The blog has been less frequent lately because I am out living the dream! I am sure you are as well in your own way. As a Spiritual Peacemaker it is my calling to help others find Peace within. It is important to realize that Peace is always and all ways present. You may or may not be aware of it, but it exists as surely as the air you are breathing. In fact air can be removed, while Peace cannot. For instance Peace exists in outer space while air does not.
One of the best ways I have found to reach 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 is like finding yourself!
Meditation then is a state of thoughtless awareness. Meaning the mind is clear of thought yet keenly aware. It is possible to be aware of something without thinking about it. For example you can be aware of someone without thinking about them. You don’t have to be in a lotus position to meditate, and in fact we meditate all the time, but do not call it meditation. Manual labor or repetitive tasks are the most common ways we slip into meditation.
Physiologically the mind works at various frequencies from 40 to 1.5 cycles per second and represent 4-5 stages of activity, Beta (40-15), Alpha (9-14), Theta (5-8), and Delta High (4-3)/Delta Deep (1.5-2). Meditation usually occurs in the Theta range of 5-8 cycles per second, but can also be a bit higher in the Alpha.
The wee hours of the morning are easiest to reach this meditative state, because the rest of the ego world is sleeping and so the mental or psychic 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.
Meditation can be as short as 10 seconds or can last for days. Typically a person mediates for 30-60 minutes till they get good at it and then they can meditate literally at the drop of a hat. It does take practice and discipline so set aside a few minutes a day at least and get started! For more on meditation see the website, Unity in Gender Diversity. The eBook “Methods of Raising Our Energy” is available there and covers different methods.