Wanting to learn Meditation

If there is one thing I would love to learn aside from drawing and dancing. It would be the art of meditating. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to learn this tough activity (not sure if you would call it that way), but ever since, even when I was a teenager, I would always lock myself in my room, then put some meditation music and would sit with my palms outward and would chant “Ohm”. I’m really not sure if that is the right position but I read somewhere in a magazine that you can meditate while standing, lying on your back, while walking and any kind of positions you can think of. So as I was saying, I’ve been very frustrated to learn meditation. I bought books, magazines, candles, incense, a meditation pillow and even DVDs but I can’t seem to master it.
My idea of meditation is where you get your mind to rest and not think of anything. And you feel this calm sensation within you and you feel light.
Because I was so obssessed in learning, I did a research and I found out that Yoga can help you achieve the calmness and stillness of the mind. So, I enrolled in a yoga class and got hooked.I heard lots of information that yoga can give you medical benefits not just physical but mental as well. And I have to say, that It actually gave me benefits. But still, I haven’t mastered the art of meditation and it’s what I want to learn the most.
Right now, I’m trying it one step at a time. Everyday, I try to practice the first step of meditation wherein for about 15 minutes, you just try to learn to focus on your breathing, and simultaneously chant “ohm”. And then as soon as I master that, I will follow it up with”thinking aloud” technique. You get to say out loud whatever comes in your mind,until you get to the point where you can’t think of anything and your mind becomes clear and calm.
I hope I would be able to achieve those steps.
Let me also share you the inspiring quotes and sayings I got from Bliss Music, which they send weekly through my email.

NO MIND

“In meditation
try letting go
of every thought
that arises.

Do not try and push
the thoughts away.
Rather, stop grabbing
hold of them.

Or if you already
have grabbed hold of the thought,
stop holding on to it.

Let it go on its own
and in this way
you can learn to stop
grabbing hold of the thoughts
in the first place.

By doing this,
thoughts will run
their course
like a spinning wheel
that loses its momentum
and may even come to a halt.

When you grab hold of thoughts
you have a position,
you have a fixed point
of reference.

But when you do not
hold on to thoughts at all,
when they can arise
without you ever touching them,
or when they stop on their own,
then you have no position.
You have no fixed point
of reference.

You do not experience
yourself as anything.

There can be no definition,
no perspective.

You cannot say you are here
you cannot say you are not here.
It is a freedom beyond
all understanding.

There is consciousness
but there is no one there
that can claim to be consciousness
or to call it consciousness.

It is pure
and silent.

And when you enter back
into the mind,
some of this purity
and silence
comes back with it
and washes through
your body and mind.

And once you get used
to remaining in this void
of no-mind,
you will want to keep
coming back to it.

ATTENTION

“Wherever you turn your attention
you become.

You keep your attention
fixed on your problems,
your knowledge,
your desires,
your judgments,

then that is what you experience
yourself to be.
That is your prison.

All of your energy
drains into that.

But if you want to awaken
to what is beyond the “me.”,
then you allow the “me”
to be as it is and
you allow your attention
to relax beyond it.

You may focus
on a mantra, a guru,
the shakti (spiritual energy)
the feeling of being
or even just the breath,

and then you realize
yourself to be that.

Even simply by allowing yourself
to be as you are and witnessing
that happening,
you move beyond yourself,
you become the witness.

Not in the negation of yourself
but in the relaxation of yourself.

You see,
you are always
getting caught up in the idea
that you are your thinking mind.

You experience life
from the presumption
that the thinking mind is what you are.

And from that presumption
you try and solve
an equation
that only exists in the mind.

So trying to solve
the equation
only keeps you stuck in the mind.

Trying to change yourself
into something different
simply keeps you bound
to the me,
it even keeps you bound
to the unacceptance of me
which is suffering.

So just allow the me
to be as it is.

You allow the thoughts
and feelings and sensations
to be as they are
and you let it go.

Even just in this allowing
you get to the essence of what is here.

You see that the whole universe
is lighting you up as you are
in this moment.

The whole universe is in you
and as you.

You do not need to become
the whole universe.

You simply have to allow
yourself to be as you are,
allow everything to be as it is,

and let your attention
expand beyond the thinking mind
into that which is infinite,
formless and serene.

PEACE

“Underneath
every thought,
every feeling,
every sensation
and every movement
is unconditional peace.

It is this peace
that makes everything else
possible.

It is the foundation
of all experience.

RESISTANCE

“If you are lucky enough
in meditation,
you will come to the point
where you cannot take it anymore.

You will come right up
against your resistance
to this moment
and will feel that
you have to get up,
you have to distract yourself
from this moment.

If you don’t stand
up and run to the kitchen
to eat a cookie,
you will scratch your nose.

If you do not scratch your nose,
you will wiggle around in your seat.

If you do not wiggle in your seat,
you will distract yourself with your thinking.

You will judge the meditation
as a failure,
that you did not get the bliss
that you got yesterday
and you will run away from it.

It is the natural response,
because it is not just that you
are resistant to this moment,
you are the resistance
to this moment.

You exist as the resistance
to this moment.

And so the challenge is
in meditation
when you find yourself
in resistance,
can you find a way
within yourself
to surrender yourself
completely to this moment.

Can you find a way
to give yourself up
so that there is only this moment.

Because stress and conflict
can only exist between
two separate things.

If you can find a way
at a subtle level
to surrender this you
that is separate from this moment,
this you that is in conflict
with this moment,
then all that will be left
is this moment.

All that will be left
is awareness.
There will be no more
resistance.

Then you learn to remain
as formlessness.
You learn how to be
without having to contract
into being you.

It is in this
you learn real intimacy
with this moment.

If you approach this moment
with your spiritual beliefs and knowledge
and all the judgments
that come with that,

If you approach this moment
as a person trying to get something
out of this moment,
you will never reach this moment.

Like two oppositely charged magnets
you will forever repel
your own true self.

But if you are willing
to give it all up
even just for this moment
then you will discover
true peace and freedom.

I hope the quotes are helpful to you too.

it’s a way for us to start the art of meditating.

SOURCE: http://www.bliss-music.com

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4 thoughts on “Wanting to learn Meditation

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