17 April 2014

How to Keep your Mind Empty and Clear when Meditating

Mind clear, mind empty when meditating
Clearing the mind for meditation is important to remove internal stimulus and interference from your thoughts. External stimulus too is removed before meditation so that your mind remains empty and clear. Only then can cosmic energy flow and be freely received.

You may have been meditating for a few years or be a beginner, however you will still need to remove all internal and external stimulus to preserve clarity of thought. Experienced meditators are usually adept at screening out interruptions, preventing them from affecting meditation at all.

Firstly remove all distractions, that's external stimulus, by observing your senses. What do you hear around you now and what sudden noises might cause a disturbance? Turn off your phone, close the window, remove the ticking clock. It is acceptable to retain a barely audible constant noise that doesn't bother you, e.g. the hum of a refrigerator – this can actually be relaxing, however your mind will not be truly free of stimulation. This is why calming music created for meditation should only be used if you really cannot meditate without it. Ensure that it has no sudden chirps, gongs or keystrokes, as noises can disturb you from your meditation and prevent clarity of thought.

What do you see around you? Is the lighting level acceptable? A television, even if switched to mute, will product erratic lighting that may distract with your eyes closed. Choose a room with a pleasant atmosphere, where you feel at peace. This will help you to relax while you clear your mind for meditation.

Sit in your favourite comfortable position that discourages falling asleep during meditation, such as the lotus position. Now ask yourself, how do I feel? Ensure that your clothing is comfortable - you don't wish to be bothered by ill-fitting jeans. Ensure you wont get too hot, but more importantly too cold, as it common to experience coldness after a period of physical inactivity. Thoughts of being cold may start to plaque you meditation session. Make sure your seating is also comfortable, and place cushions beneath you if you're on the floor. A pins and needles attack can cloud your thoughts – although a highly progressed meditator can separate their mind from these things completely.

Now look inside your mind. Choose your anchor. This is the thing that holds down your thoughts to create an empty mind. Think of your mind as a void and the anchor as the only thing in it. The anchor can be your breath. Listen only to your breath. Breath normally and you'll find that as the session progresses your breath becomes slower and shallower. Listen to your breath and nothing else.

Your anchor can also be a visualization. Imagine a bright light emanating from your forehead, the place of the third eye. Or a glowing orb at the centre of your mind where the pineal gland resides. If none of these anchors are suitable, then a symbol of perhaps and equilateral triangle, pine-cone or other simple object will suffice. Picture it in your mind's eye and stare at it. Hold it there.

Your mind will start to wander, it does for all meditators during any meditation. Don't feel cross, upset or frustrated, it's perfectly normal. These negative emotions will cloud your thoughts and this is counter-intuitive. Instead pull your thoughts back. Realise your mind is wandering and gently pull back to your anchor. Hold it there. Have no worries, no scenarios playing in your mind, no emotions, no timetables, nothing but your anchor.

To aid you, here is a popular book to do with exercises to help you meditate and gain clarity of mind.

Keep sessions short at first if you find this a little tricky, as the skill of emptying your mind is one to take time to learn. Have patience and know that by clearing your mind completely while you eyes are closed, you are activating your pineal gland and opening up the gateway to infinite cosmic energy.

How to Keep your Mind Clear when Meditating - Video Version