Daily Angel Oracle Card: Meditate ~ Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, from the Ascended Masters Oracle Card deck, by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D
Meditate ~ Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, Card Meaning: “This card is a call for you to meditate regularly. Your path, body and soul are asking for quiet time to reflect, think and receive insights. Even a small amount of time devoted to daily meditation will bring you great gifts. You do not necessarily need any formal training in meditation. It is simply a matter of sitting quietly, closing your eyes, breathing, and listening.
Additional Meanings For This Card: Be still and listen. You need some alone time. Be honest with yourself. Join a meditation group or take a meditation class. Listen to a meditation CD.
Siddharta Guatama devoted his life to finding an end to suffering. He renounced his family’s wealth and tried several spiritual paths, including asceticism, in his quest for spiritual growth. He finally had insight that moderation (or the “middle way”) was the path to enlightenment. He also demonstrated the benefits and importance of meditation, and many of his insights occurred as he meditated beneath the Bodhi tree. Call upon Siddhartha Guatama for help in developing your meditation practice, to practice moderation, and to overcome any form of suffering.”*
– Doreen Virtue, Ph.D
If we are to reach a higher level of consciousness, particularly in our technology ridden world, we must make time and space in our lives for a regular meditation practice. Meditation is a scary word for many people, as they picture hours of uncomfortable sitting in lotus pose, quieting their busy “monkey minds” and listening to the Universe. Many people say that they don’t have time, energy, or the concentration required for meditation. Yet, it is absolutely vital to our continued spiritual growth.
So what is meditation really? It is making time, even 5 minutes every day, to allow your mind to be quiet and still. It is concentrating on your breath. It is listening without expectation. It is allowing yourself to receive. But it can start in baby steps. It can start with a guided meditation on CD or downloaded from the internet or youtube. It can be a walking meditation out in nature, undisturbed. It can be sitting in your garden breathing deeply. Or, it can be a scheduled time in your designated sacred space. Whatever resonates with you is the perfect way to start, as you get more comfortable and see the benefits, you can add more time or change your routine. The most important part is starting.
If you do decide to set up a sacred space, pick somewhere that you can be alone and feel safe and secure. You can create an alter, with some favorite crystals, a photo or statue of your deity, a candle, maybe some incense, and a few chosen treasures. You could find a beautiful yoga mat or pillow to sit on. Have fun creating your space. This should be a place that is all yours to enjoy, private and secure and personal and beautiful. It should welcome you and help you feel excited that you are taking consistent action steps towards raising your awareness, and strengthening your connection to the Divine.