… you are the artist… of your own life.
I have been committed to a seated meditation challenge since I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago: Quiet the Mind ~ A Seated Meditation and have been asking myself ever since, “Why did it take me so long to start?” I am loving my meditation time.
I have progressed from 10 minutes to 30 minutes of daily practice, and looking forward to the practice has made it much easier to commit to! This quiet time gives my brain waves a much needed pause.
On my short journey with meditation, I have uncovered a few resources that helped ease me into the practice. I’m sharing them with you if you’re keen to learn more about seated meditation’s benefits, and understand how different it is — and complementary — to a moving meditation (like Bikram Yoga).
** A free online course, What is Yoga As Meditation?, created by Swami Jnaneshvara and Swami Ma Tripurashakti Bharati of Abhyasa Ashram, gave me an excellent background to understanding to the art and science of meditation. Bonus: There is a 30 minute audio So Hum mantra on here too if you’d like to use it after you’ve completed the course. Link: http://www.udemy.com/what-is-yoga-as-meditation
** The Zazen Meditation Timer App — downloaded to my cell — took out the stress of checking my watch ever 2 minutes when I first embarked on the challenge. You set the length of time, and progress upwards every few days, from 10 mins to 12, to 14… and so on. This app is silent (no music, no chanting) and mutes phone email/call/message notifications too.
** The Om Chant App — also downloaded to my cell — is an audio of…. yes, you guessed it … Om chants. You can set the chants from 5 repetitions to 108, and the latter equates to about 30 minutes. The Om’s require a longer cycle of breath, which I like as it allows me to concentrate on deeper breathing. (I have nodded off a few times!)
I am reading Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain, and this quote below, though in relation to a particular topic, resonated with me. It reads so universally and you might find some truth in it too:
“What works at one time may not at another; what works for one person may not for another. Always trust yourself and your deepest intuitive feelings. If it feels like you are forcing, pushing, exerting effort, or straining, don’t do it. If it feels helpful, releasing, opening, strengthening, enlivening, inspiring, do it.”
Enjoy the spiritual journey
No matter how gritty, murky, and dark its surroundings, the beautiful lotus flower rises above it all.