Meditation goes all the way back to the beginning of human history and its earliest mention comes from the Hindu Vedas.
It’s as much a part of our humanness as say, eating food or breathing air, and also as simple.
While a whole new world can open up to us within meditation over time and with a commitment to its practice, it’s actually very easy to do – so easy that you’ve probably already meditated numerous times without realizing it.
Meditation is simply pure, present awareness. It might happen when you’re washing your hands and you notice the water flowing onto your hands or when you’re outside and you stop to listen to the wind blowing through the trees…. It can happen any time and at any place no matter what you’re doing.
It is that split second when your mind is not thinking of the past, which can bring sadness or regret, or the future which is often associated with fear, worry or concern. Meditation is not thinking at all. It’s being in the here and now. It is present awareness.
The Adyashanti Writings describes it as a sheer silent surrender with no direction or goal and calls this presence the “silent abyss beyond all knowing”.
Patanjali who is considered the ultimate ancient guide on meditation says:
“Then the minutest atom, to the greatest and the infinite comes under your purview.”
Osho translates this beautiful ancient art for Western civilization in his book, Meditation: The First and Last Freedom. He shows how meditation is not just a spiritual practice but part of our everyday lives in our everyday world.
If you’re having trouble focusing on the present moment or remaining in this state for any length of time, there’s an entire network system of techniques that you can use to learn to clear your mind.
These techniques range from the traditional lotus pose to meditative hiking in the Pyrenees Mountains. It’s only a matter of finding which technique you personally like best or else evolving into one of your own.
Meditation has been used to release harmful stress and old, trapped energy, to heal past emotional abuse and physical disease as well as to visualize and create a completely new occupation or lifestyle that’s more fitted to your soul.
Some people, such as myself, began meditating in order to clear stress only to stumble upon a portal of spiritual awakening to the beautiful, free Universe.
But whether we’re a novice or a yogi who’s been practicing for lifetimes, the premise remains the same: Meditation is simply being aware in the present moment without any goal in mind.
I highly recommend it.
“Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature…. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature.” ― Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying