I came across this post by Peter Russell recently. He is someone who has spent a significant part of his life exploring consciousness. Like me, he started out using Transcendental Meditation techniques, and moved on, sampling other approaches until he found an effortless meditation technique.
I find this intriguing, as it parallels my own journey. Somehow, almost as a natural process I found myself discarding most meditation ‘techniques’ and just sitting/lying down to meditate. Now, I just allow meditation to happen.
A friend of mine used to refer to meditation as ‘being meditated’ and I find this a useful approach to meditation. We don’t need to do anything. What is best is to allow a natural settling of the mind to occur.
Many people say that this is very difficult for them, but I think there are several factors involved in this difficulty. Firstly, some people learned to meditate many years ago, when it was new to the western world. The techniques that were introduced came from eastern cultures steeped in centuries of dogma about the correct approach. We embraced that dogma without questioning it’s validity for us. Those of us who learned meditation 20 to 30 years ago may not have felt comfortable with the approach promoted at that time, and may never have been able to settle into meditation. So, they came to the conclusion that either meditation was over-hyped, or, for whatever reason, that meditation did not work for them.
I think a second reason that meditation has become simpler for us to embrace in the west, is that as more people have taken it up as a practice, and found the benefits, they have discovered that it does not need to be surrounded by such a structured discipline, an approach that does not sit well with our already overly structured lives. In fact, my experience with meditation is that probably the key factor to being able to settle, is the willingness to allow ourselves the time to do so.
The Deep Connection meditation audio sounds so simple, that many people think that it could not possibly be effective. But that is precisely what it is. I am constantly surprised by how often people have commented on how easy it has been for them to settle into meditation: both those with no meditation experience, and those have failed to settle into meditation in the past.
I invite you to allow yourself the time to experience such a settling, either by tuning in to my weekly meditation, Deep Connection, or by listening to the audio at a time of your choosing. Start with 5 or 10 minutes once a week, and build up from there, setting a regular time aside so that it becomes a natural habit which you will fall into, and miss if you stop it.
Also, see Peter Russell: Effortless meditation