Written by CharMelodi
I’ve noticed that meditation is one of the most avoided activities among self knowledge seekers. Mental mediation is like the big elephant in the room, everyone sees it but no one wants to address it. The effort necessary to subdue the mind is usually misappropriated and used on things much less fruitful … like more thinking. Thinking is cool and all but there are some things we have to keep ‘in mind’ whilst dwelling in our minds.
Firstly, all thoughts are not your own. Think of thoughts as clouds, much like the iCloud on apple products. Thoughts are shared among individuals who are on the same frequency. If thought forms are the radio stations, then your body would be the antenna. As you fine tune your body, you begin to tap into different radio stations and you share thoughts with other people occupying that specific bandwidth. There is a hierarchy of thought, just as with anything else. Some thought frequencies are very harmful to your experience, others tend to be much more beneficial. Meditation is how you are able to change radio stations/frequencies seamlessly, and give the mind a break from being your master.
The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.
Simply put, if your mind is in control; be prepared for a redundant ride. The mind is like a child, it clings to whatever it can so that it can ensure its own feigned sense of stability and security. It’s very easy to get caught up in less than savory cycles of living, simply by allowing the mind to run you ragged. This is referred to as the ‘monkey mind,’ meaning the mind that is unsettled, confused, indecisive and essentially uncontrollable. Just about everyone is suffering from the monkey mind because somewhere along the way we decided that we ARE the mind and this was a grave mistake. The mind is the mediator, not the originator. It is a conduit of sorts, a transmitting utility between spirit and body. It was never meant to be in control, but to be in partnership with the spirit and the body.
I like to use a glove and hand analogy that I’ve critiqued a bit myself to help my own understandings. We could say that the hand is the spirit and the glove is the mind and body. The hand/spirit is the source, it has the knowing, it sees what the glove/mind can’t see. When the hand is in control, it is able to maneuver itself with ease and accomplish its tasks efficiently. When the glove is in control, the hand is compromised because the glove doesn’t know where to go. It can’t see what the hand can see and is inanimate without the hand. If the inside of the glove is the mind and the outside of the glove is the body, the inside of the glove would dictate how far the hand could get inside of the glove. Or, how much of your spirit can integrate into your body.
The mind is the mediator and should be treated as such. When thoughts begin to pile like salt, its time to clean house. That’s when good ole meditation comes in handy. As my esteemed co-host Ali Shakur once stated, there are two different types of meditation; one is active and the other passive. Active meditation comes quite naturally to the monkey mind because it involves thinking on something intensely. Selecting a topic and thinking about it continuously is the most common form of meditation. I’d guess the most selected topic would be money, but I’m just speculating. The things that we think of most, always tend to manifest themselves in our realities and we usually don’t realize that the manifestations are a direct result of active meditation because we don’t really innerstand the mind and its utility purpose. When you think on something, day in and day out; it manifests. The universe is mental, we are in God’s mind, creating at will. Your creations/manifestations are a direct result of your mental state.
The other form of meditation is passive. This is the form that most people skip out on because it requires silencing the monkey mind and refraining from habitual thinking in order to clear out the mental space to be able to perceive the TRUE nature of reality. Simply put, its NOT thinking. Remaining present in the moment and occupying the now space. Feeling the energies around you instead of using the mind to attempt to quantify them. Letting thoughts pass through your mind without clinging to them. Being still. Awareness.
“Meditation is mind without agitation,” -Narasimhan
Its necessary to approach meditation with an open mind, free of judgements and expectations. Most people feel they ‘aren’t doing it right’ and give up on meditation before they can ever really get into the practice. It’s necessary to keep a loving and compassionate attitude with yourself when it comes to meditating. There is no wrong way to meditate and the more you practice being presence, the more naturally it becomes. People always ask me how to meditate correctly and while I don’t believe there’s a specific routine because everyone is different; I can definitely share some quick pointers that have helped me on my journey. We’re in this together bro, we got this.
Breathe. The easiest way to enter into a meditative state is to focus on the breath. Feel the air go into your nose. Feel your belly expand. Feel your posture begin to correct itself as you become more present and occupy more space in your body. It’s the little things.
As soon as you wake up, meditate. Lay there with your eyes closed and just enjoy the sensations of your spirit returning to your body for another awesome day of love, compassion and productivity.
Don’t get caught up in the “how”. Give yourself room to experiment. You are the architect of your reality. If you want to lie down and meditate, by all means. If you find yourself falling into a passive meditation while washing dishes, then enjoy it thoroughly. There is no right or wrong way to be yourself, so be that.
Anything can become a meditation. Driving happens to be my favorite, I lose track of time when I’m behind the wheel. I don’t think about what’s for lunch or when the next Sevan Bomar podcast is coming out; I usually don’t think at all while driving. I like to feel the steering wheel in my hands and the petal’s resistance against my foot. I like to feel the car shift gears, it makes me feel like we’re working together. I like watching other cars and taking in the scenery; whether its the local highway encrusted with hundred year old trees or the interstate littered with billboards. Driving was my first true meditation & it helped me begin to observe and absorb my surroundings instead of judging them.
Feel and observe your way through, instead of thinking your way through. Judgments box you in and create arbitrary limits; where as observations allow you to see things for what they truly are. Feel the different energies around you and absorb them. Take notice of things you usually don’t focus on such as the sounds that can be heard around you or the different colors around you.
When your mind wanders, just come back. When you begin meditating, your mind will definitely take you on one of its usual trips and the thoughts will begin to pile. It’s to be expected so don’t get frustrated with yourself or give up. When you notice that your mind has taken you on a trip, simply restore your focus back to the now moment & engage in meditation once more. Be patience with yourself and don’t panic if you end up thinking a few thoughts here and there. Happens to the best of us.
Be still. Find time during your day to do nothing. Even if just for 5 minutes, give yourself a break. Doing absolutely nothing is an action in itself so give yourself a moment to reset every day. It helps you to be present for life instead of allowing life to rush past you.
The benefits to mental mediation are astounding, considering how simple meditation is. The key to enjoying a purpose filled life isn’t amassing ridiculous amounts of material wealth or some over complicated algorithm, it’s really just about being present, aware and fluid. The first major benefit of controlling the mind is that you understand your mind better. You begin to realize how it works and why you have the type of thoughts that you do. It takes the mind off of autopilot and cultivates a greater sense of awareness so that instead of being taken on wild mental rides and being reactive to external stimuli; you are instead proactive and you create your reality according to your desire, purpose and skill set. Your mind becomes sharper. Your happiness and creativity increases drastically. You become more relaxed.
But wait, there’s more! There are physical benefits of meditation as well. The physiology of your body begins to change and every cell in the body is filled with more energy. Not only does this increase your body’s durability and performance; it also lowers the risk of contracting any dis-eases and improves the immune system. It lowers tension and anxiety, so that the body can relax and operate at optimum levels. Meditation also boosts serotonin production which improves the mood and overall behavior.
In closing, meditation is how you level up. It’s levels to everything and certain thought circuits will keep you stagnate with little opportunity for expansion. Mental hygiene is of utmost importance so take some time out of your day to practice active and passive meditations in order to sharpen your mind and subsequently your manifestations.