we can stop our compulsive thoughts or at least slow them down. In Living A Life of Inner Peace, Eckhart Tolle talks about our thoughts being like a noise that we cant switch off. When we meditate and quiet our minds, we have freedom from the continuous mind chatter and become aware of our true identity. It is like a portal or gateway to our natural state. We connect to the essence of our being which is pure unconditional love where fear cannot exist. He explains that our attention which is usually trapped in thinking, focuses on the energy field inside our bodies which is an intelligence far greater than our mind and we feel an increased aliveness. We bring that into our lives afterwards as a state of presence.
THE DIVINE WITHIN
Meditation allows us to connect to our divine creative spirit. We usually think of ourselves as mostly physical beings and when we die, we will be spiritual beings. But I think that the bigger part of us is spirit even now. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience here on earth.
Our spirit is a part of and connected to God or the Universal Intelligence. It has access to all of the peace and joy and abundance that we could ever want. Most of us don’t know this though so we go around looking for it in material things, careers, achievements, relationships, alchohol, shopping, food or some combination of those. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those things, but the happiness that we get through them is temporary and it eventually leaves us with an empty and disappointed feeling.
Ekhart Tolle in The Power of the Now gives a great analogy. He likens us to a begger who goes to town every day carrying a box to sit on to beg for a few pennies. One day when he is very old, a stranger asks him what is in the box and he answers “nothing”. The stranger asks him if he’s ever looked inside and he answers “No, but I know it is empty.” The stranger convinces him to open the box. He looks inside and there is a fortune in treasure that he has been carrying around for his whole life.
BELIEF IS DECEPTION
Our belief is what misleads us. We think that God and goodness are outside us and we are separate from it when really it is inside of every one of us. We may also believe that we are unworthy of all of the abundance and joy when really we are a part of God and he is a part of us and because of that, we are worthy and perfect. The power is inside of us always and we don‘t have to earn it. We think that we have to find peace and joy outside of ourselves, when really the greatest peace, “the peace that passes all understanding”, that can stay with us through anything is right inside us. We just have to know how to tap into it.
Maharish Mahesh, the Yogi that founded transcendental meditation, likened meditation to the process that people in many villages of India did to dye a piece of cloth. They would take a piece of white cloth and dip it into the purple dye and hang it to dry. Then dip it again and hang it to dry. They would repeat this process until the cloth was the desired deep color.
With meditation, every time you go to that quiet deep place within, you bring a little of that peace with you into the real world. Each meditation experience allows you to bring more and more peace with you until you get to a place where you can live mostly from that peaceful place rather than the frantic pace of our material world.
I am amazed at the peace that I have had recently through some difficult circumstances that would have completely overwhelmed me in the past. My wish is for everyone to experience this same power.
THE BEST TIMES TO MEDITATE
The best times to meditate are in the morning and at night and whenever else you feel stressed. Many people say that they don’t have time to meditate. They are too busy and cant afford the time. Really, you cant afford NOT to. I’ve read that every 15 minutes of meditation is equivalent to about an hour of sleep because of the restful state that the body is in. So, setting your alarm a few minutes earlier is definitely worth it.
On days that I meditate in the morning, the day just goes smoother. Not only am I calmer and happier, but I get more done in a day. The day just flows smoother. Its like the Universe or God conspires and aligns the circumstances and events so that things work out better for me.
The way that the law of attraction would explain this would be that when we feel good, our vibration or energy is in a more receptive state and we attract and allow more good into our experience. And, when we do hit a difficult situation we are able to go with the flow and sail through it more peacefully.