There are many reasons to learn to MEDITATE. Daily stress takes a toll on the individual and radiates effecting all of us, wounding our collective consciousness. The modernized world is wrought with war, hunger and disease. From every corner of the globe we face a uncertain future. The news captivates audiences by reporting events such as, the attempted missile launch in Korea or, the continued financial problems experienced in Europe. Events closer to home do not seem better. Foodbanks are running at capacity, unemployment is at an all time high and we have all but lost the war on drugs. In the midst of all this stress, thankfully there is a PRACTISE, that allows us to live in turmoil experiencing peace and contentment.
All the uncertainty in our lives lead to feelings of alienation. We feel separate, not a part of society. Why would we, when we see society as corrupt and unable to care for the well-being of their citizens? All over North America we watched as the Wall Street Sit In grew. It is no wonder, people want to belong, and to find peace and contentment. Most people are unaware that each one of us is able to find peace and contentment by following an age-old practise.
People in the far East have practised meditation in various forms for eons. While there are several different styles of mediation the goal of each is the same. We sit, to learn, to be in the now, to be mindful and too open our consciousness to a higher understanding. One could say that we pray to god, we meditate to listen to him. We can develop peace and contentment in ten minutes a day. It is a practise that you have to work at. Like anything else it is a process that improves over a course of time. Learning is integral to the process, so even if you do not think that you are getting anything out of your practise, stay with it. Trust the process it has been part of Eastern Culture because it works.
First find a quiet spot where you can sit uninterrupted. Sit up straight, with your shoulders back. Breath slowly in through your nose, hold it only as long as it feels comfortable, then breathe slowly out. To begin all breath should enter and exit the nose You want to breath deeply into your diaphragm and then exhale. To make sure you are breathing correctly place a hand on your diaphragm, as you breath in your diaphragm should enlarge. Many of us have to practise breathing correctly because few of us do. All of us have random thoughts; when they arrive the idea is to watch your thoughts. You are not trying to rid yourself of thought, rather to be aware of each thought. They will come and go, your job is to simply be aware.
As you breath in and out your aim is to watch yourself breath. You want to bear witness to your breath, to stay present and aware of each breath. As odd as it sounds this practise will bring you more than you can imagine. The impact is immediate on the physical level as this practise will lower both your blood pressure and your heart rate. Your respiration rate will also slow down. You will find yourself becoming increasingly relaxed. At the beginning of your practise you will find yourself more and more drawn to this practise. Go with it as you will begin to experience more benefits as time passes. The best thing is that you only need to do this for short intervals each day for the benefits to occur. Try it, you will be surprised.
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