When I’m in pain or have a problem where I don’t know where to turn, the first thing I do is to turn inwards. It’s not just that “they” say that we have all the answers within, but we really do. And even though we don’t always know how to access these answers, it doesn’t mean that they are not there.
I hear people say that it is hard for them to go within; to sit quietly and listen. I totally get that. I remember my trip to India when I was 26 years old; I was not yet awakened to my spiritual journey and walked by a temple where people were silent for 10 to 30 days at a time.
Back then I thought it was the most bizarre thing a person could do. I judged it and laughed at it. Years later, after I climbed my own spiritual ladder, I understood why people chose to enter into silence and what they may have discovered there.
If Someone Were To Tell You That You Have All The Answers Inside Of You, That It’s Free To Access Them, Would You Be Willing To Sit Silently For 10-20 Minutes a Day
With Your Eyes Closed and Just Breathe?
I have not yet taken myself on a 10-day period of silence, the longest that I’ve gone so far was one day of silence. And in my daily routine, the longest I have sat in silence was one hour.
I’m not sure where you are yourself, in taking the time to sit and watch your thoughts go by. You may never have done that before, or you tried it a few times and you were not sure what to expect or how to get into the habit. Maybe, you have had plenty of experience with sitting quietly; watching your thoughts go by and breathing which people call – mediating.
I’m sure you can find plenty of articles, books, and audios that speak about why and how to meditate. In this article, I want to inspire you specifically to use meditation as a tool to access answers that may not come in any other form, by sitting in silence and clearing space in your mind for answers to come.
The kind of Mediation I’m referring to is the kind where you will;
Decide how long you want to sit in silence.
Make sure you are not interrupted (by phone, emails, or people).
Set a timer.
Sit with a straight back (if possible, don’t lie down or sit in a reclining position as you’ll need to hold your body upright. If your body is too supported, you may fall asleep).
Close your eyes.
Breathe slowly, breathing in and out. You can count up from 1 to 10. When you reach 10, then count down from 10 to 1. If you reached 12 or 14, it means that your mind wondered somewhere so just bring yourself back to counting to ten again.
So first, let’s talk about your closet, yep, where all your clothes are kept. You know that normally when you look through your closet to refresh it, you get rid of clothes that you no longer wear. You clean it up and organize it, and suddenly, you feel a sense of renewal AND there is now room for new clothes to show up.
It’s a great feeling to clean the closet! I love it.
When you are seeking answers to your problems, whether it is physical or emotional pains, difficult relationships, or feeling like you are chasing life, or something else, and you don’t know where to turn, you don’t even know who can help, it is time to turn inwards.
It’s time to ask that “inner expert” for answers. So you sit silently for 10 minutes, breathing in and out, letting your thoughts run, thinking of your day, of your to do list (I do that a lot, think of my to do list), and nothing comes up. You may say to yourself, “I don’t have any answers.” But I say to you that YES YOU DO! You just haven’t yet learned how to access them.
So as you sit for 10 minutes one day, and then the next, and the next, remember to breathe in and out with your eyes closed. All you have to do is watch your thoughts and then notice your breathing. All you are really doing is making room, making room, making room…
When You Sit In Silence You Make Room For Answers To Come Up.
You don’t think intentionally about the problem and how to solve it. You just clear space in your brain from thinking about all that is currently going on in your life. And by clearing room, the answers will pop up. It will not necessarily happen while you meditate. It can happen while you take a shower, or before going to sleep, or upon awakening, or even while you are driving.
You may hear a song that will give you a clue, or read a title in a magazine and the answer will show up there, or it may even come as a dream at night. You may not know where it’s coming from, but just like your closet, where somehow new clothes suddenly show up. Clothes that were a gift or you went intentionally to the store and bought them, or whether you went to have lunch with a friend and you just happened to see a shirt calling you from a display window. The answer to your problem is revealed in your mind.
I think that the most challenging thing for people is to hear themselves thinking, or actually feel their own feelings. When we have problems that we most likely created ourselves and we don’t know how to get out of the hole we dug for ourselves, then whatever substance or behavior we were exposed to, that’s what we’ll reach towards unconsciously.
Alcohol, drugs (even legal drugs), complaining, worry, procrastination, anger, overworking, AND creating physical symptoms, distract us from hearing what we need to hear and feeling what we need to feel so we can then have the power to do something about it.
Numbing undesirable emotions will only result in more pain that we’ll need to bury until it’s too much to endure, either physically or emotionally. And because there is so much pain causing us to not want to live like that anymore, we start heading onto the right path to light and healing.
We really don’t need to go down that road in order to walk back up the road as answers are available to us at any given time.
I’d like to leave you with two questions:
Are You Choosing To Be Motivated By Pain Or By Pleasure?
Are You Even Choosing Or Are You Just Operating By Default?
Based on your answer, I know which one you’ll choose. If you chose to tap into the free fortune that you already possess, you’ll sit quietly, bring your attention to your breathing, breathing in and out, and allowing your thoughts to pass. Just allowing yourself to be present without any hidden agenda or expectations, just simply making room.
Ok, now I’m hungry for some meditative time. I’m going to go meditate…
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