If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down.
– Ajahn Amaro
Meditation is the end of the mind’s thought-stream.
It is a means to awaken from the dream of life by observing it. Meditation quiets your mind and is an easy doorway to a joyous, loving, and peaceful life.
Anyone can meditate. It does not require a spiritual, religious, or philosophical view. You can be a meditating atheist, fundamentalist, or a new ager. Meditation starts from where you are NOW.
A good way to practice meditation is by being aware of your natural breathing. To do this, observe and maintain your normal breath. Do not hold, force, or control it. Just relax into its peacefulness.
When the mind wanders, stop the thought and bring attention back to breathing. Relax, and be the observer.
Meditation provides many life benefits:
Health – When the mind is at peace, health improves. Meditators tend to maintain their health, energy, and vigor well into old age.
Peace – To a person with spiritual insight, life is peaceful even when facing its many challenges.
Work – Our work results improve as minds stabilize and we strengthen our vitality.
Relationships – Our relationships develop in meaningful and fulfilling ways as we generate goodwill and love toward others.
Intellect – A focused and peaceful mind is intelligent. Intelligence increases our vibrational awareness and allows us to actualize our intentions.
Discernment – A person with spiritual insight handles moral dilemmas with clarity and compassion.
Purpose – We are born for a purpose. Through meditation we can understand, choose, and live by that purpose. This enhances our sense of meaning and our experience of joy.
Meditation leads to a renewed experience of life, an understanding of the expansive reality of our being, and personal knowledge of our connection to the radiant Ocean of Light.
To meditate, sit in any comfortable posture with your legs crossed or folded and hands clasped.
Most mental stimulation tends to happen through the visual dimension, so it is best to meditate with your eyes closed.
Meditate at the time of your choosing. Remain comfortably focused. Breathe normally, observing your breath, and allowing your mind to stay focused yet relaxed.
Meditation is clarity, untainted by feelings, attitudes, memories, thoughts, or perceptions.
One may have many experiences during meditation, including lights, visions, dimensions, spiritual beings, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and perceptions. Do not be distracted by anything that arises, even those that appear to be the most spiritual or inspirational. When these arise and district you, return to your beautiful natural breath.
Reflect on the fact that acquisition leads to dissolution and dissolution to acquisition. Life is cyclical, like an in breath and an out breath. Ground yourself in that cycle.
One may have many experiences during meditation, including lights, visions, dimensions, spiritual beings, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and perceptions.
Do not be distracted by anything that arises, even those that appear to be the most spiritual or inspirational. When these arise and district you, return to your beautiful natural breath.
Reflect on the fact that acquisition leads to dissolution and dissolution to acquisition. Life is cyclical, like an in breath and an out breath.
Ground yourself in that cycle.
Mark “Enish-Ra” Lurtsema is a founder of Centre on C: A great place to Be, and the wellness modality he calls White Dragon Breath Reiki. He has had a life time love affair with the divine and first developed an interest in meditation and spirituality when he was 12 years old. He is an eclectic spiritual practitioner and teacher, with a background in Buddhism, Vedanta, Jnana, Interfaith practices, Tantra, and the Hathors. He was ordained an Interfaith minister after graduating from the New Seminary, New York, New York, in 1994, where he studied comparative religion and meditation. He was also an instructor of Buddhist philosophy at the New Seminary from 1993 to 1994. He has practiced martial arts since 1980, and has earned black belts in Taekwondo and Hapkido where he holds a second degree black belt. Enish-Ra is the author of Seize the Way, published in 2002, and is also the author of the upcoming book entitled Warrior of Love: The Tantra of Peace. As a person who sees no fundamental difference between the spiritual and the so-called mundane world, Enish-Ra is a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather with close family relationships. He has spent 30 years in a successful career and is a well respected information technology leader. The adventure he is engaged in—this life—incorporates the best and the most powerful aspects of being a warrior with the deepest and purest drives of our spiritual nature. The effect is that he views every part of his life as spiritual. Work is spiritual. Being a husband is spiritual. Being a father… Being a friend… Being a professional…. His highest aspirations and the darkness of those unhealed places of being—are all spiritual.