I have to eat first. Nothing gets done in my life without eating first, especially my daily meditation routine. As a general rule anyway. This includes meditation – I find that if I’m hungry or my stomach is rumbling it just serves as another distraction. Whilst having power over the many distractions there may be whilst meditating is all part of growing your meditative skills, having a grumbling stomach is one I usually can do without. So tip numero uno is have something to eat, or at least make sure you’re not hungry.
If you’re the type of person who concentrates and is more productive on an empty stomach, call me. Or write a book. I’ll be a stone lighter if you do. Anyway, on with the blog.
My daily meditation routine is all about my environment. What I see and where I am before I begin is important to me. Funnily enough it all becomes un-important if I can achieve the state of mind I want to. This doesn’t mean to I need to be on the edge of a lake, on a beach, in a wood on my own with the sun peaking through and the birds signing to me. What it does mean is I have to have something to remove, if that makes sense. Wherever I am my intention is to remove that environment from my mind using my Mantra. I am waiting for the moments that you only recognise after they have happened, that stillness, that nothingness, that realisation of peace. When I have been to that place we all go to. I have written about meditation spaces here.
“Don’t put too much thought in to it, if it feels right, that’s enough?”
The power of sound bowls are incredible. Depending on which frequency of sound bowl (there are lots of different types) resonates with you I find it clears the mind incredibly. I will often place the sound bowl near to me, lightly tap the empty bowl at the start of my meditation and let the note free my mind from any other sounds that are present. Sound healing is a whole other topic to write about one day but for now just know that the clear sound that resonates from these bowls is nothing short of majestic. If you allow your mind to be open that is. If you don’t have a sound bowl you can find the sounds on YouTube or somewhere similar.
Aum. My first ever Mantra (a phrase), the simplest and more some the most effective. This is the root Mantra, the sound that is thought to have rung out at the very creation of the universe. The word that I used for quite a long time when I first began to meditate. These days I use the Mantra “I am loving awareness”, something that I learnt from Ram Dass. I use this phrase and guide it to my very core, repeating it slowly over and over.
I bought some meditation beads from a temple in Soho, London, and I use these to count my Mantra’s. There are 108 beads and I pass each one through my fingers repeating the Mantra. This combination is a key part of my daily meditation routine now. Even if I don’t achieve the state of mind I was looking for I pass each bead once at a minimum.
“Your own path is exactly that, your own interpretation of the teachings”
My daily meditation routine is something what suits me. If I’m honest sometimes it isn’t even daily, I do miss days. You will too probably. Don’t worry about it, just come back to it and remember the good it is doing you. 10 minutes, 108 beads, a hour, it doesn’t matter, you’re not sitting there trying to set a record or beat yesterdays time. Meditation isn’t about time spent it’s about realisations made, awakening.
“The place you find inside yourself is the realisation that you know nothing, and thats ok”
Realiser was born from a dream to be in a realised state, a state of awaken. To be able to see the most obvious things having missed them for so many years. Subsequently I wanted to create something to serve as an example of how it could be. If only we might spend the time loving that we spend hating. Above all spending the time to be kind to others for no reason. You get the idea. I will travel around doing what I can and would love for you to join me. Follow my path here…