The response to the previous article entitled Staying positive in a world surrounded by negativity far exceeded my expectations. It is apparent that many people are trying to find their way... trying to find what works for them on a day-to-day basis as well as for the long-term future looking ahead. In these uncertain times in which we live, people need to feel as if they have purpose.. as if who they are and what they do makes a difference. People need to feel safe, and many of them do so by believing in a Higher Power. For me personally, I have chosen the path of Christianity. I believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit; that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected as the savior of our souls and the Lord of our lives. Every person on this planet has to find his/her own way and come to terms with their spiritual beliefs.
In the feedback received by various readers of the above-described article, the most common question is how do you get to the point of being still? Each person must find his/her own way but there are ways to set the mood in order to accomplish this goal.
Determine what time of day is best for YOU to be still. It can be the first thing you do each day. Or perhaps the first thing you do after your spouse has left for work and the kids have left for school. If you like a physical workout, perhaps it's easier for you to be still after your workout so that any excess energy will be burned off rather than serving as a distraction. Or maybe you prefer to have your quiet time to be still just before going to bed. This is a decision that only YOU can make.
Determine how much time you want or have available to be still. Be realistic about the goals you set. For example, you may want to spend at least an hour in quiet time but, considering your schedule for each day, the things you must accomplish, the people you must deal with, spending quality time with your loved ones, do you really have an entire hour available each day? Do not allow your quiet time of being still to become a daily grind which you don't really have time for and you begin to dread. Flexibility and spontaneity are important factors. Give yourself freedom and strive to be open-minded. Watch for unexpected opportunities which might arise throughout the day when you could work in additional time(s) to be still.
Many meditation programs suggest that you start out by closing your eyes and taking some deep breaths. In the meditation programs by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey, each lesson includes a daily Centering Thought and a Sanskrit Mantra, along with an explanation of what they mean or perhaps a guided imagery. For me personally, one of my favorite parts is the Centering Thought, the explanation thereof, and the wonderful things you learn or the places to which your mind travels once you have reached the place of perfect stillness, open your mind, and talk and listen to your Higher Power. Many people can easily achieve the first three steps... stillness, open mind, and talking to their Higher Power but what they lack is listening to their Higher Power, which is the most powerful part of meditation.
There are many paths to meditation and you can choose what is best for you. It might be the meditation programs by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey, or a devotional book based on scriptures in the Bible, or some plans you wish to achieve within your lifetime. If you're really creative, you can make up your own study guide. Just be yourself and experiment. This is your time so do something that makes you feel better, relieves your stress, and brings you joy.
Before closing, below is a reminder of the meaning of the term Namaste.
'I honor the spirit in you which is also in me.'
'The light in me sees the light in you.'
'All that is best and highest in me salutes all that is best and highest in you.'
'The spirit in me meets the same spirit in you.'
Once again, feedback regarding this article is welcome. Feel free to share methods you use to reach the point of being still or anything else you deem relevant.