Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Meditation

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.



UBC Day 15
The M Piece - Meditation

My greatest joy comes in love for the Divine, my sweet Lord. And what better way to connect with Him than through meditation.

I started meditating about 15 years ago. It's one of the best practices I've adopted.

When I first started meditating, I started with the traditional method of sitting in silence, cross legged on the floor, finger and thumb together, concentrating on my breath. I was uncomfortable, I moved about constantly and it was downright boring. I failed miserably.

Then I tried guided meditations visualising a grand staircase that you're going down slowly. But I always wanted to climb upwards on a staircase made of clouds!  Or I wanted to walk down a wooded path or I just wanted to sit in a garden on a swing and have a great time.  Or they were going to fast and I wanted it slowed down or they were going to slow and I wanted it faster. I failed miserably again.

Then I tried meditative music but that just made me bored and restless or I fell asleep. I just couldn't still my mind. I failed miserably yet again.

Stilling the mind is obviously not my cup of tea and by this time I was just about ready to give up on meditation, but that thought inside my head wouldn't go away - someday I will find the perfect "thing" that will take me there.

And so many other thoughts came into my head. Perhaps meditation for me is not stillness of mind. Perhaps it's just the ability to tune out and connect with my Lord. That's all, nothing more nothing less.

Meditation took on a completely different meaning for me when one night, while listening to instrumental music - pan flutes, all I could think of was the fusion of souls in a cosmic dance. I was in a different world. Meditation for me just meant the ability to be in a total state of bliss. No need for any messages or answers and no reprogramming of the mind is necessary, just peace and bliss.

The flute mesmerises me. It's melody is haunting.  Here's a song that can take me into that place of bliss where my soul goes on a cosmic dance.




But the one song where I feel that Divine connection the most is George Harrison's My Sweet Lord. I always feel that whenever I get a strong urge to hear this song, it is my sweet Lord who wants to connect with me. 



Walking in the hills and taking in the breathtaking beauty of nature is also another successful mediation for me.

So no need for all that stillness and breathing. Just find something that resonates and takes you into another world and that's your meditation. Who says one has to be quiet and focussed. George Harrison's song proves that even a song with a fast beat can take you to that place of peace. And the louder the volume the faster I go into that connection.

Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo, Maheshwara
Guru Sakshat, Parabrahma,
Tasmayi Shree, Guruve Namah

O Master; You are the Creator, the Sustainer, the Divine, the Destroyer
And the true embodiment of omnipresent, transcendental Divinity.
To You, glorious and supreme Master
I humbly and reverently bow.

My sweet Lord
Hare Rama, Hare Krishna


May you find that state of bliss.


Written for: A to Z Challenge and The Ultimate Blogging Challenge


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54 comments:

  1. AM a Christian by faith and what i love about meditation is meditating on His Word (The Bible)...there are so many things you get to learn and apply in daily life!
    Meditation is key to a person as it helps them also evaluate themselves on various issues in real life and actually help to make decisions at a later level!

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    1. Hi Danny. Glad you found your way to meditate and to reach our Lord. Meditation is therapeutic and rejuvenating. Blessings to you.

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  2. I just can't meditate...It's so hard to concentrate for me...But it is food for the soul no...meditating?

    M for Motherly-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. Hi Naba. Yes, meditating is good for the soul. Like me, someday you'll find your perfect meditation - no need to concentrate it'll just take you there.

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  3. Though I enjoy meditation, am a bit lazy to have a regualr practice. :)

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    1. I try to meditate everyday Prathima. But sometimes other things take over.

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  4. Suzy ,you have put it so aptly.Each has his own technique which will take that person to a level of well being.What works for me may not work for another.

    I know, that meditating is really difficult .Yet ,if we try hard ,we may discover our own method of doing so to attain bliss.

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    1. Thanks Vasudha. Each one of us connects in different ways. Took me a long long time after umpteen failed attempts to find the thing that works for me.

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  5. Meditation is not my cup of tea even now. Only once in a NLP I succeeded due to power ful words of speaker. They clicked pics and I was actually smiling broad !
    It is a coincidence that I was lsitening to a flute music and feeling pleasant now
    flute music can be really captivating

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    1. I too find flute music very captivating and very soothing. thanks Afshan.

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  6. The music is really soothing... I try meditation sometimes when I am really stressed.

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. Meditation is a great stress reliever.

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  7. Lovely videos and post. I too believe sitting still and meditating is not the only way. I walk and listen to beautiful songs while meditating. I call it being happy :)

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    1. Thanks Sulekha. Perfectly put - meditation is being happy.

