Some Basic Thoughts on Mediation
17 May 2018
One thing I've learned over the last ten years, just from the practice of meditation alone, is that meditation is as natural and as much of a requirement to our species as exercise. Sure, we can live without it, but it's not healthy or natural to not do it.
So you'll find that once you start doing it, it will come naturally. Your body and mind WANT to meditate. And it eventually becomes something you LET your body and mind do, rather than something you MAKE them do.
The basic foundation of meditation is letting go. Don't try to control anything at all, especially not the course of the meditation.
Many people frustrate themselves with meditation because they believe it's all about "clearing and/or quieting the mind". And what virtually everyone discovers upon meditating is that this is virtually IMPOSSIBLE.
Upon beginning to meditate you'll discover that your mind is as loud and active as the monkey house at the zoo. No exaggeration. But that's because most of us come from cultures that no longer incorporate meditation early on in life. We're no longer conditioned to meditate from a young age.
So when you begin meditating, just focus on letting go. Don't fight against anything. Let your mind wander where it may. Don't fight your body, don't fight your mind, don't fight the world. Let the universe do what it's doing, and find your way to understanding that you, yourself, are merely something that the universe is doing.
You are the product of Nature, of the universe. So you are designed and built upon the same principles as Nature itself. This means that your innermost workings, those workings you have absolutely no control over, are always striving to do what's best for you. Hence why you can't stop your own immune system from healing you when you are sick or injured. Nature, by its own nature, only strives to heal and grow. It contains no means of harming itself.
So just sit there and let the energies of the universe do what they do for themselves: Which is correcting and healing itself.