How I Reached That State Of Mind, Which Is Called ‘Meditation’

Meditation

I have always cold-shouldered meditation, considering it to be another way of prayer. Probably I didn’t understand its meaning and had no faith in its healing power. I couldn’t believe that it can actually train our mind to think positive, to calm down and enhance the power of concentration.

Probably I had no time to sit quietly at that phase of life.

I always thought that the stream of thoughts flows incessantly. How can it be harnessed by meditation?

Stressful situations could never impel me towards it as I could handle them quite well.

Though meditation belongs to antiquity, there has been much ado about it in the modern times. So I have always been contemplating and waiting for some leisure to get acquainted with this practice.

When I heard that it could lead us to “inner transformation”, I must confess I felt the urge to try it out. However, it remained an unshared reverie for a long time.

Now I have been practicing meditation, a long nurtured dream but it still plays hide and seek with me. I have been trying to peep into the inner recesses of my mind and lately I seem to have made a break through.

Despite various suggestions about the ways of meditation, everybody has to discover one’s own way. And I did but it was a long, obstinate journey.

Meditation in natural surroundings has helped me at last.

The track I have been taking along a creek is blissfully peaceful; even the water produces a very soft sound.

One day the vibe of this creek and the trees reached me. That was an irresistible call. I sat by their side and closed my eyes. I could immediately discern deep connection.

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The visions that I perceived encouraged me to reconsider daily meditation.

Everyday I sit by the side of this creek and let my negative thoughts flow into it. Sitting there has helped me understand meditation. The leaves, the birds, the morning sunshine and the breeze support me in the percolation of positive energy into my body.

Most of the analysis I indulge in happens at such a time or when I go for a walk. So I start with my usual evaluation of thoughts and concepts.

The concentration:

I start with hands on my eyes like a child who is unable to close the eyes till s/he is overpowered by sleep.

I close my eyes to concentrate on the most recent thoughts till they fade into background. Do they? Oh no! Sometimes I wish this advancement of technology could invent a switch to turn our mind off!

On some days, when I close my eyes, all I can see is the yellow light, refusing to let me move beyond that… those are the days when mind is encircled by negative energy.

A little improvement is made when that yellow light turns into red and then I can see a tunnel of red light moving very fast but the moment some sound is heard, I am back in the yellow glow, struggling once again to move ahead.

It is like prodding into the unknown land in circles, coming back to the same spot.

On some days the frustration wins and dissuades me from even trying to sit at the place I chose to meditate.

I tell myself… I am wasting my time but there are days, brimming with positive energy which rekindle the fire within me to restart.

The breakthrough:

My persistence to explore the obscure tunnels of mind paid off and now I have developed some resistance to the loud voices, which try to disappoint me. Now I have realized that meditation is possible:

  • By controlling negative energy
  • By letting it pervade all around
  • By giving it enough space and time to disintegrate
  • By waiting patiently for concentration to settle on you

There was a time when external forces and sounds could shatter my concentration. Just the singing bird could divert my attention and I opened my eyes, losing all I had accomplished.

Now I can continue into that corridor which keeps widening, the more the span of concentration the wider it becomes, giving a sense of strange satisfaction.

And then that corridor opens up. I find myself in an open area with trees all around quite different from the ones I see and sit with.

I realize that it is not a state of blank, empty mind. It is more like developing a relationship with your reflections.

While meditating my mind is teeming with fresh thoughts. I find a strange connection with this solitude.

Only when we experience a particular state of mind, do we get the pleasure.

Everyday I drift into that state when I am trying to meditate.

It is now getting easier, more meaningful and blissful.

Do you meditate? How did you learn it?

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28 thoughts on “How I Reached That State Of Mind, Which Is Called ‘Meditation’

  1. I’ve always wondered about meditation and the effect it has on people. It’s something I’ve never tried, mainly because I’ve usually got a lot on my plate and any spare time I have involves sitting down drinking some water and listening to some music. Which is probably a reason why I should try it…

    However, quite a few of my friends meditate in the morning and they’ve always told me how rewarding it is once you let your undisturbed mind take over your body and imagination. I suppose meditating in a sense is learning to trust your body and your mind, to experience those negative thoughts, overcome our fears and focus on the positives.

    1. Hi Mabel,

      I too was in the same situation at some point of time, craving for some free time to be myself. I am glad that phase is over but I look back at it fondly as it was very rewarding and precious. I have no qualms that I could not spare some time for meditation at that time. So let it unfold itself naturally and when it will roll out, you will feel it to be a natural part of your mind and body.

      Yes, I too feel meditation is all about understanding yourself, let the negativity flow out and focus your thoughts on peace of mind.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and they are right on the track!

    1. I am glad you have learnt it in a professional manner, Hariod. How much time did it take you to reach that state of bliss when negative thoughts get rejected. I am still struggling with that state of transition.
      Thanks for taking time to read this post and share your thought.

