What is Meditation?
Meditation is one of the easiest ways to bring more peace into your life. It is the sacred space between an awakened state and a sleeping state. When you enter this magical space, you become calmer, and at peace with yourself and the world that surrounds you. In this meditative state, you can also start accessing and aligning with some higher frequencies, which will allow you to connect to the truth of who you really are, a spiritual being having a human experience.
How to meditate?
Meditation can be anything you like to be. It can be sitting in stillness for a certain amount of time, but it can also be walking in nature and observing its beauty. It can be focusing on a candle flame, leaving any worries, fears and anything you want to let go of behind. All that matters is to be fully present in the current moment.
Here is a quick and easy guide to meditation:
Find a comfortable place where you are not going to be disturbed for at least 5-10 minutes.
When meditating, you want to ensure, that you are as comfortable as possible. The easiest way to begin your meditation practice is to sit in a chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground.
First, close your eyes to avoid any visual distractions. If you are feeling tired, you can also keep your eyes partially open. This will prevent you from falling asleep. Now, place your left hand on your diaphragm, and leave your right hand relaxed on your lap. Take a nice long deep cleansing breath, inhaling through your nose. As you inhale, notice your diaphragm expanding (your belly rising). Then, slowly exhale through your mouth, if this is comfortable for you. Otherwise, breathe in and out through your nose. Continue this cycle of breathing for about 5-10 rounds, or until you feel centred and more relaxed. Place your left hand on your lap now. Continue to breathe slowly and deeply.
Grounding to the Earth & to ‘All that is’
Getting grounded is easier than you might think. Direct your attention to your feet. Visualise a beam of light coming out through both of your feet, like roots of a tree. Visualise these roots grow deeper and deeper, connecting you to the centre of the Earth. Part of you is a physical being, which wants to feel fully supported by the physical reality and the Earth herself. Then, place your attention on the crown of your head, your crown chakra. Visualise a beautiful beam of light, coming out through your crown chakra, spiralling upwards. This light is connecting you to the rest of the Universe. Part of you is a spiritual being, which wants to feel fully supported by the rest of the Universe. Know in your heart, that you are now connected to all that is above, and fully supported by all that is below. All is well, and you are safe and secure at all times.
When you start meditating, you notice, how busy your mind actually is. Up to this point, you might have not even paid attention to it, because you are so used to living in this busy-mind lifestyle. Don’t judge yourself. Become an observer of what is going on. Thoughts will come and go, feelings will come up to the surface, outside disturbances will become more noticeable. Again, do not judge them, just acknowledge them and return your attention to your breathing. Become a witness of these distractions. Let them come and let them go.
Thich Nhat Hanh said- “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Coming out of your meditation
Keep your eyes closed and visualise the space you are in. Visualise the space beneath you, the space above you, the space in front of you, and the space behind you. Visualise the space on your left and space on your right. Take a nice long deep cleansing breath and breathe out. Now, become aware of your body, stretch a bit, if you like, and gently open your eyes. Please take care when getting up. Have a glass water after your meditation. This will help you purify your body, your mind and your soul.
So, this is a simple guide to meditation. If you would like to find out more, please check out my podcast How to bring more peace into your life. It has some valuable tips on how to begin your meditation practice. Happy meditating!