I know the thought of finding a guide to offer up advice is very exciting, and you want to rush right into it. But that's not really the best way to
go about it. If I may:
I've been practicing meditation for quite a bit, and I find that one of the biggest hurdles faced by those who start meditation is
. The ability to calm your mind enough to create whatever imagery you are seeking, and then being able to sustain that image, is
alll based(imho) in visualization. One needs to focus on starting simple and working upwards to more grand aspects of meditation.
A nice start would consist of the following:
Start off small, get a flower, or piece of fruit that you have available to you and look at it closely. Study it carefully, its texture, its shape,
its color. Do this for 5-10 minutes earnestly.
Now, close your eyes and try to create that item in your mind. The goal here is 2 fold:
1. Replicate the object as realistically as possible
2. Keep your mind quiet and focused on that object.
For a beginner it is hard, and you will struggle to keep your mind there with you. It will constantly want to run off and do it's own thing, run
various programs, if you will. Don't let this dishearten you, it's natural and you can overcome it. Just become aware that your mind has wandered,
and go back to your task of creating the image.
Once you can do that and sustain it for a good period of time, you are then ready to move on to deeper meditation. You can find a picture or memory of
a place that you like, and begin trying to visualize and sustain that image.
When you can do that, you can begin to focus on bringing that image to life in your meditation. Let the trees sway in the wind, let the clouds move.
That is a great goal. Once you can do the above for 20-30mins(not everytime but most) you can begin to tinker with "guides" and the like.
How long will the above take? That's different for every person, if you really try and put forth the effort, you will get it. Remember that your mind
has grown years and years without you actively trying to quiet it or control it. It has many "programs" that it will wish to run, and when you try
to stop that, and focus your mind, it will resist at first.
I hope this helps you. There is no quick method to get where you want to go, but if there was, would it be of the same value when you got there? I am
of the mind that it would not
[edit on 7-11-2006 by Xatnys]