      1. People are subject to various hindrances Balroop: tiredness, over-effort, fantasy, desires, and of course, what you describe as ‘negative thoughts’, which may be comparisons of some kind quite typically. Also, there are various forms of meditation, and not all are aimed at arriving at the ‘state of bliss’ you mention. I was trained in Buddhist Vipassanā primarily, which is otherwise known as ‘insight’ meditation, or, using the etymology of the Pali term, a practise of ‘seeing differently’.

        As to your question of time and so forth, then I think this is best left to one side in terms of objectives as it makes the whole practice goal-oriented. I have been meditating for three decades, and much of that time all but lived in a monastery, where seated practice occupied eight hours a day. When at home, I would practice for four hours typically. However (and this is the point), the amount of practice should not be confused with any linear path of progression, and the Buddhist Path is one of refining the same path a number of times. It is likened to using sandpaper on coarse wood: first one applies rough sandpaper and as the surface of the wood (the mind) smoothens, then progressively one uses finer sandpaper, and yet one covers the same surface (objects/phenomena in the mind) time and again. One hindrance to progress on this path is getting attached to blissful states, meaning wanting to sustain and perpetuate them, as they become like a drug that ultimately produces no real change within.

      2. Thank you dear friend for such a detailed reply. You seem to have achieved that extreme state of reaching beyond oneself…into that divine realm, the passing and momentary visions of which come during meditation.

        I love that metaphor of wood, very well articulated. Thank you also for revealing that continued state of such a mind does not help much.

  2. Hi Balroop,

    Good to know about your experiences about meditation 🙂

    Yes, I do, though not very regular with it nowadays, so this is a good reminder for me too. Well, I learnt it from my Dad, who has reached the ‘Siddhi’ stage, if you’d understand that, or the advanced stage as he’s been practicing meditation for years now. He practices TM (Transcendental Meditation), just as was mentioned in the latest post on our blog.

    This is a scientifically proven way, and pretty easy to do as well. They say you should let the thoughts come, and as they come, so they go – so just let them. Don’t force or try to see or think beyond or more or it can leave you with a headache! I can understand about the little disturbances that breaks our concentration, but with time, the more you advance with it, the more powerful your concentration becomes.

    I’ve seen my Dad sit for over an hour, twice a day, with nothing disturbing him. Not to mention, his health problems like blood pressure etc have all gone so low now, and he is so much calmer and relaxed as compared to what he was earlier. It’s a really blissful state and feeling to be in. If you have time, just look up TM on Google for all the details, if it might help 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Thank you for sharing your own experiences about meditation, which is a big challenge. Yes, I have felt the coming and going of thoughts, all kinds and I do bear with them very patiently. I have also slowly built concentration.

      I am glad that your dad’s health has improved with meditation…that is the whole purpose, to accomplish peace of mind and healthy living. Thanks for reminding me about TM, I’ll read more details about it. 🙂 You too have a blessed week!

  3. Hi Balroop Mam
    I have also started doing meditation. It’s lovely to know that you are able to visualize lights. I don’t practice on a regular basis. But, with your reminder, I am going to incorporate this lovely gift in my daily routine.
    Earlier I used to search for different techniques about meditation. Every day I tried to grasp different things. But, one day I came to know about meditation video by Alan Watts.
    It is a wonderful video. Now, I only concentrate on my breathing only without thinking much about the thoughts because they have a temporary existence.
    Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

    1. Hi Yatin,

      Welcome to my blog. I am so happy to know that youngsters understand the significance and benefits of meditation, which is not all that easy to incorporate into the busy life of modern challenges.

      As I have mentioned, everybody has to discover one’s own way and what could be the right technique for one, may not be for another. Still I would like to check that video you are talking about. Thanks for the mention.

      Thank you for taking out some time for my blog, I am highly obliged.

  4. I’ve learned to meditate at yoga. I think it gets better with practice. Sounds like you’ve honed this skill quite well, Balroop. What an inspirational post. Meditating is so important for mental health. I love that you find solace in nature and can meditate there. I will try that too 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I too have a similar hope but I have found meditation quite challenging. I am still learning and slowly discovering that it requires more persistence than any other task, which can be accomplished with consistency.

      Nature has been my pal for a long time. It has always inspired me to write, to find the divine link that reaches us through observation. The solace that comes from Mother Nature is inexplicable.

      Thank you for sharing your views, dear friend. 🙂 Stay blessed and happy.

  5. My times of meditation happened just as yours did in nature…and I thought I was not meditating because I was not sitting still in my house. Though I am getting better at meditating at home, it doesn’t compare to what I experience when I’m amist the beauty of nature.

    1. We both love Nature and I have always admired the unique touch that you give to your words while describing the snow, the sunshine, the sunset and much more!
      Yes, the lap of Mother Nature gives a different experience because half of the focus comes spontaneously and the other half is accomplished through the efforts we make!