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  8. I tried so many times but I just can't get myself to meditate Suzy! I fall asleep every time!

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    1. That still happens sometimes to me as well Gauri. But hey a good sound sleep is also meditation.

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  9. My Sweet Lord used to be one of my favourite songs when I was kid

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    1. It's a great song Thisyearinmusic. thanks for dropping by.

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  10. I agree, meditation is very powerful. I try to meditate daily as well. It's such a great way to begin and end a day.

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    1. It sure is Sojourner. Thanks for visiting.

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  11. Dear Suzy, thank you so much for this entry. I needed to read it today, Wonderful timing! jean

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    1. Glad it was helpful Jean. And thanks for visiting.

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  12. Having just been back from a meditation workshop I can relate to this post a lot :)

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    1. Thanks Privy. Nice to see you back here. Hope you enjoyed your meditation.

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  13. I don't meditate per se, but you've made me want to attempt it and see what happens with my relationship with the Lord.
    Blessings, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Martha. Anything that connects us to our Lord is meditation. Even singing hymns with love and mindfulness can take us there. Blessings to you too lovely friend.

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  14. Meditation and finding your center, renewing your faith, though silent prayer is so inspiring. When I am really upset, I force myself to slow down and breath, finding that place where I am at peace once again.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I don't know what I would do if I hadn't found a way to get back to that blissful state.

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  15. Suzy I just love that song... For me meditation is that walk in the morning in the arms of nature... specially after it has rained..those fresh leaves with drops of dew connects me to Him somehow,... I liked your idea of finding peace in your own way..it can be a song or a walk in the rain

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    1. Thanks Shiva. A walk in the morning after the rain sounds heavenly.

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  16. I meditate regularly too. Keeping still and silent 'inside' took lots of effort initially but I can do it now. It fills me with serenity.

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    1. Hi Dagny, Meditation makes us serenely rapt :)

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  17. I admire the way you talk about meditation. It isn't really about stilling the mind. It is about being at peace and if that peace comes from something that you enjoy, then you are in a meditative state. Loved this post, Suzy!

    ~Shailaja's latest A~Z post

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    1. Thanks Shailaja. It's the only way I can meditate and the only thing that makes sense to me.

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  18. I love the way you have been able to create meditation that you enjoy. Perfect.

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    1. Thanks Pamela. Glad you liked my way. I hope it inspires others to break from tradition and do it their way too.

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  19. I badly need some meditation right now!!!

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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  20. I've tried making meditation a daily practice, but I just don't seem to be able to fit it in every day. I enjoy guided meditations though, and generally spend some time on Sundays meditating. I've heard a lot about mindfulness meditation..I'm planning to give it a try.

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    1. Hi Peddlerofdreams. I try to meditate each night before I sleep. The nights I don't I find I don't sleep so soundly. Let me know how the mindfulness meditation goes.

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  21. Meditation can mean so many things, I suppose. I have felt a connection or a moment of bliss even when listening to some so-called "fast" hindi film songs! It depends on what state of receptivity I am in at that moment, I suppose. A very good post, Suzy. I find our Indian bansuri sounds very peaceful and calming.

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

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    1. Thanks Beloo. I find the bansuri mesmerising. I wish I had learned to play it.

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  22. That was such an insightful post, Suzy! I tried meditation and couldnt still my mind too. It is simply amazing that you have been able to enjoy this journey! Way to go. I must explore it some more too. Thanks for the reminder :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Just find the thing that does it for you and then you'll really enjoy it.

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  23. Meditation is medium to high elation it doesn't mean sitting alone in a room but to find and see the medium a thing a practice which can take you to that level. I am blogging at
    The Other Side for A to Z challenge

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    1. Thanks Cifar. Until I found my way, I always thought meditation was sitting in solitude and stilling the mind. I'm glad I found my way else I never would meditate. Dropped by your blog.

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  24. Oh I find it so tough to meditate. I tried it for sometime without much success. Yet I think it must be so relaxing to be able to control your mind.

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    1. It is so refreshing and rejuvenating Tulika. I don't know what I'd do without my meditation.

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  25. I have known the power of meditation...but cannot seem to do it myself.

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    1. Hi Janu, took me a long time to find mine.

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  26. Meditation is good practice and great for stress-relief and overall health benefits. When the mind is happy, the body follows :)

    I love that George Harrison song, too, Suzy! "Soul in a cosmic dance" sounds lovely

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    1. Thanks Vidya. So true that the body reflects the mind. I love it when my soul goes on that cosmic dance.

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  27. As a Christian, meditating on God's Word is essential to a relationship with him. You made some valid points Suzy

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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