Answering Your Pressing Meditation Questions
New Year, endless possibilities, and we’re here to get into your pressing meditation questions! We’re positive you’re here to find change, and we’re here to help! Meditation is a simple, effective tool and is individualized to you. It’s totally normal to have questions about Meditation, so much so that we had to investigate just what. So, based off the top google questions asked, we figured asking Meditate Awake founder Erik those pressing questions. Why ask google, when you can ask the source!
Who are you?
“People want change, but have to be willing for it,” Erik told me. Although you could read his about me page on our website, there is so much more to Erik and Meditate Awake, that we wanted to give you more of an inside look!
Erik realized that he needed a change, and found that the missing puzzle piece to create great change and help awaken his mind… was sobriety. Drugs and alcohol were his means to connect to the outside world, but at a certain point those means began to turn dark around the age of 25. He describes his early twenties as being “clever minded,” running away from life… until he found meditation.
Being sober brought discipline, and a new perspective on addressing his main problem which was a self-centered and unobserved mind. Erik said, “my awakening through meditation made me realize that I was living unconsciously and suffering from “awareness deficit disorder. I was totally identified with the voice in my head as “me” and my attention was focused on trying to control external events.
Meditation was the key to training my mind and improving my attention and peripheral awareness for improved consciousness. It was like a super power and I wanted to explore deeper and develop even further the more I practiced. I also discovered the importance of journaling my insights and taking daily mindful actions. Combining meditation with insight and action allowed me to make great changes in my internal as well as external life. I went from being homeless and defeated to a freedom and life I had never known existed.”
How did meditation and a mindful lifestyle help you?
According to Erik, the mind is unsatisfiable, having a never-ending need to overuse attention on wanting pleasant things or avoiding unpleasant things. Our own freedom and awakening is available to us, however we are programmed to believe it will be brought from some outside source. Society has been conditioned to believe the answer to life is found in the next purchase, relationship, accomplishment, or trend. The last place you look is yourself because many focus so much on the outside material world for happiness, but the process of unlocking this is internal. Like a still pond, our natural mental state is peaceful and reflective to reality.
Erik strives to bring the Meditate Awake Flow to everyone for a way to create real change. His meditations intend to increase their total power of consciousness available for both stable attention and peripheral awareness. The process of increasing the power of consciousness isn’t a mysterious process. It’s a lot like training the body. Daily meditation allowed him to create a foundation in which he was able to not be tossed around by the ups and downs of life. It opened him up to how self-identified he was in his mind and how powerful the world around him influenced how he felt and thought.
So, what does “waking up” mean? Waking up means moving from living an unconscious to conscious life. Increasing both awareness and attention during meditation allowed Erik to have a clear focused mind, while writing insights and taking mindful actions helped him unlock his life.
“The answer is inside of you! I want to help others awaken, unlock their lives, and offer something not only inspirational, but transformational. Wake up your world, to me, means opening a whole world inside of you.”
What Meditation is right for me?
Like showering, meditation is something that you participate in everyday, says Erik. The goal for Meditate Awake, is to help many of us understand that meditation is more than a relaxation exercise, it’s a daily practice for a foundation that can lead to transformation.
So, what does this mean? The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be in your practice. You may believe you have to control your mind, which inevitably creates frustration and an imbalance for meditation. Allowing “what is” to be present without resisting or denying it will improve your ability to experience strong emotions without needing to react instantly to them. As Erik says, “I still feel anger, happiness and sadness… I’m human! But as a result of meditating I have an expanded canvas of awareness that allows context and helps me respond appropriately without needless suffering.” The relationship I have to my thoughts, feelings, and attitudes has changed. I let them exist and I don’t deny reality. If I deny my emotions and the things going on around me in the present, that is when I tend to get into trouble.” Even as thoughts arise, meditation helps you – let it come, let it be and let it go.
Repeat it again:
“Let it come, let it be, and let it go.”
We encourage you to increase the power of your own consciousness. Meditation is more than just a relaxation exercise… and it is not the ability to “clear your mind” or “control better.” Meditation is the foundation for transformational change when combined with personal insight and daily mindful action. As a result, your life will improve in ways you never could have imagined.
When Meditation Fails?
Meditation fails when you stop practicing. But the question is why do you stop? There are many reasons to stop practicing, their relationship to their mind. “The obstacle stems from people fighting “what is”. People mistake what goes on in their mind for who, what, where, and how they are.” Erik told me.
Like many, you many be experiencing what psychologists call, “Awareness Deficit Disorder” (which Erik spoke about earlier). According to Culadasa (John Yates, PhD), “most people overuse attention because it’s under direct conscious control and peripheral awareness isn’t. Awareness arises automatically in response to external or internal stimuli, so it’s easy to neglect. Consistently neglecting peripheral awareness in favor of attention eventually stunts the faculty of awareness.” However, creating stable attention and improved peripheral awareness makes life becomes richer, more vivid, more satisfying, and you don’t take everything that happens so personally.
Where did Meditation come from?
Some say, that meditation originated as early as 5000 BC in India. There are many different techniques and modalities of meditation. Meditate Awake taps into the wisdom of the ancient practices and methods of mind science to create meditations for the modern world.
One of the oldest practices is Vipassana, was discovered in 5000 B.C. Vipassana is a Buddhist term that literally means, “to see things as they really are.”
Jan Tijmes has this to say about Vipassana:
“Vipassana is the science of mind and matter. There are no beliefs. To prove this I (facilitator Jan Tijmes) have sat longer and longer courses each year to find out experientially what Vipassana does to me and how it benefits me long-term. This is beauty of Vipassana; we each become our own purification experience.
It’s safe to say that the theory in Vipassana accounts for 5% of the overall teaching and experience, while the practice itself equals the other 95%. You can always tell a good system of training by how much of it is intellectual (the 5% of Vipassana) versus how much is experiential (the 95% of Vipassana). Are we talking about life? about God? energy? mind? peace? Or are we actually connecting to it; learning how to improve our connection to it, and purifying our current state of being into our natural, purified selves…
This is the yardstick with which to measure your personal development system; be it your religion or your daily spirituality. “Consciousnesses” mix with our physical body, life is created and perpetuated… until we practice the art of Observation, so we stop adding suffering fuel to our life’s fire.” Meditate Awake is not a traditional Vipassana teaching, but draws on objective experiential observation and combines the science of mind and matter with other techniques and modalities so the meditator can experience a spectrum of benefits from other practices like Metta Meditation and Zen Meditation.
With this, we hope we were able to answer all of your pressing questions about meditation. If you have any more pressing questions in regards to meditation, feel free to message us on Instagram!
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