over the hills and far away, a misty mountain hop. photos by michal karckz
pleasureofthepathlesssea asked: Hey so I've tried to mediate many times before but I find it so hard to clear my mind completely. It sounds weird but I always get a random song stuck in my head or something and I can't concentrate. I would really appreciate some meditation tips because I would really enjoy to meditate and it would really improve my life!
Okay, so meditation is largely about the continual understanding of the self, the mind, and your reaction to experience. To do so one must cultivate an objective observation/experience, as not to judge but just be aware.
Not being able to clear your mind when you first start meditating is normal.. Simply being aware that you have what a lot of people call “monkey mind” is a good first step. It shows you are observing. It also tells you how much you may not be in control of your mind. These are good first steps in recognizing where you are. It isn’t necessarily about (at least initially) about clearing your mind, its about understanding your reactions and your thoughts in the present moment. Just be aware of your thoughts, do not try and control them, as this will continue more thoughts to occur and monkey mind to develop.
Meditation isn’t easy, and it isn’t always fun. Our minds are the same as our bodies, if we ignore them they will deteriorate. Most individuals aren’t aware that we can be in control of our reactions to experience (but only after repeated practice). We can also ‘reprogram’ our brains through objective observation and experience. What a lot of people do when they start meditating is that they get down on themselves for having an active mind and not being able to enter a deep meditative state. Don’t be attached to expecting to be at a certain place in meditation. It all starts with being aware of the self and your initial reactions. You must first understand how you react before you can change your reaction. Also, with continuing how our minds are like our bodies…. what happens if you eat junk food, and don’t work out consistently…. your body gets weak, unheathty, etc… Same goes the mind, a consistent practice where you tend to the mind is necessary to start to break down monkey mind and to start to get in control of your mental actions and reactions to experience.
for not posting lately. I’m going through some of the most beautiful changes personally, which requires a lot of meditation and focus on the present moment. About a week after I started my own meditation practice (the chakra one), I went to UCF to see a Buddhist monk lecture. All I will say for now is that he opened me up to potentially the best/most effective meditation practice I have ever come across. My mentality, understanding and perspective of a lot of things changed that day. I’m currently trying to find where I want to be with this new mindset and understanding, and how far I want to take this.
In the mean time, feel free to ask anything about what I’ve discovered recently, what the meditation practice entails etc…