• Double Vision: How to Meditate in this Crazy World?


    I can’t seem to meditate, but I would love to learn. I have an extremely busy home with six children, and I also take care of an ill mother-in-law. I’ve tried a hot bath to relax, and I’ve tried listening to music, but it doesn’t help – I always get interrupted. I would really like to get in touch with the spirit world as my Native American ancestors did. Do you have any advice on how to start meditating for people like me? Thank you so much!

    – Gert


    I can so relate to your “crazy world” way of living. I think anyone with children and responsibilities can understand. Here are some tips that may help you.

    The first thing I highly recommend is an audio set called “The Inner Art of Meditation” by Jack Kornfield. It is for beginners, and it is VERY easy to understand. In the first part he explains all the history behind meditation, etc., and some people find this extremely boring. Once you get to the first exercise, however, it will move along quickly.

    This audio program is very helpful, for he teaches you exactly what to do. If you can find 30 minutes after all the kids go to bed and it’s quiet, then you can complete this audio set.

    Meditation is not the only way to get in touch with the spiritual world, however. You could try just sitting in nature. I know that your Native American ancestors did that, and I know that being in nature is how I “meditate.” I go and sit and listen to the wind, watch the birds, trees, grass and the sky. I watch water and fire and anything else that is around me in nature. It has a hypnotic power over me, and I can get lulled into the beauty of it all.

    When I am “in tune” with all that is, I hear messages from Spirit. Nature is a quick spiritual fix for me. It brings me back to center. It makes me feel that I am part of all that is. It allows me to hear the voices of guides, angels and other beings that want to speak with me.

    It worked the same way with your ancestors. If you put your hand on the ground, you can feel the energy coming up from the earth. THAT is what your ancestors used to find Spirit.

    You might ask yourself what you’re really seeking through meditation. You also might ask yourself what you want to have happen WHILE meditating. Make sure that you are not stuck in the belief that meditation will calm your entire being and make your day go smoothly. It can help, but you have to do the rest. I guess I am saying that meditation is not a “cure-all” or a tool for instant enlightenment, so stay ...

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