Three words that can be used with the experience of meditation are solitude, silence and sacredness. These three qualities are what allows you to achieve understanding, transformation and inner peace in your life and in yourself. It’s only when you are alone that you truly acquire the wisdom of who you are and identify that which comes from you versus what comes from other people. Along with solitude, is silence which makes it possible for you to hear the influence of the universal life force. Sacredness is your honoring the wonder and beauty of your life and this is what makes it possible for you to experience the deep trust that is necessary to bring you peace.
Silence has become a rare aspect of peoples every day life. Everywhere we go, we are flooded with noise and outside stimulus. As a result, we use most of our time reacting to these outer distractions, leaving very little time or space to notice the signals that are coming from inside us. This is how we start to lose the vision of who we really are. We lose our sense of balance and find it hard to get in touch with our own real needs. In its place we fulfill everyone elses needs. For example, say you have a job that requires you to deal with the public all day, if you don’t take time to enter into that silence inside your mind, you will find that your focus is drawn entirely outside yourself. This will cause you to end up feeling stressed as you become absorbed with the demands of those to whom you’re talking to. Perhaps in your household the TV or radio is always on, causing constant background noise. Being unable to hear yourself think allows your awareness to be completely manipulated by whatever outside information is being presented to you.
Its only when you are able to enter into our own silence that you can find you are able to reconnect with your infinite self. Beyond all your thoughts and emotions, deep down inside there exists a center of perfect peace. Its this part of you which is unchanged by the changes in your daily life. It is continuously connected to the source, the universal life force that you are an element of. Like an invisible rope, this place of peace sustains all your real power and nourishment. It is the part of you that actually gets you through life because it is the seat of your soul.
It’s important that each of us learn how to create this direct contact to our soul, because it is our control center. Instead of a life that seems to be made up of random and successive sets of circumstances, our soul has actually set up experiences to give us the best opportunities to grow. Then our freewill selects which of these opportunities to accept and how quickly we will experience it.
Without having a connection with your soul, your response might be to avoid these soul level experiences. Then life becomes chaotic because you chose not to follow the path that was meant for your highest good.