Meditation is a wonderful way to ground yourself in the experience of presence. Meditation practice gives you a time and space when you are alone and willing to look for more than the physical world shows.
The experience of presence gives a panoramic view of the world transcending all dimensions.
Presence is a harmonious state of being without boundaries to crush in and restrict one's view, mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually.
This guided meditation will give you an experience of presence that you can later reflect on and go back to:
Begin by sitting in a private and quiet spot, either on a cushion or on a chair. If on a cushion bend your legs in, and if sitting on a chair keep your back straight and place the soles of your feet firmly on the floor to maintain balance. Fold your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Close your eyes and begin breathing evenly such as one count to breathe in and one count to breathe out and continue this rhythmic pattern throughout your meditation. A pattern of even breathing calms the body and mind putting you in a receptive state to new experiences, without worrying about the cares of the body.
Now that you are into the rhythmic breathing begin an inner trek up the mountain. The goal is to go to the top to see the most expansive view. The trail has been carved out by seekers who have come before and only requires diligence to stick with the path avoiding rocks and boulders of diversions along the way. Any pausing only delays the final greater experience of presence.
The path circle around the mountain and as you ascend the daylight seems to be getting brighter, caused by less brambles and obstructions to the light beyond. Each step seems harder as the path becomes steeper closer to the summit. Be diligent though, keep to the path until suddenly in the next step the reward us upon you: A panoramic 360 degree view in bright unobstructed light. Everywhere you turn the horizon is without limits. And more-so you lose any feelings of limitation in you mental and emotional states. Your consciousness is filled with joy in the presence of the infinite view that includes spiritual insight to any problem.
All-seeing is the reward of being present in the moment. Fully enjoy these moments at the mountain top. You've earned this by being true to the nudging of your soul to search out its heights and unlimited view.
Take a deep breath in and slowly release it. Keep this consciousness of presence with you as you go on with your day. And when again sitting in meditation take the walk up the mountain to enjoy the unlimited vista within, taking time to think over any problems, open to new solutions.
Eventually in daily life you'll be able to draw upon the infinite presence in a moment's notice, harmonizing your life when it speeds along too swiftly.
For offline reading
God Speaks Through the Holy Spirit - Reflective Meditations Forge a strong union with the Holy Spirit through the reflective meditation given to use with more than 100 spiritual topics and subtopics for personal and relationship growth. 198 pages.
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Article and photo of Meditation Mount, Ojai, California by Susan Helene Kramer