Meditation: What are we Meditating on?

What do you do if life is intense? One of the things I see and hear many people are doing these days is meditating. What I wonder is: do we really consider what we are doing or trying to achieve when we are meditating? It is important to know.

My first experience with meditation was when I was growing up. Some people around me would meditate – they would disappear into a room, not to be disturbed for the rest of the afternoon. Especially their mentioning that they should not be disturbed is something that made it all quite mysterious to me and also made it seem a very vulnerable thing to do, in the sense that I could not make noise otherwise the meditation would be disturbed.

If I asked what meditation was and how I should do it, I was told that I had to focus on an object in my mind like a pencil and keep focussing on that… I tried but found it hard and to be honest, not very enriching and even a bit boring. I did not feel my body and I sort of felt isolated in my mind and cold – not the most pleasant feeling.

All in all, this meditation did not do it for me.

Years later, at the age of 19, I came across Universal Medicine. Here I was introduced to the Gentle Breath Meditation by Serge Benhayon. First I was a bit hesitant, remembering the meditation from my childhood and not finding it very supportive, but I gave it a go and the experience was completely different.

We were asked to focus on our body and to choose a quality of gentleness in our breath, starting with the tip of the nose and feeling the air flowing in gently and how this feels cool at the tip. The rest of the meditation continued with focussing on both the in and out-breath and after that, your whole body, by relaxing and surrendering all your muscles to the gentle rhythm established by your breath. What I found was a profound awareness of my whole body; I felt all of my body – warm and delicious, as well as very still and precious in quality.

It was the most beautiful feeling I had ever experienced.

It was from this moment that I learned that meditation is not about checking out of our body for a moment of calm and to basically escape from the intensity of the world. The point is, after this ‘outing,’ we always have to come back to our body and feel it, and the intensity of the world it carries once again. In other words, it does not change anything.

True meditation for me is about connecting to a quality of gentleness or tenderness that is innate in our body and surrendering to this quality that is already there. It is about establishing a quality and a connection that brings my mind and body together as one. When I go out of my body into my mind, I feel I lose my innate intelligence, which includes feelings of what to do and what not to do, what to say, and what is safe to do and what is not.

Thus, when I come out of the meditation I am more surrendered in my body and feel equipped to deal with life and its intensities that we cannot stop from being there. For me this is true body intelligence. In that moment I feel the whole of my body like it is a big space and from there it is very clear what I need to do, how I need to do it and when. It is the most beautiful feeling I know – to be one with my body and mind together.

By Lieke Campbell, Belgium

Further Reading:
Our Breathe As A Tool Of Connection
The Gentle Breath Meditation™ & Discovering my Inner Self
Gentle Breath Meditation in Daily Life

632 thoughts on “Meditation: What are we Meditating on?

  1. Lieke, I like how you have talked here about how true meditation is not about an escape from the world, but rather a way to connect to the loveliness that is within so that we can bring that out in the world that we live in.

  2. Agreed, my understanding and purpose with meditation has transformed in the past decade, from being something to escape life to being a check-in to life in a way that allows me to be all of me in life.

  3. One of the greatest joys in my life is introducing/reconnecting people to that innate stillness that is within all of us… Within the gentleness of the reconnection is that doorway to what humanity seeks and has always been seeking, and it is so simple.

  4. ‘It is the most beautiful feeling I know – to be one with my body and mind together.’ Yes it is, it gives the solidness of our being into our daily life and when life starts to be intense and we loose our breath, we can always come back to it and move as one through life again.

  5. Life is a meditation if we learn to move through it with both body and mind as one and in harmony (working together) with the each other. Without this we ‘get a-head of ourselves’ (literally!) and learn to live in separation – a paralysing state of being in which we compartmentalise the different parts of our physicality so that they are all working at odds to each other so that we create a situation where the body becomes slave to the wanton desires of the mind. We then take this compartmentalisation into life and the way we approach it and then wonder why we feel so lost and unsettled. Meditation is the art of reacquainting ourselves with our WHOLE being so we do not leave any part of ourselves behind.

  6. “When I go out of my body into my mind, I feel I lose my innate intelligence, which includes feelings of what to do and what not to do, what to say, and what is safe to do and what is not.” When we lose our innate intelligence we are like ships without a rudder.

  7. Meditation is not something to be hidden, to be reserved for spiritual seekers and the ‘enlightened’ and it certainly isn’t something that should take you away from life! The Gentle Breath Meditation and the other forms that Universal Medicine offers are nothing like any other meditation I’ve done in the past. These actually bring you to a sense of yourself, to your body and to life. They can even be done while in life doing daily tasks. All meditation is to me now is a moment of connection that is then how I live the rest of the day.

  8. Committing to life and bringing out all to it is one of the most enriching things ever. I have found that the The Gentle Breath Meditation supports with this process and from experience that other meditations actually make one feel less in their body and hence less ready and supported to bring their all to life.

