Meditative Serenity - The Book
By Sherry Gloag
Grounding and Protection
The inability to maintain a structured balance in our lives especially when using meditation can lead to a sense of disorientation, and sometimes a slight dizziness or "spaced-out" sensation. A tendency to live permanently in an alpha state raises your vibrations too high leading to a sense of vagueness and disconnection with reality.
(Disconnection and detachment are two very separate states of mind and not to be confused.)
Meditating with your eyes open, allows you to maintain connection with the "now". You can meditate while ironing, standing in a queue at a Super-market till, or at a bus stop without being conspicuous. It can sharpen awareness of the moment and allow you to become more awake to the movement of your mind. (Almost any writer will tell you they are working with the characters and/or their story plot line while cooking, cleaning ironing. Meditating while driving is a big "no-no".
Not everyone can reach this threshold but it can have big advantages even though it may not be as serene as meditating with the breath. It helps us to get out of ourselves and our tendency for self-introversion, allowing us to discover our pleasure of sense, with Nature, a rose, a scene, a bird, or a sound which in turn helps us to live beyond ourselves.
The alpha state calms the "demented spider" within, composing you in situations of stress and allowing you to step back in full awareness without being drawn into the politics of the stressful situation. This allows you to release our involvement in the struggle. You can still see and hear what is going on around you, you detach and centre within the focus of the alpha state and that gives you a sense of space which may previously have been lacking in your life.
The aim of good meditation is reaching a state of relaxed awareness. Modern society creates ideal circumstances to live in a psychological world, and it is important not to loose sight of the need to ensure you are connected to the earth and to do this we have to be fully connected with your physical body.
A good practice to adopt at the start of any meditation session is to ensure you are fully grounded and/or protected. There is a very simple and basic meditation, which can be done in a few moments either on its own, or before any other meditation. It can be done during times of stress and crisis when you are becoming involved with the situation and wish to detach. It is always easier to help someone else solve a problem than to deal with those of your own. That is because you are standing back from the situation and are detached from the circumstances, which is turn enables you to see the whole picture in its true light, unencumbered with the emotions of involvement.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to imagine tree roots „growing‟ out from the bottom of your feet and deep into the ground. Then, like a tree in a storm, you will find it easier to face adversities as they confront you.
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A variation on this meditation is to imagine yourself connected to a large ship‟s anchor that has been dropped deep into the sea-bed.
Meditative Serenity - The Book
Is an introduction to meditation that will help you on your journey of self discovery and enchantment. By Sherry Gloag
~ and is available in pdf format on request.