March 6, 2013

Getting In The Gap

I *try* to meditate everyday. I don't know how meditation works exactly. But like for electricity, we don’t have to know how it works to appreciate it:)

Recently though, I've had difficulty letting go of thoughts. I decided to go back to guided meditating to see if it would help and reached for a Wayne Dwyer guided meditation called "Getting in the Gap".

In a nutshell, through the meditative repetition of a mantra (Japa) and some visualization you can actually reach that part of quiet and peace within you, the gap, the spaces between your thoughts.

sandalwood and Japa Mala (prayer) beads

Try it, even for a few minutes. You don't even have to go in a special place. Simply close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly 3-4 times. Continue to breathe deeply and visualize a word, for example love. See the two first letters, shifting from l to o, o to l, back and forth. Now go in the gap, in the space between the letters and make the sound "Ahhhhhh" (Japa) as you exhale (it may be spoken purely within your mind). Stay right there, allowing no thoughts to penetrate. Continue to breathe slowly and Japa. After a few moments, move on to the next letter... now visualizing the o and the v... and do it all over again. The more you do it, the longer you'll be able to stay in the gap where the mind is just quiet and somehow, rebooting and connecting.

The Sanskrit word Japa is derived from the root jap-, meaning "to utter in a low voice, repeat internally, mutter". It is a spiritual discipline involving the meditative repetition of a mantra or name of a divine power.

I love rediscovering:)

Have a wonderful day,

Patricia





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