So how long should you meditate for? Well in my experience it is not so much about the length of time spent in meditation as it is about the quality. That is the quality of attention and presence. I have sat in practice for long periods, shorter periods and the time is definitely not as important as my intention for showing up and willingness to be with the moment. What has kept me coming back over time has been my curiosity to explore, and on top of that is the openness I enter my practice with. If I have a closed mind, an agenda or an expectation I have found myself easily let down, or I will talk myself out of doing it all together so I have learned to enter with a different approach. When I do open up my meditation space I do so a little differently. So what does my approach look like?
We all have the capacity to receive divine information, guidance, knowing and so much more in many different ways. Without getting too deep into this never-ending philosophical rabbit hole, your ability to receive divine information has to do with your own unique energetic resonance and physical make up. Your energetic resonance is always evolving based on your lifestyle and choices. In a snapshot, upgrade your energy by upgrading your choices and behaviors. I like to view the rest of your make up that is physical, mental and emotional through Ayurveda. In Ayurveda this is known as ones prakruti, your unique combination of doshas which influence physical, mental and emotional tendencies. Ayurveda is a complete system of wellness including spiritual health and connection to the cosmos. Its philosophy is in alignment with the concept of energetic alignment, highlighting lifestyle choices to support your spiritual path and through service to the bigger picture of your community.
Back to my meditation approach. With the guidance of one of my mentors, I have learned how I receive divine information based on my prakruti and current energetic resonance. I have learned this by setting the intention to receive insights from spirit in my own unique way. I do so first by calling for protection of my energy and to only open myself up to receive energy that will support my growth. After the intention I simply let go with the willingness to receive, listen and be open to the guidance coming through. Over time I have slowly been learning how to discern the messages, symbols and signs I receive. So then how long long does it take? Not very long, usually about 5 – 15 minutes.
In an instant asleep, in an instant enlightened.
Time as we know it here is irrelevant in the spirit world. Things don’t happen at the same pace and that is from the energy being less dense. In this idea I’m presenting the absolute mind, this is the divine, spiritual connection beyond time and space, and the relative mind which is controlled by the brain performing all of the analyzing.
Our absolute mind can become frustrated with the time it takes for something to shift. Such as when a mental pattern is broken through, shifted dramatically and physical cravings can still be present for some time. This is due to the relationship between the relative mind and the chemistry of the body.
One day at a time.
Coming back to the bigger picture of what is going on around you is key for keeping the relative mind in balance. It is the magical work of expansion and contraction. Expanding awareness to see, sense and feel the absolute nature and the driving forces behind your goals, desires and even what it is driving those desired accomplishments. The contraction brings the awareness back into the heart to help settle the relative mind. This is a process of digestion and assimilation. The break between receiving the inspiration and integrating it as divine information. This takes time. Just as your body needs a break between meals to assimilate the food, your mind needs time to expand and connect, then coming back home to integrate.
I encounter many people who become lost in the world of seeing everything as a spiritual sign. Yes it may be true, but are these signs keeping you in your head, keeping you in a constant state of distraction and preventing you from living your life? It is very easy get lost in this way of living and in my experience it helps to stay grounded in your heart. At the end of the day we are all human, or maybe not who really knows, but we are all trying our best to live life to the fullest. If your meditations or spiritual practice is preventing you from living life and experiencing all of its ups and downs then you aren’t really living. Life is a rhythm, pulsing between the polarities of possible experiences. If your goal is to be happy, then invite a healthy dose humility every so often and practice compassion for yourself and everyone else. If not for your actions, then for being human and alive in a wild world.