After reading many articles on meditation, you have decided to adapt your dress style to this philosophy, to sit in the lotus position, to close your eyes and to wait for your mind to clear… but to no avail.
Clear your head is more complicated than you think.
Most of the time, it’s hard to learn to clear your head, especially when you’re new to meditation, or you’re too stressed out. Read the rest of this article, and you’ll find out how to do it.
The mind has no on / off button
The problem is, the mind is not a device that can be disconnected or turned off (and fortunately).
It is not enough to unplug an outlet, or to press a button. But then, how do you manage to clear your head ?
In fact, the question we should ask ourselves is: to meditate, do we have to have our brain at rest?
Professors will surely tell you yes, but yet, it is not necessarily the “sine qua non” condition to achieve this coveted “enlightenment” …
Indeed, it is not easy to make certain thoughts fade away as if by magic, especially since we cannot disconnect our mind when it suits us …
Maybe you just need to close your eyes and pay attention to what’s going on in your body.
Become aware of the air entering your lungs, of how your spine manifests its need to change position (indeed, it is usually bent throughout the day).
Why not take advantage of this moment to listen to relaxing music, birdsong or the sea breeze?
Ideas will arise in your mind as quickly as they escape. The more you try to repel them, the more they will be tenacious.
This is why there is no point in fighting against them; better make them our friends, and wait for them to go away on their own.
This is not to blow and empty your head
Many of us want our heads to be totally empty when we meditate.
But let us tell you, that is not exactly what you should be aiming for, but rather serenity, and most importantly the ability to see what is happening.
On the other hand, if rather than leading you to the sadness of not having achieved “cerebral purity” your mind is distracted by any thought, then rejoice!
It shows that you are paying attention to what is going on around you, or that you have certain thoughts that you need to remedy, or that you need to work on.
Meditating helps us to have clear ideas
We must realize that meditation is not an effort or a struggle, but rather an observation of oneself, a quest for peace.
Can it be that calm finds its place in the midst of the coming and going of thoughts? Yes, it is possible… it’s all up to you.
Experiment with this new way of meditating and then analyze the benefits. Surely it will present positive aspects, as well as others which they will not really be.
What is certain is that meditation will have helped you calm down a bit, or even take revenge on certain inconveniences or things that hitherto prevented you from sleeping.
In addition, among these thoughts that will appear in your mind, there will be “white” spaces, some times longer than others …
But it is thanks to these moments when you have clear ideas as well as this saving silence that you will be able to benefit from your experience.
Over time, you can then increase the frequency of your practice and the length of your sessions.
This evolution must be a consequence of your constant meditation. Just be content to enjoy the journey, the journey, the path.
This magnificent path that you will travel, and that it will be worth crossing in order to reach your goal.
It is by walking that the walker makes his way
Once you reach your goal, you realize that the most important thing, as always, is how far you’ve come.
You will then feel the benefits of meditation just as well when you are lying cross-legged and with your eyes closed as when you are at work, on the subway, or preparing dinner; you can meditate at any time of the day.
Each of your actions can be a meditation session. Because there is no point in clearing your head to meditate correctly!
The most important thing, as you will surely have noticed, is to be attentive to what is happening around you at all times.
Thus, you will manage to clear the vacuum sooner than you think… don’t worry.
One day, a man asked Buddha:
– What are you and your disciples doing?
“We sit, we walk and we eat,” he replied.
“But anyone can sit, walk and eat,” the man asked.
– Perhaps, but we, when we are seated, we are aware that we are seated; when we walk, when we walk, and when we eat, when we eat, replied the sage.