FEEL IN STILLNESS

Meditation is one of those tasks that we confidently assign ourselves, only to avoid it when the time comes to follow through. It's up there with reading more books and finally signing up for the gym. It's fine to aim for improving oneself, but meditation isn't some New Year's resolution that we MUST adhere to. Unlike the race for material wealth, meditation is a task of nondoing that transcends any sense of progress.

You see, Alchemist, the human mind is designed to solve problems. Therefore, when presented with the concept of meditation, we treat it as a hurdle to overcome. For those of us that seek answers to the mysteries of life, and liberation from three-dimensional existence, ENJOYING meditation is often lost on us. Without enjoying our meditation, we are simply creating a new and unique way of suffering. That is why we must ask ourselves, could we benefit more from meditation by simply enjoying it? This concept might sound strange to those who've adapted to a strict meditation guideline. If you're in disbelief, just look at the depictions of Buddha, which shows the Buddha in his natural state. Is the Buddha's face frowning? Does he look like he's straining hard to meditate? No, the Buddha is SMILING.

While in the state of meditation, the Buddha feels nothing but utter bliss. We look at this state as some kind of achievement that only faithful meditators can achieve. In actuality, we can all reach this point by increasing the joy that we receive from meditating. Mediation can be challenging. Finding a comfortable position to sit in, legs falling asleep, thoughts flooding the mind, these are all obstacles that keep you from finding bliss. If sitting down to meditate is too difficult for you, then there are other options. Walking can be a form of mediation. Some monks have even practiced walking in slow motion to fully encase themselves in the moment.

You can meditate standing, or while in motion. Practices like Qigong, Taichi, and yoga are all examples of this. Another practice you can embed into your daily schedule, and partake throughout the day, is to remind yourself to be aware of your breath at all times. Take 10 deep breaths into your belly and release fully every 20 minutes, or however often you like, as long as it's consistent. Regardless of what form you choose to meditate, begin each meditation with the intention of attaining joy. Let go of all your concerns and find bliss in the nothingness.