Perhaps you’ve tuned into a similarity of language in many voice-guided meditations.

For example, in QuietSelf guided meditations, the words notice and now come up a lot. So does the suggestion to allow rather than a directive to take an action… references to the self and the higher self…and you might become aware that as opposed to you should now be experiencing.

Let’s consider how these phrases are designed to serve and support your meditation practice. And how you can benefit from the truest, highest purpose of any style of meditation.

A Lexicon of Intention

Still the breath.
Quiet the mind.
Allow the self to settle.

These aren’t just expressions. They’re ways of helping you to exercise the natural dominion you have over the body and mind you inhabit. And the ways in which you receive these words into your conscious and unconscious minds will impact on your meditation experience.

This “language of love” is a way of helping you to detach the ego from the meditation or visualization you’re practicing. So rather than placing focus on the breath that is yours, for example, you can focus on the breath that is.

The more we can divest from our intense attachments to having corporeal, material and emotional things, the greater our ease with the world around us. The more we can focus on being – a breather of breath, a giver of love, a receiver of compassion – the greater our ease with both the higher and the lower self.

The True Purpose of Meditation

The deepest benefits of meditation are those hardest to prove on an objective scale: the peace of mind it brings, the contentment with life, and the eventual fluttering away of the veil the obscures our conscious awareness of reality.

Sure, our blood pressure goes down and our focus goes up. We perform better at work (have you noticed how much corporate-sponsored meditation there is these day?) and we’re easier to live with at home.

These are the daily benefits.

But the purpose of meditation isn’t to sharpen your memory, or be more productive, or make more money. The purpose of meditation is to find release from suffering and to embrace the joy of our own existence. This is true whether you’re engaged solely in mindfulness practice, or moving beyond, into higher consciousness work.

Love is the true purpose of meditation, plain and simple. Love.

Love Is the Word You Seek

The next time you meditate, begin the practice by silently saying the word “Love” inside yourself, or quietly aloud. Repeat it a few times. You might find yourself smiling a little, or you might not. Simply allow the word to fill your heart for the space of a few settling breaths before you begin.

Whether on your own or in a group…with QuietSelf audio meditations, or in silence in your living room…at the beginning of your day as you rally your energy, or at night when you prepare the body and mind for sleep…remember to open your heart to love. It will flow in like the ocean, and back out like a monsoon.

Image courtesy of Beth Scupham