I have been meditating, off and on for at least 30 years.
Truth is, I can’t remember exactly when I started, but I do remember why. It was the Beatles. Sometime in my childhood, I saw a picture of the Fab Four sitting in colourful clothes around Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I was fascinated. Was it the clothes? Was it the fragrant smells I could sense through the photo? The exotic Indian sounds? I don’t know. But I was caught.
Shortly after, I found a book called Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation by Jess Stearn. I devoured it. Every idea rang like truth through me. And so, I started to sit in silence, imagining I was meditating.
My meditation practise has changed through the years.
I have tried many types of meditation such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), Zen, Buddhist, Mindfulness, Kriya Yoga and Guided…Whew. I tend to jump around a lot.
For a couple of years, I was using the Headspace App and also regularly joined Oprah and Chopra on some of their wonderful mantra meditation series.
So why do I do it? Why do I love it? Why does it matter to me?
I know there are a lot of reasons to meditate. To live mindfully has been written about extensively as a way to stay present, enjoy your life, reduce anxiety – all things that matter to me. But actually, meditation for me is all about living a spiritual life.
As Joel Goldsmith, a Christian Mystic says, “To learn to be still and let Truth use us is the secret to spiritual living.”
And that is why all those years ago the Beatles picture called out to me. I want to live spiritually. I long to surrender to the Wisdom of the Universe and let it flow through me. I have wanted that since I was a child. And that crazy Beatles photo reminded me in my teens about this lifelong yearning.
I guess you could say it’s both yearning and learning. It’s so easy to grab onto life and try to make it all happen using my own mind power, will power, or personal power.
Yet, that is not what I really want.
I want to be an instrument of God Power.
That is what I mean by Mediation 2.0. It’s not about trying to use meditation to accomplish something in my life, rather, it is about letting meditation use me, to be a vehicle for Truth, an instrument, a channel for Divine Love.
After all; “all you need is love”
Talk to you later,
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