Meditation. One simple word that makes many people uneasy. As soon as I mention it to people, I hear 50 different reasons why they believe they can’t do it. But I know what a wonderful, beautiful thing meditation can be.
According to the Chopra Center meditation offers benefits on all levels of mind, body and soul, including reduced stress and anxiety, decreased blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better use of oxygen by the body, increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA and improved sleep.
I personally know the difference daily meditation makes inside my mind, and out there in the real world. So, when people are bewildered by it, I find it difficult to relate. In a quest to better understand the struggle some people face in their meditation practice, I have therefore explored some of the more common complaints I often hear. In the process I have formulated some guidelines that may help to make mediation less intimidating.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit ~ Jeremy Taylor
Confront Your Ego
Most of us are afraid to be with ourselves in that quiet space within. Our egos are so loud with constant chatter. When we are alone with our ego, we don’t trust that we can push that nagging voice aside and disregard what it is saying to us. This calls for extreme gentleness with yourself.
Be patient with yourself. Instead of going into a full meditation, just sit for five minutes and listen patiently to your ego. Every time it says something negative or unpleasant, practice counteracting it with something positive.
Forgiveness is a vital part of this process of shutting down the ego voice. Forgive yourself for anything you are holding against yourself, whatever it is your ego might be throwing in your face.
Your ego is fearful and doesn’t want you to detach from it. It wants to keep you down and prevent you from reaching up, high into the ether, where you can connect to the oneness of the universe and experience unconditional love. So, sometimes the first step in meditation is confronting your ego and getting to a point where you can counter it with a positive thought, instead of having to abandon the entire meditation.
Find Space Between Thoughts
The most common one complaint I hear is: “I just can’t keep all the thoughts out of my head”. Well, you aren’t supposed to. That is a totally unrealistic expectation. Unless you are a skilled Zen monk living in a monastery, you most likely do not even have a glimmer of hope to achieve that.
Meditation is the space between thoughts. And the goal of meditation practice is to expand that space between thoughts, or make it more frequent. It is like stretching out chewing gum when you were a kid. You had to start with an inch. But if you practiced it patiently, you could ultimately get a foot or more.
I meditate and put on a rubber tire with three bottles of beer. Most of the time I just sit picking my nose and thinking ~ James Gould Cozzens
It’s as simple as that. To improve your mediation skills you have to practice it every day. Start with two minutes, and when you feel ready add another 30 seconds per session. Over time you will build up your duration, and before you know it you will have a 20 minute meditation practice three days a week. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were any of the other things you do that you have become good at doing.
The most common excuse I often hear is: “I just can’t meditate.” What? Excuse me, but do you ever daydream? Of course you do! And if you can daydream, then you can meditate. The problem here is usually that people sit down to meditate with no plan. They have no expectation, no idea of what they are doing, or what they hope to achieve. Does that sound like a recipe for success? I don’t think so.
To meditate successfully you need to have an expectation of what you hope to achieve. There should be a schedule, and an idea of what type of meditation you want to do. Yes, there are different types of meditations. Variety is the spice of life. Different cars need different tires, right? All roads lead to Rome. In a future post I will explore the different types of meditation.
| PsychicAccess.com.Joy is a Florida native, born with strong Medium and Psychic talents to feel, hear and see what others can’t. Early on, she pushed her abilities aside, but her Spirits, Angels and Guides were just too stubborn and strong to ignore! With the help of important mentors, such as John Edward’s teacher, she learned to embrace her Soul’s purpose to service others and now does so with gusto—changing one life at a time. She’s a Certified Reiki Practitioner, provides Psychic Readings and Channeling at parties and is expert in crystals, Tarot and Auras. If you’re interested in a Spirit Makeover that will improve your life and fulfill your Soul’s purpose, you can find Joy at |
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