There are no special tricks to meditating; no special posture or breathing rhythm is required. Once you have gotten the knack of it you can meditate anywhere during any activity. Some readers have succeeded in reaching this altered state of conscious while reading about my sand meditation, perhaps you too may realize this transformational state of consciousness as you read onÖ
Sometimes meditation opens a door into the mysteries of creation. If we allow ourselves to pass through this door there is no telling what we may encounter on the other side. Do not become discouraged if you have tried to meditate in the past and not gotten any remarkable results. Meditation is a mystical process and it may take awhile to learn how to quiet your mind and open yourself to all the present moment has to offer you.
My meditation began while sitting on a beach. My hands were sandy. I rubbed my thumb and forefinger together feeling the grains of sand between them slipping away until only a single grain of sand remained. I could feel the shape of the grain of sand distinctly as I rolled it back and forth between my thumb and forefinger.
The longer I rolled the grain of sand about the more defined my awareness of the grain of sand became. The more detailed my experience of the grain of sand became the larger it appeared to be. While I could clearly feel the tiny grain of sand trapped between my thumb and finger roll about across the grooves and ridges of my fingerprints the grain of sand appeared to be growing larger and larger as I contemplated it.
The grain of sand continued to grow, encompassing the beach and then the world. Before long the grain of sand had grown to an infinite size and it now encompassed all of creation; yet I still held the tiny grain of sand between my thumb and forefinger, rolling it about across the grooves and ridges of my fingerprints.
The tiny grain of sand was intimately connected to every part of creation and all of creation existed within it, even as it existed within my grasp. I communed with the grain of sand, aware of its infinite connectedness to everything else; through the medium of the grain of sand I became aware of my own infinite connectedness with all of creation.
The sand spoke to me of eternity. It told me tales about creation and the infinite nature of our existence in creation. From the grain of sand I learned that every tiniest part of creation is a living being experiencing creation and sharing in the process whereby creation makes everything manifest.
My meditation with a grain of sand always produced a feeling of intense bliss. It was an eternal meditation that transcended the time and place where it began to continue throughout all of creation. From time to time I would return to this meditation, engrossed by the wisdom and experience of a single tiny grain of sand.
I’ve always struggled to meditate, even during yoga and despite guided meditations I still get a bit distracted. I prefer to relax and find space where I can drift into my own world for a few minutes and that to me is meditating. In my mind there are always green fields and a river or stream. Sometimes to stop thinking is good and allows my mind to stop for a while and to rest.
Meditation has helped me in so many ways…when I stick to doing it regularly! I find myself needing to some days whether I want to or not. I get overwhelmed and start feeling dizzy so I lay down and meditate for a few minutes. It works every time and I find myself feeling so much better afterwards!
I’ve only just recently started exploring meditation. I find I need to do guided meditation for now otherwise I get far too distracted. I’m hoping it gets easier after a while? It’s definitely comforting and relaxing so it would be nice to learn to be able to do it for myself, any time and any place. Just need to stick with it I guess!
It seems like every time I meditate usually I go by the same regiment which is musical meditation. I put the music in the background and I allow the music to take me to exactly where I need to be. Musical inspiration and musical meditation is probably my favorite form simply because pure silence is not necessarily something that I’m comfortable with.
Thanks for the great post. I’ve always wanted to try meditation but it’s been really HARD to get distractions off my mind. I’ll try sitting at the beach some time
I mediate to music. The sounds of nature help me to relax so that I can hear my mind speaking to me or helps me to go to sleep.
The sound of water streams, the sound or birds, rain and thunder help me to connect with nature. Is very relaxing.
My problem is that I don’t make the time to meditate. I know that it is important to take the time to let go and get in touch with a higher power, but I am terrible at carving out a chunk of time for this purpose. I need to take at least a few minutes a day to just clear my mind and connect with spirit.
I’m a beginner to meditation, but I’m hoping to use it to help me combat the anxiety disorder I have. I have used some guided meditation with some success. I have trouble quieting my mind and pushing intrusive thoughts away. I know how helpful meditation can be in every aspect of your health and life. I look forward to the day that I can truly meditate in the middle of a busy room.
I use a form of “moving” meditation. I do this when I go on an easy jog and start by paying attention to my breath, and every step that I take focusing on my cadence. This works well for me because I used to fall asleep when I do my meditation first thing in the morning and just sitting still doing nothing. This makes my morning run much more enjoyable and I find that tnime flies by so quickly.
I have never tried meditation. I probably should all things considered. If I lived near the beach the sand method would be my go to though. I would probably dig my heels into the cool sand and rub them back and forth. I used to do this as a child. When I did this recently on a vacation it did seem to calm me down. The ocean has a way of doing that. The sand is a nice thing to focus on with the sound of the waves in the background.
I have enjoyed meditation for many years. I find it’s a great way to clear my head but I have never heard of this sand idea. Brilliant! I can’t wait for a sunny day so I can go to the beach. I would love to read about more varieties of meditation. I think I am in kind of a meditation rut after so many years of pretty much the same routine.
I really need to start meditation in my life. I have only heard good results from doing it daily and this blog just confirms that even more. I think I will start first thing in the morning before the kids wake up. Hard part is actually getting up before the kids do. I could do it in my living room and once it becomes nice outside I will definitely go into the backyard. I will start meditation this year!!!!!!
Meditation has never come easily to me. My mind is crowded with thoughts, plans, stories and ideas. I’m a writer and student. With those two things combined, it’s never easy for me to sit in silence, let alone clear my mind. However, I always feel better once I start and, when I forget to make sure it happens, I can tell that I miss it. I feel better: as if a weight had been sitting on my chest and I never realized.
This is a beautiful account of a meditation experience. I’ve always found it hard to meditate no matter how much I tried. The silence makes me really uncomfortable and this is a big flaw of mine I’m currently working on. When I do bring myself to meditate, it always turns out to be a good experience. After reading this article I’ll probably try meditating at the beach at least once too!
For me the main issue is the concept of meditation. I mean, some say meditate is to achieve 0 thoughts, others say it’s just to achieve an inner peace. The fact is that whenever I try it I do feel more calm and I see things more clearly.
I love the idea of focusing on something so small like a grain of sand. It forces your mind to look at the world from a completely different scale and perspective. I like to take the concept out as well and expand to bigger and bigger scales until the petty problems of our existence truly melt away, and we can come back to ourselves from a place of calm and peace. I feel better just having read this!