Congratulations on committing to our 21-day meditation challenge!
Meditation is a game changing habit and we want to share our experience as you get started!
Having practiced meditation with the DeROSE Method for 14 years, I recommend everyone to be process focused not result driven. Discard expectations of benefits and preconceived ideas about what a good meditation practice is. Instead, approach meditation with a light and playful attitude. It’s the same attitude and mindset I would recommend to someone learning a new art, such as painting or sculpture. Don’t worry about whether you are, or are not, successfully reaching a state of meditation. The state of meditation is less tangible than an emotion, and we can probably agree emotions are hardly tangible. Research on meditation is advancing quickly, and one day we’ll probably be able to measure whether we are in a state of meditation or not, but that day has yet to arrive. (note: identifying the brainwaves being linked to meditation is an amazing piece of the puzzle, but scientific measurement tools do not yet cover all the variables).
Be committed to the process. Don’t take yourself or any perceived struggle or success too seriously. Be confident. Don’t doubt yourself or your ability. Meditation is a completely natural human capacity, natural state of consciousness, that we are all born with, we call it intuition. As humans we experienced it sporadically throughout our lives in an unorganized manner. Meditation is a 5000 year old tradition that develops our intuitional potential in an organized manner, much like lifting weights is a practical tradition for building muscle strength. Just remember, all the skills and abilities you’ll need on this journey are already within you. Unfortunately the contemporary lifestyle promotes constant distraction, which becomes a hardwired feature, eventually eroding our intuitional “muscles”.
Regaining skills like intuition takes work, discipline and commitment… and what a coincidence, just about anything worth doing takes a little bit of all three. By making meditation a habit you will develop a shortcut to your intuitional knowledge, one of the most neglected and valuable super powers. Intuition is an essential asset for decision making for life’s biggest moments.
But enough talk, to start your daily meditation practice get comfortable (but not so comfortable that you may end up falling asleep). I like to compare the state of meditation to the predator observing its prey. The predator has not interest in being self-critical. The predator doesn’t have time or interest making the complex mathematical calculations to figure out how much force the left leg must produce in order to catch the prey. The predator must become so deeply engaged with the object of observation, its’ prey. For a brief moment in time, the observer (predator), the act of observing, and the object being observed (prey), all fuse together. There is no past, no future, just full consciousness of this moment.
I suggest experimenting different times of the day to check when you feel your most alert, energized, at ease and focused. I suggest having a dedicated and uncluttered space to practice the meditations each day, but it is not necessary. Once you figure out what works best for you stick with it. The techniques in this challenge are designed for you to dive into the creative playground within us all. So without further ado, take a deep breath — and get started!