Finding Synchronicity with Meditation
This, I say, is the stillness: a retreat to one’s roots.
Written By: Sujantra McKeever
My nephew recently asked me what I had learned from all my years of meditation. I answered him in one word: synchronicity. Synchronicity is the connection, the link between our psychic self: the realm of our mind, emotions and unconsciousness, and the physical world around us.
We are taught that the world is separate from ourselves, that the physical world is inert and lifeless. Synchronicity shows us that we are very much a part of the world, a world that is vibrant and responsive to us. Our thoughts and emotions shape the world.
Through the practice of yoga and meditation, we can learn to visualize ourselves and our surroundings as we wish them to be. Through our repeated inner concentration and heartfelt intentions, the things and situations we envision will come into being in the physical world. Our thoughts and emotions shape reality.
Yoga teaches that the purpose of life is the evolution of consciousness. Each one of us is on a journey of learning, of growth and transformation. The world is the setting in which our growing takes place. The world is alive and responsive.
Observe yourself and your heartfelt longings, intensify these feelings, spend time visualizing and you will soon see life responding.
Anytime we can meditate is the best time for meditation. In our hectic society with busy schedules, work and a myriad of responsibilities, just finding five to ten minutes a day for meditation is an accomplishment. What is most important is that you do practice, every day.
MORNING IS A SPLENDID TIME
If you are able to accommodate your schedule or make changes, there are certain times in the day that are more conducive to meditation. These times coincide with the cycles of nature. Morning is a splendid time for meditation. When we wake, the sun is rising, and the new day is dawning. Nature is once again beginning her growth process, and the sun is beginning to shine; this is an excellent time for meditation. The dawning of the day reminds us—inspires us—of the dawning of our aspiration for the soulful and spiritual experiences life can offer us.
NOON HAS POWER
Noon is a powerful time to meditate. With the sun at its apex, we find the world fully active and dynamic. Meditation is not just the experience of peace and calm; meditation also embodies the dynamic and powerful. Noon—the middle of the day—is a time of power for nature and we can feel that power within our consciousness.
In the evening, as the sun is setting, the world is again in transition; we leave behind our multifarious activities, the hustle and bustle, and we enter into the calm of the evening. This aspect of the day allows us the opportunity to let go of problems, worries, and anxieties and enter into the quiet, soulful peace of evening.
RIGHT BEFORE SLEEP
Before going to sleep at night is another excellent time for a few moments of meditation. This is the time to calm and quiet our mind and body before going to sleep. Sleep is a significant part of our lives; in face, it is a sort of biological meditation, and by preparing ourselves and infusing ourselves with a peaceful consciousness, we create a deeper, more fulfilling and effective sleep.
Midnight is a soulful time for meditation on the quality of love. Love begins with self-acceptance. Concentrate and meditate upon a photograph of yourself which you feel embodies your best qualities. While concentrating on your photograph allow your body and mind to relax. Becoming comfortable with your image in the picture helps you to accept and love yourself. Once we feel love within ourselves, we have access to the greatest thing we can offer to others: love.
3 AM HOUR OF BRAHMA
Finally, 3 a.m. is called the hour of Brahma, or the hour of God. If you have ever awakened at 3 a.m., you will find the earth consciousness silent and asleep, deep within the peace of rest. By meditating at 3 a.m., we are able to enter into that peacefulness, that calmness.
MORNING AND EVENING ARE BEST
Of all the times mentioned, the most practical is in the morning and the evening. When meditating in the morning, we gather peacefulness and calmness into ourselves and are then able to access these qualities during our day. It is as if we are putting money in the bank and during the day we draw from our account. When we face stressful situations, we can use the peace and power from our morning meditation to deal with these challenging moments. During the evening meditation, we can invoke peace and then reflect on our day, resolving events that we have pushed away from our consciousness. As our day’s activities and memories melt into peace, we are renewed and ready to experience the evening hours.
Join Sujantra Saturday, 2/24 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM for his
Introduction to Meditation Workshop in North Park
Author Sujantra McKeever founded Pilgrimage of the Heart studio in 2006. He began exploring yoga and pranayama at the age of 12, and since 1987 he has delivered over 1000 lectures on meditation and yoga in over 30 countries. Sujantra studied meditation with spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy and has authored five books on eastern philosophy, success motivation, and meditation.
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