Do you feel it’s time for a remarkable change in your mental, emotional, and physical well-being? If so, it could be time to take a breather, look inside yourself, and gain self-awareness. Introspection 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, allowing you to revel in the magic that unfolds when you take time for yourself. Starting a spiritual meditation practice may seem too complicated or intimidating, but it’s pretty simple and worth it. In this article, I will outline five steps to get you started on your journey.
What Is Spiritual Meditation?
First, though, you may be wondering what spiritual meditation even is. Spiritual meditation is a life-changing practice, an experience that makes you look deep inside your being and takes you to the depths of who you are. It shows you who YOU are- your authentic self, stripped of all the thoughts you had about yourself until then.
You also experience peace and joy during the process, and you’ll notice your soul feeling lit up by love and light. With spiritual meditation practice, you can realize the sacred truth. It also helps you free yourself of things that have already happened and will happen to you in the future. Consulting a genuine psychic can help you align your energies to improve your meditation practice.
You can be fully in the present, and the present is where you want to be. The present is where you’ll find calm and comfort. People who’ve already discovered the rewards of spiritual meditation are usually drawn to it by a natural and intuitive desire to see and think beyond our hectic world. 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
- Releases and balances your thoughts and emotions
- 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 uncomfortable, you’ll give up quickly and never reap the rewards. It would be best if the location were as calm and quiet as possible. Avoid city and mechanical noises as much as possible and try to surround yourself with nature if you can.
If that isn’t an option, find a quiet spot and play relaxing sounds on a phone or computer. The sound of birds chirping or waves crashing are incredibly soothing to the mind. You want to be careful about getting TOO comfortable, as this is a good way to fall asleep. Choose a comfortable position, but not lying down or leaning against something where you can easily drift off to sleep.
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.
Let Go And Just Let It Happen
What do you do when you know you have a task to accomplish? If you’re like many people, you plan ahead, right? Perhaps you plan it out in your notebook or calendar, somewhere where you can see it., then gently close your eyes. You’re used to making a plan and carrying it out in a controlled manner. When it comes to meditation, you’ll want to do the complete opposite and have to just let go.
You need to be relaxed and just let the process happen on its own, naturally. You should allow the experience 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 course.
Hear Your Thoughts But Don’t Engage Them
Technology and information run the world we live in. Your phone and computer constantly give you the latest news through social media, breaking news, or live updates. Therefore, your mind is always “on” and buzzing with new information. This overload causes your brain to react to all these things constantly.
It’s safe to say that anytime you’re awake, your mind is lit up with all this information. For some, this continues even while trying to sleep. 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 affecting you more than you think.
Your time of meditation is no exception. You’re sitting there, quietly and comfortably, trying to think about absolutely nothing, but thoughts still flood your mind. Here is where your determination needs to come 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, but don’t react to them, and don’t let them take over your mind. Let the thoughts in, but fight back against them by not reacting to them. When you don’t give them attention, they have no choice but to float away, and you can continue your spiritual meditation. Be stronger than the thoughts that’ll try to take your attention away from yourself and onto them.
Repeat A Mantra Or Prayer
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 group of words doesn’t have to be a religious phrase but can be if you’d 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—inhale and exhale slowly and naturally. Notice your breath flowing in and out of your body. Thoughts will surely come into your mind, but as I mentioned earlier, see them for what they are and let them pass without focusing on them.
After every thought interruption, let it pass and return to observing your breath and body. Repeat your mantra or prayer every time you breathe 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.
Focus on your body, awareness, and 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. Make sure that you’re entirely calm and at ease. Slowly open your eyes and remain seated in the same position for as long as possible. Feel the effects that meditating has on your body and mind.
Reflect on the whole process when you have sat and meditated for as long as possible. Think about how much calmer and even-tempered you feel. Be proud of yourself for giving it your best shot; next time, strive for a more extended period of meditation. With practice, you’ll notice how much easier it is to quiet your mind and enjoy its silence. When you’re ready to get up, 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. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s incredible how long it is when you’re trying to relax and not think about anything! Aim for longer and longer periods as you get better at quieting your thoughts.
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 misaligned. Your third eye chakra is in the brain, between your eyebrows, and above your nose. It’s the doorway that leads you toward spiritual enlightenment and allows you to see beyond the mind and words. Contact one of the trustworthy, talented psychics below to find out why yours could be misaligned and to help you balance it.