Meditation is easy if you want it to be. I have talked before about different forms of meditation (including laughing meditations) and now I want to give a simple example and share my experience of yet another form of meditation using a photo, could be a painting or sculpture (something visual) to go into a meditative state.
I can take any photograph that has nature in it. For example this photograph has the leaf placed upon the rock. The leaf is alive and is also vivid with the green colour in contrast to the white of the rock and the wheatgerm colour of the sand.
I look at the photo and I relax. I allow my mind to open to the leaf. I notice the veins upon its back. I see the life as life upon the land. My mind opens, my eyes close and suddenly the scene is in my head. There is nothing but the leaf. The leaf is drifting in my mind. Turning over. Falling gently swaying back from side to side as if there is a competition between the air and gravity. The only thing I see and experience is the gentle falling. As the leaf sways and I hear a whisper in my mind, first is peace then full, peace, then full. Peace, full. Peace, full. The leaf continues it journey and as it falls I relax more. I am now fully at peace.
It was that simple. That was the entire meditation. It was about 10 minutes in time. Often my image will have a word associated but not always. This time it was interesting that the leaf was swaying from side to side and thus I received two words “peace” and “full” which also combine into the word peaceful. There are no rules let your mind be your guide. Always my ending is quiet and gentle and I return to normal feeling relaxed and refreshed.
If you have other forms or ways you meditate please share them with us using the comments sections. I and others might enjoy hearing your experiences as well. After all this is a way of relating to the world and I am always interested in your experiences as well. I hope you enjoy your meditation as much I do mine.