Who wants to cultivate mindfulness? Who wants to develop a deeper relationship with God? Who wants to work on vision, intuition, and clarity? MEDITATE! In his book Secrets of Meditation, Davidji keeps it simple when encouraging and teaching the foundations of meditation and how to finally get started.
“Prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening.” As a spiritual intuitive, meditation is something I’ve naturally been doing for years. Slipping into the gap has been a hobby of mine from the time I can remember thoughts. Now that I’ve read this book, I realize it was actually a form of sound meditation. Ever since I can remember, I have the “gift” of drifting off. How do I do this? Certain sounds and vibrations take me away. I simply listen to the vibration of a lawn mower, the air conditioner, someone’s tapping pencil, the water faucet, the dogs barking…and I’m off. The utilization of honoring the vibration of sound has always quieted my mind. My co-workers are amazed at my focus and ability to day dream in the most crowded and busiest of environments. The ability to disconnect from the world and connect to the collective consciousness or higher self has set the stage and cultivated my understanding and acceptance of the world and that which is beyond.
Here’s my brief summary
Meditation has many benefits. Our physiology, psychology, and biochemistry change. We eliminate knee jerk reactions and replace them with conscious, purposeful reactions. The production of stress hormones, heart and respiratory rates, and platelet production decreases and our immune system, sex hormones, and growth hormones increase. There are many more transformative benefits of meditation that can only be discovered by starting a practice.
There are many methods of meditation that include biofeedback, the use of a mandala, Buddhist meditation, chanting, primordial sound, and breath awareness to name a few. Meditation is not a religious practice, it simply unifies you with your higher, enlightened self and brings many closer to God.
Meditation employs concepts based in yoga, which means union, pure being, and acts to provide mental cultivation that resonates with unconditional love and compassion. A mantra or chant acts as a mind vehicle to get us where we’re meditatively and wakefully going. It allows the meditator to disconnect from the sounds or words and enter into the space between thoughts known as the gap that is beyond labels. To pick a mantra, simply go with what resonates and vibrates with you now. Here are a few examples he gives:
- Aham brahmasmi—I am the universe
- Moksha—I am emotionally free
- I am or So Hum
- Om or Aum—the sound of the universe
- Yogastha Kuru Karmani—established in oneness perform action
What is the gap? It’s the space between thoughts, which is where you find you. The gap reveals your unbound potential. You are not defined by your thoughts, and you cannot tell you are in the gap until your thoughts bring you out of your meditative state.
Stop trying, stop expecting just keep up the practice! Don’t let thoughts, sounds, and sensations distract you. Simply let them be. We are human and cannot avoid experiencing any of these. Simply witness it, accept it, and let it go returning back to the mantra, which can always override the others. “Let it come; let it go; be unconcerned.”
You know you’re a successful meditator if any of the following happen: You fall asleep, you have dancing thoughts, or you drift into stillness and silence known as being in the gap. The gap opens up infinite possibilities, which you can materialize when your eyes open. Through meditation the understanding and acceptance of life develop and deepen. Meditation allows you to simply BE not just DO. In fact DOing hinders the experience.
Here’s how to start a successful practice:
RPM—rise, pee, meditate 10-30 minutes. Ritualize the practice, do this every day for 21-40 days. You may also…
RAW—right after work, meditate an additional 10-30 minutes.
What I’ve learned after 21 days of meditation
- Sometimes I’m in the gap, sometimes I’m not.
- Sometimes I never find the gap.
- Sometimes I can’t say the mantra very loud. Sometimes I whisper it, sometimes I just think it.
- Sometimes I fall asleep…and snore.
- I need environmental sounds playing while I meditate.
- Sometimes I have to jog on the treadmill before I meditate because I’m very sleepy at 5:30am! So RRPM (rise, run, pee, meditate)
- I need a blanket every time. Anytime I’m uncomfortable, I adjust.
- Sometimes I sit, sometimes I lie down. I keep my legs however they are most comfortable.
- Sometimes I have intense visualizations filled with people, animals, nature, and symbols, but most of the time I don’t—I just appreciate the vibration of the mantra and my voice.