Meditating is a dream, right?
Perfecting the practice would surely lead us to true happiness, right?
Silent meditation provides universal guidance, right?
Well, I'd say think again! Let me tell you about my experience...
Meditation was something that did not easily come to me. I spent many a frustrating time sat in 'meditation,' trying to focus on the sound of silence. Instead, the only sound (or scream) I could hear were the thoughts in my mind.
This was not how meditation was supposed to be, was it? I concluded meditation was not for me. I was a total non-meditator. I just couldn't do it! Which was highly annoying giving I wanted some peace of mind. Not to mention universal guidance as to where the hell my life was heading.
So what did this non-meditator do? Well, I persevered of course. Frustration or not. I felt the benefits were too great not to pursue it. And the universe kept sending great teachers to me!
It took nearly 10 years for me to work through the frustration. It was no easy feat for this non-meditator.
The key turning point was understanding that even the greatest of meditators have thoughts during the process. The key is not getting rid of them but actually experiencing them and letting them go. It is the holding onto the thoughts that destroys the practice, rather than the thoughts themselves.
Once I accepted this, meditating became much more bearable.
I even imagined my thoughts as leaves on a stream, coming into my view and then going out of sight. Such visualisation was paramount in 'letting go.'
The other important things I learnt was that communication from the universe would come during mediation. But such communication also came in so many other forms, particularly where the conscious mind was kept busy. It wasn't only in the depths of silence.
For example, during activities like; cooking, driving and walking. I'd get some incredible guidance during these activities, where my mind was far from quiet.
So, if you are a fellow non-meditator don't give up on meditating. Play around with it. There are no 'set rules.' It is simply what works for you.
And one other thing, if I can do it then anyone can!