By now you’ve probably downloaded the 1 Giant Mind app and began the process of learning how to meditate. If you haven’t, make it the next thing you do after you finish reading this post. Learning to meditate is really easy with an experienced meditation teacher. The biggest challenge once you have started, is actually sticking with it. In this post I’m going to layout the most tried and tested formula for a smooth ride on the ‘meditation horse’ and how to develop the agility to stay on especially when the terrain gets rough.
There are 4 key principles that are must knows to keep your practice steady and flowing.
These 4 principles are:
- Having a Teacher with the Knowledge of the Mind
- Having an Effective Technique
- Correct Attitude
Think of these 4 principles as the 4 legs of a horse. A great meditation practice is the ability to stay on the horse and ride it through any circumstance in life. Whether it be busy, stressful and challenging times, relaxing holiday times or anything in between. If you are able to keep these 4 legs of your horse strong and stable, you’re guaranteed to stay on. Remove any one of these legs and you’re going to have a tough time getting the horse to giddy-up.
All 4 principles are equally important. You need each of them in equal proportion to keep you on the horse and comfortably cruising along.
- Having a Teacher with Knowledge of the Mind
Understanding why the mind does what it does and how we can influence it to do what we want it to do, rather than being a slave to it, is why we meditate. The workings of the mind are subtle, obscure and at times utterly confusing. This is why it is important to have an experienced teacher who has insight into the nature of the mind from their own direct personal experience. Without an understanding of the nature of the mind, we find it difficult to contextualise all the different experiences we have in meditation, what they mean and how to relate to them.
Often, when we don’t understand our meditation experiences, we tend to resist them, thinking that we are not meditating correctly. We then fall into the trap of trying to make the mind do something it doesn’t want to do. At this point, the practice can become frustrating and even seem like a chore. If meditation feels like this, then we are completely missing the point. A teacher with knowledge of the mind helps eliminate doubt and ensures we don’t get stuck.
There are many techniques and styles of meditation. A good meditation technique enables the mind to expand beyond the everyday level of thinking into quieter states of awareness and enables the body to rest deeply. If a technique requires too much focus and concentration it can often cause more stress and frustration than restful expansion. 1 Giant Mind has created a ‘Learn to Meditate’ app that is free, easy to learn and facilitates expansion of the mind and deep rest. If you haven’t already and want to get started right away you can download our app now for free. This program has been created by experienced meditation teachers who know exactly how to get you on the ‘meditation horse’ and riding like a pro in no time.
- Having the correct attitude
Attitude is 25% of the game here. Meditation is a journey, not a destination. When you start your meditation practice, it is important to surrender your expectations, preferences and preconceived ideas about what you think is ahead of you. Discovering the nature of your mind is the most radical journey you can undertake. To do this successfully, you must take the approach of being the innocent witness. If you come to your practice with rigid ideas about what you want, you may very well miss out on what you actually need in that moment. Forcing the mind to make things happen in meditation will actually have the opposite effect of what you desire. So let go… and allow allow allow.
Like anything, the more you meditate the more it becomes habitual and the effects of it increase exponentially. This applies to all things positive and negative. The more we go to the gym the stronger and fitter we get, the more we surf, the more ripping our style. The more we smoke cigarettes the more addicted and unhealthier we become. This simple principle can be applied to anything. It seems so obvious reading this right now, however, as you will find out when you begin to meditate, without this leg of the horse, the practice won’t yield what you truly desire.
In my next 4 posts I’m going to write about each of these principles in much greater detail which guarantee to deliver a bunch of AHA moments!
In the mean time, if you wanted get started with a great technique right now, go to download the 1 Giant Mind free app I will personally guide you through a step by step program and have you meditating deeply in no time at all.