People are meditating on trains and planes, as they jog or hike, in their showers and gardens, and in the middle of a workday. Meditation quiets the mind, but doesn’t really stop it because the mind is designed for movement.
I consider meditation to be one of the most essential of all the techniques and empowering practices I advocate. It enhances all aspects of Personal Development.
People in business tell me that their meditation practice keeps them sharp for decision making, keeps them more resilient, and improves their sleep. Creative artists and writers tell me that they feel more creative and fluid and intuitive. Busy people often resist meditation initially, until they discover that the frenetic energy of busyness disappears and they are far more productive, healthy, and energetic with a regular meditation practice.
I define meditation broadly, related more to its essence than its form. Meditation is a state of consciousness rather than a function of time, place, activity, position, or stillness.
I think of meditation as a “quiet revolution” because it quiets the mind and changes the “rise and grind” trap that so many people believe in and live. And those who are deeply invested in the grind of life will be far more effective and happy when blending in regular meditation.
Meditation calms you, focuses your attention, enhances your relationships, and helps you be more receptive to energy and imagery. Meditation is fertile soil that helps you to prosper and grow where you are planted.
During a quiet meditative experience, it’s most advantageous to focus on a non-contradictory thought or subject. Examples are: your breathing, a silently repeated mantra; a soothing sound, such as music, a constant or rhythmic noise, a voice in guided meditation; an interesting visual image, such as a Mandela or sphere.
If you prefer open-eye meditation, focus on a burning candle, swaying tree, or grains of sand. If you prefer moving while meditating, focus on your footsteps or a rolling brook as you walk.
People have many different perceptions of meditation. Some meditators experience detached sensations or feelings of lightness; others experience euphoria; others lose consciousness and awaken to expanded consciousness. Some feel calm afterwards; others feel exhilarated. Some are more aware of their physical senses; others transcend their physical senses. Some fall asleep; some awaken.
Meditation is universal in so many ways, yet it’s still a highly personal experience.
Before, during, and after meditation are fertile times to work with intentional images and visualizations. Some people open themselves to receiving empowering images in their meditative awareness; others focus on previously identified empowering images to lift their consciousness during meditation.
Images give the mind a place to rest. They are a pleasant distraction from stressful situations, especially those that appear to have no resolution.
How do you experience meditation?
Or, if you are not yet a meditator, what is the experience you would like as a result of regular meditation practice?
Make this a Meditative Day!
Copyright © 2019 Marshall House and Voice of Jeanie Marshall. All rights reserved. Jeanie Marshall is a Personal Development Consultant and Coach. This article is not available for republication without express written permission.