A quick guide to meditation – Part I

I remember people talking about meditation 20 years ago along with practicing yoga and to me, this was some odd and distant world. In my mind back then, people meditating meant them twisting their bodies in impossible yoga poses and entering into some trance state, repeating the sound of OM again and again. It all seemed to be intended for people, who have completely rejected the physical part of their lives, focusing on nothing but the spiritual world.

Later on, from yet another trend, meditation had gradually become a lifestyle. The perfect means to fight stress in our everyday routine, so they claimed. All of a sudden, there were meditation classes, articles on the matter, various advice on meditation practices, etc. It became more and more popular among the general public, drawing the attention of ordinary people (if I may put it that way), including mine.

As time went by, I felt the inner urge to practice it myself. I made a few attempts, but quite inconsistently, I must admit. This is the time to say that one of the key aspects of meditation is persistence. Every day, we have our crosses to bear, we are all incredibly busy and have our schedules to meet and agendas to follow. But if you really want to go deeper into meditation, you must find a few minutes to practice on a daily basis. If you think about it, 5, 10, or 20 minutes a day would not be such a great impediment to the agenda, right? One key question arises here, though: Why? What is the purpose of meditation? Why even put the effort and take the time to look inward, when there are so many more important things to do in the outer world… like, all the time? All the time, you are busy being somewhere, doing something – there’s the work, family, duties, obligations, bills to pay. The list goes on and on. We are all so consumed in our mere physical survival, that it’s really hard, sometimes even impossible, to actually take the time to stop and look inside of ourselves. Because that’s exactly what meditation is all about. Taking a break (read, taking the time) to slow down in that ever-changing environment surrounding us. Literally, stealing a moment or two for yourself. Because you know what? You are important. And what is more, you are the most important thing in your life. Peace and light are like a bouncing ball. If you have them deep inside and let them guide you, this is going to show, no doubt about it. The same goes for stress and negativity. By practicing meditation, you raise your vibration to a higher frequency. Raising your vibration means raising the vibration of everyone else in your surroundings. Raising their vibrations means them doing the same for everyone else in their surroundings. To put it simply, when you are happy and peaceful, that enlightens everyone around you. Imagine you’re standing in front of a mirror and everyone else is your reflection. Just remember that peace, smiles, and happiness are all contagious in the best sense of the word. Working on your inner peace every single day enables you to deal with your physical life more easily. In the long run, you will be more focused, satisfied, full of energy, and able to deal with everyday stress with ease. Not always, of course, for life is quite challenging at times, but still often enough to keep your peace of mind intact much longer.

So, where to start? From where I stand, meditation doesn’t need to be complicated. Quite the contrary, in fact. The ultimate goal is to reach for that inner peace (not find it, just reach for it, because it’s there) inside of you and start using it to your own benefit. To the benefit of your higher consciousness. When practicing meditation, you may want to use some aids for background music for example. Or if you’re just starting, a guided meditation would be a good choice, too. The proper music could help you relax and get you in meditation mood much faster. I started a few months ago with a wonderful Android app, called Insight Timer, which provides me with the best solution for various situations so far. They offer a really wide range of guided meditations divided into topics and also the option of customizable timers, which I deem a great plus. All you have to do is just find a few minutes for yourself. But before you start, don’t forget to switch your phone off, as well as any other ringing and beeping devices, which might interfere. Because this one is for you. This is your moment. It’s all about you and to your own good, so enjoy it. Just put the headphones on and take off on that great journey to your higher inner self.

 (To be continued.)

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