: There are so many people out there who will advise against meditating, try saying that the benefits of meditation should be/are
available only to some elite group of spiritually-superior minds, or carry on about how meditative practice is occult or satanic and opens your life
up to all kinds of nasty spiritual entities who will haunt you until you have "cleansed" yourself (and your home if you opt for the deluxe package for
only $99.95). Don't be intimidated by that and rest assured that meditation is a totally natural function actually practiced in some form by nearly
every major religion (whether they realize it or not). The men in suits don't want you to meditate. They want you to come home from your job
overworked and stressed, microwave the kids some food, and contemplate how you're going to pay your bills while you watch "prime time" television.
They want you to fall asleep by taking that habit forming pill the doctor prescribed you, and then take another pill to counteract the side effects of
the first. Sorry for the negative imagery, but what I'm trying to tell you is that YOU
have everything you need within you to alleviate that
stress. end rant
OK! If you've never meditated before you should be bursting at the seams with exhilaration knowing that there is something inside of you right
that doesn't cost a dime and is both powerful and healing.
The benefits certainly aren't limited to stress relief and lowering blood pressure, which is what our Western world commonly aims to achieve through
meditation. Still, the Western world has contributed much to the science of meditation - some interesting information in this link on
What Happens to the Brain During Meditation
practice you can go deeper and deeper into your mind and experience parts of yourself that you may not in a normal state. You can deal with issues
from your past and enhance your creativity. You can better process information and ready yourself to more appropriately deal with conflicts that may
arise in your life.
I would like to share the meditation technique that I found worked for me as a teenager by taking pieces from several different techniques. Part of
the beauty is that you are completely free
to create your own meditation.
. I usually do the most basic of stretches which I also do when I wake up in the morning (I find that
meditating first thing in the morning is the easiest and most productive time). Bend down and touch your toes; stretch your arms; push your chest out
and arch your back; touch toes while sitting down; stretch your neck from side to side and up and down; etc. Whatever leaves you feeling limber and
Find a comfortable space and use any posture that is comfortable and in which you can remain very still and
Meditation is usually more productive when you have a set time(s) for doing it each day. When I was starting out I was most
comfortable lying flat on my back, but that is sometimes not advised because it is easy to fall asleep especially if you are on your own bed. I'm
rather tall with an athletic build and I use either the "Burmese" posture or, if I've stretched well, the "half lotus" posture (pictured above). Just
like with everything else, whatever works for you. I prefer to either meditate in a darkened room or outside, especially on a sunny morning, which
takes me to the next step...
Listen to the sounds of nature, or if you are indoors put on some relaxing music if you wish.
There is a
lot of great meditation music on YouTube as well as binaural beats
, which can be
helpful but should not be depended on. Sometimes the best way to meditate is with no outside stimuli. There are also a million guided meditation
videos on YT often coupled with music. Give them a try, I have found them helpful, but they become very easy to rely too heavily upon and I have found
them to limit how far one can go by giving exact instructions.
Meditation is all about visualization
. Close your eyes and imagine that the universe in front
of your face goes on forever and ever. At the same time feel your awareness behind you inflating infinitely into the universe. Visualize your own body
and the space that you're in. Breath deep and steadily. Try counting your breath in whatever increments work for you - it can be a good way to focus.
Every time you inhale, with your eyes closed, imagine clean white light going in through your nose and when you exhale imagine with all of your
creativity that the stress you harbor in your mind and body is being expelled as dark, murky air. Breathe in the clean, energized air once again and
repeat. You will relax deeper and deeper with every breath. Keep telling yourself that... say in your mind "I am relaxing, this is my time to relax".
You need those affirmations
for positive results. Feel all of your muscles relaxing deeply. Starting with your feet and going
up to your head, become very aware of each body part and direct your healing breath to each part to relax any stress away. If you are having trouble
visualizing, or if you just don't want to keep your eyes closed, a candle
can be very helpful for keeping your concentration. I
sometimes prefer to meditate while gazing into the flame.
Eventually you will realize a familiar calm
encompassing the whole of your being. Just sit for as long as you wish, continuing
to breathe deeply and naturally. If a thought comes to mind don't become frustrated trying to fight it away, just let it be - let it float
away. You should have a completely clear mind, this is your time, the weight of the world is not on your shoulders right now and your duty to Planet
Earth at this very moment is to relax and simply BE. I often like to imagine I am sitting on a cloud, or maybe in a desert, or in a forest. I imagine
with everything I have that I can hear the trees creaking and I can feel the wind on my face. I can smell the pine.
When you are ready
, simply open your eyes and allow the world to welcome you back. Be appreciative for what you just experienced as both the
result of your own efforts and a gift that has been bestowed upon you. No matter what you believe, your life is a gift. Remember that while some
benefits of mediation can be realized after one session, the key to really reaping the rewards comes with long-term meditation and practice... daily
practice if possible. It can take as little as a few minutes, and there are little things you can do during the day to alleviate stress such as
deep breathing techniques
Go forth with positive intentions in mind and do your best to radiate positive vibrations - it can make a huge difference in all of your relationships
and undertakings. Meditation, especially when used in conjunction with other healthy habits, can be a useful tool for realigning your life, realizing
your full potential, and maintaining a healthy life for people of all
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