Article by Owen Jones
There is a great deal of nonsense talked about meditation. I do not mean what it can do for you because that is difficult to prove one way or the other. I have read people saying that they discovered all sorts of things in meditation and who am I to say that they did not only because I have not had the precisely same experience.
I believe that there are numerous stages of evolution and therefore what one person experiences in one way another might experience in a entirely different way.
No, I mean that there is a great deal of rubbish talked about how one has to meditate. I am reading an article this moment by someone who says: ‘… for a successful meditation practice, everything has to be ideal ….. the room has to be set up in such a way …’ and so it goes on. The person who wrote that piece appears never to have even thought let alone ever meditated.
Meditation has always been most often practiced by people with a spiritual bent. Of those people, most people who meditated were monks, because they were seeking enlightenment and had the time and peacefulness to meditate. It was difficult to find the time or the peacefulness if you were a subsistence farmer with ten kids running about.
Anyway, lower orders of monks are not famous for living opulent lives where ‘everything … is perfect’. They live quiet lives and when they want to meditate, they will not be disturbed, no matter where they are but particularly in their cells.
My father used to drive out to a cliff top and meditate behind a bush gazing out 100 feet above the Bristol Channel. Often he did it in the middle of the night.
It is best that the people you live with understand that when you want to meditate that they must try not to make a great deal of noise and certainly not call you by name or barge into the room where you are.
How you can accomplish this in your household, you know better than I, but talking to cohabitants and hanging a sign in a prominent position can help as can always m editatin g at the same hour of the day, although is not usually practical. Most of us have to take our free time whilst we can.
Turn off anything that makes a noise. Turn off phones and even the door bell, if you can. Open the window, if it is not unbearably cold or raining cats and dogs. Have a shower and put on loose-fitting comfortable clothes like pyjamas.
Sit on the floor, if you can; cross-legged, if you can. If you are nearly there, try sitting on a cushion or pillow. There are things known as zafu or meditation pillows, which are small and thick.
Some are round and others are square, but a round zafu might be 12 inches in diameter and four to six inches in thickness. This is to raise you off the ground enough to take the strain off your hips and knees, if you are not used to sitting cross-legged.
It will encourage a correct posture, that is a straight back. It is also softer on the behind and when you are sitting comfortably, you may begin.
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Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on a number of topics, but is now involved with Waterproof Mattress Pads. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at Egg Crate Mattress Pad For Sale.