“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” – Saint Francis de Sales
Daily Nugget of Gold 1431
Struggling to Meditate
There are many meditation techniques out there and we’ve tried a lot of them- and since we’ve been at it for some time, we’ve had some success with many of them. If you are like most people, you’ve at least dabbled with practicing meditation and – again, if you are like most people, you came up a bit short on it. Enter Peter Russell. In a short instructional video, Peter discusses what his meditation technique has evolved into. Fortunately, he’s had a lot of practice- about 50 years he said.
For our own personal practice, we’ve been fond of blocking out noise, of using mantras, of putting our attention on a burning candle and more, and we’ve found some value in each method we’ve used to focus awareness on a particular point. Peter correctly identifies a problem with doing these things, and it’s rather simple. If we are attempting to focus on anything, whatever it is, we are applying effort to meditation and meditation isn’t supposed to be about effort. We note that in the book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Joseph Murphy echos that thought saying, “The effortless way is the best.”
One of the main difficulties we’ve had ourselves is distractions. Our awareness shifts from one thing to another, and then we try to shift our awareness back to the “task at hand”. We are struggling to meditate when we do this. Is that effortless? Peter suggests that each thought we have has the potential to create at least a tiny bit of tension in the brain, and rather than trying to wrestle our attention away from what thoughts we have, he suggests recognizing that tension for what it is and relaxing our brain when we feel the slightest hint of it. As we soften and relax and become aware in gentle fashion of whatever our awareness has shifted to, we then can allow it to be what it is and benefit from giving up the struggle or resistance.
Mr. Russell’s short presentation on this also deals with pain and suffering, too. We want to encourage folks to see this 7 minute video for themselves and more importantly, try what he suggests and see if you get the same results we did, first time “out of the box” as it were. The title of the video is, “The Effortless Meditation, Peter Russell.” on YouTube. Our results amazed us, we hope his simple and straightforward technique blesses you in kind.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I see to it that I stay open minded and willing to learn?”
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