Want to learn how to meditate spiritually? Just follow this simple guide.
Spiritual meditation is a practice of connecting to something that is greater than our personal selves; more vast, more profound. The way to connect to this greater thing, however, is not through outwards reflection. Perhaps paradoxically, we reach it through honest self-reflection.
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5 Easy to Follow Tips For Spiritual Meditation
The actual mechanics of spiritual meditation — the postures, where to meditate, etc. — are the same as any other form of meditation. Be comfortable; be relaxed but aware; be in a quiet place.
Instead, to achieve spiritual meditation you will need to find inner peace and clarity. For most this will be much easier said than done. This is where our advice lies.
1. Let Go of Grudges
Forgiving those who wrong us or our loved ones is one of life’s greatest challenges. When you meditate, you start to really appreciate how much those grudges truly consume your thoughts. They do nothing to help you — or others.
The sooner you can forgive, the sooner you will be free of the pain and distraction that comes with the grudge. You’ll finally be able to take productive, meaningful steps towards your path of spiritual awareness.
Mindfulness, and wishing for others’ happiness, is a powerful way of training your mind to let go of these grudges.
2. Focus Your Spiritual Aspirations Towards Others
To do that, we must start with ourselves. We must look into our own minds and come to accept who we are, as we are, with love and tenderness. Only when we love ourselves can we truly reach out with the same love and benevolence to others.
As meditation practice continues, you’ll gradually find that the more you focus on the wellbeing of others, the less your own desires and frustrations affect you. True spirituality is the knowledge that we are all human; we are all the same, with our hopes and dreams and desires, and that when we love each other, we love ourselves.
(Spirit Guide | A Spoken Meditation with Music)
3. Combine Faith and Mindfulness
Faith is a great source of comfort and spiritual nourishment for many. This can be found in a place of worship, a meditation center, or simply practicing with like-minded people. They can find spiritual awakenings through the core religious practices that espouse the values of kindness, openness, and connection.
Others, however, use faith as a means of escape. Escape from reality, escape from the warts of life — and in doing so, don’t truly find the peace they seek.
Combining mindfulness and faith sustains us and strengthens our sense of spirituality, interconnectedness, love, and compassion. Through faith we can sustain ourselves in the here-and-now, core tenets of meditation; and through meditation, we can sustain our faith.
4. Be Open to New Possibilities
Letting go of our self-importance is essential in spiritual meditation. And I don’t mean self-importance in the sense of having inflated egos, or arrogance; rather a sense of how important we are in the larger picture.
From the smallest insect to the mightiest rulers who ever lived, we all seek basic needs; comfort, well-being, to avoid suffering, to sustain. We are all small but necessary parts in a greater picture, like dust caught in a sunbeam.
Accepting this larger view of the world around us frees our minds to become more open. By contextualizing ourselves against the larger picture, we allow ourselves to free our minds from ourselves and connect to the larger spiritual plane.
5. Be Yourself
Above all, you must be authentic. You must strip away the facades your present in different environments and be yourself. You probably already know you come across differently to your co-workers than your friends — and you probably appear different to your family than them.
Somewhere deep in all of that is You, and you must let that person out if you hope to seek spiritual awakening. Be honest, be transparent, and have integrity.
At a very practical level, there’s no real trick in how to meditate spiritually.
You adopt the same poses, focus on the same sounds, words or experiences you otherwise would. Instead, the key is to attain a level of self-awareness, self-love, and self-benevolence that may be lacking in your current life. Once you achieve that, you can truly awaken yourself to the spiritual world around you.