There are several ways to meditate, and it’s so easy to get caught up with chasing these different methods in a quest for perfection.
But… in the quest for the perfect meditation it is also too easy to lose sight of the purpose of meditating in the first place.
There are several reasons to meditate, but for most people it is a means of bringing a balance and peace into their lives.
We have already focused on the breathing meditation and discovered how easily our mind gets away from any form of self discipline at times.
We have also used a candle flame as a point of focus and today I want to return to basics. To focus on the everyday words in our language and everyday objects around us.
Without our noticing, stress has become an integral part of most people’s lives, robbing the joy from our activities whether they be work, family, or recreationally related.
So today I am introducing another form of meditation.
I am offering you a single word.
Yes one word.
Well in reality make that two, because I am sharing two examples of meditations experienced several years ago.
The first word is H –O –M –E
A simple word that will mean different things to different people, but it is a word that in its universal context represents safety, happiness and love.
For this meditation, you need a pen and paper to hand, then, as usual, settle yourself and be comfortable and undisturbed, then focus on the word HOME.
Take each letter individually and then write down whatever comes to mind. If you can write without opening your eyes, so much the better, if not don’t worry, just keep your focus on the letters in your meditation while you write.
Work through each letter until you have written down something for each one.
Then centre yourself and quietly bring yourself out of your meditative state before reading through what you have written.
Quite often the result will surprise you.
Our meditation group meditated on the word HOME in October 2006
H – Hearts will hold all before them.
O – Offer up thanks for what is before us and do not close your eyes to the available.
M – More is often less, strive not to change the perfection that is already around you
E – Everyone is connected by the heart. Believe in it.
While this may not make any sense to you now, at the time I understood both the message behind the words and the reason for it.
In August 2006 FAMILY was the word the meditation group focussed on that particular evening.
F – for all the will in the world
A – after times too numerous to
M – mention, we are all
I – invited to the celebration of
L – life and energies beyond
Y – your wildest dreams and imagination.
Try playing/meditating with these words, or choose your own. Meditations in this form only takes a few moments, and are fun to do.