“People meditate to solve problems, people meditate to find closure, people meditate to fulfill their spiritual practice, but I meditate… so I can help find myself, so I can learn to love to be still and silent, so I can embrace my fears and overcome my worries… so I can become a better version of me, starting from the inside and going out.” Written by me (Marvina)
What is meditation?
According to Cambridge dictionary, meditation is: “the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed.” (University, 2016)
In my opinion, meditation is a state of being; being one with the present moment. For me, I use meditation to feel closer to the Lord. Meditation to me is a form of prayer, because you are sitting silent and just being in the present…if you can learn to be in the present… then you can learn to really see what you are supposed to see. So how do you meditate?
Keep reading to find out…..
The 2 main steps to meditation
1) The first step in meditation is being comfortable in (being.)
It seems like such a broad statement, but you have to be comfortable just being silent, especially if your mind is wondering or cluttered. You need to be comfortable just silencing your thoughts and letting your mind become at ease and at peace.
2) The second step is making the choice to do it.
You have to make the choice to do it. Anyone can meditate and you can meditate in many different ways, for example: using crystals, sitting, journaling, taking a walk and more, but you have to make the choice. Meditation is a practice. You won’t understand it over night, and you won’t get these (ah ha) moment over night either, but through time, you will learn more about yourself and be able to be ok just being. So then how do you start it?
So how do I do it?
You can meditate different ways as I’ve said above:
*You can take a walk and just listen to nature, pray or think
*You can sit quietly and journal whatever comes to mind
*You can use crystals
*Or you can sit in a spot with your legs crossed, and close your eyes and while you do all this…breathe slowly in an out and just be present. Don’t think of what someone else is doing, don’t think about what you have to do that day, just sit there in peace…but be in the moment.
* Some people like to use a guided meditation which really helps if you are beginner. You can find those all over… from your library to youtube.
How I meditate
The way that I meditate, is: I have a chair in my office, and I put on instrumental, very quiet, serene music like the ocean or nature or just some soft music without lyrics, I sit with my legs crossed in a way I feel comfortable, I close my eyes and I just breathe in and out… slowly. Sometimes I even journal while I meditate which can help too, but open your eyes to do this. This for me helps because I can really focus on quieting my mind in order to be at peace. There are verses in the bible that talk about hearing the lord in silence (Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Lamentations 3:28, Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God,) and many more.
I’m sure there are other versions of hearing the spirit or whatever you believe in, if you sit in silence. But just be in the moment and focus on yourself. You will be surprised at how calm and peaceful your mind can be once you let it relax and stop thinking of all the million things that are going on in your head. I find when I meditate, I have a better day, because I’m letting my mind be at peace.
Question of the week:
Have you ever meditated? If so…what is your favorite way? Share with us your answers in the comment section below…I look forward to learning how you meditate and if you don’t…will you start? Have an amazing day and rest of the week.
University, C. (2016). Meditation. Retrieved December 22, 2016, from dictionary cambridge: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/meditation