The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines meditation as the process of engaging in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness”. Although correct, I believe this definition is a bit limiting because it implies that there is only way to meditate. This definition points to the fact that we can only meditate if we focus on our breathing or repeat a mantra – a word we like. Also, for many the term ‘meditation’ creates images and impressions in the mind that meditation is a difficult and mysterious process which can be done only by the few and gifted. I beg to differ.
For me, meditation is a very simple process. It means finding 10-15 minutes of quiet time per day during which you can isolate yourself and sit still. You may choose to sit or lie down in a place where no one will disturb you. This place could be indoors or outdoors. It means taking time to turn inward and do nothing. It means valuing yourself enough to want to invest time on being calm and peaceful. You may also choose to close your eyes while sitting or lying still so that you don’t get distracted by what is happening outside of you. And if thoughts run through your mind, let them come and go without a fight. This is normal!
However, there are two requirements/prerequisites for effective meditation: 1) Deciding that you come first and 2) Disciplining yourself to meditate regularly. Otherwise, you will not experience the reduced stress levels and the happy emotions that result from the long-term engagement in meditation. On the contrary, if you meditate on a regular basis, you will connect with your higher (true) self because meditation opens the door to another dimension. This is a dimension where you feel free and happy. Meditation connects you to your consciousness which is pure LOVE. While meditating, you become familiar with yourself and your true nature. Also, while meditating the energy in your body runs freely through your seven chakras (energy centers) and your experience alignment with your source energy. So, why not try it? You have nothing to lose 🙂