Guided Meditations for your spiritual growth
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How to Meditate for spiritual growth, self-realization and enlightenment.
Meditation can be used for many purposes, for relaxation, escape or to know your true self.
Clarify your intention and reason to meditate.
These guided meditations serve self-enquiry, spiritual awakening—understanding the nature of your true self as non-dual awareness.
What is meditation?
Meditation is whatever you want it to be.
It serves what you serve.
If you serve the ego, meditation will serve the ego. If you are seeking truth it can be used to assist in the search for truth.
These meditations focus on you and realizing the true self. And in that way, this meditation ultimately eliminates the idea of a meditator, of a subject and object of meditation.
How to meditate
There are many wonderful ways to meditate, but if your focus is on establishing clarity on the nature of your true self, then meditation becomes very simple.
These guided meditations and suggestions are here to help.
The Wisdom Well Way Natural Meditation Method
Drawing from years of experience and from some of the most effective techniques used in the world, here is an easy-to-use meditation method.
Read more about how to meditate for wisdom here.
- Intention and Attention
Intention and Attention
The foundation of meaningful meditation is in essence paying attention to INTENTION and ATTENTION.
Intention—is being clear on the reason for your meditation.
Ask yourself, and contemplate an honest answer, “Why do I want to meditate?”
Here are some examples of possible intentions for a meditation practice, that are an orientation towards enlightenment:
- To realize the true nature of the self.
- To deepen the embodiment of the truth.
- To find wisdom.
- To heal an inner obstacle.
- To rest as the self.
Set a broad intention for the general purpose of your meditation practice. The bigger the WHY, (the reason) and the more important it is to you, the more energy and focus you’ll have for your meditation.
We focus on what feels important, so establish your most important, honest reasons to meditate.
Now that you have a broad intention for meditation, it is helpful to approach each meditation sitting with the spontaneous intention for that moment.
Ask yourself as you sit or prepare to meditate, “Why is this meditation important to me?” or “What is my core intention for this particular intention?”
We call this digging your Wisdom Well.
Here are some examples of possible intentions for a meditation sitting:
- To bring truth to a belief or limited thinking pattern that is causing suffering.
- As Ramana Maharshi, the Advaita saint said, to simple “Abide as the self.”
- To discern the difference between the subject (you) and the objects that arise in you. The apparent form and the formless.
- To contemplate your existence and true nature.
- To experience being the true self without the filter of the mind.
- To experience objects as the self.
Now that you have an INTENTION for your meditation practice and for your meditation sitting, let’s look at ATTENTION.
Meditation evolves, as it should, to match your needs and evolution. But whether you are a beginner meditator or advanced, ATTENTION is still the common denominator for all effective meditation techniques.
So let’s look at ATTENTION in meditation.
Paying mindful attention to attention could be called a meditation technique in itself, but it’s actually the most important foundation for all types of meditations, from guided visualization meditation to body awareness, to self-enquiry style meditations.
It comes down to this:
- Noticing where your attention is.
- Become conscious of attention itself.
- Learn to consciously intuitively move and direct attention with intention.
Most people live oblivious as to where their attention is. Attention is drawn to what grabs it.
This could be sights, sounds, tastes, feelings. This is why people are not aware of the subtle streams of data available to us. Like intuition, which offers a subtle stream of data.
- Attention determines what information is available to consciousness.
- Attention with intention directs your focus – what I call your Focal Awareness Point.
- Your Focal Awareness Point or FAP can contract or expand like an aperture.
- Your FAP is used to ‘tune in’ to the knowledge of objects (people, places, things, memories, feelings, etc.)
- Your FAP can be directed to anything you intend. It’s beyond the domain of space and time, and therefore you can, with intention learn to tune in to anything.
Ultimately with practice, you could learn to direct attention, your FAP consciously and tune in to what’s helpful or interesting to you.
Should you schedule meditation time?
It’s best to find what works for you, truly.
Some of my students love the disciplined approach of setting a morning or evening meditation routine. Others find that any form of disciplined schedule causes them to rebel and break their promise to themselves.
Work out what works best for you, based on your nature.
I’ve never kept a meditation schedule and I don’t meditate as a discipline. What worked extremely well for me, was to meditate intuitively, when drawn to it.
Once my mind soon realized the benefits of meditation, I didn’t need to drag myself into meditation.
I fell in love with the silence and the spontaneous wisdom that arose in deep meditation.
After a few years, the meditative state seemed to permeate my daily waking state, and soon living became a meditation.
How long should you meditate for?
As long as you’re not hurting your spine, and making sure to drink water and eat according to your bodies needs, you could meditate for as short or as long as you like.
I vary my meditative practice, from a quick 5 minutes to up to 3 hours straight. It all depends on the purpose of the meditation and how quickly I can settle my mind.
Some days you’ll find it might take longer to settle into meditation than others.
I would suggest following your own inner intuitive sense of things, and being flexible in your meditation experience.
- May your guided meditations be natural.
- May living become a meditation, where attention rests in the self helping the body, mind and heart to radiate the essence of the self which is love, peace and joy.