Meditation: My First Introduction
I was first was introduced to meditation in my early twenty’s. It was a martial arts class that I took for many years. We were instructed to meditate for about a minute before the start of every class. It helped us clear our minds to be able to focus on what was to be learned. The only other time that I was required to meditate was for my black belt training. Myself and several other students were put in a room for the duration of the class and told to just close our eyes and breathe. What I can remember from this experience… not much. I do remember the room being very dark, and my legs being very sore from sitting cross-legged for about an hour.
Unfortunately, I never saw any value in meditating and never continued with it. I never fully understood the immense benefits of meditation. I never looked into how to meditate effectively or what to meditate about.
Today, some 15 years later if someone were to ask me about meditation I could talk at length about how much I love to do it and the experiences I’ve had from it.
I think it’s safe to say that there are many ways to meditate, what to meditate on or about, where to meditate, what to do while meditating and so on. What I would like to share with you is how I meditate and what I have gained or learned from it.
First thing that I would like to state is that I am sharing my experiences with you the reader. I am not telling you this is the way you should meditate. It’s the way I’ve been taught to meditate, and it works for me. If you are curious and you would like to try I’ve given some information near the end of my post which you may find helpful.
Meditation: My Second Introduction
In September of 2015 I went back to school. It is an on-line a pay it forward scholarship called MKMMA. One of the things that were required of the students to do in the course was to meditate or sit approximately 15 minutes every day. The book that we used to assist us in our meditation was The Master Key written by Charles Haanel. You can pick the book up at your local book store or download it for free on-line.
The fact that the facilitators chose this book is truly remarkable. The book is divided into 24 parts. Each part is approximately seven pages long with questions and answers at the end of each part to serve as a review. The content is amazing, and on about the last page of each section before the review is a paragraph or two that gives the reader instruction on what to meditate or sit and think about.
I like this book and the way you are instructed to meditate/sit because it’s progressive or compounding. Each part builds on the last part and it helps you understand the importance of meditating with a purpose.
A Minor Adjustment
It was very challenging for me at first. I found that aside from sleeping I had never really given my mind a moment to relax. My thoughts were everywhere. It was difficult to focus and to top it off I would meditate late at night before bed and my body would just scream for me to go to bed. This made concentrating on trying to visualize something in my mind virtually impossible. There were many nights where I went to bed frustrated and exhausted. It was only after I spoke with one of the guides from the course that I began to see much better progress. She had mentioned that she would sit and think in the morning. I decided to try this instead. It took a little bit of adjustment and a commitment to wake up earlier in the morning to do this, but it worked.
What I’ve Learned
It is incredible what the mind can do for you when you meditate.
Here are some of the things that have happened for me:
- I am a much calmer person.
- I have better control of the thoughts that pop into my mind.
- Answers to challenges that have come up in my life have often been answered during a sit.
- Better reasoning skills.
- A more positive outlook on life.
Thinking About it?
If after reading this you do decide to try meditation I would like to give you some tips that I have learned from my experiences that may help:
- Don’t get frustrated if at first you are not getting the results mentioned in the book. Trust the process, it will come.
- Do not treat the book and its contents like a novel; treat it more like a work out for your mind. The more closely you follow the instructions, the stronger your mind will get.
- don’t rush through the parts, make sure you give yourself adequate time to read and to do each exercise, and try to do it somewhere where you won’t get any interruptions, this is very important.
- And just remember to enjoy the process; it can seem like you’re getting nowhere sometimes, but if you stick with it, you will notice the benefits from what you are doing!
A Little Help
While you’re trying this you may want something to accelerate your progress, it continues to help me to this day, it’s called 7 Days to a New Life, it’s free and you can sign up for it on the right side of the page. And if you are really enjoying this and find that you want more you can sign up for early notification for the course I took, it’s at the top of the page under Master Key Blog. There are a few short videos there to explain a bit about the course to help you decide if it is something you want to do.
If you have any questions, please ask and I will do my best to get you answers. One of the valuable things I have learned from this course is to ask questions, you will eventually find the answer you are looking for.