Part 1 - Understanding Your Mind
To really learn how to meditate, it's essential that you get to know a little bit about how your mind works. So let's start these meditation instructions with a few brief observations about the human mind and how we think. Are you ready to get started?
You're on Autopilot!
Most of the time, we are consumed by our thoughts. Throughout the day our minds bounce from one idea to the next and we react to most of our thoughts involuntarily. It's as though our thoughts are in charge of us, and not the other way around!
You are not your thoughts. Your thoughts are something that you do. Your thoughts belong to you, but they are not you.
In truth, you are the one who chooses which thoughts to have.
Unfortunately, most of us don't use our ability to choose our thoughts, and our minds are left to run amok. Eckhart Tolle describes this in his brilliant bestselling book, “A New Earth”:
“The greater part of most people’s thinking is involuntary, automatic and repetitive. It is no more than a kind of mental static and it serves no real purpose. Strictly speaking, you don’t think: Thinking happens to you... “I think” is just as false a statement as “I digest” or “I circulate my blood.” Digestion happens, circulation happens, thinking happens…The voice in the head has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice.”
It's true...most of the time we are on autopilot and our thoughts just seem to happen to us.
But when you meditate, you “transcend” your normal awareness. That is to say, you raise your awareness to a new level in which you become the observer of your thoughts. Instead of being caught in a stream of constant thinking, you step back and observe your thoughts as though they are passing you by. Gradually those passing thoughts lessen and eventually they will stop.
What remains is a blissful conscious state of clarity and silence. It is a transcendent state of mind. This is meditation.
Through meditation you will cut out much of the mental static that’s going on in your life. As a result you will feel calmer and more emotionally balanced, you’ll find it easier to make decisions or to rise above challenges, and your intellectual, creative and intuitive abilities will improve.
Techniques – How to Meditate
There are plenty of different ways to meditate, but I would like to avoid getting bogged down in long winded discussion on the many meditation techniques that are available or which of them is the best way to meditate.
The meditation instructions you are about to read are straightforward and highly effective. Our aim here is to give you the knowledge you need to develop the ability to meditate deeply, and to keep things as simple as possible!
Remember, meditation is not rocket science. It’s an incredibly natural effortless practice. Now let's find out how to enter into a state of meditation in
Meditation Instructions Part 2 - The Meditation Process