I am open to endless possibility…

It is said that nature abhors a vacuum and so now that we have done some housekeeping to end off our year we need to make sure we are open to the endless possibilities life provides us.

I find one of the easiest ways to achieve openness is by meditation and so today I thought I would share my particular brand of meditation.

When I first began meditating I bought a book. I cannot now remember the title but I carried that book around with me everywhere. I was trying to “learn” the art (which I perceived as complex and elusive) of meditation. My next foray was in fact another book. This time it was daily meditations. There was a short reading followed  by a statement that I would repeat to myself throughout the day.

I learned my lesson well because from then on I did not require any more books (at least I have not chosen a book again but that is not to say that I will not in the future – remember open to all possibilities is a key to success). What I had discovered was that meditation is available in many different forms and that all I need do was to find ones that I enjoyed and use them when I wanted. I learned the valuable lesson that I always have choice.

I now practice three types of meditation. I have made up these categories for myself; use them or lose them. They are all simple and I can explain them here in one paragraph and you can start using them immediately. I call them: waking, widening and walking.

Let’s start with waking. In this type of meditation I am usually sitting. I repeat something (usually one word sometimes a phrase not just a single word). I can have music in the background (new age gentle music or sounds like a bubbling brook) or be in silence. Let’s say I am using the word peace. I simply close my eyes and start saying the word. I often start out loud and eventually move to saying it inside my mind and not out loud. From the repetition I find myself eventually entering a state of waking dreams. I am aware of everything but not tied to anything. For example I might hear traffic but not be bothered by the sound. I am in a place of peaceful acceptance of everything.

The next is widening. This is more akin to what you may have seen when a group meditates together. I use a sound not a word (so there is no questioning of what the word  means which is the benefit of waking meditation). The sound sets up a resonance within our head. We tune the sound until it is the perfect tone for us. The concentration on the sound quiets the mind of words. I find this type of meditation is the fastest. Sometimes I use prerecorded music like singing bowls to help me with the tone.

The third is the walking meditation. This is the one I use the most and it can be done alone or with other people at the same time. I become consciously aware of my 5 senses. I often pick a flower or pine needle for smelling to begin my meditation. I deeply inhale and allow the full experience of smell. I then start to actively listen to the sounds around me. I isolate them and listen to each one separately. I do the same with taste in my mouth. I might choose some gum or simply taste the flavor of my tongue at that moment. Then I might let my hand feel the trees or buildings or whatever is within reach. Finally I open my eyes in wonderment at everything around me. In each case I become consciously aware of my senses. I isolate and pay attention to each one separately recognizing the miracle that I have them and can use them.

So that is it. Start today, do not delay, ruminate on this today.

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Bradley

My vision is a world where conflict is communicated and used to stimulate personal freedom and expression for all mankind. My mandate is to reduce conflict using love as my primary tool. My life's work is to learn and then share my learning with others. I am supported by a wonderful loving husband named Pedro, a loving family and many friends. I derive income from helping my clients build and protect their wealth as a financial planner and occasionally from spiritual fitness coaching and speaking engagements. 

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