Hello and welcome to episode 40 of The Ask Sri Vishwanath show. Today I want to talk to you about wise people and how they start their day.
Today’s question is from Kelly. Kelly says “I’ve tried everything from Yoga to exercising to walking and reading but I’m not feeling any benefit and my day never kicks off very well. What’s the best thing to do in the morning to make sure I have a great day?”
Great question Kelly. Here we can lead by example. Those who are great and wise all share the same morning routine. What do they do? They meditate! Try it every morning for at least 30 minutes. It would be great if you could do more but try for at least 30 minutes.
Remember practice makes perfect and I want to give you some tips on how to meditate correctly.
Sunrise and Sunset
Firstly. The best time for meditation is when day leeches into night, just before sunrise. Check the time for your location because it will differ from place to place. Why is this time so important? It’s important because the rays from the sun and the moon contain endless amounts of life energy and we want to try and capture it within ourselves.
At sunrise this energy rises from deep within our lower spine from the shushumna channel and flows throughout the body. This makes this an ideal time to meditate and fall back on our consciousness. That’s what meditation is, embracing the consciousness. At this time of day it will come very naturally. It will be as easy as breathing.
You can also meditate at sunset. Again at this time energy will be flowing freely within your shushumna channel.
What’s really interesting is that most of the time we only breathe through one nostril but at these times we breathe through both nostrils which means we are able to focus better. This in turn allows us to relax and really fall back on our consciousness.
A Gift from God
The biggest mistake people make with meditating is that they mess around too much. They focus on multiple methods and it never works. You must realise that meditation is a gift. It’s a gift from God to you. When you meditate you are acknowledging that gift. You must set the stage. Remember You are the consciousness.
Never mistake yourself to be anything less than that. Always remember that the body, mind and intellect are manifestations of your consciousness and when meditating you are giving that gift back to the universe. This is the attitude you must have when meditating.
You must not see meditation as a chore or something that just has to be done. You will never enter the right frame of mind this way. Remember this is God giving you this gift so take it and enjoy it!
Secondly. There is nothing to learn or discover about meditation. Some people make the mistake of thinking that lightening will somehow strike and all of a sudden they’ll become enlightened. It doesn’t happen that way.
Remember wise people meditate because they know! They know they are consciousness so they meditate to fall back on it. People think by meditating some profound thought will magically pop into their head. This might happen but it won’t be because of mediation.
Remember it’s a gift that allows you to fall back on your consciousness. When you fall back on your consciousness everything will fall into place. You’ll automatically be filled with love and joy.
Never approach meditation like a beggar. You are not seeking anything. It’s a gift. Just go into it with confidence and you’ll be surprised at how naturally it comes.
As Christ says “When thou prays enter into thy closet, shut thy door and pray to your father, which is in secret.” That’s it. That’s all you need to do
Krishna says “Fix your mind on me. Let your understanding be absorbed in me hence forth doubtless shall you shall reside in me”
Thirdly. Remember meditation is also a conversation with God. God speaks and you listen. Start the first 30 minutes of your day by giving back and you’ll have everything you need, joy, bliss and contentment because you’’ know you are whole. You’ll become a listener. It’s all about setting yourself up to continue these trends for the entire day.
Yoga in action
When you set all of these things up it becomes yoga in action. You’ll understand detachment and discrimination. You’ll become detached from any negative things that may happen throughout the day because you know you can fall back on the consciousness. You’ve started your day with giving so in return you’ll get more.
You’ll find that your day will become almost effortless. Of course you will encounter problems but they won’t weigh you like they did before because you’ll have already set the trend for the day by meditating in the morning. When you remember these things – that meditation is a gift that doesn’t need to be discovered you’ll find people will listen to you more.
Krishna says in the Bhagavad gita “ Let the integrated sage who knows think he works not at all even when he sees, hears, touches, smells, knowing that constituents operate via constituents”
So even when he is seeing, hearing or touching he’s not really doing any work because he knows he is only a medium and all this work is due to the karma. The consciousness is making all these things happen through him. There is no strain and it becomes effortless.
Vivekananda describes it beautifully in a poem.
From the unreal, lead me to the real
From darkness lead me to light
From death lead me to immortality
Reach out to me through and through the Self
Save me O Thou Terrible from thy innoncence
With thy sweet charming face
So that’s what meditation is. I hope you find these tips useful. People will understand you better. You’ll get more because you’ll give more. You’ll be full of joy and Kelly….life will be wonderful.
Remember you keep asking questions and I’ll keep answering them.