Meditation – The Most Intimate Way to Connect With Your Self
“If you meditate, sooner or later you will come upon love. If you meditate deeply, sooner or later you will start feeling a tremendous love arising in you that you have never known before. You want a love which is born out of meditation, not born out of the mind.”
I am devoted to meditation and I practice it every day. It has become my intimate and very precious time with my self, when I get in touch with my inner voice, the inner knowing that there is so much more to life than what meets the eye. It is my sacred space where I find inner peace, where silence caresses my mind, where I find deepest love for self and others, the strength to face everything that comes my way, where balance between polarities reigns, the dwelling of divine source within my heart. It is my sweetest place where whole universe exists within me. I have no words to express the richness of this inner space. The physical world we perceive with five senses every day in and out is just a tiny speck of my inner world which I have within me every moment and everyplace I go.
I have started meditating about eight years ago and didn’t really understand back then what I was supposed to do in order to meditate. I did not have any concept of what was happening on the inside when one was meditating. By trying different techniques, reading books on meditation, speaking to people in my circle who practiced meditation, I kept on searching and exploring this spiritual practice. By sheer presistance on meditating combined with my determination to self-discovery, I have had some glimpses of bliss and inner peace during my practice, the stillness within me which were at first very short lived and elusive, and yet heart fulfilling at the same time. I have kept on practicing. Within time, I noticed that I am aware of my breathing pattern more often and this resulted in becoming more aware of my body, my mind’s activity and my surrounding all at the same time, as if my consciousness has expanded and as a matter of fact, it has.
It took me several years to arrive to this point where I am able to remain consciously aware of my breath, activity of my mind, content of my thoughts and their vibration frequency band as positive, balanced, or negative, physical and emotional sensations within my body – all at the same time. My physical senses have also improved, especially spectrum of my sight as if it has broaden. I can perceive more things in the same time, when I am not focusing on a specific activity. My overall physical health has improved as well as my emotional state. I have those joyful feelings inside of me without really any special occasion in the outside world. This happiness is within me, and I am aware of it. This is a metaphysical sensation which must be felt rather than trying to be described within words as there is no accurate words to paint this inner universe.
It took me many years of commitment to self, practicing meditation and studying an ancient wisdom of Hindu philosophy that I found very profound. Although, it is not necessary for anyone to dive into Eastern philosophy in order to fully enjoy fruits of meditation.
I derive my strength, consolation, empowerment, personal integrity and all answers to all my questions regarding decisions I make in order to navigate through life. Being in touch with the source of my core being gives me immense sense of fulfillment and completeness. There is nothing outside of me, any kind of validation, that can compare with the inner knowing and peaceful loving calmness.
There is one practical advise I want to share. In order to sustain the peace in the heart and the mind, one needs to make lifetime commitment to self and meditate every day in order to re-member all the time the inner present moment or space where the spirit resides. Be prudent, because every-day life and activities that each of us normally engage him/her self into, are easily distracting the inner focus. Meditation will not make you frustration-anger-negativity-immune and you still experience all those emotions. However, the conscious awareness of all those states and emotional seasons become present within you, and it will be much easier to control responses and actions when one finds self in distressed situations. Regaining emotional balance becomes natural, and within time there will be less situations when you lose your inner balance, and therefore meditation has become part of my lifestyle. Keeping light and healthy distance to daily drama and your self, with a dose of sense of humor is a great remedy too.
This is my experience with mediation and I hope that by sharing it, I have encouraged you giving yourself this precious gift of self-awareness and self-discovery. There is nothing more fulfilling in this world than being consciously in touch with your inner self.
Here are few words on mediation from Eckhart Tolle.