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How to Interpret a Meditation Experience
Most engage in meditation
as a one way experience – by quieting themselves through breath work
and sitting in silence, then focusing on stilling their busy
Over time, many of us begin to want more from a
meditation practice. There are two simple steps to boost your
meditation experience: 1.) Set an intention for the purpose of each
meditation - setting the direction for what will occur. 2) Begin
each meditation by centering yourself within your heart - the seat
of your personal wisdom and knowing.
As your meditation
experiences progress, inevitably the next phase includes the desire
to interpret your experiences.
Each of us receives
information and guidance differently – whether it is through
visuals, words, a keen sense of knowing, a smell, a sensation in
your body, an emotion, or automatic writing – it is important to pay
attention to what every meditation is trying to convey to you.
Your meditations can evolve from passively observing the
experience, to an opportunity to interact with it. Ask questions to
further understand the message. Open ended questions like, "What
does this represent?” “What is the message for me?” “Why do I
suddenly feel angry?” “Why is my stomach suddenly upset?” “Why do I
keep getting the word ‘trust’?” all lead to personal answers and new
insights for you.
Once you ask the question, relax and
receive whatever comes. Be open to having a two-way dialogue with
the inside of yourself. It is a process that takes practice, but the
more you engage in this process, the easier it becomes and the more
detailed the information will become. It takes time to learn the
unique language of your soul and how to communicate effectively with
Some like to do additional research after a meditation.
That could be spending time with sources about dream interpretations
or animal totems - but it is important to only use what resonates
with your own heart and soul.
Each meditation is different.
Sometimes nothing is received and sometimes a lot is received. The
guidance received could be simple and clear or it could need more
probing. When you establish a practice of being interactive during
your meditations, instead of passive, the information and decision
making abilities multiply.
However, many of us find it difficult
to use the received heart meditation guidance in our life – putting
the guidance into action. It’s a process that requires moving into
trust. How to trust and use heart meditation guidance will be
featured in next month’s posted article.
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