If you read my articles about meditation, you should know that I do not practice meditation as a means to reach a goal. I do not practice meditation in order to be more succesful or in order to feel more. According to my definition of meditation, I believe that this could be the best way to be overwhelmed by your thoughts. And instead of that, I think that you should respect the rhythm of your meditation.
Instead of meditation as a way to control your mind, I offer an “embodied” meditation. I offer people to operate from the Stillness that lies within all of us. And if you do that, you might realise that a flow, a rhythm can be felt during your meditations. I write this article to invite you to respect that rhythm.
You do not need to meditate everyday: respect your rhythm
I already talked about it earlier. Somedays, meditation doesn’t feel natural. I know that most people will tell you to practice everyday. But I guess that if you are reading my article right now, it is because I do not say what most people say.
Meditation is about listening. So my advice is clearly to listen when your practice “calls” you, or when it seems really impossible for you to meditate. Somedays, meditating is just realising that it is not possible for you to meditate.
Of course, nothing prevents you from trying everyday. But respect the rhythm. When you cannot meditate, you do not need it. You can still practice a bit of mindfulness instead or any exercise to learn how to focus a bit more.
Respect the rhythm of your meditation
Just like the dance of a seaweed underwater, you will be moved by currents. Tensions will appear, in the space of your consciousness, emotions will rise, thoughts will make their way through your mind. And just like for any dance, you need to respect the rhythm.
Feel the dance
Listen. Listen more. Feel where it turns and moves. Feel how the emotion rises in the space of your consciousness, fills that space and finally vanishes.
Realise how your body appears in that space and how this body dances. Do not focus on what happens inside or outside of your body, but feel your body as a sensation, a tactile sensation.
It is a never ending source of enjoyment. It is always different. Get back and feel the texture. Feel the weight, the warmth, the heaviness. Does it feel like a liquid? Or maybe more like a gas? Or even like magma?
But mostly, listen to and respect the rhythm of this dance. Is it moving slowly or fast? A tension might fade after a few seconds, another after twenty minutes. This is alway different. It is exactly the same as walking in the jungle: you have to adapt to what is under your eyes.
Respect the rhythm of your meditation: feel when it stops
Eventually, if you hold space for yourself for long enough, the dance might start to slow down. To slow down more and more and more. A bit like feeling slumber. And suddenly, everything might vanish. Gone. No more dance. Only silence. A Stillness that has a texture fills the body and the room in which you meditate.
Respect the rhythm of your meditation. Just wait in this out of time moment. Here lies life. And if you feel like experiencing that, you need to learn how to respect the rhythm of your meditation Should you need some support to do that, I am here to support you through online meditation.
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
About Jules RampalMeditation teacher and osteopath
I am an online meditation teacher and an osteopath currently working in Cavan, Ireland. My courses are for people who want to learn meditation with guided sessions, and for therapists who want to delve into the way they feel and the knowledge they can gather for their clients.
Learn more about me here.