SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING

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BY ERYKA STANTON
global empowerment coach | spiritual mentor &  trainer psychic | author | artist | founder consciousness coaching®

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SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING

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BY ERYKA STANTON
global empowerment coach | spiritual mentor &  trainer psychic | author | artist | founder consciousness coaching®

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DROWNING OUT THE MIND WITH LOVE


Are you meditating from the mind or from the heart?

Different spiritual paths use different meditation techniques and they all serve on some level however personally speaking, the most useful has been a meditative state that uses the energy of love to go beyond the mind.

Love is after all the the essence of the Divine and therefore it is the most powerful force in this universe.

Energetically speaking, love has a faster and higher vibration than the mind and it therefore has the ability to overcome the mind and ego. We see evidence of this when we experience "falling in love". We lose rational perspective and oftentimes we cannot even think clearly.

In terms of cultivating inner Divine love, during spiritual practices like prayer or meditation, it is important to giving yourself in love to the Divine that is both within us and all around us. The rational mind convinces us of our separation but the heart is the holder of the truth. When we drop our attention to the heart our meditative experience is amplified many times over and we lose ourselves to the ecstatic truth that Divine light and love is within and need only be cultivated to become a more powerful driving force in our life.

Our spiritual connection to the sacred and holy is not rational, it is mystical in nature...that is why Sufi's are at times called "idiots of God." They are so devoted in their connection to the holy that they lose their ego mind and fall into ecstatic love. This also is also reflected in the Sufi saying, "When love comes reason disappears. Reason cannot live with the folly of love; love has nothing to do with human reason."

So how do we make meditation of love practical? Instead of using meditation to still your 'monkey mind' and attempting to dilute thoughts by focusing on the mind, try bringing your attention to your heart instead. Set an intention to focus on the feeling of love within the heart and you will find that this will help you quickly leave your mind behind. As you centre your attention to FEELING love, your thoughts will slowly dilute and your emotions will also follow suit and be stilled.

I call this "meditating on love". It is a practice that essentially drowns out the mind and the emotions and helps you swim in love's ocean...love being a state INSTEAD of an emotion.

TRY IT: Make yourself comfortable, either sitting or lying down is fine.

The first thing to do is to breath calmly and rhythmically, in through the nose and out through your mouth.