When you think of meditation, what comes to mind? Do you envision sitting in a candlelit room, in a cross legged position, eyes closed, with incense burning? These are the most prevalent images in the media, so many people have learned to associate those images and ideas with what meditation “should” be. However, a meditation practice is, quite simply, whatever you need it to be. You can meditate wherever, and whenever, you need to. In fact, it is highly beneficial to use your meditation practice in order to find peace in a hectic environment, and to stay present with your life.
What is “being present”?
In the latest Star Wars movie, we are shown one of the main characters, Luke Skywalker, meditating on an island, projecting his image onto a battlefield. He is calm, and focused, amidst major chaos, which is why he is able to maintain his composure, and create an effective illusion. The lesson here is that, if you can create calm within the chaos, you are master of your own reality. To be present means to be focused on your inner calm, to the degree that you do not allow the outer chaos to effect your reality. We understand, in this space, that the simple act of focusing on our own energy, and information, gives us our greatest power.
How does Meditation help you?
Let us examine a few ways your meditation practice can assist you in your quest to be more present in your daily life. There are many teachers who address this subject, and Eckhart Tolle is one of them. He teaches about being present, and staying in the Now.
“Presence is the key to freedom, so you can only be free now.” – Eckhart Tolle
Self Observation: When you can observe that you are not present, is when you can change it. Awareness is the master key to shifting behaviors and patterns. If you notice that you are doing something, and you realize it is not serving you, you will automatically desire to change it.
Going within: When you sit in meditation, you breathe, relax, and allow. It is your inner awareness that allows you to observe, rather than react, to events. You become the master of your own thoughts when you are able to go within.
A regular meditation practice can transform your life in ways you may not have realized up to this point. When you are able to go within, and become the observer, you have empowered yourself in a way that is healthy, and mindful. This is the ultimate goal in taking time for yourself and establishing an inner sense of presence.
At Pachika, we offer many levels of classes, from beginner and beyond, to assist you in establishing, or enhancing, your meditation practice.
Please visit our Classes page for more information, and to sign up.