Finding it difficult to meditate?
Meditation, the promise of inner peace and lasting bliss…So true but how many of us have actually experienced it?
We know how to look after our physical bodies. But most of us don’t really understand the mind or have control over our thoughts. We have experienced the mind body connection first hand so we know its there, but to most of us the mind remains shrouded in mystery.
I think it is partly because the information out there on the mind is rather complicated and confusing. Perhaps its also because we can go almost a whole lifetime without anyone really knowing what is going on in our heads. Nobody can see your thoughts like they can see your clothes or your abs, so we give it less importance.
Its easier to ignore that what we don’t understand. Thats what we do with our minds. We ignore. Until thoughts arise and overwhelm us with; heaviness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, worry, fear, jealousy, anger, sadness etc. We are forced to look at them briefly and fix what we can temporarily. We don’t go deeper because we don’t have the tools to understand and organize.
We allow ourselves to be controlled by our minds which are quite turbulent by nature.
Swami Vivekenanda compared the mind to a maddened monkey;
“There was a monkey, restless by its nature, as all monkeys are. As if that was not enough someone made him drink freely of wine, so that he became more restless. Then a scorpion stung him…”
Meditation is not something you can “do”. It is a state you experience. The state of your true self undisturbed by the fluctuations of the mind and the endless need to satisfy our desires.
To help you learn to meditate, I would like to offer you this short audio, The Art of Centering. It can be used on its own or as a beginning to our other audios or silent meditations. It will bring you to a state where it will be easier for you to flow into silence. I hope you enjoy it. It was made with love and wishes of peace.