The Best Way to Start Any Meditation
are a great many reasons to meditate. Practically speaking, you could
say that there’s a kind of range that begins with the desire to use
meditation strictly as a relaxation technique, and goes all the way to
the desire for enlightenment. It helps a person to be in touch with what
their particular reason is, not necessarily one that matches what
they’ve read or that they believe they are supposed to have as a reason
desire is to meditation what the sun is to human life: we need the sun
to keep our life forces going, and we need spiritual desire to sustain
our focus and endeavors in each second of meditation. Everything stems
from your spiritual desire. You do not have to see it as “spiritual
desire” if that does not resonate with you. You can see it as your
motivation, your intention, or your drive to improve and evolve.
Whatever you call it, this kind of desire is a feeling within, and is
what sustains your focus as you meditate.
In the following meditation exercises you will learn how to focus in on your spiritual desire.
Meditation Exercises #2
The first part of this meditation exercise is for you to get in touch with what
your reason is for wanting to meditate. What is motivating you to read
these words about meditation?
Write it down in one sentence.
Below are examples of particular reasons why people feel pulled to go
within. You may have a reason that does not fit into the words used
in these examples. Make your own sentence.
As simple as this exercise is, it’s also one of the most important meditation exercises that exists that will make more sense as you begin your meditation practice.
Examples of reasons to meditate;
- I want to feel something...
- I want to know something...
- I want to see something...
- I want to hear something...
- I want to realize something...
- I want to get freer from...
- I want to be clearer about...
- I want to learn something...
- I want to let go of...
- I need an “aha” about something...
- I don’t know why, except that I just want something more...
- I want to leave behind the world of chain reactions of thinking and doing, ... to get relief from the chaos of input...
- I want to know what is real, what is true, and what is not...
- I want to stick my toes into the unknown...
- I want to have my deeper soul part touched and moved by God...
Now, add a prayerful element to the sentence that you wrote. For
example; “I’m meditating because I need an ‘aha’ about something.” The
prayerful element part could then be something like; ... “and I’m going
to trust that there is assistance out there somewhere that can help me.”
That’s all, just make your statement something simple and honest.
is a very personal statement of your desire and of the trust that you
are willing to give to your practice. Later on you’ll use this statement
as a seed for growing into more understanding about how to practice
holding a prayerful focus and letting go, which are essentially the core
parts of most meditation practices.
need to listen while you are meditating,
but it is a listening beyond
the senses of the body.
It is a listening to the sound of silence.
mind will not hear it; your ears will not hear it.
It is a listening
that is beyond these limitations.
It is a state of reception.
state of reception into your meditations;
and as this listening takes
over, the usual difficulties will subside."
few minutes and the focus it takes to write your sentence helps you to
have a state of reception as Gourasana described in the passage above.
Your desire, your trust–the unique way that you feel it and say it–put
you in touch with your humility and receptivity. This bit of awareness
of intent and the reminder to have a measure of trust will be the core
of every meditation that you do.
desire and your trust are to your meditation what salt and pepper are
to a table setting – because they go with everything. Which ever method
of going within you use you will always be contributing your desire and
your trust, and they will be a part of everything you experience in