simply ‘are you ready to reintroduce Meditation into your life?” If the answer is yes, then simply begin from where you are.
Meditation creates the environment to express emotions we didn’t even realize were near the surface. As our bodies relax, most bodily functions (burping, sneezing, coughing, flatulence) along with most emotions could surface during any meditation. How to handle it? Simply experience it, acknowledge it for yourself (no apologies needed), release it, and move on with your meditation. If you belong to a group, much of this is discussed (especially for new meditators), providing an atmosphere of understanding and trust, allowing you to feel less uncomfortable with the ‘what ifs’.
One of the first signs may be that your body feels very relaxed. In many cases people describe feeling the weight of their bodies against the chair or floor. At some point this sensation of ‘weight’ shifts to a ‘lightness’, and from this ‘lightness’ to a mind and thought awareness. You may then experience a ‘diminished awareness of space and time’. This is often the point of connecting with the Divine as mentioned above. Once you complete your meditation, it may be helpful to describe your personal sensations and experiences with another. Once you ‘know you can mediate’, you’ll want to go there again. It is indeed a healing elixir.
As we said earlier, you will meditate in the way that works best for you. However, there are things you may want to explore as your grow in your meditation practice.
- Gaining more Focus
- Increasing Clarity
- Releasing and Understanding Overwhelming Emotions
- Giving Voice to Your Feelings
- Understanding Reasons to Problems and Challenges, and Finding Solutions
- Help in making Challenging Decisions
- Happiness and Joy
- Peace and Calm
As you grow in your meditation practice, you will know what you need to meditate on next. Trust in the process.