Stilling the Restless Mind
Our minds are usually very restless and constantly leap from one idea to another. When you begin meditation, you will find that irrelevant notions can crowd out your desired stream of thought. You want to be quiet, but your thoughts and urges impinge on the stability of your mind. Pictures and half-formed thoughts may race through your brain, making it seem a hopeless task to quiet your mind.
Here is some great and even surprising guidance by an expert in therapeutic touch (and therefore very in tune with energy patterns), about how to start meditating in a way anybody can manage–and this is actually the author’s advice to us all, even those who might have quieter minds!
She suggests that you do your meditation for only two minutes for the first two or three months! She thinks meditation is something one should begin in a slow way until one can say, “I love it, for I am quiet.”
When you are at peace with yourself and have made even that short time of meditation a part of your lifestyle, then go further and deeper, slowly increasing the amount of time you spend in meditation. So many people start with the idea that they must meditate for a certain amount of time, and then basically get bored. Instead of setting out to meditate for a fixed amount of time, for instance ten or twenty minutes, and then feeling guilty half the time because you are not concentrating, it seems sensible to do it gradually.
You will find that it is usually in the first one or two months that your mind will waver. If you persist and you are willing to discipline yourself, you can achieve the necessary quiet mind. First for two minutes, then for a bit longer, you will experience a profound stillness. It will give you strength as you learn to center your consciousness, focus your thoughts, and, finally, achieve a sense of deep peace.
Bit by bit, you will be making better and longer contact with your inner self, and the inner self will become unified with your feelings and your thinking. The more the inner self comes “down” and filters through your personality, the more profound the stillness you will perceive. Both the emotions and the mind will slow down and work together. The quiet will have a pervading effect, particularly on the emotions, and you will feel more truly yourself.
Adapted from The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch, by Dora Kunz with Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N. (Inner Traditions, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Dora Kunz and Delores Krieger. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch, by Dora Kunz with Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N. (Inner Traditions, 2004).