What is Meditation?
Mediation is the process of clearing the mind of any thoughts. As the thoughts we hold in our minds are often contrary to what we want, and having contradictory thought is the only thing which stops us from having everything that we want, stopping thinking is the easiest way to stop the momentum, and let the good feelings return.
Meditation is akin to sleep, but as it is practiced when the body is present and awake, it actually has a longer lasting effect than sleeping.
If when awaking from sleeping, you could find something different to focus upon; if you didn’t pick up where you left off yesterday, but instead made a new decision today, you could change the course of your life on a daily basis.
But most people hit the ground running, they remember their work commitments, or family commitments, or the fact that this company or that colleague is misbehaving, or shouldn’t have done that, and get worked up almost from the get-go.
When you successfully meditate, you are detaching yourself from this physical world, and lifting yourself, and your spirit to the higher faster purer vibrations that are natural to you. This is the refreshing state of being that we encounter during sleep.
Learning how to meditate is learning to connect with our inspiration, with our inner selves, our soul or inner being.
The benefits of Meditation
The benefits of meditation are numerous.
- You feel good, now
- You will have greater receptivity to good ideas
- You will instinctively know what to do in every situation,
- You will be clear minded more of the time
- You will look great
- You will become more sensitive to negative emotions, and will have greater guidance towards what you want in life.
- You will have more confidence on a daily basis
- You will know how unconditional love feels
- You will feel connected to yourself, and to your greater power
- Your ability to focus will be greatly improved
- You will know that you are good, you are right, and the reasons why you have come here to live your life
When is the best time to Meditate?
The best time to mediate is in the morning, shortly after rising, or at a time where you can relax. If you start your day in a busy fashion and don’t have the time or the ability to meditate, you might prefer to spend 20 minutes when you get home, when you are feeling more relaxed after the end of the working day with no pressing concerns.
As you get better at meditating, and focussing in general, you can meditate successfully before a big presentation, before an examination or an important meeting or appointment. You will look forward to the refreshing state of meditation, and it will set you up for the day. So beneficial are the results that you will find yourself making time, rising earlier and spending half an hour to quieten your mind, rather than spending more time in bed.
If you are in a funk, meditation is an excellent way to get out of that negative frame of mind. Similar remedies include; nature, pets, comedy, exercise (particularly running), some activity like cooking or baking can involve the mind enough to forget about that thing that is bugging you.
If you really cannot find a thought that feels better, it is often easier to meditate than to try to stop a train of thought which has built up significant momentum, and is travelling for the edge of the tracks at 100mph.
How to Meditate
Firstly, 15-30 minutes of meditation is sufficient in any one day.
Tell yourself as you sit down to meditate.
For the next 20 minutes, I am going to sit here, quiet my mind and stop thinking, and allow my natural vibration to raise my spirit.
We have trained our minds to be active, so in the beginning it may be difficult to stop the mental chatter, but you only need to focus (on not focussing) for a short period, and with each session you will get better results, and will find it easier to do.
The idea of meditation is to detach from the physical reality for a brief period, even a few seconds will be of benefit to you, and a couple of minutes will be very refreshing indeed.
You don’t want anything to pull you back to your physical awareness while mediating, so find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed, wear comfortable clothing, and if you are wearing a belt, undo it. Wear comfortable shoes or put some slippers on, and sit in a comfortable chair. You can lie down, but you will notice that learning to meditate is also an excellent way of deliberately nodding off. If your room is cold, cover yourself with a blanket, as you want to be in a comfortable position for the whole session and you will not be moving so may get cold.
Close your eyes, and focus upon your breaths in and out as you breathe more deeply. If you have the ability, focus on nothing. When you close your eyes you might have a ‘blank screen’ in your visual field, if so, you can focus on the blank screen and say the word ‘blank’ to yourself, as well as focussing on your breathing in the background.
Your mind will naturally fill with thoughts, especially if you have already had a day of activity, and certain things have been active and on your mind. As these thoughts come to you, just release them, see them floating away as you return focus to your breathing.
Left to their own devices, our spirits are naturally high
You will know when you have successfully achieved the state of physical detachment, as you will feel the physical sensation of love; some describe it as a warm feeling of well-being centred and radiating out from their solar plexus. Others experience something akin to tickling, or a sensation of wanting to laugh or giggle.
Either way, when you stop your mind from actively thinking, you will feel a sense of wellness, a good feeling not attached to any physical condition. This is the emotion of unconditional love.
Practicing meditation on a daily basis raises the spirit, and takes us closer to living a fantastic life. If we could relax and allow life to give us what we want, it would deliver the goods. Were it not for our thoughts to the contrary, we would be living all of the wonderful things that we have decided we want.
Meditation will show you this fact in your own life. Our spirits are naturally high, and if it wasn’t for the negative thoughts that we choose to think, and the beliefs that come out of them, we would feel great all of the time, and would be attracting great things to ourselves.
Other non-Mediation ways of Meditating
There are other ways of quietening the mind of negative thoughts, and these are prized by individuals who enjoy the emotional release they give, often without understanding why. In some cases, the intense focus required of the activity precludes any worrisome thoughts, in other cases surrounding oneself with an atmosphere of general wellbeing is equally distracting.
There is one thing in common however, if you have an issue, you cannot solve the issue by looking at it. You certainly can’t feel better.
Because life is about inclusion, and you get what you think about, so if you don’t want that, you will need to either focus on something else, or stop thinking altogether.
– Extreme sports: to avoid dying, an intense focus is required. This overrides any worries of a less primal nature
– Sex: again a primal instinct which engages the reptilian brain and therefore leaves the thinking out of the equation. Because of the intense focus required to achieve the required outcome, you cannot be worrying and having a satisfactory sexual experience
– Exercise and sports are a means of distracting the mind. The physical nature of the activity, and the deep breathing can often be hypnotic, much as a small child can be crying so hard that half way though his fit, his own blubbing is so intrusive that he forgets what he was crying about in the first place.
– Nature: going outside is almost always a good way to get a dose of meditation. The fresh air, the vibration of well being that nature exudes, and the fact that we are moving, and breathing, and have a changing scenery to experience, can all distract us enough that we come back to feeling good.
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