I quote here from the book ….Silence and Stillness In every Season. Daily readings with John Main. He is a Benedictine Monk who writes on meditation, drawing on the ancient biblical wisdom, the Ancient Christian Desert Fathers and the Hindu Upanishads.
John Main says
“We are called to tread this inner pilgrimage. Rooting our life in the spiritual reality is part of the plan of salvation-the meaning of the universe………Our task is simply to get on to the wavelength of this achievement……
Putting ourselves into harmony with Him is the work of the mantra. The mantra is a tuning device, a harmonic to help us resonate with Jesus. By its means we are enabled, ….to let ourselves be built as living stones into a spiritual temple. By our commitment to meditation daily we take this option. …….Reality does not exist outside of us, or even inside of us. It is in the heart where all dualities are resolved and there is simply God, perfect wholeness. ” (page 309)
“In meditating we learn to be more and more sensitive to God’s presence which we now apprehend not as something external to us, but as something interior, something which grounds us by the roots. We go on to live in His presence with absolute confidence and with a growing sense of certainty that He is the rock, the foundation, on which we are securely founded. God is the ground of our being in which we are eternally rooted.”
Whatever you faith or belief system you can practice meditation and it can change your life. Sometimes the changes are imperceptible but other times very obvious. Calmness, less reactivity, ability to let go, feeling more centred, less judgmental are just some of the outcomes…..but most of us don’t do it to achieve anything, we do it to be with the Divinity of our understanding and in that presence we are healed.
Meditation is a discipline, a practice in letting go and letting God. It is a time when we let go of our ego requirements such as greed, power, possessions, control etc which have been where we have falsely placed our identity and moves us into our true reality.
So to meditate, just sit, with good posture, quietly in a chair. Close your eyes. You don’t have to but you can do a check through your body to see if there are any places of tension..and if so do a brief stretch to release. Begin to become aware of your breath, in and out, gently. A few slow deep breaths in and out, can also really help to commence a relaxed feeling. Now just gently introduce your mantra. The mantra is usually a four syllabic word or expression eg “Maranatha” “Peace be present” or some use repetitions like “Jesus my Lord” or “Ohm” Choose what you are comfortable with and begin repeatedly saying this word/phrase and when you realize that you are no longer saying it but thinking about something just gently return to saying it. One must not judge whether you succeed because you won’t, you will always find yourself returning to a monkey mind state(thinking about yesterday or tomorrow). It’s not about performance success, it’s about the commitment/discipline of the practice of forgoing egocentric thought patterns for a presence to and with your God. Each time you notice you have stopped the mantra just return to it and as the thoughts come and they will, just don’t emotionally attach to them, keep saying your mantra and watch the thoughts float by as if they were a leaf on a river, just passing and you not reaching out for it. Happy meditating and would love to hear from any of you about your experience of meditation. Live well, Leanne