Sitting meditation may be the first time adults have taken time in busy lives to really sit still and explore their unseen qualities, rather than thinking about the physical universe and all it contains.
At first, sitting meditation may seem like a foreign activity, because the body is sitting still, and the mind is supposed to calm down, rather than get revved up about projects or activities.
An adventure within
Begin by telling your students that sitting meditation is going to be like going on an adventure within, while their body remains still and quiet. And, their mind will remain active; not with worldly business, but instead with uplifting thoughts to improve their conscious contact with their soul and Creator.
Continue by pointing out that spiritual progress in meditation develops over a period of time with regular practice. It is definitely an application of practice makes perfect applied to getting to know the immortal soul or self and eternal roots.
Along the way as the mind becomes enlightened with inner knowledge through meditation practice, practical solutions to dilemmas of the moment come to mind as helpful side effects. Though not the supreme goal, the practical helps give some impetus to continue meditation practice.
Meditation practice gives peace and relaxation right in the process. Joy increases. It is not saved up for the distant future, rather, as the mind turns to uplifting thoughts, joy and fullness enter the consciousness right along with a peaceful and still meditation session
Uplifting thoughts bring on feelings of joy, and spread throughout the physical body as invigorating and uplifting energy. This is enough of a reason to keep to regular sitting meditation practice.
The just reward
To those devoted to growth in consciousness and practicing meditation, the final goal of a state of uplifting thoughts running through the mind, or a return to joyful thoughts at will is the just reward.
Part II. - Breathing and Reflection
Article by Susan Kramer; photo credit of author Stan Schaap
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