To erase the mind conditioning or rather initially to remove the stress from my life I undertook a series of meditation classes which within nine months would change my outlook completely. It produced health benefits and a mind clarity I never believed was possible. I had only ever known stress and anxiety. I was also full of faulty preconceived ideas that had no foundation, including who I would allow myself to fall in love with. Looking back now I remember that period of first enlightenment in the way you remember a first romance. That was a long time ago now. …
Mindfulness and meditation, how to do it
In order to get myself into a stillness of mind there are just two things that I do. Firstly I make sure that I have practiced journaling for the day. This helps to remove any latent or current anxieties that are running around in my brain undealt with. I talk about how I do this here. The second thing I do is sit in a quiet room and listen to the quietness. Fortunately, it is never absolutely quiet, else there would be little to focus on. There is always the occasional sound of aircraft flying by. There are the sounds of cars driving by. There are the sounds of occupants above me in another flat. There is also the tick tock of my old fashioned clock. And in between those sounds there is the sound of static hiss. That’s the only way I can describe it. It is always there every single day, that static is the sound of “nothing”. When I hear that it’s a reminder that I am alert.
Perhaps for you this sound of silence may be described differently to my own experience. That’s ok. Practicing this excercise outside will have an entirely different vibrational sound.
When you are listening to sounds, you cannot also be actively thinking about the past or the future. Hence the beauty of using this form of excercise. You are forced either to listen to the quiet or to the chatter in your head. You do one or the other. Once your mind becomes active again, you will be in either one of these two states. The past or the future. We slip up a multitude of times throughout the day or session. This is normal. But using your listening skills is a great way to pull you out of head and into “consciousness”.
How long does it take to master?
It is a slow process to master. Maybe you will manage it for three seconds at a time. Bravo! If you can do this for 5 to 10 minutes then you are rapidly on your way to mindfulness and clarity. It is important not to judge yourself or your performance. This will only hamper your prospects, as in doing so, you invite the ego. The ego loves to criticise, compare, judge, or otherwise make us feel bad about what we have or have not achieved.
When do you do these exercises?
They can be done at any time. I love Sunday’s and I love the evenings. Perhaps it’s because these are natural winding down periods. There are random times however, when I am in a state of “no mind”. Then I just go with the flow, and allow myself to rest in the stillness.
What do I gain with mindfulness and meditation
This is immeasurable and unquantifiable. Certainly self awareness, self knowledge and peace are the first easy wins. To know thyself is to also know and understand others. Other benefits include
♤♡ Self Healing
♤♡ Mental clarity
♤♡ Connection with Universal Intelligence
This connection with universal intelligence is hard to grasp and sometimes only fleeting. It is an absolute knowing without proof or evidence. It is your intuition on steroids. The same simple knowing feeling you get when someone is behind you and staring at you. You turn around in time to catch them looking away from you. It was the divine intelligence that made that knowing possible. When we have learnt to meditate for longer periods this intelligence becomes increasingly available to us.
Why do we not have mindfulness already?
“Ask and it shall be given, seek and thou shall find” biblical verse
The main reason we are not in this heightened state already is because of the bad habits that we have developed. We have become critical, judgemental, stuck in the past, negative, upset and unhappy. All these states I view as blockages to our otherwise enlightened state. Furthermore, we do not necessarily realise what we have at our disposal. We do not realise what we have within us until it is presented to us or we have been “seeking to find”.
Practicing the art of meditation on a daily basis builds our spiritual muscle in an a cumulative fashion. It is like learning to speak a new language. We start with a few words until we become fluent. This takes years of practice and dedication. The first fruit benefits however, can be seen relatively quickly for the diligent person.
Know loved ones that this empowered, mindful state is in fact our natural state. Now that you have remembered, perhaps you will take steps to take hold of your authentic self. Please revisit as I will continue to write more on the topic of mind development. In addition if there are any topics you would like me to address I will be happy to consider these too.