How To Bake A Meditation Cake
Meditation practice is a little bit like baking a cake, it requires certain ingredients placed in the right order, mixed and baked for a set amount of time to get the right result. Without a recipe or the right ingredients, you are likely to end up with mush.
Dandipani an Australian Hindu Monk, entrepreneur and keynote speaker says it takes a lot of courage to investigate your inner self and if you have never meditated before then the experience can be mixed, He says the first thing people come into contact with when they meditate is their subconscious mind (that is the place that stores all the things that you ever experienced, a place that is like your mental junkyard) and find it uncomfortable so they give up.
He says that in order for your meditation to be effective you should treat it like a business meeting with yourself and make sure you keep the appointment. Like every meeting, there is usually an intention or a goal as to why you are holding it. As meditation is a meeting with yourself the purpose is really to get to know yourself and explore different aspects of yourself and your psyche.
Along with the goal of getting to know yourself, meditation can also include a personal goal, like wanting to be more patient, efficient, relaxed or a better person. These intentions are what anchor us to the practice so when the mind drifts away you can come back to where you need to be. Like a roadmap.
Sally Kempton who is a world expert in meditation and was a Hindu Monk in India for twenty years explains that if you don’t have a clear idea of where you are going it is much the same as someone trying to drive a car without knowing where to put the petrol. Instead of putting it into the car, they instead pour it onto the floor.
What You Will Need
Make a time every day where you can be alone, uninterrupted for at least 20minutes Your meditation does not have to be more than 1 – 2 minutes when you first start out
You need to make a dedicated space for your mediation that is quiet, private and not filled with electronic devices like computers, tv, laptops, Ipads or phones.
Cushions and props, a chair or mat that you can sit on to keep the spine straight and hips flat. You don’t have to cross the legs, and you can lay down, as long as the spine is straight and you don’t fall asleep.
Your intention is your goal for meditation. Why do you want to meditate? Having a goal is essential, so choosing something meaningful is best. Most people chose things like learning to be patient, more loving or courageous. It is recommended by all the experts to stay committed to the one goal until you achieve it.
When you first begin your practice, it might be challenging to manage all the mind-stuff. Just sitting in your space for your affirmed time without caving in is an excellent way to overcome the urge to stop. Patience makes the cake taste better in the end.
Having a straight back is crucial to your practice. The spine is central to all meditation practices as it is where the primary energy centres are aligned as is the pathway in which your outgoing energy is withdrawn and then reversed
Most accurate forms of mediation will begin with sitting still eyes closed or almost closed, back straight, chin tucked in, and body relaxed. Fingers are also sometimes fixed in a position called a mudra; this helps with focus and attention, The breath is central to all mediation and focusing on the breath is used to withdraw your awareness back into the body.
Your experience and method can include the sounds of mantra and singing bowls to begin the practice and to end it.
Creativity and Intuition
Explore your inner world and keep a note of what works and what does not.
Your experience with different methods, creative visuals, sounds and movement can all enhance your practice. You don’t need to stay doing the same thing every day. Variety is good at making sure you are enjoying your meditation.
The advice and guidance of a good teacher is a must as you begin your practice, you should explore the variations that exist in the world. You will probably find that with the experience of different methods, you will collect and integrate bits of different practices that you like and make your style. You should always experiment on what works for you.
Mediation is not easy, and some days you can not win. Showing up is the first step, and the second step is sitting it out for the designated time you have chosen without caving in. This conditioning of the self will also condition the mind. Self-discipline is necessary for achieving any goal in life.
Always be kind to yourself, no matter what. Even when it gets tight thank yourself and keep going.
‘Your only obstacle is the mind’ – Emily Rack
He says meditation is about your energy and he says ‘life is a manifestation of where you direct your energy to’. Energy and awareness are the same things and medtiation is about learning to harness your energy and direct it to where you want it to go. This ability to navigate your own awareness means you are more likely to make better decisions as to where you would like to spend your life currency.
‘Where your mind goes your energy flows’.
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