Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the wise know without traveling;
See without looking;
Work without doing.
- Tao Te Ching, Ch. 47
If there is one habit that is worth developing and sticking to it, it’s meditation. Ancient wisdom tells us that simply by practicing meditation in whatever capacity, you essentially fast track your personal and spiritual evolution in this life and beyond. Meditation is about training the mind. The mind holds its own polarity. By training your consciousness, you can access spirit, but on the other hand, if you let your mind run amuck - untrained and wild - you will be filled with desires and distractions.
Meditation is a difficult practice, but the ease and effort will ebb and flow. The first hardship is setting up a consistent practice. There are various “types” of meditation, but in the most straightforward explanation: allow your thoughts to come and then let them go. You’ll find that your awareness unwittingly gets hung up on one thought and then will follow that stream of consciousness for as long as it takes for you to finally catch yourself... But you will catch yourself, and you'll return back to the breath. Watch, listen, and feel the rise and fall of the chest. Utilize your imagination and feel that the inhale brings in clean energy and the exhale carries out dank, stagnant energy. Or breath in healing light. Or count the breath. Or bring all your awareness to your nostrils or your third eye. You’ll come up with the right technique when you’re in it and the more you practice, the faster you’ll figure out what works best for you.
That’s really the gist of it. It’s often assumed that meditation is a complex technique because we hear of the profound effects that meditation can yield. It’s not hard in theory, but definitely so, in practice.
And the effects are profound. Not only does meditation soothe anxiety, improve memory, aid depression and high blood pressure, all of which are fantastic side effects for a long and joyful existence, but meditation also connects you with your implicit self—all the parts of you that are hidden from your conscious awareness including your Higher Self. In meditation, you might unravel your inner-workings, see past lives, connect with spirit guides and teachers, explore the astral realm, or achieve a bewildering state of bliss. Your consciousness mirrors the universe, which is infinite and mysterious. It can be quite fun to explore these unknown parts of yourself.