Meditation stumbled into my life in a very straightforward fashion. It was shortly after experiencing a profound shift in my awareness, which I believe happened because of my downfall with drug and alcohol addiction.
Shortly after that experience, I found myself meditating on daily basis and never looked back. In the early stages of my practice, I was pretty much the only person in my own immediate surroundings that knew about or practiced meditation. There was nobody to motivate me, or to inspire me, it all just came naturally.
I meditate for a number of reasons, some of which are personal, but generally it was the experience of feeling more connected to myself from the inside that kept me interested in pursuing meditation as something that could help me become a better human being.
I think it’s too easy to fall prey to these enormous lists of meditation benefits, many of which are certainly true, but it takes a lot of effort to get to that point of having an epiphany of how meditation has affected your life.
And that’s where motivation has to start coming in, I shared some insightful tips on how to start your meditation habit, but beyond that you still have to learn how to motivate yourself, even if results aren’t immediately recognizable.
In that sense, it always comes down to this — what was your original source of motivation to even look at meditation, who told you that meditation is good and how did you come about to want to learn more about it? Very easy, three simple questions, that will give you a better idea of what it is that is calling you forth.
I have a very deep belief and trust in the process of a person’s personal spiritual and earthly journey, and so when you come across the words “meditation” and “spirituality” more frequently than you do things such as “childhood” and “school” — it is time to start implementing some changes in your life, because as stated in the above quote image: nothing ever happens by chance.
On and Off from Meditation
Unless you have been born in a family of Buddhists, a philosophy in which meditation is highly cherished, you will come across cycles in which you don’t really want to practice meditation anymore, and that’s okay.
In my first year of a meditation practice, I remember meditating straight for six months, then taking a solid five month break, before getting back into it for another three or four months.
Those were definitely some really big gaps, but I think they were necessary, in a sense where it helped me to realize just how much potential meditation has, and how much it is helping me on daily basis to live a better life. When you take time off, at least in early stages where you are still learning about yourself and how your mind works, you are giving yourself a chance to understand how the inner world is starting to reflect back to you in the external world.
Cultivation of Inner-Peace
The most obvious benefit of meditation is the cultivation of inner-peace in a self-set setting, you can choose to meditate for hours at a time, or you can do modest twenty minutes every day and work your way up eventually. I feel people need to understand how important it is to know how meditation works, and to realize that it is literally a tool for experiencing life in a new perspective, contrast, light, whatever you want to call it.
I’ve written on meditation techniques before, out of which my favorite is probably going to have to be the mindfulness and breathing meditations, these are non-secular techniques, whereas if you’d get involved with a tradition such as Buddhism, you’d come to learn that there are quite a hefty amount of stages to meditation as well, nothing a beginner should concern himself with.
Every time I sit down to meditate, I instantly notice the change in my perception, in my overall happiness levels, how my stress fades away, how much more content and prepared for life I become. You cannot miss these things, especially if you’re in a position where you could use some of those benefits for your own well-being.
The Psychic Phenomena
I’d like to touch on this briefly, because I believe many people misunderstand some of these aspects of meditation, and spirituality in general. I like to think that I live a fairly psychic, magic-oriented, deeply transcendent life, and the people whom I encounter in my life seem to reflect those traits, but that is beyond the point. I still think that a lot of the information that you can find on the web — does not separate meditation as an individual thing, and what it entails.
I will say that meditation techniques can help to alter your perception of reality quite drastically, and can in fact do things beyond your wildest imaginations, such as activating your 3rd eye chakra — otherwise known as the Eye of Horus. It doesn’t happen overnight, and even when the initial activation happens, it still takes a long time for it to really settle and awaken the way it is meant to.
Meditation without Judgement
Learn to accept meditation for what it is, a vessel for experiencing life on a deeper level. You’ll come across many techniques and methods, you’ll encounter endless courses and promises that say that life is easy, life is positive, it’s easy to manifest, etc,. etc,.
True meditation practice is going to teach you that it is never that easy, if only it was!
Though saying that, it’s not my intention to scare you away. When we embrace meditation as part of life, we start to go deeper into our personal experience of life, and oftentimes the limitations we had imposed on ourselves begin to crawl back to the surface of your present moment experience. That’s when the challenges start to happen, as you are presented with making choices based on how you feel in your heart, and it’s not always easy to give up on something that you had built a strong attachment to.
I found that meditation was immensely helpful in understanding how my judgements affect my life experience, and how other people’s judgements left an impact on my own sense of wellness.
The biggest motivation to this day remains the hope for a better future, the ability to live a joyful life not because of all the great material things in my life, but because of the love I have for myself, and the kindness that I am able to give forwards without expecting anything back.