Meditation

How can you create magical things in your life?

“Your heart holds answers your mind hasn’t even begun to imagine” Old Proverb

Meditation can have an amazing effect on your life. It is tuning into your inner-world. It doesn’t have to last for hours on end — ten, fifteen or even thirty minutes a day might be all you need. Standing in the shower, sitting in the car when you are early for an appointment, or just chilling during the day can be just as beneficial. The secret is to practice and gradually you will find that it becomes much easier when you suddenly discover the benefits. You’ll want to do it more often!

Meditation

Celebrities, Pop idols, Politicians, Teachers, Monks, Sport icons, Buddhists, Millionaires, Entrepreneurs and your friends do it too!    Richard Branson, Ophra Winfrey, Richard Gere, Madonna, David & Victoria Beckham are just a few who openly admit they meditate now too!

But so many people think that they haven’t got time in their busy lives, that they must do this and that before they could even contemplate spending a bit of quality time on themselves. Taking time out will help you to improve your memory, intuition, creativity and give you much more clarity of thought. It also helps to reduce your stress levels so you come away feeling refreshed, invigorated and more relaxed, allowing you to achieve more. Brilliant ideas will pop into your head, and sometimes the answer to what you have been struggling with or looking for will suddenly come to you.

Meditation can be the key to opening up your life. When you have a quiet time to yourself it is beneficial because you are recharging your energy. A deep meditation stimulates the creation of new communication pathways between the logical right brain and the creative left brain. This then balances your brain and gives you a whole-being experience.

There are many different ways to meditate, and various techniques you can learn which are too numerous to mention here — so I will describe a very common and easy to use technique. To learn more about meditation, there are many books and guided meditation CDs available that you could source at your leisure. There is even a light and sound machine called Mindlab™ which may help.

Meditation exercise – A FREE guided meditation is included in my e-course

  1. The best way to meditate is to concentrate on your breathing. To create the right atmosphere you may wish to light some candles, put on some relaxing music and switch the phone to answering machine. If you have family at home, it might be useful to put a note on your door saying: DO NOT DISTURB.
  2. Find a comfortable position, either lying down or sitting upright on the floor or a chair. Some people like to sit in the lotus position, but for beginners that might be uncomfortable — and comfort is the key.
  3. Gently begin to relax your body, from your toes to your shoulders. Take each area of the body separately and be aware of how it feels. Relax your shoulders, then your back — perhaps by sitting further back into your chair. Then notice your stomach, hips, the tops of your legs, your calves, your ankles and then your feet and toes. You may find that your body begins to shift slightly and that you become more stretched than when you started.
  4. Begin to concentrate on your breathing. Take a really deep breath in … and then gently breathe out. As you breathe out, send all the negative thoughts out into the Universe at the same time. Then as you breathe in -hold your breath and mentally count to 6 – then when you breathe out mentally count backwards to zero or one. Keep taking deep breaths for a few minutes, and notice at the same time what your chest is doing. It will be expanding and contracting, which is good. Gradually slow your breathing down to a gentle rhythm, still concentrating on the expansion of your chest and counting 1-6-0. Then play around with your breathing. Make it go faster, then slower, then faster again, and slower again, until you get to a stage when you can hardly feel yourself breathe at all.
  5. What this is doing is taking your mind off the thoughts that will occur to you. When you first start meditating, you may find it impossible to stop things popping into your head; just acknowledge them, and then let them go. You may like to imagine a bubble or balloon wrapped around those thoughts, which you can allow to drift up to the Universe. Perhaps at the very beginning you, may like to write your thoughts down, so you stop worrying that you will forget them, and then go straight back to concentrating on your chest and your breathing. By focusing on your breathing, it will help you stop falling asleep — as some people do!
  6. The more you practice this, the easier it will become. The idea is to focus on something other than your thoughts — so, if you find concentrating on your breathing difficult, try focusing on the colour behind your eyelids when they are closed. This may seem odd, because you will be seeing only the colour black; after a time, however, you may find little specks of white popping in, and then gradually little bits of blue or green. Focus on the colours by waiting for the next one to appear, and you may be amazed to find out how long you’ve been sitting in your chair.
  7. But I would also like to say: Don’t try too hard. For some people, meditation is difficult and they get cross that they can’t do it. When you relax, which is not easy for everyone at first, it will happen much more naturally and you will begin to see the benefits.
  8. After you have gently brought yourself back into your space, when your mediation has come to an end, write down everything you felt, what your thoughts were and anything significant that appeared. Keep a diary of your meditations.

Next stage:

When meditation becomes easier and your mind becomes free of thoughts naturally start talking to yourself in your mind. This is different to the thoughts that will pop in at the start of your meditations. Ask questions in your mind and you may start to have sudden thoughts, hear single words or even see a symbol or vision. Don’t worry too much about them, as other words or thoughts may flow in as well. Feel these thoughts, listen to what you feel, sense or even hear in your mind. Your guides and Higher Self are sending you a message so start to write in a journal as this experience is beautiful guidance.

A suggestion

You may like to do a meditation where you imagine yourself on a journey walking through some woods or down to the beach. Imagine yourself in a very special place, and then slowly walking along a path; see where it leads you. Let your imagination run away with you and smell the trees and flowers as you walk. Feel the sun on your back. You may even imagine holding a partner’s hand while you are doing this. See where it takes you. If you like this idea, there are many guided meditations that may also appeal to you.

Another aspect of meditation occurs when you find yourself having concentrated so hard on something, that the time has just slipped by. Have you ever found yourself lost ‘in space’ when you are gardening, driving or watching television, when you haven’t actually seen anything? This is another form of meditation, as it quietens your mind. It can be beneficial but in a different way.

Some of the symbols you may see can represent interpretations that you may also find come up in dreams. For example, a baby signifies a new beginning; a butterfly or The Statue of Liberty represents freedom; a bird is a messenger; a boat is travel. There are many dream (please see ‘Intuition’) or symbol books where you can look up the meaning to something you have been shown. You will also get to know and have your own interpretations as you develop.

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Master Your Own destiny – Sample Meditations

These audio recordings will give you a gentle introduction to meditation:

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