  9. My experience of Gentle Breath Meditation is that it lets me know what it’s like to be connected with my own breath and body, and during the day, at work, out on the street, I can bring myself to that same quality by paying attention to the breath, the way I move my body, and unlike other meditation I have tried before, it allows me to be in life, instead of reinforcing the idea that the world out there is disturbing and ugly and I need my safety cocoon away from it.

  10. “What I wonder is: do we really consider what we are doing or trying to achieve when we are meditating? It is important to know.” – For sure I think this is a key point to contemplate and consider to ask ourselves what we are seeking of something, to really be honest with ourselves about the intent or purpose behind what we’re doing and if that is genuinely helpful or not, without judgement just to be more aware of what we’re choosing.

  11. Such a great point to explore, what is meditation for us, what is the prupose and why do we do it. In many cases it can easily be to escape the things in life we don’t like and yet when we introduce true meditation as part of life to be in constant connection with life we open up something very very special.

  12. The gentle breath meditation changed my life. Connecting to that quality of gentleness and tenderness you speak of Lieke, and ‘establishing a quality and a connection that brings my mind and body together as one’ makes living life a completely different experience. The trick for me is to learn to build the consistency of this quality in everyday life, not just for a one off 5-minute respite. I know that every choice I make will either enhance this quality or slap me straight back into the head and disconnection again.

  13. This is gorgeous that, the most beautiful thing you had ever experienced was a coming back to being present in your body.

  14. We could say that true meditation connects us back to our body, where lies our essence, the divine spark that we all have. “Other” mediations connect us to our mind, and make us forget about the body and life, which can stimulate us with the most beautiful sensations while doing it and leave the body cold.

  15. Sometimes bringing our mind back to how our whole body is feeling may not be so comfortable, there may be aches or pains, raciness or exhaustion but at least by bringing our awareness to that we have the opportunity to be more considerate of how our body is rather than keep overriding it and with that consideration we open the way for a deeper insight into how we are living day to day and the kind of choices we are making…

  16. “True meditation for me is about connecting to a quality of gentleness or tenderness that is innate in our body and surrendering to this quality that is already there.” This is a great way to describe this type of meditation. The response I hear all the time when I explain this type of meditation is usually “whatever works for you” and they are confirming the meditation they are doing however, if meditation does not connect you to your body, what are you connecting to?

  17. Whole body intelligence is not about what to do when we are run over by life, but how to live in a way that prevents this from happening by moving in a way that honors our divine particles.

  18. I am sure if people were aware of what they were actually doing when they checked out from their body and the actual harm this causes, it would be the last thing they would ever ever want to do.

  19. To check, honestly, how your body is feeling before doing the Gentle Breath Meditation and then afterwards is the most incredible marker of the power of this very simple meditation. I feel I’m coming back to a whole different body, but it is the same one, the only difference being that I have reconnected to it once again. Life feels very different when we live in connection to our amazing body.

    1. That is beautifully said Ingrid. Life can change completely just by connecting to ourselves. This shows we don’t always need to change the outer to feel better in life but reconnect to the inner part of us.

  20. I agree it is super important to know what it is your developing from meditation i.e. connecting to a quality bridged by gentleness claiming that stillness within to be lived outwardly with all the body. Meditation is a connection to then live in expression in the world.

  21. Imagine actually understanding that guided visualisations, upon which so many people place such great store, are simply a mental cul-de-sac within which one parks one’s brain and nothing evolves.

  22. The Gentle Breath Meditation is simple, practical and yet very powerful, and the best thing about this meditation it doesn’t require you to sit for hours cross-legged.

  23. The gentle breath meditation takes only 5 minutes thus is very practical in supporting us in the busyness of todays world to reconnect and settle back into our body, rejuvenate and begin again.

  24. It is very empowering to be able to meditate on a quality that is with us, a stillness that deeply connects us to everything that we know we are. A quality that is not an escape but rather a surrender and a deepening connection to our body and being so that this quality of connection is a marker and can then guide us to truly live through our every living day.

  25. A beautiful case of love filled gentle breath meditation where one is truly supported to be with all there is inside their body and feel the richness of their own selves, their inner-heart.

  26. Meditation being all about connection and not escape was revelatory for me. It made it real and useful and the most incredible tool to return to me. And then to bring this inner connection into everything…

  27. I love those word together ‘true body intelligence’.
    They mean everything to me. All answers are find through the deeper connection within our own body.
    There we find more the science ever shares.

  28. I came to meditation as the answer for life’s intensity around 28 years old. However I gradually realised that although it took the edge off the intensity, I couldn’t stop to sit on a cushion for an hour every time I need a chill pill! I then found the Gentle Breath Meditation presented by Serge Benhayon, which was completely different. Instead of relief, I got connection and a building knowing of who I actually am when I am connected. I then discovered through Esoteric Yoga that is my every move, thought and word that affects how I feel, not what is happening around me. This has brought consistency to my day, as I connect with me, feel my breath, body and being.

  29. It makes such a big difference having the intention to re-gather and re-unite mind and body as opposed to seeking relief or escape from how we’re feeling…

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