  6. I did meditation when I was going through a very difficult time. It was a nice way to really listen to the inner me when it felt like there was so much spinning all around me. I’m glad you are seeing the benefits of it, Balroop. You mentioned you sit by the creek; what are the advantages, do you think, of that particular location for you?

    1. Hi Christy,

      I am so happy for you that meditation helped you steer through difficult times. When we learn to listen to our inner voice, that is the starting point of self-healing.
      I love Nature in all its forms and hues. Anything that seems difficult becomes easy for me in her company. So I find great peace and contentment when I sit by this creek, which flows through very old green cover between the properties.

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience about meditation.

  7. Very informative discussion by all of you. A few years ago I had started taking interest in meditation but nowadays not so much into it. I know a lot about various forms of meditation and yoga, and had realised that it is our very own personal journey, irrespective of the type of yoga or mediation we follow.

    1. Hi Alka,

      I absolutely agree with you…it is surely our own journey and the paths too vary, depending on the kind of efforts we make. Even if we learn it through professional training, we have to work out our way ourselves.

      Thanks for adding your view to the discussion.

  8. Love this statement: I realize that it is not a state of blank, empty mind. It is more like developing a relationship with your reflections.

    I have come in and out of meditation — I actually find that writing my blog every morning is a form of meditation in that it empties my mind and puts me into flow.

    But, it always goes better if I begin with meditation before I write. So many ‘ideas’ float up out of the stillness when I am in meditation.

    Like you, my favourite places to meditate are outdoors. I love to sit on the ridge above the river, close my eyes and feel the sun and breeze upon my face. Divine!

    Lovely post Balroop.

  9. Hi Louise,

    I too have confessed a number of times that writing is therapeutic for me, it helps me calm my mind if that can be associated with meditation…and that is one of the aims.

    Most of the new thoughts come to me while I am walking and yes Nature does produce that divine effect you are talking about!

    Thank you for sharing such lovely reflections, much appreciated.

  10. Interesting account of your journey into meditation, balroop. It will surely be more fulfilling with regular practice. The stated objective of meditation is to unite in stillness with cosmic consciousness, totally detaching ourselves from chatter of the mind. It is a difficult progression that should perfect with practice. Total detachment from mental chatter may be beyond most people, but retreating into the stillness and sanctuary of one’s own self, as defined by Herman Hesse, is within attainability. And that inner sanctuary, I like to believe, is part of cosmic consciousness…best wishes… Raj.

  11. Hi Raj,

    Can chatter of mind ever cease? If it can’t, how can we detach from it? I have always agreed with the stream of consciousness writers that our mind is like a stream…and its perennial flow makes our life more interesting as well as challenging. Despite all the boulders, we try to keep a firm footing through our humble efforts of meditation, prayer and peace. Yes retreating into our inner self helps a lot in knowing our real self and how much potential do we possess to accomplish whatever we initiate.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective and adding so much value to the discussion.

  12. This definitely talks to me Balroop. I tried meditation years ago, waiting for something to happen, to change. But it was tough to stay concentrate and each time I tried, each time I failed to keep my thoughts away.
    I never gave up. I am still sitting in silence 10or 15 minutes each day. But now I don’t judge myself. I let things happen. And it’s much better. But what is the best for me, is to be sitting down by the sea and be still. Only then I feel fully connected to myself, my soul and the soul of the world.
    Stay well Balroop and thanks for sharing parts of yur journey with us. You are making a difference.

    1. Hi Marie,

      I am glad you are able to sit still for 15 minutes…that is great! Connecting with your inner self is a journey that takes time and you are right on the track. I started with just 4 to 5 minutes and have slowly increased the time but sitting for longer times doesn’t really serve any purpose. I deal with many of my thoughts while walking and by the time I finish my walk, much of the clutter is out of my mind.

      Thanks for sharing your view, dear. Please read your latest poem once again. I hope you get my point.

  13. Thanks for sharing your meditation journey, Balroop. I’ve heard for years meditation helps so I started on it. Like most other habits, I started small (5 minutes) and just focused on doing it once a day.. Now I’m up to 11 (i used my iphone as a timer) and occassionally do it twice a day. My challenge is sometimes coming up with creative ideas and brilliant blog posts in meditation. lol of course, I have to try to let go of these thoughts and try to let them pass while I work on watching my mind and staying mindful.

  14. This will help so many people. I believe in meditation, prayer and the power of silence, too. I enjoy walks in nature and allowing nature to ‘seep’ into my bones. Smiles, Robin

    1. Thanks Robin. Nature has a strange charm to allure us. Often I have pondered over to comprehend that pull, sat for hours in her company to discover why she is called mother…seeking answers, which lie within if we have the discerning eye to understand her magnanimity 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your view, much appreciated.

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