Easy and Simple Meditation Process
Every type of meditation stresses continuous practice. If you stop practicing,
your progress is slowed, stopped or you may completely lose what you have gained.
For example, a concert pianist still practices hours every day. If he were to stop,
his skills would diminish.
If a hatha yogi stopped doing her physical practice of asanas, she would slowly
lose her flexibility and strength.
All accomplishments that require practice, including meditation, are subject to our
physical and mental limitations. If a person has a physical handicap, she can't
become accomplished in asanas. If someone has a mental handicap, he is
incapable of meditating properly.
But everyone has a heart that is longing for love. This is not a skill we need to
develop or practice; it is our inborn nature and our deepest desire - to love
and be loved. Even if our body and mind are imperfect and limited, we are still
capbable of offering love, affection and dedication. Offering your emotions is the heart
of bhakti meditation.
We are, in fact, hard-wired for love. Our desire to receive love and capacity to
love are intact from birth to death. There is nothing we need to learn to do this. This is what
makes bhakti yoga such a simple meditation process. We simple redirect what is natural to us.
In the 18th chapter of the Gita, Krishna described what it means to be a yogi.
He said, "Arjuna, remember Me with love. Be my loving devotee." (18/65)
Bhakti yoga means to join one's feelings of loving affection with God with
a desire to receive His grace. When your feeling of loving attachment
is for God alone, then this is the state of complete surrender. At this
point, a soul fully receives God's grace and that enlightens his senses,
mind and intellect with Divine realization.