One of the early texts describing meditation is the Bahadva Gita written 700BC. The Gita is a symbolic story about the wars we face as human beings when we search for Truth on the battlefield of life. It deals, as do oral stories from other cultures, with Universal issues that are as relevant today as they were 2500 years ago. It is a story about a battle we have in life to ignore the ego part of the mind which strives, to let through the wise inner voice which endures. A way to calm the ego part of the mind is to meditate.
In my view those who can sit for hours in meditation have been practicing a long time! The Eastern body has developed hip joints that make the lotus position a lot easier for them. It is promoted as the ‘correct’ posture for meditation. The legs form a base for the spine to be in its natural curve and the energy to flow up and down freely.
We Westerners have to start somewhere else and be comfortable! Try lying on the floor with your feet flat on the floor so the back is flat. Physiologically when we breathe in, the tummy rises and when we breathe out, the tummy tightens. Place your hands on your tummy and check you are breathing naturally and deeply to this rhythm. Get used to what is called ‘stilling the mind’ by focussing on something, e.g. the rhythm of breathing in and out.
Then move to sitting. This can be on a chair, sat upright against a wall or sat unsupported. It is very difficult to get into meditation when you are physically uncomfortable which is why it is good to build up experience and ease in easy stages. The key is that the spine is in its natural curve and stays that way and you allow the mind voices to quieten down or ‘pass’.
Some people have their eyes open, others lightly closed eyelids. See what works for you.
You can meditate for any length of time. Being of a practical nature I set a kitchen timer to manage the time I want so I am not thinking ‘how much longer?’ Others will say they intend to do 20 or 10 minutes and they emerge from their meditation at the set time.
The aim is to have no thoughts. Going from many thoughts to few and then none takes practice. I have suggested breathing as one way of focus. There are other ways of meditating. Try looking at a picture, a flower, an object, listening to music, reading some inspirational words, saying one word or mantra – peace, love, um.. There are many meditation downloads using music or visualisations which work well.
When thoughts come in which they will acknowledge them sometimes thank them and move back to your focus. If you find meditation tough, most of us do from time to time! Talk to someone or use a different way or just persevere.
Why do it?
Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasise different goals -- from achieving a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. Scientific evidence backs up Eastern tradition as described in the Gita. The Gita advocates meditation as a way of calming the mental level to gain a higher spiritual state. If you Google ‘scientific proof for meditation’ there is hard evidence of how meditation impacts positively on physical and mental health.
How does it apply to Intuitive Career Management
Intuitive Career Management involves listening to the inner voice, the one that connects to that part of you that is your core, your truth, some call it soul. It is the one that guides you to allow the best to be in your life for your development and growth. It merges when all the other voices of ‘should’ and ‘ought’ are quiet. Its reflection time when you can widen your awareness of how you see and experience what is happening. Having a peaceful mind helps get you into an attitude where you are more open to possibilities and allows space for synchronicity to happen- the chance conversation, the happen to look at a certain newspaper or website. Career Coaches often say you get a new role where preparation and luck meet. Meditation can help you see the luck.
© Judith Mills 2009