Have you ever noticed that while your mind is often willing to focus when meditating, it will generally insist on lapsing into ‘dreamland’ for the rest of the day?
Imagine (visualize) scenes where you are walking about in a bubble of mindfulness meditation baltimore energy, where you are meeting external chaos with equanimity. Feel how good that feels! Make it a visceral thing. A real bodily sensation. This step isn’t about indulging the rational mind; it is about creating a physical experience through visualization.
Trying to stop your mind from thinking is like trying to stop a river from flowing with your bare hands… it’s exhausting and almost impossible to accomplish!
With those questions answered lets begin our meditative exercise. The best way to learn this exercise is to read it a few times and memorize it as best you can. Do not worry if you aren’t word perfect, the feel is more important than the precision.
When you identify with thoughts, there is an action of contraction, of gripping, of holding on to the thought. But in mindfulness meditation, there is no holding, no action at all; it is just allowing everything to pass without getting involved in any way. You are aware of the happening but not involved with it.
Briefly, to some meditation is a naturally occurring rest state. Your body already knows how to meditate. The body has an ability to shift into a rest stare to heal, energize, integrate, and tune itself up. When you meditate you are resting more deeply then you do in sleep.
I’ve come to define meditation as a state of stillness to further one’s awareness. I’ve spent time doing what I term “formal” meditation, sitting and quieting the mind. I’ve practiced walking meditation, a total awareness of my surroundings and actions as I moved. In the end, I’ve dropped both practices and moved into what I’ll term as creative meditation. Or how I now practice meditation through creativity.
I always thought the purpose of a meditation cushion was to..well..cushion the bottom. In reality, the simple cushion is there to get the knees lower than the hips.