Learning To Meditate


More and more individuals are turning to meditation. There is much information on this topic on the web. As a practitioner for more than 30 years and a teacher of yoga philosophy, I am writing about what is helpful in considering to meditate.

The first important step is to make firm your desire. This may seem superfluous but the time you invest actually pondering the significance of meditation will help you long-term. Meditation is not something to be tried once or twice and then dismissed as not being right for you. To do this is to simply not understand what meditation is (“What Is Meditation Really” on this page). While a person may conclude — skiing or cooking gourmet food is not “for them”, meditation, in its essence, IS for everyone! It is what underlies whatever joy we currently experience in what we do.

The second step is to have an actual experience. This is where meeting or even talking on the phone with a person who lives in that meditation awareness will be a fortuitous event. Meditation is an actual power or energy and coming into contact with someone who dedicated their life to that power, will actually cause a person who may feel new to meditation to go to a deeper state and experience their own intelligence about meditation very soon.

The third step is to actually add meditation to one’s daily schedule. This can be the most challenging step. However, like anything that is worth accomplishing, one needs that daily discipline. Once again, meeting and having a relationship with a person who focuses on the state of meditation continually is the most direct means for feeling motivated to keep going.

These three steps are available to anyone for the asking. You have already passed the first hurdle – becoming curious and open to meditation to begin with. Here are some suggestions about how to turn that curiosity into action:

1. During the day, as you feel may feel frustrated by yourself, circumstances, or others, ask yourself if you truly desire to move past that frustrated feeling.

2. When you are by yourself or with others and you feel a sense of depression or loneliness or uncertainty about your life, ask yourself — Do I wish to overcome this sense of slight or great helplessness?

3. If anxiety and stress seem to rule and it is difficult to even get a restful sleep, ask yourself, do I believe I deserve better than this?

4.When you feel that compassion and unselfish feelings are sometimes difficult to arouse in you, ask yourself — Is it time for me to know my own greatness?

5. When angry feelings about anything at all trouble your state of being, ask yourself, do I wish to know peace?

6. When you feel life has not given you everything you want, ask, Is it too late? No