What does it mean to be “aware?”
When aware, we are conscious of our environment and surroundings, conscious of our body and thoughts. Does awareness have anything to do with meditation? Meditation is the stilling of the body and mind, not clouding or “dimming” of it. Meditation, then, is an “aware” and enlightened state.
Some say that meditation is a place without interest or thought. For many, prayer is that place of interest and thought, namely with God. However, meditation is also a place where we have conversation with God and our own thoughts even if they aren’t so much at the “surface.” Many also don’t connect meditation with truth.
There are many who aren’t aware and it’s because they have not reached the truth of their life.
Their sense of awareness and “being here” may have been different from what it is now. For instance, they may have made up stories, visual and otherwise, to deal with situations that they could not integrate. Their awareness, then, was not quite based in reality. “Awareness” and being “aware” is based in reality. Meditation is based in reality, even if it travels to the spirit realm, it meets us in our day to day goals, decisions and resolutions.
Meditation, also, may be free from expectation. It need not be regimented, free flowing. Some, when they enter meditation, feel they need to reach some sort of advanced idea. If you are too involved with this mindset, you will become grandiose. It’s well to enter meditation with an idea on how you can improve and where you need improvement. However, while there you needn’t seek for anything, be still. Meditation is free of expectation. In meditation, you’re not searching for anything or going beyond yourself. Just being.
What needs to arrive, will.
The purpose of meditation is to help us become better people. It’s not about altering consciousness, inner work; not about transcending the body, encountering it. True awakening is encountering our body here and now. The experience of peace that arrives is substantial. It’s not necessarily something you can see outside, it’s what you carry as a result.
In addition, meditation should never be physically discomforting, or it’s not meditation. We can meditate while walking. It needn’t occur while sitting. Mental discomfort, if any, should only arise with our later evaluation which removes us from that which we don’t need, yet was comfortable.
What do I need to be aware of?
Your thoughts. If your thoughts are unhealthy, consider why. Otherwise they are but appearances, some to encounter, others to eliminate. When we’re aware of the good in our life, we receive knowledge of the spirit realm and wisdom of God.
Meditation helps you become more attentive, make peace and learn what’s essential for you.