Meditation for Beginners
The Healing Power Within focuses on meditation for beginners. Meditation can seem a bit confusing at first because so many people claim to be experts at it. Everywhere you look there is a so called guru that insists they way they do it is the only way. This is a long way from the truth. The way YOU do it, is the right way. The main objective is to silence the mind and give space in order to connect with the higher self. However you choose to do this is correct, as long as it works for you.
From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1: to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over: He was meditating his past achievements.
What Does it Mean?
If you look at the definition of meditate you can see that the meaning has to do with the mind. You will notice that you can actually meditate on things. Sometimes you can go through a whole day meditating on something and not even be aware of it until you think about it. If you say things to yourself over and over again you begin to meditate on the words you say. When you constantly think bad thoughts about somebody else, you are meditating on negativity. If you repeatedly think bad thoughts about yourself, you are meditating bad things towards yourself. Meditation is focusing on something. It is also focusing on nothing.
Questioning your Method
If you question your method while you meditate, you are defeating your purpose. During meditation remind yourself to come back to your focus. If you are focusing on your breath, and your mind wanders, simply stop and go back to focusing on your breath. When repeating a mantra, or a passage, do the same thing. Simply return to your focal point and let it go. There is no need to figure out why you did it, or even scold yourself. Just stop, and go back. This is true in guided meditations as well. When you become aware that you have veered away from the meditation, go right back to it.
Don’t Give Up
Everybody struggles with meditation from time to time. I have been doing it for years and I still have days when my mind refuses to be quiet. What keeps me going is that even if I still my mind for 30 seconds I have also managed to give my crazy head a rest. 30 seconds of true serenity is better than nothing. Some days I may not even get that 30 seconds, but I sit anyway. This keeps me engaged in my own spiritual healing and allows me to at least be present. If you struggle with meditation, welcome to the club. We all do at times, what makes the difference is that the ones who don’t give up reap the benefits. The ones who quit do not.