Finding My Meditation Style
My best friend heard of the Self-Realization Fellowship located on Mount Washington in Highland Park, Los Angeles. He wanted to visit this place, and I agreed to take us one late morning. He didn't give me any details about the Fellowship before arriving there. I walked through, and it blew my mind. I don't know why I was expecting some sort of indoor meets outdoor temple or shrine. Instead, we found a beautiful park with an amazing landscape. The park had many trees, flowers, seating areas in quiet corners, and a pond. It was so peaceful, I felt whole. This is the type of location for meditation I have been searching for. I enjoy being outside with nature, focusing on my presence among it. Surrounded by tall trees, plants, and a crisp wind, I was able to be at peace with my own thoughts. It was such a nice experience, I could have taken a rejuvenating nap out there.
Sometimes my brain associates meditation with prayer and religion. Though that may be meditation for some, that type of mediation doesn't help me. Actually, most forms of meditation make me impatient. I don't have the patience for meditation. I am too fidgety to sit for ten minutes and focus on my breathing. I don't know why it is difficult for me. It especially becomes more difficult if I am uncomfortable in the space I am in. I suffer from anxiety, and I have learned to calm my attacks through breathing techniques. But maybe if I practiced meditating more often then it would reduce my risk of future anxiety attacks.
The coolest part of the Self-Realization Fellowship is all of the seating areas hidden throughout the park. A person can find wooden benches, a table made out of stone as well as the chairs, hidden seats made from rocks, or seats made from stone surrounding their Temple of Leaves. There is a place for everyone there. I found that my favorite spots were near the pond so I could hear the water calmly running. It put my mind in a perfect rhythm. The sounds of the water, trees swaying in the wind, and birds chirping brought me in tune with nature. I learned then that being outside with nature in a quiet and calm location was the perfect meditation style for me. I was able to sit and focus on my thoughts and my breathing. I wasn't concerned about the air because it smelled sweet. If meditation is supposed to help me feel more centered, then meditating outside in nature is my cup of tea.
Self Realization Fellowship
3880 San Rafael Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90065