Meditating regularly allows an ever widening channel of bliss to flow through our lives. It is not limited to the time spent in sitting but rather, extends outward to encompass more and more aspects of living.
It is like learning to play an instrument. For example, when I was about 9 years old I began piano lessons and it was so difficult to get my fingers to move as the notes were telling me to. It was at least 3 years before I could pick up an easy piece of music and play without practicing.
Then I could play for the joy of it without struggling.
Meditation practice is similar. At first we struggle to hold our body still and maybe deal with pain from holding a position we are not used to. We may get itches or coughing fits or be tempted to get up and grab a drink or snack; anything but sit still in silence.
Then after many practices we notice we can drop into our sitting pose and at once leave body consciousness and feel instead the peace and bliss that is our eternal divine Self having its say; coming forth to replenish and enliven us.
To begin your practice find a quiet and private place to sit with your back held straight. If you are on a cushion on the floor fold your legs in; if sitting on a chair plant the soles of your feet firmly on the floor to maintain your balance.
Fold your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and slowly release it. Then begin even and regular breathing for the remainder of your meditation. Breathe in one count; breathe out one count; breathe in one count and continue this rhythmic pattern.
In your mind silently say an appreciation for the opportunity to sit in meditation and open the doorway to the infinite bliss.
Turn your attention to observing the flow of your breath. If your mind strays return it to the task. Be diligent like practicing the scales on the piano. It is the accumulation of practice that results in the outcome of flowing in the stream of bliss.
After a few minutes take another deep breath in and slowly release it, renewed and refreshed to carry on your day. With time and practice you’ll reap the reward of being able to choose actions that lead to harmony rather than discord. Then you can say that meditation is well worth the time spent in practice.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer; photo credit of meditation pose by Stan Schaap
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