In 2012, I bought the book, Meditation, The Complete Guide: Techniques from East and West to Calm the Mind, Heal the Body, and Enrich the Spirit by Patricia Monaghan and Eleanor G. Viereck. I quickly found the part about yoga and meditation. Because nothing they wrote matched my experience as a budding yogini, I chose not to read the rest. “How could I trust them?”
And then along came a new lesson for me:
Just because it isn’t in your experience, doesn’t mean it’s not true for someone else. ~Pam Young
The circumstances of learning that lesson do not matter. What does matter is that as I was about to write this article, I remembered the book, flipped it open to the note I had written, and laughed out loud.
Remember this sentence from the first “Connecting with Source” post?
“…there are as many versions of Hinduism as there are of Christianity and the Occult…”
Likewise, there are as many different ways to meditate as there are people who meditate.
For example, besides those ways of meditating mentioned in the first “Connecting with Source” post, are these: walking, hiking in the woods, and dancing. I also used to do Labyrinth Walking (in Durango, Colorado, and in San Francisco, California).
Having learned that there are many ways to understand and experience things, I decided to keep Meditation: the Complete Guide as a resource, trusting that the reader will understand it’s only an introduction and will do her own research if interested. And now, here’s the book’s description from Amazon
More than ever, people of all ages, backgrounds, and traditions are becoming aware of the benefits of meditation. Broad-based yet addressing the specific needs of individuals, the completely revised and updated Meditation — The Complete Guide offers information on forty-three meditation practices. An easy-to-use self-test on personal habits and preferences directs readers to choose a practice to fit their tastes and circumstances. The authors describe all the major forms of Eastern and Western religious practice — from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to the traditions of India, Japan, China, and Tibet. Readers can explore techniques derived from Asian and African customs or meditations simply found in life practices such as sports, gardening, and creative arts. Meditation — The Complete Guide is designed for all readers, from the beginning meditator to the healing professional, with chapters on practices to heal physically, emotionally, and mentally.
For those who do not meditate like spiritual folk, but who want the outcomes gained by meditating, consider these methods because they also require focusing on the Present Moment:
- Sketching from Nature
- Needle Crafts
- Dialogues with Self
- Sports as Meditation
And learning to live in the Present Moment is what meditation is about, as the gymnast Dan explains to a teammate during tryouts for the Olympic team in the last scene of the film, The Peaceful Warrior.
Gurudev says, “Do each thing with so much love that you couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.”
Finally, time management skills can also help to clear the mind so we can be in the present moment. Writing down what I intend to do is a habit from being a professor who taught time management. And announcing (out loud, to myself) whatever I’m going to do next probably came from Esther Hicks’ channeling Abraham. These are simple ways to practice clearing the mind and BEing in the PRESENT moment.
Till next time,
Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows. ~Tzaddi