What is the goal of all of our activities? What are we trying to attain? I’ve grappled a lot with this question on my path, and what I’ve come to is this:
The point is life. We are trying to attain life. What is life? Life is our flow, right here right now. It’s the moment-to-moment guidance we receive from Source.
So then, what is the point of meditation and other spiritual practices? The ancient taoist master Chuang-tzu described meditation thusly, “Sitting and forgetting.” But what are we forgetting about? We’re forgetting about our ego for, as Dr. Wayne Dyer says, it is ego that gets in the way of realizing we are God.
I used to think the point of practice was to attain enlightenment, so become a Buddha, a Christ, to dissolve into the nether-realm of cosmic consciousness. However, I think I was way off, for I believe that we already are those things. What is there to attain, then? Is not our life in this moment the point?
I believe it is, and that Buddha-hood, or Christ-hood, or Cosmic Consciousness can be found right here, right in this moment, right in your flow, and not outside of that. So now I don’t meditate to attain anything. I meditate to know that Source that is inside me, within me, that is me.
To center, try this simple meditation technique:
Sit cross legged on the floor or in a chair if you prefer. Either way, keep your back straight, preferably unsupported. (A little push from the lower back will help this.) Roll your shoulders back and gently open your chest so that it’s radiant. Imagine a string going from the base of your spine out the crown of your head. Gently tuck your chin. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
Begin to breathe slowly and deliberately, drawing the air in through the nose and down into your dantien, the region that’s two fingers below your navel. Also expand back into your kidneys as you do this. (This will give them a nice massage, nourishing your life force.) Imagine the air going once around a “water wheel” at your dantien, and then entering the base of your spine. Give the perineum a gentle squeeze as you begin to exhale back out your nose. (You can also exhale out your mouth to expel excess heat from the body, but keep the tongue touching the roof of the mouth if you do that).