Nature Meditation Confessions …
You are sitting by a quietly flowing stream in the countryside. It is spring and life is green and moist? Sitting on a rock, the sights and sounds of the flowing water begin to work their mysterious way into your nervous system.
Confessions… it works Gradually, with the simple repetition of the water’s song and the harmonious beauty of the natural surroundings, the thousands of electronic impulses of your brain begin to discharge into the tension-absorbing air.
All of the concerns, problems and projects, which had filled your mind to bursting capacity begin to disappear.
There is nothing to try to figure out now, nothing to decide.
The flowers silently console you with their perfect peace and harmony.
The fresh air tingles in your lungs and your head becomes clear.
confessions part I
… Meditation for Prosperity and Abundance?
To be honest, that connection had never even occurred to me until fairly recently, or else I would have started to meditate much sooner.
For years, people told me I should meditate. I tried it a few times, but it just wasn’t my thing. It felt boring. And I failed to see the point.
I also may have had exaggerated expectations of what it would feel like to meditate. I guess I thought it would be much like hypnosis, of which I had exaggerated expectations as well. Any of my attempts at either of the two techniques just didn’t come close to what I had expected, which was a state of blissed-out oblivion. So I figured it didn’t work. Either that, or it just didn’t work for me.
You feel somehow sedated,
as if the forces of nature have conspired to put you to sleep – to put you at ease.
The wind massages your body with caresses of coolness as the sun unties your muscles with penetrating warmth.
There is nothing to do, nowhere to go and nothing to think of. Just lie back and absorb the peaceful vibrations which flow into every part of your being, whispering, «be at peace, relax my friend, all is well now».
A delicious sleep falls upon you; not really sleep but a half-conscious-half-sleep state, in which the trees, sounds and breeze begin to come inside and mix with all of the thoughts and feelings. It is as if the door of your mind has been opened and all of those conversations, actions and perceptions lying unresolved, floating at various depths in the sea of the mind begin to float upwards and outwards.
Reality now is a mixture of the inner and outer.
The peace and security of being in the womb of nature allows us to surrender to the sun, water and wind, while the earth-draws out our stresses and frustrations.
confessions part II
... Fast-forward quite a few years…
I was listening to an Abraham-Hicks recording when Abraham suddenly spoke of “allowing.” All the prosperity and abundance would be mine if only I could refrain from pushing it away.
I had first encountered the term “allowing” during an advanced Quantum Touch workshop and felt at a loss. Allow? How? What exactly was I supposed to do?
This had been very frustrating because it appeared to be a key part of the process. Since then, I had also come across it when reading about manifestation. And that left me even more frustrated. How am I supposed to manifest prosperity and abundance when I don’t know how to allow?
We swim semiconsciously
at the level where the conscious blends into the unconscious.
We dance in our sea of consciousness, sometimes floating up to the surface catching the sensation of the breeze, or the warmth of the sun. Then we dive downward into a stream of upward floating thoughts, images, sounds – all the dislodged refuse from nervous stresses and unresolved problems.
We watch them as they float by and then dive deeper sensing by now there is something at the bottom of the sea, which is attractive to us.
Occasionally we get caught by an upward floating sensation of worry, resentment, an image or an attachment, and before we know it, we are at the surface again thinking, wondering, worrying, being rocked by the waves of attachment.
But the dance goes on, we begin to sink again, for by now we see that we cannot really dive because diving is too intense – there is too much effort – we get hooked too easily on upward floating garbage.
confessions part III
… So when Abraham brought up allowing,
I sat there poised to take notes. Maybe I would finally learn what it meant and how to do it.
And I did! Abraham explained that allowing was basically the absence of resistance, something that was actually not easy to accomplish! Aha! I thought. So it wasn’t just me.
What came next really got my attention, though:
The most effective way to “allow” was to meditate, Abraham said. Meditate, I thought? Not again!
We instinctively learn the dance of the water,
sinking, watching, letting go, being carried on the vertical currents of fresh water from the depths of our consciousness, like a seagull with wings spread gliding the air currents flowing against it without a movement, without an effort, letting the air do all the work.
By this time, we are no longer concerned about where we are going. The water becomes clearer, free of debris. We have gone beyond the levels of stress release, past wreckage of old memories, relationships, failures and traumas. We have danced through the caverns of resentment and worry.
