Being within a Meditative state, is like being in a state of deep passionate attention. An example; a skilled Gardener tending to their flowers, the painter freely painting, the salesmen intuitively selling, an athlete fully in the moment playing at peek potential, and very powerfully - two bodies connecting in a passionate moment of love making.
The underlying commonality within all of these is a mind-body state of "FLOW" - feeling, intuition, creativity, inspiration and motivation that blossoms out of being fully in the moment in whatever it is that you are doing.
Ok so how is this linked to meditation? Meditation is the practice of tuning into the subtleties of your self through Body, Breath and Mind Awareness. With the study of Neuroplasticity (which I covered in my previous articles), we now know that we can re-wire our brains in a way to be better suited to enter whatever mind state we wish to be in (positive or negative) - Meditation is the practice of entering the "FLOW" of life. It can be anywhere, and it can be always.
Imagine that… being motivated, inspired, creative and intuitive in everything that you do. This is possible, and its direct path is through meditation.
What Meditation Isn't
Because of misconceptions and misguided teachers there are a few points that really need to hit home before anyone gets started in their path to Meditation:
Meditation is not Religious
As with most great inventions and fields of study (such as Science and Biology) they were all seeds planted during a time when our ancestors used metaphor linked to the unknown and esoteric, to explain what we didn't know. As our understanding of numbers and physics increased so did the knowledge in each field of study, and our inventions began taking working form. Meditation is one of these inventions – the practice had religious roots because we didn’t know what’s really going on in our mind. But we now know that the exploration of the mind and the practice of meditation puts us on a path of physical and psychological healing, and is currently being massively put to action by the top scientists and institutions around the world.
There is no One technique to Meditation
This is an unfortunate pitfall that some eager Meditators fall into – a rigid association to a single meditation. The "I need to sit a certain way, I need to not think, I can't move" mentality can steadily wither away the ambition and desire to continue your practice. While it is great if that form of meditation appeals to your character and personality type, the actuality of hitting the nail on the head of one type of meditation appealing perfectly for you is very low.
Unknown to many there are about 130 different approaches to this “Mental Fitness” just like the many types of exercises in body fitness, each of which has a certain tweak to it making it suitable for You. If you're an active body-mind type of person then choose a meditation that targets that, if your body is tense and your mind relaxed then choose one that targets that, etc. The key is to try a few different types of meditation and find out which one puts you most easily into a deep meditative state.
The Big Question: How to Meditate?
Now that you know what the Meditative state is and what Meditation isn't the best approach to explain How to Meditate is with simplicity - Meditation is your own experience, unique solely to you, your life's history, your state of mind (tension, relaxation), and where you are at with your emotions and feelings right here, right now in this very moment. It is a balancing from always “doing” to finding time to just “be”.
The 10 Easy Steps to a Meditative State (20+ minutes):