How I Meditate

In order to navigate these hugely challenging times it is essential to remain centred and grounded. Guided meditations can be useful for achieving specific outcomes but having a daily practice of sitting and being will ultimately strengthen your ability to take control of your mind.

Mind control is something the Cabal have used against us through newspapers, television, film, radio etc. They have programmed our minds to think in a way that suits them and their agenda. In order to become sovereign and exit from the matrix we need to take control of our own minds.

We can aim to be like a tree with long roots that go deep into the earth, creating stability and being a source of nourishment so that when the winds and storms come we will be held straight and true in our own truth and power.

My Teacher

After I disengaged from my corporate life almost 20 years ago I followed my heart and went to art school as a mature student. Suddenly I met people of all ages and from all walks of life opening my mind to the possibilities beyond work and money. A friend introduced me to Buddhism and I read around the subject with great interest.

I found the work of Jack Kornfield, whom I later discovered my Buddhist friend knew, and followed the directions of how to meditate on his CD. I have followed his method with great results.

He has a website now: https://jackkornfield.com/meditations/

Here is a link to the audio recording: https://www.soundstrue.com/products/meditation-for-beginners#a_aid=5dcd8762906ed&a_bid=9d28d424

Tips

Sit in a comfortable position with a straight back and neck. Use a cushion for your lower back if you need extra support but don’t slouch. Choose the way of sitting that is best for you whilst remembering that we need to maintain a position of dignity and active control.

The aim isn’t to fall asleep or pass into a daydream but to sit in awareness of our bodies and our surroundings.

Block out a regular time in your calendar and set a reminder. Remember that on days when you are ‘too busy’ you need to do extra meditation. When I started meditating fifteen years ago I didn’t practice daily because I always found I had other things to do. This really held me back until I developed the discipline of sitting down everyday.

Results

After I developed a regular habit of meditation I started getting results that assisted me in dealing with my life. For example I stopped being pulled into a downward spiral of negative thought patterns because I was in control of my mind. My ego had lost the ability to drag me down into despair and inertia.

I also developed acceptance. Acceptance about health issues and work problems enabled me to get out of knee-jerk stress responses and to be open to ways I could make changes. It was empowering not to be taken down by adverse events. Then my perception about challenges changed: they became learning experiences to give me wisdom.

In situations where I might have once been triggered into an automatic emotional reaction I was able to maintain my grounding and keep my centre. I could then respond or disengage whilst maintaining my power and dignity.

Step-By-Step

This is a step-by-step summary of my own meditation practice which is based on the teachings of Jack Kornfield. There are other methods available and you can use your own discernment as to what feels right for you. I’m not saying that my way is the only way, I’m simply offering you some basics so that you can feel confident starting your own practice without getting overwhelmed by all of the different methods.

Sit upright in a comfortable position.

Close your eyes.

Breathe normally, focussing on the breath. Feel and hear it coming in and out.

Your mind will start to wander, this will never change. The aim is not an empty mind but a mind that can be controlled.

Over time, what does change is your ability to stop the wandering earlier in the process. This is meditation.

When a thought comes into your mind label it: eg anger, worry, planning, then visualise it as a cloud floating away.

Let the thought go. Do not judge the thought and do not allow it to frustrate you; simply accept that it came and let it go.

Focus back on the breath.

Another thought will come, the more tired you are the greater the temptation to go off with that thought.

Bring it back to the breath.

Meditation is the development of mind discipline. The stronger our ability to control our mind, the greater peace we will experience in daily life.

Another thought comes, but this time you feel it is important.

Have a notepad next to you to write down important thoughts – we are opening up a channel to greater wisdom so at times we will bring down something useful. By writing it down we can let go of it but the action of writing might disrupt our flow – do what feels right for you.

Focus back on the breath.

A car horn blasts on the road outside and shocks you. Breathe and forgive the person for acting in ego.

Focus back on the breath.

Breathe in and out. In and out. Feel the rhythm.

You feel a twinge in your neck as the muscles relax. How does it feel?

Focus on the feeling without judgement. Allow it to be. Accept the pain. Focus on the pain. Let it go.

Focus back on the breath.

Keep going until you feel ‘the drop’.

Expectations

The only expectation we should bring to the practice is that our minds will wander. We should not be coming with expectations of enlightenment or being better than others. This is our ego coming in. Let go of outcomes, accept that thoughts will come, and remember that the process is simply about letting them go.

You can set a timer for your mediation. However, you really need to keep going until you feel ‘the drop’. This is when the mind relaxes and you enter a meditative state. When I started a daily meditative practice nine years ago I allowed myself an hour to achieve this. As I have progressed sometimes I only need twenty minutes. It depends how busy I am and how stressful my life situation is. The more stress I have the more time I need to mediate.

Sometimes, if I haven’t slept well or I’ve had a busy morning, I get so tired by lunchtime that my head drops forward during the meditation. I will then submit to my need to sleep and go for a nap.

Ultimately this is about tuning into your body and how it feels without judgement. Simply accept and submit, trusting that this is what you need to maintain your health.

Namaste

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