Whether we are aware of it or not, we experience meditative states from time to time. It could be in the form of daydreaming, communing with nature, listening to soothing music or just chilling out by ourselves. Meditation is our natural state.
On a deeper level, meditation is a means to tap inner power. For one thing, it enables us to recognise profound truths: one is the self being more than the physical body, and the second is the Source of Truth.
The foundation of meditation is experiencing the soul as an energy inhabiting the body. With the understanding of being a soul and using the body as a medium of expression, we can take charge of the nature of our experiences.
If, throughout the day, the mind is occupied in external things, then without that foundation of soul-consciousness and detachment from the body, meditation takes much longer or maybe it’s just a struggle and doesn’t actually happen.
Concentration will occur only when our feelings, emotions and motivations are completely clean and pure. For instance, when things are beyond our control, it is best to remain calm and just connect with the source.
If I’m responsible for the situation, then let me do right actions. But if I’ve done the best that I can, and the situation has not improved and there are other factors that aren’t my responsibility and there’s nothing more I can do, I am responsible for my own feelings and state of being. If that situation has sent my mind racing, what kind of meditation can I have?
What makes it hard to concentrate? That is attributed to remembering situations and negative feelings spurred by an unpleasant event and baggage.
Maybe over a period of time I’ve been carrying sorrow and hurt for whatever reason. Maybe other people are out of line; even so, they are responsible for that. I have to look after my feelings. If I allow myself to take sorrow from the situation, I won’t be able to focus.
To develop the power of silence, clean out the mind and also intellect, which manages thoughts. The mind is linked to the thinking process, as the heart is with feeling and experiencing.