Meditation Is Easier Than You Think
You don’t have to go on a spiritual retreat to meditate—although it is a nice way to introduce yourself to meditation. It’s just not necessary. You can meditate at home, at work or wherever and whenever you can find a space to hear the sound of silence. Think of meditation as a vehicle to get you closer to the God source—once you’ve arrived, you don’t need the car!
The Sound of Silence
It’s more than just a Simon and Garfunkel song. The “sound of silence” is an ancient phrase that means: God is found in silence.
If you are living in a house where something is always on—television, radio, video games, etc.—it can drive you up a wall and keep you from listening to the sound of silence. What you need to do is retreat to your bedroom or any other room where you can get some privacy and quiet–even if it’s the closet–and just listen to the silence. It’s wonderful!
There’s no minimum or maximum for how much time it takes to meditate. It takes as long as it needs to take. Sometimes you can hear the sound of silence within minutes. Sometimes, no matter how hard you listen, it can take an hour. The important thing is just to do it, every day. You owe it to yourself to find the time to listen to your own body.
Do I Need a Meditation Mantra?
The most well-known meditation mantra is “Om” (or “Aum.”). But your mantra can be whatever you need it to be to connect with the sound of silence, and therefore connect with God.