“The transcendental ground of the world is identical with the ultimate core of the human being. That supreme reality, which is pure, formless consciousness, cannot be adequately described or defined. It must simply be realized.” The pathway to this self realization includes inner reflection on the mind that brings one to a place of pure wisdom (Manchester 2002).
The best part about meditating is that you can do it anywhere (except while driving or operating machinery) as often as you want, you don’t require any equipment or tools. To begin meditating, allow yourself 5-10 minutes per day in the morning before your day or to decompress at the end of you day, however it’s truly personal and up to you on how long you need.
Here’s a simple guide for starting your meditation practice:
1). Commit to yourself. Allow yourself time in your day, just as you would any other important task or meeting.
2). Unplug and sit. Find a quiet comfy (safe) place to sit comfortably, if your hips are tight you may need to elevate your hips them (sit on a blanket or a block). Unplug to seriously be alone without distractions and/or interruptions (you can set a timer if you need to get back into the world at a certain time, but turn that iPhone upside down and on silent, because you will want to pick it up)!
3). Breath. Remain focused on your breath, keeping the length of your inhales consistent with your exhales. This will allow you to remain present, in a ‘trance like’ state that helps your focus/attention to remain inward.
4). No judgement. If your mind wanders and that voice in your head starts talking, don’t worry. Let those thoughts or feelings go and keep your conscious breathing going to help you stay focused. Note what you experience without trying to change it.
5). Be patient with yourself and your practice. Don’t give up!