Catholic meditation is not a regular prayer. While a prayer is commonly said out loud to bring your mind, soul, and spirit to God, the meditation uses the “inside voice”, your imagination, the thoughts inside your mind. This type of meditation is very different from other, more conventional techniques.
It may help to passively let go of the thoughts as they come. Don’t try and push them away, there should be no trying to control the thoughts but rather as thoughts arise, let them pass by. Do not hold on to any thought.
Posture is another key part of meditation. It is important to point out that you are fully awake during zen Baltimore. While some forms of meditation involve letting go of your physical perception, you always stay alert and awake. If you find yourself getting too comfortable and starting to drift off, then you need to adjust your posture. If you are using a chair, sit upright with your feet flat on the floor. If sitting on the floor, you can cross your legs if comfortable, as long as you can maintain an upright posture. You need to be able to relax in this position, so if you find yourself becoming tense, you need to adjust.
You can sit on a cushion, or mat (a mat works best for me), or you can sit in a chair. Either way you should sit up straight, with you hands on your knees or thighs, palms up. Visit my Blog to find some helpful images to help you decide which position suits you the best.
As I continued my conversation with my yoga instructor friend, I commented that when I was out with my camera, nothing invaded my mind like it does in everyday life. Even as I composed a shot, my mind was so still and quiet, so aware of what stood before my lens, and natural instincts took over where I knew the settings to make the best photo. Initially, this was sort of frightening, because just like meditation, my mind questioned whether I was doing it right. Then I realized that there was total awareness within the act. This also happened within my world of writing.
For day 5 you will need 20 minutes. This will again be done standing. You will focus on your deep breathing and moving energy around your body, while maintaining good posture. As you take each breath and feel it spreading through your body, notice how relaxing it is. Notice how much it eases and calms every part of your body. Relish in this relaxation. Once you are done, pat yourself on the back, this is the introductory part of the 30-day challenge complete. At any point, if you skip a day, make sure you come back to here. Good luck!
Meditation is NOT a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
These are just a few of the things that you need to consider to learn how to meditate effectively right from the start. Get yourself a good resource on meditation if you want to master this practice and benefit from its many advantages.