Evergreen Reflections:

In Regard To Meditation

“Meditation is an essential travel partner on your journey of personal transformation. Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love.” – Sarah McLean

As meditation seeks to channel a state of mind free from the external stressors of the world, unshackled from the challenges of past or present, it is an essential skill to pursue for those attempting to find harmony within themselves. To be sure, only through the quieting of the mind can the deepest of insights be gained. The voyage of self discovery and personal growth that we’re all on is never-ending and meditation is one of the most powerful tools you can whet to productively navigate the endless, uncompromising difficulties of life.

“If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay in that, the natural (real) state.” – Ramana Maharshi

To forcefully keep the mind clear of all thought is, essentially, impossible. Like clouds in the sky, thoughts will come and go seemingly as they please. The key is not to try and clear your mind, but rather to focus it on the present moment. Focus on your breathing, on the feelings of your body. If your mind begins to wander simply return your focus back to your breath. In time, you will become more and more adept at keeping your mind in the space of the present moment.

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” – Voltaire

As you become increasingly proficient at attaining a deep meditative state, you will experience the profound sensation of being fully aware only of the here and now, without conscious thought or effort. It’s a state of being in which you simply are, liberated from evaluation or analysis, unrestrained by preconceived ideas, free to simply be, to exist. Once the mind is truly quiet, unwaveringly open and free from desire, powerful shifts in perspective and profound insights become possible. This, as some say, is the path to enlightenment.