Have you ever experienced getting lost in a moment? Lost in the beauty of a sunset? In a piece of music that touches you from within? In the innocence of a baby asleep? In the eyes of your beloved? How many times have we tried to recreate that moment? It does not happen when we try, does it? It happens when we are least expecting it.
It is because… well… we are not expecting it.
Even if you don’t realize it, that experience was experienced because at that moment, you were caught off guard, the mind was not expecting the beauty and did not know how to comment on that moment. Do you know why you snapped out of the moment? You snapped out of that moment when your mind stepped in to tell you: “Wow!! that sunset/sleeping child/music/your beloved is so beautiful!”
The chances of you enjoying any of those moments again in exactly the same way is very unlikely. This is because the mind has already interpreted the experience and tucked it away in memory for the future … and so, it is almost impossible to enjoy those things in the same way again, that you did when the experience was spontaneous, without the mind telling you what to expect and how to enjoy.
So are we to live at the mercy of the mind and hope to randomly get lucky with enjoying those moments of silence? What if I told you that you can access this silence anytime? If you can quiet the mind down, you will actually be able to experience these moments of utter joy, peace and connectedness very often in your life, even when the mind can’t find a reason.
All you need is a few minutes every day to get in touch with your silence. This is called meditation.
There’s a reason to sit in silence every day, twice being ideal; there’s a cumulative effect, just as with exercise. When you get into a regular exercise routine, you don’t experience the benefits of exercising while you’re exercising, but during the rest of your day. Similarly, you’ll experience the benefits of silence in your daily life during the remainder of your day, rather than during the short time you’re sitting in silence.
You may know people who meditate as part of their spiritual path. The word spirituality means different things to different people. People use many different avenues and activities as spiritual paths, ranging from religion to practicing various techniques, such as yoga or alternative healing, or even martial arts. Some people have spiritual experiences while using psychedelic drugs, or when they listen to certain music, or when they are admiring a piece of art.
Do you know what the common factor is, that people experience using all these various methods? Silence. Specifically mental silence; the thinking mind is actually quiet when engaging in any of those activities. Yes. All effective spiritual practices finally are designed to quiet the mind so that you can experience silence; mental silence. It is in this mental silence that all moments of pure connection occur; with a beautiful song, with our beloved, our child, our pet; with our favorite painting, or favorite spot in nature. It may sound like an oversimplification, however: no matter what else people may achieve when following different path, the key thing that a successful path will teach you is: to experience mental silence.
Look at these topics for a few meditation techniques. Also look at the Living: Resources section, to get more resources on meditation techniques, as well as other practices and activities which can help you to experience mental silence.