Making Meditation Easy for Spiritual Healing and Growth
Be Easy With it
The best meditations for healing and growth should be easy, right? Meditating should relax, not tax.
Meditation is the other thing birds and bees do too. It ought to be just as natural for us as for them. No classes or frustrating rules needed. Meditations that help you grow and flow are supposed to be easy.
I foolishly took it for granted that everyone knew how to meditate and was surprised to read in a poll that a large number of people wanted to try meditating but didn't know how.
Since meditation is natural, no harder than walking on two feet, it's easy for anyone to start a daily routine. Right now.
Sammy in a Mellow Mood
Birds do it, bees do it, and so do cats.
Meditation is a natural state achieved when you slow down or, with some practice, shut off the chatter streaming through your consciousness.
When you stop the noise, meditation happens.
Take a look at your cat when he or she is sitting quietly, not distracted by nearby activities.
(If you don't share your living space with a cat, shame on you, but borrow your neighbor's or use your imagination for now.)
The cat is in that mellow connected state of pure spiritual pleasure that you can achieve too. Meditation comes easily to animals because their natural tendency is to stay in the physical moment, the now, not tied up in plans, memories or concerns.
It's meditation, and it's simple.
No guru required.
Is Meditation Simple?
It's just as hard as falling off a log.
You can make it difficult and challenging, if that's your bag.
There are books and teachers and gurus aplenty who will teach, coach and encourage you to do it "the right way," which of course is their way, often requiring instruction and tutoring you're expected to pay for.
Here's a cool fact: there is no wrong way to meditate.
You can do it standing on your head or on a street corner. The important thing is, deep breathe. Let your mind be still.
Some Simple Meditation Guidance for Starting Out
Setting the platform for growth, healing and joy.
- Pick a comfortable location where you won't be interrupted for at least fifteen minutes.
- Before starting, for maximum ease, try to mellow out a little. Think about flowers, your grandchildren, your mother's smile, or that great music that always lifts your heart, anything like that.
- Now, take a seat. Breathe deeply and listen as the air flows in and out.
What I've described above is what I've always considered the hardest part of meditation - getting your mind set to let go.
The better you get at it, the fuller and richer the bliss you'll get.
Getting Some Advice
Eventually, maybe right away, you'll want to refine what you're doing in meditation to extend the healing, growth and bliss as far as your spirit can take you.
Below are some books I've found helpful.
Lowering the barriers and making it easier and easier.
Peaceful Sleep, a Meditation Bonus
Practical help, peaceful sleep.
Nature Is a Constant Meditation
Taking Meditation the Next Step
- Be Alive! Awakening Meditation
Do you meditate for peace and connection? Here's the story of when I took it in the opposite direction. Mediation for waking up.
- Walking Meditation and Spiritual Peace
Meditation takes many forms. It can be active - walking meditation - or quiet. A solid practice should consist of both.
- Rambling Mindfulness, Walking Meditations for Inner Peace
Is sitting meditation the best or can we fit meditation into our active lives, involving ourselves in a deeper appreciation of the world around us?
Getting Into It - Meditating for Spiritual Healing and Growth
Now that you are prepared and in a comfortable position and mood, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing.
By focus, I mean pay attention as the air comes deeply and slowly into your body, then goes out again. You can repeat a word or sound, if you like, to help you concentrate, but it isn't necessary.
Let your breath be comfortably deep and slow.
Two things you may notice immediately.
- The chatter in your mind wants to continue. It's an habitual thing. Don't take it too seriously. Just shrug it off gently and return to your breathing. It gets easier.
- The second thing you may notice is that, as you ease into deeper relaxation, you aren't as comfortable as you thought you were. You may find yourself stretching out a little more, backing off some muscle tension you didn't realize was there. Your bones might even seem to soften and extend.
Maybe not the first time and maybe even not for a while, but you will eventually feel yourself letting go.
Your feet will get numb, then the rest of your body. Your mind will soar in a way you haven't experienced in the past.
In the beginning of my meditation habit, I often found myself flying, very enjoyably, and I have visions of scenes and people I'd never previously known.
Don't let extraordinary insights hold you back. There are no risks. The worst that can happen is you learn some new things about yourself.
The important thing is that you keep up a daily practice. You only need fifteen minutes, after all. You can go longer, if you like, but after a half-hour, the power diminishes.
If you can do it at about the same time every day, even better. Your mind will just get accustomed and will even begin to anticipate the sweet daily self-indulgence.
The road to bliss
As you return to your awake state after meditation, you'll likely have a sense of rising to the surface from a deeper background. That impression will increase with time and repetition.
My suggestion is that you allow yourself to rise up slowly. Don't just bang back into the usual reality.
I am not going to say anything about what that deeper background is or how it relates to or differs from the place we go to in sleep.
No sense letting personal beliefs interfere with the joys of meditation. It should enhance everything and restrict nothing.
The gains you get in both spiritual healing and spiritual growth from a meditation practice are many and rewarding. The effects permeate throughout your life. The possibilities are as many as are the complexities of being human.
It really is that simple and easy and that rewarding. Promise!
The Source - Meditations of the World's Happiest Man
These ideas were originally conceived for my book.
© 2014 David Stone