How do people feel about meditation? Perhaps someone have experience with it. I've long been intersted in getting into meditation as a part of a daily routine to shape up my spiritual life, but I can't seem to empty my head for five minutes. Anyone know any techniques or probably go-to resources for such information?
I value time for silence, reflection, and daily meditation. Having been ingrained with the push-push mentality of the western society, also having served in the military at one time, I was forever on a "must do something and do it right" track. I find that with daily meditation there is a settling of my mind and spirit - a fundamental for centering my being - and even body.
Start with minute-to-minute silence - preferably in the morning, when there is a newness to the day and the opportunity to gain bearing for your journey; I also try to use the end of the day to depress, so to speak. If emptying your head for five minutes is difficult, then try to clear your mind for only five minutes. Clearness can mean a lot of things for a lot of people, so I try to think of those things in this world and in my life that bring peace, joy, and love. The thing is to clear your mind of all things that bring stress, weight, fears, and doubts that are not altogether as important as we think them to be. This will bring a sense of basic understanding and truth in self, and perhaps even start to create a balance to the spirit within; depending on your own spiritual beliefs, one can even begin to develop a greater connection and understanding to a spirit that transcends.
There are a number of different methods for finding spiritual peace using daily meditation. Many use use silence, some chanting, some music, and even some physical (e.g., Yoga and even Tai Chi). Depending on your nature, it might be a good idea to try several and find the style that suits you best and brings you the most sense of peace and well-being.