A Meditation On Meditation

Welcome my dear friends,

Tonight I would like to talk to you about meditation – a training of the mind to induce a mode of consciousness beyond the awake or asleep, or an experience of mindfulness. Perhaps, some of you already meditate on a regular basis. Or perhaps you have no idea what I am talking about… Either way, let’s discuss, shall we?

To meditate, is to quietly focus the mind, and keep it focused without interruption. The end goal of that focus can be different for each person, as well as each mediation. And the mediation used to reach that goal, will be different based on the aforementioned desired result.

But wait, I thought to meditate was the quiet the mind? It is – in order to quiet the mind, you have to focus to allow your mind to let go of all of the outside distractions and crap of day-to-day life. Once you can focus, you can quiet the mind. Make sense?

Focusing the mind can be as easy as paying attention to your own breath. As you inhale through your nostrils, notice the moment when your intake stops, and your exhale begins. Did you notice it? Try again. Inhale naturally, through the nostrils, and notice when the breath stops coming in and starts pushing out. Again. Inhale naturally through the nostrils, and… release. Inhale naturally through the nostrils, and…release. Try this for a 30 seconds. I’ll wait…

How did you do? Did your mind wander a little? If it did, that’s OK. Part of meditating regularly is to train your mind to not be so easily distracted. But let me congratulate you – if you tried my little exercise – you just set yourself up to meditate!

The way I was taught to meditate, is much more complicated. It involved journeying and working with Spirit Guides. But for the sake of starting out… 

Here are the Simple Steps to Meditating:

  • Select your meditation – whether it is a guided one from a CD or a book, or one you made up, determine how long this mediation will last.
  • Get your environment ready aka set the mood – I like to have soft music playing, the lights off or at least dimmed, and my phone switched off (on silent is fine too) while I meditate {for music I highly recommend Celtic Meditation by Dirk Freymuth – it is available on iTunes for about $10.00 and is 1 hour 18 minutes}
  • Find a comfortable position – seated or laying down. You want to be comfortable, but you don’t want to fall asleep. If you are seated and find yourself falling asleep, sit up straighter and move forward in your seat so you are not resting against the back. If you are laying down and falling asleep, try sitting up.
  • If you would like, set the intention for the meditation or do an opening ritual.
  • Begin the meditation –  gently allowing yourself to become aware in the point of focus: a thought, a feeling, image, sound, etc.
  • Your mind will drift. This is natural to all us human beings… Keep coming back to the focus point, don’t beat yourself up for wandering off. The ebb and flow of focus, wandering off, focus, wandering off is all part of mediation.
  • After the time intended has passed, gently release the focus point and return your awareness to your environment.
  • Allow yourself a few minutes to reorient to your surroundings. Open your eyes when you are ready, stretch your body a little, get the blood flowing back into your body before resuming your regularly scheduled activities.

Mediation is a recommended practice for several reasons – good health, stress relief, but also as a means to meet with you Spirit Guides and get messages from The Other Side (a topic we shall discuss more in depth later on). If you can, take the time to meditate once a day. Or at least, get into the habit of mediating regularly.

Don’t get me wrong, I would be a liar if I said I practice mediation like a good little witch… But I have challenged myself to work on that, and to meditate 3-4 times a week for the next month. It is vital for my continuation as a developing Medium, so we’ll see how I do! Wish me luck!

With Love and Light,

Iona