I'd like to introduce to you another regular contributor to my blog, Jonni Pollard. Jonni is a dear friend, meditation teacher and co-founder of 1 Giant Mind, an organisation to reduce and prevent stress-related lifestyle disease and mental illness by assisting people all over the world with learn-to-meditate programs, resources, and research.
Jonni and I met through a mutual friend earlier this year. Beyond the practice of meditation (something which I've blogged about in the past) we've had incredible conversations about life, purpose, relationships, literally everything. Jonni is the kind of friend that drops gems of information all the time, I'm left ecstatic after hanging out with him and, therefore, was compelled to ask him to contribute to my blog and to share his knowledge, thoughts and ideas with you.
Jonni will be blogging fortnightly. And the first and obvious question is this...
What is Meditation?
Today "meditation" is a word that is referenced a lot. You often hear people say that "their meditation" is going for a surf or jog or riding a bike or dancing or listening to music. Others describe meditation through a variety of techniques, sitting or lying down, eyes open or closed, with their attention on objects, images, sounds, thoughts, ideas.
So I feel it is better to answer this question with another question...Why would I want to meditate?
The reason I meditate is to have the experience of being beyond the madness of my frenetic thinking mind and to be able to witness the mind and all the activity that can goes on in there. Meditation allows me to recognise that I am in fact not my mind but the witness of it. This enables me to have a choice to experience life without having to think about it, rather, simply experience it with pure awareness. When I do this, I feel connected to my deepest creative inspiration and feel empowered to freely express this without fear, doubt or limiting self beliefs. Why? Because all the stuff that stops us from being all of who we truly are (which is so magnanimously awesome by the way) is in our minds!!!
So if you dig why I meditate and want to have the same experience, allow me to offer a definition of meditation that will enable you to find a technique that will deliver the outcomes you desire.
Meditation is the simple practice of enabling the mind to effortlessly and naturally settle down into its least excited state. In this state you can find a place of just BEING. In this just being you can experience the mind as a vast calm infinite reservoir of creativity, adaptability and compassion.
I want you to stop reading this right now and take a moment to reflect on those three qualities and what it would mean to have unlimited creativity, adaptability and compassion all the time. How different would your life be?
This is what meditation can deliver.
This kind of meditation is best practiced sitting up with the eyes closed using an anchor of awareness such as a mantra (a sound effortlessly repeated in the mind) or the breath. It can be done for as little as 10 minutes a day to have a profound effect in your life.
Like anything, the more you do it, the greater the effect. I personally meditate for 20 minutes twice a day and I can honestly say that it is hands down the best time I have ever invested in myself! Now considering we have to live with our minds for the rest of our lives, this is actually a pretty smart investment.
The quality of your awareness and mind governs your life experience. If your mind is constantly scattered, worried, uncontrollable and fearful, you can guarantee that these themes will feature in your life story.
It’s not until you are able to go beyond the condition of your mind and establish your self in Being, that place of unlimited creativity, adaptability and compassion, that you will be able to experience your truest self and live life from there.
Meditation as I have defined it, causes this to naturally and effortlessly happen.
Feel like meditating?
Next blog, I’ll share some easy great ways to get started. Got any questions about this, let me know and I will happily respond in the next post.