What Is Spiritual Meditation And What Can It Do For You?
Do you feel like it’s time for a remarkable change in your mental, emotional, and physical well-being? If so, it could be time you take a breather, look inside yourself, and gain some self-awareness.
This isn’t always easy because unplugging from the constant and hectic energy of the world and listening to what your body is trying to tell you takes a lot of extra effort.
Spiritual meditation is a great way to put in that extra effort. It allows you to revel in the magic that begins to unfold when you take time on yourself. Starting a spiritual meditation practice may seem too hard or intimidating but it’s actually very simple, and very worth it.
In this article, I will outline 5 steps to get you started on your journey.
First though, you may be wondering what spiritual meditation even is. Spiritual meditation is a life-changing practice. It’s an experience that makes you look deep inside your being and takes you to the depths of who you are as a person.
It shows you who YOU are. Your real self, stripped of all the thoughts you had about yourself up until then. You experience peace and joy during the process as well. You will notice your soul feel lit up by a feeling of love and light.
With a spiritual meditation practice, you’re able to realize the sacred truth. It also helps you free yourself of things that have already happened and even things that will happen to you in the future. Consulting a real psychic can help you align your energies to make your meditation practice more effective.
You’re able to be fully in the present and the present is where you want to be. The present is where you will find calm and comfort.
People who have already discovered the rewards of spiritual meditation are usually drawn to it by a natural and intuitive desire to see and think beyond the hectic world we live in.
Here are some of the most common benefits of spiritual meditation:
- It helps you move on from the past and replace resentments with peace
- It enables you as a person and helps you reach your higher consciousness
- It releases and balances your thoughts and emotions
- It physically relaxes your nervous system and allows your body to de-stress.
So how is it done?
Find A Position That’s Comfortable
The very step before beginning is also one of the most important. You need to find a comfortable location and position. If you’re uncomfortable then you’re going to give up quickly and never reap the rewards.
You also need to make sure that the location is as calm and quiet as can be. Avoid city and mechanical noises as much as possible and try to surround yourself in nature if you can. If that isn’t an option then find a quiet spot and play relaxing sounds on a phone or computer.
The sound of birds chirping or waves crashing are especially soothing to the mind. You want to be careful about getting TOO comfortable though, as this is a good way to fall asleep. Choose a position that is comfortable, but not laying down or leaning against something where you can easily drift off to sleep in.
If you’re familiar with yoga, the Vairasana, Sukhasana and Padmasana yoga positions are a great choice. If those seem too complicated, you can sit on a chair that forces your back to be straight. You can even stand up and lean your back against a wall.
Find the position that works for you, then gently close your eyes.
What do you do when you know you have a task to accomplish? If you’re like a lot of people, you plan ahead, right? Perhaps you plan it out in your notebook or calendar, somewhere where you can see it.
You’re used to making a plan and carrying it out in a controlled manner. Well, when it comes to meditation, you’ll actually want to do the complete opposite. With meditation, you’ll actually have to just let go.
You need to be relaxed and just let the process happen on its own, in a natural manner. You need to allow the experience to take place without trying to force it one way or another
Don’t get too caught up in making sure it happens “correctly” or get yourself worked up about what the result should be. Just allow yourself to let go and be in the background while it takes its own course.
Hear Your Thoughts But Don’t Engage Them
The world we live in is run by technology and information. Your phone and computer are constantly giving you the latest news, either through social media, breaking news, or live updates.
Because of this, your mind is always “on” and buzzing with new information. Your brain is constantly reacting to all these things.
Your brain trying to process the constant stream of thoughts can keep you from being able to fall asleep peacefully and quickly.
Whether on purpose or subconsciously, you’re constantly reacting to all these thoughts and they affect you more than you think. Your time of meditation is no exception.
You are sitting there, quietly and comfortably, trying to think about absolutely nothing but your thoughts still flood your mind. This is where your determination comes in.
The point of meditation isn’t to get to where you no longer have thoughts while meditating, the point is to learn how to deal with those thoughts. You can let the ideas bombard you as they do, but don’t react to them and don’t let them take over you.
Let the thoughts in as usual, but fight back against them by not reacting to them. When you don’t give them attention, then they have no choice but to float away and you can continue your spiritual meditation.
Be stronger than the thoughts that will try to take your attention away from yourself and onto them.
Avoiding and ignoring your thoughts isn’t easy. That’s why it’s helpful to choose a mantra or prayer to say in your head while you’re meditating. This doesn’t have to be a religious phrase, but it can be if you would like.
Wikipedia describes a mantra as “ A sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.”
Your mantra or prayer can be a phrase that means something positive and uplifting to you, your favorite affirmation, or even just a word that makes you feel good.
After you’ve chosen a mantra, unclench your body and try to relax. Breath in and breath out slowly and naturally. Notice your breath flowing in and out of your body.
Thoughts are sure to come into your mind but as I mentioned earlier, see them for what they are and let them pass, don’t focus on them. After every thought interruption, just let it pass and get right back to observing your breath and into your body.
Repeat your mantra or prayer every time you breath out. The mantra will help you refocus your attention away from your thoughts and onto your breathing. You may also find it beneficial to hold certain healing crystals while meditating to help ground you.
Zero in on your body, your awareness, and your presence in that space and time. Become aware of your surroundings. Notice how your body is feeling. Pay attention to your breath and your thoughts.
When you have sat and meditated for as long as you can, reflect on the whole process. Think about how much calmer and even-tempered you feel.
Be proud of yourself for having given it your best shot and next time, strive for a longer period of meditation. With practice, you’ll notice how much easier it is to quiet your mind and enjoy the silence it is.
When you’re ready to get up, make sure you stand up very gently. Give your body a little stretch and continue with the rest of your day.
Aim for a spiritual meditation session of about 5 minutes daily when you’re first starting out. It may not sound like a lot but it’s amazing how long it is when you’re trying to relax and not think about anything! As you get better at quieting your thoughts, aim for longer and longer periods of time.
If you’re struggling with quieting your thoughts, it could be that your 6th chakra, also known as the third eye chakra, is being blocked or is misaligned.
Your third eye chakra is located in the brain, between your eyebrows, right above your nose. It’s the doorway that leads you towards spiritual enlightenment and allows you to see beyond the mind and beyond words. Contact a trustworthy, talented psychic to find out the reason yours could be misaligned and to help you balance it back.