Getting Started with Meditation
The idea of being silent and trying to stop all thoughts was overwhelming for me and so many of those I speak with about meditation. My experience shows me the biggest impediment appears to be with my expectations. If I sit silently and listen, I am beginning my practice. Meditation 101: The Road to Achieving Inner Peace is a great read for the beginner or intermediate Meditator.
You are right on schedule. Trust the perfection of life on life’s terms. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
You are so much more than who you think you are. When I listen in meditation I have the opportunity to sense more of who I really am. I always say the most spiritual thing I can do, is to be who I am. Somehow, I think I become more complete with every meditation I experience.
Sometimes I simply want to be open to being open. If that is the best I can do, so be it. It is a great start. I fall into the feelings that I am comfortable with who I am. Does that mean I stop listening? I hope not. The part of me that I am most OK with is that part that is curious about everything. If I stop feeling curious about a subject, what does that mean? I ask that question because I don’t know the answer.
Meditation may not divulge the answers, but it always provides me with more comfort about the questions.
I don’t know you, the reader. I do believe that, in some way, you are magnificent. I only say that because I have discovered that part of me that can’t love or hate anything about you unless it reflects to me something I love or hate about myself. That means I see you as a reflection of me. The more comfortable I become with me, the more I want to interact with you. I want to feel that I am magnificent.
You have so much to discover. Start with a short meditation of 10 or 15 minutes. Just listen. You will learn what meditation is for you. It will get easier and much more fulfilling as time goes. Be open to the teachers in your life. I try to remember that it is not my job to understand all of the lessons, but simply be open to the fact that a lesson may be in process at all times.