Meditation is the best therapy for clearing your mind. There is no wrong way to do meditation. There are formalized styles however. I am more of a free form participate when doing meditation. I believe in what works best for you. Whether it is sitting down in the more traditional pose with legs crossed, or you are lying down, or standing up, or even in your lounger chair. I use the prone position mostly, for a very good reason. It is easier to place healing crystals in the right places, to balance and heal my Chakras while I am meditating.
The first thing that I would do, is to set an alarm or timer. If you want a certain amount of time for meditation, this is a must. If you have all day with no schedule in mind, then don’t worry about it. There are two reasons that I set an alarm or timer.
The first reason is an obvious one. If you accidentally fall asleep. Do not worry about it if you do, it happens to everyone eventually. That is just your physical body telling you that it needs rest. But if you make a habit of it, that is called taking a nap, not meditation.
The second reason is less obvious, but has taken me by surprise sometimes. If you really obtain a deep meditative state during your session, you are totally unaware of time. You could have been meditating for five minutes or five hours. You won’t know until you see a clock.
Get in a really comfortable pose for you. I begin by listening to my breathing. Do not focus on changing your breathing, just listen to your natural breath sounds. Breathing in and out. Any other sounds are unimportant.
Just calm your mind, any other thoughts are pushed away. You are here in the now, just listening to your breathing. Feel the stress leave your body and mind as you get more relaxed. Only concentrate on the present moment. Breathing in and out. The most natural thing in your reality.
Breath sounds are just my preference. Some people use relaxing music, binaural beats, or nature sounds. What is important is to use what works for you. Whatever will get you into a deep relaxed state of consciousness.
Now visualise, beams of light in the form of energy, coming from the nature that is all around you. All of these beams are being focused into your body. You can feel this energy entering your body. Maybe into your pineal gland (center of the brain), or perhaps your Chakra energy centers. Sometimes I can feel the energy through my fingertips.
The crucial goal here is to feel a definite connection to nature. To experience the energetic flow with nature. This may take quite a few meditation sessions. But even if you don’t feel the connection yet, meditating should leave you feeling refreshed, energetic and with a positive state of mind. You feel mindfulness toward others. You are calm, and have more understanding of your place in this reality.
Once you have mastered making a nature connection, then you might want to progress further. It is whatever is comfortable for you, what your goals are. In your meditative state, while you have a good natural energy connection, try pushing beyond this world. Try to connect to the universal consciousness. Yes, out into space, toward the center of the universe. Do this with caution and care.
This final step may or may not happen. Zen masters study and practice for years trying to achieve a universal connection. Ultimately it is your decision on what you want from the benefits of meditation. It will affect your mind for the better no matter what level you achieve.
J is a website designer, graphic designer, and author. He lives in the US and researches the spiritual aspect of this physical dimension.