As a Spiritual Peacemaker it is my calling to help others find the Peace within and in so doing create Peace within me. One of the best ways I have found to reach this space of Peace is meditation. Many people find meditation difficult and this is because you do not fully understand what meditation is.
First of all let us consider what Peace is. Without dragging out the dictionary, think of Peace as the Spirit within you and all things. It is a still, calm, quiet, serene place but can also be active, forceful, and dynamic. Peace is quite simply the force of Great Spirit, Universal Consciousness or God. We find it calming and comforting because this is our home, our natural state. Finding Peace then would be like finding yourself!
The wee hours of the morning are easiest to reach this space. Why? Because the rest of the ego world is sleeping and so the airwaves are calmer and with less disturbance. Many people will rise at 4 or 5 am to do their daily meditation and while this does make the process easier it is certainly not required. I would say if you are just starting the practice of daily meditation, creating the habit of rising early and doing the meditation in the private space of your room can be a great way to center yourself before the day begins.
Start by getting comfortable, but not so comfortable that you are prone to fall asleep. It is of course ok to fall asleep, this is simply not the brain wave pattern we are shooting for. This space is just above the sleep realm. Relaxed and calm, but not out of it. Focus on a central point and relax. Breathe slowly and feel your breathe move in and out of your body. Move your stomach and not so much your diaphragm. The Buddhists call this belly breathing. The seat of your soul is located in the middle of your belly just above the navel. And the doorway into the soul is through the heart located just above the belly near the xyphoid in the center of your chest. Focus your attention to these locations and feel the sensations. Imagine Light beaming from within you and radiating out in all directions. As you relax into this feeling, Peace reveals itself.
Peace is always present as this is your essence. If you feel anxious, nervous, painful, fidgety, or distressed this is the ego and the message is false. The mind is in control here and the purpose of meditation is to release this control and fall back on your essence. Thinking is not necessary and should be avoided. A busy mind can be released with intention and practice. Focus on observation and feeling the space within. After a while you will be able to simply move into a place of peace at any time, with a simple intention. If at first you are only in this place for a second, you have still found it and you should congratulate yourself. Use this tool often and in any situation, it will serve you well. May your New Year be filled with Joy, Love and Peace! namaste’