The first time I heard about meditation, I thought that it sounded very much like something reserved entirely for Hindus or Buddhist Monks. As I grew older, I would hear about it more and more often. Friends who would attend Yoga classes and spiritual events would talk about how it changed their lives for the better in a variety of ways. From my perspective, however, meditation was an activity that really didn’t appeal to me; I didn’t understand it, I didn’t see the point in it and in all honesty, I thought it was pretentious, woo woo nonsense.
Once evening, when I was in my late teens, I decided to try it out for myself to see what all the fuss was about. I borrowed a book from my local library and followed every step to the letter. Nothing happened, nothing at all. I didn’t even succeed in clearing my mind let alone anything more like accessing higher dimensions of awareness. My partner at the time was very intelligent and spiritual and often dabbled in many different spiritual activities such as amateur Reiki healing, Tarot, charity work and he would meditate now and again too.
One day, he asked me to join him for a meditation session. He showed me how to sit, what my posture should be like, where my main chakras were located, and chose some appropriate, calming music for meditation. He advised me how I could clear my mind, and what I may wish to envisage and welcome in, such as healing colours or sounds.
For the first time, meditation seemed to do something for me and I saw the benefits. I succeeded in clearing my mind almost completely and although I found it too hard in the beginning to visualize any colours or sounds, I succeeded a little further down the line. That day, I felt incredibly centered and focused in a way that I could not quite articulate. It was a great experience and one that I will never forget.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind. – Buddha
Funnily enough, despite my positive experience with meditation at that time, I didn’t try it again until many years later in my late twenties. Again, I sat in the correct way, put on some appropriate music on a low volume and tried to clear my mind. I couldn’t do it the first time round but I realized that it may take a fair bit of practice so I kept on at it for several weeks and eventually, I managed to successfully clear my mind completely.
Again, I experienced the same feelings as those in my late teens. After a half hour session, I felt more focused, my mind felt a lot clearer, almost cleaner, in fact, and an awful lot calmer. I felt as though I could process information and solve problems a lot better. I got hold of my diary and added the event ‘meditation for half an hour’ each and every Monday evening for the following three months. I wanted to see if by meditating once a week successfully, I could enhance my intelligence and focus. It worked – at the end of the three months, I felt permanently different; focused, centered, balanced, with a much clearer mind.
Today, I meditate as often as I can. I ask to connect to my Higher Self each and every time and once connected, I ask to receive answers to a huge variety of questions from “how can I improve my life as it stands?”, to “what should I do about this difficult family situation?” and a lot more besides. I don’t always meditate in my bedroom, either. I will often choose a place outdoors to sit quietly and meditate. My garden is a great place to meditate, as is my local park, especially in the Spring and Summer months. I find that by having a clear mind, answers from my Higher Self flow effortlessly to me – answers that I would otherwise not be able to identify by myself.
Meditation really does hold a tremendous amount of value for those who are willing to give it a go. It’s also a truly fascinating experience. After a while, you may wish to go for past life regression therapy and view your history. Your third eye would already be very well versed in showing you images and scenes so the regression sessions should be all the more effortless.
If you already meditate, you will know of the wonderful benefits it can bring. You may also be aware of your Pineal gland and that it can be further activated if it’s operating well. If not, the Pineal gland contains rods and cones, just like the human eye and it’s thought that this gland acts as a receiver of cosmic energy and imagery. If we cleanse our Pineal glands, we may be better able to receive information from the Universe and other cosmic sources, our guides, angels, and our Higher Souls. This isn’t something that I have attempted to date, however, I absolutely plan on cleansing it in the near future and I will create a blog post on the results.
If you would like to read more about meditation, please visit the London Buddhist Centre website. Please also feel free to get in touch to have a chat about how you can start out with meditation or improve your meditation techniques. The following Youtube video is also very informative and helpful for the novice.