What is meditation? You can ask that question and get a million different answers. After 3 years of dabbling with mediation and speaking with many people who have all tried it and played with it at different “levels,” it is clear that there are many ideas of what meditation is and how it “looks” or “feels.”
I know when I first began meditating I had the same feelings and ideas many others did based on what I have heard of other people’s experiences. I figured you are supposed to feel this big crazy download of energy once you reach a certain point, you may hear voices, you might see amazing images and vortexes and meet with other beings etc. I hear all the time from people that they are discouraged with meditation because this stuff isn’t happening to them. They are seeing things or feeling things. Well I’m here to say, everyone has a very different experience!
What is Meditation?
Simply put, meditation is quieting the mind. Thats it! It really isn’t anything beyond the simple act of taking time to quiet the mind. What does this mean exactly? Our days can often be filled with many different decisions, choices, conversations, events, stress, thoughts and so on. With all of this going on all of the time, we often find ourselves living in “head space.” Meaning, we spend most of our time within the mind thinking and analyzing for most of our day. This
can often become tiring, draining and of course, it drowns out that internal voice within us that some like to call our intuition. By meditating, you take the time to push all of those thoughts and stories of the day aside, and become relaxed and still for a period of time. Whatever happens beyond that is different for each person.
How do You Meditate?
This can be different for everyone as well and in most cases takes a bit of practice. For many of us, sitting down and trying to meditate for the first time or only doing it once every few months can seem tough. We might find ourselves playing with many of our thoughts and having a hard time stopping them from taking our attention. But I promise, with practice, this becomes much easier. I cannot say what the best way to meditate is because there is no best way. But I can share a bit about what I have done to find what works for me.