How do you meditate? How do you leave the world behind and for a few precious moments, immerse yourself in something other than your immediate world?
It’s a common question with many answers, but putting those answers in to practice is one of the most difficult things to do.
Many of us are looking for an escape from our fast paced, demanding lifestyles. Lifestyles that we choose to follow. Our search for happiness in this world comes with conditions: an all expenses paid five star holiday; a glamorous outfit that outdoes the last one or a brand new fitted kitchen that includes the latest gadgets. To obtain this happiness one needs plenty of money and to obtain the money one needs to work hard to achieve the required bank balance. Many of us will look for an escape – a moment to relieve stress, helping us to continue with our lives and achieve some sort of spiritual balance. We need to meditate so that our intrepid journey gains a sense of purpose and allows us to continue on the common path that is life.
Forms of meditation
Meditation comes in many forms. From the many variations of yoga to the prescribed methods of religious prayer – there are many physical forms, but they all aim to achieve a sense of peace and an ability to find the inner self. Finding a form of meditation that suits your life style is essential – without slowing down and reflecting how can one assess them selves and their contribution to humanity as a whole? How can one make a connection with the unseen emotions that run through all of us and control our every behaviour?
Many faiths ask their followers to prostrate – to submit with humility to The One that has control over every aspect of the immediate and ephemeral world. As a Muslim, it is obligatory upon me to prostrate with sincerity several times a day through the act of the five daily prayers. Body and mind must attempt to move away form the immediate world and immerse in to a world of spirituality. Not an easy task when there are countless distractions that pull the heart away from this sanctuary of peace, but yet when achieved, there is a true sense of gratitude and a deep feeling of humbleness as one surrenders to the will of the Almighty.
“The Prophet ﷺ said: the closest that a servant is to his Lord is when he is in prostration.” (Muslim)
Where to begin
Time. Time is the key to meditation. One has to be prepared to sacrifice one’s time and the intention to meditate should be clear. One has to believe that taking the time out from the daily grind will achieve spiritual success. If there is no religious guidance in your life, then creating a pocket of time, however short this time might be, is the place to begin. To find a quiet space, without any distractions, and to sit in silence. There are many sources of guidance that provide step by step instructions on how to meditate, but without the right intention or the valuable time slot, those steps are impossible to take. When one has the gift of religion, the method of meditation is often prescribed, but again, it is time and intention that controls how effective that meditation will be. If you are seriously looking for some time out from the rigmarole of life, take the first steps towards meditation. It’s benefits will encourage you to continue and become stronger from the inside out.
If you have any suggestions or views about your own personal experience with meditation, please leave a comment.