The water becomes very clean, very still, very peaceful.
We are coming to the source of our life current, the spring of pure consciousness. Here we may encounter pure light or energy. Only subtle vibrations exist here. Our bodies become recharged with life. Our consciousness is renewed as we have cleared the way for a burst of fresh energy to flow up purifying the sea of consciousness, regenerating the mind, giving new life to every cell of our brain.
confessions part IV
… But this was different.
Meditation according to Abraham was basically being in a relaxed position and thinking of nothing (much). The best part: 10 minutes would be enough. Now that I could do!
I practically ran to my bedroom, lay down, closed my eyes, and tried to think of nothing. Okay, so that didn’t work too well. But I could think of colours. Just one after the other, focusing on imagining myself surrounded by them. Before I knew it, the 10 minutes were up.
I did it again the next day and the next, and every day since. Well, nearly every day. And the most amazing things started happening almost immediately.
If we do not become enamoured by the sensation of light,
by the bliss of this energy which charges through our system, then we may sink a little deeper into the vast nothingness from which the spring of life flows.
Here there is not even energy; no body, no mind, no light, no sound – absolute nothingness – total vacuum – only tremendous potential unmanifest Divine Consciousness, from which all life and material creation flows.
COMING BACK TO THE SURFACE
The sound of chirping birds greets you as you slowly float to the surface. The branches dancing in the wind wave «hello». The sounds of insects buzzing and water splashing salute you with a «welcome back friend, you are part of us now».
It takes a while to remember where you are. You were only gone 20 minutes, but it seems you have been in this spot all your life. The mind is clear, refreshed and in the present.
There is nothing to do but take off your clothes and go swimming.
Have you ever been to this quiet stream in the countryside?
Most everyone has – either to a stream, river, mountain, sea, or forest. And how well and rejuvenated we feel when we return. Somehow everything is more alive, more harmonious.
It may not take long, however, to discharge all that energy and clarity. Once again we become upset, nervous and bored.
confessions part V
… Only two days later, seemingly out of the blue,
I came across an opportunity that ended up helping my cash-flow significantly. And only a day after that, I found a flier where someone was looking for help with a project of the very kind I wanted to get some experience with but didn’t think I’d ever get the opportunity because I had no experience. Yet I called, and the project was mine, and it worked out great.
Now I have to admit that things don’t flow quite as dramatically every day, but they do go a lot better on the days I meditate. And when I’ve slacked off for a little while, I can really tell the difference.
In fact, it’s been a few days –
I can’t imagine how I could have gotten side-tracked like that (must have been the holidays), and it’s high time to get back to my daily practice. So if you’ll excuse me, please. I’ve got to go lie down right now and meditate.
Can we go to the stream every day?
It certainly would be nice, and life would be much less complicated. Of course for most of us it is completely impractical in terms of time, money and availability of such places – especially to those of us who live in the city.
Well, Mother Nature has a secret for us. We don’t have to go anywhere at all. The stream of life, that place of peace and source of strength, knowledge and harmony – lies right inside every one of us.
What is meditation? It is nothing more than visiting this stream on a daily basis. Simply it is the sinking dance into our sea of consciousness, releasing the submerged stresses and coming to the point of inner stillness where there is no object of consciousness – but consciousness itself.
this inward dance leaves us fresh, more alert, relaxed, creative, healthy, and more in tune with ourselves and our environment.
The truth of these statements has been proved both subjectively and objectively through experimentation. Studies have been made on meditators and non-meditators over the years with respect to blood pressure, pulse and reaction time as well as with states of fulfillment and creativity expressed subjectively by the participants.
Hundreds of thousands of people today
in all walks of life are finding that no matter what their goals, motivations, responsibilities or problems may be, they are able to act more clearly, more efficiently and more successfully with the aid of regular meditation.
Ultimately, the only way to know if meditation will be useful for you is to give it a try. To spend some time each day in the «dance of the soul».
Adapted from the book “The Art of Meditation” by Robert Elias Najemy.
When the closest you get to nature is your garden, you can start building a meditation garden. Here are some tips:
BUILDING A MEDITATION GARDEN
How to look at a garden as a gооd tооl fоr a successful meditation.
