The art of meditation is learnt through experience. Although there are many and varied techniques, the end principle is the same. How it is achieved is directly the result of the individual's nuances. Some people are auditory and require mantras, music or tones. Others are tactile and utilize the focus on the ever present phenomena of sensation. Others are visual, and may use a candle, focus point or allow visions in their 'mind's eye' to come and pass without attachment. I am not here to teach you meditation. Google will return millions of results if you need to find a technique. I encourage you to explore any and all techniques until you find the one that suits you. Exploration of the techniques will lead to the discovery that there is no one and only way. The path you will find is individual and always changing. Evolving as you do in your daily life.
Know this — it is the destination that is important and all forms of meditation seek to achieve the same result. To quieten the mind. To focus on the stillness. The place from where all true inspiration originates.
But to really hear the silence. To touch that place of tranquility, where burst of genius illuminate in flashes of awe, you must first learn to silence your own mind. You have to stop the chattering and randomness. Minimize the distraction that surrounds you on a daily basis. Only you will know the best way to achieve this. But it must be done.
This is why I call meditation Tuning. You have to adjust your own frequency. Align it with the silence. Tune in to the vibration of the universe itself.
One of the first concepts that touching the stillness teaches you is letting go.
Let go of your past. It doesn't exist any more. There is nothing that can be done to change what is written and set in stone. Let go.
Let go of your manifestations of ego that cause angst and suffering. It's all an illusion, the image you present to the world and that is presented to you by all the people you encounter. None of it is real. Let it go.
Let go of thinking. Allow yourself to just be. Very hard to do, or even conceptualize for most of us. But that is the end game, it is the final destination. That is what mystics and yogis seek in enlightenment. To live every moment through intuition, permanently existing in the tranquility of inner stillness. For there, within the silence, is the knowing.
It takes years to find it, and sometimes it is very hard to keep on the path because there are so many things that distract us, compelling us to abandon the way. But, every now and then — for the briefest of moments, you touch it and it gives you insights.
I had an epiphany yesterday. That desire initiates all cause and effect. Desire drives the actions of all life in nature. The desire for food, warmth, shelter, love, reproduction. When achieved, there is satisfaction.
Satisfaction is desire, realized. It completes the circle. There is balance. An constant equilibrium to this concept. For a desire to be fulfilled, it must return to a point of satisfaction. Desire is the cause, and satisfaction is the effect.
Herein lies the problem with humanity, and the obvious imbalance that comes. It effects everything we do. Humans are not satisfied because we are surrounded by open ended desires that bring no satisfaction.We are taught to externalize our satisfaction, creating desires that serve only to impress others. There is no benefit to oneself. It is a desire based upon the extended ego. Your image, how you think the world sees you — the mask you wear when you go out into the world. The pretender. Vain, boasting and manipulative. The sins of humanity; greed, lust, envy are all manifestations of the ego where the externalization of satisfaction is never realized or achieved. They go on and on, pushing us further out of balance with everything around us.
To understand what would really satisfy — you must look within. Remove the ego from the picture, and truly understand yourself and what it is that you want. What are your desires? But, I think more importantly, what is the final satisfaction of your desires?
Work this out, and the circle will complete. There will be balance. It is the satisfaction, not the desire where you will find happiness.