Meditation and increased awareness
Life on earth is full of distractions that take us away from our original nature, our spiritual nature. Communication with God has its obstacles here on earth, where the body is being held down by gravity and the mind is being polluted by ego. However, meditation can overcome these obstacles and allow the spirit to be at peace with God once again. We needn’t wait till death to go back to God; we can be with God right now through meditation.
According to Oxford American Dictionaries, meditation is “the act of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation”. Every major religion teaches the benefits of meditation and the beauty of coming closer to God through it.
Through meditation we can silence our minds from all the pain, worries, misfortunes, our egos, etc. In that silence we can hear God. We can be with God. We can know God. Meditation frees our minds from stress and negative thinking while filling our souls with the Light. We needn’t look outside for peace and happiness when God lies within each of us. Therefore, meditate and know God.
Awareness is the substrate of all experience. If you want to change something, you must first become aware of it. You cannot change something that you are not aware of. However, things that you are not aware of can and do change you, and that can be a problem.
You don’t have to be focused on one thing when you’re meditating. Dreams are very unstable, so why should you focus on one thing? You have to be aware of yourself, how you feel and of your thoughts. You don’t even need to close your eyes, turn of TV or lights. Just sit down in position you feel comfortable and be with yourself. The first time I tried that thought when was last time, when i was with myself? I always watch TV, play computer games, working or talking on phone. I’m day dreaming all day long! Thoughts will start flowing through your head be aware of them, that’s also a good way to train your short term memory. You should be at present moment as much as you can, but don’t force yourself. More you’ll do that, easier it will get. You’ll be able to meditate while walking or doing your things. All you need is to be yourself and be aware of yourself.