This wasn't the first time I'd listened to a meditation recording. I've ordered and listened to probably 10 or so of these types of products over the years. I think I was doing it wrong though, I always fell asleep! No matter what position, I'd wake up 20, 25 minutes later, bummed out I'd missed whatever "it" was.
The Sylva Method was different. This wasn't about eating or weight issues. This wasn't about visualizing anything. This first recording was learning to relax and then "marking" what being truly relaxed - and conscious of it - felt like.
The recording is about 25 minutes long. If you sit in a comfortable chair that isn't a recliner you should be okay - and stay awake! I promise it's worth it. Getting to the end and being able to really feel what being relaxed is, is such a wonderful feeling.
The next step though is even better. "Marking" that feeling. Carving this feeling into your memory is very important to the art of mediation. When you can get into your most relaxed state quickly, it will make a huge difference in your desire to continue meditating. It did for me.
The better you get at getting into your relaxed state, the sooner you can move on to the visualization stage. This is important not only to your own meditation practice, but this was also the important part of participating in Lynn McTaggarts "Intention" Studies. Being able to relax and then focus on a single subject, or visualization is what I consider "my art of meditation."
Creation is important, it gives us something to strive for. To learn, master and maybe even teach. What I found in meditation is the nothingness, or the "no-thingness" as described in OHSHO Zen Tarot Cards. The "No-Thingness" is where all things begin. It is where we start our creative journey and sometimes, it is where we end it. Or maybe it is always where we end it, in the no-thing. Either way, it's where I've found my place, my space. My peace.
And it's after those moments of total, conscious relaxation, my mind cleared of clutter having enjoyed a long moment of silence that I've had some really wonderful, if not profound (in my little word) moments. Thoughts. Ideas. Inspirations. Understandings. Really cool stuff.