There are many things that can be experienced by going and doing. These things are valuable and good, for our world is multifaceted. But, if you want to swim in the deepest oceans of mystical consciousness, then a quiet the mind is the first component you will need. I can remember the first time I meditated. It was for only 10 minutes. I never thought 10 minutes could be so long! I was amazed at the speed that my mind raced. Jumping from the to do list to the self-recriminations over yesterday’s events. I was lucky. At that time I did not have one meditation teacher, but three! It took that many people to keep me coming back week after week.
As time went by, I began to enjoy the rest that meditation gave me. I was not aware of all the benefits meditation could provide, but I noticed that I was able to organize my life better and get more done in less time. I was able to take on more than just the dishes, laundry and chauffeuring three children to their activities. I was calmer. I was able to navigate the daily dramas, like the time when my son called to tell me that he had just rear-ended a Mercedes, with greater skill.
I don’t want to scare anyone, but meditating is an acquired skill. At times I thought I would never reach any kind of peace. My mind was always whirling and jumping. I’ve been doing this for 15 years and I still catch my mind wandering and even wiggle during 45 minute meditation sessions. I do not regret a single moment that I have spent meditating because it has opened doors of understanding that no other skill could. This is why the first books that are being published under the Aashni Spiritual Living banner are meditation journals. I found that journaling my meditation experiences helped to keep me on track and I hope it will help you too.