MEDITATION: WE CAN DO IT

10/9/2016

In full disclosure, I wrote this post months ago when I was very consistent with my meditation practice.  I have fallen off the wagon.  Don’t get me wrong, life is good.  I just have been prioritizing other things.  As I re-read my words in this post I remember what meditation provided me.  Today, I notice the tense muscles in my neck and the nagging feeling I have something to cry about.  If I am being honest I have to say, this election is getting to me too.  I am holding on to some negative energy, and it feels like it has no place to go.  These are things I didn’t feel when I was meditating regularly.   I remember the joy I felt many days, leaping out of bed, excited to put my tea kettle on the burner and set up my personal space for meditation.  Those indulgent moments set the tone for the day and provided a thrilling, life affirming moment of peace.

Yeah, so why did I stop?  Who the heck knows.  But, today I am re-evaluating things, and tomorrow is a new day.  Okay, so tomorrow I will recommit to my practice!  I will meditate 15 mins every day for 10 days.  On day 10, I will write a post to let you know what I have noticed. Will you join me?


GUIDED MEDITATION: The gateway to actually meditating.

A few months ago, I overheard a woman recommending a local Yoga studio to another woman. She said, “Don’t go on Friday mornings, though. That’s when they do dead yoga.”  She went on to explain she “doesn’t have time to lie around and do nothing.”  It was interesting to hear this since it was on the heals of my cousin telling me that meditation is just not for her.  “My brain doesn’t work well with meditation. I need to always be doing something, otherwise I get more stressed out,”  she explained.

I can relate to these feelings and misunderstandings about meditation. Believe me, I get it.  I was there.  I didn’t fully grasp the benefits, and I certainly didn’t feel anything years ago the handful of times I tried to sit down and “clear my mind.”  Asking someone to just focus on their breathing and is like asking someone to try to be nicer.  Great idea, Doctor Obvious, but how do you it?

1. Start with a GUIDED MEDITATION.  If you are someone who just can’t quiet your mind (uuuhhh, everyone!), I highly recommend you start with a guided meditation to RELAX.  You want to relax your body so that your mind will follow. I am attaching a guided meditation I have recorded here.

2. BE AWARE OF AND OPEN YOUR CHAKRAS.

chak·ra
ˈCHäkrə/
noun
plural noun: chakras
  1. (in Indian thought) each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number.

Learn how to actively open your chakras.  Why?  Because doing this will help get you into a meditative state.  Imagine opening each chakra and in your mind’s eye bring the energy up through your body.  Once you do this regularly you may start to feel high and light-headed.

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3. Once your physical body is relaxed (from a Guided Meditation) and your energy body is in motion (by opening your chakras) you will be in a prime position to NOTICE YOUR THOUGHTS.  From this more dreamlike state you can more easily just be.  It will be much easier to release thoughts of the past and let worries about the future float away.  SEE the thoughts as they arise and let them go.  Notice how you are not your thoughts.  From this state you will be in the moment more and you can watch your breath move in and out of your body. This is meditating.

4. One effective way is to FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING.  Breathing is more than a way to move oxygen in and out of your lungs.  Breathing allows you to bring the universal life force into your body.  Yoga masters describe this as bringing in prana, which is seen as a mystical, non-physical force found in all living beings. Prana can be experienced and felt but it can not be seen or heard.  Some people call this force Spirit while others think of this as an indeterminate energetic wavelength. Whatever it is called or however you want to conceptualize it, you will find that with mindful breathing you will be able reach higher states of consciousness.

– Everyone can benefit from meditation.

– It can take some time and practice before you see or feel progress, but believe me, in time the benefits are beyond worth it.

The process of watching your thoughts is meditating. Your mind is not supposed to become a blank slate right away; the very act of noticing what thoughts pops up, and then releasing them, is how you strengthen your meditation muscle.

– Meditation is possible for everyone.  Even violent prison inmates are able to benefit from meditation. See this incredible documentary to know what I am talking about!

So why aren’t the serious yoga masters and Buddhists doing guided meditations?  According to Meditation As Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., and Cameron Stauth, “Several studies have compared the effectiveness of various forms of meditation. From this collection of studies, it appears as if the relaxation response is more effective with the least involving forms of meditations such as guided imagery.”  So, the studies may show that you get more from just sitting, but the truth is, as my cousin and the rest of us know, it is hard to be mindful, watch your thoughts, and breath.  That is why I encourage people to start with a Guided Meditation and then work your way to pure silence.  The most important thing is that you start, because once you get deep into your practice you will not remember how you ever lived without it.  With meditation everything changes and yes, you can do it too.

GROUNDING AND ELEVATING MEDITATION

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  • John Smith

    Nowadays people live a busy life and the results of a busy life are that they feel depressed and stressed out. They are unhappy from life. I think meditation is the best option to remove depressed situations. According to Lama Surya Dasmeditation gives us true peace and happiness. It change your negative thoughts and makes your mind fresh. Doing regular meditation helps us live in the present movement.