„Meditation - simply be…here…now...

Meditation:

what actually is meditation ?
It's a word everyone knows - and yet : Everybody thinks of it indifferent way...

My experience:
Meditation is not about religion (like "Buddha" etc.) - it's not about sitting in the lotus position/crossed legged -
it has nothing to do with enlightenment.
While meditating you practice to let your thoughts go, to enter your inner self and relax/let go. It's true that meditation may lead to enlightenment and can also be used in a religious or spiritual context, but it is independent and stands for itself...?
It is a ”tool” to be used by everybody and everyone can use it.
MEDITATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RELIGIOUS CONVICTION OR GOD. (it may will lead you to God, though...)

Why meditation?
We live in a world focused on the outside yes even captured in the outside. We define ourselves in terms of what we do and how we appear in the eyes of others...
Mostly, we don't even know who we are or are simply afraid to be different from what everyone expects us to be... Usually, our thoughts are about our future - if there's no perspective in the future, we choose the past...
But: Almost every religion and philosophy tries to teach us how to live in the "here and now" - like a child thoughtlessly sunk in it's game - this child is meditating - without explanation, without useless knowledge, without a special posture, without doctrines etc. ...

Our life becomes the life of a machine - but that's not what we are... We are nature's creatures - and every creature of the nature follows the "dual principle" (Yin and Yang). Act and rest...
Ignoring the need of relaxing yourself is mostly followed by mental exhaustion (burn out) or psychic/physic illness. Consumed mental and physical energy is "refilled" by sleeping . However, if we are exposed to so much stress that we can't relax even in our dreams, it will be devastating for us...
And the drug called alcohol will also have an devastating effect - it comforts our mind only with an increasing dose - what again damages the body...

Our life's like a cup - we fill it by acting during the day and empty it while sleeping. When it's not fully emptied it will overflow sometime - by pouring in only one more drop...
We often don't understand our breakdown since this drop might have been something completely trivial.

Meditation empties your cup - it gives you the energy to master the challenges of life...
And: It shows you how to get to know yourself and how you feel - it teaches you to listen to your inner self and to understand your limits.

To meditate is then very simple, isn't it?
Yes!! - but: but unfortunately we loose this natural connection to things through the "conditioning" on our way to grow up. This starts in school and goes on our whole life. We must "function" and fulfill our "role" the way it is expected. This will lead us away from "being ourself"... Resting or "switching off" is getting harder and harder... This should be done by the media - Internet and TV should divert and manipulate us... This way we are getting deeper and deeper into the "water down": there is so much to discover, so much to ”like”...

But all of this happens outside of you ... It won't lead us to ourselves, it leads us more and more away from us....

Silence for a lot of people means: (inner) restlessness and fear.... Therefore: multimedia diversion - as much as possible...

But we do not need to start with ”inspiration” in a spiritual sense...

A guide for meditation:
Since we won't be able to start with ”not thinking” right away, we will start with something much more simple:
The ”Attention-Meditation”: For example, look at a picture or an object, listen to music or concentrate on your breathing. After a while, you will recognize, that you loose your concentration on what you are doing - virtually it was ”caught by your thoughts”...
The moment you realize this, the first thing to do is: smile -since you have done something very positive: You "caught" your concentration escaping from you. This is the first and most important step: Introspection and Self-knowledge!
After smiling, start to bring your concentration back and continue to meditate.
Start with 10 minutes in the beginning and then slowly raise the time frame - to my experience and point of view it is all the same, whether you lie, sit or stand. Meditating in a horizontally position could lead to falling asleep, though. To avoid this, you can use an alarm-clock or timer giving you a signal, when your meditation time is over. Even this won't be a ”problem” after practicing for some time...

Thoughts: Think of them like birds wheeling around your head - You cannot stop them from doing this! This indeed isn't necessary at all!
If one of them ”invades” into your head (mind) and ”steals” your concentration just give him only so much attention to throw him out again - imagine this in a figuratively way: Take the ”bird” and throw him out!

After some time of practicing you will see him coming and ”knock him down a peg” - and sometime none of them will try it anymore...

The following music is conceived to keep you from thinking. Release everything and just listen - follow the sounds - they will help you to come to yourself...