Here I describe a simple, universal meditation practice — one that can carry us along our inner journey, as many Masters proclaim, from the very first steps all the way to realization of Source within us.
Meditation is some variation of the universal, eternal process for attaining wisdom we each have access to within us. One way to articulate it is below:
Rest our attention on our breath,
experiencing the shifting sensations within,
see through each and every impulse that tugs at us,
till all is consumed.Eternal Truth
Profound perhaps…but that’s it. Meditation is very simple. The core of meditation need not be anything more involved.
That said, mastering meditation is a lifetime (or lifetimes) process.
Here are some common questions we have about meditation. Let’s start with the big picture…
What is our Life Purpose?
Our reason for existence can be summed up in two statements, known often as the Golden Rule:
- Tune into Source within us.
- Experience each other as ourselves. This includes our neighbors and enemies alike.
The fulfillment of these is the highest attainment we can achieve as a human being.
What is meditation?
Meditation is the process of tuning into Source within us. Other names for Source are Inner Truth, Ground of Being, Light Within, Dhamma, God, Spirit or Authentic Self.
Why on breath?
Breath has been the cornerstone of spiritual practice among cultures throughout history. It is associated with life source, also known as prana.
The reason our breath serves a perfect focus for meditation is that it applies regardless of whatever our beliefs are, and is always with us, accessible in any context or activity. Also, since it is constantly arising and passing, our breath by nature prevents us from getting fixated.
What happens when I meditate?
With our attention on our breath, we are able to see through false perceptions and cloudy notions in our mind. Our mind gets more and more clear and steadfast. A higher intelligence gradually descends onto us.
As we start to tune into the Source within, we start to realize that others, including our neighbors and enemies, and the world around us, are not outside of us but actually facets of us.
Does meditation help us relax and concentrate?
Meditation can likely help us relax, concentrate, and be more effective at living our life in many ways. However, it’s crucial we understand that none of this is the true or final purpose of meditation. The purpose of meditation is squarely to connect with the Source within (i.e. our True Self) and realize others as us.
Meditation will take us through a journey can be alternatively easy and difficult, painful and pleasant, integrative and traumatic. While the trajectory is decidedly towards attaining everlasting peace and perfect clarity of who we really are, one should not enter into meditation expecting this will happen within a certain timeframe.
Depending on our stock of stuff to see through, we might take, and be ready to dedicate, our entire life.
What aids meditation?
In addition to breath, we might fix our lips on a saying, our mind on a vision, our sensitivity on our sensations, or our contemplation on noble qualities. Healing sounds, a natural environment, supportive people, reading of scripture, and a positive attitude also helps. A journal can greatly aid our process as well.
That said, each one of us will resonate with a different flavor of practice. There is no one-size-fits-all.
What’s the finish line?
The end goal is having no break in our meditation throughout all facets, contexts, fears and desires within us. Every fiber of our being will have been transformed.
The complete alignment of our perspective with Source is what we call Enlightenment. Other terms we use for this are Moksha, Nirvana, Salvation, Kensho, or Communion with God.
While it’s rare (if even possible) for any of us to fully or permanently achieve this realization within our lifetime, I feel it is unarguably the most worthy of life pursuits. Each momentary victory along the journey can bring us immense fulfillment as well.
How much commitment does it take?
Make no mistake that meditation needs to be the overriding priority in our life. It doesn’t serve its purpose as a half-committed ideal.
We can set a few times a day for formal meditation. This could be 20 minutes to an hour for each session, perhaps two to five sessions per day.
In actuality however, meditation is not just a formal activity but a 24/7, moment-to-moment process, with not a single experience left off-the-table.
That said, meditation is also forgiving. Our mind is constantly getting either stuck and scattered, but we can always get clear again, no matter how many times we lose our focus, or how hard we fall. No matter who we are or where we’ve been, we have yet another chance to connect more deeply within — so long as we remain committed.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss meditation, or if you’d like to avail my services in helping you chart out your life perspective.