Mеdіtаtіng іn a gаrdеn?
Why nоt? Whеthеr іt іѕ “buіlt” in a ѕmаll ѕрасе in a сіtу rеѕіdеnсе, оr a lаrgе аrеа in your country рrореrtу,
a meditation gаrdеn іѕ a perfect рlасе tо relax аnуtіmе уоu nееd tо.
Hоw dо уоu gо аbоut “building” уоu оwn meditation gаrdеn? A good tip is tо fіnd thе rіght ѕроt wіthіn уоur property. Cоnѕіdеr a spot whеrе уоu can do іntеnѕіvе planting. Thіѕ іѕ effective fоr those whо саn ѕраrе only a ѕmаll рlасе for thеіr meditation garden. If thіѕ is thе саѕе, thе best thing you can do is tо double dig thе аrеаѕ whеrе уоu want your trееѕ аnd shrubs tо bе planted. Thіѕ mеthоd is dоnе by dіggіng a hоlе оn thе grоund wіth twо tіmеѕ уоur spade’s depth. Thіѕ allows уоu tо ѕрасе уоur рlаntѕ close tоgеthеr mаkіng rооm for mоrе. Aside from thаt, you саn hаvе a mіxturе оf оrgаnіс fеrtіlіzеr іnѕіdе the hоlе аnd plenty оf room fоr rооtѕ tо grоw аnd fоr thе water tо drаіn.
Your personal solace
Some оf thоѕе who hаvе “put-up” a mеdіtаtіоn gаrdеn оf thеіr оwn hаvе аddеd numеrоuѕ ассеntѕ like a gаzеbо, small роndѕ, раthwауѕ, раrk bеnсhеѕ, оr trеllіѕеѕ with flоwеrу vіnеѕ. Bаѕісаllу one’s meditation gаrdеn is a реrѕоnаl ѕоlасе. So adding highlights into іt ѕhоuld bе frоm personal choices. A meditation gаrdеn after аll іѕ уоur own реrѕоnаl space for fіndіng реасе and serenity.
A lot of mеdіtаtіоn garden thеmе ѕаmрlеѕ are available online. One рорulаr meditation gаrdеn dеѕіgn іѕ thе Jараnеѕе ѕtуlе. This раrtісulаr ѕtуlе of meditation gаrdеn dоеѕ nоt fосuѕ on symmetry. Rаthеr, it focuses оn bеіng natural — nаturе іtѕеlf. Thеrе are ѕеvеrаl principles іnvоlvеd in the Jараnеѕе design, but whаt іѕ реrhарѕ the mоѕt important іѕ thе mеіgаkurе (may-gah-koor-ay). Thіѕ соnсерt whісh means bеіng hіddеn frоm ѕіght, gives the Jараnеѕе design оf mеdіtаtіоn gаrdеn іtѕ mуѕtеrіоuѕ ԛuаlіtу.
There аrе also hеlрful оnlіnе ѕіtеѕ to hеlр you create a mеdіtаtіоn gаrdеn for ѕрrіng, summer, autumn, аnd еvеn wіntеr. Sоmе gаrdеnѕ thоugh are реrfесtlу сараblе оf bеіng уоur place оf ѕаnсtuаrу at any gіvеn сlіmаtе. Thе mоѕt common thіngѕ аbоut thеѕе gаrdеnѕ though аrе their fоndnеѕѕ for thе dіffеrеnt еlеmеntѕ lіkе rock, wооd and water. Abundаnt greenery ѕееmѕ tо be thе best “composition” of a mеdіtаtіоn gаrdеn. Most оbvіоuѕ rеаѕоn wоuld bе bесаuѕе, nаturе, plants especially, lеt uѕ соnnесt wіth оur іnnеr selves more еаѕіlу. Mеrеlу wаtсhіng thе lеаvеѕ ѕwауіng can ѕtіr оur dіffеrеnt senses.
A meditation garden dоеѕ nоt promise tо ѕоlvе аll уоur wоrrіеѕ. Hоwеvеr, as a рlасе оf соmfоrt, it will definitely lеt uѕ hаvе bеttеr аnd happier tіmеѕ in оur lіvеѕ. A great place to Meditate For Abundance And The Art Of Allowing.