Pillar 4 – Meditation
Meditation is one of the most important activities for human harmony and function. Everyone alive should meditate regularly as there are just so many proven reasons why we all should. There are many different forms of meditation one could practice, but the form does not need to be complex to be good. In fact, one of my favourite meditation forms to practice is one of the simplest available. I have learnt hundreds of styles of meditation in almost 40 years of practice, and if I had to choose one form to use for the rest of my life, the choice for me would be simple: “Single Minded Meditation”. Singleminded meditation is a variety of mindfulness meditation.
Here is a link to a video of me explaining single-minded meditation.
So what is the purpose of meditation? Meditation allows our consciousness to link with the higher self. It is a tool to gain more self-awareness of who we really are, beyond the personality (our thoughts/beliefs/attitudes) and beyond the feelings experienced through the body. The stillness of mind creates a space where we can access a knowingness that is otherwise elusive. It helps us to communicate with others in a profoundly satisfying way.
Meditation allows us to have a more direct experience of the “Universal Conscious Field” of which all life and matter is a part of. There are many different reasons why people want to meditate. Meditation is a way to consciously acknowledge our basic self, to bring ego under control, and to experience the love and joy coming from our higher aspect.
Some of the more practical benefits of meditation include:
• More energy
• Less tension
• Better sleep
• Less anxiety
• Peace of mind
• Less worries
• Improved health
• Less fatigue
• More harmonious relationships at home and work
• Higher productivity
• Increased tolerance levels
It is always a good idea to set the same time each day to meditate. This will help you keep on track and actually do it. As mentioned earlier, first thing in the morning is a great time of the day to meditate. The energy of the day is still calm and pure and naturally lends itself to meditation practice. It is also just a great way to start the day. I am always much more clear and productive if I meditate first thing in the morning.
The most benefit derived from meditation is from being consistent. A little every day is better than a whole lot once a week. You are better off meditating for five minutes a day than sitting and doing two hours every Sunday. The repetition of daily practice will always bring better results.
Of course, the more you do daily the better your life will be. Regular practice breeds greater tolerance levels for all areas of your life. It actually invokes contentment. We all want contentment. Meditation offers you a pathway to achieve it.
Consciously, we are all a part of the one energy field; there is no separation between all life forms as we are all of the One. When we meditate we have a more direct experience of this fact. This then changes our perception of life in general. We often become more loving of self and others. We experience empathy on greater levels and generally live a more conscious and authentic life.
Meditation naturally develops a state of allowance. Where there is allowance there is no restriction or resistance. In this moment we are in harmony with the universe and God itself. This is a good place to be and is ultimately the highest expression of love.