5 Forms Of Meditation For African Spirituality And How To Do Them

Meditation For Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual awakening is coming into the knowledge of your light body. Unlike your physical body, your light body is comprised of every part of you that cant be touched. Those parts of your light body anatomy include your thoughts, emotions, and your infinite self – the ‘I in I’.

The new perspective that is gained from experiencing the light body for the first can be a revelation new initiates.

Rastafari Meditations For Spiritual Awakening

Meditation has always been an important part of the Rastafari way of life. In her book Rasta Meditation Handbook: 23 Tips, Tools & Principles To Meditate as a Rastafari, Empress Yuajah writes

“One does not enter Zion because they are Rasta, one enters Zion upon his transition because he/she has a clean and clear conscience and a matching positive elevated vibration that matches that of Zion. Rasta meditate to stay connected to and to cultivate a Zion Consciousness and vibration.”

How To Meditate For Spiritual Awakening

The first and most basic meditation for spiritual awakening is to practice observation of your thoughts.

Step 1: Change into loose fitting clothing, turn off any electronics that might disturb you. Find a quiet place where you wont be disturbed by family or pets. If there is snot in your nose, now is the time to get up and blow it out. If you need to make any adjustments your clothing or surroundings, do so.

Step 2: Sit in a chair or on the ground with your legs folded and your hands either resting in your lap  or on each knee

Step 3: Close your eyes, inhale deeply using your belly, and exhale slowly until your lungs are empty. This is a “preparatory breath”.

Step 4: Breathe in while mentally counting “one-two-three-four-five”. Fill your lungs from the bottom of your belly to the top of your chest. Hold the full breath for one second before breathing out, counting “one-two-three-four-five” in your head.

During practice, thoughts, pain, itches, fatigue, and sensitivity to temperature will arise. You will hear sounds and may even see flashes of light while your eyes are closed.

Dont try to ignore these sensations, but dont let them pull you away from practice. Simply observe your body’s reaction to the itch. Feel the cool breeze. Hear the children playing outside. Let the clouds of thought drift by the mind’s eye and disappear. Be aware of the world inside of you and around you, but stay in the moment – in the now.

Follow this routine for just five minutes a day until you can maintain full awareness for the entire time. Then you may chose to increase your sitting time, but there is no pressure to do so. Quality is more important than quantity here.

If you find your mind wandering or you fall asleep, thats ok! Open your eyes, refocus yourself, and go back in to meditation.

As you remain centered in your truth, wont need anyone to tell you that your soul exists, or that it is infinite and timeless. You will know because you will have experienced it for yourself.

This might seem like a simple approach to something so profound as spiritual awakening, but dont underestimate the power of your intention. As Dr. Phil Valentine said, ‘attention is the focus of life itself.”

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Written by Asad Malik

Asad is the Executive Officer of The Pan-African Alliance, and the Founder of United Black America.

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