In response to our last article on meditation, we received a question from one of our readers.
I would really like you to go more in-depth about meditation, John. I never know if I’m doing it “right.” The worst thing is I often fall asleep when meditating, and from what I’ve read, that’s not good. Could you describe a good way to practice it? Much appreciation, John.
As I see it, there are no “right” or “wrong” ways to meditate. When I first started meditating many years ago, I would sometimes fall asleep. But I don’t think that’s a bad thing — it’s probably what we need in that moment. The intent is the important thing.
First of all, we commend you for your strong desire to meditate. As John said, there are no right or wrong ways to do it.
There are, however, many meditation methods taught today. If your choices seem confusing, simply pick the one that feels right to you. If you like, ask your higher self to guide you in making the right choice for you in that moment. Then trust what comes to you.
In our opinion, one of the simplest and most powerful ways to meditate is to concentrate on your breathing. Put your focus on each in-breath and then on each out-breath. Breathe deeply.
If your mind is busy (and it most likely will be) just note your thoughts and gently release them. You’re not doing anything wrong.
The more you practice, the easier it gets. And the easier it gets, the more powerful will your experience be.
Almost anything you do in your daily life can be turned into a meditation. John likes the term, “moving meditation,” because he enjoys jogging. If he’s focused on his body and breathing as he jogs, he often gets into a meditative state.
So do not get hung up on the “right” way to meditate. There is no “wrong” way.
The whole point of meditation, in our view, is to become more self-aware. To become fully aware of who you really are — this requires single-pointed focus. When you can focus on one thing only — your breathing, your body, music, whatever — and exclude all the distractions around you, you become more fully aware of, and aligned with, your true self. Your true self exists apart from your thoughts, your physical body, the world around you. Your true self is beyond time and space.
Therefore, the goal of meditation is to become your true self, to live as your true self with greater and greater awareness of that divine part of you that is forever free.
If you hold that as your intent when you begin each meditation, you’ll find it becomes easier and more powerful each time.
What has been your experience with meditation? Please share with us below.
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