Beginner’s Guide To Meditation

Click the photo to get a free psychic reading at PsychicAccess.comThe practice of meditation is tremendously powerful and has impacts on both our spiritual and physical well-being, as well as our reality. Creating a routine meditation practice can help to supercharge your ability to manifest your desires. It also has incredible health benefits and, believe it or not, it can actually be a fun experience!

The idea that you have to be able to completely clear your mind of thoughts to successfully meditate is probably one of the most common misconceptions. This is only one form of meditation and, honestly, it’s quite challenging. For someone who has never meditated before, it would be like giving a kindergarten student a complicated math equation to solve.

As with anything, it takes some time to learn the technique and train your brain to comply with your spirit. The first thing you must understand is, you are not your brain or your thoughts. You are not your body, or your emotions. These are all things you experience. You experience the thoughts in your mind, you experience the sensations of the body and of emotions, but these things are not you.

Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have ~ Pema Chodron

So, what or who is doing the observing? The answer is spirit. Your spirit. This understanding is vital. Once you can separate your spirit, your soul, from the mechanics of the body, you can begin to tame the voracious beast that is your mind.

Stillness meditations are powerful and wonderful to experience, but our brains are used to running the show. Instead of trying to turn off your thoughts, I encourage people to begin by giving the mind something to do instead.

Take some time to think about what you want to achieve through your practice. At its most basic, meditation can be used as a tool to help align your mind, body and spirit with your overall goals. These goals can be anything. Reducing stress or anxiety, improving overall vitality, enhancing mental function, boosting your mood, improving your sleep patterns, and so on.

Creative visualization is remarkably powerful. While I would suggest it’s best to start with just one goal, as you grow more adept you can incorporate manifestations into these meditations as well.

Once you have chosen your intention, you can get started. The following exercise is a great way to introduce yourself to meditation and get used to the basics.

Start by finding a place you can sit comfortably where you won’t be disturbed. You can either sit cross-legged on the floor, or upright in a chair. The important thing is that you are comfortable, and you won’t be feeling any aches and pains while you are seated.

Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live ~ Zen Master Hsing Yun

Place your hands in your lap or on your knees with your palms up, whichever feels most natural for you. Try not to slouch and keep your spine straight, but do not force yourself into any kind of rigid position. The reason you want to straighten your spine is to allow your energy to flow more easily throughout your body. If you are rigidly holding a position, your energy will not flow smoothly, so it’s more important to be comfortable than to have perfect posture.

Once you’ve found a relaxing spot and position, settle into your space and start to become aware of your breathing. Breath in long draws of air, for a slow count of three and then exhale slowly also to a count of three.

Focus on the feeling of the air being pulled into your nose. The sensation of coolness that this creates on your upper lip, the feel of your lungs filling up and hugging your heart, the sound of the air rushing into your body. Feel the warmth of it as you expel the air through your nose. Just be with your breath. For ten inhalations, stay with this awareness of your breathing.

At this point, you may notice that thoughts are nagging at you. That’s okay. As thoughts come to you, just allow them to come and allow them to go. Do not focus on them, or follow any of those thoughts, but don’t force them out either. Just return your attention to your breathing.

Count your breaths, until you get to the final inhalation. I think of this step as a gentle way to tell your brain that it’s not in the drivers’ seat right now.

Now that you have calmed your mind and body, you can begin to use your spirit to guide the mind. Visualize what your life looks like when you’ve achieved that goal you chose. Get specific and have fun with this part.

All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are ~ Adyashanti

If you want to sleep better at night for instance, see yourself in your bed, sleeping soundly and contentedly. See yourself waking up energized and rejuvenated. Imagine this feeling of vitality in your body, your muscles, your clarity of thought.

Make it as real as you can by imagining you are feeling those sensations right now. Stay with the visualizations and go into as much detail as possible. What do you feel in your body? What are you thinking about? What emotions do you feel having achieved this goal?

When you are ready to come back from your visualization return your focus to your breath. You want to ease yourself out of your meditation and your mind back into conscious reality.

For another ten breaths, focus again on the sensations of your breathing. As you come to the seventh breath, prepare to come back to your body by wiggling your fingers and toes. Enjoy these last few peaceful breaths. On the final breath, slowly open your eyes and come fully back into your body.

Afterwards, take a few minutes to take stock. How do you feel? Did anything unexpected happen? Don’t worry about how long you were in your meditation. At first you may only stay in it for a few minutes.

As you become more adept, your meditations will naturally increase in length. You may even find that you are reluctant to come back from them, it is such a peaceful state of mind.

Meditation is a conduit to life altering experiences with spirit and self. It opens a conversation with the universe that is both thrilling and brilliantly comforting. A journey well worth taking.

About The Author: Seraphim’s natural Clairvoyant, Clairaudient, and Empathic abilities to receive messages and connect with Spirit first came to the fore in early childhood. Upon discovering her mom’s Tarot deck, not long after her death, Seraphim was led on a journey that helped her to explore her vast gifts. Seraphim continues to receive steady guidance and messages directly from her Spirit Guides and Angels, and has maintained a steady and successful private practice based in Edmonton. She remains very active in her spiritual community, and often is called upon to lead local events. Self-taught, she’s mastered Tarot Reading and a powerful technique called “Eye-Gazing” that allows her to convey precise information to the client. She works with “The Sacred Art of Creation”, leading empowered women’s circles that facilitate self-healing, manifestation and alignment. If you’d like a reading with a compassionate reader who can both hear and convey direct messages from Spirit Guides and Angels, you can find Seraphim at PsychicAccess.com.

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