Knowing how to meditate allows us to rest our thinking to the point of having no thoughts for periods of time.
Some folks claim all types of weird and fantastical things one can experience by meditating.
Magical thinking is passe, yet many because of their heritage cling to it. It really is a great comfort to believe there will be an eternity of bliss for the faithful. When it doesn’t take place, he or she will never know it. It’s a win/win situation…specially for the hell-fire-and-brimstone preachers.
Meditation is good for undoing stress, and meditation is also a way to commune with one’s being (one’s body and steed). This communion happens during the silent periods of meditation. Meditation allows us to become more positive.
Imagine what a relief it would be for the language going on in our brains all of our waking moments to gradually become still, silent. Meditation gives the body and brain small vacations.
Getting to silence is not easy because we are hooked on language because it’s the best tool available.
So, we use words – listen to words – or produce thoughts constantly. This is why music and good stories are so restful because they can take us away from ourselves for a while.
the dimension of silence,
and it’s free and open to all humans.
We sit or lay down and get comfortable and begin to relax our body parts one at a time from the top of the head to the bottoms of our feet or the other way around.
Then to slow down our thinking, we put attention on our breath by noticing the air going in and its coming out again and again. There are tiny hairs at the openings of our nostrils which are affected by the flowing air of our breath which can be sensed if noticed and can capture our attention.
It’s normal for us to eventually begin to use words while meditating, and when we do, don’t worry about it because it’s natural for the mind to reestablish its normal activity, and we’ll eventually notice the thoughts, and without a sense of failing, we’ll go back to noticing our breath again or we’ll begin using a mantra again: Ommmmmmmmm…Ommmmmmmm again and again until we notice our thinking and will return to noticing our breath or a mantra again. 30 to 45 minutes daily will put us on firm path. We can break this amount of time into 10 or 15 periods or have a single period of meditation.
Daily meditation is best because its affect becomes greater and greater, yet any amount of meditation is good for us.