There has been a lot of research done on the benefits of meditation or some form of contemplative practice, and all the research seems to indicate that there are untold benefits from it.
I meditate daily. It helps me relieve any accumulated stress, puts me in contact with my core self, and allows my energy practice to develop.
In my opinion meditation definitely helps you to assimilate the effects of any energy work. Often we feel great for a period of time following some energy work, but circumstances change, and then, before we know it, we are back to a more contracted state of being. However, meditation helps you maintain optimal health, as many researchers have shown.
There are many forms of meditation. Most use a mantra, a visualisation, music, becoming aware of your breath, or body scanning. Each approach moves the focus away from your thoughts, and allows another quieter voice, the voice of your core self, to emerge.
Sitting with your core essence
So one way of viewing meditation is to consider it as ‘sitting with your core essence’. Your core self is the source of all your wisdom, loves you totally unconditionally, and knows best what you really need. Your core self knows you better than anyone else, and can ‘advise’ you better than anyone else. So, it is important to give time to allow that relationship to develop. Only your core self knows what you will best offer to the world, not necessarily what you think you have to offer, or what your think your dreams are, but, in a way, what you were born to do.
The more time you spend with your core self, the better the relationship will be, and the more easily you will move through life. You will become guided with greater surety, and experience more joy as a result.
A daily practice of 10, or even 5, minutes meditation will help you maintain stability and balance. And it is definitely time worth spending on yourself even if you never have any energy work from anyone. If you can manage a longer period regularly, or even occasionally, then that is great, but it is better to start out with small steps but frequently and regularly.
Find a regular time to meditate. This is very important, as it allows you to start to feel comfortable with the practice and to come to expect the relief and peace that will develop during that time.
You may find it works well just before going to sleep. Or, a regular slot at a particular time of day when chores are out of the way and you will not be interrupted, may suit you. If you have small children, pick a time when they are at school or napping. If you are so dead dog tired at the end of the day that you just want to fall fast asleep, then find a time in the day when you are not so tired, possibly even getting up 15 minutes earlier to experience the quiet of the day. In the longer term regular meditation will improve your sleep patterns and increase your energy levels and alertness during the day.
It really does not make any difference what position you adopt, but it is best to sit comfortably or lie down on your back. Keep your eyes closed so there are no distractions from the material world. “Become” deep surrender and acceptance, or at least as close to that as you can be. Meditation is really about ‘being meditated’ by the universe, not about you doing anything at all, but about you becoming receptive.
You can find many aproaches to meditation online, and one well established approach in the West is mindfulness. You can adapt their approach to suit yourself, and can use it by yourself daily, or within an online or distance group meditation.
An approach that I favour is a body based immersion in our earth environment combined with a deliberate expansion of our awareness to our core self. This forms the basis of the personalised meditations that I offer.
I also host a collective distance meditation Deep Connection that I facilitate weekly at 8pm UK time every Tuesday.
If you find that you can meditate just before you go to sleep, then you allow yourself to be in a receptive state all through the night, allowing deeper sleep, greater restoration and also enabling greater insight into your direction to emerge. It is best, in the longer term, to avoid the use of music, images, mantras, or any other focusing or distraction aid. If you find it difficult to meditate, particularly if you are new to meditation, then using such approaches can help as a temporary aid. However, if it becomes the primary focus of your meditation, then you will have no room for your core self to emerge, and then is the time to drop the use of the music or images.
If you have any questions about meditation, then please contact me.
And remember that I hold weekly meditations, Deep Connection, on Tuesday evenings, which may help you to strengthen your meditation practice.
Guided introductions to a very simple meditation focusing on your breathing are here: