No, seriously. Every since the 1990s, slowly but surely we've so called gurus pop up claiming to be experts in this field. Lo and behold, apps also popped up!
Let's rewind a second. Defined in the Collins English Dictionary Millennium Edition, to meditate is:
'To think about something deeply; To reflect deeply on spiritual matters...'
Needless to say, the wikipedia version is a tad different. You can look that up yourself! :)
A few years ago, one of my best friends invited me to come along a meditation and wellbeing day that she was organising locally. She was raised in an environment where every Sunday there would be seva and meditation. I sort of knew what I was expecting ahead of time, apart from the meditation bit. Those that wanted were guided into a state of meditation for X hours - I fell asleep! I remember telling her that afterwards. She replied that this was fine, as most people do the first few times. Stillness brings out different things for everyone in the beginning, in some cases this can be a recognition of how tired our body and/or mind is or enjoying the stillness enough to carry us to a state of relaxation and rest.
As we progress to Lockdown UK Week 5, I've been reconnecting with ancient spiritual stories, such as The Mahabharat - people would go into meditative states for months, even years! So here's a thought, for some of us, this lockdown malarkey is giving us a little more time to allow ourselves to unlock the gateway to meditate. For others, sadly not at the moment.
If you are truly open to owning your time, then do it! Here's a basic relaxation snipper that a friend of mine recorded. In my view, it works best if you'll permit yourself an uninterrupted nap, as a cure for insomnia or just before you intend to go off into dreamy dreamland.
Rupa Datta - Founder, Portfolio People