How to Meditate in FOUR EASY STEPS
Have you ever tried to meditate? You can learn with these four simple steps. Mediation is good to do when you are feeling frustrated. Personally, the peace I get from mediation is almost indescribable but I will do my best in teaching you how to feel that same peaceful bliss I get from meditating. Mediation is something so simple and yet so complex. Many people believe that they need to be relaxed and sitting cross legged in the middle of a temple in India in order to mediate but all you really need to do is follow these 4 simple steps.
The art of meditation is defined as a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness either to realize some benefit; or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content. The content which is also known as a mantra can be anything, usually a short phrase repeated during your mediation. It can be said out loud, in your mind or even a combination of the two. Using a mantra helps suppress outside thoughts, or distractions as I like to call them. When you repeat something over and over again, you can focus on the words and easily push out other words & thoughts that come into your mind.
- Choose the place: You can be anywhere while mediating, and although a quiet room with little to no distractions is best… Any place you can close your eyes and focus on your mantra works well. As we all know our thoughts in a quiet room can be as loud as Grand Central Station, so trying to be in a cool, dark & quiet room is almost obsolete.
- Choose your Mantra: When I first started mediating I would use the more popular mantra terms like, “Aum” or “Om” meaning “it is” or “to become.” But being honest, I never really understood what that meant, it relaxed me and helped me take my thoughts off of everything else but I didn’t feel like I was benefiting outside of the relaxation in any way. Personally, I’m a producer… I like to have productive results in everything I do, so when I would mediate on “It Is” or “To Become” I felt like I needed to follow up with an explanation of what it is and who I was becoming… Too much work!
I was starting my devotions one morning when I couldn’t get my mind to focus. I had been thinking of everything I needed to do that day, making it hard to dive into the word. I opened my Bible and whispered “Jesus”. Normally when I do this, my mind settles and a blanket of calm and warmth covers me but on that particular day… It was like a very quick drop of a sheet. I felt God’s presence but I wasn’t in that deep mindset I usually like to be in when doing devotions.
I had been struggling with a relationship and needed that extra comfort God gives us when spending time with Him. There’s something about God’s love that can make everything else disappear and in that moment, nothing and nobody can make you feel anything less than loved. All our pain whether physical or emotional just dissipates… Remembering back to my mediation days I whispered “God is Love”. That feeling of calm and warmth came over me, as if I rays of sunlight were beaming into me. Then for whatever reason, I followed up with “I am Love.” I continued to meditate with the mantra, “God is Love… I am Love” I would breathe in saying, “God is love” and breathe out, “I am love.” I wanted to fill my soul with His love but I also wanted to shine that onto others, so by breathing out “I am Love” I was transforming Gods love out onto others.
- Choose the time: As I did this that day I realized how I was becoming God’s love. The more we focus on something, whether it’s our jobs, our relationships, our possessions… the more those things become idols; they become the center of our life. If I am able to start my day by centering on God’s love instead of my job, my relationships and my to-do list… I find myself making better decisions when it comes to all of those worldly things, because I feel like I am transforming Gods love onto others throughout the day.
As John 15:12-15 says….
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
This is my command: Love each other.
- Reap the benefits: I challenge you to do this for 5 minutes a day, each day increasing the time if at all possible… I promise you, it will change your life.
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